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Why Use Suma Bodycare Shampoo & Soap?

Submitted by on July 15, 2010 – 2:04 pm35 Comments

Suma is a workers’ cooperative – a radical and progressive business managed and owned by its workers.  We sell a wide range of products, all of which reflect our commitment to customer satisfaction.

We strive to promote a more responsible lifestyle by supplying 6000+ ethical, ecological and socially responsible product lines.  From recycled paper products to cruelty-free toiletries, every one of our products has been carefully selected to help you choose a sustainable lifestyle which balances your needs with the needs of our planet.

shampooflagCruelty free Suma soap and shampoo

images[3] The Suma Shampoo and Soap range are all made in the UK, are vegan and are completely free of artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances (we use essential oils to scent our products) and we guarantee they have not been the subject of animal testing by Suma or our suppliers. Our entire bodycare range displays the leaping bunny symbol, which is the certified cruelty free mark as awarded by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics.

Suma is against animal cruelty of all types and is pleased to be licensed by The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). We fully support their campaign to end animal experiments. Visit the Go Cruelty Free website for more information about this campaign.

shampooSuma Cruelty Free and Natural Shampoo

Take a look at our range of shampoos

Suma shampoos are available in several fragrances and are suitable for all hair types.

They are supplied in large recyclable family sized 500ml bottles and 5 litre refill sizes to reduce packaging waste and environmental impact.

The scents are a match for the Suma range of glycerine soaps, the “Clear and Simple Shampoo” is a match for the Hemp and Vitamin E Soap.

Suma Shampoos also contain none of the following:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Phosphates
  • E.D.T.A. (Ethylene-Diamine-Tetra-acetic Acid): (This is sometimes used as a substitute for but also in addition to phosphates).
  • Enzymes
  • Petroleum-derived Additives: (commonly known as parabens)

The better option for colour treated hair?

“The detergent sodium lauryl sulphate is a big killer of hair colour,” celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin says. “So make sure you use a gentle shampoo.” To read more about sodium lauryl sulphate see The difference between SLS and SLES on this site.

HandmadeSoapSuma Handmade Square Soaps

Have a look at the range of Suma handmade soaps.

Our soaps are manufactured locally, using an energy efficient, waste-free, low temperature method.

They are packed loose in display boxes with simple brown envelopes as the packaging.  Each box contains 24 individual soaps. The bars are all hand cut and therefore vary slightly in weight, but are typically 75-80g each.

GlycerineSoapSuma *Award Winning* Glycerine Soaps

Take a look at our range of glycerine soaps here. We supply 4 fresh smelling fragrances, all of which are suitable for vegans, as they are not tested on animals or contain any animal by products.

Our Rose and Geranium soap was voted the ‘Best Non-food Product‘, in the Natural Products Awards in 2006. We think this is down to the beautiful smell, which leaves your hands clean and lightly perfumed.

Please feel free to contact us for details of your local stockist.

t: 01422 313845


  • Jessica-Alice says:

    I was just wondering if you shampoos and soaps are suitable for babies at all?

    Many thanks,

  • alex stappard says:

    our rose and geranium soap is the best ! Have been a big fan since it’s launch and still am.

  • Nick says:

    Hi Jessica-Alice

    Whilst there is nothing in Suma soaps and shampoos which is particularly unsuitable for babies, the products have not been made with babies in mind. You would be better using products which have been specifically made for babies and very young children which, for example dont sting the eyes and may be milder still.

    Suma stocks a wide range of trusted brands specially formulated for babies including Bentley Organic Babies, Green People make products for babies and children, Weleda babycare range and my favourite (because I like the smell) Earth Friendly babycare range.

    I hope this is helpful to you.

  • Ian says:

    Hi, I notice many of your soaps contain palm oil. Is the palm oil sourced from sustainable plantations or does it come from rainforest in Borneo/Malaysia? Thanks.

  • admin says:

    Hi Ian,
    Thanks for your question.

    The palm oil used in Suma’s soap is certified by the green palm sustainability program, and will soon feature stickers informing customers.

    A straightforward, flexible and easily implemented system, it is already starting to drive improvements. It’s based on the simple principle that if you pay producers to meet sustainable farming practices they will continue to do so and, hopefully, their competitors will follow.

    To find out more about the complex international palm oil industry we’d suggest visiting the following sites.

  • Trish says:

    Is it only possible to order the soaps direct from you?

  • Rob says:

    Hi Trish

    Suma is primarily a wholesaler to most UK areas (and also abroad).
    We supply our products to many independent health food stores and farm shops.
    I will pass your details on to our Customer Service team who will provide you with details of your nearest stockists.

    We also supply Food Co-ops who are groups of like-minded people who collectively order from us to achieve our wholesale minimum charge.
    For more info on this please follow this link:

    Or you may prefer to order via out retail website

    Thank you for your interest in our products.

  • Becky says:

    You say that you don’t use the harmful and toxic ingredient of “Sodium Laureth Sulfate” in your shampoo’s. But looking a bit further at your soaps, and clicking on the first soap ‘white lavender’, and clicking on it’s ingredients, it clearly say’s “Sodium Laureth Sulfate”.

    What’s going on?


