I have been scouring store shelves for healthier, more natural beauty and home products for about five years now. I decided to get rid of the day to day products we use that are full of chemicals and unhealthy additives. That includes beauty products we put on our skin and in our hair as well as products we use to clean our home. After all, why expose ourselves and our children and pets to chemicals when there are much healthier products that work as good or better. I will be sharing my favorite products each week starting with my favorite shampoos and conditioners. I am constantly trying new products but of all of the many healthier and more natural shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried over the years, the following three brands are the ones that I always go back to.
I absolutely LOVE Avalon Organic’s aromatic shampoos scented with essential oils! They contain organic ingredients and are vegan, biodegradable, hypo-allergenic, dermatologist tested, have no parabens, harsh preservatives, phthalates, synthetic colours or fragrances, and are not tested on animals. My personal favorites are the nourishing lavender (if you love lavender, this has the most amazing lavender scent), the volumizing rosemary (this also smells wonderful) and the clarifying lemon (with a lemony fresh scent that really wakes you up.) I have fine hair and I find the shampoo is nice and light. I will say that their conditioner isn’t as conditioning as the other two brands so it may not be quite enough to condition easily tangled hair. So overall, a great product with the best smells, like aromatherapy in a shampoo bottle!
Andelou Naturals is another product that is certified organic, 98% nature derived, non GMO, verified gluten free, vegan and cruelty free (not tested on animals). My favorite is the lavender & biotin (I am kind of addicted to lavender). They use fruit stem cell complex and lavender to refresh and biotin B-complex to nourish your hair. That sounds great but more importantly, does it work and how does it smell. I will tell you that it has a wonderful fresh lavender smell and it really makes my hair feel great, and gives it a nice shine. I especially love the conditioner, my hair hair is left super smooth and easy to comb through.
I also use Andalou Natural’s thickening spray, body butter (Kukui Cocoa) and most recently, I’ve added their Age Defying Hyaluronic DMAE Lift and Firm Cream as well as the Night Repair Cream to my daily facial care regimen. Now that I’m 40, I figured I should try a cream with a little more oomph than what I was using so I’m giving these a try…I’ll let you know what I think in a month or two.
Nature Clean is one of the latest brands I’ve tried and really like. As with the others, this is a healthier product without parabens, sulphates, propylene glycol, silicone, PEG, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or dyes and is 99% natural. It is also vegan and is not tested on animals. I have used the Pure-Body shampoo and conditioner which adds volume to fine hair with rice protein. I do feel that my hair feels like it has a little extra volume and the conditioner leaves my hair soft and silky smooth. As for the smell, it has a really refreshing scent that reminds me of the smell of the high end hair products hair stylists use to wash your hair at a salon. If you don’t love a floral scented shampoo, this is a nice alternative.
So if you’re looking to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner and try something more natural, I would recommend all of these brands for happy hair:)