Non Toxic Shampoos and Conditioners


Today, most bath products, shower gels and shampoos are elaborated from a cocktail of chemical products, of which the most used are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium EDTA, the PEGs (which make the skin more permeable, facilitating the penetration of foreign bodies) and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. [1]   A shampoo is made for 90% of water and from tensio-actives and from these 90% approximately 15 to 20% are constituted of tensio-actives from where the importance to verify if these are soft  or chemical tensio-actives, resulting from the petrochemical industry, irritants, allergens and pollutants. Their effects on health are linked to cancer, neuro-toxicose, allergies, the development of the foetus and infertility, hormonal disturbances, not to forget environmental pollution. Some of these ingredients are on the «  Dirty List  ». You can find the others on Skin Deep as well as the studies which have allowed to draw  conclusions concerning their dangerous nature.

Unfortunately, even certain organic certifications (ECOCERT and Cosmebio) authorize them which makes our life even more complicated because, in principle, a certification should protect us and guarantee us a product not only organic but above all safe. Caution! There exist certified organic by ECOCERT shampoos which do not contain these tensio-actives. It all depends on the manufacturer. Only the BDIH and NaTrue certifications do not authorize the ingredients which I just mentioned. It is necessary to know that, in spite of the abundance of “natural shampoos” on the store shelves and even amongst the certified organic shampoos, those which enjoy a good harmlessness are very, very rare.

The fact that you paid a lot for it, that you bought it in a boutique of natural products where the sales person was very convincing, that the shampoo is made by a local company or very simply that the company has a good reputation, that guarantees absolutely nothing as far as harmlessness is concerned! The same manufacturer can make very good products and very bad ones in terms of harmlessness (innocuité).

Concerning creams and other non-toxic products, the texture of the shampoos that do not contain the ingredients that I mentioned is different. One should retrain the senses to use safer products and do not forget that foam only foams, it does not wash ! If the shampoo foams a lot that can be due to the presence of a chemical product in excess whose role it is to foam which can lead to the almost complete elimination of fats on the skin and the hair and can affect the hydrolipidic layer of the skin (see also the chapter on  « Non-toxic Soaps  ») and to the apparition of patches, crusts and dryness of the scalp.

The condition of the scalp which does not produce enough or too much sebum giving oily  or dry hair depends largely on the quality of the surfactants used in the manufacture of shampoo and the washing frequency. Two to three washes per week is more than enough!

Here are the best options for non-toxic shampoos available on our market  :


  Oneka Unscented Shampoo, manufactured by Oneka Elements in Quebec, all the ingredients are green, $ 13.99 for a bottle of 16 oz (473ml), very good quality / price ratio, nice herbal formula, good safety (innocuité).

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Certified Organic Blend of Calendula Officialis* (Marigold Calendula)  1 , Arctium Lappa* (Burdock Root)  0 , Salvia Sclarea* (Clary Sage)  0 , Urtica Diotica* (Nettle Leaf)  0 , Rosemary Officinalis* (Rosemary)  0 , Wild Harvested Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion)  0 , Wild Harvested Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail)  0 , Decyl Glucoside  0 , Coco Betaine  1 , Vegetable Glycerin  0 , Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) seed oil  2 , Panthenol (Vitamin B5)  1 , Guar Gum  1 , Citric Acid  2 , Polyaminopropyl  Biguanide  2 .*Certified Organic ingredients by Oregon Tilth and QA

Oneka Lavender Shampoo and Oneka Citrus Shampoo are  scented versions with   Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil  1  respectively  Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit)  0 Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)  0 and   Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang)  0


  New Product: Shampoo Nourishing Cream Senteurs du Sud, 240 ml, $ 25, available at BeKaBio. This is an ECOCERT certified product and a good creamy shampoo care, but for those who are allergic, know that it contains Cocammydopropyl Betaine. 

Savonnerie des Diligences MADAME TIGNASSE – vitality shampoo bar ideal for short thin hair, 5 gr,  $ 5.99.

