5 Best Natural Shampoos: Mother Earth Living Editors’ Picks

| 6/5/2012 1:31:00 PM

Conventional personal-care products are rife with chemicals, many of which are linked to major health concerns. Synthetic preservatives and fragrances act as hormone disruptors and are linked to possible birth defects, infertility and even breast and liver cancers. Foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate can produce cancerous byproducts that are toxic to the kidneys and respiratory system. And many shampoos also contain silicone, a cheap moisturizing agent derived from petroleum that coats hair instead of penetrating its core, eventually leaving your locks dull and lifeless.

Your body—and beauty—deserve better. Next time you need to restock on shampoo, skip the chemical-laden conventional options and opt for one of these natural shampoos. Crafted with natural and often organic ingredients, these shampoos are free of potentially hazardous chemicals like parabens, SLS, sulfates and more. Many of them can also be found at your local supermarket—meaning you won’t have to go out of your way to buy them!


John Masters Organics Bare Unscented ShampooJohn Masters Organics Bare Unscented Shampoo

If you’re looking for a basic natural shampoo, John Master’s Organics Bare Unscented Shampoo is the way to go. With a fragrance-free formula suitable for all hair types, this shampoo offers mass appeal. Crafted with 14 certified-organic ingredients such as jojoba oil, evening primrose, white tea and chamomile, John Master’s Organics Bare Unscented Shampoo provides a thorough rinse that will leave hair clean, moisturized and shiny. It also has a good consistency—not too runny, not too thick—making it easy to work through your hair without wasting any product.

Cost: $14.50 for an 8-ounce bottle


7/23/2015 8:45:22 AM

Susan, thank you for this article. I'd like to suggest that you include Healthy Skin for a Happy Life's honey basil lemongrass shampoo. I had bad luck with a lot of the "natural" shampoos leaving my hair unclean, but HSHL's shampoo has really done the trick. I buy it on hshl.co. I wish more people knew about it!

4/10/2014 5:59:16 PM

Hello Susan! I tend to agree with you that many shampoos contain silicone which is a cheap moisturizing agent obtained from petroleum that coats our hair instead of penetrating its core. This can actually leave our hair dull and dry. I believe that if we really want to have a strong and healthy hair, better use organic shampoos. I am actually using organic shampoo for almost 3 years now and I am really satisfied with the result. For a list of organic shampoos, kindly check this link http://shampootree.com/

12/31/2012 8:27:21 PM

I use Shadow Lake Pure Castile soap for my hair, face and even to bathe my cat. It contains organic essential oil (for scent) and is not 'over-the-moon' expensive. I buy it at Amazon.com.