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I'll get straight to the point: A'Kin is the best shampoo that I have used so far. I stumbled across this little-known Aussie gem during a speculative wander on a natural hair/skincare website, took one look at its ingredients, and decided I simply must buy this now. With no harsh or toxic additives (you'll be both surprised and disturbed to read published reports on chemicals used in health & beauty products), and various botanical oils and extracts, you can take comfort in knowing that you won't end up with flakes, or spots, or bald patches, or any of those other problems that other shampoos only seem to aggravate. A'Kin proves that it IS possible to make haircare products without using sulfates, ethoxylates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemical cleansers, silicones, phthalates, artificial colours, and other things that should be used on industrial machinery, rather than on my hair. Many of the key ingredients are also certified organic, and all ingredients are certified as vegan by the Australian Vegan Society (no animal testing, and ingredients are all plant-sourced).
But all this, as good as it sounds, isn't enough to make you keep on buying it. It also needs to deliver results. And oh, how it delivers. The smell is divine yet not overpowering; anyone who has ever smelt freshly picked rosemary knows how instantly relaxing and invigorating it is. As it's a gentle cleanser, you will need to use more of the product to get it to foam up - I usually find two applications are needed. Don't be scared to massage it into your scalp - it is relaxing and cleansing at the same time!
You will perhaps be disappointed after the first few times you use it; this is completely normal. I nearly stopped using it in the first fortnight, but found a few other people who had the same problem and assured me that my hair was simply adapting to it. Do stick with it! After about three weeks, my hair - naturally thick, curly, and with a tendency to frizz - was noticeably shinier, softer, and more manageable.
I've tried a lot of shampoos in the past, ranging from the usual supermarket brands to the more reputable salon brands, and A'Kin is the only one that I will continue to use. Have been using it for two months now, and it seems that the condition of my hair is only improving. Add that to its ethical points and surprisingly low price tag, and you have a product that should be a staple for consumers, and an example to the industry.
Akin is an australian company which sells products made from completely natural ingredients. you won't find any laureth sulphates and parabens etc here, just a list of ingredients that is fascinating to read itself. But does it work? yes! one of the best shampoos i have used. usually there are deals where you can buy an akin shampoo and a conditioner together at a low price. I would recommend the conditioners as well as together both really give a treat to your hair and make it soft and silky smooth.
Akin is also one of the very few companies that are not only vegan certified and not tested on animals but also halal certified. I have tried other products in the akin range as well and I would recommend the whole range over much more expensive 'brands' which are really just buckets of empty marketing. With natural botanical extracts you dont feel like you have lathered yourself with chemicals but as if you've used a concoction from some exotic garden :)
A'Kin is another brand of shampoo I have been testing that is made from natural ingrediants and is not tested on animals. This is my joint favourite with Burt's Bees shampoo.
One of my favourite thing about this shampoo is that it does not use any harmful chemicals, smells gorgeous and after continued use your hair is amazing. I don't think I have ever received so many compliments on the softness and shinyness of my hair!
The ingredients (from mother nature's cupboard) are as follows;
Aqua (purified Australian water), sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (from palm), cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine (from coconut),disodium cocoamphodiacate (from coconut also),lauryl glucoside (from coconut, palm and glucose),sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (from palm),glycerin (botanical source), sorbitol (from GMO free maize), glyceryl laurate (botanical source),sodium citrate (botanical source),citric acid (botanical source), sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn),sodium cocoyl glutamate (from cocount and cane sugar), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), leaf oil, sodium hydroxymethlglycinate, lavendula angustifolia (lavendar) oil (certified organic), cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) bark oil, elettaria cardamomum seed oil, syzygium aromaticum (clove) flower oil, linalool. BP 2007 standard.
Phew! Well that's the information for what's in it, now why you might consider using it above your average brand. This product is 100% Vegan, natural, botanical aromatherapy and are not tested on animals and there isn't many products on the market that you can say that about now days.
A'kin is not a product that I think you can get in shops but it is something that I have bought from a website called My Pure. You can find them in a google search and for this item you will pay around £6.50 for a 225ml bottle. This does sound like a lot of money and as I mentioned in my Burt's Bees shampoo review, thats not as much as some chemical (hair stripping) hairdresser shampoo's will cost you. Having a quick look through the supermarkets I have noticed that more and more of the popular brands are putting their prices up and in light of that, I think this product is a bargain. I have long waist length typically thick mediterranean hair and this shampoo lasts me around a two months washing twice a week.
When I first used this shampoo it made my hair feel really rough and ratty which nearly put me off using it but after persisting with it for about three or so washes, my hair started to feel great. I notice it gets greasy less often so if this is a problem that you suffer with then I would recommend this shampoo. My hair stays naturally shiny and smooth without me needing to use my GHD's (which I have in fact put away since buying this shampoo). I seldom wore my hair with its natural wave because it tended to frizz (hence the GHD's) but since using this shampoo I find that my hair is silky and smooth in its curls without the tendancy to frizz. I have also noticed a reduction on the amount of hair in the plug hole and on my brush, which is amazing because it was in such terrible condition from all the straightening.
The smell is totally enchanting, so much so that my husband keeps putting his face in my hair to smell! The range works for baby's, teens and men also. I would definitely recommend this as the 'natural' choice in hair care and will never go back to the pretend natural 'herbel essence' style crap that I used to strip my hair with. Forget what they say in the adverts, if you want naturally gorgeous hair then try a natural brand like this!
A highly effective pure and gentle botanical hair cleanser /