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Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioners

Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioners

The best natural shampoo and conditioner's post is here! I have all the details on all my favorite natural shampoos and conditioners in clean beauty.  I’ve tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my day since going green and I’m here to share the best of the best!

If you're new here I want to emphasize a couple points.  There is a reason I advocate for clean products for SO many reasons but one of them is the total body burden.  Many product and ingredients have an accumulative affect on the body.  Basically, the more you use them, the more they add up in your body.  My goal is to arm you with healthier options that you can feel good about using daily so you're not taxing your body.  After all, it's the thing you do daily that adds up over time, not the product you use once in a while.  

Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product.

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One of the newest natural shampoos and conditioners I've discovered and love!

Since we know shampoo is one of those daily products, I think it's imperative that we have a look at what shampoo we're using.  Do the ingredients create a healthy environment for our bodies?  What does the research say about the ingredients?  We know from studies that as we reduce certain ingredients in our products, then you see them less and less in our bodies(source).  

The scalp is 4 times more absorbent than other parts of our body, it's important what we use when it comes to shampoo and conditioner.  A study even showed how massaging a certain oil with a medicine into the scalp was absorbed almost the same as an oral dose(Source)!  Definitely showing the power of the scalp to absorb ingredients. 

Before we dive into the best natural shampoo and conditioners, let's take a look at the ingredients you don't want to be lurking in your shampoo bottle.

What's In Your Shampoo?

Have you ever thought about what's in your conventional shampoo and conditioner?  Let's just say there are some heavy hitters when it comes to ingredients you're going to want to avoid putting near your scalp!  Allow me to explain.

Some Ingredients To Avoid In Your Shampoo and Conditioner: If you see a few of these you can know that there are probably other ingredients in it you shouldn't be using too.

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone- This is used as a preservative. It can have a harmful affect of the lungs(Source), cause allergies(Source) and is a possible neurotoxin(Source)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate(SLS)- This is a surfactant and helps to create the suds that we come to love in shampoos. The main concern with it is that it's been shown to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which has been classified as a carcinogen(Source).  1,4 dioxane is left behind because of the process of ethoxylation. Some companies have started to strip the sodium laureth sulfate from the shampoos but it's hard to tell which have.  You could definitely call them and ask, but make sure you have some documentation to back up their claims.  The more people are asking for transparency the more change will happen. SLS can also be a skin irritant to many people as well.  Especially if you suffer from eczema, rosacea, or sensitive skin in general.  Instead of SLS, companies will use decyl glucoside.  This is a type of sugar and doesn't contain any 1,4 dioxane. It's also a lot less harsh, so great for sensitive skin types.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate- Similar to sodium laureth sulfate in that it is also a surfactant.  It also can contain 1,4 dioxane and be irritating to the skin.  ALS can also form nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients. This nitrosamines has been found to cause cancer(Source). This can also occur when SLS is present too.
  • Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritants, reproductive damage and has been known as a neurotoxin(Source).
  • Methylisothiazolinone- Used as a preservative.  An allergen, causing skin burns, allergic reactions(Source).
  • Behentrimonium Chloride- Used as an emulsifier, conditioning agent, defrizzer, and preservative. Skin and eye irritant, can cause nerve damage, cancer risk and highly flammable(Source).  
  • Polysorbate 20- By itself polysorbate 20 is not harmful, however when it's used in cosmetics it's treated with ethylene oxide which then ethoxylates it and can contaminate it with 1,4 dioxane- a known carcinogen(Source). There have also been studies on polysorbate 20 showing reproductive issues and developmental issues(Source).
  • DMDM Hydantoin- It is used as an anti-microbial agent in products. It releases formaldehyde a known carcinogen(Source). Since most people know to avoid formaldehyde companies list their ingredients with dmdm hydantoin instead.  It can cause skin reactions, from burning to skin rashes, overall sensitivity. Also cancer. It can also cause irritation to the nose, eyes and throat. 
  • Propylene Glycol-PEG's of any kind- Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant. They have a penetrating affect to the formula.  This creates even more of a problem as other harmful ingredients are able to penetrate further into the skin(Source).
  • Cocamide Mea- A fatty acid made from coconut oil mixed with diethanalomine.  It creates a creamy formula and foaming agent.  It can cause allergic reactions in some and be a skin irritant. It can also form nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients. This nitrosamines has been found to cause cancer(Source).
  • Parabens(not as prevalent as they used to be. This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl)- Used as a preservative. Hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor.  Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty(Source)
  • Quaternium-15- Used in products to avoid yeast, mold and bacteria. Skin and eye irritant, can cause respiratory issues, digestive tract and nervous system(Source). It also releases formaldehyde. 
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Give Your Hair Some Time To Adjust To Natural Shampoos