Ingredients: Oils (olive, organic coconut, beeswax), water, sodium hydroxide, carot and sage essential oils. 


In the category of anti dandruff shampoos , you should avoid the following ingredients:

- Selenium disulphite / sulfide officially classified “probable human carcinogen” and very toxic to aquatic organisms found  in Selsum Blue and Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatement

- zinc pyrithione very irritating to eyes and aquatic life found in the majority of Head & Shoulders products

- coal tar , a human carcinogen, the worst ingredient for humans and the environment with a maximum rating of dangerousness rate, 10 on Skin Deep, found in Neutrogena T / Gel [3]


Nontoxic solutions against dandruff : Canadian products, a nice mixture of plants,  Botanical Therapeutic Shampoo and Conditioner which INCI lists are available on the company website Carina Corporation, and Ferlow Botanical Neem Shampoo that Adria Vasil also recommends for dandruff and dry scalp.


  Miessence Desert Flower Shampoo (classified 1 on  Skin Deep ), sold only on line.
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Coco Polyglucose, Yucca Schidigera Extract, D-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Non-Gmo Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Oil, Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Organic Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Organic Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Extract, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Organic Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract.
  In the category of certified organic shampoos, you’ll find Logona that uses sugar surfactants and glutamates. I tried three of them and the conclusions were the same: the hair remains rough and tousled after washing, it is essential to supplement with a conditioner. Discouraging price / quality ratio: 250 ml, $ 16.
Ingredients for Volume Shampoo Beer-Honey: Aqua (Water), Beer, Coco Glucoside, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium PCA, Glyceryl Oleate, Mel (Honey)*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Hydrolyzed Silk, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Essential Oils), Limonene, Linalool, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid.
*  Certified Organically grown.
  Melvita Shampoo Normal Hair , certified Ecocert and Cosmebio, 200ml, $ 12, too expensive for me!
Ingredients: Aqua [Water], Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water [Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water]*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-Betaine, Inulin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Cellulose Gum, Sodium PCA, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Salicylate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene**, Arginine, Glyceryl Oleate, Caramel, Sodium Levulinate, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil [Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil]*, Citral**, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Gellan Gum, Quillaia Saponaria Bark Extract [Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract], Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Citric Acid, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil*.
*Ingrédients issus de l’Agriculture Biologique / Ingredients from Organic Farming
**Constituants naturels des huiles essentielles / Natural components of essential oils
New Product: Shampoo Nourishing Cream Senteurs du Sud, 240 ml, $ 25, available on BeKaBio. This is an ECOCERT certified product and a good creamy shampoo care, but for those who are allergic, be aware that it contains Cocammydopropyl Betaine. 
Other shampoos available in health food stores:

Alba Botanica mango, plumeria, honeydew, coconut, gardenia and other exotic fruits contain Perfume but not contain cocomidopropyl betaine, listed 3 on Skin Deep .

Avalon Organics   Olive and Grape Seed Shampooing and  Elixir Shampoo , are rated  2  on Skin Deep.   The others: Grapefruit ang Geranium, Biotin –B, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Rosemary ,  Sweet Orange, Awapuhi mango, Lemon  are rated 3 4 and contain Cocamidipropyl Betaine .



A new shampoo without cocamidopropyl betaine, BDIH and NaTrue certified: Santé Naturokosmetik for fine hair and delicate hair.
Gentle formula indeed and impeccable regarding the safety, however,  it is essential to supplement with a conditioner conditioner  or a smoothing product.



