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Awards and Certifications

  • Gentle Herb Shampoo 500ml
  • Natural Health Magazine Award 2016
  • Cert Clean Beauty Award Finalist
  • Natural Health Magazine Award 2016
  • Free From Skincare Awards 2017 - Silver
  • Independently Certified Organic by the Soil Association
  • Cruelty Free

Gentle Herb Shampoo

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Gentle Herb Shampoo is balancing and conditioning for all hair types, including dyed hair. It is ideal for problem skin and may be suitable for scalps prone to psoriasis, dermatitis or eczema.

Bring shine and vitality back naturally to even the most sensitive scalps with this unique natural shampoo. It is the first shampoo that ever achieved Soil Association approval: Bursting with organic herbal ingredients and coconut oil to nourish the scalp, it is also free from all sulfates (SLeS, ALS, SLS), fragrance, artificial preservatives and salt.

Massage into your hair and scalp, allowing the conditioning organic herbs in this much-loved award-winning shampoo to absorb for 2-3 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. The goodness of natural herbs and oils and absence of harsh detergent means that after a week or so of regular use, you should find that you don't need a separate conditioner.

Our very popular natural and organic shampoo was named best shampoo for sensitive scalps in the prestigious Guide des Meilleurs Cosmetiques 2015-16. It also received a gold medal as the 'standout' winner in the prestigious ‘Free From’ Skincare Awards and has won Janey Lee Grace's Platinum Award 3 times.

“I tried your Gentle Herb Shampoo yesterday and I'm amazed! - after at least 20 years of suffering an itchy scalp, my hair and scalp today appear 'normal'.” H.W., Odylique Customer


  • Strengthening horsetail
  • Conditioning coconut oil
  • Soothing chamomile
  • Biodynamic nettle for scalp health
  • Shine-promoting rosemary
  • Moisture-locking aloe vera juice


  • 100% natural, 70% organic
  • Free from common allergen tree nut oils, wheat, soy, dairy
  • pH 5.5 - balanced to that of the skin.
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • Recyclable packaging: 0.68 fl. oz size is presented in a tube. The 6.8 fl. oz and 16.9 fl. oz Gentle Herb Shampoo are packaged in a 100% recycled bottle. Please note that the 16.9 fl. oz. size comes with a standard top and not a pump dispenser. 

If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or any other allergy, please download our Information Guide.

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148 Reviews For Gentle Herb Shampoo

  1. Star Rating


    I bought a sample of this product for my partner who has always suffered from a very dry scalp and he was really impressed. After just one wash, his hair was so much clearer than it usually is after washing, and after the second wash it was even better. I will definitely be buying a bottle of this for him!

  2. Star Rating


    I bought a trial size of this shampoo as I was really impressed with the reviews. It smells gorgeous but my hair felt terrible after using it, maybe you have to use it for a while first but I didn't want to spend all that money on a full sized bottle if my hair was going to look and feel awful. However, what I will say is that my hair has historically been quite selective in what agrees with it so I feel that I am probably a minority that it doesn't work for rather than a majority.

  3. Star Rating


    After searching for a shampoo with no harmful chemicals and fragrances etc I was delighted when I discovered this one. It effectively cleans my hair yet feels gentle.

  4. Sally 6/8/2018

    I have dry curly hair and used moisturising shampoo and conditioner and then leave in conditioner. Now I use this shampoo and wipe the excess ultra balm I've used on my dry skin off my hands onto the ends of my wet hair. It saves me so much time and hassle. My hair is so shiny and soft too.

  5. Star Rating


    I don't have a sensitive scalp or problem hair in general. The reason why I use Odylique is because I want to avoid all the nasty chemicals you normally find in skincare products, at times even with brands that label themselves as 'natural'. Odylique is a brand I feel I can trust.
    The first time I used this shampoo my hair felt like a birds nest (I have long, thick hair)! It was all tangled up and definitely in need of a conditioner. I wasn't sure it was right for me but because I had a whole bottle I used it anyway. Im so glad I did! With time my hair just got better and better. Now I just can't go without this shampoo! My hair feels soft and has loads of volume. Something I don't experience with other shampoos. I don't need a conditioner either. I just use the Ultra Balm for the ends but more for styling than for moisture. I highly recommend this shampoo and don't give up even if you might not feel convinced the first time you use it. Its a terrific product.

  6. EMI4/30/2018

    Our family has been using the shampoo for the last 6 years. I first came across it as my first born had very severe eczema. The kids have grown out of it gradually but it is the only shampoo they have ever used since birth. We all use it and I have long hair but it is always nice and shiny with no split ends. Conditioner is not required but is it better without it. My experience tells me it is usual commercial conditioner making our hair greasy because that kind of shampoo strips everything off so the hair requires rich conditioner. Seriously, my loyalty to shampoo tells everything!

  7. Star Rating


    I LOVE this shampoo. I recently switched to Odylique from a popular shampoo brand after doing a home patch test and realizing that the harsh chemicals in it were a big cause of my eczema. Naturally, I did a home patch test with Odylique too and absolutely nothing appeared on my skin! It's taken almost two weeks for my skin to recover from the popular shampoo brand. This shampoo foams up quite nicely too but it takes a bit more work than a 'normal' shampoo. I do find it difficult not to use so much because I have long, thick hair. Unlike others that have reviewed this product, I do unfortunately need a conditioner as well. My hair just felt too heavy without conditioner. The only negative point I have is to do with the price. When you jump from £6 to £22 for a bottle of shampoo of the same quantity you definitely notice the difference in your bank. But at the moment I will stick with Odylique while my skin heals. Thank you Odylique :)

  8. Star Rating


    Being a new customer to Odylique I bought the sample size of this shampoo to try. I make face creams and body butters but cannot get a shampoo base right (smelly castile soap is not for me!) I have tried many shampoos on the market to help my ultra sensitive skin condition but each one left me with sore and very inflamed areas around my eyes which would take over a week to calm down and the amount of unsuitable ingredients in each have left me stunned. I'm now SO happy to have found my perfect shampoo, it is fantastic. Previously I would treat my hair with a carrier oil in place of a treatment conditioner (which is so messy to do) before I shampooed my hair but it is not necessary to use anything else with this gentle product. I love that it is not heavily perfumed and the main bonus is that it has left my hair so soft and manageable. I have salt and pepper coloured hair (being over 60) but this has revived it's condition. This shampoo does not disappoint and I have to say a huge thank you for making this and making me happy to wash my hair again.

  9. Star Rating


    A year ago, I was looking for a new shampoo that was natural, organic and free from chemicals. I came across Odylique's Gentle Herb Shampoo and have been using this ever since! Brilliant at cleaning hair, lathers well and smells good too. Been recommending it to friends and family!

  10. Star Rating


    I read the reviews and bought the trial size, I have so many problems with shampoos causing scalp problems that I didn't really think this would be any different but I was so wrong! Love the shampoo, love how my hair feels and even more, love how my scalp feels.

  11. Star Rating


    I alternate between this shampoo and your tea tree shampoo to keep my hair looking shiny, and love them both. Both very gentle and both very effective.

  12. Star Rating


    This shampoo has worked wonders for my very itchy scalp. It doesn’t foam, but cleans beautifully, leaving my hair soft and silky. Very happy with this product.

  13. Star Rating


    A brilliant shampoo and amazing safe, organic ingredients! Exactly what Ive been looking for!

  14. Star Rating


    I have been using this shampoo for a while and can say with a 100% certainty that it is the best I have ever used.

    I have always been trying to use a natural shampoo and therefore tried using baby shampoo as a cheaper alternative. However, even baby shampoo you can buy in the supermarket is packed full of chemicals..It dries out my scalp and leaves it greasy the next day.

    With this one, my hair feels and looks fresh for much longer than usual and my dry scalp problem has disappeared.

    It is a bit pricey but well worth the investment! After all, quality has its price :)

  15. Star Rating


    I am in love with this shampoo as it truly cleanses and smells wonderful. I used to suffer from occasional psoriasis in my scalp until I found this. Definitely recommend!

  16. Star Rating


    I love this soft and gentle shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling so fresh and manageable. Thank you!

  17. Star Rating


    I love this shampoo. It has a lovely, discreet smell. It cleanses my hair well (which many other organic shampoos I have tried have not done!) Also, I find I don't need to use a conditioner. Another great product, thank you.