I get e-mails all the time from readers telling me that natural shampoos don’t work for them.  Now, I understand it definitely depends on the shampoo and conditioner you’re using, but it also could be a phase you’re hair is going through.  Hair can go through a detox period where it actually gets oilier before it gets better when transitioning to a natural shampoo and conditioner.  Mainstream products are full of such harsh ingredients that strip the hair every time you use them.  Your hair gets used to feeling “clean” you think, and so when you switch to a gentler shampoo and conditioner your hair freaks out.  It’s used to constantly being dried out everyday and used to overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair again.  Give your hair 6-8 weeks to detox.  This means stop shampooing your hair everyday-yes this is not necessary and actually could cause more damage to your hair.  Shampoo every other day at the most and in between days if you get oily, just use a dry shampoo. This is my favorite natural dry shampoo.  You may notice your hair greasier than usual, but that is because your hair’s ph balance was out of balance from all the harsh chemicals you were putting on it everyday.  Give it some time…it will get better!

I always think a good clarifying treatment is in order every now and then too.  Sometimes when using natural shampoos the hair gets weighed down, no matter how great they are!  This gives it a nice boost, getting rid of any residue that’s been hanging on to your strands.  I do this whenever my hair is feeling drab.  The recipe is easy just 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water (I usually use 1/2 cup of each but you may need more if you have thick or long hair). Mix it together and pour over head concentrating on using your other hand to rub it in your hair.  Let it sit on your hair for 10 minutes.  Then rinse off and apply conditioner as usual.  I've also added it to a squirt bottle and then just squirted it all over my head too. 

*Also I wanted to share that I'm a former hair stylist and so this best natural shampoo and conditioners list is legit!  I really took my time- over a year to create this post.  I wanted it to be a comprehensive list that anyone can find something.  

I wanted to offer a shampoo and conditioner for all of these categories:

  • Budget Friendly 
  • Fragrance Free(even essential oils)
  • Curly Hair 
  • Fine/Thin Hair 
  • Color Treated Hair 
  • Purple Shampoo
  • Black Hair

I hope you can find this best natural shampoo and conditioner's post helpful in finding your new favorite shampoo and conditioner!

Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioner's 

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Natural shampoo and conditioner have come a long way in the last 10 years!

 

Natural Black Hair Routine

As I was trying out natural shampoos and conditioners I realized I had a blind spot when it came to black hair.  I've had people ask me before what I would recommend as natural shampoos for black hair and I couldn't.  I didn't even know what natural hair products in general to recommend for black hair.  I wanted to enlist an expert.  Monique from Brown Skin Green Beauty was so gracious to share her expertise with my audience on her top picks for best natural shampoo and conditioners for black hair.  I learned so much from getting her expert tips on how to care for black hair.

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Bio

Hi there! My name’s Monique, aka Brown Skin Green Beauty- Instagram @brownskingreenbeauty. I’m an advocate of clean beauty and wellness. My journey into the clean space began 13 years ago when I had a horrible reaction to conventional hair care products marketed to Black women. It was then; I learned most Black hair care products were laden with chemicals that were not ready for the natural hair movement and unsafe for my health. Super excited to learn more, I dove right into understanding how ingredients worked and made the necessary changes to take better control of my health and improve the health of my hair and skin. I created Brown Skin Green Beauty to share my experiences with safe alternative beauty products to inspire other women, especially Black women, to go beyond the bells and whistles and learn more about clean and nontoxic options for beauty.
 

