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  1. Hi Irina! I just discovered your blog a few days ago during one of my late-night sessions (yet another…lol) in hopes to find safe cosmetic products! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 4 years ago and researching the disease opened my eyes to the vast number of nasty ingredients in many foods and cosmetics. I literally lose track of time as I research hours on end but love doing it and I can value your hard work and effort so… thank you.

    I would appreciate your opinion concerning the ingredient “aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) leaf juice” due to the fact that I have read a couple articles about how controversial it is in cosmetics. I can’t find the first article I read but it stated that even if it’s organic, the way it’s processed can make it carcinogenic. I have not come across one product that provides information about the process so I added it to my personal list of ingredients to avoid but seeing that it is in the shampoo you highly reccommend, made me want to investigate it more in depth. I honestly have to continue doing my homework on the matter but would love your thoughts! Here is one of the articles I just started reading.
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi, Jay: On this blog, we offer balanced and practical solutions. Have a had a chance to read the study you linked? What it says is that the aloe vera plant has many components including anthraquinones, which is what is linked to carcinogenicity when animals were fed big quantities of whole aloe vera extracts. However, when they removed it and used decolorized aloe vera leaf extract, it was non-toxic. ~Irina

  2. Firstly, thank you for the guides! Appreciate all the information and work. You have other Alaffia products rated and was wondering what you thought of the African Black Soap Unscented by them? EWG gave it a 1 I believe.

    The ingredients are: Ocimum canum (African Mint) Aqueous Extract, Saponified Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter* and Elaeis guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil*, Lauryl Glucoside. Fair for Life Fair Trade certified ingredient. †ORANGUTAN SAFE.

  3. Hi there: I’m looking for a shampoo that’s clear, gel like; has no coconut in it, fragrance free if possible no sodium chloride or SLS etc. could you recommend anything?

  4. Hi! Thank you for all the valuable information! Are you able to recommend a substitute for dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders? Thanks so much!

  5. Awesome website! I was wondering, which Pure Haven shampoo and conditioner do you use and recommend? How often do you shampoo? One lather or two? I am 54 years old with very thick wavy long hair and seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp. My scalp is very sensitive, has always been oily, and I used to have to shampoo every other day. Now if I shampoo too often, my scalp starts to get very itchy and bothers me so I suspect due to my age, I not only have SD but dry scalp too. I also made my scalp worse, by trying and using too many different shampoos and shampoo soaps in the past. I need to stick to one product and have been trying to do that. Do you think Pure Haven would help me? Also, do you brush your hair? What kind of brush do you use? Thank you so much! Hope to hear from you!

    1. Hi, Maria: I’m sorry to hear that you have to deal with seborrheic dermatitis. Have you seen a dermatologist for it? What do they suggest? Pure Haven hair products are not designed to treat seborrheic dermatitis; however, I believe shampoos with allergens may cause or contribute to dermatitis, and thus switching to a safer shampoo may help. I shampoo my hair twice a week. ~Irina

  6. Hello,
    I am interested in buying this shampoo and conditioner, but there are 2 types. Sweet Orange and Supergreens. Which one are you recommending? If both are good, what are the differences? The website doesn’t explain much.


    1. Hi, June: thank you for asking. It depends on what kinds of hair you have. If you have healthy hair, Sweet Orange products are fine. But if you have dry and especially chemically processed hair, you might want to go for Supergreens. Does it make sense? ~Irina

      1. Thank you for the quick response. I will take that in consideration. 🙂
        Can’t wait to use it! Thank you for all your information on the website. It is very educating.

        1. Hello, I decided to buy both and tried both. Both are very stripping to my hair. I tried each shampoo/conditioner set for 2 weeks each to make sure that my hair gets accustomed to it, but both results are the same and did not improve. At least the conditioner really fix that by moisturizing my scalp. So I know you said the soap didn’t work for you, is it similar for me that these shampoos are too harsh for me?

          1. Hi, June: thank you for your honest feedback. Everyone’s hair is so different. May I ask what shampoo and conditioner did you switch from? Could you please describe your hair also? By the way, you can return the products within 60 days of the purchase. Shampoo-based shampoos leave greasy residue in my hair. ~Irina

  7. Hi Irina,

    I bought purehaven earlier this year and it was about $30 for both shampoo and conditioner (16oz bottles), now its over $40 for 8oz. Do you know what happened to their pricing?

    1. I have been a loyal Pure Haven shampoo and conditioner user for 10 years but they did recently decreased their bottle size By half but kept the price almost the same :/. They told me the reason was because a smaller size allows the ingredients to maintain their integrity in a humid environment of a shower/bath. I refuse to pay that much for it and I’m struggling to find something comparable that is more affordable. Any suggestions ?

  8. Hi Irina, thank you for this fantastic website. it’s truly a treasure chest of information and I keep on finding little gems every time I look!

    I was wondering if the Pure Haven products were safe for the environment? I hate to think that the products I am using might be poisoning the oceans and our soils! I’d rather have ugly hair than harm our beautiful earth which keeps us alive.

    Thanks in advance. I appreciate you so much!

  9. Hi Irina,
    This is so perfect! Just this morning I was going to write letting you and all of our list serve friends how much I LOVE Pure Haven Shampoo. Its the only one I have ever tried that did not strip the color of my hair at all. Due to allergies to hair chemicals years ago I switched to very natural, soft color that I apply at home, and only lasts about 2-3 weeks. I will be going gray now that just I finally retired- but meanwhile I’ve had to use colors that are very temporary. Pure Haven to the rescue! No color stripping. It lets me go longer between times I color and even a week or two makes a great difference. I do use the conditioner too, because I find the shampoo a little drying but with the conditioner its a perfect combination. Thanks again for telling us about this great combination. Val

    1. Hi, Val! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide your positive feedback. I’m so glad I was able to help you find safe products that you enjoy! It’s so rewarding to hear! ~Irina

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

    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

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

    1. Can this shampoo be used on a baby? I don’t want to use essential oils on a baby but want to use a safe effective shampoo. Thank you

      1. Cynthia, may I suggest that Pure Haven makes a Baby shampoo!! And a Kids Shampoo! For their kids, baby and pet products, they use only Essential oils, in the proper rates, proven safe for babies and kids (and pets). I hope this helps.