Packed with hair- and scalp-loving vitamins and oils, our all-natural, refillable liquid shampoo will leave your hair happy and healthy after each wash - and might even help you transition to washing every 2-3 days! The chemical-free formula gently cleans your hair without stripping its natural oils, and boosts your hair’s natural moisture and volume without weighing it down.
It might not lather as much as traditional shampoos, and that’s okay! (Did you know most shampoos contain artificial lathering agents that don’t actually do anything for your hair and scalp?) If you want a better lather, just add more water - not more product. And when you’re running low and ready for more, we’ll take back your empty aluminum bottle to wash and refill, all at no extra cost to you. Just transfer your pump to the new bottle so nothing goes to waste.
Refillable Liquid Shampoo Quick Details:
- Truly zero waste with closed-loop refills and no single-use plastics
- Natural and biodegradable ingredients
- Won't strip your hair's natural oils
- No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances
- Color safe
- Kid safe
- Safe for sensitive skin
- Great for all hair types
- Vegan, cruelty-free, and palm oil free
🚿 Round out your eco-hair care routine and lock in moisture with our refillable liquid conditioner, too!
Available in a 2.5oz trial/travel size aluminum bottle or a full-size 8oz or 16oz aluminum bottle.
Aloe Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Organic Lavender and Chamomile Flower Waters, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Provitamin B5, Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Essential Oils
Make sure your hair is thoroughly wet. Apply a small amount of shampoo into your hands, and rub your hands together until the shampoo has begun to lather. Gently massage the lather into hair, focusing especially on your scalp and roots. Rinse clean.
A note from Krystina: I’ve been using this liquid shampoo for years now, and it does take some getting used to at first but once I got the hang of it, it’s done absolute wonders for my hair and scalp. I have fine, thin, straight hair that gets oily almost immediately. I’ve found that double shampooing is the secret no one is talking about! (Apparently there’s actually something to the whole “lather, rinse, repeat” thing…) The first shampoo barely lathers, as it’s just breaking up the dirt and oils, and the second has the most luxurious lather and really does the cleansing. With this method, for the first time in my life I’m able to go 2-3 days between washes and my hair has never been happier. Give it a chance - this stuff works.
Packaging + End of Life
Our all-natural refillable liquid shampoo is packaged in an aluminum bottle with a white plastic pump. (Travel size bottles are packaged with an aluminum cap and no pump.)
When you’re running low, order another bottle here, but select “Refill.” We’ll ship your new bottle without a pump - just with an aluminum cap - and we’ll include a return label for your empty one so you can send it back at no cost. Simply transfer your pump to the new bottle, pack the empty bottle in the box, and send it back to us. We’ll sanitize and reuse the bottle.
(If you're within our local delivery radius, just leave your empty bottle on your porch on delivery day!)
Upgrading from an 8oz to a 16oz bottle? Select the “New Bottle” option so we include a new pump as well!
Don’t want the pump? Just choose the “Refill” option instead!
Handmade locally in La Conner, Washington.
Made in the USA
Palm Oil Free
🌎 You care about the planet. So do we.
Look. I get it. It’s HARD to be an EcoWarrior. Someone who cares about the planet and wants the most sustainable products available - from the ingredients to the packaging to the way that product gets to your hands.
It seems like everywhere we turn, someone, somewhere, is greenwashing us.
But our superpower at A Drop in the Ocean is sorting through the BS, calling it out, and making sure our products are the absolute most sustainable and truly zero waste products we can find.
So on top of all the things we mentioned above about what makes our all-natural refillable liquid shampoo so sustainable, here’s a few other things you should know:
- We’re actually practicing what we preach behind the scenes. In 2022, we saved all of our trash for four months, and wrote a whole blog post on it. The tl;dr version is this: in four months, we only produced two pounds of trash. Everything from the packaging our products come in down to the Sharpie we use to write “Fragile” on your box is zero waste to its core.
- We’re an online-only zero waste store - which is highly intentional. It may seem counter-intuitive, but online shopping is actually more sustainable than in-person. I’m a data nerd at heart and I love diving into the research, and there are countless studies that have shown that online shopping is the most sustainable way to get your everyday essentials. Don’t believe me? Check out our whole blog post on the sustainability of online shopping.
- We ship ugly boxes. Your order from A Drop in the Ocean is not going to arrive in a pretty, branded box. It’s gonna show up in a reused tea box, or a donated Amazon box, or maybe even an inside-out Girl Scout Cookies box. All of our shipping materials are always 100% plastic-free and reused as much as possible, with curbside-recyclable paper tape and a post-consumer recycled paper shipping label. It won’t be pretty, but it will be zero waste.
