This shampoo has been present in my life for so many years that I haven’t even noticed how heavily I rely on it. Admittedly, it’s one of the few products that I replenish regularly. In contrast to my skincare, I limit my haircare to a few staples with some occasional deviations; I like to stick to products that I can trust.
This shampoo contains two fantastic ingredients that help with spots, sebum overproduction, dandruff, and even folliculitis. I have discussed both sulphur and salicylic acid several times before. Sulphur is known for its antibacterial and pore unclogging properties as well as salicylic acid, in addition, the latter exfoliates skin.
Like many products with sulphur, this shampoo also contains a copious amount of fragrance and essential oils, which can be sensitising for some, but at least in the new, improved formula, the sulphur after-smell is tolerable. There’re also camphor and menthol, which give a refreshing feeling and alleviate itching, but they can also cause irritation. I know it’s not shampoo for people with sensitive skin, but many of you should be fine with the additives in a wash of form.
I cannot count how many bottles of this shampoo I have used, but there have been dozens over the years. It’s simply one of the most effective and multi-tasking shampoos on the market, and the new formulation makes it even more enjoyable to use. This product helps me tremendously with controlling oiliness and folliculitis on my scalp. I also use it on my back to control spots because it works equally as a salicylic acid cleanser.
It is enough to massage it into damp hair and keep it for a few minutes to enjoy the benefits of this shampoo. With continuous usage, it will deliver the promised results as it fights both against the causes of dandruff, which there are many, and its manifestations meaning flaky skin. Compared to the old formula, the revamped version doesn’t leave hair perched with a soapy coating, and it doesn’t weigh down or frizz hair. Of course, it’s not a hydrating shampoo, but it doesn’t strip my hair of all moisture either. And the formula change that makes me the happiest is that the sulphur odour doesn’t linger on the hair for too long. With the old formula, I had to re-shampoo with a different product to remove at least some of the odour, otherwise, my hair would stink like sulphur until the next wash, but now it goes away overnight. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t recommend using the shampoo before a rendezvous or in the morning; it’s best to play it safe.
I highly recommend this shampoo to everyone struggling with dandruff, oiliness, or folliculitis on the scalp. This shampoo on its own or in combination with other treatments can effectively improve these conditions. But, be aware that there are many aromatic additives on top of the already potentially irritating active ingredients, which together may be too much for people with sensitive skin; most of you should be fine.
Active ingredients: Salicylic acid 2.2% & Sulphur 2.4%
Inactive ingredients: Water, potassium cocoyl glutamate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cetyl alcohol, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, cocamidopropyl betaine, stearic acid, glycerin, glyceryl stearate se, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil¹, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil¹, chenopodium quinoa seed¹, alcohol¹, camphor, capryloyl glycine, disodium cocoyl glutamate, menthol, methyl salicylate, potassium hydroxide, sodium chloride, sodium pca, triethyl citrate, undecylenoyl glycine, xanthan gum, benzyl alcohol, linalool. ¹Certified Organic Ingredient (adapted from iHerb.com)
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