Hair Routine

Since losing my hair two years ago, not only has my wash day been simplified, but the products I use are lightweight, oil-based, and more plant-based instead of the heavy cream products that once served my hair needs. 

The first step to my wash day is a pre-poo of coconut oil and aloe vera juice. I spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and work the coconut oil in my locks from base to end. This process helps to create a moisture barrier to keep my hair from drying out when shampooing. Next, I wash my hair with Nikki’s Naturals Black Soap Clarifying Shampoo. This liquid black soap gently clarifies without stripping my hair’s natural oil. My hair is left feeling very clean, soft, and moisturized.

To keep hair from overdrying, I wrap my wet hair in a cotton t-shirt to absorb most of the water. Once my locks feel damp, I oil my scalp with an oil mixture of Paparozier Castor Oil of Haiti, sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint, and rosemary. When styling, I spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and retwist with coconut oil to clean up my boxes and lock in moisture. At night, I wear a silky scarf to keep my hair lint-free. Every three days, I give my hair a light spritz of Al Wadi Rose Water and massage a light layer of avocado oil or coconut oil in my locs to keep them hydrated and well moisturized. On occasion, I’ll use Oyin Handmade Greg Juice for a moisture boost.

*Keep reading to see all the best natural shampoo and conditioners!

 

I tested out all of these as well as my sisters.  I wanted to get an idea with different hair types.  We tested the shampoos and conditioners together.  Here are my top picks for best natural shampoo and conditioners.

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Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- I’ve been testing it out and have been super impressed with the overall formula.  My hair feels so bouncy and clean.  And the clean feeling lasts for days!  I get so much volume from this shampoo and conditioner, plus it foams too!

Hair Type- Any hair type.  I've used it and I have fine, thin hair.  My sister has used it and she has thick, fine hair.  I have a friend who loves it and she has coarse thick curly hair. 

Scent- Smells citrusy.  I really smell grapefruit to be exact. 

Price- $26

Review- This is the shampoo I've been recommending for really any hair type.  It just gets the job done!  Especially great for someone who is used to mainstream shampoos and conditioners and wants one that is going to really get their hair clean. I can go multiple days between shampooing my hair with this shampoo. It was a no brainer for the best natural shampoo and conditioner's post! Get it here!

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Nurture My Body Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner 

Formula- It creates a gentle lather and helps to stimulate the scalp. It's gluten free, nut free, and cruelty free.

Hair Type- I would recommend for any hair type.  You might have to use a little more product if you have lots of thick hair to really get it in there but my sister with thicker hair than me loved it too.  

Scent- Fragrance free!  It doesn't smell like much at all. Great for even the most sensitive scalps. 

Price- $25

Review- I was really excited about this shampoo because it really hits all the marks for someone who may have a sensitive scalp and needs something that's gentle.  Although it is fragrance free, nut free and gluten free, it still cleans the hair so well!  My hair always feels clean and it definitely adds some volume like the name suggests.  This was a no brainer to add into the best natural shampoo and conditioners post.  Highly recommend!  Get it here.

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Innersense Organic Beauty Color Awakening Hairbath

Formula- It's a very creamy formula overall.  Best suited for those with dry, damaged or color treated hair that needs extra moisture. 

Hair Type- I would recommend for any hair type that is colored or is curly.  As I stated above it is very hydrating/  Great for those with curly or drier hair types.  

Scent- Smells good, but not overwhelming.  A fruity mango scent.

Price- $28

Review- This shampoo isn't for any hair type.  I will use it after I get my hair done for a couple days but after that if I continue to use it, my hair will become greasy and weighed down.  I've had a lot of curly haired gals love it who have drier hair.  Get it here!

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Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- It feels very refreshing on the scalp and hair.  

Hair Type- This would be great for any hair type, even men's hair.  One of my sister's has course thick hair and she didn't like it, but it's been hard to find anything for her hair!  It's not going to be as cleansing as the Evolvh but a nice in between.  

