Percy & Reed Wonder Wash Shampoo and Conditioner – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

The longer my hair gets the more effort and care it requires and hence the more I’ve started paying attention to the hair products I use. But no matter what type your hair is or how it behaves, it all starts with a shampoo and conditioner and they can be very important at setting the foundation of good haircare.

In recent posts I’ve looked at the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner  and the Redken Extreme Shampoo & Conditioner and although they were good products I wasn’t 100% happy with them. Hence the search continues!

In this post we will be looking at the Percy & Reed Wonder Wash Shampoo and Conditioner. Are they any better and most importantly are they worth your time and money? Let’s find out.

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Packaging

All Percy & Reed products look beautiful and these ones are not the exception. They come in beautiful white cardboard outer packaging with a beautiful design. The Percy & Reed branding design is always so simple yet elegant and beautiful and I love the cute female cartoon images.

The product bottles themselves are plastic and have the same design. The bottles have a cap and the product comes out by simply squeezing the bottles. Although the shampoo and conditioner look very similar, the shampoo comes with a white cap whereas the conditioner with a black one, which means that it is very easy to distinguish between them without having to read which product is which. That’s such a huge advantage when you are in the shower, as shampoos and conditioners tend to look too similar these days!

Overall, they look like expensive and well thought out products.

 

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Colour and Texture

The shampoo has a white almost transparent glittery gel texture whereas the conditioner, although still white and silky, is a thicker cream.

 

Smell

The shampoo has a sweet shampoo-like scent whereas the conditioner has a lighter cream-like scent. Both scents are pleasant but come from added fragrance.

 

Price

Both shampoo and conditioner come in a 250mL bottle which retails for £18 each. Considering this is a big hair brand the price is not that bad.

These products lasted me for about 7 uses but bear in mind that I have very long, to my waist, and thick hair.

 

Hair and skin compatibility

These products are for all hair types including dry, damaged or color treated hair.

You can use these products no matter what skin type you have but do not use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.

 

Other

Both shampoo and conditioner last for 12M which is much longer than the time needed to use them up.

Here’s what the brand says about the Wonder Shampoo:

GREAT HAIR STARTS IN THE SHOWER™

Wonder Wash Shampoo is a multi-tasking marvel. The ingenious formula responds to your hair type, cleansing gently without SLS/SLES and nourishing as needed to safeguard your hair’s colour and health. It’s filled with so much goodness, you’ll wonder how we packed it all in!

Gentle: SLS/SLES-free Ultra-mild, dermatologically-tested, gentle enough even for sensitive scalps.
Hair type responsive: Nourishes roots, conditions lengths, helps repair ends without weighing hair down.
Colour Protection: Contains colour-preserving ingredients which help prolong the life of colour treatments.
Environmental Defence: Formulated with wheat protein which ‘weatherproofs’ hair against extreme conditions.
Moisture Balancing: Moisture regulator absorbs deep into the hair’s cortex.
Re-conditioning: The caring formula with pro-vitamin B5 strengthens hair from within.

 

How to use

  1. Wet your hair well.
    2. Apply Wonder Wash Shampoo and massage with your fingers to create a rich lather.
    3. Rinse and repeat, then rinse well.
    For wonder-ful results, follow with our Wonder Care Conditioner.

 

 

Here’s what the brand says about the Wonder Conditioner:

GREAT HAIR STARTS IN THE SHOWER™

Wonder Care Conditioner is a multi-tasking marvel. Our most caring conditioner ever, the formula responds to your hair type, nourishing as needed to safeguard your hair’s colour and health. It’s filled with so much goodness, you’ll wonder how we packed it all in!

Gentle: Formulated with soothing Aloe Vera.
Hair type responsive: Detangles and conditions all hair types from root to tip.
Colour Protection: Formulated with Sunflower seed extract which protects and repairs both natural and colour treated hair.
Environmental Defence: Helps protect from the effects of UV, changes in light and humidity.
Moisture Balancing: Works to bring back silky radiance to dull, damaged, stressed areas of hair.
Re-conditioning: The caring formula with Pro-Vitamin B5 moistures, smooths and reduces split ends.

 

How to use

For wonder-ful results, use after our Wonder Wash Shampoo.
1.Smooth Wonder Care Conditioner through your hair, working from roots to ends.
2.Rinse well.
3. Dry and style as usual

 

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Practicality of use – user experience

These two products were very easy to use and the experience is very positive. The shampoo foams nicely and although the conditioner doesn’t foam it spreads easily.

 

Results

It was immediately obvious that my hair was loving these products as I could feel the texture of it changing while still washing the products off. My hair was more manageable and strangely, got dirty much slower. I initially thought it might be in my head or the weather (although it’s actually been sweaty hot here) etc, but time after time of using these products it was constantly obvious that my hair was getting dirty slower!

