It’s pretty hard to find a shampoo that’s actually soft enough for my scalp. Most shampoos contain SLS or SLES, also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. This is an ingredient you can find in many cosmetic products that have a cleaning purpose like shampoo. This ingredient is cheap, foams up quick but can also dry your skin out like crazy. That’s why I’m very happy with the Nature Box coconut oil shampoo because: No SLS or other sulfates! Want to know more about this shampoo? Keep reading my new review!
Product: Coconut oil shampoo
Brand: Nature Box by Schwarzkopf
Promises: ‘Deep moisturizer, hydrates dry scalp and it rebuilds and revives dry damaged hair. For a refreshed and moisturized skin feeling,’ according to the Nature Box website.
The Nature Box coconut oil shampoo comes in pretty big bottle. It contains 385 ml of the shampoo, which I though was blue at first. It turns out it’s just the bottle that’s blue and the shampoo itself is completely clear. The Nature Box coconut oil shampoo is free of sulfate surfactants, meaning it uses another type of cleaning ingredient to wash your hair. The shampoo is also free from silicones, parabens and artificial colorants hence the clear ‘color.’ The shampoo is vegan proof, the bottle is made of 25% recycled plastic, the ingredients are 84% natural and it contains cold pressed coconut oil.
This all sounds great, but does it really do what I want this shampoo to do? Yes, it really hydrates my hair and it feels fresh for about two days. It doesn’t way my hair down, it doesn’t make it feel too fluffy and it feels super soft after washing. It appears to clean my hair without drying it out. My scalp also seems to appreciate the Nature Box coconut oil shampoo, as it doesn’t contain any sulfates. It makes my hair look really shiny in combination with my favorite Garnier hair mask.
The most important thing is that this shampoo seems to be very gentle to my scalp. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and I’m not scratching my head anymore. I’ve seen less dandruff and/or dry flakes on my hair which is great! I have to admit, I’m quite skeptical when it comes to shampoos because they usually aren’t that great at all. It’s really hard to find a shampoo that doesn’t dry out my scalp or triggers eczema. This shampoo actually helps me calm my scalp down and it really hydrates my hair.
I haven’t found any bad points for myself yet, but there is something you should consider. This shampoo may not contain sulfates, but it does contain Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. After doing some research I found out it’s not a sulfate, but it can still dry out your skin if you’re sensitive to it. It’s a cleaning agent that creates the foam in the shampoo. It also contains Cocamidopropyl betaine which is looked at as a better and softer cleaning ingredient. Make sure you’re not allergic to these two ingredients before using the shampoo.
This isn’t really a con, but I’m critical so I want to discuss the 84% natural ingredient claim. Nature Box is a brand by Schwarzkopf, so you know they’re going to market this product really well. Reading the fine print and the ingredient list reveals that the cold pressed coconut oil is number seven on the ingredient list. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s not the main ingredient, which happens to be water. And the natural claim seems to come from using water as the main ingredient in this shampoo. A bit misleading if you ask me.
This shampoo also contains perfume, which means you have to be careful if you’re allergic to perfume in cosmetics. My body has gotten stronger so I can use a shampoo like this now, but a few years ago this would’ve triggered my eczema. The other ingredients don’t seem to be very harsh or too crazy. It’s pretty much the same in any drugstore shampoo you can find right now.
I really like this shampoo and how Schwarzkopf has used their new brand Nature Box to create something more natural and vegan. I personally love that there is another drugstore shampoo without SLS that doesn’t cost over €10. Lord knows how much money I’ve spend on shampoos with less ingredients, just to make sure my scalp wouldn’t suffer. That’s why I’m giving the Nature Box coconut oil shampoo the okay go! I will definitely buy it again and try out some of the other versions they have.
Have you tried a Nature Box shampoo too and what do you think about it?
Let me know,