Better Goods Personal Care

The Best Natural Conditioner (20+ Conditioners Rated on Ingredients)

Better Goods

Nov 9, 2021

best natural conditioner

Over the past two weeks, we audited 20+ of the most popular clean and organic hair conditioners on the market to see if their ingredients are as conscious as they claim.

Modern hair conditioner has been around for about 120 years. Over time, manufacturers have figured out a variety of chemical compounds they can add to the products to make them function better.

Some of these ingredients aren't exactly great for the hair, though. Much like shampoo, conditioner is a product many people use several times per week. Because the scalp is a sensitive area, slathering chemicals on it regularly raises a few alarms.

On top of that, conventional conditioners are just bad for the hair, period.
These days, there's no need to use a chemical-filled conditioner. Many brands out there offer natural and safer alternatives, filled with nourishing and natural oils, as opposed to synthetic chemicals that do more damage over time.

Today, we'll be looking at 15+ conditioners that claim to be safe, clean, and conscious to see just how accurate these claims really are.

Today we'll be looking at:

  • Why choose a natural conditioner?
  • The ingredients to be aware of in conventional conditioner.
  • Ratings for 20+ of the most popular clean conditioner brands.
  • A quick rundown of our recommended products.

Why You Should Consider a Natural Conditioner

Silicone is a common ingredient in many drugstore shampoos—a petroleum-derived chemical put into conditioner to make the hair feel soft after being coated in it. Over time, this silicone builds up, making the hair worse than before.

Silicone seals the hair and follicle, making it impervious to water. As a result, your hair might end up feeling overly dry and brittle. Or, the body might secrete excess sebum (oil) to combat the dryness, making the hair appear greasy.

Mainstream conditioner products also include fragrances, unsafe preservatives, and other ingredients that you should avoid. In the next section, we'll dive deeper into the ingredients you should be aware of.

Ingredients To Know About in Conditioners

There are a few important ingredients to know about when researching conditioners. They include the following:

Silicones

Many conventional conditioners use silicone to make the hair feel sleek and soft. Silicone coats the hair and is derived from petrochemicals. 

Silicones are occlusive, meaning they seal off the hair and follicle, keeping water from absorbing. Silicones tend to build up in the hair unless removed with a sulfate-rich shampoo, so it's essential to switch to both a clean condition and shampoo at the same time.

This build-up of silicone in the hair can cause it to dry out over time. In turn, the body can have one of two responses: either producing more oil and making it more greasy or getting dry and brittle.

Ultimately, silicone in shampoo or conditioner makes the hair look and feel better in the short term, but in the long term can cause more harm than good.

Fragrance

Most conditioners are loaded with chemical fragrance because we love how it leaves our hair smelling fruity or flowery. This isn't a good thing—these fragrances are made from a laundry list of unknown chemicals that can have unknown health effects.

A pair of laws in the USA protect the the exact ingredient makeup of fragrances. These laws are the reason why when you look at an ingredient label, you'll almost always see "fragrance" or "parfum" — there's a long list of chemicals hidden under that sneaky label.

Conscious conditioner brands might use essential oils or other naturally-derived fragrance ingredients, which are a better alternative. However, some people have sensitivities to these ingredients, so if you're someone with sensitive skin, this is something you should know.

Parabens

Conditioners sometimes contain a group of chemical preservatives called parabens. This controversial ingredient has come under scrutiny for its possible link to endocrine disruption and breast cancer. For this reason, you almost certainly won't find parabens in the ingredient list of conscious conditioner brands.

Preservatives are a necessary part of beauty and personal care products. Preservation is critical with any product that contains water, aloe, or essential oils because there is a risk of mold and bacterial growth. This growth can sometimes be invisible to the naked eye.

Look for safer alternatives to parabens like phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate.

Sulfates (SLS and SLES)

Sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are used in shampoos, conditioners, detergents, and soaps for their ability to generate the thick lather you associate with cleaning.

SLS and SLES aren't as common in conditioners as in shampoos, but they can still be found.

The jury is out on exactly how dangerous these sulfates might be, but since it's easy to find conditioners without them, they're easy to avoid.

