First we tackled deodorants, then toothpastes, and now Terri and I have submitted our follicles to endless rounds of essential oil-scented lather in order to bring you this review of natural shampoos. All shampoos were rated on a scale of 1 to 10 with points awarded in four categories: user experience (i.e. texture, lather, and fragrance) was worth up to 2 points, hair appearance post-use (no conditioner or other products allowed!) was worth 4, natural/organic street cred (environmental impact plus safety of ingredients) was worth 3, and there was 1 point that could be added for good value, recycled packaging, exceptional ingredients, and the like. All 15 below scored 6 or better, which means we liked them!
If you missed the full explanation of our reviews on today's show and you want more information to guide your shopping, read on for some tips and links to more resources.
- For a quick primer on the ingredients found in shampoos, Terressentials has a great breakdown.
- While nearly all terms on personal care product packaging are unregulated, the USDA Organic seal does ensure that a product is made with 95 percent organic ingredients and applies strict limits on what's in the other five percent.
- Even if you don't shop there, it's worth consulting Whole Foods industry-leading requirements for personal care products.
- Get more information from the fun and fact-packed blog No More Dirty Looks and the Environmental Working Group's comprehensive Cosmetics Database, which allows you to look up any product or ingredient and read about its safety.
If after all this you're tired of shampoo altogether, consider following No More Dirty Looks co-author Alexandra Spunt's lead and don't wash your hair at all. She keeps her curly hair healthy with baking soda rinses, just one tablespoon to a glass of water. It doesn't get more natural, or cheaper, than that.
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