reviews: curelle shampoo & conditioner

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General pros: basic bland products, pretty concentrated, decent preservative (the still-fairly-experimental japanese honeysuckle extract related to and acting rather like parabens). Plant-derived ingredients, but with some intelligent (human) design and actual lab-work involved; not just melting stuff into a magic cauldron, stirring till homogenised, decanting, cooling, and praying for the best on the preservative front. No fragrance. None of my common irritants. Cruelty-free. And, for me, local.

I am in favour of some of such things, ex. on the moisturiser front, but have HAD IT UP TO HERE with cold-process bar soaps.

I’ve tried lots. From all over, including several Etsy sellers. Variations on the same theme, ingredient-wise. I’ve been patient. My skin less so. I’ve suffered to prove that no, on my kind of skin, they are not a good idea. Positive: I’m a willing volunteer, with a say in the matter. Rather than an animal used in experimentation (or an unwilling human test-nonsubject). Could be worse.

So what’s up with good old-fashioned soaps? The ingredients of the better ones look lovely: some variation on the following for the main base:

olive oil, palm kernel oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, safflower oil,  coconut oil, canola oil, rice bran oil, castor oil

plus some combination of the following moisturising extras:

shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, oats (various shapes & forms & parts thereof), goat milk, aloe vera, honey, vitamin E, glycerin;
macadamia nut oil, kukui oil, hemp seed oil, other heavier oils as above (avocado etc.)

The people making them: lovely.

Some soaps even include, in the ingredient list:


I’m aware of how both cold-and hot-process saponification work. I have no issues with lye being used (and used up and transformed in chemical reaction). I’ve found plenty that have no added scent, that use organic sustainable fair-trade ingredients, and all been hand-made in exemplary fair labour practices. Actually, come to think of it, small business-people tend to overwork so they’re probably not paying themselves a fair wage or working in the sort of regulated fair working conditions they’d enjoy if they were working or someone else. Here in Canada, they’d also have further protection while at work c/o unions; sympathetic (((hugs))) to some of our neighbours south of the border for the unfortunate lacks of social justice where they live.

But I digress. Just for a change.

What’s wrong with these soaps: in one very short word: pH. These bars are alkaline: not dramatic, but still in the 8-9 range. Skin is acidic: usually in the 4.5-6 range. Some skins (notably, freakish redhead ones, for whatever weird genetic reason) are more acidic. Put alkaline stuff on them, and you strip the skin barrier / mantle / top layer. Causing immediate damage to skin, leaving it vulnerable to everything from scratches to infection while it heals, and potentially thinning it.

Not good.

Calling all lovely hand-crafting soap-making people: doesn’t matter how much oily goodness you add at that early stage: unless there’s also a bucketload of glycerin, it’s drying; and even with that, that oily base is never going to be as sensitive-skin friendly (for folks prone to breakouts) nor as pH-appropriate as a well-thought-out detergent base. Yes, your lather may feel lovely and soft on the skin: but what does skin feel like after that lather’s been washed off?


But there are other options. Mild detergent bases. Which can, as we see from the likes of M. Curelle, still be plant-based (not using up remaining unrenewable petrochemical resources, and not scaring the “my body is a temple” crowd too much by using entirely synthesized “franken” molecules…).


INGREDIENTS: Purified water, decyl polyglucose*, sodium coco oat amino acids*, sucrose cocoate*, hydrolysed oats, xanthan gum, panthenol, lonicera japonica, citric acid. * cleansing agents derived from coconut, corn, coco and soy (no GMO).

I used the Hydra one for hair towards the dry end of the spectrum. Mild detergent plus oaty goodness: proteins, moisturising, and humectant. I do love oats (see elsewhere on this blog). Less foamy than my main “like,” Free & Clear shampoo; more creamy when mixed with water; and I needed to use a lot more for the same effect. But it does clean as well, and leaves scalp calm. surrounding skin too. So I experimented to see where else it might be used. The answer seems to be everywhere (which makes sense: it’s a very plain cleaning base). I’ve therefore been using this all over. Hair, body, face. Leaves skin clean but moist, not tight or (GAH TRAD SOAPS) drying out as soon as the stuff is rinsed off.

