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Real Purity Moisturizing Shampoo- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
February 2, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 11 Comments

Real Purity is a recent find of Leslie’s and she wrote to me recommending the eye makeup remover. The brand has been developed by an esthetician, Virginia Easterling, and the name pretty much sums up the approach. Like Leslie, I liked what I saw and decided to buy the Moisturizing Shampoo ($30 for 16oz) and I am loving it.

My hair has been dry of late, although somewhat quenched by Nutra-Lift’s Simply Superb Shampoo. However, if anything, I am finding Real Purity’s Moisturizing Shampoo is giving me a sheen I haven’t seen in a while. At the same time, I am not finding it at all heavy for my fine (ish) strands.  Although unscented, there is a hint of grass and vanilla.

The workhorses here are the natural substitutes for typical ‘poo ingredients, SLS and silicones. Soapwort does the soapy part. The leaves of this hedgerow plant are full of saponins that foam in water. Plant silica (not specified, but a possible source could be bamboo) provides gloss and helps the hair remain manageable without resorting to silicones.

Well chosen plant extracts may also help hair growth. Passion flower extract is a good addition as it is rich in chrysins, which are said to thicken the hair. There is a Korean study on mice that demonstrated ginseng accelerated the recovery of hair cells and prevented apoptosis in hair follicles. Although without the research backup, yarrow extract is said to promote hair growth, stop hair loss and detangle. Other extracts such as horsetail, rosemary and nettle are there to give your scalp some love.

All this and not a thing to dislike.

Just an FYI that I haven’t used Real Purity’s conditioner and my après ‘poo regimen is Sheilo’s leave-in conditioner and SenZen’s hair serum ($42).


Purified water, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside (from sucrose), Soapwort, Aloe, Xanthum Gum, Citric Acid, Plant Silica, Vitamin E, Boosted Vanilla Extract, Extracts of: Passion Flowers, Calendula Flowers, Ginseng, Yarrow Flowers, Sage, Nettles, Horsetail, Rosemary, Pure Essential Oils (unless unscented)

  • February 10, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Leslie, No it isn't related to Philosophy and I am going to contact them to see if I can sell it. Will let you know. By hair is chemically colored and it is working out well for me.

  • February 10, 2011

    by Leslie

    Hi Marta! I just love your website and look forward to when the reviews are updated. I spend a lot of money taking extra good care of my hair and using only the most gentle products. Do you sell Real Purity shampoo in your store. Is this related to the Philosophy line of Real Purity? I do LOVE their face wash! I was just wondering. Also, do you like this for colored hair also?

  • February 7, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Thanks, Marta. Not worried about scent, it's just that my hair - I think because it's porous - does not like an abundance of essential oils.

  • February 7, 2011

    by marta

    Yes Jaysie, my version is unscented and so I assume no essential oils. Although it has a very faint scent.

  • February 7, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Marta - Just to be sure, are you using the unscented version so there are no essential oils on the ingredient list?

  • February 3, 2011

    by marta

    It is a bit pricey but the 16oz bottle looks as if it will last for a good while.

  • February 3, 2011

    by Leslie Wayne

    Brilliant - so glad you like this. It's a bit pricey but sounds worth it. I'll try and check out some of their other products. Thanks for doing this one!

  • February 2, 2011

    by Junko

    Been using Sea Chi and like it enough to buy another bottle, but I haven't found any NEW others to rotate with it ...This one definitely sounds like a winner Marta !! I'm gonna have to try it !

  • February 2, 2011

    by Michele

    Marta: Sounds great......where do you buy it?

  • February 2, 2011

    by marta

    Ellen, I have color treated hair and it seems to be treating it kindly.

  • February 2, 2011

    by ellen

    Is this good for color treated hair too? I have been using the Innersense with good results...but some more moisture and sheen would be good to!


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