The 7 Best Organic or Natural Shampoos to Buy in 2017

UPDATED JULY 2017 | BY HANNAH REID

Of all the products we use on our bodies, commercial shampoo turns out to have the most harmful and potentially carcinogenic chemicals.  The main ingredients in most regular shampoos include two potentially harmful chemicals you may have heard about, and want to avoid: sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) and parabens.

The good news is that many new and effective natural and organic alternatives to SLS and paraben-free shampoos have emerged over the last decade. These shampoos are primarily based on essential oils and other natural compounds.  

We've picked our 7 favorite organic and natural shampoos for you below.  Our list of includes amazing shampoos for moisture, volume, dandruff, your kids, and many other needs.

Best Overall: Acure Organics Hydrating Argan Oil Shampoo, 8 oz.

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This hydrating, organic argan oil-based shampoo from our favorite natural beauty and skincare brand Acure Organics is our top choice on the market.

It beautifully softens and repairs hair using Morrocan argan oil, argan stem cells, CoQ10, sea buckthorn oil and pumpkin seed oil. It is free of sulfates, parabens and any preservatives.

Organic shampoos are known to have minimal lather, but Acure's beats any other we've tried.  Customers love this top-rated shampoo, with many raving about how it helps tame their curls and frizz and its light, sweet smell.  Check Amazon Price >>

Best Tea Tree Oil Shampoo: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Calming Shampoo, 18 oz.

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Tea tree oil is a legendary natural remedy and is widely known for strengthening hair and unclogging hair follicles.  Tea trees, or Melaleuca alternifolia, are native to Australia, and the oil from their leaves has been used to shampoo and clean hair since aboriginal days.

Nature's Gate's Tea Tree Shampoo combines Tea Tree oil with Sea Buckthorn Oil and natural herbs to create a soothing, gentle shampoo that smells delicious.  

It isn't organic, but it is SLS and paraben-free. It comes in an 18 oz. bottle and is the best value per ounce on our list.  Check Amazon Price >>

Best Ingredient Safety: Acure Organics Mint Volumizing Shampoo, 8 oz.

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Acure's minty shampoo is our top organic pick for ingredient safety, and is a great volumizer as well.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an amazing resource to use for assessing beauty product risk - their scientists review 80k+ personal care products for ingredient safety. They've rated Acure Organics' Mint Shampoo a 1 out of 10 for risk, making it the safest shampoo we recommend!

The four main ingredients are mint, echinacea quinoa protein and argan oil. Users report that it adds volume and makes thicker hair look fuller, and we love the minty smell!  Check Amazon Price >>

Best for Babies: Everyday Shea Fair Trade Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, 16 oz.

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This gentle shampoo and body-wash is specifically formulated for kids and uses minimal ingredients.

Everyday Shea uses a blend of unrefined shea butter and unrefined virgin coconut oil as their main ingredients, plus lemon balm and lavender essential oil.  The shea butter is Certified Fair Trade, and 10% of EveryDay Shea sales are donated to support its parent company Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care's poverty alleviation work in West Africa.

Moms love this simple all-natural shampoo for their kids, and some adult reviewers even report switching to it themselves! Check Amazon Price >>

Best for Dry Hair: Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo, 8 oz.

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This natural coconut-oil based shampoo isn't completely organic, but many of its key ingredients are, and it is SLS, paraben, and preservative-free.

We love the three oils in this shampoo and their ability to clean and repair very dry hair: coconut, jojoba and olive oil.  They also have a very soothing and moisturizing effect on itchy scalps.

A little of this shampoo goes a long way, as many buyers have reported that you only need a tiny dab per shower, which means you'll get extra bang for your buck. Check Amazon Price >>

Best for Dandruff: Jason Natural Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo, 12 oz.

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This dandruff shampoo from the high-end Jason Natural brand is incredibly effective at managing dandruff and stands out in the market.  It's paraben, SLS and preservative-free, though not completely organic, and one of the best-reviewed natural shampoos on the market.

Jason Natural's dandruff-relief shampoo is FDA compliant and also helps manage scalp dermatitis.  It includes Rosemary, Olive and Jojoba essential oils to naturally soothe the scalp.  Users find it extremely effective, with several reporting that their entire family has switched to it, and that they only have to use it once every two days to keep dandruff down. Check Amazon Price >>

Best Dry Shampoo: Acure Organics Dry Shampoo, 1.7 oz

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The last entry on our list isn't a traditional shampoo, but can be a lifesaver when you don't have time to wash your hair or don't want to overwash and strip it of essential oils.

This dry shampoo from Acure uses similar ingredients to our hydrating best shampoo pick: argan stem cells and CoQ10 increase your hair's keratin and moisture, while arrowroot powder and natural corn starch absorb oil and counter dirt and grime.

The dry shampoo comes out in a white powder, so you have to work it into your hair with a comb, but with less than a minute of brushing it should do the trick.  Like all our picks, it is SLS and paraben-free.  Check Amazon Price >>


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