Why can’t I find organic shampoo?

Hi Larry, I’ve been a hair stylist for 30 years and struggle with finding the purist haircare possible. I don’t see any hair cleansers in your lineup (?)


If I could figure out how to make a truly organic shampoo I would be emailing you from a sailboat in the South Pacific.

Here is what I have learned from working on this for the past 20 years:

1) Hair does not like essential oils esp when used over time.

2) Fine hair does real well with the Butter Bar (I have been using it for over 10 years with great results) but most Americans are not used to washing their hair with a bar soap and only fine hair gets good results.

3) Liquid soaps as is are too drying except as a Dreads Wash – where they work very well.

4) We have a mild gel soap marketed as BabyWash and Shampoo (no essential oils). Most babies tend to have fine hair and often do not get their hair washed every day so we are generally getting good results from that product. You can give a try and see how it works for you.

5) And lastly, soap based products tend to lighten hair and remove color. Dyed hair and soap are not a mix.

This leaves us the option of making a better detergent shampoo. It would have to be a less than natural formulation but we could make it less harmful that most formulations out there. Not sure we want to go in that direction but it would be worth polling our customers to learn what they want.

All the Best!



  1. Michelle on February 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    It’s all about choices. Keep it simple. Make it safe. Would love to have a SAFER choice from VS for a shampoo.

  2. April on March 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Not many comments here but I would love to see a shampoo replacement product. Perhaps you can’t make one as non toxic as the rest of your products but anything has to be better than what is out there now right?

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