I think I’ve talked about going sulphate-free here before, but that was ages ago. I was using a brand from Healthy Options that was good at first but ended up irritating my scalp in the long run. Since then I lapsed back into using whatever shampoo and conditioner happened to be most convenient, whether sulfate-free or not. That is, until recently, when I was reminded of the Human Nature set of shampoo & conditioner that I had left sitting in my condo for guests to use. My cousins from the U.S. stayed over in December of last year and one of them loved the shampoo enough to ask where she could buy more. After they left, I thought I should try it out myself!
I started with the Clarifying Shampoo (149.75 Php for 200 mL) because I was in need of one. Technically, this isn’t sulfate-free, but the sulfate found in it is derived from natural ingredients. The website reads:
Our breakthrough clarifying shampoo is our foamiest shampoo ever, yet it’s still 100% free from harmful SLS/SLES. We use coco fatty acid sulfates instead – natural sulfates that give you rich lather equal to the foaminess of SLS/SLES but are non-toxic, fully biodegradable and proudly manufactured in the Philippines!
And it really does lather up just as much as a regular shampoo would! It also does not strip my hair dry while still getting all of the gunk out of there (from styling products). I use this once or twice a week, but it can actually be used daily because it is very mild. I just go for it when my hair starts to feel heavy. Right now I have the 200mL size but will probably get the big-ass 500 mL bottle next time.After trying the Clarifying Shampoo for a couple of weeks, I didn’t even want to wait until I was done with my regular shampoo and conditioner. I went out and got the Strengthening Shampoo (129.75 Php for 200mL) and Conditioner (144.74 Php for 200mL) in the “cool peppermint” variants right away! Unlike the clarifying shampoo, these don’t have any kind of sulfate whatsoever and after a couple of months of using this line my scalp feels so much healthier and comfortable. The strengthening line also comes in “soothing aloe” but the cooling effect of the peppermint variant is really great especially when you take a shower on a hot day!
Human Nature has never failed me, and I don’t know why it took me so long to think to try their shampoos, lol. If any of you are looking to go sulfate-free, try their line because (1) it works, (2) it’s affordable, and (3) Human Nature is an amazing brand with an amazing story. They have a Philippine website, a US website, and an international one, so do check them out no matter where you are from! They will ship to you. ;) In the Philippines, HHN is available at Rustan’s groceries and these independent stores (click).
For full ingredients lists, click through!
aqua (water), sodium coco fatty alcohol sulfate (coconut-derived), decyl glucoside, sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), glycerin (vegetable-derived), coco glucoside, glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), buffered lactic acid (plant-derived) , betaine (sugar beet-derived), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, fragrance (all natural), sodium chloride, levulinic acid (rice or corn-derived), phytic acid (rice-derived), anisic acid (anise seed-derived)
Cool Peppermint Strengthening Shampoo:
aqua (water), sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut-derived), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), sodium lactate (sugar cane or sugar beet-derived), sodium gluconate (sugar cane or sugar beet-derived), Cocos nucifera (coconut) nectar, dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), guar gum, hydrolyzed wheat protein,Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, olus (vegetable) oil, levulinic acid (rice or corn-derived), xanthan gum, Mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil, Mentha arvensis(corn mint) essential oil, phytic acid (rice-derived), anisic acid (anise seed-derived), citric acid
Cool Peppermint Strengthening Conditioner:
aqua (water), cetearyl alcohol (vegetable-derived), cetrimonium chloride (vegetable-derived), Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, olus (vegetable) oil, Helianthus annuus(sunflower) seed oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer (vegetable-derived), diheptyl succinate (vegetable-derived), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil, Mentha arvensis (corn mint) essential oil, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, hydrolized wheat protein, levulinic acid (rice or corn-derived), anisic acid (anise seed-derived)