SLS and SLES are harsh on the hair, causing it to dry out over time.

They're also potentially irritating to the skin and eyes and linked to other more severe health effects like cancer. SLS is also dangerous to aquatic life, and since it all goes down the drain into the water supply, this is not a good thing.

Polyethylene Glycols (PEG)

These ingredients are petroleum-derived thickening agents. The issue with PEG ingredients is that they may contain measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane through contamination, depending on the manufacturing process.

These two contaminants are dangerous to human health, and consumers can't know if the products they use every day contain these chemicals.

For this reason, we never recommend products that have PEG compounds.

Our Methodology

We researched the internet, online stores, and social media for the most popular clean and natural conditioners.

Each ingredient in every product was researched and analyzed for safety based on available public research. Where possible, we include sources for all information.

Products are ranked from best to worst with an internal score based on the ingredient rankings.

Below is our list of natural conditioner ratings. They're rated on this scale:

Best ???? – These products are the best of the best. They contain great ingredients, are non-toxic and are often the best choice for our environment.

Good – These products are typically quite good, but don’t go above and beyond like our best choices.

Iffy – These products are typically okay, but have some issues that make us unable to give them a “Good” rating. Often times they contain ingredients or materials that are questionable.

Bad – These products typically have toxic ingredients or issues that make them dangerous or unsuitable to use. These products should typically be avoided.

Best

These conditioners are the best of the best in the world of natural and organic shampoos. They're free of harsh chemicals, contain organic ingredients, and any of them are a great choice.

Avalon Organics

Thickening Biotin B-Complex Conditioner
Rating: Best🌟
Price: $11 ($0.79 per oz)

Avalon Organics offers an affordable and clean hair conditioner full of organic and natural ingredients. Organic aloe, coconut oil, water and fatty alcohols make up the base of this natural conditioner.

For all of these reasons, we give it our top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Water,
  • Brassica Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate,
  • Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer,
  • Cedar Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil),
  • Lime Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia Oil),
  • Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Limon Peel Oil)*,
  • Grapefruit Peel Oil (Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil),
  • Eucalyptus Leaf Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil),
  • Red Cedar Wood Oil (Juniperus Virginiana Wood Oil),
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil),
  • Ginger Root Oil (Zingiber Officinale Root Oil),
  • Organic Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa Kernel Extract),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Quinoa Seed (Chenopodium Quinoa Seed),
  • Orange Fruit Extract (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract)*,
  • Grapefruit Fruit Extract (Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Carrot Root Extract (Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract),
  • Organic Lavender Extract (Lavandula Angustifolia Extract),
  • Organic Avocado Extract (Persea Gratissima Extract),
  • Organic Raspberry Fruit Extract (Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Saw Palmetto Extract (Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Tomato Leaf/Stem/Fruit Extract (Solanum Lycopersicum Leaf/Stem/Fruit Extract),
  • Biotin,
  • Niacinamide,
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Organic Alcohol,
  • Arachidyl Alcohol,
  • Arginine,
  • Behenyl Alcohol,
  • Beta-Caryophyllene,
  • Calcium Gluconate,
  • Diheptyl Succinate,
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Citral*,
  • Limonene*

Potential irritants: 7*

Acure

Juice Cleanse Supergreens & Adaptogens Conditioner
Rating: Best🌟
Price: $9.99 ($1.25 per oz)