Scent- The scent is reminiscent of the outdoors.  More pine and fresh smelling. I love how it smells!

Price- $26

Review- This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel  clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too.  Get it here!

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Goop G. Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Formula- Comes in a jar!  So different than any other formula I've used.  It looks like a salt scrub you would use for the body but instead it's actually for your hair.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  It really gives a great lather and works so well at giving my hair that clean feeling.

Scent- It has a fresh smell of mint, rosemary and orange.

Price- $42- pricey but you don't need a lot!

Review- This is the one I was most surprised how much I loved.  I knew it was going to be in the best natural shampoo and conditioners post.I remember seeing this shampoo and thinking there is no way that would work.  Well, I was wrong!  After reading so many 5 star reviews I finally got my hands on some and wow was I so impressed!  It really cleans the hair so well.  I love how it produces a lather too.  It feels very invigorating on the scalp too. Highly recommend! Check it out here!

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Christina Moss Natural's Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- Comes in a tube and a little goes a long way.  Suds up a little and gets my hair feeling clean.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  I used it and my fine, thin hair loved it and so did my sister with thick hair.  

Scent- It doesn't have a scent!  It is made for the most sensitive scalps.  

Price- $19.99- one of the more budget friendly picks.

Review- Love this shampoo and conditioner, knew it was going to go into the best natural shampoo and conditioner post!  It gets my hair clean and doesn't weigh it down.  My sister loved it as well.  Super impressed with the ingredients, no scent and lower price point compared to others too.  Especially great if you don't do scents or have a sensitive scalp. Get it here!

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Graydon Matcha Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- Comes in a pump bottle which I love.  It's a creamy formula, but does suds up.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  It adds a little moisture but doesn't feel heavy.

Scent- Love the scent!  I'm a huge mint fan and this one hits the mint note hard.  Leaves your hair smelling fresh and your scalp feeling invigorated.

Price- $25

Review- This shampoo smells amazing! I love anything mint, so this is right up my alley. It really cleans my scalp and keeps it from feeling oily. My hair doesn’t feel weighed down either. It also comes in a pump which I love! Get it here!

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Rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- It gives you a slight suds but you have to use a good amount of product to get it sudsy. 

Hair Type- This is great for fine to thin hair types.  I've had people with thick coarse hair try it and they weren't a fan unless they had shorter hair.

Scent- It doesn't have much of a smell.  Just smells clean overall.

Price- $34

Review- This was the first natural shampoo I used that I actually liked and worked. It performs considerably well, and it’s filled with ingredients that will make you swoon! Things like Ungurahua oil, green tea, jojoba and lavender just to name a few. This is also safe for color treated hair.  You do have to use a considerable amount of product sometimes to get a decent lather- that would be the one drawback and the price is a little steep.  Get it here!

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True Botanical's Shampoo(I don't like the conditioner FYI, they reformulated and it's not good)

Formula- Love this shampoo!  It really suds up, gets your hair feeling so clean and bouncy- say goodbye to grease.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  I love it for my fine/thin hair, my friend who has thick hair loves it- it's a crowd pleaser.

Scent- The scent is subtle and good.  It has a mix of ylang ylang, orange and lemon.

Price- $34

Review- This is one of my faves when it comes to natural shampoos!  It works so well at giving hair that deep clean and giving it body and lift. I wish they hadn't changed the conditioner.  The formula was so good, but now it doesn't hydrate the hair and feels like it's a lotion you can't get out. Just buy the shampoo and grab a different conditioner!  Get it here!

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Acure Curiously Clarifying Shampoo

Formula- This comes in a tube and does give a suds, but I do feel like you have to use a decent amount of product to get it sudsy.

Hair Type- I would only recommend this for fine, thin hair, or hair that is a little dry.  It does tend to weigh it down after several washes.  I wouldn't use any of the other Acure shampoos because they really don't give my hair the clean feeling.  My sister didn't like it at all and she has thick, fine hair.  

