Maria Nila True Soft Shampoo & Conditioner – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

If you’ve ever experimented with trying out different shampoos and conditioners then you know how important they can be in the behaviour and texture of your hair. Choosing the right products can sometimes be the difference between unruly and salon looking hair.

In previous posts I looked at some good options, if you missed them check out:

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

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner

Redken Extreme Shampoo & Conditioner

But with so many products in the market, there is always room for improvement. In this post I wanted to take an in-depth look into the Maria Nila True Soft Shampoo & Conditioner. Are they worth your time and money? Let’s find out.

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Packaging

The Maria Nila True Soft Shampoo & Conditioner come in pale green, plastic bottles of good quality. They are minimally designed and don’t particularly look beautiful or ugly.

The product comes out by squeezing the bottles.

 

Colour and Texture

The shampoo has a white creamy texture whereas the conditioner, although still white, it is a thicker cream.

 

Smell

The shampoo has a cosmetic cleanser-like scent (a bit like a morning shower gel) whereas the conditioner has a lighter oil-like scent. Both scents are pleasant but come from added fragrance.

 

Price

Both shampoo and conditioner retail for £27. However, the shampoo comes in a 350mL bottle whereas the conditioner in a 300mL bottle. While I personally don’t mind the conditioner coming in a smaller bottle, I always run out of shampoo first, I also don’t think that it’s fair to have them at the same price. The 50mL difference is literally what a travel size bottle would be so it feels like paying for a product that isn’t there.

 

Hair and skin compatibility

These products are specifically for dry, brittle, coloured and/or frizzy 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. These products are made in Sweden.

Here’s what the brand says about the True Soft range:

True Soft is based on Argan oil, which remoisturises and revitalises dry and brittle

hair, reduces frizz, and fights static electricity. The range includes a shampoo, a conditioner,

nourishing hair oil and hair masque is suitable for daily use. The True Soft-series has a fruity

scent with a unique flowery aroma of lily, jasmine, and rose.

 

Here’s what the brand says about the shampoo:

A gentle shampoo for dry hair that softens, moisturizes and stengthens the structure of the hair. Free from sulphates and parabens. Smoothing Argan oil reduces frizz and fights static electricity.

Here’s what the brand says about the conditioner:

A detangling conditioner for coloured hair that softens, moisturizes and strengthens the hair structure. Smoothing Argan oil reduces frizz and fights static electricity.

 

Practicality of use – user experience

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

 

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Results

Although these products were pleasant to use in the shower, the results after the hair was dry were not great. My hair went from dry and tired to oily and dirty looking within a day. While these products contain Argan Oil and other ingredients that help tame hair, they tame a little too much. If you are the type of person that washes their hair every day then these will be the perfect product for you. However, if you don’t wash your hair daily you might only get about a day or two of good hair days before your hair looks like it’s oily and dirty.

 

Ingredients

The shampoo contains 33 ingredients of which 21 are positive, 3 potential negatives and 10 irritants. The conditioner contains 30 ingredients of which 18 are positive, 3 are potential negative and 6 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. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A hair and skin conditioner.
  4. Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate – Cleansing and foaming agent.
  5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate – A cleansing agent.
  6. 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.
  7. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (aka Argan oil) – Mixture of compounds including Vitamin E and fatty acids. Essential for healthy skin. Skin conditioner.
  8. Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – A hair and skin conditioner.
  9. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – 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.
  10. Phyllostachys Nigra Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner, good for dry skin and hair. Can have anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory properties. Some say it can tighten pores.
  11. Glycol Distearate – A skin conditioner.
  12. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG- Propyl Silanetriol – A hair and skin conditioner.
  13. Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride – A hair conditioner and anti-static agent.
  14. Sodium PCA – Skin conditioner and naturally occurring humectant.
  15. Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride – Anti-static and hair conditioner.
  16. Amodimethicone/Morpholinomethyl Silsesquioxane Copolymer – Hair and skin conditioner.
  17. Quaternium-95 – A UV absorber and hair conditioner.
  18. Propanediol – Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
  19. Lactic Acid – An AHA that is naturally produced in the process of bacterial fermentation. Has hydrating properties and can help brighten and even out skin tone.
  20. Disodium EDTA – Very similar to tetrasodium EDTA, can counteract the effect of hard water by binding with metal ions and therefore, stopping them from interacting with our skin and hair.
  21. Dyes – Although dyes in cosmetics are unnecessary and some can potentially irritate skin, they can actually be a positive in hair and cloth cleaning products as they can help counter bad or off colouring, such as yellowing of hair or loss of colour intensity.

 

Conditioner:

  1. Water (Aqua)based formulation.
  2. PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate – A skin conditioner and shine enhancing emollient.
  3. Behentrimonium chloride – An anti-static and conditioning agent.
  4. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (aka Argan oil) – Mixture of compounds including Vitamin E and fatty acids. Essential for healthy skin. Skin conditioner.
  5. Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil – Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
  6. Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine – A hair conditioner and anti-static agent. A mild cleanser with pearl-like properties.
  7. Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – A skin replenishing, emollient and anti-oxidant.
  8. Phyllostachys Nigra Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner, good for dry skin and hair. Can have anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory properties. Some say it can tighten pores.
  9. Amodimethicone/Morpholinomethyl Silsesquioxane Copolymer – Hair and skin conditioner.
  10. Lactic Acid – An AHA that is naturally produced in the process of bacterial fermentation. Has hydrating properties and can help brighten and even out skin tone.
  11. 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.
  12. Sodium PCA – Skin conditioner and naturally occurring humectant.
  13. Cetrimonium Chloride – An anti-static agent that can cleanse but also has anti-microbial properties.
  14. Dimethiconol – A skin conditioner that can fill in lines, wrinkles and pores giving a plumper look. Can also create a subtle gloss on the skin and protects the skin from losing water.
  15. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  16. Propanediol – Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
  17. Quaternium-95 – A UV absorber and hair conditioner.
  18. Dyes – Although dyes in cosmetics are unnecessary and some can potentially irritate skin, they can actually be a positive in hair and cloth cleaning products as they can help counter bad or off colouring, such as yellowing of hair or loss of colour intensity.

 

Ingredient negatives:

Shampoo:

  1. 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.
  2. Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Potentially persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife.
  3. 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. Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Potentially persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

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: Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glycol Distearate, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum/Fragrance.

 The following compounds present in the conditioner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum/Fragrance.

 

Full list of ingredients for the shampoo:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG- Propyl Silanetriol, Phyllostachys Nigra Leaf Extract, Trideceth-5, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Dehydroacetic Acid, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Lactic Acid, Quaternium-95, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum/Fragrance, CI 47005/Yellow 10, CI 61570/Green 5, CI 42090/Blue 1.

 

Full list of ingredients for the conditioner:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phyllostachys Nigra Leaf Extract, Amodimethicone/Morpholinomethyl Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Trideceth-5, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Propanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Quaternium-95, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum/Fragrance, CI 47005/Yellow 10, CI 61570/Green 5, CI 42090/Blue 1.

 

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Verdict

Unfortunately, the Maria Nila Shampoo & Conditioner duo left my hair a little too dirty looking (after a day) for my liking, even though my hair is usually unruly and frizzy. They might be the perfect products to tame your hair really quickly after 1 wash but if you don’t wash your hair every or every other day, then you might be disappointed. It almost feels like these products contain too much oil.

 

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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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