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About Face gets spa treatment with Organix cucumber hair products



cucYou won’t want to eat Organix Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner—alas, the fragrance isn’t that overpowering—but it will become a pleasant part of your daily routine.


About Face is now in its second month, and thanks for reading! You can find our previous posts here — in our About Face archive — and now we’re critiquing our first hair products: Organix Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner, available at drugstores and grocery stores nationwide.

Organix Cucumber Yogurt Shampoo

I’ll be honest: I first thought Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner would smell like delicious tzatziki sauce, and I hoped that every time I used the products I could totally justify eating a gyro later that day. My Iranian parents make a version of tzatziki that I feel perfectly fine eating with countless pita squares … until I feel like dying. Chubby kid joy!

So I was pretty disappointed when I popped open the Organix products, took a deep whiff and deciphered pretty much nothing directly reminiscent of cucumber and yogurt. To be fair, it’s not like either of those products in real life has a super discernible odor, but I frowned all the same time. I felt better after a few days, though, when Organix left my hair feeling stronger, smoother and basically awesome.

The brand, which offers both hair and skin products, has a bunch of delicious-sounding combinations in its arsenal — Pomegranate Green Tea, Acai Berry Avocado, Teetree Mint, Passionfruit Guava, Grapefruit Mango Butter, Mocha Espresso — and I can totally imagine them all being ice cream flavors at Whole Foods or exotic coffee drinks from Starbucks. But Organix isn’t just about fancy labels; its hair products are also free of sulfates and parabens, which can have a negative impact on the environment and your body, and the company uses organic ingredients that are safe for all hair types, including color-treated hair.

Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner, according to Organix, “energizes and hydrates,” with “ultra whipped yogurt proteins” that “instantly” nourish and “avocado oils” that “create a smooth, frizz-free finish.” I used the products every other day for all of August, and I found most of those claims to be true: After every wash, my hair felt smooth, silky and resilient. The products don’t leave an odor behind, so my hair didn’t feel weighed down by excess product, either.

The main problems I had with Organix Cucumber Yogurt had to do with its claim about “a smooth, frizz-free finish,” which during August felt nearly impossible. On those 100-degree days, with so much humidity lingering in the Washington, D.C., air, my super-thick, super-uncooperative Middle Eastern hair just can’t be completely controlled, no matter what Organix promises. I certainly noticed less frizzing around my bangs and when I put my hair in a ponytail, but this wasn’t a miracle product that got rid of every frizzy situation. Similarly ho-hum was how tangled my hair was after I got out of the shower. Cucumber Yogurt conditioner, while leaving my hair feeling nourished, didn’t get rid of the knots.

But Organix promises a “totally indulgent spa-like experience,” and for the most part, Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner live up to that. After continuous use, my hair feels stronger and healthier, and while my frizz and knots aren’t all gone, the brand is definitely finding a home in my bathroom — especially for the affordable drugstore price. Too bad I don’t have a reason to justify my rampant gyro eating, though.

VERDICT: A- for Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner. I wish the products completely smacked my frizzy hair into shape, but D.C. humidity can’t be bested, I suppose. The shine and healthy feeling the products give my hair are pretty appreciated, however.

PRICE: $6.99 for 13 fl oz. Stores like CVS, Ulta and www.drugstore.com often have buy-one-get-one sales on the brand, so you can pick up a second item at half-price or free.

AVAILABILITY: Available at drugstores and grocery stores nationwide like Rite Aid and Ulta; find a full list of distributors on Organix’s website.



In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog – and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

Photo by Adam Fried

Photo-from left: Organix Cucumber Yogurt shampoo and conditioner.

Product photo by Adam Fried

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