  18. Star Rating


    I'm a big fan of what odylique stand for (environmental, ethical, made in the UK etc), but this shampoo didn't work for me.
    I have flaky and dry scalp which shows up in my dark brown hair and around the edges of my face. I have tried natural shampoos, scalp oils, supplements before but to no avail. After reading about this on a snapchat discover story and then reading the reviews on here I purchased this product and was very optimistic. I used it for over a month, but saw no noticeable improvement in my scalp. Then I changed to a medicated scalp shampoo from the pharmacy and this is the only thing that has helped my dry scalp.
    I wouldn't want to discourage people from using this as it seems to work for a lot of people, but just be aware that it is very expensive and doesn't work for everybody. I'd recommend trying some alternatives.

    - Odylique Reply:

    Hi Amelia,

    Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate all feedback! Our formulator has suggested that as you have found that only a medicated shampoo alleviates your scalp condition, the problem is most likely a yeast infection. Consequently, a better organic choice would be our Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo, which should control the yeast infection naturally without drying out your scalp.

    I hope this helps and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    With thanks and best wishes,


  19. Star Rating


    Bought a sample for my husband to try and he is very happy with the results so have have now purchased larger bottle.

  20. Star Rating


    I was literally wowed by the service of the company! I ordered one day, next day got an email with conformation of product being shipped, on the third day shampoo arrived. The product came from England to Germany. Even locally ordered things take much longer! I am totally amazed with this company.
    Today I had a pleasure to wash my hair with this great shampoo. I have very sensitive skin, I have tried many pricey and not so pricey hair care products, but I have never had anything as good as this shampoo. Definitely a keeper!

  21. Star Rating


    I like this shampoo so much!!!

  22. Star Rating


    I've been using Odylique's gentle herb shampoo for years now, and the fact I haven't so much as been tempted to try a sample of another shampoo pretty much sums up how happy I am with this one. I initially bought it due to allergies and a desire to reduce my exposure to unnecessary chemicals, but my hair is also really soft and shiny, in great condition, and doesn't get greasy like it used to when I was stripping all the natural oils out with harsher shampoo in the past. It is more expensive than a lot of shampoo in the supermarket, but it contains real ingredients I can actually identify with nothing nasty or irritating to my skin, so I can justify the extra pennies. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!

  23. Star Rating


    I've been trying all sorts of natural methods of washing my hair - trying to damage the environment as little as possible. From no-poo to castille soap - they all left my hair feeling greasy and looking drab. This shampoo doesn't. Together with the hair balm, I only have to use a tiny amount and my hair is soft and shiny. I've been using it on my 6 year old daughter's hair too. She suffers with excema and her curly hair is left a tangly mess with many shampoos. It's been great to find something that works so beautifully for both of us, without damaging the planet. We'll definitely be buying it again!

  24. Star Rating


    My hair never felt so silky. They are the shiniest they have ever been. I could go for the hair commercial no problem ;)

  25. Star Rating


    I used this shampoo for about 12 months, but stopped using it several months ago when I became concerned that it was causing me to lose a lot of hair while I was washing it. Although I was assured by Odylique's customer services that this was normal with an organic shampoo. I then moved to a different organic shampoo and conditioner and found that the problem stopped. I thought I would give the shampoo another go, as I love most of Odylique's products and ordered a small tester which arrived at the weekend. However, trying it again just reminded me why I had stopped using it - I lost about 2-3 times the amount of hair with this product than I lose using the organic, natural shampoo from another company with very similar ingredients.

    Odylique Reply:

    Hi Sarah,

    Please try not to worry about hair falling out, it’s quite normal to shed hairs daily, as they are pushed out of the follicles to make way for new ones. This amount can vary widely and a gentle natural shampoo, either Odylique or another similar brand, is most unlikely to influence this natural process.

  26. Dani11/3/2017

    Amazing. I sought out a range of hair and body products after developing perioral dermatitis which suddenly woke me up to the horrifying chemicals in the majority of the products I was putting on/in my body. Found Odylique and ordered sample pack. I was least convinced that this shampoo would work for my hair without a conditioner (i had tried another 'sulfate free' shampoo from boots and definitely needed conditioner with that). But I can use this shampoo and not need any conditioner at all. My hair is softer and healthier than it has been for ages (so,so soft) and for the first time in ages I can run fingers through my hair without getting caught in knots. My curls always used to get knotted underneath and that just doesn't happen now, crazy. I do use a drop or 2 of a simple hair oil which helps calm flyaways and define curls but it's not essential. I also don't use that much as for me this is more than I used to spend on shampoo but it still works great. Have just ordered my first 200ml bottle after loving the sample. Very happy and hoping to convince my thick haired family to give it a whirl too!

  27. Star Rating


    I was hunting the internet for a more environmentally conscious way of cleaning my hair. I had tried a homemade soapnut shampoo liquid but couldn't achieve a thoroughly clean look and feel. This shampoo gets me there. I know that I'm putting nothing nasty on me and nothing nasty down the drain into our water system. I'm so confident that I've just purchased the Tea Tree one for my mum who is suffering a bad flare-up of a dry itchy scalp. I love that this product is made in the UK supporting our economy. TIcks all of my boxes in my attempt to be a more conscious consumer and people have commented on how my hair is looking in great nick. I use two pumps and after the second wash can comb through with no help from products,

  28. Rebecca10/23/2017

    I was hunting the internet for a more environmentally conscious way of cleaning my hair. I had tried a homemade soapnut shampoo liquid but couldn't achieve a thoroughly clean look and feel. This shampoo gets me there. I know that I'm putting nothing nasty on me and nothing nasty down the drain into our water system. I'm so confident that I've just purchased the Tea Tree one for my mum who is suffering a bad flare-up of a dry itchy scalp. I love that this product is made in the UK supporting our economy. TIcks all of my boxes in my attempt to be a more conscious consumer and people have commented on how my hair is looking in great nick. I use two pumps and after the second wash can comb through with no help from products,

  29. Rachael10/18/2017

    Hi, I'm 47 and have suffered with psoriasis since my late twenties. Years ago my sister recommended what used to be Essentail Care products , and I have not looked back since. Although I started off with the Repair Lotion and a separate body wash, I noŵ only use this shampoo for my hair, face and body.
    Every now and then I experiment with some new wonder product that I might see in a Health shop or on-line, but frankly nothing has been as good as this little, basic lifesaver. Now the mum of two sons going through the acne, I have found that this mild formula is just what their skin and hair need, too. The rest of the family had been using sensitive skin Sanex, but I have just bitten the bullet on cost and now splash out on the 500ml bottles - although I've been very clear on how little is required to do the job without stripping natural oils away(!)
    One of the reasons that I am happy to pay extra for a specialist product for the kids, is because I feel sure that some of my skin issues are the result of over-washing with harsh cleansers as a teenager, and I don't want them to fall into the same trap.

  30. Star Rating


    This was easy to use and left my hair feeling really clean and soft and my scalp feeling healthy. I have used other natural shampoos so was not surprised or worried that this shampoo did not foam up. However I was a little surprised by the texture which felt a bit bitty. Also I do miss having a beautiful scent. This has no fragrance, which is not my preference, althugh I realise it is probably a good thing for people with highly sensitive skin.

  31. Star Rating


    I received my very first order yesterday, I bought the sample gift set, I was looking forward to trying the shampoo, & I decided not to use any conditioner ( as advised) in order that I could assess it properly. I have very thick hair, although it is finely textured, it's also curly. I was a bit apprehensive that I wasn't going to be using conditioner but I have to say I'm amazed & impressed by this product! My hair does indeed feel soft & silky, & luckily it hasn't added volume as I certainly don't need it. I be already placed another order today but will be placing another for the full size of this gorgeous shampoo!

  32. Alexis9/10/2017

    This is the best shampoo free from artificial stuff on the market. Hair feels soft, very strong and thick. Gentle, no-nonsense, cleaning. Can be used once a day or even more often, it is so gentle. Won't dry hair or scalp.

  33. Star Rating


    'WOW!' This was the first thought that popped into my head after washing my hair with this shampoo. I was slightly skeptical as my hair can be very challenging to keep looking and feeling fresh, even after a few hours from washing it.. but this shampoo is AMAZING!! Not only that but the second day hair is still just as lovely. My hair has never felt so soft and shiney in sooo long. I also love the fact that you only need a small amount and once applied you don't need to use a separate conditioner. Big plus in my books as I'm a very busy mum with no time on her hands!