Carina Daily Moisturizing Shampoo , Canadian product available in many shops, stands out by a beautiful simple herbal formula, 360ml, $ 9.99
Ingredients: Aqua, Elaeis guineensis (palm) oil  0 , Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil  0 , Glycerin  0 , Pinus divaricata (pine) extract  0 , Pinus banksiana (pine) extract (non evaluated), Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract  0 , Blechnum spicant (fern) leaf extract (non evaluated), Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract  0 , Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) leaf extract  0 , Trifolium pratense (clover) flower extract  0 , Acetic Acid  1 , Lathyrus odoratus (sweet pea) flower extract (non evaluated).
  Very uneven in terms of safety, Giovanni products can go also be rated from to 2 to 5 . Most products contain Perfume and Cocamidoropyl Betaine although there are exceptions, such as Giovanni Golden Wheat Shampoo, rated 2 which contains no fragrance. For this brand, you must check the list of ingredients one by one.
The same for Burt’s Bees shampoos,  nice texture and very good smell, but they use syntetic Perfume (Fragrance), rated 4 and above.
  Druide Shampooing Pur&Pure , certified ECOCERT, rated 1 on  Skin Deep ,  250 ml, 13.99 $.
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Extract*, Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Levulinic Acid, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Olea Europeae (Olive) Oil*, Olive Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.
Most Jason shampoos contain Perfume and Cocamidipropyl Betaine , only two shampoos, Cosmectics Jason Natural Fragrance Free and Jojoba & Lemongrass Color Treated Shampoo have a green rating 2 , the others can go up from 3 to 7 on Skin Deep , ceck your product before you buy.
Desert Essence, another brand uneven in the safety of formulas, shampoos contain cocamidopropyl betaine and often a “excusif blend of natural essential oils” listed 4 as an ingredient because of its allergenic potential. Only three products are rated 2 , the others , 3 and 4 . You be the judge!

Many women who have had breast cancer are advised by nurses in hospitals to use the Nioxin shampoo. I verified the composition of the Nioxin shampoo on Skin Deep where it is graded  6 (out of 10, which means “moderate health concern”, the worst being 10 ). It contains many problematic ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, PEGs and parabens. By clicking on the following link   you can see in detail all the ingredients and the respective links on health.

In my opinion, someone who has been ill with cancer (or an auto-immune illness) should only use products graded between 0 and 2 (green colour) whose ingredients are not dangerous for health. Certain conventional products can be effective but the repercussions on the auto-immune system are detrimental. Why take risks?


Another brand on the natural products store’s shelves: Shikai shampoo and conditioner, both of them are rated 3 on Skin Deep , contain fragrance and diazolidinyl urea.

Ten Kiss My Face shampoos are listed 2 on Skin Deep , if you are not allergic to cocamidopropyl betaine , is one of the most affordable choice in the shops.

Some Mill Creek Botanicals  products are listed on Skin Deep but only one has a green rate 1 , the Tea Tree Shampoo , other shampoos and conditioners are rated rather poorly , 5 , 6 and even 8 . I went to see the company web site  if the formulas have been revised, but it does not give us access to the products ingredients lists, we are told what  they do not contain (FREE OF: Parabens, SLS / SLES , Propylene Glycol, Artificial Colors and Fragrances), but not  what they really contain … for products “simply, natural and organic” as they claim, they should give us the INCI ingredients lists on line.


Le Petit Marseillais , impossible to have aces to the list of ingredients of their shampoos on their web site, they contain this and that, and not this and not that, but we can not have the real honest INCI list. I found on the Flacon (French web site)  the list of Le Petit Marseillais Shampooing antipelliculaire   (dandruff shampoo), if the formula is still the same, not good at all!

There are several descriptions of the same company shampoos on Le Flacon that  you can consult, but from what I’ve seen, none is recommended according to the criteria of this Guide of hygiene products and non-toxic cosmetics .


At the pharmacy 

The products of the Cliniderm brand (shampoos, conditioners, creams, etc…) are in all the pharmacies. They do not contain any parabens, dyes, scents, lanoline, formaldehydes or proteins. They are not exemplary but much more recommendable than other products at the pharmacy. Here are the ingredients of soft Shampoo from Cliniderm :
Aqua, Lauryl Glucoside 0 , Coco-Glucoside 0 , Acrylates Copolymer 2 , Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate 0 , Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate 0 , Glycerin 1 , Sucrose Cocoate 0 , Panthenol 1 , Pentylene Glycol 0 , 1,2-Hexanediol 0 , Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate 0 , Disodium EDTA 1 , Caprylyl Glycol 0 , Sodium Hydroxide 1 , Sodium Chloride 0 .Rather clean formula, I have used it for years and I replaced it only to make changes in my life. It can be a good shampoo for all of the family.


