Review L'Occitane Soothing Shampoo

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ I'm sure everyone of you have heard of L'Occitane before I even write about this post. Well, they are known for their hand creams and skincare products. Lately, I've been trying to avoid silicone in my hair care products. I'm still fine with using sulphate, it's just that silicones tend to make my hair look flatter and limp. So, in my search for a silicone free shampoo, I stumbled on L'Occitane's Soothing Shampoo one day when I was in the mall. I decided to try the small size first and here are my thoughts on it. 



I bought the small travel size shampoo and conditioner for Rp 190,000, so that is Rp 80,000 for a 75 ml shampoo. It is quite expensive for a shampoo becauseI usually buy shampoo at around Rp 30,000 for 100 ml. Anyway, it has a transparent plastic bottle with a flip cap on top to dispense the product. The size is quite small and travel friendly at around 15 cm (estimate). 

The ingredients of the shampoo is listed on the side of the bottle. I'll just list some of them. This is going to be a long ingredient post, so if you just want to know how the shampoo works, feel free to skip this section. 
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate: a cleaning agent that works by binding to dirt and oil on the scalp and hair. This is more gentle compared to its other sulphate friends (SLS). In high concentrations, it causes little irritation. Although some say that it is carcinogenic because it is used in car wash liquids, keep in mind that they have industrial grade and cosmetic grade disodium laureth sulfosuccinate.
  • Tea-Lauryl Sulfate: A cleaning agent or surfactant just like the ingredient above. 
  • Decyl Glucoside and Coco Glucoside: A surfactant that are derived naturally from plants and biodegradable. Suitable for sensitive skin and often times used in shampoos as it is able to make beautiful bubbles. 
  • Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Basil Oil: Essential oils that help nourish the scalp and hair (supposedly). 
  • Parfum/Fragrance: Just as it said, not sure if this will be okay with sensitive scalp, though. ~_~
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: Helps to give hair a soft and smooth appearance, produced from coconut oil-derived fatty acids. 
  • Polyquaternium-10: Help reduce static electricity. This ingredient also improve the overall appearance of hair, making it look fuller, supple and shiny. It even helps to improve hair texture that has been damaged by chemical treatments.
  • Polyquaternium-7: Helps to hold the style of hair by inhibiting the hair's ability to absorb moisture.
  • Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate: Preservative. It helps to slow down bacteria growth in cosmetic products, so it won't be spoiled. 
  • Linalool, geraniol, citral, limonene: Fragrance ingredient (probably won't be too good for sensitive skin)


The scent of the shampoo itself is very citrusy and fresh smelling. I personally enjoyed the scent. It kinda reminds me of bergamot. It always makes my hair smells nice all day long before I washed it again. 

The texture of the shampoo is quite runny, but not as runny as water. The shampoo is a clear liquid that lathers up easily, but I need a lot of it. I can't show you how much (such a bad blogger) because I ran out of it. ~_~ Anyways, I need about a tablespoon for my short hair to be able to cover my whole hair. That is a LOT, dude. 

While I'm rinsing my hair, it feels all tangled, probably because of the absence of silicone in it, but I don't mind. However, after I towel dry my hair and let it air dry, it feels bouncy and not as tangled as it was in the shower. I noticed my hair looked a little volumized than when I were to use a silicone-based shampoo, but not too much of a difference. I also noticed that my scalp rarely itches anymore if I don't wash it. 

Overall, I really liked the scent and feel of this shampoo, not to mention that it is silicone free. Even though it has fragrance, luckily, my scalp didn't react badly towards it. 

However, I do feel that it is expensive for my hair budget. I mean, I know price differs for everyone, but for me, personally, I feel burdened having to pay Rp 80,000 for 75 ml or Rp 330,000 for 500 ml for something that I use every other day in such a large amount. 

The question is would I buy this again now that mine is all out? Well, I am really contemplating on it. Right now, I am looking for an alternative for this shampoo, so that question may not have an answer just yet. I may have to update this post once I have the answer. So, until then, I'll see you later~!
P.S: For the first few days of using a silicone-free shampoo (around 5-7 days), my hair felt rough and very tangled. However, after around 5 days, it returns to its normal state. I read that this may be because of the silicone buildup that are being eliminated from the hair, thus making the hair feels rough. Right now, my hair feels bouncy, less oily, and have  a little more volume (doesn't look very flat). My current shampoo is LUSH Seanik Solid Shampoo. 

Reference for Ingredients
  • http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/disodium-laureth-sulfosuccinate
  • http://beautifulwithbrains.com/2009/02/07/know-your-ingredients-tea-lauryl-sulfate/
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decyl_glucoside
  • http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=942
  • http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=453
  • http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=400
  • http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=757

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