My Favorite Allergen-Free Shampoo

I have searched long and hard (and had many missteps!) for an allergy free shampoo that is free of my contact dermatitis allergies. While not tons of options to choose from, there are several. But many of them are probably great for short hair or hair of other textures, but my hair is VERY fine, long, and has a lot of natural curly (read frizzy) tendencies.

Cleure Shampoo

Cleure Volumizing Shampoo has become my favorite allergy-free shampoo of any I’ve tried lately. I’ll post later about others I have tried and the pros and cons for them.

This shampoo is free from formaldehyde and fragrance, which is important to me for my allergy concerns. Still, for those concerned with a Cocamidopropyl Betaine or Methylisothiazolinone contact dermatitis allergy, this is the one for you too. A former version of this shampoo was formulated with coco-betaine but has recently been removed. So many shampoos have coco-betaine in them to give the desired consistency. Cleure has done a fantastic job with this shampoo while excluding things that could give you trouble.

Cleure Volumizing Shampoo’s current formulation has the following ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Coco-Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride. It is free of alcohol, SLS, dyes, gluten, paragons, fragrance, formaldehyde, and salicylates.

You all know how fanatical I am about fragrance-containing products being a big NO for my family and me. I encourage you to give this allergy free shampoo a try. My daughter has very long hair, and we are enjoying this one for her as well. Repeat exposure to fragrance is, in fact, how an allergic contact dermatitis to fragrance shows up. Daily use of fragrance in shampoo can be a way of sensitization to fragrance. Fragrance-Free is important. I have another list of allergy-free products as well. Read it to find helpful suggestions

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7 Comments

  1. Holly
    February 18, 2021 / 9:49 pm

    I am currently able to use AFM Safe Choice Shampoo and Body wash on my hair without causing reactions. It actually suds up and I am happy with it. I use the CLn gentle shampoo for sensitive scalp about once a week. I also like this, but prefer the Safe Choice. And Paula’s Choice smooth finishing conditioner is the only conditioner that I have found that is safe for me. My propylene glycol allergy really decreases the choices I have. I wish that more could be done in the US to regulate ingredients, because propylene glycol is abundantly used in products and in foods. I do use other Cleure products safely too.

  2. Catherine Altenburger
    April 18, 2021 / 7:44 am

    Hello,

    What other shampoos have you tried. I have a cocomidopropyl betaine allergy and I’m struggling with the shampoo. I just ordered the Cleure so we will see if that works. But I’m curious what you have found with others. Thanks! I’m really enjoying your info, it’s very helpful!!

  3. Aude
    April 28, 2021 / 10:37 pm

    I can use Free and Clear Shampoo but I can’t use Kristin Ess frangrance free or Cleure. I think I’m allergic to Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate because both shampoos contain that. My scalp burns right away. I’m not sure what to do now though? Like, is anything else related to that?

    • theallergylife
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      April 29, 2021 / 10:00 am

      Hi there! The Kristin Ess Fragrance-Free actually isn’t fragrance-free as some of its ingredients are read by the body as fragrance. In addition, it contains several other ingredients that could be problematic for some. Have you been patch tested yet to see what your allergens are? I highly recommend it. Even though you’ve narrowed down two products that cause you trouble, it could be a myriad of ingredients causing you problems. You can find a patch test dermatologist at contactderm.org, but please read my post on Patch Testing at 👉🏻 https://theallergylife.com/what-is-patch-testing-for-allergic-contact-dermatitis/

      Kristin Ess Fragrance-Free Ingredients (in BOLD are top Allergic Contact Dermatitis allergen ingredients): WATER, COCAMIDOPROPYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, LAURAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLYCERIN, SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE, DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PANTHENOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, SOYAMIDOPROPYLAMINE OXIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-71, SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE, MALTODEXTRIN, POLYQUATERNIUM-7, CITRIC ACID.

  4. Sherry
    June 6, 2021 / 11:33 pm

    I have a nickel allergy and allergic to lemons and anything citrus will this be okay

  5. KC
    August 9, 2021 / 9:13 pm

    I have a fragrance allergy and recently through my own elimination I think I’m also allergic to Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Both are in everything. I did find a line but now I’m allergic to their line due to Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Recommendations? I’m in Canada and some US sites aren’t shipping due to boarder during the pandemic.

  6. Elizabeth Wallace
    April 29, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    Is there a body wash, shampoo, conditioner and hand soap with out cocomide, coconut, or nut and soy products? Please let me know. I am allergic to all nuts,