  34. Star Rating


    Since the birth of my second child i suffered from postpartum hair loss, even after 18 months after having him. I decided to look around for a natural shampoo and come across this shampoo. It bought my hair back to life feeling thicker and healthy. My hair got so bad that i ended up cutting it short in hope it would improve, i wash my hair once or twice a week now and have noticed a different since using this shampoo, my hair is growing back and feeling healthy.

  35. Star Rating


    Tried other "organic" shampoos - this is the best.

  36. Star Rating


    I can't believe after years of a dry/itchy scalp this has worked so quickly.

  37. Star Rating


    My hair is restored now but as if by magic after two uses it worked.

  38. Star Rating

    Freefrom Skincare Awards tester8/14/2017

    The instructions for this shampoo were clear and it was easy to use first-time. This shampoo was effective with both long and short hair leaving both hair and scalp clean and smooth. The positive effect was immediate. This shampoo was good. The shampoo has a neutral fragrance (good) with a texture that is easy to work in. I like both. This shampoo suited me well. I shower more than once a day and this product fits with my busy lifestyle. Usually the problem with oft-used shampoo is what problems are caused, with this shampoo there were no ill-effects with more than regular usage. No improvements needed here if you want a simple and good ‘Free From’ shampoo. I like this shampoo; it delivered with no empty marketing promises. I would use it again. The labelling was simple and the ingredients ‘Free From’. Good value in this market (it goes a long way). The pump delivery system was very good and survived several beatings on the gymnasium floor.

  39. Star Rating

    Freefrom Skincare Award tester8/14/2017

    My scalp felt loved but my hair was a bit dry and although the instruction indicate you don't need to use conditioner, I did feel the need to return to the bathroom and apply some - but I really did just need a little to soften no way as much as I normally would on my manic curly hair - it will be interesting to see if I stop needing conditioner after using for a few washes - my scalp really does feel amazing, I haven't felt the need to massage it to try and get the oils flowing to relieve that tight itch once today. Because of the lack of promised conditioning to my hair, I felt the shampoo didn't really do it's described job but I have to say my hair has never looked better, styled easily (after using a little of my normal conditioner), kept it's shape all day and most people that know me have said how good my hair has looked today and I deliberately didn't use any styling product this morning either, amazing. The smell was delicate, I'm not sure I liked it - felt more medicinal then luxury but the lack of pretty fragrance was probably why my scalp didn't feel tight and creepy whilst I was drying my hair. I didn't like the gloopy texture at first because it didn't seem to lather well but it rinsed out really easy and my hair has been bouncy all day. I have had no eczema behind my ears, which I have been plagued with for a few years, not tightness to my scalp. My hair has be so easy to manage, full of shine and bounce. I found that even after a month of constant use, I still had to use conditioner but by the end of the month is really was just a touch about the size of a pea when in the past my hair really needs a very good handful of conditioner - so I do feel really that it has delivered on the promise of not needing conditioner , for my slightly dry frizzy curly hair to not need any conditioner at all would be a miracle. I love this shampoo and would definitely buy again - freedom from the itch and fab hair too! I would like a conditioner for those of us who just need a little but you never know after using for another month, I may not need it all as stated on the bottle. I liked the packaging as it was unpretentious as was the scent, It all added to the feeling that there really was nothing in this bottle to irritate my scalp, it was kind a lovely and would stay that way, The price was not cheap but when you tried it, you really realised that it was not expensive considering the difference it make to your hair and scalp - love it and have already bought my second bottle.

  40. Star Rating


    So I was told by my hairdresser a couple of months ago not to dye or bleach my hair again for a good couple of months because it needed time to recover or it would break. I didn't listen and bits of my hair were snapping off. Thought about cancelling my appointment next week because I couldn't deal with the shame. Ordered this on next day delivery yesterday because I saw amazing reviews - along with the ultra rich balm to put on the ends as recommended for split ends. Well I cannot believe what it's done to my hair! I've used it once and it looks like human hair again. It's thick, shiny. What the hell is this stuff??? I've used every organic shampoo known to man I'm sure and none of them did this. It's incredible. The balm has done a lot for the ends too. I know that not everything works for everyone but this clearly works for a lot of people and for me it's a God send. I can even walk into the hairdressers next week with my head held high.

    [Odylique Reply]
    Hi Amy, thank you so much for your comment! Absolutely thrilled to hear testimonials like this - hearing that our products help people feel happy and comfortable in themselves makes doing what we do such a pleasure!

  41. Star Rating


    I bought this shampoo for two reasons - I'd been researching shampoos for natural ingredients for a while and this looked by far the closest you can get. Shampoo appears to be a particularly difficult thing to find in a natural formula. Secondly I was attracted to the claim that it negated the need for a conditioner - I liked the thought of the simplicity of a shampoo that conditioned. You need to give this a bit of time - I was initially thrilled, then less so because I felt it was making my ends a bit dry (a little balm sorted that problem) and then one day it just clicked. I could comb my hair after showering and no missing a conditioner. It makes my hair feel 'normal ' - clean, fresh, happy and comfortable. Soft, shiny and with a bit of bounce (which is saying something, I have VERY fine hair!!) I bought the larger size which I like being able to do, and will definitely repurchase.

  42. Star Rating


    About a year and half ago, I decided to go natural, ditch the shampoo and try the no poo method where you don't use any shampoo to wash your hair - just water or baking soda/vinegar. It didn't really work for my fine, scaly, oily hair though - it just looked like a mess so I started looking for natural shampoos without sulfates to make my hair look good. I stumbled upon this shampoo, tried it and I love it. I love the fact that it is made of ingredients I recognize, that I don't have to rinse and repeat, and that I don't have to use any conditioner. It has also gotten rid of my stubborn dandruff - which is impressive to say the least. I also received some nice compliments on my hair! I've been using this shampoo for about a year and I plan on sticking with it for good. The only negative with my first bottle was the lack of lather when I applied the shampoo but that wasn't the case with the second bottle, making it much easier to properly massage my scalp. I really like the pump as well and the fact that the bottle is made from recycled bottles is a real plus. So a big thumbs up from me!

  43. Star Rating


    This is the best shampoo I have ever used and it has saved my thick bleached hair. I used a little too much to begin with and It did fade my colour slightly. Now I just use one pump which is all I need for my thick hair and the colour is fine. After one wash my hair feels so soft and silky and I am happy its organic and Isn't filled with nasty chemicals. I've got really sensitive skin and this works perfectly for me and I haven't had any reactions. I do need to use a conditioner aswell because my hair is thick and bleached and I like to know the shampoo is all washed out. I will carry on purchasing only this shampoo. love love love!

  44. Star Rating


    I have been searching for a shampoo to treat my itchy scalp for ages. I have tried many products but none have worked like this one does. From the very first use I could feel the difference.

  45. Star Rating


    I absolutely love this shampoo! I've been using it for three+ months now and my hair is super soft, I have barely any split ends (what?!?! Crazy considering I haven't cut my hair in three months) and my hair has so much volume. Even my partner has noticed how much thicker my hair looks and I think it's down to not having to use a conditioner!

    FYI: I've used both Gentle Herb Shampoo and the Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo and I honestly can't choose between them. Although I would say I find my hair gets greasier quicker with the Herb Shampoo, whereas with the Tea Tree Shampoo I can normally last an extra day between washes. They're both amazing and I'd suggest trying both to figure out which one you prefer.

  46. Star Rating


    I abused my hair and scalp. I would shampoo with sulphates, leave out conditioner, pull on my hair and blow dry it so badly I used to look up and see smoke coming from the back of my head. This happened every day because I was worried about grease. A mess. My hair thinned and my scalp developed a waxy substance for which I was put on Capsal and T Gel by my doctor and that eventually cleared the wax but I was left with an itchy, inflamed scalp at most times. I tried lots of shampoo like Nizoral for anti flakes and Nizoral and Alpecin Caffeine to regrow hair (which burned even more) or other varieties of T Gel, Baby Shampoo etc. but nothing worked. I also started using conditioners but they either left my scalp and hair greasy, limp or irritated it even more which I only found out later could have been the case. I wasted so much money but came across an article where a trichologist who works with herbal medicine stated that lots of companies market with unusual ingredients, we take their word for it but the ingredients don't help and are not supposed to help with anything. It's all marketing. I looked up some of the things she then recommended having in a shampoo and by some miracle came across this. I have been using it for months now and just upgraded to the 500ml which has been lasting me ages. I haven't had a temperamental itch or an inflamed scalp for I don't know how long and that's true even when I skip washing my hair because I'm lazy and it goes greasy etc. One wash and it's back to normal. I would say that while I can use it without a conditioner and my scalp and hair is good, I do because I sometimes find it hard to get my fingers through my wet hair when I'm rinsing and I'm paranoid that I won't get it all. I use Salcura omega conditioner which you also rub into scalp and I don't have any problems, though would LOVE and be first to buy if Odylique came out with a scalp nourishing conditioner or mask. For once the reviews were right, I have the type of luck where there might only be one bad review but that will reflect my eventual experience. This is gentle, easy to use, has a good lather without waste if you rub it in for long enough each time you apply and has cured my temperamental scalp. I have my brother using it, my mother using it. I will not use another shampoo.

