O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz

 

Original Mineral
Atonic
— Thickening Spritz

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The Atonic Thickening Spritz is a styling product that has been made with the intention to be used alongside heat styling or blow drying. This form of styling needs added protection to the hair shaft from the and it aims to temporarily do so to protect against the elements. The spray works to adhere to the hair shaft, to create fullness, and conditions each strand for resistance to the heat and promote shine.  

Styling products such as this usually are luxury additions to hair care, and generally aren’t used daily. It is still recommended to understand the ingredients used, as hair care ingredients are often overlooked as the effects of these ingredients aren’t immediately seen or felt.

 
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Brand integrity

Original Mineral are advocates for healthy hair by reducing chemical overload in their ingredients listings. Their formulations are known to be effective and gentle, by including natural extracts and active minerals and excluding harsh chemicals where necessary.

The brand has made waves in colour technology, myth busting colour results with their proven formulas that are ammonia, resorcinol and PPD-free (common ingredients found in regular hair colouring).  

Original Mineral is PETA approved brand and is 100% animal cruelty free.

 
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First impressions

Fragrance: 
The scent is fresh yet subtle, the lightness due to the Lilly Pilly extract.

Texture: 
The spray is generous, and heavy as it covers a large area once sprayed into the hair roots.

Efficacy:
Applied onto damp hair, the spritz immediately creates a thicker, fuller texture to the hair. It protects the follicles from heat from a blowdryer, and is a fantastic add-on product to create a more volumising look.

 
Original Mineral claims to remove ‘harsh chemicals wherever possible while including natural extracts and active minerals that deliver real benefits’ across their extensive range.   Image via  Original Mineral

Original Mineral claims to remove ‘harsh chemicals wherever possible while including natural extracts and active minerals that deliver real benefits’ across their extensive range.

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Ingredient watch

read our full Formulation Analysis

The good

Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, providing nourishment to the scalp and hair regeneration.

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, a soothing, anti-inflammatory plant extract.

Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, high in antioxidants and moisturising properties.


The Questionable

Ethanol, an alcohol that is potentially drying to the hair and damaging to skin cells.

Phenoxyethanol, a common ingredient linked to allergic reaction, eczema and toxicity in the nervous system.

Polysorbate 20, a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products.

 
Whilst we applaud their minimalist aesthetic, we question the use of HDPE - a plastic that takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.  Image via  Original Mineral

Whilst we applaud their minimalist aesthetic, we question the use of HDPE - a plastic that takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.

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Packaging review

Bottle: HDPE- See more about HDPE and its impact

The bottle of the Atonic Spritz has number two packaging, also known as HDPE (High-density Polyethylene). It’s a highly versatile plastic, and is often repurposed into other plastic parts. The downside is that it can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

The spritz also has the spray bottle component that is comprised of different parts.

 

Formulation full analysis

The Good

Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil is an amazing ingredient for hair care products as it contains anti-inflammatory properties that help fight scalp conditions such as dandruff. The gamma linoleic acid found in Evening Primrose boosts hair regeneration, and nourishing the scalp.  

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract is beneficial for many different skin types, as it’s soothing and serves as an amazing anti-inflammatory. It’s incredibly hydrating due its high-water content and includes many rich antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, as well as active enzymes that nourish the skin surface. Many manufacturers find this ingredient particularly useful in large quantities due to its effectiveness as a skin moisturizer, as well as its ability to cool the skin. Not only is this music to a beach-goer’s ears, but those who naturally hold more heat in their skin will benefit from buying skincare products that use Aloe Vera as a core component. 

Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract has particular shine-enhancing qualities for hair care, as it’s incredibly moisturising and works to hydrate from deep within the hair follicle. It’s packed full of antioxidants and boasting antibacterial properties to protect the scalp and hair follicles.


The Questionable

Ethanol is just another name for alcohol. There’re people on either side of the fence: those who think alcohol is a big no-no as its drying and stripping of your natural oils, and those who think it’s the key to killing all bacteria and ensuring a clean surface for moisture. The truth is, there are different types of alcohol, and what differentiates them is their chemical structure which makes their jobs quite different. Ethanol is a short-chain alcohol (a drying alcohol), known to evaporate quickly. We can see why this ingredient is necessary for styling products like a hair spritz, however the detrimental side is that they wick moisture from hair and skin, causing hair cuticles to roughen up leaving them brittle, exposed, and more likely to frizz. Let’s not forget that these formulas also spray onto the hair follicles, making it a derma-issue too, as ethanol has been shown to cause some serious damage to skin cells.

Phenoxyethanol is one of those ingredients we would see right at the bottom of the list of many products, and probably don’t think twice about it… What’s the harm in one little long word in the mix of all these beautiful botanical ingredients? The truth is, this bad boy has been linked to many allergic reactions and skin conditions such as eczema, and toxicity in the nervous system, particularly in infants. The European Union has classed it as an irritant, and Japan has restricted the ingredient. Juxtaposed to this, The Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed the chemical safe to use as a preservative if concentration does not exceed 1.0%. However, when taking into consideration reapplying the same product, as well as many other products on the bathroom shelf, we may be applying and absorbing more than what we think.

 

Polysorbate 20 is a sugar alcohol in its original form. For its purpose in personal care products, its treated with ethylene oxide. The result used as an emulsifier in cosmetics to help mix water and oil. The issue with any ingredient that is mixed with ethylene oxide is that it can become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is a known animal carcinogen that can penetrate readily into the skin. It’s also been linked to skin allergies

 

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