How to Find a Fragrance Free Hair Mousse That’s Not an Imposter

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Find a fragrance free hair mousse (i.e. one without all the junk in the typical store brands) is not the easiest thing in the world.

And to be completely honest, I don't use mousse myself, but I've had some questions from friends and readers about where to find a decent mousse that is not only fragrance free, but free of things like parabens, silicone derivatives, etc., etc.

So I went on a mousse hunt.  (Haha.  Mousse hunt.)

After all, I know what I'm looking for in terms of safe - and unsafe - ingredients.  And here is what I found.​

Top 3 Fragrance Free Hair Mousse​

As you likely know, my favourite, favourite, favourite (it's that good) brand is Miessence for all things body and hair care.  They don't carry a mousse, though.  So I had to go exploring elsewhere.

A few things you should know when looking for a fragrance free hair mousse before we start:

  • ​Fragrance free doesn't mean unscented.  "Fragrance", "perfume", and "parfum" are catch-all phrases for over 3,000 different synthetic chemicals that may be irritants or toxins.  
  • A good quality fragrance free hair mousse may be unscented, or it may be scented with essential oils (which should not trigger allergies, etc. unless you are allergic to the oil).
  • "Unscented" doesn't mean fragrance free.  Unscented products often have harmful irritants that can be just as bad as "scented" products.  Companies just add extra chemicals over top to mask the scent and make it "unscented.
  • It's more than just fragrance that you want to avoid.  Avoid things like parabens, ​sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and silicones (anything ended in -cone).  These are suspected toxins and can irritate your hair and skin and potentially contribute to long term health problems.
  • These products are not organic and they do contain synthetic chemicals.  I have not found a fragrance free hair mousse that is completely organic.  Maybe they don't exist.  However, I am confident in recommending these products, as the ingredients they use are overall quite safe.

Fragrance Free Hair Mousse #1 - Hands-Down Winner: Suncoat Hair Mousse

Suncoat hair mousse is truly impressive.  This product is free of everything that you don't want in your products.

Ingredients: aqua (water), hydrolyzed Zea mays (corn) starch (natural multi-sugar), Linum usitatissmum (linseed) seed extract (flax protein), citric acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), sodium cocoyl glutamate, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, vegetable glycerin, potassium sorbate, essential oils.

You can buy it here if you live in Canada.   

Buy it here if you live the U.S.

suncoat fragrance free hair mousse

Fragrance Free Hair Mousse #2 - Pretty Darned Good: Kiss My Face Hair Mousse

Kiss My Face is my runner up because, while it's pretty darned good, there is potential concern with cocamidopropyl betaine (see below).

Ingredients: Water, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract*, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract*, Beta-glucan, Hydrolized Rice Protein, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Polyquaternium-11, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

kiss my face fragrance free hair mousse

Buy it in Canada.

Buy it in the U.S.

You can also find Kiss My Face on some store shelves.​

A few words on cocamidopropyl betaine in fragrance free hair mousse...

Cocamidopropyl betaine is a potential irritant and, depending on the manufacturing process, may be contaminated with nitrosamines (a known toxin).  However, cocamidopropyl betaine is one of the gentlest synthetic surfactants out there and, if the company is responsible in their manufacturing, the contamination concern may be little to none.

So products with cocamidopropyl betaine in them require a judgement call on your part.  Do you want to avoid it completely?  Or are you getting it from a company where you trust that it is not contaminated with nitrosamines?

And with that said, if cocamidopropyl betaine is the only chemical of concern in the list, then you're doing pretty darned good.

Fragrance Free Hair Mousse #3 - Also Pretty Darned Good: Monat

Monat is another runner up because, while it's also pretty darned good, there is potential concern with benzyl alcohol.

That said, however, Monat does not use artificial fragrance (their "fragrance" is made up of essential oils"), nor do they use phthalates, PEG-compounds, parabens, sulfates, or other junk that you don't want on your hair or in your body.​

Do I wish they didn't use benzyl alcohol?  Yes.  But if that's the only potential concern on the list, then it's a really good option.​

monat fragrance free hair mousse

Ingredients: Water, Polyquaternium-69, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, TrifoliumPratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glycerin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tocopherol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Dextran, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

I also love supporting other network marketers who are passionate about what they do and offer safe and useful alternatives to junk products.  Buying from a network marketer means that you get to contribute directly to the financial stability of a family.  ♥

My Monat connection: my lovely cousin Dana Paquette, mother of 2, super duper fitness instructor, and all around super hero.

Dana Paquette and family


I am a Ph.D. candidate at McMaster University, a twin mommy, and a health and wellness entrepreneur. I am in the process of building a sustainable online business to support my family, and helping others to build sustainable businesses themselves. Find me on Google+.

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