Although I made the jump into organic and natural beauty products over two years ago, it was only recently that I started trying more natural and organic haircare products. One of the first few in my trial list was Sukin Organics–and it’s because I was amazed at how affordable their products are. Yet, they claim to offer the same luxurious and guilt-free experience as most high end organic products do.
Skincare that Doesn’t Cost the Earth
…that is the brand’s tagline. It’s certified cruelty-free and its products come in environment-friendly packaging, recyclable whenever possible. Sukin products are also free from Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, PABA or parabens.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Soy Protein, Wheat Protein, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Articum Lappa Extract (Burdock), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Citric Acid, Linalool,* Limonene.*
* Natural component of essential oils.
Like most SLS-free shampoos, Sukin Protein Shampoo doesn’t lather much. It’s actually my first whirl into organic/natural shampoos so I wasn’t very comfortable at first with the lack of bubbles and the subtlety of the scent. But slowly, my hair and scalp adjusted and I also grew to love the mild fresh kiwi smell. Although it didn’t totally get rid of my oily scalp problem, my scalp became more stable and suffered from less irritation. I also felt that the oiliness became slightly more under control. My hair also seemed to have more shine and bounce. It didn’t do anything about my tangles, though. But of course, that’s the conditioner’s job.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Arctium Lappa Extract (Burdock), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Hydrolysed Wheat Protein Hydrolised Rice Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Citrus Paradisi Extract (Grapefruit Seed), Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Linalool,* Limonene.*
* Natural component of essential oils.
Since I was relatively satisfied with the shampoo but was quite worried about my tangles and frizz (I’ve got fine, wavy hair), I went ahead and bought the conditioner. Off the bat, the conditioner proved to be a big disappointment. Although it made my hair easier to comb, it didn’t really make it any shinier. It just made my hair clump together and hang heavily, limply and lifelessly, as if I hadn’t bathed for two days! And it’s not even about applying too much or too little ’cause even a dime-sized dollop weighs down my hair, or at least some parts of it. I once had the mistake of using it on my roots as my bangs were getting to be quite dry and I ended up like a walking grease ball for an entire day. I think this conditioner would work better on really curly and bouncy hair.
Toss or Keep?
Definitely, I won’t ever purchase the conditioner again. But the shampoo is something I might consider buying again–or at least until I find my holy grail shampoo. I don’t think it’s extraordinary but at least it didn’t trigger my dandruff flare ups too often, kept my scalp condition stable and made my hair shinier. I forgot the exact prices but both retail below or around SGD$16.oo each.