Pure Potions Shampoo and Conditioner review

November 13, 2017

This haircare review of Pure Potions Shampoo and Conditioner comes courtesy of Nasima, who suffers with pesky dry, sensitive skin. 

So did Pure Potions match up to her exacting specifications? Read on to find out…

Having super sensitive skin means that I’m always conscious of what I’m putting on my face and body.

However, I never really gave a second thought to the hair products I was using, and the possible effects they were having on my scalp. Plus I think it’s so easy to forget that shampoo does trickle down your face, and this can be a contributing factor to various skin issues.

So when I was offered the opportunity to trial the Pure Potions Natural Shampoo and Conditioner, I jumped at the chance.

Pure Potions Shampoo and Conditioner review – the science-y bit

On the packaging, it states that it contains 99% natural ingredients which I think is really impressive. Having very sensitive skin, I’m always drawn to products with more natural formulations as they generally seem to cause less irritation. I’d never tried a ‘natural’ or sulphate free shampoo before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

The website states the shampoo features a special blend of organic, biodynamic herbal tinctures – nettle, calendula, chamomile and chickweed – and uses natural herbal extracts and essential oils as preservatives – honeysuckle, sweet basil, clove and lemongrass. The products are also suitable for people with conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and other itchy or flaky skin conditions.

The packaging states that due to the natural formula, you should expect a more gentle foam.

Not all in a lather

Well for me, that was an understatement. The first time I used the shampoo, I got no foam whatsoever. As I’d never used a sulphate free shampoo before, the complete absence of foam felt really weird. It was just like massaging water into your hair. I was really conscious of whether my hair was actually getting clean this way, so I ended up using more than I usually would. When using the conditioner, the product did seem to separate slightly when I squeezed it out. However, this was easily remedied by giving the bottle a quick shake before squeezing the product out.

I’m a big fan of herbal and citrus scents, and both products smelled absolutely lovely. They definitely had a very natural scent – like a milder version of The Body Shop Hemp products or Lush Dream Cream. I could definitely smell all the different essential oils in the product, especially the lemongrass, which was very refreshing!

Both products were easy to rinse out and after drying my hair as normal, I was pleased to find that my hair was shiny and silky, without feeling weighed down. My hair smelt fresh and clean, rather than overpoweringly perfumed as can sometimes be the case when using regular shampoos and conditioners with more synthetic ingredients.

Usually my eyes are super red after washing my hair, but after using these products my eyes weren’t red at all, which was an unexpected but pleasant surprise! My skin also felt comfortable and soothed – not at all irritated or dry.

I was so happy with the way my hair looked and felt after using both the shampoo and conditioner, but I couldn’t quite get over the lack of foam. I checked to see if Google had any answers for me, and someone had suggested massaging the shampoo in whilst all your hair was under the shower stream. I tried this on my next use, and while I did manage to work up a very slight, barely-there foam, it was still nothing in comparison to that of a normal sulphate based shampoo.

I think the lack of foam is just something I need to get over. We’ve almost been conditioned to believe that a good amount of foam equals a thorough clean, but the results I got from using the Pure Potions Shampoo and Conditioner certainly disproved that theory.

Overall, the Pure Potions Shampoo and Conditioner were big hits for me. I loved the way my hair looked and felt after using them, and the fact they didn’t irritate my skin at all. Therefore, I’ll continue to use them despite the fact they don’t produce my much-loved lather.Pure Potions Shampoo and Conditioner bottles

If your skin or scalp is particularly sensitive and you’ve noticed more irritation after washing your hair, I would definitely recommend trying out the Pure Potions range. And even though the products are formulated for people with more sensitive skin and scalps, I would highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in incorporating some more natural products into their routine.


About the Author


I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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