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The Best Natural Shampoos For Kids

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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.

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Comments (3)

  • This is a great post. I've been thinking about heading toward "safer" bath products and this really narrows down a lot of searching. I may even try to make my own!! Thanks for the info. (If it's good for the kids, it's good for the big people too, aye?)

  • I use Alba Botanica products on my boys.

    They even smell like a Hawaiian vacation.

  • Hello Francesca!

    Kudos for this well written post. I do believe that the best shampoo is an organic shampoo. If we really want to have a strong and healthy hair then better use organic shampoo. My 6 year old girl cousin is using organic shampoo and her hair looks so healthy. She is actually using John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair. This product is organic and is approved by EcoCert (for eco-clean production.

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