Scent- Smells good, has a lemongrass scent.

Price- $9.99- the cheapest natural shampoo.  

Review- I wanted to include a more budget friendly option, especially if you have kids that use shampoo and they're not as picky.  This is a decent option that gets the job done.  You might want to do an apple cider vinegar rinse every couple weeks just to get rid of any build up.  Get it here! 

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Everscents Organic Berry Blonde Purple Shampoo

Formula- This really suds up and performs well at getting your feeling very clean- almost too clean?  Kind of.

Hair Type- I would for anyone who has color treated hair- specifically highlights and wants to keep them bright and not brassy.  It brightened my highlighted ends and offered them a refresh overall. 

Scent- Smells very sweet- like grape candy.

Price- $15.90- that's for the smallest size which is 3.3 oz. Not very much.  Then you have to pay at least $20 for shipping to the U.S. since it's only available in Australia.  So it definitely can get pricey.

Review- I love the ingredients for the Berry Blonde Shampoo but I wish it was available in the U.S.  You could stock up when you purchase it to make it a little more feasible.  It does tend to get the hair really clean as I mentioned above, which I love but it can almost feel stripping if you used it all the time.  I think it works though because you usually don't want to be using a purple shampoo every shampoo- more like every two weeks to a month. Get it here.

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Rahua Colorfull Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- This is a creamy texture overall.  It does suds up a bit.

Hair Type- I would for anyone who has color treated hair.  It helps to protect color treated hair while also nourishing it.

Scent- It has more of a gardenia flower scent to it.

Price- $38- this is definitely a pricey shampoo.

Review- This natural shampoo feels like a rich velvet lather on your head.  It does clean the hair well, but doesn't feel stripping at all.  I like to use this post getting my hair colored to really give it some extra nourishment.  It will help to keep your hair balanced if you're a consistent hair color gal.  Get it here!

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Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner

Formula- This is a great leave in conditioner and the only one I use!  You spray it all over, super convenient!

Hair Type- I would recommend for anyone wanting a little extra hydration, for those who get tangles easily in their hair, or for those who prefer a leave in conditioner opposed to a wash out conditioner.

Scent- It has a light scent of jasmine, and rosemary.  Not too heavy.

Price- $26

Review- I always have a bottle of this on hand.  Great for my girl's hair when it gets tangles in it.  Easy to brush out, doesn't feel too heavy for a leave in conditioner but lightweight.  Also great for spritzing on hair before going into chlorine water to help protect your hair.  Get it here!

That sums up the best natural shampoo and conditioners!  Did you find one you want to try?  What do you love?

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Best Green Beauty Shampoos and Conditioners

Best Green Beauty Shampoos and Conditioners

The Best Green Beauty Shampoos and Conditioners is here! I have all the details on all my favorite shampoos and conditioners in green beauty.  I've tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my day since going green and I'm here to share the best of the best!

Now just like my Best Green Beauty Hair Styling Products I had my sisters test out these shampoos too.  They all have different types of hair as I've mentioned and have helped me bring something for everyone to the table.

I want to explain something really quick before I go on about this wonderful shampoo.  I get e-mails all the time from readers telling me that natural shampoos don’t work for them.  Now, I understand it definitely depends on the shampoo and conditioner you’re using, but it also could be a phase you’re hair is going through.  Hair can go through a detox period where it actually gets oilier before it gets better, when transitioning to non-toxic shampoo and conditioner.  Mainstream products are full of such harsh ingredients that strip the hair every time you use them.  Your hair gets used to feeling “clean” you think, and so when you switch to a gentler shampoo and conditioner your hair freaks out.  It’s used to constantly being dried out everyday and used to overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair again.  Give your hair 6-8 weeks to detox.  This means stop shampooing your hair everyday-yes this is not necessary and actually could cause more damage to your hair.  Shampoo every other day at the most and in between days if you get oily, just use a dry shampoo.  You may notice your hair greasier than usual, but that is because your hair’s ph balance was so wacked from all the harsh chemicals you were putting on it everyday.  Give it some time…it will get better!

