Maple Holistics Shampoo vs Mega Store Shampoo

For years I’ve used the same drugstore shampoo. You know the kind, it costs around $3 and will last you (roughly) a year, if not longer. It’s cheap, but it gets the job done.

I’m not very picky when it comes to this sort of thing. And a 28 oz bottle of shampoo means less waste. Something I’m not a fan of, at all.

So when Maple Holistics reached out, asking if I’d like to do a product review on their Tee Tree Shampoo, I was hesitant. What could possibly make an tiny 8 oz bottle of shampoo, that had Tea Tree Oil in it–a scent I’m not terribly fond of–so special?


The first thing about the company that would get me to say yes is they’re a cruelty free company. Cruelty Free means, first and for most, the products are vegan! It also means, their vegan products are no test on animals. Ahimsa all the way!

The second thing that caught my attention was their Free Samples Program. Something anyone can sign up for to check them out. What’s a better way to get to know a product than to try a product? (It’s a simple form you fill out with your name, shipping, etc, and the product you’d like to try. Easy peasy!)

And finally, they’re organic–which is wonderful, because who wants to wash their hair in pesticides?

So, I said yes, and this is what I learned:

#1 – While I may not like the scent of Tea Tree Oil, it’s is the bomb when you’re washing your hair.

I work out an average of 4-6 days a week, and I’m not a huge fan of over washing my hair. To be honest, if I wash to much, it breaks. Who wants broken hair? With Maple Holistics, I didn’t have to. This was the first thing I noticed.

With my mega bottle of cheap shampoo, my hair would get oily, forcing me to wash it a lot more than I would have liked.

#2 – Since I’m not washing nearly every single day, it lasts (and lasts and lasts). Which is a double bonus, because every ounce is worth the money you pay, PLUS since it’s a smaller package, it means less waste.

Less waste is good for the environment, because at the end of the day, we all need to accept plastic doesn’t break down.

#3 – My hair. Well, for the record, I have frizzy hair. I live in a climate with low to no humidity–which encourages this frizz. This forces me to use more product to tame the beast–but when I use MH-Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, it doesn’t add to the already dryness of my hair. Now, I’m curious about their Aragon Oil Shampoo. My theory is Tea Tree keeps my scalp from itching, so Aragon will keep my hair from looking like Don King.

Basically I’m going to have to sign up for the free samples and let you know.

My final verdict? While the 32 oz bottle of mega store shampoo will last you a long time, it really doesn’t. A quality shampoo, like those made by Maple Holistics, will also last a long time, have less packaging, and be better for your hair, the earth, and all those cute fuzzy creatures we love so much.

For more information about Maple Holistics, visit their website, read their blog, and basic in their cruelty free glow.


If you’d like to have your plant-based, vegan product reviewed–drop me a line.

Published by AS Youngless

AS Youngless is a speculative and fantasy-based fiction writer who lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband, son and dog named Missy.

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