A shampoo that meets TIA criteria: it works and it does no evil to us or the planet. Leaves hair bouncy but manageable, cleaned but not stripped of color or shine. Earthly Delight’s Tropical Rain Shampoo ($15.99 at Whole Foods) is a winner. Except for a couple of problems. Its hard to find outside (and even in) New York, not everyone likes it and the ingredients turned out to raise a few questions.

When we did some sleuthing on the ingredients, the first problem was “wheat germ soap”. You can add wheat germ to soap and get wheat germ soap, but this means you need something soapy. So Tropical Rain isn’t really giving us the whole story here. There must, be some kind of foaming agent or surfactant that isn’t mentioned. Neroli is wildly expensive and essential oil of coconut doesn’t exist.

What the TIA community said:

Bernadette: "I tried the earthly delight herbal shampoo and the conditioner for the first time on Nov.07,2009. I must say that I was truly pleased. My hair was soooo soft and managable. I give these products five stars. I recommend them to anyone."

Diana, our reader reviewer said: I" love my Earthly Delight Tropical Rain shampoo. It’s perfect for the person who likes to shampoo every day like I do. It cleans–it really cleans–with stripping the hair. In fact, since I’m a daily exerciser, I’ve shampooed twice in one day with this product with no drying."

Terri, our reader reviewer said: "My hair is very curly , past my shoulders and color treated. So it goes without saying it is dry. Unfortunately this shampoo left it drier. I really had to pile on the Giovanni leave in conditioner to make it reasonably soft. The end result was my hair was a fuzzy mess. On the other hand my sister has beautiful straight fine hair. I have always envied her hair! She used it and proclaims she will never go back to anything else!"

Please add your questions and comments and share your experience.

Ingredients

Distilled water, sage, rosemary, nettles, wheat germ soap, horsetail, essential oils of neroli, cinnamon and coconut.