C.O. Bigelow Mentha Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner


Imagine an early morning. The sound of construction drifts through your barely open window. The light, just breaking the horizon, begins to show on your bedroom floor. Birds chirp on the branches of the just-blooming tree in front of your building. The city is waking up. So calm. So peaceful. Then BAM! Your alarm goes off, and instead of gracefully welcoming the morning, you begrudging fiddle with your iPhone until you can hit Snooze, which is apparently the worst thing you can do for yourself in the morning. Ahh, waking up! Such a pleasure on a weekday morning!

So, how can we make our mornings better? Let’s assume that Folgers may not be the best part of waking up for all of us. (Some people don’t like coffee, ever think of that?! No. No, you didn’t.) Anyway, there has to be a way to improve our morning, a way to open our eyes faster than turning on a cold shower, to be shocked into consciousness (that said, I actually really enjoy cold showers, especially in my under-air-conditioned apartment in the summer). So listen up, I think I may have just found the magic ingredient: C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Hair Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner.

OK, I know what you’re thinking: mentha...like menthol? Sure, many naughty boys (and girls) have made menthol cool via badass cigs [Ed. note: Irony is hard to convey in writing, but please interpret with heavy undertones of sarcasm] and Vick’s Vaporub is the go-to grease for congested chests and noses, but shampoo and conditioner? I promise, this is the key to a refreshing morning. Turn on the water—no need for cold temps, unless you’re into that (fun fact: finishing your showers with cold water is supposed to be great for the roots of your hair and will help give your locks volume)—and lather up your bountiful tresses with the Mentha. Massage into your scalp, and let it sit for a few more moments than you would your typical shampoo. This is one time you actually want to listen to the “Lather, rinse, and follow up with our Blah Blah Blah Conditioner” directions on the back of the bottle. Now, grab the other green bottle in your shower and show your head and mane some moisturizing love! C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha line is like an Ice Breakers mint for your head. The subtle tingling chill will leave your scalp feeling so fresh and so clean clean...so you can jump out of the shower refreshed, wide-eyed, and prepared for whatever's on the docket for the day.

Added benefit? C.O. Bigelow is possibly one of the best stores lower Manhattan has to offer. While you're picking up your new morning shower staples, take a stroll down the aisles where you can find Nars makeup, Crest toothpaste, and everything in-between. And for all you chickadees and chickadudes who are not in NYC, well, the storied apothecary is available to all online.

—Elizabeth Brockway

PS: DO NOT get this in your eyes. Unlike Johnson's baby products, this ain't "No Tears," due to the whole "Mentha Invigorating" thing. Do not invigorate your eyes.

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • Tai Anderson

    Ok, yeah. Trying this forthwith.

  • http://twitter.com/anakiya Ana

    Hahaha I love the article. Menthol shampoo is not my cup of tea.... Or in my case coffee but I do understand what you mean. I too hate getting up to the sound of the iPhone. Even though I have set it up with most pleasant sounds I can find. Good article .... Had I said that already?

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    Hmm...might have to try this. I don't often take showers in the morning (I'm not a morning person, and my hair looks better not-so-fresh, so I usually shower the night before), but this might get me to change my mind. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/sequindoll Sarah

    LOVE their mentha stuff. I've tried the lip gloss and it's so nice and tingly :)


  • murt

    Too bad they don't make this in a sulfate-free formula (or do they?) - otherwise I would have loved to try it.

    • Hannah

      A good and tingly mint sulfate-free Shampoo is the rosemary and mint clarifying shampoo from Carol's Daughter. I use it as a clarifying shampoo, to use on occasion, but I do think many hair types could use it daily. It has a matching conditioner too.

      • murt

        Thanks - I'll check it out!

    • Becky Cahlik

      I use the L'oreal EverStrong, which is sulfate free and rosemary/mint/juniper--it works (and smells) great on my hair!

  • Dani Fuentes

    I looove shampoos that make your scalp tingle, though the sulfates do turn me off :(

  • Bennett

    I really love minty products in the shower (hello peppermint dr bronner's), but also tend to find that shampoo leaves my hair feeling more stripped. Of natural oils, natural softness, etc. I have that kind of hair that feels its best two or even three days post wash. While I like the idea of a minty shampoo I'm also having a feeling that it might be extra-strippy and not mesh well with the blow drying process. Thoughts?

    • ITGElizabeth

      I know exactly what you mean-- this happens to me too (particularly with Whole Foods Shampoos, weirdly enough) but I haven't had the issue with this set at all. I always find that a generous hand with conditioner helps me out with keeping my hair soft and healthy.

      • Bennett

        Thanks for the quick reply! Might have to pick this up. The bottle is just so great looking too.

  • Nina

    LOVE a good minty tingle on my (oily prone) scalp. Philip B's Peppermint & Avocado shampoo is an old favorite.

  • Behind the Mirror

    I am so glad you posted this!!! I forgot how much I love their shampoos and conditioners. I am going out now to get... Thanks!!!

  • Valiaskincare.com

    I used this brand's shampoo and conditioner as hotel amenities, and they were good! I'd like to try these too.

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Ah, I love minty hair and body products for summer! So invigorating. Thanks for the review! xo




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