There are a surprising number of toxic ingredients in shampoo, which is why using a nontoxic shampoo is a good idea. Most shampoos contain harmful endocrine disruptors that can cause thyroid problems, reproductive problems, and growth problems. Also, many shampoos contain ingredients that are harmful to the environment like sulfates, which have a negative impact on aquatic environments. Because of these health and environmental problems that can occur from ingredients in shampoo, switching to a nontoxic shampoo is a great alternative. Fortunately, there are many great choices.
Soap for Goodness Sake is a company that is located in Oklahoma and makes organic, hand-made soaps and shampoo bars. Until recently, I had never heard of shampoo bars; however, they are a great choice if you are looking for nontoxic shampoo. The shampoo bars made by Soap for Goodness Sake have very few ingredients. For example, the Babassu Shampoo and Body Bar has water and babassu oil. Clearly, it is very pure. The only note the company makes about shampoo bars is they tend to work best for people with shorter hair and soft water. If you don’t fit into that category do not despair. There are plenty of other options.
Miessence is a nontoxic shampoo that is made in Australia. There are several different types of shampoo in the Miessence line, each helpful for different hair needs. The shampoos are all made from plant extracts and are very safe, even for children. One of the great things about these shampoos is they are all gluten free, which is wonderful for those have celiac disease.
3 Ava Anderson
Ave Anderson is a company that was started by Ava, a young woman who became concerned with the ingredients in beauty products when she was just 14. The Baby Shampoo and Wash made by the Ava Anderson company has very few ingredients, with the main ingredient being coconut oil. While this is a baby shampoo, it is not just for babies. This shampoo can be used by anyone as a gentle way to clean hair.
4 Carina Organics
The shampoos made by the Vancouver based Carina Organics are all made with certified organic plant extracts. They are hypoallergenic, vegan, paraben free, soy free, gluten free, and dye free. These shampoos are even cruelty free! Aside from all of these great attributes, Carina Organics shampoos have very few ingredients, and there are five different shampoos to choose from depending on your hair type.
5 Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve
Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve is another company that makes shampoo bars. The shampoo bars made by this company are all natural and include essential oils. They have quite a few shampoo bars to choose from. One of the more interesting bars is the Honey, Beer, and Eggs shampoo bar. This bar does indeed have honey, beer, and eggs, all of which are supposed to prevent damage and add shine to hair. Although Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve makes unique shampoo bars, they also make more traditional ones.
6 Intelligent Nutrients PureLuxe Shampoo
Intelligent Nutrients is founded by the man responsible for Aveda, Horst M. Rechelbacher. With an interest in natural cosmetics, beauty products, and hair care spanning decades, he shifted focus to Intelligent Nutrients in the late 1990s. The company has many shampoos, conditioners, and other products, but PureLuxe is a nourishing, smooth shampooing cream that is nontoxic and free of sulfates. Its all-natural ingredients include geranium, ylang ylang, and lemongrass.
7 Face Naturals
The shampoos made by Face Natures are free of any toxic ingredients that are harmful and could strip hair of natural oils. Face Naturals uses very simple ingredients, which include coconut oil, safflower oil, olive oil, essential oils, guar gum, and vegetable glycerin. There are 6 different shampoos, including the divine sounding acai berry and lime. One unique aspect about Face Naturals is they will custom blend skin care products, which isn’t relevant to shampoo but still worth mentioning.
If you are looking for a nontoxic shampoo, any of these would be a great option. Switching to a nontoxic shampoo is a much healthier choice for both you and the environment. I myself am considering tossing my regular shampoo in favor of a nontoxic version. Do you try to avoid toxic ingredients in your beauty products?