MI Free Shampoos

This list is kept up to date by readers contributing suggestions and pointing out errors and/or changes.  If you know of a product that is MI free, just post it in the comments below.

Alberto V05 Moisture Milks Island Coconut (US)

Avalon Organics Biotin B complex therapy

(Aveda Rosemary &  Mint Shampoo – getting contradictory reports on this one)

Charles Worthington Brilliant Brunette Travel Mini (UK)

Free and Clear Shampoo (US)

Loma (US) available at salons

L’oréal Elvive (UK & US)

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo (US)

Radox Refresh Shower Gel & Shampoo (UK)

Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo (New Zealand)

Timotei Pure Shampoo (UK)

J R Liggett Old-Fashioned Shampoo Original Formula (US)

Alba Botanicals (US)

Garnier Fructus (US)

Salon Selectives shampoo (Canada)

Dr Organic range (UK)

Whole Foods 365 brand shampoo(US)

Nature’s Gate shampoo (US)

Vanicream  “free and clear” conditioner (US)

Moroccan Oil Shampoo (UK)

Eubos Sensitive Shampoo (UK)


OZ Botanics

Dermalogica; shampoo/conditioner: Shea Moisture (US)

Finesse Clean+Simple Hypoallergenic shampoo (US)

Shea Naturals Shampoos (all varieties) US

Matrix Bioloage normalising clean reset shampoo (UK)


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30 thoughts on “MI Free Shampoos”

  1. Matrix Bioloage normalising clean reset shampoo (acquired from my hairdresser) doesn’t appear to contain MI and seems OK for me. (UK) Has anyone tried their conditioner?

  2. Charles worthington brilliant brunette travel mini’s don’t contain MI. That’s the shampoo and the conditioner. It’s the only travel size bottles I’ve found that dont have MI in them. (UK)

  3. Body shop and Lush shampoo products are free from MI in the UK. Last time I looked Tresemme and Herbal Essence shampoos did have it.

  4. Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (I’m in NZ but I presume all the ingredients remain the same worldwide)

    1. Thanks Rebecca. It isn’t a totally safe assumption that the same brand uses the same formulation worldwide, even though they usually prefer to. For example Simple are using MI in Canada but not in the UK at the moment. But its good to hear from New Zealand.

    1. Mark makes a good point here. Faith In Nature may well not have any MI in their products at the moment, they may have a policy of not using it and they may have no intention of ever using it. But all that could change tomorrow, as it could for any other brand. So I am sticking to individual products to add to the lists. But thanks to everyone who has nominated whole brands, all information is useful and appreciated.

  5. Carole Barnett

    Arbonne shampoo and conditioner excellent and so are their make up range. No MI in anything. I buy from an Arbonne rep in England. They are however an American company. So pleased I have found them.

  6. A word of warning on Arbonne for anyone who hasn’t come across them before. They are sold via a multi level marketing scheme and their reps have a reputation for being a little evangelical. The products are fine, though not exceptional in my experience. But they certainly go in for the hard sell.

  7. I searched the aisles for something that didn’t have MI and would work on my dry hair. I was shocked and dismayed to see that most of them have MI!
    I like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo (US). They also make a conditioner that seems to be without MI per the listed ingredients.
    I also use Alberto V05 Moisture Milks Island Coconut (US) (Go figure that the cheapest shampoo doesn’t have it).
    Ingredients are available on their respective websites if you want to double check.

  8. Kay Permenter

    I am so surprised to see Suave shampoos as the bottles clear identify that they do contain MCI/MI.

    1. Thanks Kay – things can change and so it is possible that Suave have switched to MCI/MI recently. It is also possible that they have only just switched away from them and the bottles you have are older stock. I’ve deleted it from the list for now.

  9. Neal’s Yard in UK, I found cleaners, Shampoos, make-up et do not contain MI. Can be a bit expensive but a little goes a long way. They are very helpful. Also Liz Earle.

  10. L’Oreal’s Website states only some of their products no longer contain MI

    Q. Do you use Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in your products?

    A. L’Oréal’s highest priority is consumer safety and we only use preservatives with strong safety records. Whenever concerns arise regarding a preservative, the Group along with the Industry, reassess its safety. This is why in 2013 we proactively decided to no longer use Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in skin leave-on products. The process of phasing out MI in these products was completed earlier this year. Additionally, L’Oréal does not use MI in any of its hypo-allergenic, baby and sun protection products. We are following closely the safety review of MI carried out by the European Commission. This review will help define the safe use of MI as a preservative in rinse-off cosmetic products at the best efficient concentration level.

  11. I have a heads up for anyone in Canada, our laws don’t require the producers to list MI in the ingredients but they can if they want. I have bought so many shampoo’s and stuff where it was not listed but i broke out in hives and welts just the same my allergist told me about that so i always test what i buy now.

  12. Hi I’ve just had a serious allergic outbreak and think it was because I’ve used L’Oreal Elvive Coconut .. but I can’t find MI or MCI on ingredient list .. I can find linalool though .. although a patch test I had done 2 years ago didn’t find me allergic to linalool. Fed up.

  13. Catherine Munro

    Hello! Does anyone know of any shampoos and conditioners specifically for curly hair? I have been using Cantu avocado hydrating shampoo and Cantu hydrating cream conditioner. Methylizothiazolinone is not listed as an ingredient but both have “parfum (fragrance)” listed. Is this a red flag?

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