L’Oreal: Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo and Triple Resist Ultimate Strength Solution

I have challenged myself, as a beauty AND animal lover, to each year eliminate one beauty brand that still does animal testing from my shopping list. I have to say that picking L’Oreal this year has been a challenge. I love L’Oreal products. However, I hate animal testing more.

You will continue to see reviews from me on various L’Oreal products, all of which I purchased prior to the end of 2013. These are two that I have just finished up using; Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo and Triple Resist Ultimate Strength Solution…



I moved to the Denver area 14 months ago from Orlando. Good bye humidity; hello dry skin and hair. It has taken longer for my hair to normalize than for my skin. But, I didn’t waste any time in purchasing products that gave lots and lots of moisture to both.

Just last year, L’Oreal came out with several new niche products for various hair-related issues. I was eager to try some of them out. First was to get a hydrating shampoo as that is the quickest product that can make or break (literally!) hair!…







Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo made my hair instantly soft. I tried this product after going through 2 previous bottles of L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5. That was more moisturizing than Power Moisture however, I was experimenting to see if it was better than Total Repair 5.

The aroma is full and you get creamy suds which I know some may not care for. Since my hair is long, I do use a nice size dollop of ‘poo. I felt I was able to rinse out the shampoo very easy and my hair did feel very clean and healthy. Since I always follow up with conditioner, since I get massive tangles,  Power Moisture worked very well with whatever the conditioner of the moment was.

The after shampooing and conditioning care of my hair is probably more important than the washing part! This is where I can get a lot, no wait…..A LOT of breakage and shed. Earlier this past Fall and early Winter, I had so much breakage that I was alarmed. Before I decided to head off to the doctor, I switched up to a haircare product specifically to strengthen my locks before my hair became visibly thinning. Personally, I felt I could see that is was thin but to anyone else, I sure they wouldn’t have seen what I was seeing. Vanity isn’t used too flippantly around me.

Once more, picking out a newer L’Oreal product, I tried ….

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Let me tell you that this product is awesome. It did make my hair stronger and has been vital in being part of my regimen to keep my hairs in my head. I didn’t have to drench my hair with Triple Resist either. I just did a few squirts at the roots, temples and ends and gently. with a wide-tooth comb, comb through my hair.

The fragrance is so mild that I had to open the bottle to even find an aroma. This spray isn’t sticky or greasy; nothing! But, oh, did it work! The info on the bottle was convincing and it wasn’t until I got home that I read through all the ingredients. Here’s your opportunity to read them too…

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Did you know amino acids are the building blocks to your body AND your hair? Arginine is one of those and it creates a bonding effect with hair, which is a protein. Proteins are made with a combination of amino acids. I was pleasantly surprised to see the ingredient Arginine as the third listed one and not WAY down the list. And is that citronellol I see listed? Extra points for keeping mosquitoes away!!!!

Triple Resist has a very cool delivery system. This type of nozzle really does help me from OD’ing with too much product…

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Even though I thoroughly believe these two L’Oreal products have helped my hair return to a healthier state, I have had to make new product choices. I have discontinued purchasing Essie and OPI (a choice I made last year), which wasn’t near as difficult. And other brands have been even easier yet to leave behind because of their animal testing. Much like when I gave myself a year challenge of eating no fast food, it wasn’t easy at first. In fact, I still have people ask me in amazement ‘You don’t like fast food!!??’ Well, no, I did like fast food and many items I bet I still do. I have just made a choice to not use those products because I do not believe them to be healthy from my body. I’m choosing to not purchase L’Oreal products because I do not believe it is necessary to test on animals and I do not wish to purchase from them because of that.

I’d like to challenge you to give up one brand this year that isn’t cruelty-free. Which one will you pick?

  • I Love this post!!!! Cruelty Free is definetly a great choice. One of my goals this year is to eliminate a few brands and try to head to a more cruelty free direction.

    • It’s great to be among kindred souls! I’m not 100% CF yet, but I am headed that way.

  • I will try anything that keeps mosquitoes away!! lol

    • I never had skeeter problems in Florida but man, out here in Colorado…..I’m their dessert!!!

  • Kat D

    I just recently bought a L’Oreal shampoo and conditioner…I forget which ones. Just as I bought those, I discovered Hask hair products. MAN they make my hair so soft and smooth! They are cruelty free too!

