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Sweet Devotion: The Return of Aveda’s Cherry Almond is Sweeter than Ever

Earlier this summer, eager Aveda fans all over the country lined up outside their favorite Aveda salons awaiting to partake in the relaunch of a sweet throwback—Cherry Almond Shampoo & Conditioner. When it was first released in 1978, it was called Cherry Almond Bark and provided softening and moisturizing benefits with an amazing aroma. But it was discontinued in 2008. Ten years later, it’s back and better than ever!

The new Cherry Almond boasts more super softening powers than the original, from 98% naturally derived ingredients like babassau, organic coconut oil, shea butter and other amazing plant-based ingredients. And yes, the aroma is just as tantalizing as ever and even longer lasting than the original version. It’s also silicone free.



If you find that your shampoo and conditioner just stop working after a while, it’s because most drugstore shampoos and conditioners have silicones that provide temporary shine, but over time can damage your hair.

Silicones are liquid or rubber-like polymers used as a sealant or lubricant in hair products. They are not water insoluble, making them very difficult to wash out. They form a coating around the shaft of the hair, preventing moisture from penetrating and triggering dryness and breakage. This can also cause irritation to the hair follicles, which initiates excessive hair shedding. In other words: short-term quick fixes, but long-term damage.


Drugstore shampoos and conditioners often smell great but the synthetic fragrance used to create that scent can add to issues like hair shedding, dryness and dullness. Synthetic fragrance is a toxic cocktail of carcinogens, allergens, neurotoxic chemicals, environmental toxicants and the list goes on. The signature Cherry Almond scent was carefully crafted by the Aveda Master Pure-Fumers™who blended 38 plant and flower essences such as benzoin resin, tonka bean, certified orange and ylang-ylang to create that beautiful aroma.



You want soft hair that’s shiny and full of bounce—this is achieved in a natural and safe way with Cherry Almond Shampoo. It has babassu and coconut-derived ingredients to deeply, yet gently cleanse hair while maintaining the healthy lipids and oils. Naturally derived cherry blossom and sweet almond oil restore softness and shine from roots to ends. Safe for color-treated hair and daily use.


Where there’s a will, Aveda will always find a plant-derived way. Cherry Almond Conditioner deeply moisturizes and nourishes the hair without silicone. A blend of coconut oil and shea butter help penetrate and detangle the hair, giving it unbelievable manageability and a silky texture.



We wanted to honor this classic Aveda set by sharing another classic from Bakerita—a delicious cookie recipe! These paleo cherry-almond cookies use similar ingredients as the shampoo & conditioner itself: coconut oil, almonds and cherries. Enjoy this sweet treat along with your shiny, bouncy, happy hair.


Paleo Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

Recipe from

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings   15 cookies


½ cup coconut oil room temperature
¾ cup coconut sugar
1 egg room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2¼ cups (9 oz.) blanched almond flour
⅔ cup (4 oz.) chopped dark chocolate
⅓ cup dried unsweetened Bing cherries
⅓ cup sliced almonds toasted


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  • Add the almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate, cherries, and pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time).
  • After refrigerating, use a cookie scoop to form cookies and press down slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.