SLS (Sulphate) and Silicon Free Shampoo in India

Feb 24, 2013

I rebonded my hair 3.5 years ago. In 6 months, my hair fall was so bad that I could see my hair everywhere in the house. Mr. Boy thought I might end up being bald. I had no intentions to use any doctor prescribed medicine because most work but stop doing anything the moment you stop taking pills. I thought of trying ayurvedic options so, I rushed to Patanjali but the shampoo was not much effective for me. I did a lot of research and found that converting to sulfate-free might be the answer. Luckily, at the same time, Body Shop launched its Rainforest Shampoo. The awesome silky feeling you get right after you shampoo was missing. But, I knew why it was that way so, continued using it. Now after more than 2 years of use, my hair is denser, hardly any falls. Finding even 10-20 hair after a heavy oiling session seems like an achievement for my Mom. LOL!

I am surely never going back to SLS shampoo. Now here is my trouble. The only SLS-free shampoo I have used guessed it correct......TBS Rainforest. Now right after they have hiked their price, I am seriously considering a replacement. 

The ones I have heard to be sulfate-free and available in India so far are

1. Lass IHT 9 Hair Regrowth Shampoo

The reviews I heard about it made it feel like it is something that came out of 'Samudra Manthan'. People claimed this to be that magical. But, it felt that only one person has written all about it!  I really want to try this out.

Ingredients - Plantapon SF*, Rose Water (Rosa Damascena), Dehyton KT* (Cocoamidopropyl Beatine), Lamesoft PO 65* (Coco Glucoside & Glyceryl Oleate), Bhringraj Ext. (Eclipta alba), Jatamansi Ext. (Nardostachys Grandiflora), Fenugreek Ext. (Trigonella Foenum Graecum), Neem Ext. (Azadirachta Indica), Shikakai Ext. (Acacia Concinna), Ritha Ext. (Sapindus Mucorosai), Amla Ext. (Emblica Officinalis), Aloe Vera Ext. (Aloe Barbadensis), Saw Palmeto Ext. (Serenoa Serrulata), Henna Ext. (Lawsonia Inermis), Cocoa Ext. (Theobroma Cacao), Lemon Ext. (Citrus Limon), Citric Acid, Genapol LT, Potassium Sorbate.

Price 245 INR for 200ml

2. Rustic Art

It lathers up a lot. In fact, few doubted that it might not even be natural. It comes in two variants - in two varieties - Herbal & Aloe. Both are biodegradable.

Ingredients - Demineralized water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut oil extract), Ascorbic acid, Disodium cocoamphodiacetate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Aloe Vera Juice, Sodium Cocoyl essential oil Blend/Herbal oil blend, and AOS - a plant derivative used as a surfactant.

Price 290 INR for 200ml

3. Soulflower Shampoo Bar

They look like those from Lush but comes in a fixed size of 150gm and also is free of sulfates. Comes in three variants. 

Let Your Hair Down for hail fall

Ingredients - Lemon essential oil, fresh ginger, coconut milk, Vitamin E, glycerin, aqua, black castor oil saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.

Rosemary Lavender for normal to oily hair

Ingredients - Rosemary & lavender essential oils, jojoba oil, almond oil, butterfly pea herb, shikakai, Vitamin E, shea butter, glycerin, aqua, saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.

Sandalwood Geranium for dry hair

Ingredients - Geranium & sandalwood essential oils, jojoba oil, almond oil, shikakai, aloe vera, Vitamin E, glycerin, aqua, saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.

Price - INR 200 to 250 for 150ml

4. Organic Surge 

The famous UK brand comes in a lot of variants in India.  Surely, there will be one for you. I am only listing the ingredient for the most loved one variant -  Moisture boost.

Ingredients - Aqua (Water)*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Sodium Coco-Sulfate*, Decyl Glucoside*, Lauryl Glucoside*/Stearyl Citrate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate*/Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside*, Aqua*/Chondrus Crispus, Phenoxyethanol/Benzyl Alcohol/Potassium Sorbate, Parfum*, Aqua*/Sucrose Laurate/Alcohol, Glycerin (Veg)*, Sodium Chloride*, Tocopherol*, Citric Acid*,Geraniol, Limonene. *naturally-derived ingredient. Naturally occurring within essential oils.

