I ran out of my beloved Kiehl’s protein concentrate shampoo yesterday and was so saddened, I felt like I should be holding some sort of memorial service for all the hard work it put into my frizzy, knotted tresses over the past six months. Alas, I just shed a silent tear and threw the empty bottle into the recycling bin … then realized afterwards that I probably should have taken it to my local hippie store to refill with natural suds from the bulk bin.
But I also don’t want to buy a full 11 ounces of something only to realize it sucks (see: Alba body wash episode from March). So I got a trial-size bottle of Avalon Organics lemon clarifying shampoo and figured if it worked I’d go back and get the big bottle.
It smelled delish, and I recently had great success with the same brand’s deodorant, so my hopes were high. But then I read on this party-pooper health website that Avalon’s shampoos score a pathetic yellow — or “moderate concern” — on the toxin scale, due to what they deem potentially harmful impurities (whatever) and some ingredient classified as a “penetration enhancer” (eeew).
Still, penetration be damned — if this was good shampoo and it was mostly natural, I was sticking with it. So I tried it out this morning. Unfortunately, once again, I’ve found that a lack of chemicals seems to necessitate a lack of lather. It may or may not be doing the job, but either way, it just doesn’t feel right when I can’t make my hair go in that foamy up-twist like the pretty girls do in the commercials.
Does anyone have any favourite natural shampoos? Ones that don’t have any penetration enhancers? Feel free to comment below. Of course, from now on I’ll only buy natural, organic shampoo, but I don’t think I’ll be staying faithful to the Avalon brand.