    • Thanks for the tip!!! I will write it down.

  • I’ve given up them all 🙂 I’m proud of you for choosing to do so too!

    • You are instrumental in inspiring me, you know!!!!!!! <3

  • beautybymissl

    LÓreal haircare products are good, but I haven´t used their shampoos & conditioners for quite long time now.

    • These have been so good. However, I am following my heart on this one.

  • I am loving the Power Moisture conditioner

    • Since I was so hooked on the Total 5, I skipped the Power Moisture conditioner. I’m sure it is awesome.

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Good for you! I don’t know which product I would give up if I were to try this…

    • I started with those that I only bought from just a couple of times a year but it was time to take on a bigger challenge.

  • Ange

    I don’t know what I’d give up, and to be extremely honest I probably wouldn’t :/

  • Did you ever read the book by Berkley Breathed (of the cartoon Bloom County) called Night of the Mary Kay Commandos? That was the first time I’d heard anything about animal testing, and I didn’t really understand it then. I’m learning more about it through bloggers who promote cruelty free brands. Giving up L’Oreal would hard because they are ubiquitous, so I commend you!

    • I haven’t heard of the book, no. But, the stories are so heart-breaking that I have a hard time dealing with the stories and any photos. I guess you could say it is a ‘trigger’ event for me.

  • Noelle

    Oh my goodness. I love that hydrating shampoo though.

    • I can honestly say that it is a difficult decision. I had to mull it over for quite a few days. I could have been a week but I figured I wasn’t missing out if I let L’Oreal go. There are lots and lots of other brands to seek out and try that are CF. And, just like giving up the fast food, don’t think I don’t jones for Arby’s roast beef!!!

  • Kelly R

    I haven’t purchased any Loreal products in a while.

    • Not what we usually say to each other on beauty blog comments but, that’s good!

  • I have been meaning to try these

    • Can I talk you out of using L’Oreal hair care? 🙂

  • Amber

    You know I really have been leaning more towards cruelty free when possible too. It just makes more sense. I wish it would just stop all together!! Have you tried the Hask keratin or argan oil line? I’ve got a shedding issue too, and those have been really helpful in getting my hair back on track!

    • I have heard the name before but, haven’t tried them. I think these comments have just put them on my radar.

  • Justina

    I’ve heard great stuff about L’Oreal hair products!

    • No doubt, if it wasn’t because of the animal testing, I’d still use their products.

  • I haven’t really had good luck with L’Oreal hair products but glad to see the Triple Resist Ultimate Strength is made without sulfates!

    • More and more products are removing the sulfates. Do you think it is because more and more of us are coloring our hair? LOL!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I haven’t purchased L’Oreal in years. Kudos to your life choices! Hugs!

  • Good for you for going CF! It’s tough to leave non-CF behind, but I’m sure you feel better about it.

    • It has been harder with this choice than any others. And, I am still on the road to becoming CF totally so I know there are more challenges to face. But I do feel better for it, yes!!

  • Anastasia

    Congratulations on your lifestyle choices!

  • That is a really great idea! IDK who I’d give up first… = Luckily so many of my fave brands are already CF so if I did give anything up there are a lot of fantastic options for beauty!

    • When I started looking at the lists Phyrra has on her website of CF brands, I was so happy to see some that I already use. And, there were plenty to try out too.

  • Betzy Carmona

    This is a much easier way to leave behind products/brands that test on animals, and built a journey to be CF.

    • Thank you, Betzy! I know I have so many beauty blogger friends supporting me on my journey. 🙂

  • I’m so glad to hear you are making that transition. The message is getting through loud and clear to the beauty brands, cruelty-free is now important to more than just hippies and activists!

    • I think of myself as the everyday customer and just the regular person on the street. If I am making different choices, I think the customer base as a norm is too. They better listen! And, if they cut the animal-testing, I will come back being their customer. But for now, I’ve severed my relationship/money from L’Oreal.

  • Well sh**… I didn’t even know L’Oreal tested on animals 🙁 Maybe I should reconsider too then.

    • When I was just a beauty blog reader, I learned more and more about which companies are not CF and when I saw some that I use on that list, I have been consciously choosing not to buy from them. I know that not everyone feels the same way about animal testing but for me, this is where I’m going.