I’m not 100% convinced, given that the Free & Clear shampoo works as well (and all over, too) and is more concentrated. Still: if you’ve got actual sensitive skin (rather than feeling that you’re a sensitive sort of person, and therefore have sensitive skin…), it’s always nice to know that you actually have choices out there.

love, love, love.

That was: the first live global television link. Ah, those sweet days of innocence and wonder, before the interwebs… and before you could live and relive such joys of love at the click of a button. Isn’t life in 2012 brilliant. On which happy note, if you haven’t yet done so, meet the brilliant kid from The Fast Show. An Old World classic.


INGREDIENTS: Purified water, behentrimonium methosulphate (from colza oil), hydrolysed oats, cetearyl alcohol, lonicera japonica.

I used the Riche one, again intended for drier hair. And it was good. Initially. Did my usual thing of a pre-wash and then usual post-wash condition, mixed with a couple of drops of meadowfoam seed oil. I wasn’t expecting miracles: just for my hair to be clean, shiny, detangled; maybe a little bounce; to stay that way for around 2 days without either greasing up at the roots (i.e. all over my head) or drying out and frizzing at the ends (i.e. the lengths), or both. And no irritating the skin on my neck and back when I rinse the stuff off. Success on all fronts. At first.

Then: noticeable bumps, redness, and things that look like a cross between zits and insect-bites, with a hint of pustule. And that itch and hurt. Location: right where my hair lies down my back, when rinsing conditioner out and when it’s just down my back when asleep (whether wearing PJs or not, I end up with my hair lying down my back by the next morning).

Conditioner, for the time being, out. Free & Clear back in.


There’s a hand/body lotion too: tested out, didn’t do much in the way of moisturising on the test-hand.

UPDATE (April 2013): see correspondence in the comments below (February 2013) and a new review, after a 6-week testing period.


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  2. Irene Lacoursiere

    Thank you for this post! I am a BIG fan of Curelle and came across your blog while googling them. I have had amazing results from Curelle (and I’m not exaggerating). I use Hydra shampoo and Trèslite conditioner as Riche is too heavy for my hair. No artificial colour, no scent (!!) and I don’t have to worry about what I’m sending down the drain. I have had several comments on the shiny-ness of my hair! However, upon your recommendation I will try Free & Clear as an alternative–sometimes Curelle is hard to find where I live.

    My main interest in the post is your comments on soap. You really cleared some things up for me! I have tried many many “pure” soaps, local and otherwise, thinking that pure, oily ingredients must be good for my skin. NOT! As you say, DRY. The idea of using my Hydra shampoo to clean my body never occurred to me. To my chagrin, I have returned to using Dove soap (for sensitive skin, since the Unscented version contains fragrance) since my skin seems to like it best, although my brain doesn’t.

    So now, armed with new knowledge, I’m off for a shower! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • gingerama

      Hey, that’s great!

      Pros of Curelle:
      1. here in Vancouver, it’s pretty easy to find (ex. Whole Foods), partly as the company is local.
      2. for a simple basic unscented shampoo, it’s cheaper than either Free & Clear (which I get through a US company, plus higher shipping; or else through Allergy Canada, much higher price than in the US) or Cliniderm, who sell the same stuff under their label. Issues with Cliniderm: they’re not cruelty-free (though that shampoo is, being made by PSIco, who are), and the shampoo is a lot more expensive than F&C in the US.
      1. can be hard to obtain, depending on your location. In the US, it’s only a few etailers like those catering to the super-allergic population.
      2. can be pricier in the US than in Canada, and almost certainly more expensive than F&C.

      I’m actually currently using unscented bar shampoo and conditioner, from Get Lathered on Etsy (have reviewed them elsewhere on this here blog).

