Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Botanical Superpower - Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream

Somewhere between the bitter realization that sleeping with my windows open is no longer comfortably breezy and the helpful motherly urging  to bring a jacket when I leave the house, its time to face the fact that summer is definitively done and Canadian winter is closer than we think. The fall is one of my favorite parts of the year so I am certainly not complaining but that doesnt change the fact that this transition time can cause havoc in my regular beauty routine and I am realizing what worked in July is not necessarily the best choice in October.

Being a dedicated product junkie and a diligent beauty blogger also means that I relish the changes as well, meaning that I somewhat secretly relish the opportunity to find and recommend new must-haves on my radar.

When the weather starts to turn bitterly cold stepping-up the moisturization game is basically a natural progression in itself and there are numerous skincare products that address the issue successfully and thoroughly. Yours truly already posted a lengthy guide to those beauty substitutions when it comes to skin and body care, which you can check out here
What you are not going to find in that post is something that is commonly neglected but should be equally important, especially when you think about the fact that overlooking its care can really make or break your overall look. I am of course talking about Hair Care! 

Having thick, long hair means that any moisture or central heating can leave my hair prone to frizzing and annoying fly-aways. Seeing how leaving the house with wet or damp hair is no longer a viable option means that I am now using both heat and products for styling almost on a daily basis which is something that is an exception rather than a rule during the summer months. 
My regular Moroccan Oil  routine, combined with some minimal leave-in serum or oil starts to feel inadequate and all the factors above begin to leave my hair somewhat dry, coarse and lifeless. Since using additional frizz smoothing products are just temporary, masking measures and most contain build-up associated silicone's, finding a true hair healing remedy has become somewhat of a priority. I wanted something that continued to make a difference in my hair texture and health even after shampooing it out. 
The brand that kept popping up in my research was PHYTO, a brand whose philosophy centered around using botanicals and natural ingredients to care for hair follicles. 

As I looked into the PHYTO research and application methods I was happy to discover that they offered a unique approach to caring for the health of your hair and scalp. This was not a line of instant results hair-care nor did they use silicone's in their formulations. What they promise is natural based ingredients that overtime heal, nourish and restore hair back to its healthy, soft, bouncy roots. The skincare aficionado in me was delighted and giddy with their terminology of day and night creams! 

My introductory PHYTO product was the Phyto 9 Ultra-Dry Hair Nourishing Day Cream With 9 Plants ($31.00 for 1.7 oz)

Official Description;
A genuine "day cream" for dehydrated hair, PHYTO 9 is a combination of Macadamia oil and plant extracts, all carefully selected for their hydrating and nourishing properties (St. John’s Wort, Soybean, Calendula, Rosemary, Willow, Sage, Burdock, plant mucilage).
Infused with eight plant extracts plus macadamia oil, this leave-in conditioner instantly nourishes, smoothes and protects medium to coarse textured tresses while preventing frizz and split ends.

Althaea Oficinalis Extract (Mucilage Végétal), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Arctium Majus Root Extract (Bardane), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (Romarin), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract (Sauge), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract (Saule), Hypericum Perforatum Extract (Millepertuis), Lecithin (Soja), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parabens (Butyl, Ethyl).
Directions For Use;
After shampoo apply to towel-dried or dry hair, place a pea sized amount of cream into hand and apply all over hair paying special attention to ends.
Massage in until fully absorbed, then style hair as usual.

The Phyto 9 Botanical Cream is a unique hybrid of a styling texturizing cream and a nourishing leave-in conditioner. The product itself is very concentrated so using this sparingly is essential to getting the maximum benefits, avoiding greasy residue and not wasting a drop of its creamy goodness. The key ingredients alone: Soybean, Macadamia Oil, Rosemary, Burdock, Sage, Calendula, Willow, Mallow and St. John's Wort had me convinced of its superiority but once I tried this silicone-free concoction I was sold on it right away. The lack of that coating sensation might cause you to question the results at first but this is because PHYTO works on treating-healing your hair and not tricking you into thinking that the silky-smooth feeling you are left with is proof of its true ability.

I find that the best results are when it's applied to damp hair, prior to blow-drying but using a little bit less on dry hair will take care of any smoothing issues you might be dealing with. The Phyto 9 has a light formula feel to it so its easily absorbed and although scented, it's very delicate and doesn't smell synthetic or perfumed. The fragrance will definitively not interfere with any scent you might already have on (bonus)

Ultimately I absolutely adore this product. Apart from the incredible results; super shiny, smooth, frizz free and soft hair - there's a huge sense of satisfaction that I am maintaining my hair texture rather than masking the damage problems.
When my hair needs a little bit less care or during the Summer I plan on switching to Phyto 7 Dry Hair Hydrating Day Cream With 7 Plants ($29.00 for 1.7 oz). 

Thank you for reading :-)

Have you tried any PHYTO hair products? Any favorites? 



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