Why And How To Choose the Best Organic Shampoo for You

by Owner on June 4, 2010

While organic shampoo has been growing in popularity, it still has not truly made the jump to the mainstream. One reason for this is the lack of information out there about what to look for. There has also been some misinformation put out there both by manufacturers and their advertisements as well as from well-meaning but ill informed consumers. Therefore, it’s important to take a look at why you should make the switch to using organic shampoos and how you can go about selecting a high quality product.

The leading reason why you should make the switch to an organics shampoo from a standard one is the chemicals that are used in typical shampoo products. Of course, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but the synthetic chemicals used in many shampoos can be harmful to your body.

Some of these artificial compounds can actually be absorbed through your scalp and skin upon application, and can potentially build up in the body. A few of the most common chemicals and ingredients you’ll want to keep an eye out for include parabens, pthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), certain preservatives, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. The first three are especially easy to spot since you’ll find them listed by those names.

It’s also important to clarify what really qualifies as an organic shampoo. The labels that you see on products fall into several USDA categories and some standards have to be met. To be labeled organic a product must include 70% or more organic ingredients. To be labeled certified organic, a product must include 95% or more organic ingredients.

Unfortunately, it can be tricky to find real organic products because of the nature of shampoo itself. Shampoo is a mostly water based product. That means that even if they contain all of the above chemicals due to the composition of the product it still may be possible to label it as organic! This obviously creates a big headache for eco conscious consumers trying to pick out and purchase the right kinds of products.

So when you’re shopping for organic shampoos you have to do more than just look for a “certified organic” label. That’s a good start, but you also have to evaluate the actual ingredients that the product contains. Look for an organics shampoo that includes either none of the chemicals listed above, or as few of them as possible. You can also look for some helpful hints, such as the “SLS-Free” label found on shampoos without sodium lauryl sulfate.

Everybody is going to have their own preferences for the shampoo products they use, and it’s no different in the world of organic shampoos. Luckily, there are some wonderful, natural fragrances you can select, and there are products that are chemical free while providing healthful benefits as well. Switching to organic shampoo will be good for your body over the long haul. Just be sure to evaluate the products you choose to make sure they are truly organic.

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Michelle June 5, 2010 at 9:12 am

Thank you for all of this helpful info! We have been eating organic and natural foods for awhile, but now I am more interested in swapping our skin care and shampoos out for more non-toxic products!

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