I’ve compiled this list of shampoos based on feedback from people in a Mast Cell Activation disorders forum. We’re all different, so the shampoo that one person tolerates may not work for the next person. This list offers a starting point for finding a product that may work for you.
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The most votes went to Free & Clear™ Shampoo. The makers of Vanicream offer this sensitive skin formulation that’s free potential trouble some ingredients. It’s made without dyes, fragrances, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers. It’s also free of preservatives, protein, gluten, sulfate, and phosphate. A full ingredient list can be found here.
Coming in at second place is Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid soap. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap isn’t just for the body, it’s a gentle choice for hair as well. This non-GMO, vegan soap isn’t tested on animals. Water and certified fair trade organic coconut oil are the top two ingredients. Find the full ingredient list here.
In third place is Renpure® Advanced Extra Strength Bamboo Coconut Water Shampoo. This shampoo strengthens with bamboo fibers and moisturizes with coconut water. Renpure’s website reports that they are committed to ethical sourcing of their ingredients and their products are not tested on animals. This shampoo is not fragrance free however, so it may not be a good choice for people who don’t tolerate fragrances well. I was unable to find a full ingredient list to link to online.
Nurture my Body™ brand offers several fragrance-free shampoo options. You can choose from their Baby Shampoo & Baby Wash, Everyday Shampoo, Moisturizing Shampoo, or Natural Volumizing Shampoo. All of their shampoos contain certified organic ingredients and are sulfate-free. The company doesn’t test on animals, and the manufacturing takes place in the USA. Ingredients for the Baby Shampoo & Body Wash are listed here.
Shea Moisture® Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo was recommended. It’s sulfate-free and also contains no parabens, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde or propylene. Shea Moisture’s products are cruelty free. And the company advertises its commitment to ethically traded, sustainably produced ingredients. This shampoo is scented with essential oils. Find the full ingredient list here.
Yes to™ Carrots Nourishing Shampoo was also nominated. Formulated for normal to dry hair, this cruelty free, paraben free shampoo does contain fragrance. Click here for the full ingredient list.
I’m tempted to give this shampoo a try just based on the name. Loaded Goat Homestead is a family owned business that offers five different eco-friendly shampoos. All of their options are scented with essential oils and are free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic foaming agents. Loaded Goat Homestead brand isn’t sold on Amazon.com, but you can read the full ingredient list and make your purchase here.
Some folks prefer to wash their hair with a simple mix of baking soda and water. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which is an alkaline substance. I found some online reports celebrating the results of using baking soda and water in place of shampoo, and other reporting the pH didn’t work for their hair texture.
Best wishes in finding a shampoo that works for you!