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Acure Shampoo and Conditioner- reader reviewed and recommended

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Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
August 14, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 5 Comments
Reviewed by Nancy

Acure’s Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ($11 each) may sound like a mouthful, but they are a brilliant pair. I’ve used them for a month now on hair that’s been in the sun too much and highlighted (carefully) and conditioned and sweated in for a long time... and this is by far the nicest stuff I’ve ever used. There are a few caveats, but from the initial fantastic scent released – sweet almond oil – to the fact that it doesn’t clog up one’s hair or make it feel heavy, these are serious winners.

I’ve used a zillion shampoos from the very first Clairol Herbal Essence in the early 70s to Fekkai, Kerastase and Davines, plus who knows how many organic ones... But this is my favorite so far. The list of ingredients is staggering (see  below). The majority of them are listed as organic, but I notice that the products themselves are not certified or FDA approved – yet – even though the company is “Acure Organics.” A lot of care has been taken to explain each ingredient listed, lest it sound confusing to the layman/woman. I hope to find a more complete list of its products soon on the EWG database of approved cosmetics and skincare – they have four listed to date.

The company ethics seem to be superb – so impressive that I have now ordered the Acure body cream (this is what I seem to do when I test for TIA, which is also superb). The only thing I will say about this hair cocktail is that I do use a slightly harsher shampoo every now and then –  once every 10 days maybe – but I’m not sure I need to because I don’t really think that these leave any residue.

Summer’s a great time to test this duo because of outdoor sports, swimming etc. – and my hair has stayed clean even if I skip a day and haven’t exercised... and in the mid-Atlantic heat and humidity, that’s pretty amazing. I do add a leave-in moisture cream (Phyto) but that’s just me, most people probably won’t need one. The last thing is that the price is great – the least expensive shampoo/conditioner I’ve used in decades, and it might just be the best. And it’s organic (or mostly organic)!

I will go back to this pair again and again. Bravo, Acure!

Here’s a little of what the Acure website says about its products:

Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil (high in Omega 7) make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil (high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) adds shine. Products are safe for color-treated hair, vegan, gluten free, sulfate free, paraen free, phthalate free, and cruelty free.

Ingredients in shampoo: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Fair-Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Almond Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil

Ingredients in conditioner: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearylkonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside (from corn and glucose), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (guar gum conditioner), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable-derived), L-Arginine (amino acid), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Sorbitan Olivate (from olives + sugar), Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cellulose (plant derived), D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin. E), Lactic Acid (vegetable derived),  Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Prunus dulcis (Almond) Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil
  • May 27, 2016

    by Jaysie

    Nancy -What kind of hair do you have (other than highlighted) and what qualities did the Acure shampoo give your hair that the "zillion" others didn't? Are you still using it? Thanks.

  • May 3, 2014

    by tammara

    Acure facial products are the absolute best!! Love the cleanser and daily moisturizer for oily skin, night cream and eye cream and the facial scrub. My oily, acne prone skin has stayed clear and smooth since I started using Acure. Everyone who knows me is shocked to learn that I am 46; most think I am in my early to mid 30's. Hope Acure never stops making such fantastic products! Vitacost has the best deals.

  • July 9, 2013

    by Michelle G.

    I discovered this at my local health food store. I paid about $8.95 for it. I started with the conditioner, and liked it very much! So I went and picked up the shampoo.

    Sadly, the shampoo just does NOT work for me! It overstrips the oils in my scalp. By midday, my scalp races to replace them and I end up with icky, oily roots. In my baby-fine hair, it just leaves it limp and oily looking. EWWWW!

    My take - keep the conditioner if you like an inexpensive low-toxin option. Ditch the shampoo for something else. Just my $.02!

  • August 29, 2012

    by Ann

    Thank you for the review. Based upon it, I bought the pair. What a find! Good ingredients, works like a charm and the price is so fair. My hair has the softness of 12 years ago, before I started coloring it. I've suffered through a couple of humid days and no frizzing. Thanks for the tip, Nancy.

  • August 14, 2012

    by kim

    Thanks for the review Nancy. Btw, you can get their products for about 9 bucks at


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