7 Organic Shampoos That Work Just As Well As The Stuff With Chemicals

Once you go natural, you'll never go back.

September 12, 2016

Here’s something you might not know about shampoo: Most of it isn’t biodegradable. You’d think that something designed to be washed straight down the drain would be made with ingredients that break down and don’t poison our waterways. But nope. Your standard bottle of shampoo these days contains parabens, silicone, phthalates, and sulfates, all of which stick around in the environment long, long after your shampoo bottle lands in the recycling bin. They could be having a negative effect on your health, too—ingredients like phthalates (read artificial fragrances) and parabens (a type of synthetic preservative) are potential hormone disruptors.

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Luckily, you won’t find any of these questionable substances in organic shampoos, which get their cleaning power from ingredients found in nature and their scents from essential oils. Making the switch can take some getting used to, as organic shampoos don’t lather up the way synthetic varieties do (they don’t include sodium lauryl sulfate, a popular foaming agent)—but that doesn’t mean they’re not getting the job done. If you're not quite ready to make your own homemade shampoo, here are seven natural shampoos that left our hair soft, sleek, and smelling awesome.

EO shampoo
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EO Rose Chamomile Protective Natural Shampoo

EO shampoos get their lovely scents from organic essential oils, never artificial fragrances. They’re also cruelty-free, and the bottles are made from recycled materials.

Related: 6 Dry Shampoos That Aren’t Packed With Sketchy Chemicals

Aveda shampoo
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Aveda Shampure Shampoo

If you’re looking for a salon-quality shampoo without the sulfates and parabens, this is it. It’s made with 25 different pure plant extracts, including rosemary for cleansing and conditioning, and lavender for healing and relaxation.

avalon shampoo
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Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo

Avalon shampoos contain none of the bad stuff—like phthalates, parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances—and all of the good, nourishing ingredients found in nature. You’ll find it at plenty of retailers, too, making it one of the most accessible organic shampoos.

laritelle shampoo
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Rodale’s Laritelle Fertile Roots Organic Shampoo

This luxurious herbal shampoo made our hair incredibly soft and shiny. It’s formulated with organic oils, including argan and jojoba, to strengthen hair and protect it from environmental damage. It comes in a BPA-free bottle, too.

seaweed shampoo
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The Seaweed Bath Co. Balancing Eucalyptus And Peppermint Argan Shampoo

The best word to describe this shampoo is “invigorating;” it makes your scalp feel pleasantly tingly as you work it in, and the eucalyptus and peppermint scents offer some aromatherapy in a steamy shower. It'll leave your hair feeling incredibly soft, too.

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natures gate shampoo
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Nature’s Gate Aloe Vera And Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shampoo

If you have dry, frizzy hair, give this one a try. The aloe provides deep moisture that helps tame the frizz and gets your hair on the road to healing. The scent is subtle and pleasant, making it a good option if you'd rather avoid strong fragrances.

rahua shampoo
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Rodale’s Rahua Voluminous Shampoo

Give flat hair a boost with this rejuvenating shampoo. It’s made with citrus to help break down the oils that are weighing your hair down, which also means you can stop washing every single day—it’s a win-win.