Review: Morrocco Method Int’l Gluten Free Raw Vegan Hair Care

Every now and then I get a product that is really interesting. It’s not interesting in a good way, or a bad way – just interesting. Now, I don’t consider myself a granola hippie (only if it’s GF granola that is), but I’m a pretty environmentally-friendly type of girl. I like raw products, and I like vegan products, and I go to a naturopath and even take tintures and herbs. Now, does that mean I’ve gone completely into the world of herbalism and Ayurvedic healing? No, I have not. In fact, I really don’t understand much about it, outside of what my naturopath, herbalist, and acupuncturist has told me. But, Morrocco Method bases their products in this – as the founder has integrated his scientific findings with Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalism. So, although I’m typically more mainstream than this for my hair care (yes, I admit to owning Pantene), I wanted to give the company a shot. This idea of HOLISTIC hair care is very interesting to me. So when MM reached out to me about their products, I was immediately engaged. Plus, the fact that they are a GF, soy-free, and cruelty-free brand was pretty great.

They have a HUGE line of products. I was sad to only review two of the vast amount that they have available. For example, want a NATURAL hair color? Try their henna dye!Want to buy a high-end boar bristle brush? Looking for gluten-free, soy-free, raw vegan bath products? They have a ton of them ranging from scrubs, shower gels, and soaps! They have a whole line of gluten-free, soy-free, and color safe (for us aging way before our time) shampoos and conditioners in some amazing botanical combinations.I’m hoping I get a chance to try out their cosmetics – although all they have listed right now is an eye-liner. Looks awesome! But you know me, I’m a girly girl and love make-up.

The lovely people at Morrocco Method sent me a few sample products so I could get familiar with their raw, vegan, gluten-free (and soy-free) products. Thanks Ellen and team!

I got to try their DIAMOND MIST conditioner and moisturizer. I thought this was a perfect product to pep my hair back up  in the morning, especially after sleeping on it wet, before I styled it for the day.

Ingredients: Micro Clustered Ionized Water, Crystals from the Himalayan Mountains, liquified into a Crystalline Organic Herbal Base of St. John’s Wort, Extracts of Wild Rose (Rosa Rubiginosa), Sandalwood (Santalum Albus), Frankincense and Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha), and Shikekai (Acornus Calamus)

I also tried their BLOOD OF THE DRAGON Styling Gel. HA – what a badass name for a hair product, right?

Ingredients: Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Blood of the Dragon Rare Proteins (Jastropha Dioica), Marine Proteins of Sea Silk (algae), Kelp (Macrocystis Pyrifera), Nori (Porphyra Laciniata), Kombu (Laminaria digitata), and Fucus (Fucus Vesiculus), Vegetable Glycerin and Xanthan Gum, Botanical Proteins of Yucca Schidigera Cactus from Mexico (Opuntia Erinacea) and Volcanic Ash with Herbs and Spices, Orange Seed Extract (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, 92 Trace Minerals as Natural Preservatives

I thought this product was good for curly hair like I have (although I do straighten it a lot). It didn’t weigh down my curls and kept them bouncy, even after sleeping on it. I’m not overwhelmed with the fragrance, but then again – after seeing the ingredients, do I really want an artificial fragrance in it?

My boyfriend didn’t necessarily like this – only  because it gave his hair too MUCH body. He’s more of a pomade guy, but we were experimenting with his using a more natural product on his hair. Well, this definitely brought out his waves! If I were to buy him something, I would try their pomade next.

Did I love their products enough to run out and buy them? Kind of. I mean – I’m pretty happy with some of the products that I have right now that help me achieve my well-maintained coif. But some of their products that I didn’t get to try sounded pretty rad – shampoos without SLS (foaming agents added to just about everything) sounded awesome. As soon as I write this, I’m going to place an order for some of their smaller trial products so I can test it out before committing to large bottles of anything.

So why would I choose this company over others? Well, as you know – I’m one of those people that want to BELIEVE in the company that I purchase from. Here’s a sampling of why I loved the Morrocco Method Int’l company.

“We believe in giving back!Morrocco Method is committed to promoting a green planet with a healthy future for all generations to come. We donate a percent of our profits regularly to the following organizations for the benefit of those in need of a more fair and just world”

These include Sufi: Journal of Mystical Philosophy and PracticeKrishnamurti Foundation of AmericaBlind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary (seriously, you had me at cats),  The Dolphin Project (okay, now you had me at stopping dolphin slaughter),  Montana de Oro state park (they sponsor bird feeders and deer feeders!), PAWS: People Helping AnimalsFeline NetworkSan Luis Obispo Symphony: La Belle EpoqueCafé MusiqueBoys to Men Central California Coast Mentoring Network, and Veterans Helping Veterans in Need

Also, they sent me their “green environmental statement” and talked about how they only print on recycled paper and only use recyclable product packaging. They also recover boxes, styrofoam and stuffing materials daily from local stores around them as part of their commitment to recycling. WOW!

What really got me was that they employ local Cal Poly students and graduates for their labeling and packaging needs, as well as special works of OPTIONS – a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with disabilities become productive citizens within the community. With something like that, how can you NOT want to buy something from them? I just got the good mojo vibes just reading that!

So, sometimes it’s about what’s BEHIND a company too. I would rather support people who give back and provide a SAFE hair care line (that happens to be raw, vegan, cruelty-free and soy-free) than some other brands that don’t make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside.

I would give the products that I tried a 3.5 out of 5. I wasn’t won over by the ones that I tried, but they weren’t terrible either. But if I was reviewing the company as a whole, I’d give them a 4 out of 5. I was really engaged by their story and their ingredients. I would definitely recommend passing along their information to anyone who is SOY FREE, VEGAN, and into HOLISTIC hair care. Although that doesn’t fit me to a T, I feel like this is a great company for the gluten-free holistic hair care niche (I assume that there’s one out there).

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1 comment

  1. Alyce Bass February 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Love the review. Lots of great info!

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