Eco Friendly Shampoo & Conditioners: 11 Ethical Brands For Glossy Locks
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 this list that will do the trick, without leaving a stain on your conscience.
For those about to hop in the shower this minute, here’s a quick rinse of our favorite brands:
If liquid is your lather of choice, make yours water and waste-free with Plaine Products’ refillable bottles.
If you’re not familiar with how we compile these guides, have a read at the bottom of the article.
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About Ethique’s Eco Friendly Conditioner and Shampoo Bars
Ethique is another one of those companies specializing in cruelty free, vegan shampoo and conditioner bars.
We love bars because they’re totally waste-free! Just throw the wrapper in your indoor compost bin or outdoor pile.
There are a number of options to choose from so these shampoo bars have pretty much become our staple.
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.
In our opinion, Ethique is one of the best cruelty free vegan shampoo and conditioner bars around.
Ethique is a 2015-founded brand originating from New Zealand, Christchurch. Thankfully their products are now available around the world.
Their latest innovations are sold in concentrated bar form and are turned to liquid at home by adding water. We love this range which includes eco friendly liquid shampoo and conditioner!
Ethique are 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 with minimal and compostable packaging.
Ethique is certified climate neutral and donate 2% of revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity.
Available: Amazon | Holland & Barrett (UK) | Nourished Life (AU)
2. PLAINE PRODUCTS
Plaine Products’ Refillable Shampoo & Conditioner
Will Plaine Products’ earth-friendly shampoo and conditioner work for you?
You bet your bun they will!
The shampoo and conditioner are even color safe and come in your choice of unscented, citrus lavender, or rosemary mint vanilla.
Not only does Plaine Products work for any hair type, but they also work wonders for our planet.
Each aluminum bottle is recyclable or refillable (by Plaine themselves!) and filled with a product that’s non-GMO, sulfate-free, silicone-free, and biodegradable.
With vegan, plant-based ingredients (like aloe instead of water as the main ingredient), you’ll get a safe, gentle cleanse and lush healthy locks.
No wonder their eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner have received so many 5-star reviews!
About Plaine Products
Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine are the brilliant women behind sister-owned Plaine Products.
Not only does “Plaine” connect with their last name, but it also aligns with the brand’s mission to provide plain and simple hair and body products that are free from cruelty, animal products, chemicals, and palm oil.
Did we mention that everything’s plastic-free and refillable?
For each reorder, keep the same pump, then send back the empties with the included return label to be cleaned and refilled.
They’re a member of 1% for the Planet, too.
Plain Products have featured in an article on palm oil free shampoo.
*Note: Not all etee products are vegan, but their shampoo and conditioner bars are. They do not use palm oil directly, but some ingredients may be palm derived.
etee’s Plastic Free Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
Lather up like our planet depends on it.
With etee’s cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner bars, you’re getting effective ingredients and no plastic. Zero, nada, zilch!
They took a top-performing liquid shampoo, modified it, made sure it still cleaned and nourished hair, and left the addition of water up to you.
Adding water in the shower prevents the shipping of water from A to B and the need for a plastic bottle.
Your lush locks will: feel beautiful thanks to 100% plant-based ingredients, smell beautiful thanks to essential oils, and keep our planet beautiful since there’s no plastic, SLS, or animal testing.
Each long-lasting bar is equivalent to roughly three to four bottles.
We love etee because they set the bar high—literally, as most of their products come in a plastic-free bar.
etee may have got their start with only reusable beeswax wraps, but their offerings are now comprehensive.
In doing so, they have prevented more than 100 million single-use plastic products from being manufactured!
While not all their products are vegan, they offer plenty of vegan options. While they don’t use palm oil directly, their Coco-glucoside and hydrogenated vegetable oil may be derived from palm oil depending on sourcing.
etee personally make everything they sell in Toronto, Canada in a factory powered by renewable energy.
They also regularly support a range of charities, like The Mississauga Food Bank, Mask Match, and Hue Man Race.
4. CONSCIOUS SKINCARE
*Note: Conscious Skincare’s range is almost entirely vegan. Their “Natural” Shampoo and Conditioner is suitable for vegans however their “Grapefruit and Lemon” line contains honey.
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 (mostly) vegan.
Only one of their shampoos contains honey and is not vegan friendly.
About Conscious Skincare
Founded by Rebecca who so kindly took the time to write us a detailed breakdown of the brand’s ethos, Conscious Skincare is a very impressive brand from an ethical standpoint.
