Alba Botanica Drink It Up Coconut Milk Shampoo

I was just browsing the haircare isle tonight and came across this one. The price seemed pretty reasonable, it boasted of being sulfate and formaldehyde free, and smelled great. I quickly read through the long ingredients list (somewhat rushed because my husband and two young sons were with me and getting rather impatient). It looked good enough to me at first glance (though I am still learning what some of the ingredients are). It wasn't until I got home that I realized I had missed both the glycerin and dimethicone. I am still early on in my journey and learning what is good or not for my hair, and haven't figured out if either of those are ok for me yet.... but was kind of planning to try something without next. Guess that's what I get for rushing lol.... anyway, other than that I thought it still sounded ok, and wanted to see if anyone has tried it or what you thought from looking at the ingredients list. It says new and improved on the bottle so if you have tried it in the past it might not be the same.

Full name is

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Shampoo
Drink it up Coconut Milk mega moisture

Here is the ingredients list.

Aqua (water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed oil, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, carica papaya fruit extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, macrocystis pyrifera extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, babassu oil polyglyceryl-4 esters, citric acid, dimethicone, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed soy protein, panthenol, sodium pca, sodium phytate, sodium sulfate, tocopheryl acetate, alcohol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzyl salicylate, courmarin, fragrance, certified organic ingredients.

then it says

ph balanced
100% vegetarian ingredients

No:
animal testing
artificial colors
parabens
phthalates
sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate
or sodium myreth sulfate


Would it be an ok shampoo to use each wash or maybe once in a while because of the cones? I have to admit though that many of my products still have them since I just heard about going cone free and haven't gotten any new stuff yet. Minimally I will give it a try since I already bought it, and will let you know how it goes, but I guess I am wondering if it sounds like something any of you would even have tried? Thanks.

ETA : I wanted to add my properties as I figure them at this point since that may make a difference in whether you would recommend it or not. I haven't added them to my siggy because I am still not absolutely sure, but I know I am fine, I think maybe normal/low porosity, fairly dense, and lower elasticity if I am correct. 2b/c pattern waves/curls.

Last edited by awelcome; 05-06-2013 at 09:04 PM.
I just realized that it has polyquats too... something I don't know much about yet, but have seen mentioned and thought to try without just to see... gee I really know how to pick them rofl. Can this still turn out to be a good poo?
Some people have issues with glycerin, a humectant, especially in really high or low dewpoints. It either sucks the moisture out of hair and into the air, or conversely, draws moisture out of the air and into hair. Personally, I don't.

It shouldn't be an issue in shampoo because it really doesn't stay on your hair. Only problem is if you dye your hair. Glycerin has been know to strip color out of your hair.

The cone is a different issue. If your still using cones in products, it's just another cone. The problem with cones is they coat your hair and don't let moisture in. I don't know if you have a cone in your shampoo, you're ever really clarifying and getting them out of your hair.
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Thanks. I live in Portland so dew point has been in lower to mid 50's.

I haven't color treated my hair in quite a while, but good to know.

As for cones I guess I will give this a try and see how it goes, and if I don't get the results I am hoping for in my hair soon I will try going totally cone free.

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