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06/03/13: Urtekram - Rose Shampoo

This product was one of my first 'after' buys.  'After' meaning after thinking I should really put more thought into what goes onto (and possibly therefore) into my skin.

I had washed my hair in the morning using one of the shampoos laying around in my bathroom.  This shampoo was vegetarian, so I knew it had no bits of animal floating around in it, but on closer inspection it has SLS and various parabens in it - ingredients that according to various sources, including an excellent database (Environmental Working Group Skin Deep) are not the best thing to be putting near delicate membranes.  At the moment, I am having some serious dry scalp issues.  Very itchy, and often after washing, it looks like I have a layer of floating skin on my head... not very nice!

I dared to hope that using a product with less of these supposed naughties might help and so, off I trotted to my local health store... and the choice was overwhelming!

I settled eventually on this Urtekram Rose Shampoo. Partly because it was £4.35 from my local and on my first 'after' buy I was a little hesitant to spend too much more than I usually might on a shampoo.  I have seen it ranging from that price to around £5.00 online.  Back home, I inspected my scalp - nasty, dry, flaky.  Yuck.  Off into the bath I went.

Urtekram Rose Shampoo - certified organic by Ecocert - 250ml

A simple frosted plastic bottle with a clicky swivel cap (the ones you press and they pop open).  Pink accents, presumably is it is rose shampoo.    Leaping bunny image, Eco Cert stamp, Vegan stamp.

The label has several different language translations of the main points - "Rose, for all hair types.  Best used before the end of: See imprint".The imprint says 2015, and the open cap longevity says 12M.

Something that drew me to this product was that as well as the standard list of ingredients it also has a plain English version.  I'll put up the two, so you can see what I mean.

Aloe Vera Aloe barbadensis extract
Coconut + corn sugar soap   Cocamidopropyl betaine
Sodium coco-sulfate
Glycerine Glycerin
Perfume Perfum
Rose Flower extract Rosa Damascens extract
Citric Acid Citric acid

The "perfume" is something that I want to ask Urtekram about, as perfume can mean a whole variety of different bits and pieces.  I'm not overly concerned, but just aware that there are other brands that don't use 'perfume'.  Possibly these were the more expensive options that were in the shop.  Note though, that some essential oils, such as the rose extract and the geraniol can cause allergic reactions in some people.

As you can see in the product list, there is also a sulfate in there, presumably as a lathering, emulsifying agent.  I did notice that there was some lathering going on when I was massaging, but nothing close to the usual froth that comes from my before shampoos.   There seems to be conflict online as to whether SCS is a better alternative to SLS/SLES.  It appears that SCS is just a really diluted version of SLS.  So, if you find that that is an irritant, you mightn't like this product.

The product
As expected, this product is much thinner than other shampoos.  It comes out clear and relatively quickly, so make sure you're ready for it!  The smell is subtle, not overpowering - and I enjoyed using it.

The result
After just the one use, my scalp looks the same, but my hair feels clean and soft. For me, it's an okay start, but I'm disappointed to read about the SCS... the consensus appears to be that if you're steering clear of SLS you should do the same for SCS... :S  I guess I'll see what my hair and scalp think of a few uses and get back to you.  If anyone more scientifically inclined can explain further, please do!

Good for me?  The price, the short list of mostly recogniseable ingredients, the smooth hair!

Good for you?  Possibly, depending on whether you have sensitivity to essential oils or an aversion to SCS.

Bottom line?
I'll use the bottle up, but I'm interested to try out other alternatives.

How about you?



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  1. Hi! I've just tried their tea tree shampoo and I actually liked it. I have very sensitive skin and ofter get allergies with other shampoos, so I thought I should give this a try. Bottom line, I'm not disapointed at all but also, want to try other options. Thanks for your review :)

    1. I did like it but I've now moved onto a different brand that I think works better for my hair type - glad you had a good experience with them! :)

  2. Hi, I don't know if you ever ask Urtekram about the 'perfume' in the product, but I did. They said that all perfume used in their products are from essential oils, so there are no artificial perfumes in them.
    If there were artificial perfumes in them they wouldn't be able to label products as 'not tested on animals', because artificial perfumes are always tested on animals. So that's a rule to go by :)

    Thanks for the review

    1. No, I didn't! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know! :) x

  3. I've never heard of this, the name 'rose shampoo' makes me think of hair toner or something, I don't want to turn my poor locks pink! Excellent review.


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