Whilst their packaging is not zero waste, they have put a lot of thought and care into it:
“Our packaging from start to finish is recyclable or made of recycled materials as much as possible; including; Jars, Bottles, Lids, Dispensers, Paper (packaging and letters) and Outer protective packaging”
Their award winning product range is worth checking out and sharing with your friends and family (eco-warriors or not)!
Conscious Skincare has featured in an article on eco friendly toiletries.
5. DR BRONNER’S
*Note: Dr Bronner’s have gone the extra mile to ensure their palm oil is truly ethically and sustainably harvested. Read more about this here
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 face wash to washing clothes and hair, it’s a fantastic option for a minimalist beauty regime.
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.
Dr Bronner’s packaging is not zero waste but is made of post consumer recycled materials and you can often find it available in bulk stores.
They also support a range of charities.
Available: Amazon | Nourished Life (AU)
*Note: ecostore have gone the extra mile to ensure their palm oil is ethically and sustainably harvested. Their shampoo and conditioner is vegan, but they do have some non-vegan products.
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.
They are cruelty-free and vegan, and contain genuinely sustainable palm oil.
To fully manage the palm oil supply chain, they work directly with suppliers who are required to meet RSPO and GreenPalm requirements. They are contractually required to not harvest from high, medium, or low carbon stock forests. Read more here.
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.
Most products are vegan and all are cruelty-free.
This organization is constantly looking to innovate, as seen in their sugarcane plastic bottles (petroleum free), renewable energy powered factory, ethical ingredient sourcing, and FSC-certified packaging.
Available: Amazon | Flora & Fauna (AU)
*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
Odylique offers the Gentle Herb Shampoo and the Tea Tree Herb Shampoo.
Both are made from 70% organic ingredients and can be used without conditioner, thanks to their conditioning herbs.
These vegan cruelty free shampoos are also palm oil free and come in recycled bottles.
Odylique by Essential Care is a UK based brand has a comprehensive range of products including makeup, skincare and haircare available.
Odylique is certified by PETA, Naturewatch Foundation, Soil Association, and Fairtrade, they tick each of our sustainability criteria being cruelty free, organic, palm oil-free, and sourcing ethically.
Available: Amazon | LoveLula (UK)
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 from volumizing to 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 specializes 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.
Available: Amazon | Nourished Life (AU)
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, natural 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.
Their packaging is recyclable but not zero waste.
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.
Available: iHerb | Amazon | Nourished Life (AU)
10. GREEN PEOPLE
*Note: We have attempted to confirm these policies with the brand with no response to date.
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 knotty locks.
About Green People
Green People specialize in organic, chemical-free beauty products that includes haircare, skincare, and makeup.
All their products are cruelty free and natural. Many of them are also vegan friendly.
Their products do contain palm oil. However, they state their palm oil is sourced from countries where there are no native orangutans.
Since this ingredient is certified organic, it is required to be grown and harvested sustainably. We reached out to them but have been unsuccessful in getting more info on this.
They support a variety of charities from children’s hospice to marine conservation.
Available: Green People
11. FRIENDLY SOAP
About Friendly Soap Vegan Shampoo Bars
Less is more with Friendly Soap.
They have two vegan shampoo bars: The Lavender & Geranium and the Lavender & Tea Tree.
We’ve used both and can confirm they’re foamy and effective.
Both products are cruelty free, palm oil free, vegan and 100% natural (free of parabens, sulphates, triclosan and phthalates).
In the same spirit of less, they only use a handful of ingredients: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils, water.
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!
Available: Amazon | Ethical Superstore (EU)
DO CRUELTY FREE VEGAN SHAMPOOS WORK FOR OILY OR DRY SCALPS?
Depending on the weather, we get both. In winter, our hair is 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. 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.
We find it easier to manage dry hair (which is, as we said, weather dependent for us) so 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:
- 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.
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
- palm oil free
- have ethical ingredient sourcing policies
- use thoughtful packaging: generally these days we look for zero waste packaging – we give brands with packaging that is not zero waste an “orange” rating, reserving “green” for only the most sustainable packaging alternatives
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 does take us a while to find products that tick all our ethical & sustainable boxes, but we do enjoy a good hunt for our hair (including eco friendly hair brushes)!
We hope this resource gives you some new ideas when deciding which eco friendly and vegan shampoo or conditioner is right for you. If it did, we ask you to share with your loved ones so everyone can have an earth-happy hairdo.
If you want to be super sustainable and reduce packaging to… well, zero, check out our article on zero waste shampoos and conditioners.
But this is just the hair washing bit. Be sure to complete your ‘do with these other vegan haircare products.