January 20, 2014

{review} living libations seakbuckthorn shampoo & shine on conditioner

living libations shampoo and conditioner

Disney gave me unrealistic expectations about hair…until Living Libations proved him right.

Last week, as I gushed about the latest things I was loving (click here for a refresher), I highlighted Living Libations’ Seabuckthorn Shampoo and Shine On Conditioner and equated it to the best hair porn, possibly ever. Bold statement? You betcha. What made me throw it out there? My hair still felt soft, clean and without any trace of oiliness at the roots four days after washing it. FOUR DAYS. I’m going to pause and let you soak that one in …..


Throw in bedhead volume and a severe reduction in frizz and I couldn’t wait to tell my sister about the discovery I had made.

the office

Most often shampoos I love, and that work for my can’t-make-up-its-mind-if-its-straight-or-curly hair, fall short for my sister who has gorgeous Carrie Bradshaw hair. But this time, THIS TIME, it worked for both of us.

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And then I knew, it was my responsibility as a girl to get the word out.

Living Libations, started by Nadine Artemis and her husband Ron, is a non-toxic line of body care products (made right here in Ontario!) that has for the most part been flying under the radar, but with some very loyal followers.

A true sense-visionary! Nadine has the greatest collection of rare and special oils… she has a wondrous knowledge and passion for it all. ~Alanis Morissette

But enough of the gushing, let me break these two beauties down for you.


ingredients (shampoo):

  • seabuckthorn – balanced in omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, it promotes hair strength & elasticity
  • rosemary supercritical extract – adds shine, volume & vibrancy
  • grapefruit EO – invigorates the scalp & promotes lymphatic flow
  • peppermint EO – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, cares for dry, flaky scalps.
  • vetiver EO – moisturizes & strengthens the hair shaft
  • lime EO – supports shiny hair by releasing trapped dirt and oils
  • golden jojoba oil – balances oil production & creates a long-lasting silky feel
  • calendula – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent
  • red clover – rich source of vitamins & minerals that support strong hair
  • oatstaw – gives more body & fullness
  • horsetail – strengthens hair, add residency & reduces split ends
  • coltsfoot -balances oil production, improves sheen & elasticity
  • comfrey -stimulates the growth of healthy tissue
  • nettles – provides hair with deep nourishment, oxygenation & stimulation
  • chamomile – calms itchy scalps & conditions the hair
  • bladderwrack seaweed – feeds the hair with essential vitamins and minerals
  • orange wax -gives the shampoo its beautiful colour
  • yucca & coco-protein – provides the natural, botanical sudsing action.

ingredients (conditioner):

  • pure spring water
  • rosewater – stimulates hair growth
  • golden jojoba oil – see above
  • chickweed– soothes the scalp & hair
  • marshmallow – softens & detangles
  • slippery elm – prevents “fly away” & frizzy hair
  • alfalfa – highly nutritious food for the hair
  • bladderwrack seaweed – see above
  • aloe vera – harmonizes oily hair & moisturizes dry hair
  • tamanu oil – promotes new growth, anti-bacterial
  • apple cider vinegar – improves shine, prevents build up
  • lime EO – see above
  • lavender EO – supports healthy hair growth
  • rosemary supercritical extract – see above
  • sage supercritical extract – protects hair that’s been exposed to heat, chemicals or the elements

packaging: your choice of violet glass or plastic


  • 1 oz – $7 & $8 (shampoo & conditioner respectively)
  • 250ml – $40 & $45 (shampoo & conditioner respectively, or $75 for both)
  • click here and here for more sizes and prices points


literally blew my expectations away.

rob lowe_parks and recreation

pros = volume, softness, cleanliness-for-days, zippo tangles, low on the frizz and it really did help to protect my ends from getting fried after using a bumper iron or hot rollers. That’s huge in my books. HUGE.
cons = that I was an idiot for not discovering these products sooner


love actually perfect

and they are. they really, really are. Have I mentioned the softness and volume it gives? I’m seriously considering buying the club-pack version when it runs out.

where to buy: online or at The Big Carrot if you’re in Toronto

Have you tried either one of these products? If you’re not already a Living Libations convert you will be soon. Trust me.

  • catleeroy

    Get these hair products! I had a longer post too long probably ready alas I lost it…trust me Get LL Shampoo & Conditioner! Love your hair!

  • Linda George

    Love the way you write!!
    i have been using thse products for a while now and can totally agree.. i LOVE them so much. i am trying to set up a site that has some coupons for living libations –> check it out here http://www.livinglibationscoupon.com

    • thank you!! I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂 xx

  • Mariam Hassan

    which size is the shampoo and conditioner in the picture? is it the 120ml or 250ml?

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Oh lala…I need to come to Toronto to try these wonders!!!x

    • lifeinblush

      anytime dear! Would love to meet you 🙂

  • Margie

    This list of ingredients alone makes trying it a must and the fact that 4 days later your hair is still clean means less shampooing, so cost per use becomes way more affordable!.

    • lifeinblush

      I couldn’t believe it! Literally blew my mind.

  • Juliea Smith

    I wish the cost to ship trial sizes to the USA wasn’t so insanely expensive. I would have loved to try them.

    • lifeinblush

      I’m sure one day they’ll be popping up in the USA too 🙂

  • Elisabook

    Love love love this post! I can’t stress it enough 🙂 you are so right about the Disney hair expectations. I’ve been lusting over living libations products for some time but I was waiting for some reviews. Plus if it’s Alanis Morissette approved – who btw is my absolute hair queen, I’m obsessed with her hair – then I know it’s worth trying 🙂 Thank you for this post! x Liz from smellslikeagreenspirit.blogspot.com

    • lifeinblush

      ahh thank you! it really is an unbelievably effective shampoo/conditioner that you can’t miss out on -hope you can try it soon! xo