      Soaps: yep, dry dry dry. And using shampoo makes sense: the skin on your scalp is pretty delicate, more like your face and neck than rest of body (OK, apart from not being prone to cystic acne…). So a shampoo should be milder than body-wash; and on sensitive skin, should be at least as good not only as body-wash but as face-wash for using all over.

      Other options, regularly available in health-food stores and online:

      • Earth Science unscented shampoo
      • Avalon Organics unscented olive & grapeseed (if you’re OK with aloe vera)

      I found some odd differences amongst soaps. Plain olive oil soap: good on me (on face, I do an oil precleanse: wet skin, massage in some oil, remove with damp face-cloth, then do the regular old-fashioned soap & rinse). Soaps based on combinations of other oils, even superfatted and with all sorts of moisturizing stuff added: drying. Coconut and palm oils seem to be the worst culprits (on me, anyway); but then I’d be avoiding palm oil anyway unless 100% sure it’s been ethically produced…

      Dove soap: not used it in years, but my partner likes it. When asked to replenish his supplies, I’ve bought the local drugstore own-brand knock-off (identical ingredients), which is only mildly subversive as reducing Unilevil profits. I’d rather not, though, for the palm-oil reasons and as some of the Dove/ersatz ones also have or may contain tallowate, a.k.a. beef tallow derivative. I’ve tried out some alternatives on him too, ex. Vanicream cleansing bar. These two things might be options?


