The Best Natural Conditioner (49+ Products Ranked!)

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Over the past two weeks, we audited 45+ of the most popular clean and organic hair conditioners on the market to see if their ingredients are as conscious as they claim.

Today we’ll be looking at…
  1. The issue of silicones in conventional conditioners.
  2. Other ingredients of concern in conditioners.
  3. The best, truly clean conditioners available and which ones to avoid.

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, some conventional conditioners are just bad for the hair, period.

These days, there’s no need to use a chemical-filled conditioner. Many brands offer natural and safer alternatives, filled with nourishing and natural oils, instead of synthetic chemicals that do more damage over time.

Today, we’ll be looking at 45+ conditioners that claim to be safe, clean, and conscious to see just how accurate these claims are.

Silicones in Conditioner: The Good, the Bad, and the Alternatives

Silicones are a common ingredient in many conventional conditioners, providing a variety of benefits, such as detangling, smoothing, and adding shine to hair.

However, they also have drawbacks, including potential environmental and hair health harm. In this section, we’ll explore the pros and cons of silicones in conditioners and sustainable alternatives for those seeking a cleaner hair care option.

The Role of Silicones in Conditioners

Silicones are synthetic compounds derived from silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. They are widely used in hair care products because they form a protective barrier around hair strands.

This barrier helps to:

  • Detangle hair, making it easier to comb and style
  • Smooth the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and providing a sleek appearance
  • Add shine by reflecting light off the hair surface
  • Protect hair from heat damage caused by styling tools

But all of these benefits come at a cost.

Over time, silicones can build up on hair strands, leading to various hair issues.

Silicone seals the hair and follicle, making it impervious to water. This can contribute in part to issues like:

  1. Weighing down hair: The protective barrier formed by silicones can make hair feel heavy and limp, especially for those with fine hair.
  2. Blocking moisture: The barrier can also prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft, leading to dryness and brittleness. On the other hand, the body might respond by expressing more sebum (oil) to combat the dryness, making the hair appear greasy.
  3. Dulling hair: Silicone buildup can cause hair to appear dull and lackluster, as the barrier prevents natural oils from nourishing the hair.
  4. Scalp irritation: Some individuals may experience scalp irritation, itching, or redness due to silicone sensitivity.

The Environmental Impact of Silicones in Conditioners

Despite their widespread use in hair care products, silicones are increasingly scrutinized due to their potential environmental impact.

These synthetic compounds in conditioners raise concerns about water pollution, harm to aquatic life, and depletion of non-renewable resources. In this section, we will delve deeper into the environmental consequences associated with the use of silicones in conditioners.

  • Water Pollution: When conditioners containing silicones are washed down the drain, the silicones enter our water systems. Wastewater treatment plants often struggle to remove these compounds, releasing silicones into rivers, lakes, and oceans. As  non-biodegradable substances, silicones persist in the environment, but silicones themselves are not harmful. BUT there are many types of silicone derivatives (silicones that have different chemical groups attached to them) that have been created for both industrial and consumer reasons, and more studies are still needed to understand their environmental impacts. 
  • Depletion of Non-Renewable Resources: The production of silicones is energy-intensive and relies on non-renewable resources, such as fossil fuels. These resources’ extraction, processing, and transportation contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating climate change. Moreover, the depletion of non-renewable resources raises concerns about the long-term sustainability of silicone production.

Alternatives to Silicones in Conditioners

For those seeking a cleaner and more sustainable option, several natural alternatives can replace silicones in conditioners:

Silicone seals the hair and follicle, making it impervious to water. This can contribute in part to issues like:

  1. Plant-based oils: Oils such as coconut, argan, and jojoba can provide many of the same benefits as silicones, including smoothing, detangling, and adding shine without the negative impact on your hair and the environment.
  2. Plant-based butters: Butters like shea, cocoa, and mango butter, are excellent alternatives to silicones as they can provide deep hydration and nourishment to hair. These natural ingredients form a protective barrier on the hair, locking in moisture and preventing frizz. Although heavier than natural oils, plant-based butters are particularly beneficial for individuals with very dry or damaged hair.
  3. Hydrolyzed proteins: Ingredients like hydrolyzed wheat, soy, or silk proteins can strengthen and moisturize hair while also providing some of the smoothing and shine-enhancing benefits of silicones.

