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The Safest Shampoos I Have Used

The Safest Shampoos I Have UsedToday, we’ll talk about the safest shampoos and conditioners that I used almost exclusively in 2017 and 2018.

 

 

Picking the right shampoo that leaves your hair shiny, manageable, smooth, and moist, but not too heavy, is a tall order, isn’t it?

 

 

We also want to make sure that there are no chemicals that irritate the scalp or cause dandruff or, even worse, contact dermatitis or hair loss.  We also do not want any questionable chemicals to get absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream and potentially increase the risks of long-term health effects.  I look into all these concerns when I pick a shampoo for me and to recommend to you.

 

 

However, I noticed that often the same shampoo works differently for different people.  That probably depends on hair type, other hair care products you are using, and, possibly, the way you wash your hair.

 

 

For example, I hear over and over again that some people use and love soap-based shampoos, which are generally the safest from the standpoint of health.  However, they do not work for me despite my efforts to like them.  Shampoo bars are the safest shampoos because they are made of simple ingredients that do not have any health concerns, and you do not pollute the environment with plastic bottles.  I have always used a regular bar soap on my 6-year-old since he was born.  To read more about all-natural shampoo bars, click here.

 

 

This said, let’s look at the safest shampoos (in my opinion) that I used in 2017 and 2018.

 

 

The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner

 

 

Shampoo Ingredients:*Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, Decyl Polyglucose (Corn Sugar Derived Surfactant), Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, *Maca Root, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Rosemary, *Peppermint, *Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative System)   (* Denotes Organically Grown Ingredients)

 

 

Probiotics- Acid stable, and incredibly magnified/fed by the VMG™ (Vita Mineral Green) formula: Lactobacillus plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. bulgaricu

 

Wheatgrass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.
Barley Grass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.

 

 

Conditioner Ingredients:*Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Emulsifier), *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, Goji Berry, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Maca Root,*Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Roman Chamomile, *Blood Orange, *Ylang-Ylang, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative System) (* Denotes Organically Grown Ingredients)

 

 

Probiotics- Acid stable, and incredibly magnified/fed by the VMG™ (Vita Mineral Green) formula: Lactobacillus plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. bulgaricu

 

 

Wheatgrass**-Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.  

Barley Grass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.

 

 

What do I think about the ingredients of the Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner?

 

 

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Before I dive into the ingredient analysis, I’d like to preface my remarks by saying that I wish The Body Deli listed their product ingredients in accordance with the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) labeling system, which would make it easier for a consumer to understand them.  INCI is a global standardization for ingredient names, which provides consistency around the world on how ingredients are named.

 

 

For example, there is an ingredient that INCI calls decyl glucoside.  However, it is listed in The Body Deli shampoo as decyl polyglucose.  So, if you look up the non-INCI name of ingredients in the Skin Deep database, you might have a hard time finding them.  As another example, The Body Deli lists guar gum as an ingredient, but it is listed without its INCI name, so it is unclear whether it uses guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride or cyamopsis tetragonoloba (guar) gum, which are different ingredients.

 

 

Despite the absence of INCI names, I am able to review the product because I spoke with them on the phone about the ingredients and received an email confirming that the guar gum they use is guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride.

 

 

There are a lot of ingredients in the Body Deli shampoo and conditioner so let me break them down into groups to make it easier to understand.

 

 

The building blocks of all foaming liquid shampoos and conditioners, whether or not they are marketed as “natural”, are surfactants (foaming agents), emulsifiers (bind oils and water), coating agents (make the hair shiny and manageable), and preservatives (protect a liquid product from mold and bacteria contamination).

 

 

We will focus on the ingredients that are often the source of health concerns even in the safest shampoos.

 

 

Surfactants (foaming agents) in The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo

 

 

Decyl Polyglucose (INCI: Decyl Glucoside):  Glucoside family surfactants are widely used in baby shampoos and other shampoos that are considered the safest shampoos on the market. The good news is that it is considered a natural or green ingredient.  It is manufactured from non-petroleum sources.  There are no chemicals used in its manufacture, and thus there are no chemical residues.  It is gentle on the eyes.

 

 

According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) report dated 2013, decyl glucoside is considered non-sensitizing, which is good news.  However, the CIR Expert Panel indicates that there is a potential for dermal irritation, and products should be formulated to reduce risks of irritation.

 

 

On the other hand, Belgian dermatologists reported that 30 people out of 11,842 (0.25%) tested had allergic contact dermatitis to one or more glucosides.  They concluded that allergic contact dermatitis caused by glucosides in cosmetics does occur.

 

 

Also, the US dermatologists of Columbia University Medical Center in 2017 reported that out of their 897 patients, 48 patients (5%) had positive reactions to decyl glucoside and/or lauryl glucoside.

 

 

Thus, decyl glucoside is not as harmless as previously thought.  Considering the alternatives I still think it belongs in the safest shampoos.

