Dear Adventurers and Adventuresses!
The BEAUTYCALYPTIC rider has been out there in the toxic wasteland and has gathered some healthy loot she is about to review NOW.
Testing shampoos has proven to be tedious business. Some of the tested products (tested but not included here!) have been so bad that I don’t see why the companies bothered certifying. If you replace a harsh industrial ingredient with a harsh organic ingredient, what’s the point in that? To give green a bad name?
That’s why I swear by companies whose history tells me they really mean their green approach. But let’s have a quick look at what I found.
These are my admittedly quite strict critera:
– Certified organic AND meaning it*, ideally they should pure nuff to drink
– No palm oil OR ingredients derived from it ** (dewy-eyed-me…)
– No harsh detergents, even the natural ones can irritate the skin and whatnot***
– No allergenes****
– Affordable for (if one likes, though I disapprove) everyday use and easy to buy (niche is so niche)
– Cruelty-free (worth its own post series)
How I tested: Only hardcore! Hard water, no conditioner, here I come! No, seriously – I haven’t used any conditioner before or after washing – just to check how it feels after washing my hair with the product.
And here’s my Loot Review of three certified organic shampoos on the Quest for the best there is.
Frequent Wash Shampoo, 200ml/8,50€, available online at melvita.com
Certified organic: Ecocert
* Just so you know: I won’t test “greenwashed” stuff. After all, I buy all the products I test here, and it’s my decision to give my money to a long-time-pioneer or a specialist manufacturer or a company I trust.
** WHAT’S THE THING WITH PALM OIL!? Well. The industrial palm oil is a rainforest killer and it’s so widely used in everything from chocolate to laundry liquid, from store-bought muesli to baby food… Its market share was 30% in 2012!
Now guess what happens – in order to produce and to sell more of this sought-after liquid gold, some people have said “Who needs stupid rainforest? It’s been growing here forever, it can surely live without a hectare or two! Let’s burn it, and plant palm trees, and make money!”…
Granted, certified organic companies normally use sustainable palm oil. But when they buy palm oil derivates, the sustainability gets blurry – no cosmetic company can guarantee that their supplier used sustainable palm oil. Duh!
It’s also hard to tell if the ingredients in your cosmetic product are palm-oil-based or not.
Well, given the market share of palm oil, they probably are, but it’s not like you can look at the INCI and actually tell what it is, except for such safe bets as Palm, Palmitate, and Palmate. Following ingredients can be or can be not palm oil based: (Plant) Glycerin, Cetearyl, Cetyl, Lauryl, Lauroyl, Laurate, Stearyl, Stearate and any unspecified “Plant Oil“.
But thank God there’s sustainable palm oil, right! Right?
How good are you in taking bad news?
To make matters worse, the Round Table organisation that sources organic/sustainable palm oil has faced some controversy re its reliability, being criticised by Greenpeace and the WWF.
This leaves me with a lot of questions. Until answers are given, I will avoid all products that use palm-tree oil and its derivates from now on. I see that the awareness is rising, which is good. The customers don’t want to willingly support environment destruction, poverty, and animal killings/extinction with their hard earned bucks!
But having spoken to people who travelled to the plantations, I quote them as saying “It might be already too late.”
*** Even detergents fit for certified organic products can be irritating. They aren’t good for any skin type that’s out of balance, dry, sensitive, or oily. And even shampoos stuffed with mild detergents (yes, they exist – for squeaky hair enthusiasts, probably) make my hair extra poofy in winter. I take off the cap and wuzzzz! bride of Frankenstein, or as I say, Tesla hair style.
**** Natural or organic doesn’t mean it’s blindly safe for allergy-prone people. Even aloe vera, which is used to soothe irritated skin, can cause severe reactions with some people.