Friday, December 13, 2013

The Scoop on Coconut-free Shampoos

Almost every day.  That is how often I get emails from readers about coconut free shampoos.  I want to answer your questions about all the coconut-derived ingredients in shampoos, but I honestly don't know. My excellent allergists honestly don't know.  The people who make the shampoos also don't really know.

So, here is what I will tell all of you about shampoos.  I have been using some that ::: probably ::: contain a tiny bit of coconut molecules.  GASP!  I know, I know!  Shocking.

But guess what?  It's okay.  Unless you go into anaphylactic shock if you are in the same county as a coconut tree, many of these coconut-derived ingredients probably won't bother you if they are low on the ingredient list.  I'm not saying, go out and start eating macaroons, but I am saying that we can all chill out a little bit.  Everyone's level of sensitivity is different.  That is why you need to go to the effort of testing each product we use before dumping it on our heads in the shower.  If you haven't already, please read this "Am I Going to Have an Allergic Reaction to this Shampoo?" post about doing a little self-allergy test.

With that said, I am going to tell you about the shampoos that I have been using for a long time that give me absolutely no reaction at all.  And, I don't need to talk about conditioners, because most of them don't have any coconutty stuff in them.


  • Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Moisture Shampoo (Soy, Cocoa, and Argan Oil)- I found at my salon in the mall.  This one is my favorite.

  • Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

  • Trader Joes Nourish SPA Shampoo

  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo – can buy anywhere.  This one isn't really my favorite as they used to make a different version which was much, much better.  Of course, they discontinued the one I really liked.  And yes, it has tons of alleged allergens.

  • There are shampoos out there that will cost a fortune, and there are ones that are made by monks, or wind power, organic, vegan, etc, etc.  Forget it.  All you need is one that you don't react to.  Just because you have allergies doesn't mean you have to change your religion or become more political or co-sleep with all of your children.  You just have to not get hives or have your face swell up.  


    Christine said...

    Thank you for sharing. Coconut allergy is especially difficult during the holidays when it comes to well-meaning friends and family gifts.

    EBeth said...

    Thank you for all advice you give! My sister has an airborne allergy to coconut/coconut oil and it's so hard for her to find products she can use! I will definitely show her your blog!

    Andrea said...

    Thanks for all of the info on your blog. I am also in my 30's and after baby #2, I have just randomly started reacting to products containing coconut and definitely coconut oil. My allergy is not as intense as yours, as it really only affects my eczema, but if there's a way to not be constantly itchy, I'm going to try to find it! Anyway, I was wondering if you or your readers have tried Devacurl No-Poo Conditioning Cleanser? It's made for curly or thick hair, but because it has absolutely no lather, it doesn't contain many coconut ingredients at all. I'm thinking of trying it out, but would love to know if anyone else has tried it? Thanks!