Other sources for non toxic shampoos and healthy hair products:

There is Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon, Ecoholic Body  by Adria Vasil and The Truth about Cosmetics (La vérité sur les cosmétiques latest edition) by Rita Stiens are excellent sources of information on non-toxic shampoos. There are many homemade recipes and natural solutions there. In La vérité sur les cosmétiques there is also (for the unbelievers!) some chimical analyzes for some conventional shampoos like:   Nivea Volume Sensation shampoo, L’Oréal Elvive Re-Nutrition Shampoo, John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo. On the site of Rita Stiens web site, you will also find information on organic shampoos and HIP (only in French).


 KARIDERM Hair Growth Serum, 50 ml, 29.95 $

INCI : Aqua, Glycerin 0, Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Root Extract* 0, Silica 0-2, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate 0, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil* 0, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil* 0, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil* 0, Citric Acid 2, Xanthan Gum 0, Dehydroacetic Acid 1, Benzyl Alcohol 5 **, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil* 0, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil* 1, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil* 1, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerin) Oil 0.

* Certified organic by Ecocert

** Conservative authorized by the organic certifications

For healthy hair, I recommend Ghassoul (pronounce “rassoul”) which is a mineral argyle that as been used for millenia, like henna, by Oriental women for their hair and body care. This argyle which is very rich in silicium, magnesium and potassium is found in Morocco, in the vicinity of the City of Fez. One can wash the hair after having left it for about fifteen minutes on the head: it cleans softly and gives volume and brightness to the hair. It is also excellent as a facial mask. I was simply conquered!
Argan   Oil  is also excellent for the hair because it makes it shine and strengthens it. You can find it in certified organic Zorah and it is resulting from fair trade (30 ml, 20$).

Here are some other good oils recommended for their good effect on the hair. For better results, embody your hair in a hot towel and keep it so for 10 to 15 minutes. The heat will stimulate the penetration of the oils in the hair shafts.

- Jojoba oil : strengthens the hair, it stimulates its growth, it restores oily hair and revitalizes dry hair in the same way as oil of hemp does;

- Sesame oil invigorates dry and splitting hair;

- Olive oil regenerates and nourishes hair damaged by bad weather or air pollution;

- Coconut oil stimulates and gives brightness to the hair and can be used in replacement of a conditioner;

- Essential oils from cedar and sweet almond fight dandruff and seborrhoea (one needs to dilute them in vegetable oils);

- Essential oil of ylang-ylang is efficient enough against hair loss;

- and the butters of the shea tree and avocado are excellent for hair care.

A small trick to make the hair shine: dissolve one teaspoon of honey in 75 ml of lukewarm water and one teaspoon of apple cider (or lemon juice), rub the scalp after using Ghassoul or shampoo and rinse.