Silicones have long been a go-to ingredient in hair conditioners, but as consumers and manufacturers become more environmentally conscious, the demand for alternative ingredients has grown. There have been many studies investigating home remedies for hair treatments that have been used in many different cultures which include many of the above, natural ingredients.

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.

Other Ingredients To Know About in Conditioners

Besides silicones, there are a few important ingredients to know about when researching conditioners. They include the following:

Synthetic Fragrances

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 protects the exact ingredient makeup of fragrances. These laws are why when you look at an ingredient label, you’ll almost always see “fragrance” or “parfum” — a long list of chemicals is 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.

However, the concerns don’t end there. Certain fragrances in conditioners can lead to skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even migraines for some individuals.

Moreover, some fragrances include phthalates, a group of chemicals that can be absorbed through the scalp

Known for their toxic plasticizing properties, phthalates have been associated with hormonal imbalances, birth defects, and are considered probable human carcinogens when exposed at high doses. Studies have detected phthalates in women’s urine following the use of products containing these chemicals. 

Opting for fragrance-free or naturally-scented conditioners can help minimize exposure to these potentially harmful substances and support a safer hair care routine.

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.

Parabens, often listed as methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, or propylparaben on product labels, are frequently used as preservatives. These chemicals can be absorbed through the scalp and have been associated with various health concerns, such as cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive toxicity.

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

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Some conditioners contain preservatives that slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Examples of these preservatives include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15.

Formaldehyde is known to cause irritation and respiratory reactions; it’s also been linked to cancer. For this reason, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives should be avoided in conditioners.

Harsh 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. Since all our conditioner goes down the drain into the water supply, it is important to think about the environmental impacts, but the good news is that most of it is biodegraded into nontoxic components quite quickly; the potentially bad news is that too much sulfate in the environment can cause increased algal growth that is harmful to aquatic life.

Methylisothiazolinone / Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone, commonly known as MI, is a prevalent preservative found in a variety of consumer goods, such as laundry detergents. Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) is a similar chemical. Despite its widespread use, MI has been linked to numerous health concerns, ranging from allergic reactions and potential neurotoxicity.

People with sensitive skin may be particularly vulnerable to skin irritation and allergic contact dermatitis caused by MI. In March 2013, MI was called the “Allergen of the Year” and has been restricted to rinse-off applications. Additionally, laboratory studies involving mammalian brain cells have suggested that MI could have developmental neurotoxic effects when exposed to low levels for prolonged periods, potentially impacting the neurological development of infants and children.

MI has also been shown to harm ecosystems as it can be toxic to aquatic life, but particularly at high concentrations, and is considered an emerging contaminant among scientists. Since all conditioners wash down the drain and end up in rivers, lakes etc., it is important to remain aware.

Synthetic Dyes

Synthetic dyes are a controversial topic in the world of beauty and personal care. Synthetic dyes were—in the past—produced from coal tar, but today most are made from petroleum.

It’s unclear whether dyes in wash-off products are as risky as when used in food.  When analyzing these conditioners, a standout ingredient was FD&C Yellow #6.

This colorant can be contaminated with benzidine, a cancer-causing agent. A 2018 in-vitro study found that Yellow #6 (along with other dyes) had an impact on inflammation.

At Better Goods, we recommend avoiding products with artificial dyes.

Behentrimonium Chloride

This is a controversial ingredient that can be found in many of the conditioners we analyzed. Some consider this ingredient to be unsafe. 

The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has stated that rinse-off hair products can use this ingredient in concentrations up to 5.0% without concern, while leave-on hair and facial products can contain up to 3.0%. In contrast to certain other quaternary compounds, this substance does not result in immediate skin irritation or delayed sensitization when used in concentrations greater than 5%.

For this reason, we consider this ingredient to be safe in conditioners. However, if you prefer to avoid it, you will find it identified in our conditioner analyses.

Ethoxylated Ingredients

Ethoxylated ingredients, such as PEGs (polyethylene glycols) and some polysorbates, are used as conditioners’ emulsifiers, solvents, and stabilizers. The ethoxylation process can lead to contamination with 1,4-dioxane, a potential human carcinogen. While 1,4-dioxane is often present in trace amounts, long-term exposure may pose health risks.

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.

Products are rated as follows…

BEST

This ranking is for the best of the best. Only exemplary brands will receive a ranking of best for any category.

GOOD

This ranking is for brands that are typically quite good, but don’t go above and beyond like our best choices.

IFFY

This ranking is for when we find something we find iffy. Not a good sign.

AVOID

This ranking is reserved for the worst of the worst.

Non-Toxic Conditioners Rated: Best

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

Rating: Best

Puracy

Natural Conditioner
Natural Conditioner
Rating: Best
Price: $9.99 ($0.83 per oz)

Puracy’s conditioner boasts a meticulously selected array of ingredients and a fully transparent fragrance blend. Its delightful scent is derived from essential oils, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Additionally, the brand provides refills, contributing to a more environmentally friendly option. Overall, this is an outstanding clean conditioner that we’re pleased to endorse.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Glyceryl Monostearate,
  • Behenyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride,
  • Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Isoamyl Laurate,
  • Diheptyl Succinate,
  • Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Coco-Glucoside,
  • Glyceryl Oleate,
  • Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride,
  • DL-Panthenol,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Squalane,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Ivy Extract (Hedera Helix Extract),
  • Soapbark Wood Extract (Quillaja Saponaria Wood Extract),
  • Black Walnut Leaf Extract (Juglans Nigra Leaf Extract),
  • Ginseng Root Extract (Panax Ginseng Root Extract),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Bergamot),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Eucalyptus)*,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Peppermint)*,
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Sodium Benzoate*
Rating: Best

EVOLVh

UltraShine Moisture Conditioner
UltraShine Moisture Conditioner
Rating: Best
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 our best 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*

Rating: Best

Avalon Organics

Thickening Biotin B-Complex Conditioner
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*

Rating: Best

Acure

Juice Cleanse Supergreens & Adaptogens Conditioner
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*

Rating: Best

Josh Rosebrook

Balance Conditioner
Balance Conditioner
Rating: Best
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*

Non-Toxic Conditioners Rated: Good

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

Rating: Good

Odele

Volumizing Conditioner
Volumizing Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $11.99 ($0.92 per oz)

Odele’s volumizing conditioner contains a good, clean list of ingredients. It’s scented with natural fragrance, and although the ingredients aren’t 100% natural, it’s still full of safe synthetics.

The mild scent of the conditioner is great for users with sensitivities to strong fragrances. This conditioner will rinse cleanly without leaving any residue, allowing for a longer time between washes. This is particularly beneficial for those who prefer a low-maintenance hair care routine.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Pendant Amaranth Seed Extract (Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract),
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Trideceth-12,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Linoleamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Dimethicone,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Alcohol,
  • Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate,
  • Phenoxyethanol*
Rating: Good

L’Oréal Paris

Everpure Sulfate-Free Simply Clean Conditioner with Essential Oil
Everpure Sulfate-Free Simply Clean Conditioner with Essential Oil
Rating: Good
Price: $9.99 ($1.18 per oz)

We were truly surprised to find a list of safe ingredients in L’Oreal’s Simply Clean conditioner. Although the ingredients aren’t natural and there are better conditioners to be found, in a pinch, this one is okay.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Benzoic Acid,
  • Trideceth-6,
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate,
  • Potassium Hydroxide,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil)
Rating: Good

Love Beauty and Planet

Smooth & Serene Conditioner
Smooth & Serene Conditioner
Rating: Good
Price: $6.99 ($0.52 per oz)

Although the label of this conditioner features the generic term “fragrance,” we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the brand goes the extra mile to provide a comprehensive ingredient breakdown of the fragrance used in their formulation. For this reason, we feel confident in giving this conditioner a Good rating.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil),
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*
Rating: Good

Shea Moisture

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Andalou Naturals

Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Sukin

Natural Balance Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Ethique

Conditioner Bar
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*

Rating: Good

Captain Blankenship

Sea Shine Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Desert Essence

Italian Red Grape Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Rahua

Hydration Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Reverie

Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Giovanni

Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

Innersense

Color Radiance Daily Conditioner
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*

Rating: Good

John Masters Organics

Repair Conditioner for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus
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*

Non-Toxic Conditioners Rated: Iffy

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

Rating: Iffy

Herbal Essences

Sulfate-Free Hair Conditioner with Jojoba Oil
Sulfate-Free Hair Conditioner with Jojoba Oil
Rating: Iffy
Price: $5.99 ($0.44 per oz)

Herbal Essences doesn’t quite meet clean standards with their “bio:renew” conditioner, which falls into the greenwashing category. Their formulation includes an undisclosed fragrance mixture and Polysorbate 20, which carries the risk of contamination with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide—both potential human carcinogens. Consequently, we can’t recommend this conditioner.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone,
  • Fragrance,
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Histidine,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Dicetyldimonium Chloride,
  • Glutamic Acid,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Polysorbate 20
Rating: Iffy

Native

Moisturizing Conditioner
Moisturizing Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $10 ($0.61 per oz)

Although we gave a good rating to Internet-popular brand Native’s fragrance-free deodorant, the same can’t be said for their conditioner. Containing undisclosed synthetic fragrances, we have to recommend skipping it for one of the better options on our list.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Glutamic Acid,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • 1,2-Hexanediol,
  • Fragrance
Rating: Iffy

Not Your Mother's

Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Conditioner
Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.99 ($0.59 per oz)

Not Your Mother’s conditioner contains undisclosed chemical fragrance, so we can’t recommend it.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Distearyldimonium Chloride,
  • Glycerin,
  • Quaternium-80,
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil,
  • Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil)*,
  • Green or White Tea Leaf Powder (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder),
  • Apple Extract (Malus Domestica Extract),
  • Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*
Rating: Iffy

MONDAY

Smooth Conditioner
Smooth Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $7.49 ($0.62 per oz)

Odele’s conditioner may have an appealing appearance, but the use of undisclosed fragrances in its formulation prevents us from endorsing it wholeheartedly.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Tetrasodium EDTA,
  • Isododecane,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Trideceth-12,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Fragrance
Rating: Iffy

Maui Moisture

Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Conditioner
Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $7.34 ($0.56 per oz)

Maui Moisture’s Coconut Milk Conditioner contains undisclosed chemical fragrance, so we can’t recommend it.

Ingredients

  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Water,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Alcohol,
  • Coconut Water (Cocos Nucifera Water),
  • Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract),
  • Guave Seed Oil (Psidium Guajava Seed Oil),
  • Mango Seed Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Panthenol,
  • Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer,
  • Diheptyl Succinate,
  • Polyquaternium-10,
  • Polyquaternium-37,
  • Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,
  • PPG-1 Trideceth-6,
  • Tapioca Starch,
  • Glycerin,
  • Propylene Glycol*,
  • DMDM Hydantoin,
  • Diazolidinyl Urea,
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate,
  • Fragrance
Rating: Iffy

Rhyme & Reason

Repair & Restore Conditioner
Repair & Restore Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.99 ($0.75 per oz)

Rhyme & Reason’s conditioner contains a few ingredients that we’d advise against using. With a couple of PEG components and an unspecified fragrance, we recommend opting for a different conditioner from the better choices available on our list.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Castor Seed Oil (Ricinus Communis Seed Oil),
  • Dimethicone,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Betaine,
  • Panthenol,
  • Wheat Amino Acids,
  • Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil (Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil),
  • Methoxy PEG/PPG-7/3Aminopropyl Dimethicone,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Fragrance,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Didecyldimonium Chloride,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Disodium EDTA
Rating: Iffy

Dove

RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Repair Conditioner
RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Repair Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $7.99 ($0.8 per oz)

As suspected, Dove’s “RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Repair Conditioner” in the green bottle contains chemical fragrance. For this reason, we don’t recommend it.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Moringa Seed Oil (Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil),
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Sodium Gluconate,
  • Sodium Citrate,
  • Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil),
  • Sh-polypeptide-121,
  • Lentil Seed Extract (Lens Esculenta Seed Extract),
  • Hydrolyzed Cicer Seed Extract,
  • Quinoa Seed Extract (Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract),
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*
Rating: Iffy

Michiru

Fullness Conditioner
Fullness Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $14.99 ($1.67 per oz)

Michuru’s conditioner has undisclosed chemical fragrance, making us unable to recommend it.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Silk Powder,
  • Semburi Extract (Swertia Japonica Extract),
  • Glycerin,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Panthenol,
  • Eucalyptus Leaf Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis Seed Oil),
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Niacinamide,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Fragrance,
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Acrylates Copolymer,
  • Zinc Pyrithione,
  • 1,2-Hexanediol,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Zinc Sulfate,
  • Sodium Chloride,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Linalool*
Rating: Iffy

Sun Bum

Revitalizing Conditioner
Revitalizing Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $10.99 ($1.1 per oz)

Although Sun Bum is mainly known for their chemical sunscreens, they also sell shampoo and conditioner. Much like those products in their lineup, their conditioner is full of ingredients we recommend avoiding.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Cetyl Esters,
  • Myristyl Alcohol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Banana Flower Extract (Musa Sapientum Flower Extract),
  • Banana Leaf Extract (Musa Sapientum Leaf Extract),
  • Banana Peel Extract (Musa Sapientum Peel Extract),
  • Banana Pulp Extract (Musa Sapientum Pulp Extract),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa,
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Citric Acid,
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone*,
  • Methylisothiazolinone*,
  • Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
Rating: Iffy

Renpure

Refreshing Moisture Conditioner
Refreshing Moisture Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $9.99 ($0.62 per oz)

Although this conditioner is packaged in an appealing green bottle and Renpure promotes itself as a clean brand, a few ingredients in this conditioner raise concerns.

Firstly, it contains undisclosed fragrance. Their website features a FAQ section addressing “What are the fragrances composed of?”, but it essentially responds by stating they won’t reveal the information.

Due to the presence of Polysorbate 20 and a PEG ingredient, we cannot recommend this greenwashing conditioner.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil)*,
  • Lemon Balm Leaf Extract (Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract),
  • Sage Leaf Extract (Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract),
  • Glycerin,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Trideceth-12,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Glycereth-26,
  • Silicone Quaternium-17,
  • Polysorbate 20,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Fragrance
Rating: Iffy

Garnier

Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner
Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $4.99 ($0.42 per oz)

Garnier’s “Pure Clean” conditioner doesn’t quite live up to its name. With chemical fragrance and BHT, we recommend avoiding it—an unfortunate greenwashing product from a large brand.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis Oil),
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Glycerin,
  • Fragrance,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Apple Extract (Pyrus Malus Extract),
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • BHT,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Linalool*,
  • Niacinamide,
  • Pyridoxine HCl,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride,
  • Sugar Cane Extract (Saccharum Officinarum Extract),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Hydroxypropyltrimonium Lemon Protein,
  • Lemon Peel Extract (Citrus Limon Peel Extract),
  • Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,
  • Green or White Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract),
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Sodium Benzoate*
Rating: Iffy

OGX

Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner
Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $10.69 ($0.82 per oz)

OGX, formerly known as “Organix” until a 2013 class-action lawsuit prompted a name change, has a conditioner that contains several ingredients we advise against. As a result, we cannot recommend this product.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Biotin,
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen,
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,
  • Ethyltrimonium Chloride Methacrylate/Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Copolymer,
  • Glycerin,
  • PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Polyquaternium-47,
  • Steareth-20,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Fragrance,
  • Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730),
  • Red 33 (CI 17200)
Rating: Iffy

Pantene

Miracle Moisture Boost Conditioner with Rose Water
Miracle Moisture Boost Conditioner with Rose Water
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.99 ($1.12 per oz)

With several ingredients on our list of ingredients to avoid, we recommend avoiding this conditioner.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone,
  • Fragrance,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Dicetyldimonium Chloride,
  • Glutamic Acid,
  • PEG-2M,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Panthenol,
  • Panthenyl Ethyl Ether,
  • Histidine,
  • Rose Flower Extract (Rosa Gallica Flower Extract),
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone*,
  • Methylisothiazolinone*
Rating: Iffy

Carol's Daughter

Born To Repair Nourishing Conditioner with Shea Butter
Born To Repair Nourishing Conditioner with Shea Butter
Rating: Iffy
Price: $13.99 ($1.27 per oz)

With both chemical fragrance and a few other ingredients on our iffy list, we can’t recommend this conditioner.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Isopropyl Myristate,
  • Cetyl Esters,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Fragrance,
  • Tartaric Acid,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Salicylic Acid*,
  • Babassu Oil (Orbignya Oleifera Oil),
  • Brazil Nut Seed Oil (Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil),
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Citric Acid
Rating: Iffy

Zotos Professional

Biotera Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner
Biotera Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $13 ($0.86 per oz)

This conditioner has several ingredients we recommend avoiding, therefore we recommend avoiding the product altogether.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Isopropyl Palmitate,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Fragrance,
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Polyquaternium-37,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Cetyl Esters,
  • Marula Seed Oil (Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil),
  • Sodium Gluconate,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,
  • Propylene Glycol*,
  • PPG-1 Trideceth-6,
  • Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract),
  • Citric Acid,
  • Lactobacillus Ferment,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Ginseng Root Extract (Panax Ginseng Root Extract),
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*
Rating: Iffy

Eva NYC

Mane Magic 10-in-1 Conditioner
Mane Magic 10-in-1 Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $13 ($1.48 per oz)

We cannot recommend Eva NYC’s shampoo due to the presence of various undesirable ingredients, including undisclosed chemical fragrances.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate,
  • Ethylhexyl Olivate,
  • Isododecane,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,
  • Hydrolyzed Baobab Seed Extract (Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Squalane,
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Sunflower Extract (Helianthus Annuus Extract),
  • Rice Extract (Oryza Sativa Extract),
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopherol,
  • VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer,
  • Benzalkonium Chloride,
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate*,
  • Quaternium-87,
  • Polyquaternium-10,
  • Polyquaternium-37,
  • Polyquaternium-80,
  • Cocamide MIPA,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Didecydimonium Chloride,
  • Methylpropanediol,
  • Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Fragrance
Rating: Iffy

Function of Beauty

Custom Straight Hair Conditioner
Custom Straight Hair Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $27 ($1.69 per oz)

Function of Beauty offers custom haircare and is available at both Target and online. Unfortunately, their products leave a lot to be desired regarding ingredient safety. Because their conditioners have chemical fragrance, we cannot recommend the brand.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Behenyl Alcohol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Quaternium-87,
  • Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Shea Butter Unsaponifiables (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Unsaponifiables),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract),
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer,
  • Ceteareth-20,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Diheptyl Succinate,
  • Propylene Glycol*,
  • Propoxytetramethyl Piperidinyl Dimethicone,
  • Dimethiconol Meadowfoamate,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Soybean Glycerides,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Trideceth-6,
  • Panthenyl Ethyl Ether,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Hexylene Glycol,
  • Phospholipids,
  • C11-15 Pareth-7,
  • PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Fragrance,
  • Citral*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Green 5 (CI 61570),
  • Violet 2 (CI 60725)
Rating: Iffy

Saltair

Moisture Bound Hydrating Conditioner
Moisture Bound Hydrating Conditioner
Rating: Iffy
Price: $12 ($0.86 per oz)

Saltair is a trendy TikTok brand that claims to be clean, but the products are hit-and-miss in the ingredient safety department.