  47. Star Rating

    Gemma 5/1/2017

    I wanted so much to be a convert after reading the theory behind this, but I just can't get on with it. It feels so rough to spread it over my scalp, it has really put me off. Also my hair feels like old rope as soon as I put it on, and even worse once it has rinsed off! Once dry, my hair is basically a birds nest... Unthinkable to not use a conditioner afterwards. On the positive side, it does a good job of cleansing, my sensitive scalp does not react, and I could go a lot longer between washes compared to using chemical shampoo.

    [Odylique Reply]

    Hi Gemma, thank you for your review. I'm sorry you've had this experience with the shampoo. If you're switching from a chemical shampoo, our organic shampoo will initially be reversing the covered up damage - conventional shampoos mask any damage to hair, rather than preventing it, so this may explain why your hair felt a bit rough afterwards. Do persevere with an organic shampoo - it can take 28 days for your skin to get used to a product. We usually recommend washing 2-3 times a week for four weeks to see how you get on. If you still find your hair a little dry, I would recommend applying a little conditioner when you shampoo and reduce the amount of conditioner every time you wash. I'm really happy to hear that you thought it did a good job of cleansing and your scalp didn't react!

  48. Star Rating


    This is a great shampoo, very gentle and good for my hair. However, as I have coloured hair I find that I do need an added conditioner at times as the shampoo by itself isn't enough. Odylique, please make an organic gentle conditioner to go with this shampoo.

  49. Star Rating


    I've been trying this shampoo for the last couple of weeks and I'm really liking it so far!! I slowly starting making the change to more natural products and have started with my shampoo. After I started reading the labels of my old shampoos and starting googling ingredients I wanted to find something that was as natural as possible. This shampoo did take some getting used too. I followed how it was shown to use it and i'm waiting to see if after about a month i wont need conditioner. The ends of hair are still super dry and stat-icky so I've had to use a hair oil on my ends.

  50. Star Rating


    My daughter has a curly hair and it make her hair very soft and tangle free. We loved it and smell nice tooo..

  51. Star Rating


    What a relief to find a shampoo that stops my scalp from itching.when washed my hair feels soft and clean just so so happy with it

  52. Star Rating


    I'm so happy I found this shampoo. I've been searching for a silicone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free, essential oil-free shampoo that could also tackle my dry scalp issues! I couldn't find anything that remotely served my needs until I found Odylique. I'm in the US and the price is a bit high compared to domestic shampoos, and I am going through this pretty quickly due to my ridiculously thick hair, but this shampoo is SO worth it. The first time I tried it my scalp immediately felt calmer and less flaky. I use generous amounts, spend 3-5 minutes massaging it into my hair and scalp, and leave the shampoo on for another 2-3 minutes. I shampoo 2-3x a week. I don't need to use any conditioner or even any product- my hair is usually really frizzy and unruly, but this shampoo has tamed it! I just wish that this shampoo came in much larger sizes- 32 to 64 oz, because it goes too quickly. Thank you Odylique!!

  53. Star Rating


    This shampoo is lovely and does what it says in the description. I suffer from eczema and a dry scalp and it is so nice to use - doesn't lather up as much so you know it doesn't contain harsh chemicals etc. and is what it says. Love it!

  54. Star Rating


    This shampoo is brilliant. Very fresh and relaxing in scent. You do need to use more than the usual shampoos but the quality of the clean more than makes up for this! Also, very glad it comes in multiple sizes.

  55. Star Rating


    After hunting high and low for an SLS shampoo, I settled for this one and haven't been disappointed. It does the job perfectly, and is so much less hassle than using a separate shampoo & conditioner. And I love that it contains only natural ingredients. Well done Odylique!

  56. Star Rating


    I have to say that I was apprehensive to try this shampoo as I always found that natural shampoos leave a kind of horrible feeling/layer to my hair which gets worse the more you use it. This however is amazing. I don't need conditioner, which I can't get my head around, as normally if I don't have conditioner my hair gets tangled to the point I can't get a brush through it. This herb shampoo leaves my hair smelling nice, feeling gorgeously soft and it has a lovely shine to it. More importantly from the first wash my head stopped itching. (Every shop bought shampoo caused my head to itch.) I love it so much I will never use anything else!! I put it on my hair and leave it, whist I shave my legs etc, for the 2-3 minutes as suggested. If you are unsure, just try it.

  57. Star Rating


    I've been using this shampoo for the past 16 years since I was introduced to the original version. It's gone through a few formulation and packaging changes but having tried a few others in the meantime I always come back to it. Anything with the words sodium, laurel, sulphate in it in any permutation or variation make my scalp sore and this has the shortest ingredient list of anything I've found. It lasts for ages and it's also the only shampoo that doesn't need a conditioner alongside. I always make sure I have a spare in hand as I'd hate to be without it. This and the Timeless Rose moisturiser would have to be my "desert island" toiletries! For those who feel they do need a conditioner - persevere. I was told in the beginning it takes awhile for the hair to adjust.

  58. Star Rating


    I used the shampoo for the first time yesterday. I felt like I had to keep applying more and more as I've used to other shampoos in the past and one part was quite knotted but I'm sure the more I use it the less I'll want to add lots to my hair. What I loved was that my hair felt squeaky clean afterwards. I blow dried without putting on my usual Argan oil and my hair was/is so shiny. I'm pleased I've purchased this and look forward to my next hair wash!

  59. Star Rating


    I liked to consider myself as a bit of a greenie, but for some reason always used non-organic, expensive salon shampoos. Don't ask me why :-) I never really considered why my scalp was always itchy either. I put it down to my genetics, rather than the products I used. I persevered with this shampoo, as truth be told I didn't immediately like it either. But what I did notice a few months later, was that I no longer had an itchy scalp, or little pimples either. So I've continued to use this shampoo and have grown to love it because inadvertently it has taught me something about my tunnel vision over 'hair'. (I was organic in food and skin care, but ignored hair...... quite silly really) !

  60. Judith3/3/2017

    I am very impressed with this product, my hair has never been so soft without using an additional conditioner. I only need to use a small amount at a time, lasting longer. I also only need to use one amount of shampoo when I wash my hair, I have always washed my hair through twice previously. I am now going to try some of the other products by Odylique.

  61. Star Rating

    Emily Joy2/23/2017

    I love this shampoo! I alternate between this and the tea tree & herb shampoo and think my preference slightly leans towards the tea tree one. However, both are equally fabulous and gently sooth and cleanse the way nature intended, not strip out the goodness as other shampoos do! My scalp is healthier, my hair is shinier and thicker and the skin on my poor cracked hands is not aggravated by it, the way it is with the other chemical filled nasties! I bought the two shampoos back in September 2016 and they are still going strong! They may be that bit more expensive than your other shampoos but I can truly say they are well worth the money as my skin health alone is thanking me for it! Keep up the good work Odylique :)

  62. Star Rating

    Caged Queen2/17/2017

    I'm new to the range and it's fair to say, I had high expectations particularly for this product. Having used it for the first time today, I disagree and feel that you do need conditioner. My hair is a mixed bag. Medium/long with flamoboyage highlights, my scalp can be itchy and flaky but it does get oily quickly as I have fine hair. Obviously, with colour, your hair can be slightly drier on the ends but overall, my hair isn't dry. When applying the product, I could instantly tell there wasn't enough moisture and it was hard to massage though my hair. Once I towel dried my hair, it was very hard to comb. Unfortunately, you will need a separate conditioner for longer, dry or coloured hair in my opinion. Love the concept and quality of the products, I'm sorry Odylique that this didn't work for me.