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

I always think a good clarifying treatment is in order every now and then.  Sometimes when using natural shampoos the hair gets weighed down, no matter how great they are!  This gives it a nice boost, getting rid of any residue that’s been hanging on to your strands.  I do this every couple weeks.  The recipe is easy just 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water (I usually use 1/2 cup of each but you may need more if you have thick or long hair). Mix it together and pour over head concentrating on using your other hand to rub it in your hair.  Let it sit on your hair for 10 minutes.  Then rinse off and apply conditioner as usual.

True Botanical's Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner- 

If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  This shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue either…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does but not too much and completely natural- not synthetic fragrance.  It works on everyone's hair too!  Ok, I've had one person tell me they didn't like it but that's it.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.  Get your shampoo and conditioner here!

Rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner-

This is the first natural shampoo I used and fell in love with!  It performs so well, and it’s filled with ingredients that will make you swoon!  Things like Ungurahua oil, green tea, jojoba and lavender just to name a few.  It doesn’t weigh down your hair at all.  But thoroughly cleans it perfectly.  Again, this is also safe for color treated hair.  It smells like a clean shampoo should…clean and amazing!  If you feel that all natural shampoos weigh down your hair and you haven’t found the “one” …this is it.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.  Snag your Rahua shampoo and conditioner here!

Innersense Shampoo and Conditioner-

This shampoo collection really reminds me of a salon quality shampoo and conditioner.  The smell is nice and pleasant-with hints of cranberry seed oil, and citrus oils.  I just wet my hair and lather from roots to ends.  If you have thicker hair like my sister you may need to shampoo twice but for me once was perfect.  My hair felt clean and fresh!  It also is perfect for color treated hair.  The formula includes sunflower extracts-which are high in anti-oxidants that help protect color from fading.  A definite must for anyone looking for a natural shampoo, that is not only completely toxin free, and color safe, but works.  Among Innersense Beauty hair products is also a shampoo called Pure Harmony that’s suited for even cleansing, and purifying the scalp more than the Color Awakening.  The Pure Harmony is the one I recommend for fine/thin haired gals like myself.  It isn't as heavy on my hair.  This is especially great after getting your hair colored for an extra boost of hydration.  They even have an intense hydrating shampoo line called Hydrating Cream Hairbath which is even more moisturizing for those with extra dry hair.  Snag your Innersense Shampoo and Conditioner here!

100% Pure Shampoos and Conditioners-

This is a new find and I've been loving them!  They get my hair clean and don't weight it down.  They have different formulas for different hair types.  I really like the Kelp and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner for my fine/thin hair.  Really helps to get all the grime out and give me weightless volume.  The smell isn't strong either!  Bonus- this shampoo and conditioner is a budget friendly pick!  At Pharmaca it's usually on sale for $17 but then you can usually get an additional 20% off of that!  Bringing it down to $13 something- pretty good deal.  Check out the 100% Pure Shampoos and Conditioners here!

Evolvh Shampoo and Conditioner-

This is a new shampoo and conditioner for me.  I've been testing it out and have been super impressed with the overall formula.  My hair feels so bouncy and clean.  And the clean feeling lasts for days!  I get so much volume from this shampoo and conditioner, plus it foams a ton too!  I wasn't sure if the scent was artificial or not at first when I smelled it.  So I contacted Evolvh and here is what they said.

Our scents contain isolated aroma molecules that are derived from a natural source. The molecules allow us to have a more concentrated and longer lasting scent. To isolate the molecules requires synthesis. Some would say this makes these components synthetic but they are not artificial as they are taken directly from the natural source, be it a plant, fruit, or flower. 

I'm not chemically sensitive however, I am very aware of scents and don't use anything synthetic.  I could smell my hair a lot more than usual, it dissipated the more the day went on.  For someone who is sensitive to scent this may be too much. Check out the Evolvh shampoo and conditioner here!