    Hi, thank-you for taking the time to try our CURELLE products, and caring about ingredients.
    RICHE Conditioner is loved by so many women across Canada. In fact, that is the word he hear all the time,
    love. Of course there are those that prefer something a bit lighter and for them we have TRESLITE conditioner.
    CURELLE is available from about 600 Health Stores and a few upscale salons, across Canada. We sell, a lot
    of RICHE Conditioner, women love it. It is rare we ever have a return from any of our products, because of an
    irritation or what you seem to have experienced. Of course, as mild and as safe as a product can be, there is no
    product that is perfect for 100% of the population. Every product will have someone that may experience irritation.
    We regret that you are one of the rare people that may have an irritation to Riche and have experienced irritation.
    Riche does have the mildest formula on the market, however, there will always be someone who will be irritated by
    something, whether it is mild, safe, or contains carcinogenic contaminants. In fact, thousands of plant derived ingredients
    can be irritating to someone, while a petroleum derived ingredient may not. Perhaps Tresite may be a better choice for you, as it is less concentrated, and wouldn’t coat your hair as much as Riche does. When it coats hair, conditioners also leave some
    coating on skin. It may also be the combination of Riche and Meadowfoam Oil, as it may work against Riche, and as well, most Meadowfoam Oils contain contaminants that can be irritating. We are happy to provide to you a bottle of Treslite conditioner to see if the lighter conditioner may solve the problem. We also will provide to you a bottle of Energe Shampoo if you wish, so you can try it and see the difference, as every person wants their hair to look and feel different than another person, even if they have the same hair type. There is not one product that works for every hair type or every desire. All hair products can do is cleanse and condition (coat) hair, and hopefully that is done with safe ingredients for consumers, animals and the environment…..
    I would also like to take time to address a few points that have been made:
    1) Bland is an interesting word to describe our products, we have never heard that before. We put in our products what you need, nothing else. We don’t add numerous plant/herbal extracts that don’t really do anything for your hair, and are in a formula mostly so the label can look attractive to consumers. Most consumers believe the more extracts in a shampoo/conditioner or the more exotic they look, the better it must be. This is exactly what manufacturers want you to believe. By not spending money on extracts that aren’t making any difference in performance, this allows us to spend more money on better quality ingredients without the typical hidden chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, neurotoxic, etc., to us and the environment. As well, the less ingredients added, the more effective the ingredients you are using, can be effective. In addition, the more ingredients you use the more chances of irritations. Also, the vast majority of extracts added to a formula, have been preserved but those preservatives are never listed. For the most part, you really only have to list preservatives you add, not the ones that the ingredients you buy, already have in them. If we are bland because we put in our products only what you need and don’t try to fool you with window dressing, the mildest ingredients possible, the safest plant derived ingredients you can find that do the job, and spend the extra money for better quality ingredients that do as good a job and better then any brand on the market, then we are bland, and happy to be bland.
    2) The preservative we use is one of the Lonicera Japonica (from a particular species of sustainable honeysuckle…not all honeysuckle is the same) available on the market. It alone costs about $0.50 to put in each 250ml bottle. Most companies entire shampoo or conditioner formula costs just under or above $0.50, we spend that on one ingredient. The particular Lonicera Japonica we use as our preservative, while it may be new in North America, has had over 20 years of use in other parts of the world. It is far from being experimental. in fact it has had countless studies done on it, both for irritation, toxicity, and repeated use. We would not use it if there was a concern with regard to its safety. Most companies won’t use it because of it’s cost. We use it because we believe it to be the most effect/safest broad spectrum preservative available. With regard to it acting rather like or related to parabens, this is partly true as preservatives all act in similar ways at making sure bacteria/molds/fungus don’t grow to any dangerous level. There is a chemist who even though they didn’t know how the Lonicera Japonica was manufactured, posted on the internet, that it is a paraben. After a couple of years they retracted that statement, as they learned more. Unfortunately that original misinformation was made rampant on the internet, and there is no way to change it. Once something is on the internet, it’s there forever, whether it’s correct or not, and there’s a lot of misinformation on the internet abut ingredients. Our Lonicera Japonica was made through an enzymatic process, and while there are similarities to parabens, it is chemically different. To give an example, one chemical can be safe for humans, while another that has just one small carbon bond difference, can be deadly. Parabens is short for para hydroxybenzoic acid…of which there are different types of hydroxybenzoic acids. It should be pointed out that humans eat hydroxybenzoic acid and parabens daily. All respiring living things, make hydroxybenzoic acid and parabens to protect themselves from things that could attack them. All plants will have hydroxybenzoic acid or parabens. Out of 121 plant species tested, 100% contained them. We eat these plants in the form of strawberries, carrots, onions, blueberries, vegetables, fruit juices, etc., the list is endless. They’re also in most grains, and in the rots of many vegetables to protect them from bacteria, etc., in the ground.