The environment, human health and shampoos

10500 chemical ingredients enter into the composition of the products known as personal care products (shampoo, products for the bath…). These components end up in nature and come back to us each time we open the tab. Shampoos for animals do not escape this fact. Very often, tensio-actives and preservatives are made by the petro-chemical industry and are not or very little bio-degradable. Water pollution and aquatic life : synthetic tensio-actives like Lauryl Sulfate Ether or Triethanolamine have detrimental effects on algae in fresh water or in sea water (Pavlic et al., 2005), on shellfish and on gasteropodes (Liwarska-Bizukojc et al., 2005). In the same way, synthetic anionic surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate affect the survival, the development and the growth of fish (Rocha et al., 2007). Even if they are bio-degradable like Alkyl Ethoxylate Sulfate, this degradation occurs very slowly (Sibila et al., 2005). Atmospheric Pollution : with regard to ethoxylic components, here the manufacturing process is to be blamed. They are indeed made from an extremely toxic gas, ethylene oxide. If this gas is released in the atmosphere, it contributes to the formation of ozone. It is an irritant for the skin, the eyes and the mucus areas of the body. It causes reproductive disorders and it is probably cancer-causing ( Technical brief , 2005); Risks for human health : they may result from pollution or from contamination at the time of the washing of an animal. Chemical molecules can be dangerous like the phtalates which accumulate in body fat and are responsible for male reproductive disorders (Dalsenter et al. 2006). They are also incriminated in the development of autism according to a recent epidemiologic study undertaken in California. Preservatives like parabens are suspected to be cancer-causing. But the substances of synthesis can also be contaminated by other extremely toxic and cancer-causing substances like  nitrosamines and diethanolamine for DEA Cocamide or Dioxan 1.4 for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Lastly, one has to be suspicious of products containing formaldehyde or its derivatives, derivatives from musk (polycyclic components called ettonolide galaxolides which accumulate in greases), the ethers of glycol and Phenoxy-ethanol (fertility problems).
Of course, animals  are exposed to the same risks. [2]


Non-toxic Conditioners

Oneka Unscented Conditioner manufactured in Quebec by Oneka Elements, rich  herbal formula.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Certified Organic Blend of Calendula Officialis* (Marigold/Calendula)  1 , Arctium Lappa* (Burdock Root)  0 , Salvia Sclarea* (Clary Sage)  0 , Urtica Dioica* (Nettle Leaf)  0 , Rosemary Officialis* (Rosemary)  0 , Wild Harvested Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion)  0 , Wild Harvested Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) 0 , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil  0 , Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) seed oil  2 , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Oil 3, Avena Sativa Kernel Protein  0 , Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Cetyl (Plant) Alcohol 1 , Polyglyceryl-2  Dipolyhydroxystearate  0 , Polyaminopropyl Biguanide  2 .

* Certified Organic Ingredients by Oregon Tilth et QAI.


As for the shampoo, there are also Oneka Lavender Condioner and Oneka Citrus Conditioner,  versions that are scented with  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil  1 and  respectively  Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit)  0 Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)  0 and   Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang)  0 .

Price: 13.99 $, 473ml (16 oz).

