9 Organic And Natural Shampoos That Work Just As Well As The Stuff With Chemicals

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

June 12, 2017

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 always 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 eleven organic and natural shampoos that will leave your hair soft, sleek, and smelling awesome.

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EO Rose Chamomile Protective Natural Shampoo

EO’s shampoos get their lovely scents from organic essential oils, never artificial fragrances. In our experience, they never leave hair feeling dry or frizzy, making them gentle enough for everyday use. Plus, they’re always gluten-free and cruelty-free, and the bottles are made from recycled materials.

Buy Now: $9, Target.com

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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. This shampoo always leaves hair feeling clean and healthy, and it smells great.

Buy Now: $14, Amazon.com and Target.com

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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. We love that it comes in a BPA-free bottle, too.

Buy Now: $38, Amazon.com

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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 scent provides some aromatherapy in a steamy shower.

Buy Now: $10, Amazon.com; $12, Target.com

Related: 6 Most Important Beauty Products To Buy Organic

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Rahua Voluminous Shampoo

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

Buy Now: $31, Amazon.com

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Acure Volume Shampoo

Get thick, voluminous locks with this naturally pure shampoo from Acure. Echinacea stem cells give your scalp an herbal boost and mint essential oil delivers a fresh, therapeutic scent.

Buy Now: $10, Amazon.com and Target.com

Related: 5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Dry Shampoo—And 4 Natural Brands To Try

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Andalou Naturals Argan Oil And Shea Moisture Rich Shampoo

This sweet orange scented shampoo leaves your hair feeling soft and hydrated thanks to moisturizing and strengthening argan oil. Bottom line: it feels luxurious and smells delicious.

Buy Now: $8, Amazon.com and Target.com

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Christina Moss Naturals Organic Shampoo

You can use this salon-quality shampoo on any hair type, from curly to color treated. It’s made with organic coconut and olive oils for lots of moisture. This shampoo is also hypoallergenic and perfect for people with sensitive skin.

Buy Now: $20, Amazon.com

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SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Expect deep conditioning from this shampoo due to organic raw shea and argan oil. If your hair is dry, damaged, or overly-processed, this is the product for you. Plus, the scent is honeysuckle and it’s lovely.

Buy Now: $9, Amazon.com and Target.com ​