This conditioner from Acure strikes the perfect balance of natural and safe ingredients with an affordable price point. With a pleasant scent, great price, and clean ingredients, we give this conditioner our top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Stearalkonium Chloride*,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Ashwagandha Root Extract (Withania Somnifera Root Extract),
  • Sprulina Extract (Spirulina Maxima Extract),
  • Kale Leaf Extract (Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract),
  • Spinach Extract (Spinacia Oleracea Extract),
  • Mushroom Extract (Ganoderma Lucidum Extract),
  • Cordyceps Sinensis Extract,
  • Holy Basil Leaf Extract (Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract),
  • Turmeric Extract (Curcuma Longa Extract),
  • Organic Blackberry Fruit Extract (Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Acai Berry Fruit Extract (Euterpe Oleracea Extract),
  • Organic Rose Hip Fruit Extract (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract)*,
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus Linearis Extract),
  • Organic Pomegranate Extract (Punica Granatum Extract),
  • Organic Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Sweet Orange Extract (Citrus Sinensis Extract),
  • Jasmine Oil (Jasminum Officinale Oil)*,
  • Bladderwrack/Seaweed Extract (Fucus Vesiculosus Extract),
  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Black Pepper Oil (Piper Nigrum Oil),
  • Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus Bud Oil)*,
  • Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Limon Peel Oil)*,
  • Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Mandarin Peel Oil (Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil)*,
  • Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita Oil),
  • Camphor Wood Oil (Cinnamomum Camphora Oil),
  • Balsam Peru (Myroxylon Pereirae Oil),
  • Red Cedar Wood Oil (Juniperus Virginiana Wood Oil),
  • Lavandin Oil (Lavandula Hybrida Oil),
  • Vetiver Root Oil (Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil),
  • Cardamom Seed Oil (Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil),
  • Tonka Seed Bean Extract (Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract),
  • West Indian Rosewood Bark Oil (Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil),
  • Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil,
  • Java Almond Gum Oil (Canarium Commune Gum Oil),
  • Arginine,
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Canarium Luzonicum Gum Nonvolatiles,
  • Sodium Levulinate,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*

Potential irritants: 11*

Good

These conditioners didn't quote reach a "best" rating, but are still a safe choice and contain good, natural and safe ingredients.

EVOLVh

UltraShine Moisture Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $28 ($3.29 per oz)

This conditioner from EVOLVh has a long list of organic and clean ingredients. None stand out as ingredients of concern, and for this reason, it deserves a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Dicapryl Succinate,
  • Brassica Glycerides,
  • Organic Palm Kernel Oil (Elaeis Guineensis Kernel Oil),
  • Organic Lecithin,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Ivy Extract (Hedera Helix Extract),
  • Comfrey Extract (Symphytum Officinale Extract),
  • Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba Bark Extract),
  • Camellia Leaf Extract (Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum Butter),
  • Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Organic Soybean Seed Extract (Glycine Soja Extract),
  • Organic Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Soy Amino Acids,
  • Vitamin C from Organic Rosehip Oil (Rosa Mosqueta Hip Oil),
  • Wild Pansy Extract (Viola Tricolor Extract),
  • Sweet Clover Extract (Melilotus Offincialis Extract),
  • Apricot Fruit Extract (Prunus Armeniaca Fruit Extract),
  • Watercress Flower/Leaf Extract (Nasturtium Officinale Extract),
  • Nectarine Fruit Extract (Prunus Percisa Nectarina Extract),
  • Passionfruit Flower Extract (Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract),
  • Grapefruit Peel OIl (Citrus Grandis Peel Oil),
  • Organic Dehydroacetic Acid,
  • Organic Benzyl Alcohol*

Potential irritants: 1*

Shea Moisture

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $11.99 ($0.92 per oz)

With a base of organic shea butter, coconut oil and fatty alcohols, this is a natural conditioner with a clean list of ingredients. It also is one of the least expensive conditioners we looked at, making it a good budget purchase.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend)*,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Panthenol,
  • Peppermint Leaf Extract (Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract)*,
  • Glycerin,
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Macadamia Gympie Nut Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil),
  • Castor Seed Oil (Ricinus Communis Seed Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin,
  • Buriti Fruit Oil (Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil),
  • Yeast Extract,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol,
  • Clover Flower Extract (Trifolium Pratense Flower Extract),
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Vinegar,
  • Niacin,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Caramel

Potential irritants: 4*

Ethique

Conditioner Bar
Rating: Good
Price: $17 ($8.02 per oz)

This solid and waste-free conditioner bar gets a good rating for its clean list of ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. Solid hair care products can be somewhat of a challenge for new users and might not be for everyone, but it’s worth giving this one a try.