Price - Rs 595 for 250 ml but available with some discounts at major online stores.

5. Johnson Baby Shampoo

I have used it but it dries my hair very badly. Also, recently many harmful products were found in the shampoo. I could not find the ingredients list for the Indian one. I could find that in the USA website but then the ingredients might differ from the Indian one.

Ingredient for product retailed in the USA - Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocoglycerides, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide


Are you aware of any SLS free shampoo? Have you tried any of these? Anything that worked? Please share. 


EDIT - 20 Sept 2013 - After 8 months of trying different options for SLS free, I have written a post about my journey and discovery of a cheap and effective alternative. Please read - Being Sulphate Free (Part 1) | Cheap and Effective SLS Free Shampoo In India


  1. loved the post:)
    i too was facing pathetic hair since some time so decided to try n stop using any sulphates but its tough finding such stuff :( i am using L'occitane shampoo that i got in my vellvette box its doing wonders but im scared of finishing it as its so expensive!do try l'occitane if u can :) they even have travel sizes! im also using himalaya protein shampoo that claims to b free from sulphates,parabens( but many ppl say its not true) but im quite liking it !
    i want to try tbs rainforest, soulflower n organic surge from ur list next!:) can u also tell where can i find the rest in ur list,online or otherwise ?

    1. Thansk Poorva for the useful comment and thanks for trying sulphate free shampoo. You will surely see the difference soon.

      L'occitane shampoo - I have tried it once. I had samples of the soothing varinat. It didn't seemed as moisturizing as the TBS one. Also, its costlier than the TBS one - more than double!

      Himalaya Protein Shampoo - I have never tried it. Maybe its sulphate free maybe its not. To be frank I am never confident of the ingredient list. The ingredient list is surely not complete.

      Where to find them? Gimme some time and I will update the post with the best place to buy it - cheapest and quick delivery. Yes, it seems they are only available online. Thanks for making me realize that I have skipped it in the post. Thanks darling...XOXO

  2. I recently bought Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo from the Gourmet West section of Westside. It says "no SLS, no Parabens, no pthalates and no artificial colours". However, it does have Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate. Haven't seen this shampoo anywhere else though. seems nice but ive just used it 3times so will review it next week.

    1. In case you think of restocking it then you can buy it from Flipkart. Do review it.

  3. Nice post...The Indian version of Johnson's Baby Shampoo is not a SLS free product. I have been using the thing to wash my eyelashes (on the doc's prescription after an infection on my eyelids) and I just went to check the ingredient list after reading your post cause I remember having seen Sodium Laureth Sulfate on the bottle and as I expected it does contain SLS. :(

    1. Ohh thanks for sharing dear. I was a bit skeptical because there is always different between indian and US version. Thanks again

  4. nice compilation, i had the same issue after my hair rebonding, but with regular hair spa treatments it got controlled :)

    1. Thanks for sharing the tip Jasmine :)

      I used L'oreal spa which made it better only for the time I was using it. My hair was smooth but the moment I stopped it, I had the hair fall again.

  5. I'm using the Organic Surge Color protect shampoo and conditioner since about 3 weeks. Love it! Doesn't give that silky smooth feeling I got from Sunsilk Keratinology but at least the hair fall and dandruff is much in control! I don't feel like switching to regular shampoos now!

  6. I'm bookmarking this post, Shayoni! I've been wanting to switch to SLS, Silicon, Paraben free shampoos and conditioners after reading about the benefits all over the blogs and internet. Thanks for compiling a list of shampoos available.

    1. awwww.....thanks for the sweet world...thanks for the support

  7. you can try Vcare Shikkakai paste. its Paraben and Sulfate free :)

    1. Thanks for sharing.

      I had a look. The ingredient list says - :Shikkakai, Fenugreek, Amla, Hibiscus, Preservatives etc."
      How can there be an 'etc' in ingredient list? They have mentioned preservatives and said its paraben free. Then they should mentioned which preservatives have been used. The whole thing looks very doubtful to me.


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