...That foam up! Yes, if you are going to avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (which is what creates the foam in shampoo, shower gel and facial washes) you may find that some products are lacking on the foaming front. Which I find makes me use more of the product to compensate for this. Not a good thing when you are spending that bit more on shampoo and shower gel to avoid SLS.
If you haven't got a clue what I am going on about and wondering why you would want to avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS (which if you look, is found in nearly 99% of all shampoos) it's because in the chemical world it's actually classed as a skin irritant and isn't good for your skin, hair or health.
If you want to know why I personal stopped using normal shampoo you can read the post on it here.
I have now been using only SLS free shampoo for over 5 months now and my hair is so much stronger and not frizzy or dry for once.
Anyway I could ramble on all day but basically I have tried quite afew SLS-free shampoo and shower gels to find the right 'foam factor' so I thought I would share the ones I love and also compare them to normal products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
So first here is a sample of the foam factor for the Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends shampoo which was actually WHY I started to use only SLS free products - The product above actually caused me to have a bad reaction to it on my scalp and I later realized (which is why I have decided to tell you all) it contains both Ammonuim Laureth Sulfate and Ammonuim Lauryl Sulfate. The strongest type of sulfate there is! Says alot...you will rarely see this ingredient in any shampoo and theres a reason for it. It ofcourse foams up due to the SLS.
As for SLS-free shampoos there aren't many on the market which if you use them I am sure you know already! The cheapest and most widely available brand has to be Naked which price all there SLS-free shampoos at £3.99 for 250ml. The first I tried was the Balance Recovered Deep Cleanse shampoo...which like it says deep cleans the hair so it was abit too stripping to use 4 times a week. It was also very runny and didn't foam up too well. So I moved onto the Naked Richness Revealed Colour Protection Shampoo which foams up slightly better and also smells alot nicer. I alternate this with my favourite SLS free shampoo which is the Tigi Bed Head Superstar Shampoo which you can see above. It foams up even more than a normal shampoo and smells so so good. You can find this at CheapSmells.com for £5.10 and most hairdresser's for about £9.00, however be careful as some of the shampoos in the Bed Head range do contain SLS.
Next I want to take about Shower gels...the reason why I started to only use SLS free shower products was because I started to see a dramatic improvement in the little lumps on the backs of my arms from using SLS free shampoo. Also my skin was just generally less spotty and bumpy. So I decided to continue to make my skin look better by switching to only SLS shower gels and bath products and face scrub/washs (but I will talk about that some other time). But using only SLS-free shower gels has made such a difference to the backs of my arms, I kid you not!
Much like shampoo you will find that most shower products that create a lather/foam will contain SLS. Lynx...Radox....L'Oreal...some Lush products....even Original Source. Basically everything.
The above Possibility Raspberry Pavlova product was something I bought from ASOS over a year ago it's a multi-use product so shower gel and shampoo in one and ofcourse it contains SLS. However it doesn't actually foam up that much! But anyways most SLS products do foam up...
Naked Coco de Mer Body Wash it what I mainly use and love, it foams up so well. It really is creamy and smells so nice (and also expensive smelling in a way) and not at all 'eco' or 'organic' like. However I have tried other ones in the range most specifically the White Ginger Body Wash and it doesn't foam up as much. So I would highly recommend looking for creamy products that are more opaque than clear. The body wash range again is priced at £3.99 for 250ml. I again alternative this with another cheaper SLS-Free product so I don't use it up as fast. I use the Seba Med soap or cleansing bar which I have spoke about before it's around £2.00 for a 100g bar and you can find it in most chemists. I use it on my face but also in the shower on a shower puff thing...I am sure you know what I mean.
It foams up well and leaves the skin feeling clean. A good cheap alternative to make your other SLS-free products last longer.
I know this post won't be some people's cup of tea as it is more in-depth but it's something that I feel quite strongly about and really think it is worth a try even if it's just to achieve better hair and skin!