At our Seattle salon, we use Aveda products that do not use SLS or SLES in our shampoo. However, we do use ammonium lauryl sulfate, coco-babassu sulfate and many other surfactants derived from babassu, palm and coconut. These are all foaming ingredients used for cleansing and so have similar functions and names. The difference is the starting materials used to make these foaming ingredients. Aveda always uses plant (coconut, babassu or palm) for these foaming ingredients where other companies will use petroleum or animal by-products. When the foaming ingredient appears on the label of a product, there is no way to know which starting materials were used although the foaming ingredient name will be the same.
When you have your consultation with your hairstylist that will inform you about Aveda’s exclusive Babassu Betaine technology, Aveda has offered sulfate-free shampoos since 1996 and currently offers 4 shampoos formulated without sulfates: Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo, Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo, Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Mens Pureformance Shampoo.
Aveda also currently offers 9 sulfate-free skin cleansing products. Caribbean Therapy Body Wash, Green Science Perfecting Cleanser, Enbrightenment Cleanser, Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser, Personal Blends Smoothing Body Formula, Pure Comfort Eye Makeup Remover, Botanical Kinetics Purifying Crème Cleanser, Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser and Smoothing Body Polish. Sulfate-free hair care products: New Invati Exfoliating Shampoo