Debra Lynn Dadd



I am trying to find a good shampoo which is totally natural.

Some people recommended Aubrey but that product does not produce lather at all and my hair was stripping due to the friction.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

POSTED BY SRINI :: DELAWARE USA :: 11/12/2009 11:55 AM



Debra :-)


Try John Masters Organics. Not cheap, but it works well.


I have been looking for one too. Look at the Cosmetic Database that the Environmental Working group has. It's also known as Skin Deep. I myself tried the homemade solution of egg yolk and honey and it worked. Baking soda does too but strips the hair really bad!!! Sadly most of the really natural shampoos I have tried don't lather much. I have tried the Bronners soaps and even though other peope LOVE them I dont. They just seem to coat my hair real bad and make it look greasy not matter how much I rinse. Good luck! Francheska in Texas

POSTED BY FRANCHESKA :: TEXAS USA :: 11/16/2009 12:31 PM

Aubrey shampoo used to be great - then a few years ago they changed the formula. I haven't found a shampoo I could tolerate since then. So I don't use one.

POSTED BY LAURA :: MAINE USA :: 11/16/2009 12:43 PM

Debra has listed Tropical Traditions in her company lists and I would highly recommend Tropical Traditions for their products. They carry a bar shampoo which is made entirely of coconut oil. It is a wonderful product, no packaging at all, lathers up beautifully - and even works wonderfully as a body soap (although they also sell a body soap)and leaves your skin very soft. It is a very nice, gentle shampoo. This Tropical Traditions company is great to do business with also.

POSTED BY ANNIE :: ILLINOIS USA :: 11/16/2009 12:50 PM

Burt's Bees makes shampoos and conditioners and can be found in many stores and on their website I swear by them. They are almost all-organic. There are also other companies that have begun to ditch the sodium lauryl sulfate, but Burt's Bees definitely works!


I really love Giovanni Magnetic Energizing Shampoo and Giovanni Conditioner - Smooth As Silk. I really like this product line. We have extremely soft water here at our farm and I wash my hair every night. The bottle of shampoo lasts me about 2-3 months. It is not overpowering in the smell-I am also sensitive to odors. The conditioner has a slight grapefruit smell, which I like. I get these at, some Walmarts carry this as well. The shampoo is $5.25 and conditioner is $4.63. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


I also have had trouble with natural shampoos not lathering. I love Giovanni products, particularly the tea tree oil shampoo. It lathers really well and you don't have to use a lot. The conditioner is very thick and works great too!

POSTED BY LEAH :: MICHIGAN USA :: 11/23/2009 4:18 PM

I use Giovanni shampoos and conditioners. They have no sulphates and look to be all natural. I usually wash once to get the dirt out, and then again to get the full benefit of the product. (I read that you are supposed to do that with natural soaps.) They lather nicely, and leave my hair feeling clean. Even after conditioning, it feels clean, not heavy.


I would not try baking soda on hair. Sounds to be too rough to the hair.

I knew about Burts Bees but for some reason, I had rejected it. Maybe they had the SLS in there before.
But, now, the shampoo looks good with only a couple of "2" rating ingredients.
I use Cosmeticsdatabase to see the hazard toxic ratings and 2 is on the lower end of safe.
But, I guess it is better than others.

I checked out this Tropical traditions website and their products look good. I may try something.

I am also planning to check out the Bronner's Shikakai soap.
I come from India where we used Shikakai powder in our every week hair shampooing and it has natural lather and very good.
I don't know if anyone else used this.

POSTED BY SRINI :: DELAWARE USA :: 11/23/2009 6:30 PM


You can find miessence on EWG with a rating of 1

I do sell miessence so I am biased, transparency first.

I have been using miessence for over 5 years and I love the way my hair looks and feels. This is one of our top selling products as well.

Dessert Flower Shampoo, is the one I use and I am also listed in Debra's list of products.

If you are interested you can view the products on my website and if you use the contact form to contact me I am happy to send you a sample.

on another note, using Castle soap on your hair will create build up over time. Castle soap is not great for washing hair although is is wonderful for a lot of other things.

Generally if you are switching to a "clean" shampoo it takes your hair some time to adjust. Lather is not an indicator of how clean your hair is getting.

Most traditional shampoos are filled with synthetic chemical foaming agents and surfactants that will make a lot of lather with very little product, this is all about touch and feel for the consumer.