    3) Most saponified liquid soaps/shampoos/bar soaps, list oils on their label, but don’t list the hydroxides also added. You are aware of the saponification process as you noted, which is great, because most people don’t know. They see oils listed on a label and have no idea hydroxides were used. A few brands list hydroxides, we respect them as they are labelling correctly. While most hydroxide during the process is neutralized, some isn’t, which is why the pH of these final products typically are 9 – 10. If oils are listed on a label, hydroxides should be listed as well. Oils are no longer oils, they are fatty acids from the oils, and they hydroxide most has been neutralized. Dilute solutions can be detrimental to skin over time. But also, at CURELLE we consider life cycles. Hydroxides are made from treated salt, which then goes through typically mercury cells or asbestos panels. Out one side will come hydroxides, while out the other side comes chlorine. They are co-dependent upon each other. If you support hydroxides, you support chlorine and as well, the dioxin it contains. In addition asbestos and mercury can make their ways into the ground water system, as well as the air where hydroxides are made. Saponification is also very energy consuming, and has been noted as using 1% of the electricity in the USA. We also wish to point out that oils can contain PAH’s, even in organic oils. PAH’s are carcinogenic. So while saponified soaps/shampoos are one of the safe type products out there, there are other things we take into consideration, such as the environment, sensitizing with repeated use, etc
    4) CURELLE shampoos are less foamy than Free and Clear, you are correct. However, the foam is actually pretty good if you place your head in the shower, again, for a split second, the extra water will help spread it around better and the lather will increase. Most persons trying CURELLE don’t have a problem with this, as you don’t, but there’s always a few that will have a problem with it, like anything. The reason why Free and Clear have bigger foam (but not as creamy) is because they are using the standard cheap cleansing ingredients that have used toxic chemicals to produce them, such as ethylene oxide, which is carcinogenic. We could give you more ‘foam’ but we would have to use cleansing ingredients that are not as good for us and the environment. In addition, our cleansing ingredient combination is milder than the brand you speak of. It’s important not just that a shampoo or conditioner performs well, but also that the ingredients don’t contain any of the typical toxic hidden chemicals, AND that it’s as mild as possible for those with sensitivities, or MCS. Up to about 19% of the population now has some type of allergy to fragrance (natural or synthetic) alone, not even including other ingredients. CURELLE has no added scent, nor fragrance, no ingredient that would be considered to have a scent, and we don’t use any of the toxic chemicals that help neutralize odours, that are rarely ever listed on a label. Under a certain % you don’t have to list an ingreident on a perosnal care product label.
    5) Yes, you are correct, shampoos can be used in other places, and as other products. Shampoos are basically the same formula as body washes, etc. What typically happens if a brand is using 3 certain cleansing ingredients, they will use two in their body wash but change the 3rd one, so consumers think it really is different. Body washes tend to have slightly creamier lathers these days, because of marketing and consumer beliefs. You can also use CURELLE shampoos on babies and kids, they are as mild and milder, and don’t have the typical hidden toxic chemicals, but just don’t say baby or kids on the label.
    6) F & C is not anymore concentrated than CURELLE. In fact I believe, please correct me if I am wrong, but they contain
    Sodium Chloride, which is salt. Salt is used as a cheapt thickener to give the appearance that a shampoo is more concentrated than it is. the salt too, though can be irritating to eyes.
    7) We noted you tried a CURELLE lotion tester and found it not to be that moisturizing. This is the facade of lotions. Most consumers tend to think that a lotion is more moisturizing if they feel more on their skin, when in fact it has more to do with how thick a lotion is that gives that feeling. The thicker a lotion is, the more there is that will sit on the surface of the skin, the more on the surface, the more moisturizing they tend to believe a lotion is, when in fact, it’s just the coating that makes them feel that way. Moisturizing mostly happens under the skin, not on the surface. What’s on the surface is a coating, whether it be the lotion base or an oil. This can help the surface feel less drying, while in fact, not doing anything under the skin. We could make the CURELLE lotion thicker by adding a bit less water. More would sit on the surface of the skin when you test it, and you would think it’s doing more moisturizing. We can’t argue with how a person likes the way their skin feels, that’s up to each person, and everyone is different. CURELLE lotion is a medium to light lotion, that leaves a bit on the surface, while most is absorbed helping to do what it’s supposed to do under the skin. Most women/men love the CURELLE lotion, but we do realize that some consumers prefer the feel of a lotion that coats the skin more. It all comes down to preference, and hopefully it is done with ingredients that are safer than others, and mild and not sensitizing for most people.
    8) On price, CURELLE is quite reasonable. Considering just the cleansing ingredient combination we use is about double the cost of most shampoos out there, including F & C, $8.99 – $9.99 at most health stores in Canada is quite reasonable. CURELLE takes less markup than other brands, so our customers can have a quality and safe product all year around at a good price. We could mark it up, like other brands do, then put in on sale regularly, but we prefer to take less mark up so it’s a sale price all year around. In fact, based on our costs and how much other brands mark products up, our 250ml size should be selling easily for $16.99. We also have 500ml sizes that sell for about $15.50 to $16.50 in the 600 health stores across Canada that CURELLE is available at. CURELLE is not readily available in the USA as we have not focused on it, we are very busy Canada. It is available in Australia, Honolulu, Seattle. Prices there are of course more, because shipping from Canada is more expensive, than it is from the USA, for example. However, F & C is a 12oz size, while our 500ml size is 16oz, 33% more. Also keep in mind, when you are considering the price of anyone brand, consider the ingredient safety, their quality, the environment, whether packaging is from China or Canada/USA (CURELLE likes to suport local jobs), etc.