    [Odylique Reply]

    Because our shampoos are 100% natural and based entirely on gentle non-sulphate cleansers and a high concentration of organic vitamin and mineral-rich botanicals, they are so kind and conditioning to hair and scalp, that a separate conditioner is not usually necessary. Aloe juice, rosemary, chamomile, biodynamic nettle and horsetail are packed with nutrients including chlorophyll, iron and silica which promote a healthy scalp and hair growth. Coconut is absorbed deep into the hair shaft for improved condition, manageability and shine.
    Commercial shampoos and conditioners often contain silicone which coats the hair shaft to increase comb-ability and shine, disguising rather than addressing any underlying damage. They can also build up over time making hair lank and heavy.
    Switching to a botanical based shampoo containing natural, active hair nutrients should avoid the need for a separate conditioner, but if your hair has underlying damage or is chemically treated, we recommend scrunching a tiny spot of Organic Ultra Rich Balm into hair ends after shampooing until the condition improves. Or give your hair an overnight intensive treatment mask by applying a very small amount to your scalp using fingertips, comb through, cover head with a shower cap (or protect pillow with a towel) and shampoo out well in the morning.

  63. Star Rating


    So glad to have discovered this shampoo. I have eczema and a very sensitive scalp thar's easily irritated. The great thing about this shampoo compared to many other natural or sensitive-skin shampoos is that it actually feels like it cleans your hair properly as well as being really gentle!

  64. Star Rating

    Rita 2/3/2017

    This shampoo cured my scalp itchiness, allergies and is so gentle. My face used to develop a rash using normal high street shampoos this have prevented that. I do tend to use a lot of product on my long hair and I wish their was a conditioner to go with it. I wouldn't be with out it and do prefer it to the tea tree range. LOVE

  65. Star Rating


    I couldn't bring myself to believe that the shampoo could work without a conditioner. I was so wary of my hair feeling dry that I applied some oil before I washed my hair the first time with the shampoo. I was also skeptical if the oil would get washed away by this gentle shampoo. It did, beautifully. The next time I actually used it without a conditioner, and given the fact that my hair is really dry, I was amazed by how soft and shiny my hair looked. It's just been a few washes and I've never had my hair feeling better. It's a great relief to get rid of using conditioners. Thank you Odylique.

  66. Star Rating


    I have struggled from an itchy, burning, flaking scalp from psoriasis/dermatitis for years. I have used just about everything with no long term improvement. This shampoo has been a game changer in finally giving me significant relief from my symptoms! I'm partially through my first 6.8 oz bottle, and am coming back for the larger one. Hopeful that with long term use my scalp issues may be resolved.

  67. Star Rating


    I really wanted to love this as on paper it's everything I care about in a shampoo. Sulfate free, made in the UK, unscented - tick tick tick. However, I found it impossible to fully rinse out and was left with sticky, coated hair as though I had forgotten to wash out conditioner each time I used it. The first time I thought it was me so I was extra careful to rinse thoroughly but this built up each time until I had to give up and go back to my Liz Earle shampoo just to get rid of the sticky feeling. This has happened to me before with other sulfate free shampoos, perhaps it's my hair type (long and very thick) but this really doesn't work for me. Disappointing as I really wanted to love it and make a switch to something unscented but the sticky, greasy feeling made me really self conscious. Sorry! I'm envious of everyone else who has great results with it!

    [Odylique Reply]
    The shampoo works to get rid of the synthetic coating masking any damage caused by aggressive detergents, get the hair back into naturally good condition (with the aid of a little Ultra Rich Balm if necessary) so it no longer depends on a synthetic cover-up and the natural health of scalp and hair can shine through. The clue here is you've had similar problems with other sulphate-free shampoos. Not being aggressive like sulphates at stripping the hair, it’s probably softening the build-up of synthetic polymers and silicones coating her hair, but not removing it all in one go – this can also be added back in by continuing to use conditioner. If you can persevere in removing the build-up, maybe speed up the process by repeating the wash and finishing with an acid rinse (cider vinegar or lemon juice) then not shampooing more frequently than every 3-4 days. It’s likely her long hair will need some help whilst the natural condition improves - a tiny spot of Ultra Rich Balm scrunched into hair ends whilst drying should help as this is absorbed into the hair shaft to improve condition rather than forming a non-beneficial coating. So you can be reassured you're doing the right thing – it’s just understanding what’s happening and persevering – it’s worth it!

  68. Star Rating


    I love this shampoo. It's light and pretty well none fragranced which I love. There's just a gentle hint of herbs if you smell your hair but none of the strong fragrances you get with a lot of shampoos. Hair feels lovely and no, there's no need for conditioner. Having used both sizes of bottle I prefer the larger one simply because the pump one wasn't easy to use. I didn't find it lathered like other shampoos so something to bear in mind if you have thick, long hair.

  69. Star Rating


    I've been using the gentle herb shampoo for about a month now and I'm very happy with the result. My scalp is less dry, my hair feels softer and healthier, I've stopped using conditioner and I'm able to go an extra day between washes. Definitely recommend!

  70. Star Rating


    I love this product. I was shampoo free for 3 years, so was a little nervous to go back to using shampoo, but this is delightful. It is very gentle, and because it has conditioning properties too, it is very quick & easy to use. It does not froth as much as a conventional shampoos, but it is gentle & chemical free, and still washes out hair products with just one wash. I have been using it 3 times a week, for over a year now & highly recommend it.

  71. Star Rating


    Wasn't too sure if I liked this shampoo at first as, like it says, it doesn't lather up very much. I now wash my hair twice and I'm no longer using conditioner. The difference in my hair is wonderful! Doesn't feel heavy and my hair is definitely looking a lot more shinier! Absolutely love it!!

  72. Star Rating


    I'm 51 and this shampoo makes my hair look and act like it did when I was in my 20's! I don't have a particularly sensitive scalp, but my husband does and I thought it could be good for him and I like to use Organic hair and skincare products - I am so glad I purchased this. My hair is soft and straight, the first time for a long time (I have natural hair, not dyed etc and it has a fair amount of grey in it which makes my hair quite frizzy). My husband doesn't have an itchy scalp anymore or a funny rash around the hairline which is great. I have just bought the 500ml size as we will both be using this. I have used several different Organic and 'natural' shampoos in my time and this is by far and away the BEST. AMAZING - I LOVE IT!

  73. Star Rating


    I have developed a dry, flaky and very sensitive scalp which has become steadily worse as I've got older. (I'm 55 and post-menopausal.) My scalp reacted to everything. It regularly felt intensely itchy and sometimes felt as if it were on fire. It was very distressing. For a couple of years, I had stopped using shampoo and only used conditioners to wash my hair - I have very short hair, so it's not that difficult to get it clean and I only wash it once a week. Just using a (non-silicone) conditioner meant my scalp was less reactive but it would still be sore. I started rinsing with organic cider vinegar, which helped, temporarily. Having come across the Odylique website and reading the gushing reviews for the Herbal Shampoo I decided to give it a try. I've now used it three times over the course of nearly four weeks and I can't believe how calm my scalp is after washing - and that it stays that way for several days. It takes longer for the dry flakiness to develop and for the itching to start. I'm going to keep using it and will let you know whether the improvements continue but I'm really just SO delighted to be able to wash my hair and not be in immediate torment! Thank you so much.

  74. Star Rating


    I have straight thick shoulder length hair and have been suffering with a good size flaky, itchy patch at the back of my head for about 3 years. I've tried various organic natural shampoos that didn't help, with one that made it burn and ooze. After using this Odylique shampoo once my scalp felt calmed and the oozing stopped. I've been using in for about one and a half weeks now and it feels so much better. It still feels slightly itchy in the evening but I presume that's the calming effect wearing off. I can no longer feel the raised dry flakes that I could literally pick off (Yuk!). As with other people's reviews I didn't think it would clean my thick hair as it doesn't lather like other shampoos but it does and leaves my hair soft, shiny and easy to brush and dry even without a conditioner and I've always used a conditioner on my hair. I have just bought other products from the Odylique range to try to help my dry skin, which has got worse since I started going through the menopause. I've also bought some trial sizes for my daughter who gets very dry sore hands.

  75. Star Rating


    I decided to change to an organic shampoo due to developing a flaky itchy scalp for the first time. I am convinced this was actually made worse by using the usual branded dandruff shampoo and I seemed to be losing much more hair than usual after each wash. After using the Gentle Herb Shampoo the problem cleared up almost immediately. I did find that my hair became quite flyaway and needed a conditioner and a styling product to tame it, something that was previously not necessary but I am delighted to say after a few weeks of solid use my hair has settled down, seems thicker and healthier and an additional product is no longer required. So hang on it there for great hair!