  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Citrus Hair Rinse , rated 0 on  Skin Deep , available in the boutiques of natural products.
Ingredients: Organic Acacia Concinna (Shikakai) Extract, Organic Citrus Limon (Lemon) Juice, Organic Coconut Acid, Organic Olive Acid*, Organic Hemp Acid, Potassium Citrate (made with Organic Lemon Juice), Organic Glycerin, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Tocopherol.
Earth Spirit-TM Conditioner for All hair types , Clary Sage, classified “best” by the  Guide To Less Toxic Products , containing plants only.
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Rain/Glacier Water w/proprietary Crystal Vortex Silver enhancement process™), Certified Organic herbal blend: Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Organic Horsetail herb), Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender), Arctium Lappa (Organic Burdock), Tagetes Erecta (Organic Marigold), Rosa Rubiginosa (Organic Rosehip), Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Chamomille), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Organic Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Organic Grapeskin) Extract, Persae Gratissima (Certified Biodynamic Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed (Certified Biodynamic Macadamia) Oil, Certified Organic Lotus bean gum; Salvia Officinialis (Organic Sage), Urtica Dioica (Organic Stinging Nettle), Panax Ginseng Extract (Organic Extracts of Korean Ginseng), Aloes Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera leaf) Juice, Organic Gingko Biloba Leaf, Salvia Officinialis (Organic Sage), Urtica Dioica (Organic Stinging Nettle) Leaf, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Organic Hemp Seed) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Avena Sativa (Oatmeal) Protein, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil Alcohol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Salvia Sclarea (Organic Clary Sage) Oil, Thuya Occidentalis (Cedar Leaf) Oil, Hierochloe Odorata (Sweet Grass) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Hydroxymethylglycinate, Trifolium Pratense (Canadian wildcrafted Red Clover) Oil.
Hugo Naturals Geranium Color Protecting Conditioner  rated 0  on  Skin Deep .
From the same company, Hugo Naturals Balancing Conditioner , Tea Tree & Lavender , the Cococnut Smoothing  & Difinig Conditioner and several others are listed 1 .
  Lavera Hair Care Mango Milk for dyed hair , a pure marvel with a discrete scent, containing butter from the shea and cocoa trees, which makes the hair silky and shiny. For a better result, one has to leave the cream on the hair for five minutes. It is a product which does not have anything to envy from other conventional products in terms of texture, easy-to-use and of efficacy. Here’s the reading of the ingredients in an individual way on Skin Deep. The Perfume and Limonene are not of synthetic but of natural origin resulting from essential oils. Thus, grade 8 of the perfume does not apply here. No certification.
Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol*  0 , Glycerin  1 , Cetearyl Alcohol  1 , Glycine Soja Oil*  0 , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine  1 , Sodium Lactate  4 , Cocos Nucifera Oil*  0 , Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter*  0 , Butyrospermum Parkii*  0 , Persea Gratissima Oil*  0 , Dicaprylyl Ether  0 , Lauryl Alcohol  1 , Lauroyl Sarcosine  1 , Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract*  0 , Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract*  0 , Oryza Sativa Extract*  2 , Gossypium Herbaceum Extract  0 , Biotin  0 , Panthenol  1 , Panthenyl Ethyl Ether  0 , Sodium Hyaluronate  0 , Tartaric Acid  0 , Citric Acid  2 , Lactic Acid  4 , Hydrogenated Lecithin  2 , Tocopherol  2 , Ascorbyl Palmitate  1 , Fragrance (Parfum)  8 **, Limonene**  6 .* resulting from organic agriculture** natural essential oil components
  Weleda Rosemary Conditioner graded 1 on  Skin Deep .
  Botanical Therapeutic Moisturizing Conditioner , Canadian reach herbal product manufactured by Carina Corporation, recommended for dry scalp, eczema, psoriasis and anti dandruff, 360 ml, $ 19.99
Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Pinus divaricata (pine) extract, Pinus banksiana (pine) extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Echinacea purpurea flower extract, Urtica dioca (nettle) leaf extract, Trifolium pretense (clover) flower extract, Acetic Acid, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Curcurbita pepo (pumpkin) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Beeswax
  Kiss My Face Big Body Revitalisant Volumisant , rated   2 .


Other conditioners such as Burt’s Bees Hair Repair, Shea and Grapefruit Deep Conditioner , Aubrey Organic Chamomile and some Andalou Naturals are listed 2 . Here is the link to learn more!

Avalon Organics OLIVE & GRAPE SEED Extra Moisturizing Fragrance Free Conditioner Organic rated  2 on  Skin Deep .


Nature Clean  Herbal Conditioner Unscented and  Dessert Essence  Tea Tree Replenishing Conditioner, Peppermint & Yuca are also rated   2 .



With regard to the PHYTO PARIS brand, sold almost everywhere in the shops of natural products and specialized in hair care products, the new ones are rather tepid. Apart from Phytoneutre Shampoo Cream graded 2 on  Skin Deep  (which contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine), all of the other Phyto and Lierac products are graded by Skin Deep, rather badly.

You may have heard of the chic luxury products available online John Masters , some of which are certified USDA Organic. I approached the New York company, but they do not send me samples, so I can not tell you more …


To avoid:

Redken Blond Glam Shampooing , rated  10 , highest degree of danger on  Skin Deep , many shampoos of the same brand are not well-graded on Skin Deep, go see the ingredients. Take your shampoo with you to the hairdresser…

Among the popular conditioners popular, several   Garnier Fructis contain fragrance and parabens,   Neutrogena Triple Renewal Weightless Conditioner is rated 9  and also contains fragrance and parabens and several L’Oreal , Paul Mitchell and Pantene Pro-V  as well.

