Different conditioners serve different purposes for consumers with different needs. Following on from our post on fragrance free conditioners, here’s a round-up of volumising conditioners on the market which are free from MI and MCI. Those listed should be available internationally, unless country specified.
100% Pure Kelp & Mint Volumizing Conditioner (8oz) (US)
Extremely natural ingredients, and apparently only preserved with essential oils such as mint and thyme. Free from synthetic fragrances, artificial ingredients, sulphates and silicones. Said to be also good for stimulating the scalp.
Attitude Conditioner Volume and Shine (355ml) (Canada)
Good value product from this entirely MI-free Canadian brand. Natural ingredients. Contains soy oil, shea butter and wheat proteins. Labelled 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide free. Vegan friendly too. In the US, it’s available on Amazon.
Avalon Organics Volumizing Conditioner Rosemary (325ml)
Aloe-based conditioner enriched with plant oils and other extracts, and preserved with potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Additionally free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or colours. Vegan friendly.
Body Shop Rainforest Volumising Conditioner (250ml)
Entire brand has an MI-free policy. This conditioner includes the ‘rainforest’ ingredients of pracaxi oil and guarana extract, but they are quite low in the ingredients, so probably only modest amounts are included in the formulation. For US see here. For UK see here.
Desert Essence Green Apple & Ginger Volume for Fine Hair (8oz)
With pure panthenol (vitamin B5) to repair any damage to hair, this also contains a blend of apple, ginger, jojoba and nettle to revitalise and moisturise. Good, natural formulation from an entirely MI-free brand with a number of solid products for hair care. Free from parabens, artificials, silicones or petroleum-based ingredients.
Ecostore Volumising Conditioner (220ml) (Australia)
Bergamot and orange fragranced conditioner, by entirely MI-free Australian brand, whose products are also free from artificial colours, parabens, synthetic fragrances and silicones. Bonus feature: bottles are made with entirely recyclable and renewable sugarcane plastic. Also available in New Zealand.
JASON Thin-to-Thick Extra Volume Conditioner
Good value option from this popular brand. Free from sulphates, phthalates and parabens, but note that it does contain wheat / gluten proteins. Preserved with phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate.
Petal Fresh Volumizing Conditioner Rosemary and Mint (475ml) (US)
Nice glycerin based formulation with some unusual botanicals (yarrow, coltsfoot, babassu) as well as the signature fragrances and essential oils. Contains palm derivative, though, and is not vegan, as it contains honey-derived panthenol. Preserved with dehydroacetic acid and benzyl alcohol – both excellent choice natural preservatives.
PHB Ethical Beauty Volumising Conditioner with Tea Tree and Lime (250ml) (UK)
Another very natural formulation, in which essential oils do most of the preservation work. Notable for being both vegan and halal certified. Contains oat kernel extract.
The Seaweed Bath Company Volumizing Lavender Argan Conditioner (360ml)
Key feature is bladderwrack seaweed extract. Includes aloe, soy protein and barley protein which are both hydrolysed (hence the barley protein is effectively gluten free), and unlike this brand’s fragrance-free conditioner, this one does not contain any silicone ingredient. Simply preserved with sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate and essential oils. Very good formulation.
Yarok Hair FEED YOUR VOLUME Conditioner (various sizes) (US)
Water, vegetable wax, aloe vera gel, herbal infusions and essential oils combine for a wholly natural conditioner, free from all artificials and synthetic preservatives.