Cleaner shampoos will not lather like that because they are not using synthetic chemical foaming agents and surfactants.

All the best in your search for the right shampoo for you.


A simple shampoo solution would be to use the Dr Bronner's liquid castile soaps. They lather great and are all natural and fair trade certified. You can get sample sizes of several scents (with essential oils) for ~$2 at Target stores. I love the peppermint.

NOTE: My mother and aunt started using the glycerin soap to wash their hair and immediately, it stopped falling out and has grown thicker and longer. They rinse clean and quickly and work great.

For commercial products, I love the scents of Hugo Naturals shampoos and conditioners.


Burt's Bees shampoos are far from almost organic. Since the company was sold, they have snuck in many odd ingredients into their products - I would not recommend them.

POSTED BY KD :: MARYLAND USA :: 11/23/2009 6:43 PM

We use the shampoo from Cal Ben Soap Company. It's label lists only two ingredients: extra virgin coconut oils, essential coco fat essence with vegetable protein conditioner. It produces a great lather and has a nice subtle coconut scent.


Sorry it took me a while to post this, but if you're crafty or handy with "kitchen chemistry," here's a wonderfully nourishing, gentle all-purpose cleanser for hands, face, body and hair:

Put 2-3 sprigs of fresh or dried organic lavender, 1-2 sprigs of fresh organic rosemary and 2 organic green tea bags in a jar. Pour 8 oz. of (filtered) boiling water over these, and allow to steep overnight. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing the liquid out of the solids and then discarding them. Put the liquid in a 12-14 oz. bottle with a pump top (avoid plastic for all the reasons you know; use ceramic for the countertop or metal for the shower). Add 1 TBSP of vegetable glycerin, 1 TBSP of aloe vera gel, 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s)[more lavender and rosemary are good] and 1 heaping tsp of Vitamin C crystals. Then top off the bottle with a good quality liquid castile soap [like Dr. Bronner's]. Shake well before each use.

Make this in small batches because it has no preservatives and will only last a few weeks without them. If you want to try and extend the shelf life a little longer, you can experiment with adding citric acid or GSE. I make it one pump bottle at a time, and it lasts for about 3-4 weeks of daily use in my shower.

Happy kitchen crafting!


There are so many hair products that claim to be "natural" or "organic" but still contain bad ingredients. I've seen quite a few that have Phenoxyethanol in them which is something I avoid because there's plenty of good natural products without it. You really have to read the label carefully and look up the ingredients you are unfamiliar with.

With Aubrey Organics, I've found that I get the best suds, ease of use with the Camomile Luxurious Volumizing Shampoo. I also use and sell Real Purity brand. Their Chamomile shampoo doesn't seem to foam much but the Hair Repair does! Ingredients for the Real Purity Unscented Hair Repair Shampoo are: Ingredients: Purified Water, Liquid Protein, Neutralized Coconut Extract, Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Avocado, Wheat Germ Oil, Biotin, Panthenol, Seaweed Extracts (Carrageenan, Iodides, Amino Acids), Citrus Seed Extract and Vitamins A, C And E. They also make a great Unscented Conditioning Rinse for all hair types.

Alot of people try the castile soap shampoos and feel it leaves their hair greasy looking, weighed down. The key is to use a vinegar rinse (made with about 1-3 tbsp vinegar to 8 oz. water) and to know that it may take up to a week for your hair to transition. We carry a great FOAMING SHAMPOO by Wild Willow that is available in Unscented, Lavender, Honeydew, Lemongrass and Peppermint Tea Tree. The ingredients are simply: distilled water, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide (used to saponify the oils), olive oil, cocoa butter, citric acid, +/- essential oils.


I also like Jason products and looked through many ingredient lists. They are also affordably priced. I purchase from Vitacost or Swansons and pay 1/3rd to 1/2 less than here in the stores.

POSTED BY SADIE :: HAWAII USA :: 11/23/2009 7:00 PM
Beauty Without Cruelty Shampoos and Conditioners - I love them!


Just want to point out a few things, if you are looking for something that is organic, you have to really be careful about the labeling and read the ingredients list.

If organic is not a concern then that leaves more choices.

The Organic Consumers Association, has a campaign going on now with Dr. Bronner and they are suing companies that are falsely labeling their products "organic" when they are not.

