On the hunt for the best eco friendly shampoos and conditioners?
Luckily, ethical consumption is now easier than ever. It’s not just about what you put in your body but what you put on it, right?!
So, whether you have dry or oily hair (or anything in between) there are environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner brands on here that will do the trick, without leaving a stain on your conscience.
If you’re not familiar with how we compile these guides, have a read at the bottom of the article here.
For a wider range of ethical hair products, check out our article on sustainable and eco friendly haircare products.
About Ethique Eco Friendly Conditioner and Shampoo Bars
Having been converted to bars thanks to Friendly Soap whilst living in London Ethique got our attention as they’re so widely available.
Now we regularly buy them and they’re surely one of the best cruelty free vegan shampoo and conditioner bars around.
There are a number of options to choose from too.
Their palm oil free bars are also way more concentrated than regular products so they last up to six times longer!
Huge bang for your buck and it seems they’re very very popular across the board with high ratings on all the major online retailers.
Ethique is a 2015-founded brand originating from New Zealand, Christchurch. Thankfully their products are available around the world. They specialize in all things bar related. Or rather their range of eco friendly products all come in bar form (from facial cleansers to scrubs to natural deodorants)!
They’re also super sustainable and tick each and every one of our boxes!
As mentioned above, they’re not only certified cruelty free and vegan, but also palm oil free, plastic free and use minimal, sustainable and biodegradable (make sure you toss this in your compost!) packaging for everything.
That’s not all though they’re also certified climate neutral and donate 2% of revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity. How good is that?! Seriously.
Check our their story here for more info on this crazy cool brand!
2. CONSCIOUS SKINCARE
About Conscious Skincare Eco Friendly Shampoo
Conscious Skincare has a range of skin and hair products to choose from. In their shampoo and conditioner lineup, they offer the Natural Organic Shampoo, the Natural Organic Conditioner, Organic Certified Argan Oil and a gift pack containing all three.
These ethical hair care products which all have rave reviews are organic, palm oil free, cruelty free and vegan.
About Conscious Skincare
Conscious Skincare is a very impressive brand from an ethical standpoint.
Founded by Rebecca who so kindly took the time to write us a detailed breakdown of the brand’s ethos.
In summary, all their products are 100% cruelty free, 95% organic, palm oil free and vegan friendly (except for one of their shampoos which contains honey).
Whilst their packaging is not zero waste, they have put a lot of thought and care into it to ensure it’s recyclable (and also appears to not be made of tin which is much more sustainable thank plastic).
Their award winning product range is worth checking out and sharing with your friends and family (eco-warriors or not)!
3. DR BRONNER’S
About Dr Bronner’s All-in-One Environmentally Friendly Shampoo
Dr Bronner’s is one of our favorite brands. Their 18-In-1 organic sustainable shampoo (which doubles as a liquid soap) is made of organic ingredients.
It’s got to be one of the most versatile products around. From washing clothes to washing hair and more, it really is a fantastic option for the sustainably minded.
In fact, we used this while traveling on our honeymoon as a soap, shampoo and laundry detergent and it worked really well. Dr Bronner’s also has a leave in conditioner if you need a little more moisturizing.
About Dr Bronner’s
Certified B-corp Dr Bronner’s is one of the most sustainable brands around. Their large range of skin and hair care products are organic, cruelty free, vegan, and ethically sourced via Fair Trade channels.
Even the palm oil, while not RSPO sourced or certified, is sustainably harvested from small farmlands in Ghana via organic processing. The plants are based on a traditional system commonly used by women entrepreneurs.
This animation explains this Fair-Trade palm oil well.
Dr Bronner’s packaging is not zero waste but is made of post consumer recycled materials.
They also support a range of charities.
4. FRIENDLY SOAP
About Friendly Soap Vegan Shampoo Bars
As of February 2020, Friendly Soap has two vegan shampoo bars: The Lavender & Geranium and the Lavender & Tea Tree. Both products are cruelty free, palm oil free, vegan and 100% natural (free of parabens, sulphates, triclosan and phthalates).
Less is also more with Friendly Soap.
