Let me share my favourite yet affordable eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner today, all tried and tested, and under £10.
There are things I baulk at spending money on. Shampoo and conditioner are two of them. There are four long-haired heads that need to be washed in my family. Pricey sustainable shampoo simply isn’t practical for my budget.
There are lots of lovely-sounding eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners out there. They’re all paraben and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) free, with natural and organic ingredients.
The problem is the cost. I once got sent a press release for an organic shampoo. The cost? A whopping £45 for an average-sized bottle. For me, that would be a wildly extravagant luxury. I can’t even imagine spending that much money on shampoo.
Another time I got sent a sample of a very expensive shampoo. The instructions included a section on how you simply can’t use too much of their shampoo. Yup, when a bottle of shampoo costs more than a weekly food shop then I think you can definitely use too much shampoo.
However, there are a few really good eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner brands out there. These won’t break the bank, ruin your hair or compromise your eco-credentials. I thought I’d share my tried and tested relatively affordable eco-friendly favourites with you today.
The Best Affordable Eco-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner Brands
Here are my favourite eco-friendly and sustainable haircare brands. I’ve selected my favourites based on performance and cost, however, I’ve also considered the packaging too. Look out for brands that offer refill options, plastic-free options, and recycling options.
Faith in Nature
With a natural and refreshing citrus scent, it sorts out my fine slightly oily hair no end. I also love the Lavender and Geranium scent. In fact, I’ve not found a scent in their range that I have disliked!
What’s to love is that all Faith in Nature products are free from parabens, artificial fragrances, petro-chemical based ingredients, SLES, and synthetic preservatives. They also contain naturally derived ingredients, no synthetic additives, and are free from animal testing. On top of that, almost all Faith in Nature products are vegan-friendly too.
If you would rather skip the plastic bottle, Faith In Nature refill points are widely available across the UK. Here you can fill any of your own bottles, for zero-waste convenience.
The Beauty Kitchen Organic Shampoo
For some reason, my hair behaves best when I rotate which shampoo I use. So, at the moment I’m currently using Beauty Kitchen’s eco-friendly range of shampoo.
My favourite is the Everyday Gentle Organic Shampoo (£9.99 for 300ml at Ethical Superstore). It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy after a day as some shampoos do. Allergy sufferers may also be interested to know that it’s fragrance-free.
This organic shampoo is full of gentle, all-natural, and sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. And, what’s more, it’s approved as cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny Programme.
Another big sustainable plus point is that this eco-friendly shampoo comes in a plastic-free bottle. All metal, it’s fully recyclable.
Beauty Kitchen also sells an eco-friendly conditioner (again £9.99 for 300ml), with similar values.
For an extra sustainable touch, once you are finished any empty Beauty Kitchen bottle can be returned to the Beauty Kitchen for them to wash and reuse. These can be returned via over 1,000 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK.
If you don’t have a Holland & Barrett store near you, or if it’s not accessible to you, then you can also send back the metal bottles free of charge, via their Collect+ service. Again, this is only available in the UK.
Alter/Native by Suma
Suma’s Alter/Native range of eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner comes in at under £6 for a 400 ml bottle.
This range of effective but affordable shampoos and conditioners is certified vegan. And it is certified as cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny independent certification programme.
All of Suma’s products are made in the UK too, for a smaller carbon footprint.
In terms of ingredients, Suma’s hair care products are made with natural essential oils and plant-based ingredients. What’s more, they are free from parabens and SLES. To save plastic, you can also refill your bottle, or take any of your own empty bottles to refill at many Suma refill points across the country.
I’m also a fan of the Weleda Calendula range. The Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash (£7.50 for 250ml) is specially designed for babies. However, I’ve used this on my daughters since they were little and still love it now. I quite often pinch some and use it on my hair too!
It has a rich consistency and lovely lather, and I find it leaves my hair really soft and shiny. It also has a delicate smell of calendula to it, that’s not overpowering.
Because this shampoo is specifically formulated for babies, then if your scalp or skin is sensitive to shampoo then this could be a good one to try. Do check the ingredients beforehand though. Particularly if you know there is a specific ingredient that you know you are allergic to.
This vegan-friendly shampoo is formulated with beneficial ingredients like extracts of organic calendula. It’s also free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants, and raw materials derived from mineral oils.
Do also try my guide to organic baby shampoo, if it is specifically baby shampoo that you are looking for.
What About Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bars?
I didn’t forget about shampoo bars. It’s just that shampoo bars can be a bit of a different beast compared to liquid shampoo. Some come with a transition period. Some leave your hair feeling waxy. And some can dry your hair out. I’ve therefore polled 13,000 Moral Fibres Instagram followers, to produce this separate guide to the best shampoo bars for almost every hair type.
In terms of conditioning, I have a whole guide to plastic-free conditioner that you can check out.
Do you have a favourite affordable eco-friendly shampoo or conditioner? I’d love to hear!