Got more questions about our zero waste products or our practices behind the scenes? Just send us an email! I’m always happy to chat all things eco.
On your first order, choose the "New Jar" or "New Bottle" option.
Your order will be shipped or delivered to you with minimal, reused, packaging. Always plastic-free and carbon neutral.
When you're running low, place another order using the "Refill Jar" or "Refill Bottle" option. Or choose the Subscribe + Save option to have refills automatically delivered on your schedule.
On delivery day, leave your empties on your porch. We'll grab them when we drop off your new order.
We'll ship or deliver your refill to you without any pumps or sprays - just a cap. Transfer any pumps or sprays from your old bottle to the new one, and transfer the refill lid to the old bottle.
Pack your empty bottle or jar into the box your refill arrived in. Place the included return label on the box, fully covering the existing label, and hand it off to USPS to come back to us - at no charge to you
I stumbled across A Drop in the Ocean on my quest to reduce our family's plastic use. I have a small family and live in a rural area with only a few big box stores and zero plastic recycling options. Finding plastic free items locally can be a challenge. I was thrilled to find a shop in my home state that would reuse returned glass and aluminum bottles. I'm a repeat customer as the products are excellent and the shop owner makes it super simple to return our used bottles by mail.
Give it time
This shampoo was exactly what I was looking for. It cleans without stripping the hair's natural oils, has left my hair feeling healthier than it ever has, AND I can now go longer between washes. Having said that, I almost gave up on it multiple times in the first month because there's definitely an adjustment period. My hair type: Fine, straight, dark brown hair that tends toward being oily. I had carefully trained it to wash every other day without it looking too bad on the second day, but by the third day my hair was always a grease bomb. I rarely used conditioner because it just weighed it down. The transition: My hair definitely got more greasy before it got better. Reading the other long review below mine really helped me. Some other tips -- 1) Apply the shampoo in small pumps to different areas of your scalp. Because it doesn't lather much, it's hard to spread it around if you put it all in one spot initially. 2) Massage into your scalp really well. 3) Rinse well. The first few times I used this I noticed my hair still felt soapy/slippery when I was towel drying it. Even though it doesn't really suds up, it does take a little extra time to rinse. Now: For the first time in my life, I am waking up on day 3, and thinking that my hair still doesn't look too greasy. It feels soft and healthy after each wash, and doesn't get the rebound greasiness that it used to get with regular shampoo. I don't use the conditioner, but with my hair type I still don't feel like I need it.
Love love love the scent! Works really well- has a great lather.
Review after 2 months
I wanted to wait for a while to review this shampoo because I wanted to make sure I was accurately reviewing its effect on my hair. I've been using exclusively this shampoo (and conditioner) for two months now and I'm happy to say that while it's different than what you would buy in a standard store, it's equally as effective and my hair is healthy and happy! My Boyfriend and I both use this shampoo despite having wildly different hair types, his is curly and thick (BTW, this shampoo is "Curly Girl Method" friendly) and I have a huge mass of fine straight strands. Both of our hair styles have worked well with the shampoo, although because it does not "suds up" it takes a bit more care to apply. You need to make sure you're gently massaging the shampoo onto your scalp for it to work to its full ability. His curls are loving the lack of sulfates and perfumes and my fine strands manage to not look oily for 2 days between each wash. Pretty sweet! I love the smell after application but a word of warning! The smell straight out of the jar is VERY strong, I was originally tentative when I received it because of the strong bottle scent, but after washing out it becomes much more pleasant. It definitely is NOT perfumed though, which is a good thing for me but something to be aware of before purchase. It makes you walk away from the shower smelling "clean" not "scented". Overall I'm a huge fan of the shampoo and the only thing I would change is to buy a bigger bottle if I could!
A Drop in the Ocean
Omgosh thank you so much for your thorough review of this shampoo! I'm so glad that it's working for both of you. The lack of "suds" definitely takes some getting used to, so thank you for sticking with it to give it a full review!
I have liked this shampoo a lot! It is easier to use than a shampoo bar and still gets a decent lather. Plus I love that (when I am ready) I can order the bigger bottle and get refills! I swear I had this idea a few years ago! ;)
A Drop in the Ocean
So great to hear you're loving the shampoo!
Shampoo, smells great, comes in a metal container
I Love your shampoo. It smells great and it comes in a metal container.!
A Drop in the Ocean
So glad you're still loving your shampoo!