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Sulphate Free Shampoo & Cosmetics

Navigating the beauty aisle can be overwhelming to say the least. Warning signs tell us to avoid ingredients such as parabens, phthalates and sulphates, often leaving us confused and full of questions. Is my toothpaste safe? What do all these fancy stamps mean? Why should I start using sulphate free shampoo? Fear not, as we fill you in with all that you need to know.

If you want to know more about sulphate free cosmetics and ingredients, read up on SLS and SLES free beauty products.

See our sulphate free guide to answer your questions like what is sulphate free and how do sulphates work.

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
£5.79 £6.50
-13%
Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
£24.58 £28.00
-4%
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum
£8.29 £8.60
-13%
Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment
Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment
£24.58 £28.00
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
£6.63
-13%
Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil
Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil
£24.58 £28.00
Paula's Choice Breakout Fighting Bestsellers Kit
Paula's Choice Breakout Fighting Bestsellers Kit
£18.29
Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
£14.00
-4%
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
£6.25 £6.50
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
£14.00
-1%
The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Hemi Squalane
The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Hemi Squalane
£3.92 £3.95
-13%
Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother
Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother
£24.58 £28.00
-21%
Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
£9.99 £12.50
-9%
Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit
Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment Kit
£57.00 £62.46
-9%
The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%
The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%
£26.58 £28.95
-8%
Olaplex Best Of The Bond Builders Set
Olaplex Best Of The Bond Builders Set
£49.13 £53.20
The Ordinary The Balance Set
The Ordinary The Balance Set
£23.29
-13%
Olaplex No. 3, 4 & 5 Bond Maintenance Kit
Olaplex No. 3, 4 & 5 Bond Maintenance Kit
£69.95 £79.80
-14%
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Borage Seed Oil
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Borage Seed Oil
£3.67 £4.25
-7%
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
£5.63 £5.99
-13%
Olaplex No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum
Olaplex No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum
£24.58 £28.00
-1%
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
£4.96 £5.00
-3%
TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil
TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil
£39.17 £40.00
-5%
Dermaceutic K Ceutic
Dermaceutic K Ceutic
£39.90 £42.00
-5%
Bondi Sands Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
Bondi Sands Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
£6.63 £6.95
-13%
Olaplex No.4p Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo
Olaplex No.4p Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo
£24.58 £28.00
-5%
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
£9.50 £10.00
REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
£28.29
-13%
Olaplex No.4c Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo
Olaplex No.4c Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo
£24.58 £28.00
-1%
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
£6.92 £6.95
Bondi Sands Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
Bondi Sands Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
£7.46
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The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
£4.96 £5.25
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner
£22.46
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Davines OI Oil
Davines OI Oil
£16.24 £26.00
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Isle of Paradise Mist & Glow Set
Isle of Paradise Mist & Glow Set
£24.96 £26.25
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
£8.67
-12%
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10
£66.75 £75.65
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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
£8.88 £9.00
-5%
R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
£22.80 £24.00
-1%
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
£6.92 £6.95
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
£5.79
Paula's Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish
Paula's Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish
£26.63
-40%
First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub With 10% AHA
First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub With 10% AHA
£16.25 £27.00
-25%
Medik8 Press & Clear
Medik8 Press & Clear
£21.75 £29.00
-6%
Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse
Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse
£6.75 £7.11
-4%
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
£9.96 £10.30
Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
£54.13
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St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Daily Firming Lotion
St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Daily Firming Lotion
£13.29 £18.00
-17%
K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask
K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask
£20.83 £25.00
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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone
£6.25 £6.50
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The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% In Squalane
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% In Squalane
£6.25 £6.50
Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
£24.13
-12%
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3
£36.75 £41.65
-1%
TAN-LUXE Super Glow Hyaluronic Self Tan Serum
TAN-LUXE Super Glow Hyaluronic Self Tan Serum
£35.83 £36.00
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant
£32.46
-5%
The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5
The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5
£6.63 £6.95
-5%
Medik8 Advanced Night Restore
Medik8 Advanced Night Restore
£14.25 £15.00
Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 In 1 Renewal System Hair Masque
Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 In 1 Renewal System Hair Masque
£12.99
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
£6.08
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Body Spot Exfoliant
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Body Spot Exfoliant
£29.13
Paula's Choice Clear Moisturiser SPF 30
Paula's Choice Clear Moisturiser SPF 30
£11.63
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Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense Moisturiser
Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense Moisturiser
£29.25 £31.20
-4%
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
£5.79 £6.00
Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
£24.13
-51%
milk_shake Nourishing Integrity Shampoo
milk_shake Nourishing Integrity Shampoo
£7.95 £16.01
-30%
Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo
Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo
£8.08 £11.50
-14%
Label.M Diamond Dust Leave In Conditioner
Label.M Diamond Dust Leave In Conditioner
£16.30 £18.95
-12%
Medik8 Daily Radiance Vitamin C SPF 30
Medik8 Daily Radiance Vitamin C SPF 30
£44.25 £50.15
-6%
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
£37.99 £39.99
-5%
R+Co Dart Pomade Stick
R+Co Dart Pomade Stick
£17.10 £18.00
TAN-LUXE Paris Luxe Edit Set
TAN-LUXE Paris Luxe Edit Set
£33.29
TAN-LUXE New York Luxe Edit
TAN-LUXE New York Luxe Edit
£36.63
-35%
Kevin.Murphy Angel Masque
Kevin.Murphy Angel Masque
£19.50 £30.00
-19%
Medik8 Balance Moisturiser & Glycolic Acid Activator
Medik8 Balance Moisturiser & Glycolic Acid Activator
£36.75 £45.00
-6%
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum For Hair Density
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum For Hair Density
£14.96 £15.80
-6%
Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect
Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect
£16.50 £17.37
-5%
R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme
R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme
£12.54 £13.20
-2%
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% In Squalane
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% In Squalane
£12.29 £12.50
Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser
Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser
£29.13
Paula's Choice Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment
Paula's Choice Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment
£47.46
-17%
Murad Oil & Pore Control Mattifier SPF 45
Murad Oil & Pore Control Mattifier SPF 45
£33.29 £40.00
-9%
ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
£30.40 £33.24
-8%
The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 With Antioxidants
The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 With Antioxidants
£8.29 £8.95
-5%
BIOEFFECT EGF Serum
BIOEFFECT EGF Serum
£122.55 £129.00
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
£9.88
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Sulphate Free

