There are some lovely products available for sensitive skin these days – from Logona FREE, Essential Care, et al – but it can still be hard to get hold of a good scalp-sensitive shampoo. We are comparing here a few that we found, which really clean your hair, really leave it feeling lovely, and are really sensitive to irritable skin.
A good route for the more delicate-headed can be to use a baby shampoo, so we have found two of the best of these. Firstly, eco-friendly Baby Shampoo & Body Wash by Weleda. This (like their other baby products) is made with calendula, a skin-soothing flower used for generations. It contains no synthetic fragrances, colours, or preservatives, so you can be pretty sure it won’t get your allergies tingling. Best of all, the very third ingredient is sweet almond oil, a powerful but gentle skin moisturiser, so it softens your hair and skin as well as cleaning.
Our second baby shampoo is by Lavera, their Baby & Kinder Neutral shampoo. The most important way in which this differs from the Weleda product is that it doesn’t contain the essential oils that Weleda use. For the most sensitive skins, this can be better, though others may enjoy the natural scents. It is BDIH certified (i.e. super incredibly extra pure). It’s a simple product that gently and thoroughly gets the job done without any flowery fuss.
Next we have a product that is for not only delicate but ‘Extremely dry and sensitive skin’ – it is Barefoot SOS from Barefoot Botanicals – a range that specialises in rescuing you from dermatological emergencies. Their treatment shampoo means business – botanical willow and chamomile extracts are scalp-soothing, while jojoba and evening primrose oil are nourishing. Just in case that doesn’t do the trick, they’ve packed it with vitamins A, E and B5 for a strengthening nutrient boost. It’s also scented with zingy rosemary and French lavender essential oils, and has a sister-product conditioner that is equally excellent.
Our final contender is handmade in Suffolk, and thevery first shampoo ever to receive Soil Association Organic Certification – it’s Essential Care’s Gentle Herb Shampoo. It contains some botanicals that are found more in remedies than cosmetics, so they’re perfect to heal and soothe a delicate scalp – aloe, nettle, chamomile, and horsetail. This expert formulation does a truly wonderful job of cleansing and calming. With no artificial anything, parabens, petrochemicals, or GM ingredients, it gets a gold star for being seriously natural. And once you’ve used it a few times, you no longer need conditioner – it’s just that good for your hair.
So there you have it – some really scalp-loving, truly natural shampoos. If you like these but think your hair needs something a little different, have a look at some others in our range of natural shampoos. Or, choose a conditioner to compliment your shampoo. All our products are all natural, so there will be something just right for you!