Going Natural with Pantene and Himalaya Herbals... really now?

It started with two bars of soap from By Nature Handmade Soaps (love this brand so much!) and while reading about the benefits of handmade soap made from organic and natural ingredients, I realized that I would be doing myself a huge favor by choosing natural over chemical-laden products. So the next time we went to the grocery, I picked up a bottle of Pantene Nature Care Conditioner and Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.

Pantene has always been my preferred conditioner. It doesn't make my scalp itch, is reasonably priced and can go head-on with designer hair products when it comes to efficacy. It's win all the way with Pantene. So when I saw Angelica Panganiban's TVC about the latest nature inspired Pantene conditioner, you can bet I picked up a bottle stat.

I remember the TVC saying something like Nature Care uses both nature and science to care for your hair, the nature bit comes from Cassia-flower essence, avocado and grapeseed oil. While the science part comes from the researchers in lab gowns peering at test tubes to ensure that we get nothing but the best for our tresses. Don't you just love TVCs?!

But for all its talk of nature and natural, I was a little dismayed with the ingredient list which seemed more like a chemist's dissertation than the natural experience they were bandying about in the TVC. I guess science has the edge over nature this time around? Best to keep it real Pantene.

Next up is Himalaya Herbals Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, which is part of a range of products carefully selected from rare herbs collected from the Himalaya foothills and developed using a blend of Ayurveda and scientific research. Wow! A marriage of east and west in one bottle! Impressiv-o.

The anti-dandruff shampoo, aside from using Himalayan rare herbs, also utilizes tea tree oil and Indian beech to control dandruff and promote a healthy scalp.

But you know what? I totally got dandruff when I used this :( In fact, I was so disappointed with this that I have banished it to my sink and now use it just to clean my makeup brushes. Aside from that, check out the label as well:

Obviously, there are a lot of laboratories at the foothills of the Himalayas for them to come up with all sorts of chemical in their products (hey, and I even spy formaldehyde there!).

The lesson for me here is to read the label before buying, so as not to get suckered into faux claims of natural and organic-ness. I wonder if honestly natural and organic products are actually available in groceries or department stores? Because from experience, it seems as if it's the smaller brands (think Ilog Maria, Human Heart and By Nature Handmade Soaps) that can really go all-natural or all-organic.