 

Ingredients

The shampoo contains 44 ingredients of which 23 are positive, 1 potential negatives and 14 irritants. The conditioner contains 29 ingredients of which 18 are positive, 3 are potential negative and 10 irritants.

Notice that a lot of the ingredients have more skincare benefits than haircare, but that’s ok. Keeping your scalp skin healthy is crucial for healthy hair follicles which will lead to good future hair. Additionally, most ingredients have a bigger effect on skin, simply because hairs (out of the skin) are dead and are also more researched for skincare benefits than haircare.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin or hair nourishing or positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives:

Shampoo:

  1. Water (Aqua)based formulation.
  2. Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate – A cleanser.
  3. Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer – A hair conditioner.
  4. Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate – Cleansing and foaming agent.
  5. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate – A cleansing agent.
  7. Caprylyl Glycol– Skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent.
  8. Amodimethicone – A hair conditioner.
  9. Coco-Glucoside – A cleansing, foaming agent and conditioner. So mild that can be used in baby products.
  10. Glyceryl Oleate – Skin conditioner and perfume.
  11. Glycol Distearate – A skin conditioner.
  12. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A hair and skin conditioner.
  13. Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – A hair and skin conditioner.
  14. Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) – A hair and skin conditioner as well as an anti-static agent.
  15. Butylene Glycol – A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
  16. Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
  17. C12-13 pareth-23 – A cleansing agent.
  18. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract – A skin conditioner high in vitamin E. It can improve skin hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection. It can also reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, reducing moisture loss. It is also rich in other nutrients (calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, K and E etc) and can be used against inflammation and skin irritations.
  19. Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch – Antistatic and hair conditioner.
  20. Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  21. Cetrimonium Chloride – An anti-static agent that can cleanse but also has anti-microbial properties.
  22. Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate – Skin conditioner.
  23. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?

 

Conditioner:

  1. Water (Aqua)based formulation.
  2. Cetyl Esters – A skin conditioner.
  3. Behentrimonium chloride – An anti-static and conditioning agent.
  4. Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner that can contain anti-oxidants.
  5. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  6. Isononyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner that leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  7. Polyquaternium-37 – Antistatic and hair fixative.
  8. Bis-Isobutyl PEG/PPG-20/35/Amodimethicone Copolymer – Hair conditioner.
  9. Cetyl Ethylhexanoate – A skin conditioner.
  10. Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate – Skin conditioner.
  11. Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner.
  12. Cetrimonium Chloride – An anti-static agent that can cleanse but also has anti-microbial properties.
  13. Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate – Antistatic and hair conditioner.
  14. Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) – A hair and skin conditioner as well as an anti-static agent.
  15. Butylene Glycol – A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
  16. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  17. Gluconolactone – A humectant (=good moisturiser) and free radical scavenger (=protects against UV damage).
  18. Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.

 

Ingredient negatives:

Shampoo:

  1. Parfum (fragrance)– This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.

 

Conditioner:

  1. Parfum (fragrance)– This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
  2. Polysorbate 80 – Although there is no solid scientific proof, this ingredient has been the subject of a couple of studies noticing cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity concerns.
  3. Dehydroacetic Acid – A preservative, fungicide and bactericide killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms. Controversial reports, some classify this as toxic and others as safe.

 

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the shampoo have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol.

 

The following compounds present in the conditioner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc:  Behentrimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Benzoic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Percy & Reed Wonder Shampoo:

Aqua (water), sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, divinyldimethicone/dimethicone copolymer, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, parfum (fragrance), glycerin, polysilicone-15, phenoxyethanol, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, amodimethicone, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, glycol distearate, polyquaternium-10, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, hydroxyethylcellulose, laureth-4, sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, potassium sorbate, cocamidopropyl betaine, hydrolyzed wheat protein, panthenol, butylene glycol, sodium sulfate, citric acid, sodium chloride, c12-13 pareth-23, c12-13 pareth-3, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed extract, hydrolyzed wheat starch, tocopheryl acetate, cetrimonium chloride, trideceth-12, mica, sodium acetate, formic acid, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, tocopherol, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 (iron oxides).

 

Full list of ingredients for the Percy & Reed Wonder Conditioner:

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Behentrimonium Chloride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyquaternium-37, Polysilicone-15, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Bis-Isobutyl PEG/PPG-20/35/Amodimethicone Copolymer, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 80, Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Panthenol, Benzoic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Dehydroacetic Acid, Gluconolactone, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

 

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Verdict

The Percy & Reed Wonder Shampoo and Conditioner are probably not the best out there but they are a solid good choice. My hair was a little calmer and it even got dirty slower which is a huge bonus!

 

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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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