  76. Star Rating


    My kids now 5 and 2 both had eczema since new born. I tried everything possible being sold in the market but nothing worked but Odylique's shampoo. The whole family has been using the shampoo for a good few years now and don't have no intention using other make ever. It is God send! Thank you!

  77. Star Rating


    I really like this shampoo - it has made my hair very shiny and soft. It took a bit of getting used to, but the results are great!

  78. Star Rating


    I've used conditioners all my life so I was a bit skeptical about using only shampoo. And since moving to London, with its hard water, extra moisturising conditioners have become part of my hair care routine, but no more! After using this shampoo, I couldn't believe how my hair was so soft, untangled and didn't feel like straw or greasy like other organic/natural shampoos I've tried. I'm only using this from now on!

  79. Star Rating


    My husband and I are incredibly impressed by the gentle herb shampoo. Since using your shampoo we no longer have itchy scalps and lank, unhealthy hair. Our hair is shiny, full of bounce and we don't need to wash it so often. We no longer need to use a conditioner or special shampoos designed for itchy scalps or dry out of condition hair. We both love the scent which is especially good for my husband who prefers a more woody, manly scent. For many years we had used standard shampoos / conditioners full of chemicals and had developed dry, itchy scalps and very lank hair which needed washing even more, so I wanted to find a better alternative and something that fitted the organic / chemical free way of living that we prefer. This product is perfect.

  80. Star Rating


    I have suffered from psoriasis on my scalp for years, it was so bad that my husband said it didn't snow here I just shook my head. I have been using this shampoo for a week now and for the first time in years I no longer have a flakey itchy scalp. I have also had so many compliments about how good my hair is now. Its the best shampoo I have ever tried and will now not use anything else

  81. Star Rating


    I use this shampoo and when the bottle is finished i go back to other brands for a change but I have to admit when i go back to the Gentle herb shampoo my hair is in better condition. I usually wash my hair every other day as I have fine flyaway hair and the water where i live is very hard, also when i use the other shampoo's by the 2nd day and with the weather being warm my scalp feels dirty and itchy which i don't seem to have with this shampoo, so i am going to stick to this shampoo as it ticks all my boxes i just need to do something about the water maybe buy a water softener.

  82. Star Rating


    I firstly came about this product on another natural product website, my thoughts were well... it says its natural and perfect for a sensitive scalps i might as well try another shampoo. I have tried so so so many shampoos that claim to help with my sensitive scalp (which became very itchy and flaky after washes) and all left my scalp dry, made my scalp more sensitive or completely dried out my hair.But when I tried this Gentle Herbal Shampoo ( 20ml sample) my search was over! My hair snow is gone and my hair is the softest and healthiest its felt in a long time. :)

  83. Star Rating


    I wash my hair every morning and so look for a shampoo which does not dry my hair; this shampoo takes a little getting used to as live in a hard water area so need to use more shampoo. My hair feels very clean and bouncy after use, I do use a little conditioner on the ends as do not have time as instructed to leave 2-3 minutes. However I have noticed I am using less conditioner now. I am now going to order the large size in future.

  84. Star Rating


    I have really thin, dry hair so I was looking for a natural shampoo to help repair my hair and this does exactly that! Felt the difference on the first wash - my scalp feels less dry and my hair is feeling slightly thicker. I would highly recommend.

  85. Star Rating


    Since using this amazingly gentle shampoo, my scalp is now free from the red, itchy and totally embarrassing white flakes..My hairdresser cannot believe the change in my hair and scalp condition. It is so easy to use leaving the scalp and hair shining and soft and only a small amount is required making it extremely cost effective for such a luxurious product. thank you Margaret .x

    [Odylique Reply]
    Thank you so much, Tessa – it’s great to hear it works so well for you! Margaret x

  86. Star Rating


    I searched the Internet for a SLS free shampoo and found the Herb shampoo. My wife and I have given the shampoo a good test! We are both very pleased, no scalp itching and soft hair result. Just ordering again.

  87. Star Rating


    The shampoo is simply amazing. it leaves my hair soft and shiny. I have shared it with my daughter who is just as pleased with the results. She intends to place an order herself.

  88. Star Rating

    Irene 3/22/2016

    Shampoo leaves my hair soft and manageable. I have wavy, dry and very fine hair. I loose a lot of hair daily and have noticed that since using your shampoo I am not loosing much hair when I wash or comb it. It would be nice if you had a hair conditioner.

  89. Star Rating


    My hair has been thinning since having my family, and have been using a range of products recommended by my Salon to combat this, lately I have suffered increasing itchiness on my scalp, and decided that I would try a natural alternative. I have very short hair so use just one and a half pumps, it takes a bit of getting used to not having masses of bubbles, but my hair is so clean and soft I will be sticking with this product. Oh yes, and the itchiness disappeared instantly!

  90. Star Rating


    I stopped using this for a while,y hair just wasn't the same, since using it again my hair is getting back to the best shine & condition again, would highly recommend it.

  91. Star Rating


    I regularly colour my hair and had delayed ordering this product, despite being a big fan of several other Odylique products, because I wasn't sure about not using a conditioner. As well as the damage from colouring, my hair is naturally quite dry anyway. I finally decided to give it a go, and I'm so glad I did. It lathers nicely, smells fresh and clean, and has left my hair lovely and soft, with no feeling of build up. It's the first time I've ever foregone conditioner, but my hair is so silky, clean and soft - you really don't need one! Will definitely be switching permenantly to this one.

  92. Star Rating


    I have had an itchy and dry scalp for approximately 20 years ( bad flaking on suits and jackets) after being reccomended by a friend to try the HERB SHAMPOO, I ordered the 200 ml size. I have used the shampoo for Two weeks and the difference is amazing, the flaking has almost disappeared and. I can now wear dark jackets again.

  93. Star Rating


    As shampoos go, this one is pretty pricey (for me at least). I have tried a few times to wean myself back onto the regular shampoos to save money, but after a few uses I find myself coming right back to this one. You get none of the dryness or stickiness that I find with "normal" shampoos, just a lovely squeaky clean feeling (and it's literally squeaky clean, just try it for yourself when you're rinsing). I particularly enjoy using this shampoo when I've been away for work. It's wonderful to come home and detox, getting rid of all the fabric conditioner remnants and other unwanted chemicals that seem to build up in my hair when staying in hotels. I'd recommend this shampoo to anyone.

  94. Star Rating


    This shampoo is fantastic - it leaves my hair feeling conditioned without the heavy feeling you get from conditioner. It also keeps my scalp in much better condition, no flakiness whatsoever. Highly recommend it!

  95. Star Rating


    Prior to this my go-to shampoo was the Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Oil shampoo, however despite it being SLS-free, my scalp was still dry and irritated. Seeing the amazing reviews, I decided to try the $5 tube and I was initially disappointed.

    The shampoo was runny, didn't smell very pleasant, and didn't lather! I seriously had my doubts about the cleaning ability of this shampoo, but after drying my hair I was pleasantly surprised! Not only was my hair soft and clean, my scalp did NOT feel dry or itchy!! Impressed is an understatement on how I feel about this shampoo, as I will definitely be ordering a full-sized product ASAP! I love that the ingredients are all natural, and the results are immediate! I can't recommend this enough!

  96. Star Rating


    After using the Repair Lotion and Ultra Rich Moisturising Balm (And Calendula Balm) for a month or two, my severely aggressive (auto-Immune) Eczema was brought to a whole new plane of existence. My diet is normally 100% organic, raw, and vegan .. for the last couple years. (The eczema came on after the death of 3 family members and a huge amount of stress between my partner &I at the same time) ... The products with Odylique made such a radical difference to my healing journey that I could allow any other factors to be seen, finally (because it was obviously not diet-related for example; how to access the other lifestyle factors however?)
    The shampoo i had been using right before GHS was a handmade pure organic herbal one from a Herbalist/master Colonic Irrigationist i met while on retreat on the Dead Sea (Eczema brings you to interesting places!) with DeadSea mud in it too. It was fine. I didnt know that i really "needed" another shampoo. Yet with all the limitations on life that Eczema brings, it seemed like a small amount of "luxury" ought be permitted.
    Gentle Herb Shampoo is what it says. The reason I have not deviated from it since I got my first bottle (Im still on it actually; it lasts and lasts, and i have long hair!) was, the trust that all the other products instilled in me from the start; feeling that this Odylique shampoo will not only clean hair, it will heal scalp too (if you have any skin issues there) .. I actually was blessed not to have my scalp outwardly affected but just having this high quality product made with both integrity and love, was more than a physical remedy. I am fierce proud to have such beautiful products support me at a time when i was intensely vulnerable and desperate. Now i continue to choose them because I know just how incomparable they are. Go raibh maith agat. Sorry this is so long!

