Organix Shampoo: Is It Organic?

Is Organix Shampoo Organic?

The question: Is Organix Shampoo organic? The answer is NO. Organix Shampoo is not organic. 

Not only will that be apparent when you read the list of ingredients in Organix Shampoo, but also when those ingredients are analyzed by Right Brain, from The Beauty Brains.

Why did I purchase Organix Shampoo?

1. It is cruelty free

2. A lot of my beauty bloggers/friends have raved about the various shampoos from this company

3. To prove a point that before you make any purchase, check the list of ingredients!

Here is my purchase: Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

 Organix Shampoo

Here’s what I love about Organix Shampoo:

1. Cruelty free! How wonderful to read the statement from Organix Shampoo:

Organix products are NOT tested on animals, and they proudly have that declaration on each and every bottle. “Organix does not initiate animal tests on either finished products or ingredients whether directly or indirectly. All ingredients used are carefully monitored. All suppliers are requested to confirm that their materials have not been tested on animals. Ingredients which do not have this data supplied for them are not used in any products. Organix® is against the suffering endured by animals when ingredients and products are tested. We support suppliers and organizations that are developing alternative methods of testing without using animals.”

2. The smell is great

3. The shampoo has a rich, creamy lather, as promised

4. My hair was incredibly shiny, silky, and felt “soft” as promised

5. Safe For All Hair Types

6. Safe For Color-Treated Hair 

7. It is Sulfate-Free.

8. The Organix bottles are eco-friendly

9. All labels are printed utilizing environmental inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals.

10. The price, $7.99 at my local CVS Pharmacy, was fair

11. The Organix line is gluten-free

12. Organix shampoos and conditioners are paraben free

Is Organix Shampoo Organic and Natural?

Here is why you might purchase this shampoo and believe that it is both Organic and Natural. Not only might the name, Organix, make you think that it must be Organic, but it also has this, on the front of the Shampoo:

Organix Shampoo


In addition, on the back, it states: “Unique blend of Natural & Sulfate Free Surfactants for renewed softness,” and of course, the words that I have in bold font are just as they appear on the back. That would also make one think that it’s “Natural.”

Just because there may be some organic ingredients in a product, and it may have essential oils, and even state, as on the Organix Shampoo, “This rare formula has a centuries-old history of providing natural vitamin E and antioxidants while renewing your hair’s cell structure,” none of the above means that the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo is Organic!

Readers, have a look at the back of the Organix Shampoo label:

Organix Shampoo

Now, Right Brain, from The Beauty Brains, will analyze the ingredients for us.

“First and foremost, remember that there are no clear definitions of organic ingredients for cosmetics. At best, companies can follow the food guidelines and claim that their product contains “certified organic extracts.”

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium C 14 16 Olefin Sulfonate – primary surfactants/cleansing agent. While these can be derived from coconut oil they are not considered “organic” by the current food standards. 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamide DEA,  – secondary surfactants/foam boosters. Again, they can come from coconut but not without considerable chemical processing.

Dimethicone Copolyol – water soluble silicone that provides light conditioning.

Glycol Distearate – pearling agent.

Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (Argan), Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) Extract (Cocoa Butter), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract (Aloe Leaf), – these goodies can be organic if they are grown following the following food guidelines. 

Panthenol – Pro-vitamin B5, it only provides a benefit at high levels (about 3%.)

Polyquaternium 11 – conditioning agent.

DMDM Hydantoin – preservative.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride – excellent rinse off conditioner that is compatible in cleansing systems.

Cetyl Alcohol – opacifier.

PEG 23M – thickener.

Red 40, Yellow 5 – coloring agents.”


Thank you, Right Brain, you’re the smartest!

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Just remember, don’t just read the name of the shampoo, or the claims on the bottle. Look at the list of ingredients. Know what you are buying. In the case of Organix Shampoo, if natural and organic are not necessary, fine; then this is a great product which you should not hesitate to use. However, I certainly hope that you will always choose a product that is not tested on animals.

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  1. MarciaF (beauty info zone) says:

    I was wondering about this brand. It seems pretty deceptive since most people don’t look into things as carefully as you do.
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  2. I get so frustrated by drugstore marketing! I have picked this one up before, but after reading the ingredients I put it back on the shelf!
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  3. Great review and great point! read further than the label! lol that is why i love your blog Moxie, your research is awesome. even though it is not considered organic, it seems as though it still has alot of good stuff going for it! thanks for clearing things up for us!!

  4. Hi Moxie, I’m trying to be more green conscious and use products that are good for us. I really love this line of hair products but with all the chemicals I’m not sure whether they are safe or not. I read through your list of components they use in their shampoo and what it’s for but I still don’t know whether or not they use anything that is potentially bad for us. Can you help me out please? 🙂

    • Jess, this is a great question, and I really appreciate you asking! I would recommend that you go to the “Right Brain,” who analyzed the ingredients in the shampoo, and ask your question. Here’s a link to ask The Beauty Brains a question: You can tweet them at to let them know you’re going to fill out their form for a question.

      I’m passing it on to The Beauty Brains since I’m a mom/beauty blogger, and a former public school teacher. I don’t feel that I have the educational background towould be able to respond to your great question. xoxo

  5. marie griff says:

    Thanks for your review on organix beauty line,I also thought it was all organic. I’m reading all labels from now on.
    Very helpful , everything i buy now i read all reviews.

  6. lol, gluten free – because so many of us are putting it in our mouth. I love this stuff because my wife loves it and so do my 2 little daughters. It’s funny listening to them pick which type of shampoo and conditioner they want to use in the shower.

    • I wondered about the gluten free, too. Apparently those with celiac disease may have contact dermatitis when they’re using products that contain gluten. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment for me!!

  7. Roxanne says:

    I thought as well that these products are organic…. 🙁 disappointing for me to learn it is not.

  8. ARE you telling me to use the shampoo or dont use it cause im really confused?

  9. I knew this product couldn’t be organic when I saw it on the shelf in a drugstore! But, I was hoping it would be a better alternative than all the other chemical filled hair products in the same aisle.

    It’s really difficult finding a good natural hair shampoo and conditioner that isn’t overly expensive. I tried HUGO products and it was terrible – extremely drying to my hair and hard to work around my thick hair. So, I ended up going back to using Organix and I must say, I really do enjoy using this product.

    By any chance – do you have any recommendations for natural shampoo and conditioners? I’m really trying to move away from the harsh chemicals used in my daily products.


    • Susan, I’ve been giving this some thought and I’ll have to do a post on this question. I’ve seen this in drugstores and at Ulta– I really like SheaMoisture. Have you tried that? How about Jason? They have a great line, too and can be ordered or picked up at a Whole Foods.

  10. Not many people have heard of blackbox but I’ve signed up with them and wondered you review and input. Thank you

  11. Ok! If you ever decide to let me know! I absolutely love them! They have face care , hair care, deodorant, lotion, lotion with insect repentant! Everything smells amazing as well. I give everything a 10! We have multiple people in our family using their products, even the kids/teens.
    Aloe based, not water, sulfate paraben free, no one of the ingredients in the deodorant that causes cancer and Alzheimer’s, I mean the list goes on!

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