Review: Maple Holistics Winter Blend Shampoo & Conditioner + GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

Maple Holistics is a USA based hair and skin care company that aim to be natural and holistic. Their products are sulfate, additive, and synthetic fragrance free and instead use authentic essential oils. They are also animal cruelty free! They recently asked me if I wanted to try out their products and I happily agreed! I chose the Winter Blend Shampoo and Conditioner. Both the shampoo and conditioner come in two sizes - 8 ounces retails for $13.95 and 16 ounces retails for $25.11. You can buy them off their website or on Amazon (they quality for Amazon prime as well!).

Both the shampoo and conditioner contain five different mint varieties and they smell wonderful. It is minty but also slightly sweet. There's not a tingly minty feely from the shampoo, but you can slightly feel it with the conditioner since it's on your head longer.

Ever since I received some advice that my acne around my hairline might have been shampoo related, I switched to sulfate free and the acne around that area decreased dramatically. One of the things I didn't like was that a lot of sulfate free shampoos didn't lather as much as I liked them to and so my hair never felt fully clean.

The Winter Blend Shampoo surprisingly lathered up so well with about half the amount of shampoo I would use. I was immediately impressed at how well it was cleaning my hair and since the 90+ Fahrenheit degree weather started, I really wanted my oily scalp to be clean. My boyfriend also tried the shampoo so that I could have a second opinion and he loved the shampoo. Like me, he was impressed at how well it lathered and how clean his hair/head felt.

The upper half of my hair is a lot healthier than the lower half and so there was a mixed outcome of how my hair felt. The shampoo was great for the top half and so-so for the bottom half. If you have dry or damaged hair, I would skip this shampoo since it might feel too stripping. If you have normal to oily hair, this would work great. Once the dyed/damaged parts of my hair is all cut off, I intend to buy a bigger size of this shampoo. 

Unfortunately, the shampoo did strip the dye out of my hair a little bit with each wash. About half of my hair is still dyed brown, and so now my hair looks like it's been ombred. Still looks nice, but it's probably going to look not as "intentionally" the more the color is stripped. 

I have pretty damaged hair right now and so I was pretty excited to see how this conditioner would do with my hair. I normally use Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle as a conditioner whenever I wash my hair and that's pretty much my miracle worker. The Winter Blend Conditioner unfortunately did not compare to that, but it did do pretty well in comparison to some other conditioners I've tried from OGX (Organics) and Aveeno. The OGX conditioners felt like they either did nothing or made my hair feel more dry. 

Once again, I would have loved this conditioner if my hair wasn't as damaged as it is now. The conditioner doesn't strip out color and so I won't wait till all of my damaged hair grows out to use it again! I'll be getting 1-2 inches cut off in a few weeks and I'll be using it again then and then the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle once a week for that extra moisture boost. 

1: Dirty hair
2. Lather it up with the Winter Blend Shampoo!
3. Soften it with the Winter Blend Conditioner!
4. Nice and clean, but wet, hair
Final thoughts: I've noticed that since I've started using both the shampoo and conditioner, my fuzzy / frizzy look my hair had started to fade a bit. The roots / top half looked shinier and felt lighter. The shampoo is a bit stripping for the very damaged bottom half of my hair, but works great for the top half. If anything, this would make a great clarifying shampoo since other sulfate free shampoos I've tried don't make my hair feel clean enough. The conditioner better than other natural conditioners I've tried, but it's not the best in general. If you're trying to go all natural, I would recommend it but if not, there are other better conditioners that you can try. 

And now for the exciting parts! THE GIVEAWAY!

I mostly teamed up with Maple Holistics once I heard that my readers could have the opportunity to receive some products for free as well. Once I tried out this pair, I knew I had to do the giveaway as well since they're some of the better natural hair care products I've tried. I am not being paid for this review, post, or giveaway. They are sponsoring it by providing the products for free to me and my readers though. My opinions on their products are 100% honest.

Unlike other giveaways I've done, Maple Holistics will be the one to ship the products to you. You will have the chance to tell them what (1) Shampoo and (1) Conditioner of your choice that you want to try!

The rules are simple -
  1. 18 or older. If you're younger than 18, ask your parents before entering.
  2. USA only - I know I have a lot of non-USA readers and I'm sorry about this, but this is one of Maple Holistics' rules. 
  3. Follow me on Bloglovin' and leave a comment.
  4. Visit/follow Maple Holistics on their social media platforms.
  5. The giveaway will end on September 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM.
  6. Once the winner has been randomly selected, I will e-mail them and CC Maple Holistics so that they can work out the rest. 
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*There are other ways to get free products from Maple Holistics along with this giveaway! The gist of it is - review something honestly on their Amazon pages and receive a free product. Please visit this page on their website for more information. The offer expires on 9/30/2015.

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