One of my first most read posts here on BEAUTYCALYPSE was called “Who Put The ‘Poo’ In Shampoo”. It was in 2013, and I’ve only found the perfect product three months ago.
Why is it so hard to find a perfect product, you might wonder?
Because I look for a product that is:
– Ideally organic (or at least free from industrial alcohol, harsh detergents, artificial fragrance, phthalates, parabens, silicones and mineral oil to name the worst offenders)
– Next level: free from conflict palm oil and from conflict-PO-based ingredients. Because even certified organics can contain PO-based ingredients of doubtful pedigree. Yup, you read right.
– Then I want it to be vegan
– …and free from Hydrolized Wheat Protein as well as any other wheat-based ingredient
– Ultimately, this Prince Charming of shampoos needs to be at least reasonably priced and accessible.
I bet you start figuring out the problem.
And I bet you’re not wondering how I ended up with a baby shampoo.
Enter: Eco Cosmetics Baby & Kids Shampoo & Shower Gel with pomegranate and sea buckthorn. (It’s been rated “excellent” by the German consumer magazine Ökotest.)
The Eco Cosmetics Baby & Kids Shampoo/ Shower Gel (200 ml/ € 9.90) INCI list:
Aqua, Coco Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate & Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Leaf Extract *, Punica Granatum Extract *, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Betaine, Lactid Acid, Parfum (= essential oils blend).
It is vegan and certified with Ecocert.
All ingredients are pretty safe with certified organic cosmetics (I said that because lecithin can be GM’d in conventional products); the detergents are not harsch; the scent is very pleasant and quite subtle. I also heart the fact very much that the ingredients list is quite minimalistic.
So yes, it’s the Best in my line-up of shampoos tried and tested so far.
Is it ideal? Well, pretty darn close!
1 It is free from PO ingredients and wheat-based ingredients,
2 fully vegan,
3 reasonably priced
4 and while not easy to get in the Berlin shops, it’s always available online (for example via Amazingy + ecco verde);
5 it lathers well,
6 cleanses very gently,
7 and doesn’t leave your hair squeaky;
8 the fresh, subtle scent is very light, pretty neutral and evaporates quickly.
9 It’s designed for the ultra-fine baby hair, so I can imagine it’s suitable for adults with fine hair as well.
So why only “pretty close” then? Because of the:
1 It’s enriched with sea buckthorn extract
2 and scented with an unspecified blend of essential oils,
so it’s possibly not a perfectly safe pick for people with according allergies and sensitivities.
Now let me hear your thoughts.
– Your idea of a reasonable price for a 200 ml bottle of shampoo?
– Do you have hair health issues, and if yes, which shampoo do you use?
– What about going to your hair stylist – do you let them use their salon products on your hair*?
*Because hell no, I don’t, salon shampoos don’t have to list the ingredients and that’s just too much of a Russian roulette to me.
Stay clever, all wavy and bouncy, Adventurer 🙂