They only use a handful of ingredients: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils, water. We’ve used both (of course!) and can confirm they’re foamy and effective.
And if you have thin or brittle hair, not to worry this product won’t dry your precious locks out.
About Friendly Soap
Based in the UK, Friendly Soap is an award winning vegan and cruelty free soap bar maker.
All of their products are 100% natural and palm oil free.
Their packaging is made of recycled materials and is also recyclable. Their products are made using the old school cold press method which ensures there are zero by-products!
5. LIVING NATURALLY
About Living Naturally Ethical Sustainable Shampoos
Living Naturally make a range of sustainable shampoo products (bars and liquid). Their key ingredient is soap nuts soap.
They also have a number of hair treatments including an organic vegan herbal hair rinse conditioner. All their products are cruelty free, vegan, palm oil free and free of synthetic chemicals.
About Living Naturally
Living Naturally was the first soapnut apothecary in the world. It was founded to provide biodegradable, hypoallergenic, sustainable and environmentally friendly shampoo products (including for cleaning and personal care).
Their range is super impressive. It’s all Palm oil free, vegan, cruelty free, organic (or biodynamic) and gluten free.
Living Naturally also put a lot of thought and care into their sourcing policies and their packaging (they cater to those living a zero waste lifestyle).
More broadly they focus on being as sustainable as they possibly can be. They also give generously to a wide variety of charities!
Note: This brand is 100% Vegetarian and most of their products are Vegan. Hair care products listed below are all 100% Vegan
About Odylique Vegan Cruelty Free Shampoos
These vegan cruelty free shampoos are also palm oil free and come in recycled bottles.
Odylique by Essential Care has a comprehensive range of products including makeup, skincare and haircare available. They also tick each of our sustainability criteria being cruelty free, organic and palm oil free.
The majority of their range is also suitable for vegans.
About Ecostore Eco Friendly Liquid Shampoo and Conditioner
Ecostore’s entire range of products are vegan and cruelty free. There are a number of options to choose from based on your hair needs.
Before moving onto bars, we used their ethical shampoos and conditioners for years and found them to be very effective.
Based in New Zealand, Ecostore is a multi-award winning brand that was launched in 1993 in an eco-village. They have a huge range of home and body products including haircare, skincare, and even kosher-certified dish soap options.
All their products are natural, cruelty free and vegan (with the exception of a small few that are not vegan) and contain genuinely sustainable palm oil.
In effort to fully manage the palm oil supply chain, they work directly with suppliers. These suppliers are requires to meet RSPO and GreenPalm requirements (which if followed correctly would ensure a sustainable palm oil industry). They are also contractually required to not harvest from high, medium or low carbon stock forest areas.
This organization is constantly looking to innovate, as seen in their sugarcane plastic bottles, renewable energy powered factory, ethical ingredient sourcing, and FSC-certified packaging.
*Note: All shampoos and conditioners are palm oil free, but palm oil may be present from processing in a small selection of other Mukti products. See below for which ones.
About Mukti Botanique Shampoo and Conditioner
Mukti offers a single vegan, cruelty free and organic shampoo and conditioner.
This dynamic duo is gluten, nut, wheat and silicone free and is probably the best cruelty free vegan shampoo for color treated hair.
Mukti has a range of vegan and cruelty free haircare, skincare and body care products.
Their products are 75%+ organic and free of synthetic additives or chemicals.
They also strive for ethical sourcing. As they write on their website, “Above and beyond organic certification, we conduct a stringent internal auditing process for all raw materials received.”
Everything is made in their custom built GMP factory in the small, rural Australian town Maleny.
While their palm oil policy isn’t super clear on their website, a brand rep told us directly that all products are palm oil free but “palm oil may be used for processing raw ingredients” in a few of their skincare products, but any entities responsible for these products are RSPO certified.
Regardless, potential palm products to be on the lookout for include: Balancing Cleansing Gel, Botanique Wash, Orange Blossom Balancing Mist, Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist, Rosehip Eye Gel, Botanique Lotion, Deep Cleanse Mask, Balancing/Hydrating/Tinted/Daily Moisturizers, Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, and Marigold Hydrating Creme.