Frequently Asked Questions about Sulphate Free products

What is sulphate free?

Sulphates, or sulphates, are powerful detergents made of sulphur-containing mineral salts and are often added to self-care and shower products to create a lather or bubbles. Sulphate free is the label given to products that do not contain sulphates.

How do sulphates work?

Sulphates are a surfactant, or in simpler terms, a degreaser. It's a compound that works with both oil and water, with one end of the molecule attracted to oil and the other to water. They lift dirt and oil from your body before breaking them down so that they can be merrily washed away.

How do I know if a beauty product is sulphate free or not?

When it comes to scanning the ingredients label, the two biggies you should look out for are sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES).

It's also good to look out for 'sul-fake' ingredients, AKA compounds that are only one or two atoms away from being the real deal. The list includes:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
  • Sodium lauroyl isethionate
  • Sodium lauroyl taurate
  • Sodium cocoyl isethionate
  • Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate
  • Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate
  • Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate

If you see any of these ingredients, the product is not sulphate free.

Why do we need sulphate free beauty products?

The fact is, sulphates are a little too good at cleaning. With constant use, they can strip the natural oil from your hair and skin, making them dry and irritable.

While many myths of cancer, infertility and development issues have surrounded sulphates in the past, the general scientific consensus is that they pose no major threat to your health. But it might be best to go sulphate free if you want to avoid minor irritants and loss of hair health.

Should I go sulphate free?

Going sulphate free is all down to personal preference. If you're worried about skin irritation and are aware that sulphates are the cause, then it might be worth giving some alternatives a try.

If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, it might be worth scouting out sulphate free products too, as the compound can clog pores.

What are sulphate free alternatives?

Natural and organic products can be a great substitute as they often ditch the whole 'lathering up' aspect; however, you should always double check the labels for those 'sul-fakes' we mentioned.

Your best bet is to go for oil-based soaps and shampoos or switch back to solid formulas instead of liquid.

Alex Bryson

Written by Alex Bryson, Beauty Editor

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