African Black Soap, Eucalyptus Tea Tree
Azadirachta indica (Neem) Leaf* Aqueous Extract, Lauryl Glucoside, Saponified Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter* and Elaeis guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil*†, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil
Alaffia’s Authentic African Black Soap is likened to the home remedies of Togolese mamans. It’s made from a centuries-old recipe of handcrafted fair trade and certified organic unrefined, "raw" shea butter and Orangutan-safe West African palm oil, and enhanced with eucalyptus and tea tree oils. Suitable for any skin type, even the most sensitive.Buy on Thrive • $12.99 Buy on Amazon • $20.94
INNERSENSE - Natural Hydrating Hair bath Shampoo
Water/aqua/eau, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Plumeria Acutifolia (Monoi) Flower Extract*, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Vanillin, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Persia Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Linalool†, Limonene† *Certified Organic †A Natural Component Of Essential Oils
Boost hydration in thick, coarse and damaged hair with raw shea butter and avocado, sage, monoi and tamanu oils. Restore the cuticle with nourishing emollients that soften and smooth texture. Deeply hydrating, this silicone-free formula leaves hair bouncy and healthy and is ideal for all thirsty hair types and textures.Buy on Amazon • $28.00
EVOLVh - Natural UltraShine Moisture Shampoo
Water, Decyl Glucoside‡, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine‡, Lauryl Glucoside‡, Coco-Glucoside‡, Seaweed Extract†, Citrus Aurantifolia Oil*, Lecithin*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Soy Amino Acids†, Vitamin C from Rosa Mosqueta (Rose) Hip Oil*, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract†, Melilotus Offincialis (Sweet Clover) Extract†, Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Extract†, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract†, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract‡, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)†, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract†, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter*, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil‡, Nasturtium Officinale (Nasturtium) Extract†, Prunus Percisa Nectarina Fruit (Nectarine) Extract†, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit (Passion Flower) Extract†, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil†, Dehydroacetic Acid*, Benzyl Alcohol*
A luxurious color-safe shampoo for all hair types that visibly smooths, increases shine and elasticity, and transforms texture to youthful softness. Known as the "no brainer" clean haircare shampoo, it's the most effective sulfate-free, gluten-free and vegan shampoo available. This beloved fan-favorite shampoo normalizes hair by adapting to what you need most. A custom blend of nourishing antioxidants, plus amino and fatty acids, work from within to give you your healthiest hair ever.Buy on Amazon • $30.00
Christina Moss Naturals - Clarifying Shampoo with Rosemary
Filtered Water, Decyl Glucoside (Polyglucose), Certified Organic Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Safflower Oil, Certified Organic Castor Bean Oil, Potassium Hydroxide (this is removed in the final product through the process of saponification), Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract.
They use nature’s botanicals to gently but thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping or drying any of its needed oils. Moisturizes while removing build up and leaves your hair soft and smooth. Also washes out easily.Buy on Amazon • $22.97
Ingredients to avoid when looking for the safest and non toxic shampoo.
Sulfates, particularly Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, are harsh cleansing agents commonly used in shampoos. They create a rich, foamy lather, but can also strip hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness, brittleness, and potential scalp irritation.
Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetic products, including shampoos. However they’re controversial because they can mimic estrogen in the body, potentially contributing to hormonal imbalances. They're also not eco-friendly as they persist in the environment.
Also known as table salt, Sodium Chloride is often used as a thickening agent in shampoos containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It can dry out your scalp and hair and is particularly harmful for people with sensitive skin or scalp conditions like eczema.
Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)
PEGs are petroleum-based compounds used as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. They can strip hair of its natural moisture and proteins, making it brittle and lifeless. Not to mention, PEG and other emulsifiers like DEA and TEA have potential toxic effects
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to prevent bacteria growth. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to allergic skin reactions and possible cancer.
Certain alcohols like isopropyl alcohol and ethanol can be extremely drying and irritating to the hair and scalp. They strip away the natural oils from your hair, leading to dry, frizzy strands.
Synthetic Fragrances and Colors
These are often added to shampoos to make them smell nice and look appealing. However, they can cause allergic reactions, scalp irritations, and have been linked to various health issues.
A type of silicone, dimethicone is used in shampoos to smooth and add shine to hair. While it might make your hair look glossy initially, over time, it can weigh down hair, leading to limp, lifeless locks and buildup that is hard to remove.
This is a synthetic surfactant derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. It can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions in some people, and its manufacturing process can lead to the creation of a carcinogenic byproduct.
Is an antibacterial agent sometimes found in shampoos. It's worth avoiding because it can disrupt the endocrine system and negatively impact the environment.
Remember, while it's important to be aware of these ingredients, everyone's hair and scalp react differently to different products. Always do a patch test if you're trying a new product or if you have sensitive skin.