Plus, because they “believe tithing is an important aspect of any business” they use i = change, to donate to various organizations helping disadvantaged girls and young women.
Finally, their biophotonic violet glass packaging is both reusable and recyclable. It filters out harmful rays that can degrade products over time, which in turn naturally extends shelf life without needing preservatives.
All their other shipping packaging is recyclable too.
*Note: We have attempted to confirm these polcies with the brand
About Sudsatorium Cruelty Free Vegan Shampoos and Conditioners
Sudsatorium have over 40 vegan and organic shampoos and conditioners to choose from.
They also get the award for the most creatively named shampoos and conditioners like “Sweet Chai of Mine” and “Okra Winfrey”
All Sudsatorium products are made without toxic ingredients like, synthetics, synthetic fragrances or preservatives.
If you think 40 shampoos is impressive, Sudsatorium have over 200 vegan, cruelty free and organic beauty products in total.
They put animals, the environment and the communities they source from at the center of their business ethos. This means both ethically source their ingredients, as well as supporting small, grassroots charities and projects working on behalf of the environment, animal protection and human rights.
They do away with packaging wherever they can and otherwise use post consumer recycled materials that are 100% recyclable (but not compostable).
About Yarok Natural Vegan Shampoo and Conditioner
Yarok has a small but good looking range of all natural vegan shampoos and conditioners. Each product caters to a different need (e.g. volumizing and moisturizing).
The entire range is made of largely organic and all natural ingredients and is free of alcohol, parabens, sulfates, chemicals and gluten.
It also goes without saying that all products are vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, SLS-free, and palm oil-free.
Founded by Mordechai Alvow who is many things including a Certified Aromatherapist and Celebrity Hairstylist. Yarok specialize in natural, cruelty free and vegan haircare.
These vegan haircare products are “formulated exclusively from organic, wild crafted and otherwise responsibly harvested plant ingredients that are handpicked for their medicinal and sensory benefits, and are sourced from pristine locales around the world”.
A full 3% of all Yarok’s profits go directly to benefiting Pachamama Alliance and protecting the Amazon Rainforest.
About Acure Ethical Shampoo and Conditioner
Acure Organics make cruelty free, palm oil free and organic vegan shampoo and conditioners.
They’re available in a wide range of specific options to suit different hair types and styling needs, such as full body, clarifying, ultra hydrating, smoothing, volume, dry shampoo, and brunettes-specific options.
We’ve tried the Ultra Hydrating range and it’s as good as the name suggests.
All Acure Organics palm oil free shampoos and conditioners are also sulfate and paraben free – a must for any truly natural product.
Their packaging is recyclable but not zero waste.
Based in the USA, Acure Organics is a family owned business specializing in skincare, hair care and body care products.
Their products are cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free. Many of the ingredients they use are USDA certified organic.
They also source ingredients from fair trade suppliers where possible and support charities.
12. GREEN PEOPLE
*Note: We have attempted to confirm these polcies with the brand
About Green People Organic Vegan Shampoo and Conditioner
Green People have a huge range of vegan organic shampoo and conditioners. The entire range is SLS free and mostly organic.
We tried the 81.3% Organic Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner, infused with ingredients like Yucca and Marshmallow and… we loved it!
The conditioner in particular was so moisturizing and helped a lot with my knotty locks.
About Green People
Green People specialize in organic, chemical free beauty products. They have an impressive range that includes hair care, skincare and makeup.
All their products are cruelty free and organic / natural. Many of them are also vegan friendly.
Their vegan products do contain palm oil. However, the palm oil is sourced from countries where there are no native orang-utans. And since this ingredient is certified organic it is required to be grown and harvested sustainably. We’ve tried to reach out to them but have been unsuccessful in getting more info on this.
Green People’s packaging is not compostable or zero waste. They support a variety of charities from children’s hospice to marine conservation.
About Miessence Organic Vegan Shampoo Conditioner
Miessence have a small range of organic, vegan and cruelty free shampoo and conditioners. It may take a while for your hair to detox (i.e. it may feel dry and knotty) because of the organic ingredients.