Their conditioner contains undisclosed fragrance and dimethicone, so we analyzed many other conditioners with better ingredients. We recommend skipping this one.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Fragrance,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Squalane,
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Pagodatree Flower Extract (Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract),
  • Abyssinian Kale Seed Oil (Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil),
  • Souari Nut Fruit Oil (Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil),
  • Panthenol,
  • Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Ethyl Linoleate,
  • Butylene Glycol,
  • Ethyl Oleate,
  • Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride,
  • Polyquaternium-7,
  • Fenugreek Seed Extract (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Seed Extract),
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Ivy Extract (Hedera Helix Extract),
  • Burdock Extract (Arctium Lappa Extract),
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Tocopherol
Rating: Iffy

Derma E

Volume & Shine Restoring Conditioner
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*

Rating: Iffy

Earth Science

Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque
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*

Rating: Iffy

Live Clean

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Conditioner
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*

Rating: Iffy

Yes To

Tea Tree Scalp Relief Soothing Conditioner
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*

Non-Toxic Conditioners Rated: Avoid

These conditioners received our recommendation of “avoid”. They contain several ingredients that we recommend avoiding, and therefore, we cannot recommend them.

Rating: Avoid

Kristin Ess

The One Signature Conditioner
The One Signature Conditioner
Rating:Avoid
Price: $11 ($1.1 per oz)

We don’t recommend this Kristen Ess conditioner because it has quite a few ingredients that are best to avoid. The chemical fragrance is really strong (it’s even the 3rd ingredient on the list!) and it also contains methylisothiazolinone and BHT. We suggest looking for other options.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Panthenol,
  • Chia Seed Oil (Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil),
  • Hypneaceae Extract (Hypnea Musciformis Extract),
  • Sargassum Weed Extract (Sargassum Filipendula Extract),
  • Lychee Extract (Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract),
  • Red Mapleweed Extract (Gelidiella Acerosa Extract),
  • Algin,
  • Carrageenan,
  • Coco-Glucoside,
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin,
  • Sorbitol,
  • Chitosan,
  • Cetearamidoethyldiethonium Succinoyl Hydrolyzed Pea Protein,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,
  • Silicone Quaternium-3,
  • PEG-14,
  • PEG-33,
  • PPG-1 Trideceth-6,
  • Polyquaternium-37,
  • PEG-8 Dimethicone,
  • Trideceth-12,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane*,
  • Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,
  • Glycerin,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Isopropyl Palmitate,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone*,
  • Methylisothiazolinone*
Rating: Avoid

Garnier

Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner
Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner
Rating:Avoid
Price: $4.99 ($0.4 per oz)

Garnier’s Whole Blends conditioner falls squarely in the greenwashing pile. With unnecessary coal tar dyes and fragrance, much better conditioners are available on the market.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Black Wattle Flower Wax (Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax),
  • Sunflower Seed Wax (Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax),
  • Honey,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Potassium Hydroxide,
  • Trideceth-6,
  • Jojoba Esters,
  • Isopropyl Alcohol,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Polyglycerin-3,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Benzoic Acid,
  • Yellow 6 (CI 15985),
  • Yellow 5 (CI 19140),
  • Fragrance,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*
Rating: Avoid

Suave

Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner
Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner
Rating:Avoid
Price: $4.99 ($0.18 per oz)

Suave’s conditioner contains several ingredients we recommend avoiding. Chemical fragrance, paired with methylisothiazolinone and silicones puts this ingredient solidly in the “avoid” column.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Fragrance,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Lactic Acid*,
  • Amodimethicone,
  • Sodium Chloride,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • PEG-7 Propylheptyl Ether,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone*,
  • Methylisothiazolinone*,
  • Bitter Almond Kernel Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Amara Kernel Oil),
  • Sweet Almond Extract (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract),
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Limonene*
Rating: Avoid

Purezero

Biotin Strengthening Conditioner
Biotin Strengthening Conditioner
Rating:Avoid
Price: $5.99 ($0.5 per oz)

Containing both cyclopentasiloxane and chemical fragrance, we can’t recommend Purezero’s conditioner.

Ingredients

  • Water,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride*,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cyclopentasiloxane,
  • Biotin,
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,
  • Dimethiconol,
  • Polyquaternium-10,
  • Polyquaternium-37,
  • Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,
  • PPG-1 Trideceth-6,
  • Ethyl Alcohol,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Fragrance
Rating: Avoid

Love Beauty and Planet

Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume and Bounty Thickening Conditioner
Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume and Bounty Thickening Conditioner
Rating:Avoid
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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