A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Softee Rejuvenating Growth Oil in the beauty supply store that caught my attention. I’m not really down with growth aids, but I liked this oil because of its ingredients: (Ed. Note – I just found out that I listed the ingredients for another Softee product — one of their oils, but not the one that I was reviewing. So, I’ve updated the article with the ingredients right off the bottle. You see what happens when you try to find ingredient listings online and don’t double check. Sheesh.)
Soybean Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter Extract, Chamomile Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Sulfur, Menthol, Rosemary Extract, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Corn Oil, Safflower Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Extracts of Hops, Balm Mint, Yarrow, Nettle, Horsetail and Neutral Henna, Fragrance, Yellow 11, Red 17, Green 6.
It had good things like tea tree oil, nettle, shea butter extract and more. I especially loved the fact that it was supposed to stop the itchies. This was the soothing and anti-itch formula that 1) promotes healthy scalp for healthy roots and hair growth; 2) helps eliminate dry skin, itching and flaky scalp; 3) traditional formula enriched with soothing extracts.
Cool. If you’ve read this blog, you would now that I have scalp issues. So, if I can find a product that will stop my scalp from itching, I’m all over it.
My scalp had been doing pretty well over the past few weeks. In Miami, my scalp was happy! If I lived there, I could certainly stretch my protective styles for up to two weeks. In Toronto, not so much. Anyway, to make a long post short, I used this scalp oil for the past three weeks and my scalp is in TERRIBLE shape! Biting, itching, flaking and generally making me miserable. I was scratching to the point made my scalp bleed.
Not cool. Not a good look.
Before I bought it, I read all of the ingredients and nothing sent up red flags… except the fragrance, which can be an irritant and the meadowfoam seed oil – not that I know anything about meadowfoam seed oil. I don’t know if I’m allergic to it or not. Some research that I’ve done says that it’s a stable oil and it’s most similar to rapeseed oil. I highly doubt, from what I’ve read, that the meadowfoam seed oil is the culprit. It also contains yarrow — another ingredient I’m unfamiliar with. I just read that yarrow can cause skin irritation… Interesting… The Cosmetics Database says that there is strong evidence that yarrow is a human skin toxicant.
Sensitizer – can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin
That’s me! That’s me!
Regardless, as my sister said, “stick with what you know. If you don’t know an ingredient, no matter how good the product looks, put it down.”
Amen. I just had to wash out a lovely style I did on Friday because the itching and flaking was too intense and working it’s way down my neck and forehead.
I’ll be sticking to olive oil and castor oil for my scalp from now on.