Flourish Shampoo and Conditioner- 

This shampoo is awesome!  Plain and simple.  Can I be honest?  Whenever I get sent a natural shampoo and conditioner my hopes aren’t very high.  It’s hard to come by a good natural shampoo that performs.  Well, this shampoo did not disappoint!  Why is it so great?  Well, it actually cleans my hair for starters.  Not only does it feel clean, but it suds up when I use it, another huge perk.  With my hair being so fine and thin, if I don’t blow dry it and let it hair dry, I usually end up with greasy hair.  I have to blow dry it so it doesn’t feel greasy, and to give it volume.  However, with this shampoo I could let it air dry, and brush it out and no oily residue!  They have a variety of shampoos and conditioners for specific hair types.  I love the Patchouli and Tangerine for my find/thin hair.  The smell is just like the name suggests-patchouli and tangerine.  It’s a steal compared to a lot of the shampoos on the market today.  For $19, it’s hard to beat the price. Snag your Flourish shampoo and conditioner here!

Honest Beauty Truly Restored Shampoo and Conditioner-

This is a new favorite!  It smells nice and is great at cleaning my hair but also budget friendly!  My hair feels clean but not stripped.  It suds too!  They have another shampoo that is great for hydrating hair even more.  I haven't tried it but I know my fine-thin hair probably wouldn't be able to handle that much moisture without looking flat and greasy.  You can also bundle this shampoo and conditioner in the Honest Beauty bundle.  When you bundle at Honest, you get 3 products for $50- a definite steal!  Snag your Honest Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner here!

That sums up the best in green beauty for shampoo and conditioner!  See any faves?

 

 

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Credo Beauty Hits and Misses for May

Credo Beauty Hits and Misses for May

Another month has come and gone, time for Credo Beauty Hits and misses for May!  If you're new here, each month I get a handful of products from Credo Beauty and I share a full review of them in a video.  Hopefully this helps you to get a better idea when you're searching for products.  If you're not familiar with Credo Beauty, this is the Sephora of clean beauty.  They have all the it clean beauty products and brands.  I love shopping with them because I know I'm getting the best of the best when it comes to clean beauty.

 

 

Watch the full Credo Beauty Hits and Misses video here!

 

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Minimalist Makeup Routine

Minimalist Makeup Routine

This minimalist makeup routine will share all you need to know when it comes to becoming a minimalist with your makeup.  We've heard the word minimalist thrown around a lot when it comes to our wardrobe, and house but what about makeup?  I think it's high time we visit what minimalism looks like and create a  minimalist makeup routine.  Think of this as your complete guide to creating your minimalist makeup routine- with clean beauty products of course!

*If you're new to clean beauty, check out a couple posts below that can help eliminate confusion and get your products swapped out super quick!  

 

Being intentional about your makeup and what you own is one aspect of minimalist makeup.

 

What is minimalism anyways?  

A style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. (Webster)

When I read the definition I instantly grabbed a hold of the word simplicity.  I love what simplicity embodies.  Keeping things basic, to the point and including the important things but not the extra.  That's what simplicity is to me.  

Minimalism at it's core is all about being intentional with the products you use.  Knowing why you use it, why you love it- it represents who you are.  I love being intentional in every area of my life, so why would makeup be any different. 

Which brings me to what is most important in my makeup routine?  What is essential, what don't I need.  It's easy to think we need all the makeup and lose sight of what is essential.  

Just like de-cluttering our wardrobe or homes, de-cluttering our makeup can feel just as good and freeing!  Saying goodbye to clutter anywhere often helps us better utilize our time and save money in the long run because we aren't buying products that we're not going to use.  We've defined what makeup products work for us in our minimalist makeup routine.  

Let's dive into my minimalist makeup routine and help you create one of your very own!

Here are some good questions to ask yourself when thinking about how to create a minimalist makeup routine for yourself.

 

Being intentional about your makeup and what you own is one aspect of minimalist makeup.

 

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What do I actually use in my makeup bag?
  • What could I get rid of and not miss?
  • Is any makeup expired?
  • What are my favorite makeup products?
  • What products represent me the best?

