White Tea Shampoo Review
Organic Brands Compared

A review of three popular organic white tea shampoo shows which is the best to use.

We’ve talked about what green tea can do for your hair and scalp, but what about white tea?

White tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, as green tea, of course. Unlike green tea, it is not heated at a high temperature to stop the oxidation process. Instead, white tea is allowed to undergo chemical changes in a controlled environment.

Being less "cooked" than green tea means white tea is potentially more potent. There is not as much research on white tea as there is on green tea, and emerging evidence seems to suggest white tea has more powerful antioxidants than green tea.

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Given that the chemical composition of white tea is similar to green tea (both contain high levels of EGCG), it is logical to assume that they have similar hair benefits.

Would you like to test out white tea’s effects on your own hair? One word of advice: you should choose white tea shampoo just as carefully as you do green tea shampoo.

Just as with green tea shampoo, there are plenty of companies selling white tea shampoo that doesn’t have enough tea in it to be effective, or that has other ingredients that could cause harm. Before you buy anything, make sure to read the label.

For more information on choosing tea shampoo, read Green Tea Shampoo Buyers Guide.

There are several shampoos on the market today that list white tea as an ingredient, but are they the real deal or not? We review a few of the most popular brands below.

White Tea Shampoo #1:
Te Tao - 3-in-1 Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve always wanted to try Te Tao’s products, but they are pricey, and I was never able to justify the expense to myself. Looking at the ingredients list for this product, I’d have to say I wasn’t missing much.

White tea extract shows up right in the middle of the ingredients, coming in at #11. In second and third place, however, we have sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfate! Skin Deep’s database rates this product at a 5, so it’s a “moderate hazard.”

Although it has lots of good soothing and conditioning ingredients like aloe vera and marshmallow root, I can’t help but think that these herbs would be more effective if they weren’t floating in ingredients that Skin Deep associates with irritation, allergies/immunotoxicity, and other unwanted side effects.

White Tea Shampoo #2:
Organix Reviving - White Tea Grapeseed Shampoo

According to the advertising, you would want this shampoo because “ antioxidant rich Asian white tea and orange peel extract helps heal and rejuvenate with vitamins and ultra whipped yogurt proteins to smooth and nourish your hair.”

Looking at the ingredients, however, Asian white tea is near the bottom. I question whether there’s enough to have an effect on your hair and scalp.

The product isn’t listed in Skin Deep’s database, but it has at least one “high hazard” ingredient, , DMDM Hydantoin.

The verdict? Enticing advertising copy aside, this is another to avoid.

White Tea Shampoo #3:
EO Shampoo, Sweet Orange

Now we are talking…organic white tea is #2 on the ingredient list.

There are no chemicals from the sodium lauryl sulfate family at all, just natural coconut-based cleansers.

Skin Deep rates it as a 3, which is a moderate hazard, but just barely. The main concern seems to be benzyl alcohol.

Other conditioning ingredients include nettle and hops. I’m not sure what hair type this is for, but I’d guess it would work for almost anyone. This is definitely the best of the bunch!

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