The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty Free Shampoo

Cruelty Free Shampoo

Why use vegan cruelty free shampoo?

Cruelty free products mean that they have not been tested on animals – which means that no animal has been harmed or mistreated in the creating of your beauty product, whether this is skin, make up or hair care. When you make the choice to use a cruelty free product you are ensuring that you are not only using a healthier product for yourself but for animals and the environment.

My Top Cruelty Free Shampoo Bars

Cruelty free shampoo bars are a great alternative to ordinary shampoos are the shampoo bars that are becoming more and more popular. They are zero waste, cruelty free and a great alternative for a vegan lifestyle Amazing plastic free zero-waste alternative to bottled shampoo! Great stocking stocking filler idea for Christmas! They are easy to use, especially when you are travelling, they are small affordable and smell amazing.

Recommended products:

For speed and efficiency we only recommended and review a limited of our favourite vegan and cruelty free products.

Below are what we consider to be the best cruelty free shampoos:

Best unisex cruelty free shampoo : Aloe Vera Shampoo Bar

Best cruelty free shampoo for sensitive skin: Passion Fruit Zero Waste Shampoo Bar

Best cruelty free shampoo bar for moisturising hair: Coconut Solid Shampoo Bar

Best cruelty free shampoo bar for amount: Pink Coconut Shampoo Bar

Best cruelty free shampoo tin: Lush Shampoo Bar Tin

Best cruelty free shampoo for luxury: Oribe Gold Lust Repair Shampoo

Best cruelty free shampoo for softening hair: Aveda Cherry Almond

Best cruelty free shampoo for waking you up: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Best cruelty free shampoo for split ends: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo

Best non smelling cruelty free shampoo: Christina Moss Naturals Organic

Best cruelty free shampoo for brightening: Lush Daddy-o

Best cruelty free shampoo leave in: Olaplex

Best cruelty free leave in conditioner: IGK Anti Frizz Leave in Conditioner

01 – Passion Fruit Zero Waste Shampoo Bar

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Passion fruit zero waste shampoo bar

This cruelty free shampoo bar is great for sensitive skin, it creates a good lather having been enriched with cacao butter. It is a 2 in 1 shampoo and is suitable for all hair types including coloured hair.

How to use: Lather the bar between your hands and apply to wet hair. Stroke the solid shampoo through your hair a few times and lather. Massage as you would a liquid shampoo into your scalp. Rinse out and condition.

Leave the bar out to air dry, ready for its next use.

Approximate weight: 55 gramsBUY ON ETSY


02 – Aloe Vera Shampoo Bar

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Aloe Vera Shampoo Bar

This is an all natural shampoo bar, with no chemicals and therefore great for you and the environment. Due to its natural Aloe Vera ingredient – it is only lightly scented and therefore a great unisex shampoo bar.

How to use: Lather the Aloe Vera bar between your hands and apply to wet hair. Stroke the solid shampoo through your hair a few times and lather. Massage as you would a liquid shampoo into your scalp. Rinse out and condition.

Approximate weight: 90 gramsBUY ON ETSY


03 – Coconut Shampoo Bar

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Coconut Shampoo Bar

This is a great 2 in 1 shampoo, we love coconut and it is great for moisturising your hair.

How to use: Lather the coconut bar between your hands and apply to wet hair. Stroke the solid shampoo through your hair a few times and lather. Massage as you would a liquid shampoo into your scalp. Rinse out and condition.

Approximate weight: 58 gramsBUY ON ETSY


04 – Pink Coconut Shampoo Bar

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Pink Coconut Shampoo Bar

We love the rough, rugged look of this soap, a great handmade product that you can buy in much larger quantities than other shampoo bars.

How to use: Lather the pink coconut bar between your hands and apply to wet hair. Stroke the solid shampoo through your hair a few times and lather. Massage as you would a liquid shampoo into your scalp. Rinse out and condition.

Approximate weight: Over 40g, Over 80g, Over 90g BUY ON ETSY


05 – Lush Shampoo Bar

Lush Shampoo Bar TinLush

This is a much needed product to accompany your cruelty free Vegan shampoo bars. These handy tins from lush are great for placing your soaps, conditioning or shampoo bars in. They can be kept in the shower or in your wash bag ready to take with you on your next vacation or min trip. BUY ON AMAZON


Top Cruelty Free Shampoo


01 – ORIBE Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo

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Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, 8.5 oz

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, 8.5 oz

Reawaken your hair to its glossiest, healthiest prime. This rejuvenating cleaner and conditioner blends time-honored oils and extracts with our high-tech, bio-restorative complex to smooth each cuticle and undo damage of time.

 

This shampoo is exceptionally decadent. It smells divine and leaves your hair feeling amazing. It uses natural ingredients to develop natural looking shine – reviving your hair feeling glossy and smooth.

Hair type: Dry and Damaged.

100% Cruelty free

If you are looking to treat yourself or someone then this is a serious contender. Oribe have a huge range of products, for all types of hair so if you are looking for a specific shampoo for a particular hair type than they will have something for everybody.

02 – Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo

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Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo & Conditioner Duo 8.5 oz

Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo & Conditioner Duo 8.5 oz

Naturally derived cherry blossom extract, almond oil and certified organic shea butter deeply condition restoring softness and shine with superior slip and effortless detangling leaving hair feeling touchably soft and full of weightless bounce. Aveda’s own pure-fume aroma with 38 flower and plant essences inlcuding tonka bean, certified organic orange and ylang ylang.

 

This is another great hair product from Aveda, I have been using their hair products for years. They smell so natural and your hair feels amazing after just one use. This product smells of marzipan and cherries absolutely divine.

Hair type: Normal/dry and great for long hair.

