When I choose new hair or body products, I am always very picky because if products are overly fragranced or perfumed, I usually end up with thrush or a UTI. I generally opt for fragrance-free products or plain / cream or white coloured products that don’t have colour or dye in them too — if it’s pink or blue or green, I am guaranteed it will not end well.

I also love smelling products before I buy them, because I prefer products that have a comforting or clean smell like shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut etc. (When I lived in Paris, I loved watching people buy their shower gels because they would stand in the aisle of the supermarket and sniff the different products to choose the one they wanted to get. I have never seen anyone in South Africa do that, so I was fascinated watching people do this and could totally relate to the shoppers in Paris.)

A little while back, I received a box of these new hair and body products to review from Nature Box. I had seen influencers posting about this new range on Instagram which has bold and bright packaging, but hadn’t actually tried it out myself. I was really happy I got this particular range which contains 100% cold-pressed almond oil. The first thing I did when opening the press drop was smell the products inside and I was really happy that they smelt so comforting!

The next thing that excited me about this range is that it is vegan friendly and free from:

  • Sulfates,
  • Silicones,
  • Artificial colourants, and
  • Parabens

Nature Box’s four product lines all contain cold-pressed oils extracted from fruit seeds and nuts: Avocado, Coconut, Apricot and Almond. Cold pressing is the most efficient extraction process, allowing the oil’s essential nutrients to be entirely preserved to deliver a nutritional punch to the hair and skin. Nature Box products are neither refined nor processed, meaning all their valuable vitamins in the oils, such as A, B, C, D and E, as well as antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, are not lost.

Nature Box press release from Henkel

Even though the bottles are pink, the product inside is clear and I haven’t had any issues using them. My hair wasn’t greasy or weighed down, my skin wasn’t dried out after showering, and the body lotion gave me just the right amount of nourishment that I needed as it was getting warmer.

If you haven’t used shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate- and silicone-free, you will notice that these products foam less than products that contain them, and your hair may initially need to be washed more often. When I change my hair products to sulfate-free ones, I usually need about 2 weeks for my hair to adjust to the new products and do need to wash more frequently. Once my hair has settled I can go back to my normal routine of washing.

Out of all the products I was gifted, I used the root spray the least. I didn’t notice too much of a difference in my hair after using it, so I didn’t reach for it very often. I liked the shampoo and conditioner which left my hair feeling weightless, as well as the body lotion and shower gel which I would buy for myself.

There are 4 different ranges that you can choose from, depending on your needs:

  • The Avocado line, which protects and provides deep repair to hair and skin.
  • The Coconut line , which refreshes and moisturises.
  • The Apricot line, which leaves hair and skin silky soft and smooth.
  • The Almond line, which provides volume and gentle care for sensitive skin.

You can find these products at major retailers (Dis-chem, Clicks, Pick n Pay) as well as on Takealot, and the price range for the products I was sent is:

  • Nature Box Almond Shampoo (385ml) – RSP 119.99
  • Nature Box Almond Conditioner (385ml) – RSP 119.99
  • Nature Box Almond Insta Lift-Up Spray (150ml) – RSP 99.99
  • Nature Box Almond Shower Gel (385ml) – RSP 69.99
  • Nature Box Almond Body Lotion (385ml) – RSP 99.99.

If you’d like to find out more about the full range of Nature Box products, you can view them here.