When I found out that Ethique came out with a ‘super-sensitive’ bar line, I was over the moon. Unscented, free of palm oil, and free of coconut oil? Yes, please. Like the rest of Ethique’s line of products, it is also SLS and SLES-free (sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl ether sulfate)
Previously, I have been using Ethique’s Heali Kiwi shampoo and The Guardian conditioner bars. They worked well for my hair. But even so, my temperamental scalp wasn’t as happy as it could be. Due to iron deficiency and thyroid issues, I have indomitable scalp eczema. Vitamin supplements and using a shower head filter for the hard water alleviates the dry skin somewhat; but the itchy patches at the base of my scalp still persist after a shower, even if I didn’t sweat profusely (my major trigger for flare-ups). Using Heali Kiwi/The Guardian I still left a slightly heavy feeling on my scalp that felt a bit off, and the eczema itchiness appeared almost immediately after a shower.
I had a sneaking suspicion that Heali Kiwi and The Guardian was not a good match for my sensitive skin, either from the essential oils used for fragrance or from coconut oil. I’ve stopped using coconut oil on my body for years, but for a while I couldn’t find shampoo bars free from coconut oil and didn’t leave a greasy film on my scalp. How pleasantly surprised I was to find that Ethique came out with a coconut-free line!