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Best shampoos for under $10

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Reviewed by Marta August 14, 2010 8 Comments

The gauntlet was thrown by Sarah, who sent me an email asking me to track down the best shampoos for under $10. Plus she qualified it by saying organic. I interpreted this to be mostly natural. Predictably, I spent a depressing afternoon wading through complete rubbish masquerading as “natural shampoo”.  Happily, though I tracked down some shampoos for less than $10 that look pretty good and I even encountered a new brand (new to me, I mean) called Bentley Organic.

At $8.99 Bentley Organic’s mostly organic shampoo looks worth testing out (note, the only one of these shampoo picks that I have actually used is Burt’s Bees). I like that Bentley contains passion flower extract, a good source of chrysin that is supposed to thicken hair.

Although I haven’t tried Whenever Shampoo ($7.95), I am a regular user of Kiss My Face’s toothpaste. Organic herbs associated with hair and scalp health reside with mild cleansing ingredients such as olefin sulfonate and coco betaine. Plus there’s absolutely nothing not to like.

Yes To Carrots Pampering Carrot Juice Shampoo ($8.99) is, of course, no brainer. Not only does it harvest ingredients organically, it manages to pack in an awful lot of hard working botanical alongside its ubiquitous carrots and Dead Sea water.  Value for money-wise, Yes To is hard to beat. Except that is by Burt’s Bees, whose Volumizing Shampoo ($8.88) lives up to its promise and majors on antioxidant pomegranate.

Two brands that I think have just got better in the last couple of years are Jason’s and Giovanni. Jason’s Earth’s Best shampoo ($8) has oat kernel, chamomile and vitamins E and B. There’s sodium benzoate, but its otherwise pretty clean. Although Giovanni Golden Wheat Shampoo ($7.95) doesn’t really have much to do with wheat, I wouldn’t hold that against it as it does have organic ingredients including horsetail, eucalyptus, birch and rosemary.

A while ago, Juice Organics Pomagranate Shampoo ($7.28) made it into our Five Best shampoos and then somehow went off our radar. Our reviewer said that it has a nice smell, works up a good lather and cleans without stripping. It is packed full of antioxidants in the forms of aloe, grape, soy protein and, of course pomegranate. Plus there are amino acids and fatty acids.

Do let us know if you’ve tried any of them.

Ingredients in Kiss My Face Whenever

Certified Organic Floral Water of Rosemary, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Water, Infusion of Organic Herbs of Nettle, Olive Leaf, Calendula, Sage, Lavender, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Olefin Sulfonate, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sea Salt, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Lavender Oil, Green Tea Extract, Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Lime Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

Ingredients in Yes To Carrots Pampering Carrot Juice Shampoo

Water (Aqua), Sodium Coceth Sulfate, Magnesium Chloride, Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Juice, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Juice, Ipomoera Batatas (Sweet Potato) Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Honey(Mel) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Algae Extracts (Rhodella, Dunaliella, Spirulina), Silt (Maris Limus), Niacinamide, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Peel Extract.

Ingredients in Burts Bees Volumizing

Water, Decyl & Lauryl Glucosides (Natural Coconut Oil, Corn Starch & Sugar Soap Blend), Coco Betaine (Coconut Oil Moisturizer), Coco-Glucoside & Glyceryl Oleate (Natural Sunflower & Coconut Oil Soap Blend), Honey, Soy Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Sucrose Ester (Sugar Moisturizer), Betaine (Sugar Beet), Glucose (Sugar), Fragrance, Pomegranate Extract, Moringa Seed Extract, Soy Amino Acid, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Citric Acid, Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (Natural Preservative).

