Product review: Briogeo charcoal and coconut micro exfoliating shampoo

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I’ve been searching for great exfoliating shampoo that properly cleanses my scalp and gets rid of all that unwanted build-up. In my recent hair post, I discussed the importance of buying proper hair products that are not made out of placebo/filler ingredients, especially if you have coloured hair.

They say that your scalp is an extension of the skin on your face and yet many of us forget to treat it with the appropriate care. For this reason, I want to start taking better care of it, starting with scalp exfoliation.

Why should you exfoliate your scalp?

According to Medicine Plus, hair follicles contain not only hair itself, but also oil glands. These oil glands help remove things such as old skin cells, aid in the prevention of drying tissues, and also ensure the skin is adequately nourished. You can imagine what happens when you use items that are not formulated for your hair: NEWSFLASH – it gets clogged.

So, to prevent this from happening, you most definitely want to exfoliate. The goal of exfoliation is to get rid of the dead skin cells and undesirable gunk that gets left behind from your hair products. The benefit of exfoliation (other than removing buildup) is to promote healthy hair growth and visible shine, as well as  preventing dandruff or dry scalp.

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Now, for the product

During the recent Sephora sale, I purchased the rather pricey Briogeo exfoliating shampoo, only justifiable by the fact that I could take advantage of the 15% discount.

To give a quick overview of the product, the shampoo uses a few outstanding ingredients that help exfoliate the scalp:

  • Charcoal is used to get rid of impurities (think product build up like dry shampoo) from the scalp and hair follicles.

  • Coconut oil is used to nourish the scalp and prevent dryness/flakiness. FYI, this is not the type you find in your kitchen, it’s formulated specifically for your hair.

  • Panthenol is used to provide essential nutrients that strengthen the hair root and shaft.

  • Lastly, a mixture of peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oil is used to provide a cooling effect on the scalp. The goal is to reduce itchiness, irritation and flakiness.

The revival shampoo has a distinct peppermint scent, yet it somehow reminds me of mint chocolate – YUM! I would bet this would be enough to give it a whirl, don’t you think? I was definitely intrigued and excited to give it a try.  However, beyond the enticing features of the product, I did rely heavily on reviews to convince myself whether it was worth giving a shot.

In addition to the shampoo, I also purchased the Briogeo scalp revival stimulating therapy massager. The goal of this device is to further promote circulation of the scalp, Yes, there are cheaper ones out there, but I thought I’d splurge here a bit as well.

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My final thoughts

The first thing I noticed is that the shampoo had a whipped and creamy texture, as well as tiny micro exfoliant beads (almost sand-like) that helped to remove dead skin cells and buildup. Since I am guilty of using dry shampoos and texture sprays, it’s all too important that my scalp gets the proper physical exfoliation.

There is also sufficient lathering that doesn’t make you feel like you’ve wasted the first wash – a pet peeve of mine. I am considering washing my hair twice with this shampoo, in-between my usual shampoos, and using it about once a week.

Most of the ingredients in this shampoo are plant-derived and help to keep your hair moisturized, without feeling or looking greasy. It is recommended to put the shampoo in the fridge for two hours if separation occurs – note, I have not experienced this thus far, but this may occur over time with any changes in temperature.

I would say the combination of using this shampoo alongside the scalp massager left my hair feeling that squeaky type of clean. This also led to an unpleasant feeling of dryness, requiring me to use conditioner immediately after to combat the parching effect.

Overall, the revival shampoo does what it claims to do and I rate it a solid 8.5/10.


If you’re using or thinking about giving these products a try, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section or on Instagram.

Until next time!

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10 Comments

  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Sunscreen can save your life!!

  • Sue says:

    Your hair looks lovely. I want to try this now.

  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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