You can go to the website and look at their Coming Clean campaign:

they also have a Boycott Fake organic products/ Buycott true organic products going on now:

Giovanni is one of the companies producing "fake" organic products using "organic" on their labels when they do not actually meet any organic standard.

It's hard to tell because they do not list their ingredients on their website so I cannot verify what's in their products.

there is a list on the Organic Consumers website of companies that make truly organic products if that is a concern for you that is a good place to start and of course the list here on Debra's site, which is already vetted for you.



If you are looking for gentle, natural organic shampoos and conditioners try ethical hair care products from NYR Organic.
They have ranges for every hair type.

Nourishing Lavender is my favorite for fine hair.



I just wanted to put in a good word for the "no-poo" approach (yes, the name makes people giggle =) -- that is, using no shampoo. No risk of adverse reactions, no money spent on expensive beauty products. It doesn't work for everyone, just to warn you, but I think it's worth a try. I have long hair that was at one time oily and 'required' frequent shampooing. Now I take a very hot soaking bath nearly every evening and gently scrub my scalp under the water, towel dry, carefully brush out tangles and distribute the small amount of natural oil on my scalp down to the ends of my hair, and I'm good to go.

For the first few weeks of going without shampoo you may find that your hair produces more oil than usual. If you manage to stick out this awkward period and not panic, your hair and scalp will likely reach a natural balance. I've heard that shampoo strips the oil from your hair and your scalp responds by producing even more oil, creating a vicious cycle. After a while of not using shampoo the amount of oil that your scalp produces lessens. I haven't had to use baking soda, vinegar, honey/egg, or any other substance to clean or balance the PH of my hair since abandoning shampoo. Some people going a no-shampoo route do use those substances if they are still having trouble with oil, soiled hair, or dry hair. In addition, my hair has more body than it did previously. It's been great.

I went this route after developing sensitivities that left my face and neck intensely itchy after showering or bathing. I tried out various all-natural shampoos but was having trouble isolating what ingredient or ingredients were bothering me (they all have so many ingredients!) Once I eliminated shampoo I felt much much better.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I'm going to try this. It's amazing how many consumer products we take for granted as being "necessary" when humans got along without them just fine for millennia.

POSTED BY CLAIRE :: NEW YORK USA :: 11/27/2009 5:07 PM

Just a note of thanks to everyone and wanted to inform the person using Jason's products to watch out since Jason's products was in the list of the study which showed high quantities of carcinogenic dioxane even though the label did not specify it.

POSTED BY SRINI :: DELAWARE USA :: 11/30/2009 5:36 AM

I vouch for the no-poo method. My hair was greasy around week 2 and then it was great. I haven't used shampoo in nearly ten years! The secret for me is to wet my hair every day, and comb it through in the shower. That's it. I have a very wide toothed comb and I use it daily. Then occasionally I'll condition with olive oil, or some other natural oil.

POSTED BY DANI :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 12/07/2009 4:04 PM

It's not organic, but I use Walgreen's Clear and Natural. For me, most 'natural' products are even worse than synthetic. I was using Magick Botanicals, but I think it was making my hair fall out.

POSTED BY ZOE :: CONNECTICUT USA :: 12/11/2009 4:00 PM

I'm super, super sensitive to fragrances and chemicals (they burn my skin, make me nauseous and give me a chemical taste in my mouth). Unfortunately most "organic" shampoos contain a lot of ingredients, including chemicals.

I used Dr. Bronner's baby mild shampoo for years, which was really nice until the company decided to remove the rosemary and replace it with citric acid, which burned my skin.

Then a fellow MCS sufferer suggested California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash--just a few ingredients (mostly organic), no fragrance, no chemicals. It's great stuff, and doesn't cause me any problems at all. Plus it's pretty hydrating. FYI it does have aloe vera in it. California Baby also makes a "Super Sensitive" conditioner but I haven't been brave enough to try it yet. :)

POSTED BY SUSAN IN NYC :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/11/2009 4:13 PM

Vermont Soap Company has a shampoo Bar. It took a while before I decided that I like it. No need for Conditioners, it leaves my hair very soft. Don't be afraid of the "scent". It is natural.
The first time I ordered from Vermont Soap and didn't even take the box in the house. I associated Scent with Fragrance. I got brave and found out that there is a different. I have used many of their products and love them. Shea Butter, Honey, Oatmeal and Aloe, shampoo bar and Pet shampoo for my Golden are a few.
I love them all! Where did I hear about Vermont soap, this site of course!!!! Thanks Debra!

