There is no doubt about the happiness a bunch of fresh flowers can bring to anyone. It is a well-known fact (thanks to increasing awareness about Ayurveda and natural body care) that many flowers also have several health benefits – internally as well as externally. In present times, the movement towards nature-inspired personal care has meant that flower petals, seed extracts, and oils are popping up in everything from not just makeup products but also intensive beauty treatments and luxurious spa services to entire skincare lines. This is because many of them have incredible properties – and not just fragrance – that can be used as natural remedies, beneficial in many skin and hair concerns.
Today, it is not just the staid roses or jasmine or other fragranced flowers that are being picked for their value to enhance beauty. Several exotic blooms are being especially cultivated to create potions for varied problems.
Also, because of their gentle constitution, flowers or their extracts are also being used in several baby care products. So we set out reviewing Naturma’s From Eden – Organic Evening Primrose Oil Baby Shampoo. At Rs 675 for 200ml, it is definitely quite expensive. It comes in a white ergonomically designed bottle with a flip-open cap. This is good because the consistency of the clear shampoo is quite runny.
The main ingredients are:- Saponified Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Sesame Oil, Demineralised Water, Organic Coconut Milk, Coconut Butter, Organic Lemon Extract, & Natural Preservative Salinatural
Evening primrose oil is the oil derived from the seeds of the evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) plant. Evening primrose oil contains linoleic acid as well as GLA – both are essential components of myelin, the protective coating around nerve fibers, and the neuronal cell membrane. It has many popular uses. WebMD says that evening primrose oil is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne, rheumatoid arthritis, weak bones (osteoporosis), Raynaud’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), Sjogren’s syndrome, cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, a movement disorder in children called dyspraxia, leg pain due to blocked blood vessels (intermittent claudication), alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia.
But what got me particularly piqued was when I read that Evening Primrose Oil is beneficial for hyperactivity in children and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); obesity and weight loss; whooping cough; and gastrointestinal disorders including ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and peptic ulcer disease. My aromatherapy teacher also mentioned evening primrose oil helps children sleep soundly. This was proven correct on at least three occasions when my son took a head-bath before bedtime at night.
If it’s good for children, it can be good for mommies too [ 😉 ]! When my son took a head bath with the Evening Primrose Oil Shampoo, he did mention that it did not lather too much – a fact that I agreed with when I used the product. Secondly, we both found the product too runny – you’ve got to be really careful to not squeeze too much out! (Also because it is quite expensive).
While these were the two bummers, we quite loved the really mild floral fragrance – that makes hair smell fresh. Also, both my son and I have thick, wavy hair. So the one thing this product did was make them quite soft. I guess it is because of the presence of the many oils in it. This means the product is quite mild and safe for use on babies. Organic primrose flower oil is high in essential fatty acids including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is also found in mother’s milk making it highly effective for safe treatment of inflammation, redness, and rashes. This floral oil combined with other carrier oils such as coconut and almond oils balances the skin without stripping away the natural oils in the scalp and hair. As this is a baby shampoo, the creamy coconut butter and milk makes the shampoo very tender and mild for the child.
For once, my son’s scalp (and mine too) wasn’t itchy – despite the fact that the runny texture made us accidentally pour out more of the product than was necessary. This means the scalp wasn’t stripped off the moisture. I have long hair – so it did get oily after the second day – but my son needed to shampoo only on the fourth day. The mild formulation with creamy Organic Coconut Butter and Organic Shea Butter provides perfect protection for sensitive hair and scalp.
I am not sure if the price will make me buy the product again – but the performance is definitely a temptation. Give it a try and see how it works for you.
Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh