Toxin-free hair care products are hard to come by. DIY natural alternatives usually involve castile soap which can damage your hair when used over time. There has to be a better option, right?
I went on the hunt for the perfect shampoo and conditioner bases, free of the nasty chemicals that can be found in most store-bought shampoo and conditioners. I also wanted to make sure to find a conditioner base that works well with essential oils.
Here are some of the toxic chemicals typically found in shampoos and conditioners. These are ingredients I want to avoid in my shampoo and conditioners.
Here Are 5 Nasty Chemicals in Conditioners
1. Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
This strong detergent can be irritating and can cause hair to become brittle.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Creates foam but also strips the color of dyed hair. It also can cause irritation.
According to the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption, there is strong evidence that parabens can disrupt the endocrine system. There are also some studies showing parabens can cause skin allergies.
Many shampoos include alcohol which have a drying affect on the hair. Note – this is different from cetyl alcohol, which actually helps your hair retain moisture.
5. Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic Fragrances contain thousands of hidden chemicals that can disrupt the reproductive system and may cause cancer or asthma.
What’s in Our Simply Earth Conditioner Base?
We love our Simply Earth Conditioner Base. It’s Silicone, SLS, SLES, Paraben, and Fragrance free! You read that right. None of those nasty chemicals commonly found in shampoos and conditioners.
So let’s dive into what’s in our conditioner base. While our conditioner base is very good, and I personally love it, there are a few ingredients that you may want to do some research to decide if they work for you on your toxin-free journey.
Here’s a look at every ingredient in our conditioner base. I’ll share any concerns there may be for an ingredient so you can make the best decision for you.
I’m using EWG’s Skin Deep database for these scores and information (you can find a link to this site at the end of this article).
Pretty self explanatory. Allows our shampoo to rinse well and helps give us its creamy consistency.
Glyceryl Stearate SE | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
This ingredient is an emulsifying agent allowing water and oil to mix to create this conditioner. It’s a wax-like substance derived from vegetable, soy or palm kernel oil.
Stearalkonium Chloride | EWG Skin Deep Score: 3-5
This chemical does not receive the best score from Skin Deep. The concerns with this chemical are primarily related to allergy concerns.
However it is considered safe to use in cosmetics when used in restricted amounts, like in our conditioner base.
This ingredient softens hair.
Cetyl Alcohol | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
This is not the harmful alcohol we mentioned earlier in this post. It’s very different from the alcohol that dries out and damages hair.
In fact, cetyl alcohol softens and moisturizes our hair. It makes detangling hair easy.
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
This protein softens and smoothes hair while improving shine and manageability of hair.
Panthenol | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
Stimulates your scalp to support hair growth and scalp health.
Phenoxyethanol | EWG Skin Deep Score 2 (when used as intended)
This ingredient in our conditioner base has a EWG score range 2-4 depending on how it’s used. Most of this ingredient’s concerns are related to being used on and around the mouth.
It gets a 2 rather than a 1 because in a study2 it was found to be linked to allergic-like reactions on the skin. However I have sensitive skin and have used this shampoo for almost a year without any issues.
This ingredient is used as a preservative.
Shea Butter | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, your hair will thank you for putting this natural ingredient into your hair. It will moisturize your hair and leave it shiny.
Argan Oil | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
This oil hydrates and softens hair. It also can improve your hair’s elasticity and shine. It can even soothe a dry, itchy scalp.
Rosemary Extract | EWG Skin Deep Score: 1
This natural additive is stimulating and will support hair growth.
Is This Conditioner Base Right for You?
In my experience, conditioners that cut out common toxic ingredients used in store bought conditioners are difficult to rinse and leave your hair greasy.
The ingredients in this conditioner base make my hair soft and manageable while rinsing away well.
Almost all of the ingredients in this conditioner base get the amazing score of 1 from EWG Skin Deep.
This conditioner base is also
- Vegan Certified
- Kosher Certified
How to Use the Simply Earth Conditioner Base
Our conditioner base is great by itself. But you can also add essential oils and other natural ingredients to it to create a customized conditioner that works for you!
For our conditioner base, you can add natural ingredients up to 2% of the conditioner’s total volume. This is 0.16 oz or about 1 tsp in our 8 oz containers.
When adding essential oils to your conditioner, we recommend keeping your dilution rate to 0.5% to 1% (23 – 47 drops). Since our conditioner bottles are made of PET plastic, they’re safe to use with essential oils. You can go ahead and add the essential oils right to your conditioner.
If you’re using one of these shampoo recipes with our shampoo base, feel free to also use it in your conditioner base.
You can also try adding hydrosols or carrier oils to your conditioner base. Here’s a list of some of my favorite recipes.
Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.