  97. Star Rating


    I got a free sample of this, and my hair felt amazing after just 2 washes - no conditioner needed. I wish I could afford to get more! Brilliant product.

  98. Star Rating


    I have recently started colouring my hair and was getting fed up of all the sulphate-based shampoos stripping my colour really quickly, I also have an itchy, sensitive scalp, so I decided to try something a bit more natural. This shampoo is so lovely! When I first used it, as I was rubbing it into my hair it felt a bit like it wasn't going to clean my hair as much as I wanted it to, but as soon as my hair dried I could see it was beautifully clean and fresh. It's so moisturising that I don't need to use a separate conditioner, and my colour has definitely been lasting longer too!

  99. Star Rating


    I purchased the trial size and within the first wash I noticed the frizz in my hair was dramatically reduced. I am now buying the 200ml and stocking up. It is really gentle. I am yet to waver the conditioner afterwards, but I hope to ween my hair off.

  100. Star Rating


    Have purchased this shampoo twice now and it is wonderful. It has lasted me ages both the smaller and larger sizes. Calms my itchy scalp from wearing hats all day at work from the heat and leaves it feeling soft, conditioned and well maintained. Even my hairdresser has commented saying my hair is extremely resilient and a wonderful colour and texture. I have very fine hair but lots of it and so I avoid conditioners like the plague. I usually have to wash my hair at least every other day, and whilst no shampoo has cured this problem for me, I am slightly more confident about going that extra day of not having to wash it as being an all natural shampoo, it doesn't strip my hair, making it produce more oil to compensate. It has a faint smell that is neither overly feminine or off putting, my little girl who is nearly 3 loves it and leaves her hair feeling soft. I have even caught my hubby 'borrowing' it for his own use, not to mention washing with it and putting it in the bath as a wash for our daughter, thinking it was a nice bath oil! I find it very hard trying to find a shampoo that doesn't weigh my hair down but this one ticks all the boxes for me! Thanks Odylique, finally a natural shampoo alternative after countless hours of searching and being disappointed by finding nasty preservatives or harsh detergents lurking in so called 'natural' hair care brands' products.

  101. Star Rating


    I combine using this with a fortnightly wash with the Tea Tree oil shampoo - the only shampoos that genuinely help with dandruff and itchy scalp whilst keeping your hair looking shiny.

  102. Star Rating


    I was looking for something that is not harsh and with only few ingredients as I recently have a horribly sensitive scalp as well as the skin. I tried the shampoo and after just two times I think it is fine, no raction. I do not have any sensitivity and no itchiness, my hair feels fine, shiny and I do not have a problems with combing, so far so good. :)
    I am thinking about the Rose cream as well as the make up. If I will be ok with the shampoo for longer with no reaction, defenitely will try cream and make up.

  103. Star Rating


    I have used many so called "gentle and organic" shampoos and most of them either dried out my scalp or made my hair limp and lifeless. At last a gentle shampoo which leaves your hair feeling clean and with volume. The downside is the packaging. I don't understand why a shampoo has a pump which is normally used for handwashes. If you want to lock the pump then be prepared to waste plenty of product otherwise just let the air get into it. DEFINITELY NOT ECCO FRIENDLY PACKAGING. I would much prefer a tube with a flip top lid.

    Odylique Response: Dear Marty, So sorry to hear you had a problem with the pump. It is intended to aid dosage and be more user-friendly (e.g. some people with children prefer it if they've only got 'one hand spare'), so we are grateful for your feedback. It may be that your pump was faulty - we are happy to replace it. We try really hard to make our packaging as eco-friendly as possible - the shampoo bottles are made from recycled material in a factory about 30 miles from our own production facility and are more readily recyclable and biodegradable than tubes.

  104. Star Rating


    I have had huge problems with allergy and was at my wits end when I found your gentle herb shampoo. I no longer have sick hair and an itchy scalp. No more breaking, no more reaction to the changing weather, and no longer any need to use a conditioner. I am an older woman in my early sixties and my life is now infinitely better! I hope you never change this product or stop making it in my lifetime!

  105. Star Rating


    Great shampoo! One of the few that does not make my scalp flaky or itchy.
    It has a pleasant smell, not too strong which I think is a good thing.
    The only reason it wont get the last star is because I feel like you have to use quite a lot of product(I have very thick hair), so it gets used up pretty quick.
    Besides that, it is awesome!

  106. Star Rating


    The best shampoo ever and the first I have used that really doesn't make my scalp itch. I swim a lot and rinse my hair with fresh lemon juice before shampooing to neutralise the pH - it cleans my hair far better that the harsh products swimmers usually have to use and leaves my hair so soft and healthy looking.

  107. Star Rating


    Due to my frequent travelling and changing environment resulted in very dry scalp and itchy skin. After just one use it stopped itching and my scalp came back to normal state. This shampoo is a miracle!

  108. Star Rating


    After my first try, I initially thought that it was not effective as it did not feel like I used a shampoo at all. To my amazing surprise, when my hair dried up, my hair felt very light, soft and silky smooth - as if I used a conditioner. In addition to these, I did not feel any itching at all, given my really sensitive skin/scalp. As a bonus, this shampoo smells divinely light and naturally neutral. It ticks all the boxes and worth every penny...Natural...Neutrally fragrant...Very gentle..Effectively conditions. All the best Odylique! I will be ordering more.

  109. Star Rating


    To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this shampoo thinking it would be good for my hair but difficult to use i.e. no lather. What a fantastic surprise! It lathers well and your hair feels so soft afterwards and the shine is fantastic. Will most definitely buy again.

  110. Star Rating


    I've been using this shampoo for about four years and would never use anything else. I have been able to reduce the number of times I wash my hair and my scalp never feels irritated any more. I am frequently complimented on how shiny my hair looks and people are always surprised when they learn that I only wash it once and use no conditioner or any other products on my hair. Please never change this product.

  111. Star Rating


    I have been using this shampoo for years. A friend asked what shampoo I used and she then started to use it too.

  112. Star Rating

    margaret ann 1/31/2015


  113. Star Rating


    I have been using this shampoo for just over a month and I love it! My hair is quite fine and was going through a really strange time, tingly scalp, greasy roots, dry ends, but since using this shampoo it has really settled down. Highly recommended. Thank you for such a lovely product Odylique:-)

  114. Star Rating

    Kelly 1/17/2015

    Couldn't wait to try this shampoo! My hair is greasy at my roots and super super dry on the ends! I needed something to balance it out but not strip it or damage it, this is perfect. It really makes my hair LOOK and FEEL better after i have used it and i like the fact I'm using natural products on my scalp so it doesn't irritate it

  115. Star Rating


    I suffer from Rosacea and Excema, and after using Gentle Herb Shampoo, the scaling/flaking on my scalp disappeared in less than three weeks. The Ultra Rich Balm has almost cleared up facial scabbing in the same amount of time. I feel certain with continued use, the scabbing will disappear entirely. My doctor also suffers from Excema, and when I told him about the products, and he was able to see the results, he was impressed. I told him, "I don't know what is in the shampoo and balm, but whatever it is, it works!" He replied, "Maybe it is what IS NOT in there that makes the products produce these results."

  116. Star Rating


    This is a lovely shampoo, which I have had absolutely no problems with, despite having a very sensitive scalp. It has a lovely fresh aroma and lathers well with a creamy texture and leaves me with shiny hair!

  117. Star Rating


    I have been using Gentle Herb Shampoo for over a year now and not only is my hair in brilliant condition, but it is thicker than it used to be. My hairdresser noticed the difference very quickly and always comments on how healthy and glossy my hair is. I normally buy the 500ml bottle and it lasts for weeks.

  118. Star Rating


    I have used many natural shampoos and this is the only one to get rid of my flaky scalp and give me beautiful, shiny hair without being weighed down (my hair is very fine). Thank you Odylique!

  119. Star Rating


    Great shampoo !

  120. Star Rating


    This is the only shampoo that my hair likes. It is really fine and anything else makes it dull and lifeless.

  121. Star Rating


    This makes my thin, slightly grey hair look great. I'd never die my hair because it is too weak. This shampoo is gentle enough for me and makes my hair look so good I don't need to die it.