Ingredients:

  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Panthenol,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Lime),
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Dehydroacetic Acid,
  • Mica,
  • Citral*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 5*

Sukin

Natural Balance Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $9.99 ($0.59 per oz)

This conditioner from Sukin has a clean and simple list of ingredients and is scented with essential oils. It also comes in at an affordable pricing, making it a brand we can recommend.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil),
  • Glycerin,
  • African Baobab Seed Oil (Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil),
  • Field Horsetail Leaf Extract (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract),
  • Burdock Extract (Arctium Lappa Extract),
  • Nettle Leaf Extract (Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract),
  • Tangerine Peel Oil (Citrus Tangerina Peel Oil)*,
  • Mandarin Peel Oil (Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil)*,
  • Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil),
  • Vanillin,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 7*

Andalou Naturals

Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $9.99 ($0.87 per oz)

Organic aloe makes up the main ingredient of this coinditioner, which also contains organic sunflower oil, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and other natural ingredients. With no ingredients of concern and a great price, we can recommend this conditioner.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Water,
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Guar Gum (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum),
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Organic Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis),
  • Organic BioActive Berry Complex,
  • Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Arginine,
  • Threonine,
  • Serine,
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Panthenol,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus Linearis Extract),
  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Tea Leaf Extract),
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Vanilla Isolates,
  • Organic Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*

Potential irritants: 5*

Captain Blankenship

Sea Shine Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $28 ($2.8 per oz)

Like the shampoo we audited from Captain Blankenship, their conditioner is also full of clean and safe ingredients. Organic aloe and coconut oil make up the base of this conditioner, making it a a product we can recommend.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Brassica Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Organic Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis Virginiana Extract),
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Organic Glycerin,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Giant Kelp Extract (Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract),
  • Organic Spirulina Extract (Spirulina Maxima Extract),
  • Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract (Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Bladderwrack/Seaweed Extract (Fucus Vesiculosus Extract),
  • Organic Seaweed Extract (Chondrus Crispus Extract),
  • Organic Lime Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia Peel Oil)*,
  • Balsam Peru Oil (Myroxylon Balsamum Pereirae Oil),
  • Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Sea Salt,
  • Water,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Brassicyl Valinate Esylate,
  • Triheptanoin,
  • Alcohol,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Glyceryl Undecylenate,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Sodium Phytate

Potential irritants: 3*

Desert Essence

Italian Red Grape Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $8.99 ($1.12 per oz)

The only problem we have with this conditioner is that the brand doesn’t disclose what the ingredients are in their fragrance. Other than that, the ingredients are clean and the price is affordable. For this reason, we give it a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Glycerin,
  • Resveratrol,
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Maca Root Extract (Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract),
  • Organic Yucca Cactus (Yucca Brevifolia Root Extract),
  • Organic Comfrey Extract (Symphytum Officinale Extract),
  • Organic Nettle Leaf Extract (Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Giant Kelp Extract (Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract),
  • Organic Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba Bark Extract),
  • Panthenol,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Dehydroacetic Acid,
  • Potassium Sorbate

Potential irritants: 6*

Rahua

Hydration Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $38 ($4.09 per oz)

Rahua unfortunately doesn’t disclose the ingredients in their fragrance, but they do label it as natural. That issue aside, the rest of the ingredients are good, and we give it a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Herbal Infusion (Organic Mango Extract, Organic Passionfruit Extract, Organic Aloe Extract, Organic Green Tea Extract),
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Rahua Oil (Oenocarpus Bataua Oil),
  • Inca Inchi Seed Oil (Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil),
  • Sucrose,
  • Morete Fruit Oil (Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein,
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Kaolinite,
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Citronella Oil (Cymbopogon Nardus Oil),
  • Glycine,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Potential irritants: 3*

Reverie

Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $40 ($4.73 per oz)

Reverie’s conditioner has a clean list of ingredients and the only downside is the high price—this was the most expensive conditioner we reviewed. We give it a good rating, but would recommend other products with more affordable price tags.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Esters,
  • Biosaccharide Gum-1,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Babassu Nut Oil (Orbignya Speciosa Nut Oil),
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Sodium Lactate,
  • Arginine,
  • Aspartic Acid,
  • PCA*,
  • Glycine,
  • Alanine,
  • Serine,
  • Valine,
  • Proline,
  • Threonine,
  • Isoleucine,
  • Histidine,
  • Phenylalanine,
  • Pracaxi Seed Oil (Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil),
  • Babassu Kernel Oil (Orbignya Speciosa Kernel Oil),
  • Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter),
  • Acai Berry Fruit Oil (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil),
  • Grapefruit Peel Oil (Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil),
  • Neroli Flower Oil (Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil),
  • Lemon Myrtle Leaf Oil (Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil),
  • Bergamot Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Bergamia Peel Oil Expressed)*,
  • Geranium Flower Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil)*,
  • Jasmine Flower Oil (Jasminum Grandiflorum Flower Oil),
  • Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract),
  • Sandalwood Oil (Santalum Spicatum Wood Oil),
  • Cardamom Seed Oil (Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil),
  • Balsam Peru Resin Extract (Myroxylon Balsamum Pereirae Resin Extract),
  • Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin Oil),
  • Bisabolol,
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Dehydroacetic Acid,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*

Potential irritants: 7*

Giovanni

Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $9.99 ($1.18 per oz)

This conditioner from Giovanni has a great list of organic and natural ingredients. The brand isn’t transparent regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but they do claim it’s all-natural. All in all, this is a good conditioner based on its ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetrimonium Bromide,
  • Glycerin,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein,
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Orange Fruit Extract (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Grapefruit Fruit Extract (Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Lemongrass Extract (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract),
  • Organic Purple Coneflower Extract (Echinacea Purpurea Extract),
  • Organic Soybean Seed Extract (Glycine Soja Extract),
  • Organic Lavender Extract (Lavandula Angustifolia Extract),
  • Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Organic Giant Kelp Extract (Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract),
  • Organic Mango Fruit Extract (Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba Bark Extract)

Potential irritants: 3*

Josh Rosebrook

Balance Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $35 ($4.38 per oz)

This is an excellent organic conditioner based on its ingredients. Orgnaic aloe, water, organic coconut oil and several other natural oils make up the base of this product. The only downside is that this was the second most expensive conditioner we reviewed. However, it is a great product based on its ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Water,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Camelina Seed Oil (Camelina Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil),
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Nettle Leaf Extract (Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Catnip Extract (Nepeta Cataria Extract),
  • Organic Alfalfa Extract (Medicago Sativa Extract),
  • Organic Rose Hip Fruit Extract (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract)*,
  • Organic Flax Seed Oil (Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil),
  • Organic Linden Extract (Tilia Cordata Extract),
  • Organic Peppermint Leaf Extract (Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract)*,
  • Organic Dandelion Leaf Extract (Taraxacum Officinale Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Burdock Extract (Arctium Lappa Extract),
  • Organic Field Horsetail Leaf Extract (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea Oil),
  • Organic Chamomile Extract,
  • Organic Ginseng Root Extract (Panax Quinquefolium Root Extract),
  • Organic Oregano Leaf Extract (Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Thyme Extract (Thymus Vulgaris Extract),
  • Organic Lavender Extract (Lavandula Angustifolia Extract),
  • Organic Goldenseal Extract (Hydrastis Canadensis Extract),
  • Organic Cinnamon Extract (Cinnamomum Verum Extract)*,
  • Organic Cayenne Pepper Fruit Extract (Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Guar Gum (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Organic Vinegar,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Litsea Cubeba),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Rose),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Rosemary),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Orange)

Potential irritants: 2*

Innersense

Color Radiance Daily Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $30 ($3 per oz)

This conditioner is made for chemically-treated or dyed hair, and contains a clean list of ingredients. The scent is from essential oils, and has a pleasant citrus aroma.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Organic Aloe Gel (Aloe Barbadensis Gel),
  • Stearalkonium Chloride*,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Organic Rice Extract (Oryza Sativa Seed Extract),
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil),
  • Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey,
  • Sorbic Acid,
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa Bran Oil),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Green or White Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract),
  • Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Avocado Extract (Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract),
  • Mango Fruit Extract (Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract),
  • Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Hexyl,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Limonene*

Potential irritants: 8*

John Masters Organics

Repair Conditioner for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus
Rating: Good
Price: $59 ($3.69 per oz)

