As you have probably already observed, I usually write reviews about Trader Joe’s food products. I thought I’d mix it up a little bit and write about Trader Joe’s hair products for a change. Trader Joe’s actually has some pretty quality shampoos, free of laurel/laureth sulfates and other garbage commonly found in most other shampoos. If you are interested in a healthy shampoo that smells fresh, uses certified organic botanicals, works well, and is healthier for you then you might want to give Trader Joe’s shampoo a shot.
Why Use Sulfate Free Shampoo?
Sulfate is a cheap chemical additive that most companies use in their shampoos in order to provide a heavier cleaning power and bubbly lather effect to their product. The problem is that this chemical can be harsh on our hair and scalp. Sulfates have been known to cause skin irritations (and make current irritations worse), and have even been linked to hair loss! They can do a number on your scalp over time, so you may want to think about switching to a sulfate free shampoo.
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle
Trader Joe’s has a few different types of shampoos and conditioners, but my favorite smelling is their Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. It has a very refreshing peppermint scent, and actually does give your scalp a bit of a tingle after a wash. Its blend of tea tree oil, peppermint, and eucalyptus does a good job keeping your hair shiny and soft.
Unfortunately, my scalp seems to be sensitive to the tea tree oil, or some ingredient in this particular shampoo. After using it for about a month, I started noticing that I had a couple scabs on my scalp. After reading up on it, I realized that others were having the same issue because they were allergic to the tea tree oil. Even though this was my favorite shampoo of theirs, I had to stop using it because of this issue.
Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo
Since I seemed to be allergic to the Tea Tree Tingle, I decided to give the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo a try. Even though I missed the peppermint scent of the the other shampoo, this one still had a nice refreshing smell if its own. It has an interesting blend of organic oils including: rosemary, orange citrus, lemongrass, echinacea, and chamomile flower. It also does a great job of keeping my hair soft and shiny, and it was even a little bit cheaper than the tea tree tingle to boot. I definitely recommend giving this one a try.
Trader Joe’s Citrus Shampoo
I have tried Trader Joe’s Refresh Citrus Shampoo in the past, and it also did a great job. It has a nice orange citrus aroma (hence the name), so if that is your scent of choice then this may be the shampoo for you. It contains vitamin C and vitamin B-5 along with orange blossom, grapefruit, and chamomile. This shampoo did a great job of cleaning my hair, but it didn’t quite of the lather effect that I enjoyed from the other two shampoos. Again, it’s sulfate free, so it may not lather quite as well as another every day shampoo, but it also does without all of the chemicals as well.