  122. Star Rating


    this leaves my hair very full and fluffy and I don't need to use conditioner after as it tames the frizz but for some reason it wasn't shiny

  123. Star Rating


    I've used this shampoo for years as anything with SLS in it drives my scalp crazy. Got my hubby onto it as he likes the fact that he doesn't have to use separate conditioner and it doesn't smell girly. We've never used anything else on the kids. Usually we buy the 500ml size but it's been out of stock lately....must be getting popular?

  124. Star Rating


    I was really happy to find this Gentle Herb Shampoo a few months ago and since trying it, I will not use anything else!

    I have long hair which gets tangled easily and for some time now have had a very sore, burning, itchy scalp. The first time I used this shampoo, I was amazed at how soft my hair felt afterwards and best of all, there was no burning, itchy scalp afterwards! There really is no need to use conditioner after using this shampoo as your hair feels really soft and does not tangle after using it (especially if you leave the shampoo on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing). I had tried other organic shampoos, but they did not stop my scalp feeling hot and itchy afterwards - this one does.

    This shampoo has a nice fresh smell to it, which is not overpowering and it lathers pretty well for a natural shampoo. I do find that I need to wash, rinse and repeat, which obviously means I use more shampoo than I would with a chemical-laden one, but as far as I am concerned it is definitely a price worth paying, for the great results I get with this shampoo and the reassurance it gives me knowing that the ingredients are natural and organic.

  125. Star Rating


    I don't usually review items but had to do one for this new shampoo. I have multiple chemical sensitivity & much prefer this shampoo to the original gentle herb version (which always made me feel as though I had a cold coming on). My itchy scalp has gone completely & my hair is shiny & healthy without using a conditioner. I have long, fine hair, but lots of it & use a Tangle Teezer brush to detangle it whilst my hair is still wet after using the shampoo. I've had so many compliments about my hair, including that it "looks very glam". But there's more.... I have sensitive skin, easily react to products.... I diluted some in an empty bottle & added some dead sea salt to it (the salt dissolves) I use this mix for a facial wash & my skin has never looked better! Not at all dry but nice & clear & fresh. I use the shampoo as a shower & shave gel as well & don't need to use body oil or lotion after..... & no more itchy, dry skin!! I couldn't be happier. It's not cheap but I am so glad to have found one product that can be used for so many things in the shower/bath. Thank you so much, it really has changed my life. PLEASE don't ever stop selling it or change it. I honestly don't know what I'd do if you stopped making it with this new "recipe". x

  126. Star Rating


    I must have tried most shampoo over the years,but i can say honestly this is the best there is, in my opinion.It makes your hair feel and look amazing like the hair i had when i was younger.

  127. Star Rating


    I have been using the products from the rose trial/travel set and the Gentle Herb Shampoo for just over a week now with glowing results. They are simply the best products I have ever used and I have tried everything from La Prairie to Jurlique.

  128. Star Rating


    I tried your Gentle Herb Shampoo yesterday and I'm amazed! - after at least 20 years of suffering an itchy scalp, my hair and scalp today appear 'normal'.

  129. Star Rating


    I suffer with psoriasis and find your Gentle Herb Shampoo is the ONLY product that I can use on my scalp.

  130. Star Rating


    The Herb Shampoo is excellent & I'm very pleased with it - my hair gets less oily.

  131. Janey Lee Grace (radio presenter & author)9/12/2013

    I love Essential Care shampoo, it’s very gentle and manages to be quite foamy and creamy even though it’s all natural!

  132. Star Rating


    It's the best shampoo in the world! I ran out some months back and carried on with a bottle of what I was using before and my head was so itchy after less than a week. Now I hardly ever scratch my head and have also reduced the number of times a week I wash it.

  133. Star Rating

    Anonymous 9/11/2013

    Your organic shampoo is excellent, as is your lip salve.

  134. Star Rating

    Anonymous 9/11/2013

    Your Shampoo is the best I've ever used (in 40 years!). My hair looks and feels wonderful, no residue build up. I have long hair, so it needs to keep in good condition, but I don't like using conditioners since they make it lose body and bounce so quickly.

  135. Star Rating

    Anonymous 9/11/2013

    Gentle Herb Shampoo is quite excellent!

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    I would just like to say thank you for your wonderful shampoo in particular.

  137. Star Rating

    Jo Fairley (co-founder of Green & Blacks chocolate9/9/2013

    Gentle Herb Shampoo works on all hair types, leaving them very silky.

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    I would just like to say thank you for your wonderful Herb Shampoo in particular.  I had,  essentially, a burnt scalp from a bad hair colour and after using your shampoo over a short period of time, my scalp returned to normal, and I continue using it on a regular basis. I also find your Ultra Rich cream wonderful for my dry skin.

    Please feel free to use my comments if you wish.

  139. Star Rating

    Sue Kewley9/9/2013

    Thank you for producing such lovely products. I suffer with psoriasis and find that your gentle herb shampoo is the ONLY product that I can use on my scalp. I also use your organic coconut body wash and find this very helpful.

    I am able to purchase these products from the Health Shop in Beccles, where I live. I would like to purchase larger bottles, as I get through them fairly regularly, and so came to look on your web site, unfortunately there are no details. Please could you let me know at your earliest convenience.

  140. Star Rating


    I have been using the products from the rose trial/travel set and the Gentle Herb Shampoo for just over a week now with glowing results. They are simply the best products I have ever used and I have tried everything from La Prairie to Jurlique. Thanks for supplying great products!

  141. Star Rating


    I tried your gentle herb shampoo yesterday - and I am amazed! - after at least 20 years of suffering an itchy scalp, even directly after washing, my hair and scalp today appear 'normal'. Just thought I would let you know how great it is to find something that really works!

  142. Star Rating


    I must say I am really happy with your organic shampoo. I have tried some organic and natural ones but none of them suited me. I can't help stroking my soft hair now. Thank you very much.

  143. Star Rating


    It's the best shampoo [Gentle Herb Shampoo] in the world! I ran out some months back and carried on with a bottle of what I was using before and my head was so itchy after less than a week. Now I hardly ever scratch my head and have also reduced the number of times a week I wash it.

  144. Star Rating


    This is the best organic shampoo [Gentle Herb Shampoo] I have ever used. It’s very gentle, very mild smell, but cleans my hair very well, gives them nice volume and does not dry them out. No more itchy scalp! And it’s SO pure, no chemicals! I love this shampoo! Please never stop making it!

  145. Star Rating


    I really have tried lots of shampoo's for my sensitive, itchy, flaky, scalp, this is the best, my hair is thick & WAS coarse, now it's silky & soft & in great condition. The itchiness is improved too.

  146. Star Rating


    I like this shampoo so much I bought the 500ml size. Hair feels clean after use and my scalp itchiness is greatly reduced and hair is beautifully shiney. I use a lot of styling products and I like bubbles so I find I need to wash once, rince then re-apply.

  147. Star Rating


    I use this on my son and it is very gentle and perfect for sensitive skins. It does not foam very much due to the lack of harsh chemicals but it gives a lovely clean shiny look the hair, highly recommended.

  148. Star Rating


    Years and years of trying anything and everything I found this shampoo. Lathers great, smells nice and cleans superb. I live in NL and have to buy it in BE but it is so worth it!

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Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo: INCI: Aqua, Coco glucoside, Cocos nucifera oil*, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Chamomilla recutita flower extract*, Equisetum arvense extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Urtica dioica extract*, Glycerine**, Lecithin*, Alcohol*, Levulinic acid, Lactic acid, P-anisic acid, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum.

Plain English: Aloe vera juice*, Gentle cleansers from coconut & corn glucose, Coconut oil*, Chamomile*, Nettle*, Horsetail* & Rosemary* herbs, Sunflower (non-GM) lecithin*, Sugar cane alcohol*, Plant origin stabilisers. *Organically grown & produced, **Organic origin (70%)

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“Gentle Herb Shampoo works on all hair types... a wonderfully scalp friendly formulation that foams perfectly yet leaves hair silky.”
Jo Fairley, Beautybible.com & You Magazine

Looking at the ingredients of Elena's Trinity shampoo (£22.85 for 200ml), I wanted to do a little research into a couple of the long scientific sounding names, and they all came back as plant based and natural as did the Essential Care (Gentle Herb Shampoo) product as it seems that certain gelling and preserving agents need to be in these kinds of product, but they can be naturally occuring as opposed to chemically based and that is what you need to look out for. It is worth doing a little bit of research of different ingredients to put your mind at rest, as I did before introducing you to these two companies.

Mum of the Mig - Healthy Hair the Natural Way, August 2012


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