POSTED BY JAD :: FLORIDA USA :: 12/11/2009 4:15 PM

I wrote earlier about Tropical Traditions bar shampoo and want to add some comments about it. You can get it scented - very lightly scented - or unscented. Beyond that slight scent if you choose scented, there is nothing but saponified coconut oil in this product. It is, however, not in the least "oily". It lathers up beautifully and lasts a long time. It is very gentle and softens both the skin and hair, while at the same time leaving a very clean feel, without stripping or drying the hair or skin. You can use this as body soap and/or shampoo. I want to also mention the absence of the kind of packaging that I think should be a major consideration for purchases. This comes in a bar, no plastic bottle, no extraneous boxes. It is lightly wrapped in cellophane. Its manufacture also supports workers who are otherwise not especially well off. Tropical Traditions has an ethic and philosophy and a mission about the workers and about their products that is, in my opinion, laudable. I have read these discussions of various shampoos - and I also like some of the brands, like Dr. Bronners products - but for those interested in truly simple, pure, simply packaged shampoo/soap with workers and the environment, as well as quality products, in mind, then I would encourage you to look at Tropical Traditions - for shampoo and many other products. And, no, I have NO affiliation with them in any way, other than as a satisfied customer. I might add that their customer service is beyond excellent, very personal and helpful and with great integrity.

POSTED BY ANNIE :: ILLINOIS USA :: 12/14/2009 10:12 AM

I use the Vermont Soap too but not the shampoo. I feel it is too strong to be used as shampoo. It used to make my hair fall out.

POSTED BY SRINI :: DELAWARE USA :: 12/14/2009 10:18 AM

Another suggestion: check out the shampoo bar (and all the other products, too) at Costal Classic Creations:

All of their products earn a "0" or "1" [no-to-very low toxicity] on EDF's Skin Deep search engine.



I have been using a soap nuts shampoo bar from online), I am using soap nuts for almost everything now - I am intrigued by the no-poo method, eventhough years of brain-washing (pun intended) have taught me I need a daily scrub!...

POSTED BY SYLVAINE :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/22/2009 2:23 AM

I also vouch for the no-poo method. I've used it over a year but use the baking soda/vinegar method. I'll have to try phasing that out and see what happens with just water!

Remember, no one ever used or needed shampoo and conditioner until someone invented it and said we did.

POSTED BY JESSICA R :: NEVADA USA :: 12/28/2009 2:47 PM

I have been using Fiji Organic virgin coconut oil soap bar for six months and just the oil for scalp treatments. Even may Hairsylist will use my soap and oil on me because of my sensitivities. My hair is much healthier and stronger. I have long and unruly hair so, I do flat Iron it. I let it air dry first, I rub a very little coconut oil and water together then put it on my ends only, and Iron. Fiji bars are 7 oz and least expensive then Tropical Traditions. MyVitanet has the best price I have been able to find right now. I have found I am still able to go to the salon and get my hair done very late in the evening when no one is there.


Thanks for bringing the soapnuts bar to my attention. I am surprised it is such a big deal to find something both natural and good here.

Back home in India, we just used soapnut powder and another powder called Shikakai. Both of them are plant based and hence no preservatives.

But, they sell the soapnuts at such a high price here. Back in India, they just cost like a quarter to 50 cents for a kilo (2 lbs).

POSTED BY SRINI :: DELAWARE USA :: 12/28/2009 3:45 PM

For those who use the "no-poo" method, instead of shampoo or soap, how do you get the smell from other people's fragrances out of your hair? Whenever I go out in public, whether it's for groceries, the library, or whatever, I come home stinking from other people's perfume. I have to shower immediately, and while in there I use Magick Botanicals Fragrance-Free shampoo at least twice, and then I use my Neutrogena Fragrance-Free facial bar at least twice. After that, I can STILL sometimes smell the original stink of the perfume from wherever I was. By the way, even though people may say they don't wear cologne or perfume, when I ask about scented shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc., they DO use those. They just don't equate that with cologne, because they are not sensitive to odors.


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