    We hope that this has helped better understand CURELLE, our ingredients, and our philosophy.
    Thank-you again for caring enough about CURELLE and ingredients, to try CURELLE.

    • gingerama

      That’s all very good and useful. And will I’m sure help other people!

      Quick response:
      1. “Bland” is a good thing, if like me you have sensitive skin. Further reading of this blog (and consulting a good dictionary) would probably prove reassuring on this point.
      2. I have had skin reactions with Japanese honeysuckle extract preservative. Both alone (as usual medical skin-patch-test, the usual method for allergen checks) and in finished products. That’s a medical fact. So is my having skin that is at the very reactive end of the scale. It also reacts to many other things that are fine, and indeed beneficial and even soothing,on most of the population. This is a judgement and criticism of my skin, and not necessarily of your product or choice of preservative system.
      3.-6. Totally agree, and thanks for the further elaboration!
      7. Um, well, I’ve used lots of things to moisturise my skin, in all textures from super-light serum, through oils and lotions, to creams, butters, balms, and solid wax. With all due respect, I know what I’m talking about on what works to moisturise my skin: and while your lotion is very nice indeed, it’s not as moisturizing as other lotions of the same weight, density, water/oil ratio. But: very decent lotion all the same, and I’ve frequently recommended it to many people over the last year or so (this here is really rather an old post…)
      8. Totally agreed: good price for the product.
      Over and out and back to vacation for me now… Best wishes and best of luck to you, good products like these deserve to do well!

      • CURELLE

        Yes, I think for you, ‘bland’ is a good thing for sure. For most people, they’re not as sensitive as
        you, or those with MCS, so for most, bland is actually a negative word to them.
        I wish to mention there are many honeysuckle extracts (lonicera japonica) which a growing number of brands are putting in their products, most are just that, extracts, which typically have hidden preservatives added, or are in a butylene glycol
        base, for example. Many brands say it is their preservative, but it is just a simple extract and does not provide broad
        spectrum protection from bacteria, etc. Such brands will have added preservatives but don’t list them, or are added preservatives they didn’t put in. Aside from the simple Honeysuckle extracts, there are then Honeysuckle extracts that are actually made to be preservatives. It is impossible for a consumer to know if the Honeysuckle on a label is one of the many simple Honeysuckle extracts or a made to be preservative one. Usually it is a simple extract, as only a handful of brands will spend .50 for just one ingredient. Of the Honeysuckle preservatives, there are a number of different ones. They may be in a butylene glycol base, for example, or can be slightly irritating. Ours is in a water base, and is shown with many studies to be zero to virtually zero on the scale, with regard to irritation, etc., either with one application or after repeated use. It would be impossible to know if what you were tested with is the exact same ingredient we use. However, there is always someone who might have a reaction, to ay ingredient in the world, there is no perfect ingredient, but hopefully one is used that affects the least people. I would like to say that our Energe shampoo is the shampoo of choice for many persons with MCS, etc. Out of 600 stores, once a year we have a complaint, which is exceptional. It is milder than Hydra, so if you have a problem with Hydra, we are happy to let you try Energe. Sensitivities can be a serious issue for may people.
        The CURELLE lotion has tens of thousands of users, mostly women, who love it, they actually say ‘love’. It’s the #1 seller in most health stores, especially the busier and larger stores. The women that love it, say it moisturizes great, so I think it is a matter of preference, everyone is looking for different sensory feelings. Much like shampoos, or scent. The CURELLE lotion does more moisturizng from the inside. How a lotion feels when you put it on, or how long the coating, etc., lasts, has little to do with what is going on deeper in the skin. But everyone is different, and what works for one doesn’t for another, much like life itself.
        Hope you’re having a really good vacation!!!!

