Kracie Ichikami Silky Smooth Care Shampoo
SHORT AND SWEET
The Kracie Ichikami Silky Smooth Care Shampoo has an insane amount of lather and no cones. But oddly enough it didn’t make my hair feel like straw. I can see where overuse (2-3 times week and more) can cause drying so you may want to use it like you would a clarifying shampoo.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Tea-lauroyl sarcosinate, palm kernelamidopropyl betaine, cocamide methyl MEA, glycol distearate, cocamide MEA, tea-cocoyl glutamate, fragrance, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, sodium chloride, citric acid, sodium benzoate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, disodium EDTA, polyquaternium-10, butylene glycol, polyquaternium-7, oryza sativa (rice) germ oil, lachancea/hydrolyzed rice ferment filtrate alcohol, caramel, phytic acid, oryza sativa (rice) extract, inositol, camellia japonica seed extract, dextrin, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, prunus yedoensis leaf extract, belamcanda chinensis root extract, propylparaben, saccharomyces (rice) brand ferment filtrate extract, vigna angularis seed extract, oryza sativa (rice) brand extract, paeonia suffruticosa root extract, sapindus mukurossi peel extract
Light, clean, fresh flowery (maybe that’s the cherry blossom scent) scent. It’s actually a very nice feminine, soft scent I like very much.
HOW IT WORKED
The Kracie Ichikami Silky Smooth Shampoo worked like a clarifying shampoo does for my hair. I purchased this and other products at a TJMaxx store. #tjmaxxfind It is NOT paraben-free, so keep that in mind. It is NOT a natural shampoo so I don’t want there to be any illusions about it. I used to be fiercely anti-shampoo. But I’m telling you, you need to use what works for you. I do a lot of testing of my DIY recipes, so the build up needs to be dealt with so I’ll know if a current test mix is working or not. That’s why I look for good quick shampoos as a backup to my Castile soap.
It’s a shampoo so it’s made for wet hair. LOL! Only a small amount of the Ichikami Silky Smooth Shampoo is required for a large amount of lather! Don’t use it like you’d use a natural shampoo. I literally needed one quirt to cover almost my whole head in lather. This is definitely a shampoo for those who are lather-freaks. 😛 There looks to be at least 3 foam-boosting surfactants in there.
WHAT’S IN IT?
There are a lot of ingredients in this shampoo! And not all of them are the good things like Rice Germ oil and Camellia extract. I was surprised that it seems to be cone-free (no dimethicone, amodimethicone, etc). It’s a shampoo so many ingredients meant to clean round out the list of the first 5 ingredients. I’ll just touch on some of the more interesting ingredients below.
Oryza sativa (rice) germ oil – Used as an emollient and conditioning agent
Belamcanda chinensis root extract – It is the extract of the roots of the belamcanda chinensis plant. It’s also called She Gan or Blackberry Lily according to online sources. It is native to China and Japan. This extract is typically used medicinally to treat inflammation and infection. It has conditioning properties which is probably why it’s used in haircare/skincare.
Prunus yedoensis leaf extract – This extract is made from the leaf of the Cherry tree. Extracts are made out of the leaf, flower and bark of the cherry tree. This one is the leaf extract
Lachancea/hydrolyzed rice ferment filtrate alcohol – When you see ‘hydrolyzed’ anything, it usually means it’s been modified so that it can penetrate the hair shaft to help strengthen, repair and/or moisturize it. Rice ferment filtrate is ‘Sake’ (japanese alcohol made out of rice). It’s found in a lot of Japanese skincare and haircare. So I can only assume this is Sake which has been modified so it can penetrate the hair.
Saccharomyces (rice) brand ferment filtrate extract – It’s made by fermenting Oryza sativa. It has conditioning and smoothing properties.
Vigna angularis seed extract – This is Adzuki bean extract. Adzuki beans are also called Japanese Red Beans.
Tea-lauroyl sarcosinate– This is a surfactant meant to clean the hair. It is also a foaming agent.
Tea-cocoyl glutamate – It is the “triethanolamine salt of the coconut acid amide of glutamic acid”. (Whatever that means) It has a score of 2 on EWG’s Skin Deep scale.
Palm kernelamidopropyl betaine – This is a surfactant meant to clean. It also has some skin conditioning and anti-static (defrizz) properties
Cocamide methyl MEA – This ingredient is a surfactant used as a cleaning and foaming agent. It’s also used as thickening agent to improve the viscosity of shampoos and cleaning products. It needs to be formulated to be non-irritation though.
Glycol distearate– Glycol distearate is used to change the viscosity of a product. It’s based on stearic acid and helps in conditioning and emulsifying
Peg-7 glyceryl cocoate – This is also a surfactant and helps with foaming. It has a score of 4 on EWG’s Skin Deep scale though. This is the type of ingredient you’d find in things like body washes. Like I said earlier, this is not a “all natural” product and should probably be used to like a clarifying shampoo.
Sodium chloride – It’s common table salt. Salt is added to shampoo to help hair appear thicker or fuller.
Phytic acid – Phytic acid “a hexaphosphoric acid ester of Inositol”. It’s a chelating agent meant to fight the effects of hard water by binding to metal ions
Polyquaternium-7 and Polyquaternium-10 – Polyquaternium 7 and Polyquaternium-10 are synthetic polymers used for for its film forming and anti-static abilities . Polyquaternium-7 has a score of 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep scale. But Polyquaternium-10 has a score of 1. (The lower, the better)
For me, this is more of a clarifying shampoo that I wouldn’t use every single week unless I had a obvious build-up. Oddly enough, it didn’t make my hair feel like straw like some other shampoos.
Super lather (this can be a pro or a con depending on preference)
Doesn’t feel like straw
Too much later (this can be a pro or a con depending on preference)
May be very hard to find in regular stores. It’s a Japanese product