HoneyBee Garden's Natural Hair Spray

April 26, 2014

My first foray into the world of natural hair spray... spoiler alert... it went really well!

Now - every one has their own ideas of what they want their hair spray to do. I don't use hair spray on a daily basis, I don't want something light that will look natural and brush out easily. I want something that will hold my hair right where I've put it and not let it budge an inch. I use hair spray so rarely that when I do actually reach for it I am not trying to achieve a natural look.

Honeybee Gardens hair spray is a water based, alcohol free, liquid spray. It does not come in a pressurised can like 'normal' hair spray, I didn't find it too difficult of a transition although it does go every where when I spray it! That is both a positive and negative feature of the spray; it has a nice wide spray that distributes the product evenly across a large area rather than squirting a thin jet all in one place. This, however, is where I have trouble and end up coating half the room with hair spray. It took a few goes to get this under control and not leave the house with sticky ears, shoulders and all! To be fair - I think this says more about me than it does the product.


How it Holds Up

I've used this a number of times since purchasing it back in February and I'm really impressed. Like I said it's not a natural, light, glossy locks kind of hair spray it is a hold-it-all-day kinda thing.

I've used this when putting my hair up in a pony tail as I'm at a stage of growth with lots of little baby hairs. It held my hair all day during a long shift at work, the only time a hair went out of place was when I went outside into some REALLY strong wind and one little bit of hair moved, easily fixed though and still impressive after an active and long shift at work.

I also left my hair up in said pony tail to sleep on it and it actually looked fine in the morning! Now that is impressive.

I've also tried this out for holding curls in while my hair is down. The hair spray is good for this if you are not after a natural, flowing, easy kind of look. I was going out in the evening and I wanted the style to stay put and my fine hair to hold it's curl. HoneyBee garden's hair spray worked perfectly for this purpose. 

Again, if you want something light for every day use then this may not be for you. Perhaps you could achieve the affect you want by doing one light spray from a distance, that would add some hold, without being sticky or stiff... but you would need to be very careful! This spray has such strong hold which, in my opinion, is great.

I did not find the hair spray to be sticky, it has tacky consistency when first sprayed but this is gone within 10 seconds as it dries and sets. Your hair can look and feel a little stiff if you spray too much so you have to bear this in mind and build the hold rather than spraying like crazy all in one go.


Ingredients

I'm happy with the ingredients in this hair spray. No alcohol, no gluten, no parabens, no phthalates, no PABA and no artificial colour or fragrance. It includes organic ingredients and nothing untoward as I see it.

The last ingredient at the list is 'ethlhexylglycerin' which is listed as a '1' on EWG but some people are cautious of this ingredient. I've not noticed ANY reaction at all but some people find it as a skin and/or eye irritant which can react with dermatitis. I'm fine with this ingredient (it is from a natural origin- originally a vegetable oil) and I have no reaction to it but I wanted to give everyone a heads up just to be on the safe side. Basically, if you have really sensitive skin (dermatitis or similar) then you may want to proceed with caution.

Availability 

I bought mine from Vitacost for $6.99 (approx £4.20) but the shipping costs are quite high. You can get it from iHerb (lower shipping costs) or from Ebay and Amazon. I've found it in a few other places but it is not the 'herbal mint' scent and this other version mentions a small amount of parabens in the ingredients list. 

Would I recommend it?

Yes! If you are after something that will give you a strong hold without using chemicals or pressurised cans then this is the stuff for you! I am really, really glad that my first attempt to find a good natural hair spray has been so successful.

What holding/setting products do you use? Have you ever tried this hair spray?
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12 comments:

  1. This does sound great, if you spray less do you think it would be less noticeable? I've got the Yarok one which is lovely but it is darn expensive! I also have a Giovanni one but it doesn't smell that natural!

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    1. I think so, if you spray less and from a distance it would just be a light coat... worth a try for that price I reckon :-) I'd love to try somthing from Yarok as it all sounds amazing! xx

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  2. I saw this and was going to get it on my next iherb order. Seriously such a great price. Look at how expensive Yarok or Rahua hair sprays are ($30! yikes!)

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    1. I know so pricey!! This is such a reasonable price it's well worth a try. Also, I'm really happy with the ingredients- I found it difficult to find a 'natural' hair spray (as close to natural as you can get) and the only 'questionable' ingredient is one that is an irritant to some, not all :-)

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  3. Great review :) I've been looking for a natural hair spray that's affordable for a while and was yet to have any luck - I tried one from Lavera and it's like there was no difference at all, the curls just felt out within about 20 minutes! So I will definitely be having a look at this and I'm sure will be purchasing very soon :) x

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    1. Thank you! Hmm, I've not had a great success with anything from Lavera to be honest which is a shame as it is a reasonably priced brand generally. I hope it works well for you too, I have very fine hair that is hard to hold even in conventional hair spray so I was impressed with this... hope it's the same for you! :-) xx

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  4. Really Excited about this. Natural Hairsprays haven't been working for me at all. Luckily with my new hair cut I don't need it every day but for an evening out I'm going to give this a go! Thanks for the review. Ashley x

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    1. shame to hear that, I think it is another one of those things people struggle to find an adequate replacement of so I was very happy to find something I like straight away... especially a very affordable option! i hope if you do buy it that you like it as much as I do :-)

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  5. I've been looking for a natural hairspray and this one sounds like the way to go. thanks xx

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    1. hope you do like it :-) it's so inexpensive it is worth a try. thanks for reading xx

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  6. Great post Rach, nice to see a natural hairspray at such a reasonable price. I've shied away from the Yarok and Rahua ones as I just can't justify the price so thanks for sharing this x

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    1. I know, sooo pricey! I don't mind paying a bit more for something really good but it's always a risk the first time you buy it... it may be an amazing product for one person and a total fail for you... that's why I like to champion affordable options, if people try out my suggestions but aren't keen they haven't spent a small fortune on my account! Also, what's better than finding something great at a brill price?! thanks for reading xx

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