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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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Medik8 Daily Refresh Balancing Toner
Medik8 Daily Refresh Balancing Toner
£15.20
The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1%
The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1%
£8.67
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6
£58.90
Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Booster
Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Booster
£49.12
Aveda Men Pure Formance Shampoo
Aveda Men Pure Formance Shampoo
£6.33
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Body Spot Exfoliant
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Body Spot Exfoliant
£27.46
-75%
Osmo Silverising Violet Mask
Osmo Silverising Violet Mask
£1.74 £6.95
Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution
Paula's Choice Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution
£9.96
-54%
Davines The Circle Chronicles The Purity Circle
Davines The Circle Chronicles The Purity Circle
£6.80 £14.59
Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
£52.46
-52%
Osmo Super Silver No Yellow Shampoo
Osmo Super Silver No Yellow Shampoo
£3.83 £7.95
-39%
Davines Naturaltech Calming Shampoo
Davines Naturaltech Calming Shampoo
£7.10 £11.50
-28%
Joico Defy Damage Protective Shampoo
Joico Defy Damage Protective Shampoo
£14.95 £20.70
-34%
Davines Minu Conditioner
Davines Minu Conditioner
£13.88 £21.00
-18%
NIOD Survival 10 Serum
NIOD Survival 10 Serum
£19.79 £24.00
-32%
Davines The Circle Chronciles The Restless Circle
Davines The Circle Chronciles The Restless Circle
£6.80 £9.90
-18%
St Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Daily Firming Lotion
St Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Daily Firming Lotion
£14.87 £18.00
-31%
Davines Naturaltech Purifying Gel
Davines Naturaltech Purifying Gel
£15.30 £22.00
-16%
Biolage Advanced FullDensity Stemoxydine Kit, Thickening System
Biolage Advanced FullDensity Stemoxydine Kit, Thickening System
£16.50 £19.45
-30%
Davines Naturaltech Purifying Shampoo
Davines Naturaltech Purifying Shampoo
£7.38 £10.50
-14%
Pureology Nanoworks Gold Shampoo
Pureology Nanoworks Gold Shampoo
£15.62 £18.00
-24%
Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo
Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo
£8.08 £10.50
-12%
Color Wow Smooth & Sexy Party Hair
Color Wow Smooth & Sexy Party Hair
£43.95 £49.40
-7%
Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Set
Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Set
£29.95 £32.08
-6%
The Chemistry Brand Heel Hydration Complex
The Chemistry Brand Heel Hydration Complex
£14.17 £14.99
-6%
First Aid Beauty KP Smoothing Body Lotion With 10% AHA
First Aid Beauty KP Smoothing Body Lotion With 10% AHA
£20.79 £22.00
-6%
PharmaClinix Lightenex Plus Cream
PharmaClinix Lightenex Plus Cream
£47.49 £49.99
-5%
Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Cleanser
Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Cleanser
£7.60 £8.00
-5%
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
£13.30 £14.00
-5%
R+Co Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texture Spray
R+Co Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texture Spray
£28.50 £30.00
-5%
R+Co Cassette Curl Conditioner
R+Co Cassette Curl Conditioner
£26.60 £28.00
-5%
R+Co Turntable Curl Defining Cream
R+Co Turntable Curl Defining Cream
£24.70 £26.00
-5%
R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray
R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray
£13.30 £14.00
-5%
Medik8 Retinol Eye TR
Medik8 Retinol Eye TR
£19.00 £20.00
-5%
R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray
R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray
£12.54 £13.20
-1%
Medik8 Pore Minimising Tonic
Medik8 Pore Minimising Tonic
£39.90 £40.00
Paula's Choice Calm Mineral Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oily Skin
Paula's Choice Calm Mineral Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oily Skin
£25.46
Medik8 C-Tetra Eye Serum
Medik8 C-Tetra Eye Serum
£19.00
Medik8 Cream Cleanse
Medik8 Cream Cleanse
£18.05
Medik8 Eyelift Peptides
Medik8 Eyelift Peptides
£38.00
Medik8 Advanced Day Eye Protect
Medik8 Advanced Day Eye Protect
£37.05
Paula's Choice Peptide Booster
Paula's Choice Peptide Booster
£15.79
Paula's Choice C25 Super Booster
Paula's Choice C25 Super Booster
£43.87
Biolage R.A.W Re Balance Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Biolage R.A.W Re Balance Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
£14.95
Paula's Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask
Paula's Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask
£5.79
NIOD Survival 20
NIOD Survival 20
£20.50
Mermade Hair No Crease Hair Clips
Mermade Hair No Crease Hair Clips
£5.00
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
£20.79
Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
£22.46
Paula's Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50
Paula's Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50
£27.58
Paula's Choice Clinical Discoloration Repair Serum
Paula's Choice Clinical Discoloration Repair Serum
£43.29
Paula's Choice Extra Strength Clear Skin Essentials Kit
Paula's Choice Extra Strength Clear Skin Essentials Kit
£31.62
Paula's Choice Clear Skin Essentials Kit
Paula's Choice Clear Skin Essentials Kit
£25.79
Kevin.Murphy PLUMPING.RINSE
Kevin.Murphy PLUMPING.RINSE
£5.36
Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort
Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort
£6.13
Paula's Choice Defence Antioxidant Pore Purifier
Paula's Choice Defence Antioxidant Pore Purifier
£6.62
BeautyBio Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo
BeautyBio Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo
£33.00
Emma Hardie Hydration On The Go Kit
Emma Hardie Hydration On The Go Kit
£9.96
-52%
TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused Shampoo For Coloured Hair
TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused Shampoo For Coloured Hair
£8.65 £17.95
-51%
Osmo Deep Moisture Intensive Deep Repair Mask
Osmo Deep Moisture Intensive Deep Repair Mask
£2.95 £5.95
-48%
St Tropez Classic Bronzing Spray
St Tropez Classic Bronzing Spray
£16.95 £32.00
-39%
St Tropez Self Tan Express Mist
St Tropez Self Tan Express Mist
£20.95 £34.00
-34%
Davines LOVE Curl Revitalizer
Davines LOVE Curl Revitalizer
£15.30 £23.00
-32%
St Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse
St Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse
£17.67 £25.95
-32%
Dr Levy Decolletage Regenerating Silk Cream
Dr Levy Decolletage Regenerating Silk Cream
£190.00 £275.49
-31%
Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque
Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque
£15.95 £22.95
-31%
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm
£11.84 £17.00
-30%
Nursem Caring Hand Cream
Nursem Caring Hand Cream
£7.08 £9.99
-29%
Davines NOUNOU Shampoo
Davines NOUNOU Shampoo
£6.80 £9.50
-29%
Murad Age Balancing Moisture SPF 30
Murad Age Balancing Moisture SPF 30
£49.54 £69.00
-29%
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Serum
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Serum
£17.95 £25.00
-29%
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
£19.17 £27.00
-29%
Davines Solu Shampoo
Davines Solu Shampoo
£6.80 £9.50
-28%
Joico Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo
Joico Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo
£14.95 £20.70
-28%
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Mist
St Tropez Purity Vitamins Mist
£24.75 £34.00
-28%
This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask
This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask
£23.09 £32.00
-27%
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
£19.12 £26.18
-26%
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist
£17.95 £24.00
-25%
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
£16.63 £21.95
-25%
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water
£16.63 £21.95
-24%
Noughty Tough Cookie Shampoo
Noughty Tough Cookie Shampoo
£5.36 £6.99
-24%
Noughty Tough Cookie Conditioner
Noughty Tough Cookie Conditioner
£5.36 £6.99
-24%
Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Shampoo
Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Shampoo
£5.36 £6.99
-23%
Isle of Paradise Prep It Self Tan Priming Spray
Isle of Paradise Prep It Self Tan Priming Spray
£12.33 £15.95
-23%
Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Everyday Gradual Glow Lotion
Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Everyday Gradual Glow Lotion
£12.33 £15.95
-23%
St Tropez Classic Bronzing Lotion
St Tropez Classic Bronzing Lotion
£24.95 £32.00
-23%
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Body Mousse
£24.75 £32.00
-23%
Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Taming Cream
Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Taming Cream
£5.36 £6.95
-23%
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner
£15.53 £19.95
-23%
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser
£30.95 £40.00
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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, Content Editor

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