100% Vegan and Cruelty Free

03 – Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

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Tea Tree Tingle Cruelty Free Bundle - Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash - 16 fl oz bottles

Tea Tree Tingle Cruelty Free Bundle – Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash – 16 fl oz bottles

The creators have worked closely with an upscale boutique to bring you a salon-quality shampoo and conditioner, and a luxurious body wash that’s rich in nutrients. A blend of certified organic ingredients including peppermint, cleansing tea tree and clarifying eucalyptus will leave your skin feeling invigorated with its refreshing tingle. 

 

If you love the smell of mint and eucalyptus then this is the hair and body wash combo for you. Definitely one to wake you up in the morning, feeling refreshed and ready to go.

04 – Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo

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GIOVANNI Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo, 24 oz. Hydrates and Calms Frizz, Detangles, Wash & Go, Curly & Wavy Hair, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Color Safe (Pack of 1)

GIOVANNI Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo, 24 oz. Hydrates and Calms Frizz, Detangles, Wash & Go, Curly & Wavy Hair, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Color Safe (Pack of 1)

Soft and smooth, sexy and sultry. Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo has a pearlized formula that glistens in your hand and transforms your hair into a silky palette. New and improved formulation with Apple and Aloe extracts provide antioxidant protection and enhanced moisturizers for even silkier hair.

 

This product is great for creating smooth and silky hair, great for damaged and hair that is prone to breaking and spit end. There are so many great smelling natural botanical ingredients in this product.

05 – Christina Moss Naturals Organic

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Christina Moss Naturals -  Organic Aloe & Essential Oils Shampoo

Christina Moss Naturals – Organic Aloe & Essential Oils Shampoo

CRUELTY FREE – NO ANIMAL TESTING. VEGAN FORMULA: Environmentally friendly. Gently and thoroughly washes and nourishes without stripping, drying out or leaving build-up in your hair. Greatly improves condition of the hair and scalp. Safe for color treated hair. Produces a very full lather.

 

Wow, a great organic shampoo. This product is great for dry and curly hair. Due to its non scented fragrance it i great cruelty free shampoo for both men and women.

My Top 3 go to Cruelty Free and Vegan Hair Products


01 – Lush Daddy-O

LUSH Daddy-o Brightening and Softening Shampoo (3.3 fl. oz.)LUSH

Lush have a fantastic range of vegan products. All there products are 100% cruelty free and they all smell amazing. Almost too good. This is my go to for coloured blonde hair. I recommend using once per week to keep that fresh, bright blonde hair at its best.

They have a great range of shampoo bars that I can highly recommend – especially anything with coconut in for extra moisturising. BUY ON AMAZON


02 – Olaplex

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Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment, 3.3 Ounce (Packaging may vary)

Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment, 3.3 Ounce (Packaging may vary)

Patented technology relinks the broken bonds in every type of hair providing real, structural repair that works from within. Leaves hair stronger than ever. Paraben-free, vegan, sulfate-free and phthalate-free.

 

I have recently purchased this product – recommended by a friend. I absolutely love it! It has rejuvenated my dry hair. I recommend using 1-2 times per week. Wet hair and leave in for as long as possible. I left it in for 45 minutes. Rinse and shampoo and condition as normal. A great treat for you hair.


03 – IGK Leave in Conditioner

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IGK Mistress Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

IGK Mistress Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner

This lightweight formula contains coconut oil and argan oil to nourish hair, as well as shea butter, which adds rich moisture to address the cause of dryness. Hair is left frizz-free, shiny, and feeling soft for the rest of the day. As an added bonus, it also has a fragrance with lush, vibrant notes of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet, and vanilla.

 

This is a fantastic smelling product by IGK – I must admit I love all of their products. But this is my go to summer holiday conditioner. It’s great for adding to the tips of our hair and just finishing your style off or adding to wet hair as a leave in conditioner.

How to choose a cruelty free and vegan shampoo?

Just like with non cruelty free products there will be a cruelty free shampoo and conditioner that works for your hair. It may take a little trial and error and if your anything like me you’ll like to mix it up and have different cruelty free brands at different points depending on the year and how tame or unruly your hair is being. 

Sometimes your hair needs a treat – whether this is a masque or just a slightly more luxurious hair brand that’s up to you, but in this article you will find all of my best picks from expensive to affordable – We all sometimes deserve a little treat.

What is the difference between Vegan and cruelty free shampoos?

Cruelty free or if it has the bunny logo in it means that , that product has not been tested on animals. If the product is Vegan than it means that there are no animal products in the product.

What is the best cruelty free shampoo?

Top recommended cruelty free shampoos: 

  • LUSH Veganese Conditioner.
  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Conditioner Pack.
  • Sweet Baby Natural Hair Care.
  • Hempz Triple Moisture-Rich Daily Shampoo.
  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Vegan Shampoo.
  • Christina Moss Naturals Organic.

Is Aussie Shampoo cruelty free?

Yes Aussie Shampoo is cruelty free and PETA certified.

Is Bed Head shampoo cruelty free?

No Bed head shampoo is not currently cruelty free.

Is Garnier vegan shampoo cruelty free?

No Garneir is not cruelty free – Garnier is owned by L’Oreal who are not cruelty free.

Dirty Hippie 

I have previously mentioned this brand and they have an amazing range of zero waste products to peruse. If you look closely some are also vegan, however some have beeswax in so look carefully. I have found that they have the most amazing smelling vegan shampoo bars and they even have a trial pack where you can choose 6 . These products are also able to be used as a body wash if for some reason your hair isn’t suited to the product. They also have a slightly larger vegan pack Try all things vegan which has all of her products that are 100% vegan.

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