Miessence also recommend their Hair Clarifying Rinse (which we have tried) to help with this detox process.
Miessence was the world’s first certified organic cosmetic and skincare range. All their products are organic, cruelty free and vegan (with the exception of a handful that contain organic beeswax).
They actually even 110% carbon negative, because they use renewable wind energy and only source ingredients from fair trade protected growers.
Their packaging is made of recycled materials and is also recyclable.
DO CRUELTY FREE VEGAN SHAMPOOS WORK FOR OILY OR DRY SCALPS?
Depending on the weather, we get both. In winter, our hair is dry (Melbourne is usually very dry!) and in summer, it’s oily (especially when exercising regularly).
The great thing is that we don’t need to rely on hair products that are manufactured by brands or companies that don’t align with our values (or use ingredients that are not vegan friendly).
The best vegan shampoos and conditioners for oily or dry hair are made using safe and non-toxic ingredients.
HAVE AN OILY SCALP – CRUELTY FREE VEGAN SHAMPOO IDEAS
For oily hair, it’s about using products with ingredients that don’t strip your locks completely of its oils. Remember, you need a certain amount to protect your hair from the elements. It’s a balancing act that can swing with the seasons!
Our top recommendation would be Ethique for a restorative and balanced treatment.
Another brand to try is Dr Bronner’s. We’ve been long time fans of this exceptional vegan brand. The citric acid in their vegan shampoo does a great job of reducing oily byproducts on your scalp. But at the same time, conditions your hair with their organic jojoba oil and organic coconut oil.
Just remember that it’s not only about finding the right shampoo it’s also about frequency. If you wash your hair too often, despite using a nourishing or volumizing product, it will eventually have a negative impact and may make your hair more oily.
For some people, it’s once a day, while for others, once a week. It’s a bit of trial and error but finding the right sustainable vegan shampoo brand will go a long way to helping you manage a healthy head of hair.
HAVE A DRY SCALP – CRUELTY FREE VEGAN SHAMPOO IDEAS
We find it easier to manage dry hair (which is, as we said, weather dependent for us here in Melbourne). So as long as we’re regularly using a natural product that has the right ingredients.
There are a bunch of tried and tested ingredients that effectively repair split ends, brittle or frizzy hair that’s had the life sucked out of it! Look out for:
- olive oil
- argon oil
- coconut oil
- aloe vera
- jojoba oil
- macadamia oil
Again, Ethique is our go to for a nourishing, moisturizing vegan shampoo and conditioner.
HAVE DANDRUFF OR SCALP PROBLEMS?
Dandruff. Everybody, at least once in their lifetime, will experience the joys of this inconvenient (and embarrassing) seborrhoeic dermatitis condition.
There are a few bad habits that usually contribute to the little white flakes that develop. Brushing your hair and shampooing too often, eczema, psoriasis, and even a yeast infection.
To combat this, it’s best to look for a product that contains a solid vegan moisturizing base with a touch of salicylic acid or neem and karanja oils.
We know, we sound like a broken record here but seriously Ethique has a dedicated vegan shampoo dandruff wonder bar!
We’ve been using their shampoo bars (and now their zero waste deodorant bars) for a while and this little zero waste New Zealand brand is making waves for good reason.
FINDING SUSTAINABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER BRANDS
If this is your first time visiting, our approach to sustainable beauty is to look for brands and products that are:
- cruelty free
- organic / natural
- palm oil free
- have ethical ingredient sourcing policies and
- use thoughtful packaging (which is at the very least recyclable).
We know that’s a tall order and believe us it takes a fair bit of time to find these brands!
While we can’t always get every box ticked for every product, this list prioritizes shampoos and conditioners that are vegan and cruelty free.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS
With so many options on the market, its never been easier to be an ethical consumer (though it did take us a while to find products that tick all our ethical & sustainable boxes, but we do enjoy a good hunt!).
We hope this resource gives you some new ideas when deciding which eco friendly and vegan shampoo or conditioner is right for you!
And just remember, if you want to be super sustainable and reduce packaging to… zero – check out our article: zero waste shampoos and conditioners article.
As always, leave a comment you’ve got any Qs or other product suggestions!