 

 

Preservatives in The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner

 

 

In both shampoo and conditioner, The Body Deli uses one of the safest preservatives, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, a unique peptide with antimicrobial and conditioning properties derived from fermented Leuconostoc kimchii radishes.

 

 

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate is qualified to be EcoCert certified, which means that it is truly natural and plant-based.  You can read more about Radish Root Ferment Filtrate here.

 

 

Hair and scalp conditioners in The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner

 

 

Botanicals:  I love the fact that the shampoo and conditioner are rich in botanical extracts that provide healing and nutritional properties to the hair and scalp.

 

 

Pro-Vitamin B5 (INCI: Panthenol):  I also love that both shampoo and conditioner contain it because it helps strengthen hair roots and alleviates itching.

 

 

Probiotics:  This is not a typical ingredient but I like it.

 

 

Guar Gum (INCI: Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride):  Both The Body Deli shampoo and conditioner contain it, which is a quaternary ammonium derivative of cluster beans.  While it is derived from a plant, there is a synthetic portion to it.

 

 

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride belongs to the group of chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”).  I have not found any studies linking guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride to irritation or allergic reactions.  It is rated 1 (10 being most toxic) with limited data available in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.

 

 

In 2015, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel reviewed the safety of guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride and concluded that it is safe to use based on the studies of related chemicals.  The CIR Panel reported that its molecules are too large to pentrated the skin.

 

 

After years of trying numerous shampoos, I came to the conclusion that without it or other quats, shampoos and conditioners do not work very well, if you do not have perfectly healthy hair.  Why?

 

 

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is positively charged so it neutralizes the negative charges on hair strands that cause your hair to become static or tangled.  At the same time, it does this without weighing the hair down and thus allows your hair to retain its volume.  It also imparts a “slippery” feeling to the hair so you can comb your hair better, control frizzy hair, and spread the conditioner better all over your hair.

 

 

Conclusion about The Deli Body Living Hair shampoo/conditioner ingredients

 

 

In my opinion, there are no common irritants or sensitizers, and no known endocrine disrupters or carcinogens, which makes it one of the safest shampoos.

 

 

However, as with most shampoos and conditioners, even the ones that are considered the safest shampoos, there is some potential for irritation and allergic reaction and there are ingredients that have limited health data.

 

 

How do I like The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo/conditioner?

 

 

Overall I like it.  Sometimes I wish it could lather more.  Because of its low suds, I tend to use a bigger amount than I need to make my hair clean.  So, be warned that this shampoo does not foam very well.  That’s because there is only one mild surfactant in it.  Make sure to wet your hair very well before applying the shampoo, spread it well, and know that even though you do not see lots of foam, your hair will be clean.

 

 

After the very first use of The Body Deli shampoo/conditioner I was blown away.  My scalp and hair felt light, calm, and simply pleasant.  My hair was manageable, frizz-free, and felt hydrated and moisturized.

 

 

Also, I noticed that my hair looks good longer, so I can go 4-5 days between washes, which is very important to me.  I do not have time to wash my hair every other day.

 

 

Overall, I am very happy with the performance of The Body Deli shampoo and conditioner.  However, I am always curious to try a new one in my search for the safest shampoo.

 

 

Where to buy The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner

 

 

The company’s website

 

 

With this link, you will receive 10% off on your first purchase.  And (full disclosure) I will get a credit towards my future purchases.  Please make sure to make a note of the discount code displayed on the screen so you use it at the checkout. 

 

 

Hairprint shampoos and conditioners

 

 

Hairprint carries 3 shampoo/conditioner lines and a chelating shampoo.  The chelating shampoo is not for regular use.  It is good to use to remove buildup that you might have from using shampoo and conditioner with coating agents and hard water.  I use a chelating shampoo before I use Hairprint Hair Color Restorer.

 

 

For regular use, Hairprint carries 3 types of shampoos and conditioners.  They are similar in composition.  The difference lies in the botanicals they use.  Here we are going to look at the Amla shampoo, but I have also used other formulations.

 

 

Hairprint Amla Shampoo Ingredients:  Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Amla Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract), Radish Root (Leuconostoc Radish), Coconut Milk (Cocos Nucifera Ferment), Vegetable Glycerin, Rose of Jericho (Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract), Pomegranate (Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment), Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract,  Gotu Kola Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Senegal Acacia, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid 

 

 

Hairprint Amla Butter Conditioner Ingredients:  Water, Colza Oil Ferment (Brassica Isoleucinate Esylate and Alcohol), PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Amla Fruit (Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract), Amla Oil (Phylanthus Emblica Oil), Radish Root (Leuconostoc Radish), Coconut Milk (Cocos Nucifera Ferment), Plant Sugar (Trehalose), Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba), Japanese Bloodgrass (Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract), Rose of Jericho (Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract), Bamboo Ferment (Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Leaf Ferment), Pomegranate Ferment, (Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment), Daikon Seed Oil (Raphanus Sativus Seed Extract), Guar Gum (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum), Citric Acid 

 

 

What do I think about the Hairprint Amla shampoo and conditioner ingredients?

