Herbal Essences Discontinued My Favorite Cleansing Conditioner

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Did you fall in love only to realize that your beloved Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner is discontinued and now you can’t find it anywhere? Let this post serve as your support group. Here are three alternative products to help soothe your sadness.

To say that I love the Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner (RIP) in the white bottle with all of my might would be the understatement of the year. I first wrote about its magical powers in 2014 and since then, I’ve forced it into the hands of anyone who has come to me for hair care advice (and even a few friends who didn’t). I’ve tried the pink formula for color-treated hair, as that is all I can currently find in stores, but the formula is too hydrating, so it leaves my hair limp & lifeless. The white formula was perfect, but sadly it is being phased out by the end of the year. This won’t be the first product I’ve loved to be discontinued and it certainly won’t be the last. If you’re in mourning like me, I have three solid product recommendations to help you move on.


Closest match: Pantene Pro-V Color Preserve Cleansing Conditioner

A little birdie told me that the Pantene & Herbal Essences formulas were nearly identical (their ingredient lists are very different), but for some reason, I could never get all the way on board with the Pantene experience. It’s probably because the Herbal Essences cleansing conditioner formula contained delicious-smelling ingredients like peppermint & passion fruit extract. All of that aside, this Pantene alternative is a perfectly fine cleansing conditioner. Just don’t expect a full-blown sensory experience.

Where to buy: Walmart | Walgreens | Harmon Face Values | Amazon

L'Oreal EverPure Cleansing Balm

My Favorite Option: L’Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure Cleansing Balm

On a lark, I bought a bottle of this L’Oreal cleansing conditioner when it was on clearance at Wal-Mart and I’m so happy that I did. As the name implies, the texture is more of a balm than traditional conditioner-style cleansing conditioners. Not only does it do a wonderful job of making my fine, often greasy hair feel clean, but it has a warm fragrance that is so sophisticated that it can only be described as reminiscent of Tom Ford. in addition, because of the balmy texture, this bottle lasted me significantly longer than any other brand.

Of all the alternatives on this list, I’m most fond of this EverPure Cleansing Balm because the scent is sexy and texture is perfectly suited to getting into my greasy roots more easily than a thicker conditioner.

Where to buy: Ulta | Amazon | Target | CVS


Interesting alternative: Hair Food by Clairol Honey Apricot Cleansing Conditioner

If you couldn’t tell by my sentiments surrounding the Pantene option, the scent is really important to me, especially when it’s infused into a product that sits on my hair for as long as a cleansing conditioner does. Hair Food is available exclusively at Target, which is my number one frustration with the line, with the second being that it is nearly twice as expensive as the Herbal Essences version. The honey apricot fragrance has warmth, perfect for the fall & winter season, and the formula performs fairly well. I would have preferred more moisturizing results, but at this point, I’m running out of options.

Where to buy: Ulta | Target | Amazon


Salon option: Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Fine Hair

If you want a targeted cleansing conditioner, Biolage just might be the option for you. The product line includes options for coarse, medium, damaged, curly, and, of course, fine hair. Although it’s been quite some time since I’ve used the version for fine hair, I remember a pleasant, non-descript conditioner fragrance and it performs similarly to Herbal Essences with a much larger price tag, as Biolage is a salon-only brand. If you see Matrix products or any other salon brand being sold at a retailer without an associated salon, your item may be expired, tampered with, or fake. Protect yourself by learning more about diverted products and shopping at authorized salon retailers.

Where to buy: Ulta | JC Penney | Beauty Brands

Or, you could try plain conditioner

Hear me out. Another little birdie told me that if you use a lot of conditioners, it has the same effect as a cleansing conditioner. I haven’t been able to replicate those results either, however, I did try using only conditioner on my hair in the shower for three days between shampoo washings. On the first day, the results were better than the day I washed my hair. I used the conditioner in the exact same manner I used the cleansing conditioner. Afterward, my hair was soft, shiny, and super manageable. On the second day, my hair was a little more weighted down, but nothing a great that wouldn’t counteract. By the third day, my fine hair was in a ponytail-only zone (without dry shampoo). If you’ve been nervous to try out this method, give it a shot! The worst that can happen is you get an excuse to wear your favorite hat.

Is there a drugstore cleansing conditioner alternative that I’ve missed? Please point me in all the directions!

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions, Sarah. I, too, mourn the loss of Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner. One more that’s worth a try that I found at CVS is Renpure Solutions Cleansing Conditioner. It works pretty well and I think you’ll like the smell of the vanilla mint.

    • Every time I use one of my few backup bottles remaining, I get so sad! Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve never heard of that brand but I’ll keep an eye out for it. Since this post (which I should update with this recommendation) I’ve also found the L’Oreal EverPure Cleansing Balm http://bit.ly/2MwKj4x. I found a bottle on clearance at Wal-Mart, but since then I’ve only ever been able to find it at Ulta. The formula is thinner than the Herbal Essences version, so I feel like the bottle lasts longer which is helpful because it’s more expensive than the Herbal Essences. There’s a 20% off coupon at Ulta right now if you’re interested in trying it! xo

  2. Hey girl hey! I think Herbal brought the product but changed the packaging. Check this link to the updated product info: https://herbalessences.com/en-us/discover-products/collections/rosemary-and-herbs/moisture-rosemary-and-herbs-conditioner

    Now the new version comes with an additional/optional shampoo and they don’t market it as a cleansing conditioner. However, Herbal did not alter the ingredients of the new product and they are identical to the ingredients listed on the former white bottle.

    I think it might be worth giving a try.

  3. Aussie has a new line for curly hair and their cleansing conditioner is pretty good. I loved the herbal essence naked, but have been unable to find it for a few years now. The Aussie one has been the best alternative I have found. Some cleansing conditioners are to thick and don’t work as well with my fine, curly oily hair! As far as salon brands TiGi / Bed Head has a cleaning conditioner called Calma sutra in a green bottle and it smells amazing and works great as well! But that’s also a lot more expensive! I’m lucky I’m licensed and can get salon products wholesale, but I try everything and wish herbal essence would bring back the naked cleansing conditioner! Hope these product recommendations help some of you!

    • Thank you so much for sharing your cleansing conditioner knowledge, Heather! I haven’t tried any of the ones that you’ve mentioned, mostly because I have fine, straight hair, but I am sure that others with curly hair will find your recommendations useful.

      I currently have the Pureology cleansing conditioner in my shower and I do love it, but I feel like there is so little product in the container and it takes twice as much cleansing conditioner as other brands that I’ve tried. The tip in another comment about the Herbal Essences conditioner with the same formula was very helpful, but I can only find it online. Major bummer!

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