  • Rob says:

    Hi Becky

    Thanks for your question about using Sodium “Laureth” Sulphate (SLES).
    To clarify: Our article states that our shampoos do not contain Sodium “Lauryl” Sulphate (SLS). This is a more powerful degreasant than Sodium Laureth Sulphate, which can cause oils from the skin to be stripped out.
    If you would like more info on SLS and SLES please follow the link in the article THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SLS AND SLES

  • Jacqui Bennett says:

    Three years ago I underwent a patch test to find out what was causing my eczema to practically devour my hands and arms, I was told my worst allergy was fragrances. Do you know how common fragrances are in products? Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, cleaners, sun lotion, toothpaste even! I’ve still to find a sun lotion that’s free of fragrance. But I did have success with shampoo, thanks to the recipe designers at Suma. Suma Clear & Simple is the only shampoo I have found that is: * Affordable * works on greasy hair * is fragrance free Thank you Suma designers! Please, please, always make this recipe available, without you I would have to shave my head or have greasy hair for the rest of my life.

  • Rob says:

    Hi Jacqui,
    Thanks for such a positive comment about our shampoo.
    The Suma Product Development team work hard to offer ethical, high quality products which fill gaps in the market.
    We are delighted that you find our fragrance free “Clear & Simple Shampoo” helpful for your eczema problem and will mention your comment in future articles. Please be assured that we have no plans at this time to discontinue this product.
    You might also wish to try our “Extra Gentle Mixed Soap (DY117)”

  • Rachel says:

    Do you have any plans to produce Hair conditioners to complement the shampoo selection?

  • Rob says:

    Hi Rachel

    We are currently considering the addition of conditioners to our bodycare range.
    We take a lot of care before launching new Suma products and this process is ongoing.
    Watch this space …..

  • Emma R says:

    Funny you should ask Rachel- Yes there is a project team looking into this right now and we hope to be able to launch a range of conditioners in the near future.

  • Lily says:

    Please can you tell me if the actual ingredients in Suma shampoos etc are biodegradable?

  • Rob S says:

    Hi Lily,
    Yes all the raw materials we use are biodegradable. Also worth mentioning is that the ingredients we use are far more readily biodegradable than what is required to comply with EU legislation.

  • Thanks for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  • emma says:

    Hi, I love your glycerine soap range but was just wondering if it is biodegradable? Thanks

  • Pam Hicks says:

    I purchased your Suma Square soaps while I was visiting in London in August of this year. They are the most wonderful soaps I have ever used. Do you distribute them here in USA?

  • admin says:

    Hi Pam,
    I’m sorry but we currently do not have any customers in the USA. We are delighted to hear that you like are our soaps though :)

  • Jude says:


    In your soap ingredients lists there are “scents”. Can I ask what they are please. i.e. Sythetic? Essentials oils? etc.


  • admin says:

    Hi Jude,
    All of our soaps use either essential oils or natural additives like cinnamon and nutmeg for example. Is there a particular product you wanted to know about?

  • Jude says:

    I’m looking for soaps suitable for my children. They have dry sensitive skin. So I’m looking for simple, gentle soaps. It was the Coco Palm and Desert Aloe Vera Suma soaps that piqued my interest the most.

    Thanks for the quick reply.

  • Annette says:

    I would like to start using shampoo bars for washing my hair. Would your soaps be suitable?

  • admin says:

    Hi Annette,

    Whilst our soaps are not designed as solid shampoo bars, they do contain very similar ingredients to conventional shampoo bars. So my advice would be to give it a go and let us know the results. I’m fairly sure they would do a good job of de-greasing, and if rinsed through properly should leave the hair nice and clean.

    Amy @ Suma

  • Sally Burke says:

    do they contain sodium chloride — salt — by any chance?

  • Danny says:

    Hi Sally, we use Sodium Chloride from Sea Salt.

    Hope that helps.

  • Hi Sally, we use Sodium Chloride from Sea Salt. DannyB @ Suma.

  • Mladen Kalinic says:

    Hi, I noticed you said all raw materials you use are biodegradable. Does that mean the final product you make from these biodegradable raw materials, i.e. your shampoo is fully biodegradable?

  • Jackie says:

    I tried Suma Clear and Simple Shampoo for the first time recently. I really rate this product. I have difficult hair and other brands were just not doing the job. I picked up Suma in desperation! I’ll certainly be buying it again.

  • Martin says:

    Used your soap for 2 months. Suma rose and geranium it has completely cleared a very bad soriasis patches on my body must have some more quickly. Please inform me of the nearest stockist to Leyland in Lancashire or ring me 01772622665.

  • Rob says:

    Hi Martin
    Great to hear that our soap has helped your psoriasis. Although not developed specifically to help skin conditions our bodycare range of soaps, shampoos and conditioners are mild and gentle and contain only natural ingredients. We have had good feedback from people with excema too.
    I have asked our customer support team to contact you with local stockist details.

  • Manu says:

    Dear Suma Team,

    Do you really need to use palm oil in your soaps even if it’s certified sustainable palm oil ???

    Looking forward to your reply,

  • paulo says:

    Hi Manu
    We are aware of the issues concerned with the use of palm oil, which is why we use palm oil from sustainable sources. There is, at present, insufficient demand for products which would have a very significant financial premium over our current prices, but we continue to research alternatives.
    Customer Information @ Suma

  • Karen Carey says:

    Could you please tell me my nearest stockist to cv5
    Many thanks,

    Hi Karen
    Please email with your request and full post code.
    Best wishes

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