This post was written in partnership with Herbal Essence. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My wanderlust has taken me to so many places and one of the things I love the most is when my bucket list adventures take me outdoors, immersing myself in nature. But, all the outdoorsy elements can really do some damage to my hair. Wind, sun, humidity—yikes! It’s great that Herbal Essences bio:renew Birch Bark Extract collection helps to take me outdoors (without even leaving the house) while repairing the toll that travel takes on my hair.
The entire bio:renew line reminds me of different places I’ve traveled around the world—Coconut Milk takes me to strolling the beaches of the Exuma Islands and the Rosemary & Herbs reminds me of the gardens in little Tuscan towns. But, the Birch Bark Extract recaptures my most recent biking and hiking trip through the mountainous regions of Maine.
About Herbal Essences bio:renew Birch Bark Extract Collection (and why it helps my damaged hair)
- Real botanicals, endorsed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew — It’s essential to understand the authenticity and safety of all the products that we use for our personal care, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a prominent world authority on plants. Herbal Essences and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew combine nature and science to bring the benefits of botanical ingredients into our lives. All the products in the Herbal Essences bio:renew portfolio are made with key botanicals authenticated by by the experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before making it to the market and into your home.
- Herbal Essences Philosophy (and why it’s important to me) — My travels around the world and experiences in daily life have made me realize that sustainability is very important. It is what our planet requires, something each of us needs to be mindful of. We all need to do our bit for the world! It makes me glad to know that the product I use has been created keeping this factor in mind. Herbal Essences bio:renew takes into consideration the impact on natural resources by using renewable energy credits, lessening water consumption and reducing manufacturing waste. Besides this, the company also chooses its ingredients very carefully for shampoos and conditioners and doesn’t use harmful chemicals and known food allergens. Additionally, the products and ingredients are not tested on animals and are PETA cruelty-free. Besides natural ingredients and a science-based process for safety, Herbal Essences works with regulatory authorities, scientists and other professionals during the product creation process ensuring the high quality of the product before it reaches the consumer.
- Sulfate Free — While it is entirely your choice to opt for a sulfate or sulfate-free shampoo, the Herbal Essences bio:renew Birch Bark Extract collection is sulfate-free for those who prefer a lighter lather. This works terrific for me, because my hair behaves best when it’s not washed with an intense shampoo. Plus, if you are very particular about the ingredients in your product, you can have peace of mind by opting for this collection, because not only is this shampoo sulfate-free, but it is also silicone-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free and dye-free.
- Inspired by Nature — Who doesn’t love nature? I sure do. You can experience its remarkable bounties with Herbal Essences bio:renew. The product range is naturally derived, meaning that most of the ingredients are obtained from nature (plants and minerals) with minimal changes to their natural state and limited chemical processing. It is reassuring to know that the shampoos and conditioners in the bio:renew collection are up to 90% naturally derived! This is combined with the remaining small percentage of other ingredients that are required for a long-lasting product that retains texture and fragrance. Plus, rigorous safety standards and testing are also followed to create the haircare range from Herbal Essences. bio:renew. The end result? You will get a product that is effective for great hair.
Benefits of Birch Bark
Today, we seem to be becoming more aware of natural products and their advantages to our body, mind and spirit. Many of these ingredients have been around for ages, but it is only now that we are rediscovering them. Birch bark has been used over the ages for many purposes including medicinal ones. It is known to have natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, ancient cultures used birch bark to heal and purify the body through aromatherapy. Using a naturally derived sulfate free shampoo like Herbal Essences Birch Bark eExtract shampoo, infused with real birch bark extract has its own benefits too. It
provides a gentle cleanse, moisturizes for soft strands and I can vouch for it smelling soothingly good!
My time hiking and biking in Maine was a memorable experience for many reasons. But, one of the main reasons was being on trails lined with the white-barked birch trees. I hardly ever see them back in Northern California! Herbal Essences bio:renew’s Birch Bark Extract let me bring a little piece of Maine back home, while protecting my hair at the same time. Double bonus.