Review: Sukin Organics Protein Shampoo and Conditioner

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.

Protein Shampoo

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.

Protein Conditioner

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.

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  • Amanda

    My first trial of less synthetic shampoo was Sebamed. It really took me some time to get accustomed to, because it didn’t foam as ordinary synthetic products do. But over time, I’ve come to appreciate it. The milder formula makes my hair look lively. And I don’t have split ends like I used to!

    • Vivi

      Yeah, the lack of foam needs getting used to. But after switching to sulphate-free shampoos, my hair and scalp both became healthier and less “tantrumy”.

  • xin

    i have once tried sukin skincare once, and within a few minutes, the skin started to redden and itch, i guess sukin isn’t for me

    • Vivi

      I’ve never tried the skincare range except for the cream cleanser which was kinda ok.

      Glad that it didn’t cause anything serious and that it’s not so expensive so at least, not so much heart pain >.<

  • Alexandra

    Had been wanting to try this shampoo for months now but funnily never gotten to it. Good shampoos are hard to come by these days, right? Some might do a great job at cleaning but leaving hair dry afterwards. Some may give great shine and bounce but may give flaky or irritation. Sigh!
    I am currently trying a new one and so far, it’s pretty good..a potential HG item. Hopefully, can give a review in a few weeks time.

    • Vivi

      Yeah, review! LOL, I do remember you saying that you have sensitive scalp, too, that tends to be oily. So I’d love to know what would work for you :)

  • Dana

    Hello, new follower here :) I’ve never heard of this range before but like you I find it hard to find good organic hair-care (along with deodorant, toothpaste & mascara!) I have a terribly sensitive, flaky scalp & fine flyaway hair, I’ve tried loads of organic shampoos/conditioners & the best thing I’ve ever tried is Dr Bronners Mild Castile Liquid Soap, you’ve probably heard of it but honestly it’s the best I have found, plus you can use it in the bath! Outwith that I’m experimenting with making my own shampoo &conditioner bars which is great fun &you can tailor it to suit :) Good luck in your quest! :)

    • Vivi

      I’ve tried Dr. Bronners Mild Castile Liquid Soap, too, but unfortunately it’s not for me. It made my hair extremely dry.
      Like you, I have a terribly sensitive, flaky scalp with fly away hair that tends to get dry easily.
      I’ll probably try ayuverdic shampoo bars next. 😀

  • Mariana

    Was hoping to hear great things about this shampoo/condit. :( I’ve been sulfate free for a few years but am trying to find something a little more natural. I guess the search continues..

    • Vivi

      Mariana, it’s actually quite good–better than some others I’ve tried. But it’s not perfect so I’m still on the lookout like you.

  • Liyan

    Hi, I agree with you abt the conditioner. I also have oily scalp and I also turned to organic products to u improve the condition. I have thick hair, and the conditioner doesn’t nourish and add shine. I feel that my hair is still dry & slightly frizzy after using the conditioner.. And yes, it does weigh down the hair quite a bit!

    • Vivi

      I really hate the Sukin conditioner. :X It didn’t do anything to my hair except to make it greasy and weigh it down. Does the Sukin Shampoo work for you?

      I’m trying a new shampoo right now, hope it works so I can write a post about it.

      • Liyan

        i didn’t try the shampoo. no faith after the experience with the conditioner! i am using paul penders time release jasmine shampoo to help with the oily scalp. its quite expensive. 20+ for 200ml, so i use it once a week like a treatment!

        • Vivi

          oh, heard about that brand before. i’ll probably be trying their skincare range soon. my current shampoo is almost of the same price and to make it worse, shipping cost me additional 25 bucks :( So it better work, lol

  • Gazel


    I’ve started using A’kin brand shampoo and conditioner. It’s an oganic brand that does not contains parabens, sulfates etc.. u cld give it a try.. I last saw it at NEX guardian..

    • Vivi

      Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve only tried the A’kin cream facial cleanser before and I loved it. Once my current shampoo runs out, I’ll try A’kin then. :)

  • Trish

    Use an appropriate shampoo where your hair gives great result. Don’t make any changes and stick with it. Using also conditioner is one of the factor that your hair has a great result at the end of the day.