The ingredients list of this conditioner is relatively clean and natural, with organic aloe and sunflower oil making up the base. With this conditioner, the only concern is a seemingly large number of potential irritants. However, this shouldn’t be a concern for those that don’t have sensitive skin.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Coconut Alkanes,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Panthenol,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Organic Ylang Ylang Flower Oil (Cananga Odorata Flower Oil)*,
  • Organic Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil),
  • Organic Cedar Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil),
  • Calcium Gluconate,
  • Organic Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Organic Honey,
  • Organic Roselle Flower Extract (Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract),
  • Limonene*,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Isoeugenol*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Citral*

Potential irritants: 13*

Iffy

The conditioners that received a rating of "Iffy" either contained unknown fragrance or silicone.

Derma E

Volume & Shine Restoring Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $9.99 ($1 per oz)

The main reason that we give this product an iffy rating is because it contains silicone. In conditioner, silicone coats the hair and follicle, making the hair feel softer and moisturized. However, silicone builds up in the hair over time, ultimately causing it to be more damaged and dry. At Better Goods, we do not recommend conditioners with silicone.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearalkonium Chloride*,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa,
  • Lemongrass Leaf Extract (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Leaf Extract),
  • Arnica Extract (Arnica Montana Flower Extract)*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 7*

Earth Science

Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.24 ($1.37 per oz)

This product contains “fragrance” and it’s unclear what the ingredient makeup of it is. We reached out to the brand to ask about their fragrance, but as of November 2021, we haven’t heard anything back.

For this reason, we must give it a rating of “iffy”.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Trideceth-12,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Panthenol,
  • Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Silk Protein,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Cetyl Esters,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Fragrance

Potential irritants: 4*

Live Clean

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $5.18 ($0.43 per oz)

The main issue we have with this conditioner from Live Clean is the inclusion of “fragrance” on the ingredient label. It’s unclear what the makeup of this fragrance is, and for this reason, we give it a negative rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer,
  • Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Organic Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract),
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid),
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Castor Seed Oil (Ricinus Communis Seed Oil),
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Carnauba Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Wax),
  • Diheptyl Succinate,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Glycerin,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Linalool*,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Fragrance,
  • Citric Acid

Potential irritants: 8*

Yes To

Tea Tree Scalp Relief Soothing Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.99 ($0.75 per oz)

This conditioner contains fragrance, and it’s unclear whether this is a natural or synthetic. Regardless, we do not give top ratings to products that are not transparent with their fragrance ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate,
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil)*,
  • Sage Oil (Salvia Officinalis Oil),
  • Menthol,
  • Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Limon Peel Oil)*,
  • Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Sweet Potato Root Extract (Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract),
  • Candlenut Seed Oil (Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil),
  • Cypress Seed OIl (Cupressus Sempervirens Seed Oil),
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Salicylic Acid*,
  • Niacinamide,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Sorbic Acid,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Fragrance,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 9*

Bad

Only one conditioner we audited received a rating of "bad". It contained several ingredients that we recommend avoiding, and therefore, we cannot recommend it.

Love Beauty and Planet

Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume and Bounty Thickening Conditioner
Rating: Bad
Price: $8.99 ($0.67 per oz)

Like the shampoo from Love Beauty and Planet that we audited, this conditioner contains several ingredients that we’d strongly suggest avoiding. There is chemical fragrance, along with methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. For this reasons, we don’t recommend it.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Black Wattle Flower Extract (Acacia Decurrens Flower Extract),
  • Coconut Water (Cocos Nucifera Water),
  • Fragrance,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone,
  • Methylisothiazolinone,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 3*

Conclusion: Which Natural Conditioner Should I Buy?

Two products stood out from the crowd during our audit:

  • Thickening Biotin B-Complex Conditioner from Avalon Organics ($0.79 per oz)
  • Juice Cleanse Supergreens & Adaptogens Conditioner from Acure ($1.25 per oz)

Both of these natural conditioners strike the perfect balance between clean ingredients and price, and are our recommended products. If you prefer a specific brand, any of the products rated "Good" or "Best" are a safe bet, too.

 
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