These are great questions to ask when you're figuring out what is important in your minimalist makeup routine, and what you can let go of. Often it's easy to think you need all the makeup products but think about what you actually use and best represents you and keep those products.  There's no sense in keeping makeup that doesn't speak to you.  Maybe you got a product as a gift but it just never jived with you- let it go!  They actually have a variety of places where you can donate unused makeup and skincare to a variety of places.  Look up non-profits in your area.  I found this one that is in my state.  

Once you figure out what products you like, define your makeup look.  Often it's easy to keep the products you love but realize you don't actually have a makeup look you love from those products.  Maybe you need to find a mascara that really hits it out of the park for you, or maybe you need to get a foundation that you really love.  Figure out what makeup products you need to create your minimalist makeup look and get them. 

You can also have several minimalist makeup looks within your makeup bag.  Often people think that they can only have one- not the case.  You can definitely create more than one look from your products.  I do!  It's nice having the option to wear a bold red lip for special occasions, or to have a liquid liner on hand when you're feeling the cat eye!  There are no hard or fast rules when it comes to your minimalist makeup routine- you can make it whatever you want it to be. As long as you use the products and are intentional about the process, I say go for it. 

 

Mascara is definitely in my minimalist makeup routine.

 

Here is my minimalist makeup routine-

  1. Primer, serum or moisturizer.  These are so important for me to have in my makeup routine. I have dry skin and there's nothing worst than putting on a foundation or concealer on dry skin.  No thank you!  
  2. Base- This is either foundation, BB Cream, tinted moisturizer or concealer.  Helps to cancel out redness and even out my skin tone. Currently loving this foundation and this concealer.
  3. Blush- This is a great everyday product that I wear.  
  4. Bronzer- There's nothing that makes me look more fresh and glowing than a good bronzer.  
  5. Eyebrows- Brows are like windows to a house, they frame your face!  I love how a good filled in brow can change your whole look.  
  6. Eyeliner- Love a pencil liner for defining eyes without looking overdone. 
  7. Mascara- Hands down the one makeup item that can change your entire look.  
  8. Lips- A little gloss, a bold lip, or a subtle hint color, I love a good lip product.  

*That is a good list of products you can use to create a minimalist makeup routine and have in your minimalist makeup bag.  Obviously you can add more or less depending on what your look consists of.  

 

Here's a sample of a minimalist makeup look below:

  1. Before Makeup or any products 
  2. Apply a moisturizing serum, oil or lotion before applying foundation.  Love Tulip's Dew Drops- gives your skin the hydration it craves and dewiness- LOVE!
  3. Applying foundation next.  Love Westman Atelier's Foundation Stick.  Gives me a dewy glow, yet offers great coverage.  I wear the color III.
  4. Next add a bronzer.  This bronzer stick by Westman Atelier's is a new find of mine and I'm loving it.  If you want a dewy glow this is a great bronzer.  If you want a powdered bronzer, check out Kosas Sun Show Bronzer.  Gives you a great glow too!
  5. Now it's time for blush.  I love Beautycounter's Cream Blusher in Caramel.  It's subtle and dewy.  If you're wanting a powder blush, check out Beautycounter's pure pressed blushes– love the color nectar.
  6. Eyebrows are next.  Pulls together your whole look.  Love Ecobrow Defining Crayon.  It gives you natural brows and it's easy to use. I wear the color Liz.
  7. Mascara time.  Mascara just makes every look!  My clean beauty fave is Honest Beauty Mascara
  8. Time for lips.  I love Beautycounter's lip gloss in Bare Shimmer.  The perfect amount of subtle gloss and hint of color.  For lipsticks love Kosas, for a moisturizing tinted balm lip product love Beautycounter's Sheer Genius Lip Conditioner. Love the color Lily, Rose and Rosewood.
  9. Done!  Say hello to an easy minimalist look.

 

Sharing step by step how to achieve this minimalist makeup look.

I hope this was helpful when deciding on what minimal makeup routine to create for yourself.  Being intentional with your products creates such ease, saves time and helps to save money too!

Do you have a minimalist makeup routine?

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