        • gingerama

          Update: I’ve gone forth and bought and am testing out ENERGÉ shampoo and TRÈSLITE conditioner. (For other readers: I buy what I test myself, to retain independence) So far, so good. And none of the irritation I had with the HYDRA/RICHE combination.

          More updates later, once I’ve tested them out for a proper period…

    • Robert DeBeaux

      This is a very simple question to which I have only heard of second hand reports. Before I try this product, I need to insure I will not go into anaphylactic shock. I am allergic to Glycerin. Does the product shampoo Curelle Riche and conditioner Hydra contain GLYCERYN in any form or in any name?

      • gingerama

        Hi Robert: I would recommend, if you are highly sensitive to glycerin and absolutely must avoid it, that you contact Curelle directly. As they make the products and are responsible for it (unlike me – I’m just a regular consumer-citizen like you), they will be the ultimate authority here. Hope that helps.

      • Brian

        HI Robert, to answer your question, we don’t add glycerin to any of our products (except for our Lotion and Styling Gel).
        As well, we are not aware of any ingredient we add to contain glycerin. You might ant to check out our Facebook page, in 2014 I believe February, we state the differences between our two shampoos, Energe and Hydra. I know Hydra has been reviewed on here, but we do have two, and they work quite differently. If you tend to have normal to thin or fine hair, Energe is likely the one you will like best, as it leaves less weight on your hair, making it feel cleaner.

        I would be interested in knowing if your specific problem with glycerin is from ingesting from food, or from drug injections that often contain glycerin. As well, is it from any glycerin, or just glycerin with contaminants such as diethylene glycol. Is it both pant derived glycerin and synthetic derived glycerin (glycerol). I understand out of all reports to doctors in the USA about any allergies with glycerin, that of those 0.26% might have the shock as you experience, either from food or injected medicine. You can email us at if you wish.


    We at CURELLE posted a reply which contained information about our preservative, and clarified a few other things about our products, in response to the points raised by this blog. Information about our preservative was especially important, which clarifies reference to it being like or similar to parabens, which infers that our preservative may contribute to similar efects as parabens, when it doesn’t. You have deleted out post. Why?
    I would also like to point out that we have not used any cleansing agents from soy, for about 4 years, you may have misprinted it or have an older label. We replaced the soy with coco oat amino acids, when companies in Brazil began cutting down vast forests to grow soy.

      • gingerama

        Many thanks for your very informative update. My apology for the delay in approving it for posting: work + vacation (afraid I’m an amateur leisure blogger, and sometimes other things take precedence… and indeed this present blog sometimes gets abandoned altogether for brief periods…).
        All your comments are now up!

        • CURELLE

          No worries, hope you’re having a great vacation!!!
          We had originally seen the post up, then we didn’t, so we didn’t know what
          happened to it or where it went, before it came up again.

          • gingerama

            And thank you for making nice good useful stuff! I tell you, it’s a fine thing to see in Whole Foods, something that’s friendly to the scent-sensitive (OK, they stock more and more, but they do also have a lot of heinously offensive stuff). And local. And I’m glad to see your products in online stores for the sensitive/allergic. Keep up the good work. I’ll keep up the testing: especially after reading your updates on ingredients, and also as irritability does change and my skin’s been getting more and more to.erant over the last six months or so.

            (And, seriously, my reviews and effects of products on my skin aren’t always that useful an indicator, so please don’t be offended if when I test something it’s not 100% successful: if it doesn’t react immediately or within 24 hours, that’s success and probably means something will be ace on 99.9% of the population. I’ve been a human test-subject volunteer for most of my adult life, as my skin is so usefully irritable. There’s products–mainstream/on the shelf, behind the counter, and prescription–that have been tested on it and failed on my skin but still did well enough to be sold as suitable for hypersensitive skin. Naming no names… but that’s how statistically insignificant my skin and its lunacy can be 🙂

    • gingerama

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