Soaps, shampoos. You know, the stuff that gets all sudsy. Most of that stuff is full of questionable chemicals (sodium lauryl sulfate, SLS, I’m staring right at you) so if I can, I try to test other options to see if they’d be a good fit for our family.
On this particular occasion, I picked up a bottle of Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo. Why this one? Well, mainly because the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo was designed for colour treated hair and yep, I do dye my hair (see the Herbatint review I do way back when). I’ve been looking for a natural shampoo that will work with colour treated hair and my sensitive skin. Fingers crossed the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo will work for me!
Product Review: what ingredients are in the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo?
Here is the long list of ingredients that went into making the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo: aloe barbadensis juice*, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) and linum usitatissimum (flax) oils*, vegetable glycerin, nigella sativa (black cumin) oil, cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar) gum*, chamomilla recutita (chamomile) and pyrus cydonia (quince) extracts*, fruit stem cells (malus domestica, solar vitis) and bioactive 8 berry complex*, hyaluronic acid, panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), tocopherol (vitamin e), aspalathus linearis (rooibos) and hibiscus sabdariffa extracts*†, allantoin, sodium benzoate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) and citrus tangerina (tangerine) oils*
The * means the ingredient is organic. The † means the ingredients are fair trade.
Thoughts? I have no idea. I read the bottle again and I also turn to their website to do a little digging. It looks as though the folks at Andalou are quite serious about what they put into their products. The bottle of Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo indicates that it’s gluten free (I didn’t know shampoos could have gluten?!), it’s non GMO, it contains no parabens (thank goodness) and it also has no sulfates (another good thing).
Perhaps what’s most important in this case isn’t what’s on the label but what isn’t. Notice how words like sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, phthalate this do not appear on the label of Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo? That’s probably the biggest reassurance I have that it’s a pretty decent and clean product.
Product Review: is Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo any good?
At the time of this post, I’ve now used Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo at least 6 times. I’ve used it in under different circumstances (dirty hair, semi-dirty hair, dyed hair, totally faded hair that needs to be dyed, different times of the month, you get the idea) and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that my skin doesn’t like it.
Sad but true.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo except that my scalp doesn’t agree with it. At first I thought it was just poor timing but that’s not it. My scalp gets red and irritated so something in the Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo does not agree with my sensitive skin. Does it lather well? Yep. Does it smell good? Yep. Does it seem to work well on colour treated hair? Yep. It certainly didn’t seem to strip my hair of its dyed colour, that’s for sure.
This is one of those times when I wished I could love a product and can’t. It’s not the product’s fault, it simply doesn’t work with my scalp. I love the philosophy of the product, the careful choice of ingredients used and I’m sure there are plenty of satisfied customers out there that Andalou Naturals Sunflower and Citrus Shampoo would work splendidly for. It’s a reasonable price point and considering that it’s designed for colour treated hair, if I could, I would use this brand over those icky chemical based shampoos that are available at my local drugstore.
Sigh…it’s just too bad it doesn’t work for me.
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