We do not! We use a blend of Decyl Glucoside and Coco Glucoside as our non-ionic surfactant and they are made from non-GMO corn and/or coconut oils and sugars. Truly sulfate-free, they effectively remove dirt and debris from hair and skin without stripping it of its natural moisturizing factors.
Besides being a formaldehyde producer, sulfates are quite harsh on the hair and many companies simply replace them with another form (or derivative of) — but we choose to eliminate them completely. Our formulas are gentle and non-abrasive.
Anionic surfactants are the most commonly-used ingredients in commercial shampoos, but they’re also riddled with problems. Most, such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, are inherently irritating and drying to hair and skin. Their strong negative charge effectively removes dirt and debris from hair, but does so without leaving behind any of hair’s natural moisturizing oils. Overuse of these surfactants creates dry, brittle hair. They may also be contaminated by 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing chemical. For these reasons, we do not use them in our formulas.
Cationic surfactants are positively-charged, and are attracted to the proteins in hair’s natural structure. This attraction causes them to cling to and adhere to hair, leaving it feeling conditioned and smooth. They are commonly used in hair conditioners to replace the vital oils that shampoo removes. We use safe, non-toxic cationic conditioners in our formulas.
Non-ionic surfactants are not inherently charged, so they dissolve oils and remove dirt from the hair without stripping it excessively. They are gentle and sugar-derived. They are also not contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, making them both safe and effective for non-toxic applications. Because they are non-drying, gentle and not electrically charged, they are color-safe and will not strip hair color from the hair. These are the type of foaming agents we use to power our shampoo formulas.