I’m always on the hunt for simple, natural products for my kids and my most recent challenge was trying to track down a great kids shampoo. I like things with ingredients I can recognize, and effective formulas that I feel good about sending down the drain and get the tangles out of my daughter’s hair. An affordable price and an easy place to buy them never hurt.
With a little help from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep listings, I found a great review of Terressentials Organic shampoos. I’m ordering some now. I’m curious how the “mud” consistency of these shampoos will go over with my kids. I will report back on how they work.
My current favorite shampoo is John Masters Zinc and Sage. The Masters line has good ratings on Skin Deep, contain no parabens, artificial colors, fragrances or fillers, and no sodium lauryl sulfates (the foaming agent). They also haven’t been tested on animals! My kids love it. They think it smells like vanilla ice cream and it leaves their hair nice and shiny. It is also great for dandruff.
I also use John Masters Detangler on my daughter to help get the birds’ nests out of her hair. It’s expensive but you only need a tiny bit to do the job.
If you are feeling extremely motivated, you can always make your own shampoo. Here is a great recipe from Annie Bond.
Good luck with your search and please let me know if you have any favorite eco-friendly kid shampoos that you love.
Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.