 

 

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Surfactants (foaming agent) in the Hairprint Amla shampoo

 

 

In addition to the glucoside family of surfactants that we talked about above, Hairprint uses decyl glucoside and sodium cocoamphoacetate.

 

 

The good news is that sodium cocoamphoacetate has not been found to be a mutagen and at a concentration of 10% cocoamphoacetate was neither an irritant nor a sensitizer in a patch test of 141 human subjects.  It has been found non-toxic in acute oral studies (source).  The bad news is that like many other surfactants, it has limited health data.

 

 

Preservatives in the Hairprint shampoo and conditioner

 

 

In addition to the Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate that we talked about earlier, Cocos Nucifera Ferment is used to protect against fungus, which is also EcoCert certified and plant-based.  You can read more about them here.

 

 

Hair and scalp conditioners in the Hairprint Amla shampoo and conditioner

 

 

I like the fact that a variety of botanical ingredients beneficial for the scalp and hair are used in these products.  There are no quats.

 

 

Conclusion about the Hairprint shampoo and conditioner ingredients

 

 

In my opinion, there are no common irritants or sensitizers, and no known endocrine disrupters or carcinogens.  The choice of ingredients makes it one of the safest shampoos on the market.

 

 

However, as with most shampoos and conditioners, even the ones that are considered the safest shampoos, there is some potential for irritation and allergic reaction and there are ingredients that have limited health data.

 

 

How do I like the Hairprint shampoo and conditioner?

  

 

I have to be very careful to use the right amount of conditioner because if I use too much of it, it may leave my hair slightly greasy.  Lately, I have been using a Hairprint shampoo and Body Deli conditioner combo.

 

 

Using a Hairprint shampoo, I can also go for 4-5 days without washing my hair again.  When I tried to use Intelligent Nutrients shampoo (before they were reformulated), I had to go back to washing my hair essentially every other day – not good.

 

 

By the way, I hear that some of you love Hairprint conditioners and but are not so thrilled about their shampoos.  Again, it just shows that everybody is different.

 

 

Where to buy the Hairprint shampoos and conditioners

 

 

Hairprint website

 

 

Conclusion about these safest shampoos and conditioners

 

 

In conclusion, while these shampoos/conditioners are safer than a lot of other shampoos out there, none is 100% percent perfect.  The environmental impact of plastic is something to consider.  And yes, even with these safest shampoos and conditioners there is potential for irritation.  Since soap-based shampoos do not work for me, these are some of the safest shampoos I have found so far.

 

 

What is next? My new method to help you choose the right safest shampoos and conditioners

 

 

Some people report to me that they can’t use shampoos with decyl glucoside and that so-called “natural” shampoos do not work for them.  That’s why I have made a Shampoo and Conditioner Rating List that will help you choose the safest shampoo and conditioner for your hair, preferences, and health.  Please, check it out!

 

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14 thoughts on “The Safest Shampoos I Have Used”

  1. Deli Body Living Hair product line appears to contain ingredients that would, overtime, darken or yellow light blonde hair.

    1. Hi, Netty: I know many people use it and like it. I have tried Innersense it and found it stripping/drying for my hair. I will definitely include it in the Shampoo Rating List. ~Irina

  2. Hi
    Iden, Neuma, Original Sprout. You’re thoughts??. Could you include volumizing sprays or mousses for straight hair and days with a much need for extra volume suggestions the brands above contain them and they work but safe?

  3. I would LOVE for you to check out Kogi Naturals of Canada and also Rocky Mountain Soap Company. Both product lines have almost identical ingredients (and a little birdie told me that RMSC buys their shampoo base from Kogi). Anyways, they appear to be natural and certainly claim to be so but I have a hard time believing/understanding their ingredient list as I don’t see surfactants (and they both foam very well for “natural” shampoos). I’d be SO curious (and happy!!) if they are legit!

  4. Thanks for the great review. Have you tried Griffin Remedy Restorative shampoo? My grocery coop sells it in bulk so no plastic waste!

    1. Hi, Maria: I am glad there are shampoos that you can buy in bulk. I looked into Griffin long time ago. They do not disclose ingredients on their website. ~Irina

  5. Hi Irina,

    Have you tried or heard about Whamisa’s Organic Seeds Hair Shampoo for Oily or Dry Scalp (pH 4.5)? If so, could provide your thoughts on this product?

        1. Hi, Crystal: Thank you so much! I also found two websites in the UK that sell these products and ship to the US. I noticed that the ingredients in the EWG Skin Deep database are a bit different from what is displayed on the websites. Could you do me a favor? Could you take a picture of the bottle and email it to me? Thank you a lot! ~Irina

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