Ah dandruff. Those pesky white flakes that no one wants. Lucky me, I seem blessed with the hair snow! 😀 Granted it’s not terrible and since my roots are (often) blonde, it can be sort of disguised just by the nature of the lack of color contrast. But still, I find myself dealing with an itchy scalp and enough noticeable dandruff that I feel a need for a dandruff shampoo. Unfortunately, since I color treat my hair (why is called treat when it’s more like abuse?) and I insist on cruelty free shampoos and conditioners, it’s been difficult to find anything that meets my cruelty free color-treated standards. Of course when I do, I often find products to be only somewhat effective. Enter the Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo! I think I have found my scalp’s savior! 🙂

I believe this product as well as a matching conditioner are relatively new to Derma E’s line and I just happened to spot them at Whole Foods after my disastrous experience with the Jason dandruff shampoo. Desperate to try anything that didn’t smell like sulfur (like the Jason version), I snapped up just the Shampoo. It comes in a convenient upside down squeeze tube, which is actually perfect for anything liquid that’s used in the shower. The shampoo itself is clear and on the thin side – it will start to ooze out of the tube when you open the cap while it’s fully inverted, but it’s not overly watery (Giovanni makes one that pretty much pours out when upside down). Even better, it doesn’t smell of sulfur! 😉 It basically smells like tea tree, but it’s not overly strong and it doesn’t linger in the hair. All in all, perfectly acceptable so far.

Derma E claims this natural and vegan shampoo works in four ways – cleanse, de-flake, soothe and nourish. It cleanses without SLS (typically a no-no for color treated strands) and parabens, while Salicylic Acid helps with the flaking and helps to remove build up. It also contains Tea Tree Oil and Menthol to help soothe the itch and improve scalp condition with continued use. To nourish the hair, it contains an herbal blend of Neem, Burdock and Bearberry, as well as Vitamins A, B5 and E for both scalp and hair health. All sounds good to me…as long as it works! 🙂


I have been using this religiously since I bought it around March. I almost always mix it with the DryBar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo as well to keep brassiness at bay, but it’s safe to say that it’s the Derma E that has definitely relieved my scalp! I find that it lathers well, though it does take a little bit of effort to get the suds going. I take that as an opportunity to really massage the shampoo mixture into my scalp and then it not only gets nice and foamy, but it also really gets to the root of the problem – my itchy, flaky scalp! It rinses out without any trouble and leaves my hair feeling clean, but not stripped. Dry shampoo residue, dirt, sweat and grease are no problem for this stuff! Whether you have dandruff or not, this is just a damn good natural shampoo! And yes, the flakes are gone! Even if it’s been days since my last wash (I often go about 3 days between washes), still no itchiness or flaking. It’s absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend giving the Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo a go…for anyone! 🙂

I found the Scalp Relief Shampoo at my local Whole Foods, but you can also purchase it from the Derma E website. It retails for $11.75, as does the matching Scalp Relief Conditioner.



    • Who LIKES dandruff? 🙂 I really love it and it works better than any other dandruff shampoo I have tried. Highly recommend! 🙂

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