PHYTO Phytonectar Ultra Nourishing Shampoo, Ultra-Dry Hair , classified  8 on   Skin Deep.
Ingredients: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (Botanical Origin), Hypericum Perforatum Extract (Millepertuis) (Botanical Origin), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Botanical Origin), Magnesium Laureth Sulfate (Botanical Origin), Disodium Cocamphodiacetate (Botanical Origin), PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Botanical Origin), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Botanical Origin), PEG 4 Rapeseed amide (Botanical Origin), PEG 15 Cocopoliamine (Botanical Origin), Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (Botanical Origin), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Botanical Origin), Citrus Amara (Orange) Flower Essential Wax (Botanical Origin), Ceteareth 60 Myristyl Glycol , Sodium Laureth 11 Carboxylate (Botanical Origin), Laureth 10 (Botanical Origin), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (Botanical Origin), Panthenol, Polyquaternium 10 (Botanical Origin), Tetra sodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parabens (Ethyl, Butyl (Preservative) , Methylchloroisothiazolinone (Preservative) , Fragrance (Parfum) .
Neutrogena Shampooing Thérapeutique T/GEL , rated  8 on   Skin Deep.
Ingredients: 2% Neutar Solubilized Coal Tar Extract (0.5% Coal Tar) .Non actifs Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamide DEA , Laureth 4, Fragrance , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA.
Among the conditioners in the red on  GoodGuide , St. Ives Swiss Formula Hair Repair Split Mender, Leave-In Conditioning Treatment , graded 0/10 for health because of the following ingredients:
Ingredients : Water, Isopropyl Alcohol , Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Keratin Amino Acids, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate , Lecithin, Polyquaternium-11, Cysteine, Matricaria Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Extract, Acetamide MEA, Laneth-40, Olealkonium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Tallow Trimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Soy Sterol, Wild Mint Oil, Methylparaben , Nonoxynol-10 , Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbonate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Fragrance .

See the worst conditioners on Skin Deep .



Guide of non-toxic hygiene, beauty and cosmetic products


[1] ↑   Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a controversial ingredient, classified as “tensio-active soft” by Rita Stiens, 2 smiles and orange ( 5 ) by Skin Deep, with consequences for the immune system and causing allergies since it is absorbed in an increased way by the skin. I quote it because it caused quite some problems in my youth to me and, after many tests, one noted that I was allergic to it.

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[3] ↑ Informations published by Adria Vasil in Ecoholic Body , pages 132 and 133

7 thoughts on “ Non Toxic Shampoos and Conditioners

  1. I have contend a dermal problem and was advised to change to dove soap and condition. How did you rate this soap?
    Thank you for your information on the internet…very good information.

  2. Acure Organics’ Moroccan argan oil + stem cell shampoo and conditioner are the absolute best hands down. There are 0 bad ingredients and just so many good things about the company itself. I have been using their products since the end of March and my hair and face have never been in such good condition (:

  3. I’m surprised tetrasodium EDTA isn’t highlighted in red/listed as a danger. It’s the known carcinogen formaldehyde mixed with sodium cyanide (sodium cyanide is derived from the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide), or sodium hydroxide (aka caustic soda or lye, a known skin irritant), or acrylic copolymer (most commonly used as an adhesive), or other nasty things found (on the verge of 2015) in (among other shampoos, etc) Johnson’s baby shampoo (so much for getting toxins out of baby-oriented products as of 2011, huh J & J?). For example, the words ‘baby’, ‘gentle’, and ‘calming’ are on their baby shampoos, so one might presume the shampoo isn’t loaded with toxins, eco-toxins, carcinogens. And one would be mistaken. Europe has banned these cheap additives. Why is North America so negligent.. I mean slow to respond.

  4. Oh my! Thank you so much for this list. You did all the hard work for me in looking up the ingredients ratings on EWG. I just started going chemical free and have been trying to find new products to take the place of the others. Thanks again!

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