Organic Shampoo

Years ago, when I was still learning about the cosmetics word and their green washing tricks, I was trying many “natural” shampoos found at Whole Foods Markets with the same result: scalp rash.
I thought I was "allergic to shampoos” when instead these "not-so-natural" shampoos were responsible for creating these reactions.

🌸 I learned that both conventional and "greenwashing natural" shampoos, contain common chemical ingredients and irritants such as fragrances, the endocrine-disrupting parabens, SLA, Formaldehyde, sulfates, and all the ingredients that end in -eth (e.g. Ceteareth, Laureth-4, Laureth-23), also Polysorbate-20, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Triethanolamine and Cocamide DEA/MEA.

🌸 I also learned to avoid preservatives commonly found in natural shampoos such as:

  • potassium sorbate, which is considered a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant and

  • sodium benzoate classified 3 on ewg.org

  • honeysuckle which creates benzoic acid.

🌿 Once I switched to truly natural shampoos, my irritation magically disappeared and I have softer, stronger hair, and a healthier scalp. If you have any issues with your hair or scalp, it can be the chemicals content and the cheap ingredients found in conventional or greenwashing shampoos, including the expensive ones!

Here is why I don’t use conventional shampoo.

They are made of harsh cleaning agents, carrying agents, emulsifiers, emollients, humectants, proteins, fragrances, and preservatives. ​​
​❌ Cleaning agents contain synthetic and chemical surfactants: Cocamide, PEGs- (SLES), (SLS). 
​❌ Carrying agents are the base of shampoo and are the active ingredients. Don’t use a shampoo with the carrying agent propylene glycol: it causes dermatitis and it is rated 3 on ewg.org ​
❌ Emulsifiers create the consistency of shampoo. Toxic emulsifiers are MEA, DEA, TEA, and MIPA, and ingredients with PEG-n are considered carcinogenic. ​
​❌ Emollients keep the hair moisturized. Toxic emollients are: silicones such as dimethicone. They coats hair and they are polluting since they do not biodegrade. ​
❌ Humectants give a more full look to the hair. Irritating humectants are butylene glycol, propylene glycol, and ethylene glycol. ​
​​​❌Fragrance is added to mask the toxic smell of conventional shampoo. These unnatural fragrances are strong and can create allergic reactions, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and potential effects on the reproductive system.

Choose only shampoos with essential oils. Check the natural fragrance brands page.

Proteins: repair and strengthen the hair. Skip artificial protein Natural proteins are rice or quinoa proteins. ​
Preservatives such as Parabens, Dioxane, Benzyl Alcohol are toxic and they are the worse preservatives.

I also avoid potassium sorbate sodium benzoate. These are considered better preservatives but they can still create skin reactions.

  • ​Potassium sorbate: considered a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant. 

  • ​Sodium benzoate: benzoic acid, vitamin C mix can cause cancer. Capable of causing contact urticaria

  • ​Honeysuckle: creates benzoic acid.  

​🌿Here you will find my favorite natural shampoos made with the most organic and safest ingredients available. At the bottom of the page, you will find brands I don't recommend.  Purple shampoo page here. 

On this page : The cleanest shampoos I was able to find! Enjoy!💕 ​

Miessence Organic Shampoo
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Miessence 
Here is one of my favorite organic shampoos! Ready to learn about it? This shampoo is one of the cleanest shampoos around, made by Miessence, an Australian brand that uses only natural and Australian certified organic ingredients! I use their toothpaste as well! 😬​
Their shampoo is one of the most delicate and pure I was able to find, making it great for sensitive skin and also for kids. If you have scalp rashes or want to improve your hair’s appearance or simply detox it, this is for you. ​
🍃Made with Organic Aloe Vera, elderberry, vitamin B-5, organic avocado, organic horsetail, organic nettle, organic burdock, organic rosemary, organic sage, and yucca!

🌿 It detoxes your hair from conventional shampoos and from their artificial, and irritating ingredients.

🍃There will be a detox phase that can last a few weeks! After that, your hair will be restored to its original health and natural beauty! ✨Results: shiny, stronger, fuller, and softer hair, with safer ingredients going down the shower drain! ​😍You will get sexier hair and the planet will approve of it, too! Organic, vegan, and eco-friendly 🌎 Ready for detox??💚

INGREDIENTS: Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, coco glucoside, yucca schidigera extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, d-panthenol (pro-vitamin b5) , Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, certified organic citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, non-gmo citric acid, certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract 

Here is their Lemon Myrtle Shampoo for normal and oily hair. 

100% Pure Shampoo
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🍃  100% Pure has a nice collection of clean shampoos that are made with botanical certified organic ingredients from fruit and plants. 

Balancing shampoo and scalp treatment designed to purify, unclog pores, and stimulate circulation for healthy hair growth. Helps to alleviate dryness, itching and flaking with burdock, neem, and nettle while deeply moisturizing to soothe dry skin and dandruff. Made with hydrating rose hydrosol and aloe to replenish thirsty hair and scalp, with vitamin E and provitamin B5 to enhance hair softness and strength. This sulfate-free shampoo is safe and gentle enough for color treated hair. 

Using fingertips, gently massage into scalp. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol), Sodium Cocoate (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Vegetarian Glycerin, Extracts of Melia Azadirachta (Neem), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root, Fucus Vesiculosus (Kelp), Plant Cellulose, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Extracts of Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf, Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Salt (French Sea Salt), Extracts of Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower (Honeysuckle), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Essential Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Essential Oil *Certified Organic

Smoothing Shampoo for Wavy, Curly Hair
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🍃 Created by a mama this shampoo gives your curls extra bounce and softness with vitamin-based formula. Shea butter conditioners and acts as a cuticle sealant to lock in hydration.

🌸 What’s In It: Tomato fruit extract, rice extract, and keratin amino acids. What It Does: Keratin (the protein that makes up our hair) is an essential building block to restoring strength and supporting regrowth.

Tomato fruit ferment seals moisture into individual strands, giving curls that spiral effect. Last up, rice extract has been used as a b