Ingredients in Bentley Organic

Aqua (water), decyl glucoside, lauryl betaine, xanthan gum, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice powder (certified organically grown ingredient), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil ( certified organically grown ingredient), passiflora incarnata (passion flower) flower extract (certified organically grown ingredient), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil (certified organically grown ingredient), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil (certified organically grown ingredient), pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil (certified organically grown ingredient), alcohol denat (certified organically grown ingredient), limonene (certified organically grown ingredient), linalool (certified organically grown ingredient), phenoxyethanol, citric acid, benzoic acid, and dehydroacetic acid

Jason Earth’s Best

Aqua (Purified Water), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Gel (Aloe Vera, Certified Organic), Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Disteareth 75 IPDI, Coco Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil (Oat), Beta Glucan (Oat Flour), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract (Chamomile, Certified Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia Extract (Lavender), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract (Marigold, Certified Organic), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender), Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Giovanni Golden Wheat

Ingredients: Aqua (purified water) with *rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil, *chamomile (Anthemis nobilus flower) oil, *nettle (Uritica dioica) oil, *thyme (Thymus vulagris) oil, birch leaf (Butela alba) oil, *menthol, *clary (Salvia sclarea), *lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), *eucalyptus (Eucalyptus officinalis) oil, *yarrow (Achillea millefolium) oil, *mallow (Malva sylvestris), *horsetail (Equistetum arvense) oil, *soybean protein (Glycine soja), C12-14 olefin sulfonate (coconut derived), cocamidopropyl betaine, tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethyglycinate, sodium chloride (sea salt), grapefruit seed (citrus derived).

Ingredients in Juice Organics

Organic juices of vitis vinifera (grape), punica granatum (pomegranate) & aloe barbadensis leaf, cocamidopropyl betaine, oat amino acids, soy protein, sodium anisate, organic oryza sativa (rice) syrup & extract, glycerin, organic plant oils of olea europaea (olive) fruit, punica granatum (pomegranate), vitis vinifera (grape) leaf & butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), organic essential fatty acids of oenothera biennis (evening primrose), linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed & borago officinali (borage) seed, phytic acid, decyl glucoside, sodium chloride, sodium levulinate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium dehydroacetate, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid, panthenol (vitamin B5), extracts of punica granatum (pomegranate), vaccinium myrtillus (blueberry), fragaria vesca (strawberry), melia azadirachta leaf (neem) & coccinia india fruit. *certified organic by a US Department of Agriculture approved agency.

  • January 30, 2011

    by JustD

    This site is so awesome! After chucking all my designer hair care products, Wen, Paul Mitchell, Sebastian, Biosilk, Morroccan Oil and the blue stuff by Matrix. Having read the reviews and comments above, I ran to Target and stocked up on the items listed in your article. I purchased the Burt's Very Volumizing w/Pomegranate, Yes to Carrots, and Kiss My Face Whenever shampoos & conditioners. So far I'm in love with Kiss My Face, I'll switch off for the next two weeks to see what Burt's does and Yes thereafter. I'm trying to stay within my budget before I move up to the big guns, NutraLift, Nurture My Body and Yarok GWE (which is hard to find on their website), however I have purchased the Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Conditioner, but haven't received it yet.

    Just want to say THANK YOU LADIES for all the knowledge you're sharing and it just goes to prove that you're never too old to learn something new, start something new, and get new results that make you feel like new! How great is that!

  • November 14, 2010

    by adrian

    Helpful info!

  • September 19, 2010

    by Lindsay

    Great post! I've tried every big-name natural/organic haircare brand the past few years: Aveda, John Masters, Giovanni, Avalon Organics, etc. And my all-time favorite combo is Nurture My Body's Moisturizing Shampoo with Juice Organics Brightening Conditioner (both of which smell ah-mazing). They instantly made my hair brighter and softer. Someone even asked if I'd touched up my highlights!

  • August 19, 2010

    by Tammy

    I've tried the Burts Bees & Carrots and they were fine. I'm going to try the Givoanni's next time. I find natural shampoos ok, it's the conditioners that are lacking. They just seem to leave a film to my hair I hate.

  • August 16, 2010

    by Jan

    I use the Juice Organics too and love it - anxious to try the others you have recommended.

  • August 16, 2010

    by Willa

    I have tried juice organics and I love it! I use their pomogranate line. It smells amazing and it leaves my hair smooth and shiny. I would definitely recommend.

  • August 16, 2010

    by Junko

    I've tried Burts, Yes & Juice. All are very nice for the price with my favorite of the 3 being Juice.

  • August 14, 2010

    by erica

    I've tried the juice organics brightening shampoo and conditioner and really like it. Works well with my fine limp hair.

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