Thursday, August 19, 2010

What's In Your Shampoo?

I took a major brand shampoo out of my cupboard, I still have a few left, and read the ingredients. Some of the ingredients I am familiar with like water,, that's it apparently.

The other ingredients? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Dimethiconol, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, silk powder, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cocamidoprpyl Betaine, Gragrance, PEG-5 Cocamide, Carbomer, Amodimethicone, Guar Hydroxyprpyltrimonium Chloride, Ammonium Chloride, TEA Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, C11-15 Pareth-&, Laureth-9, PEG-45m, Trideceth-12, PPG-9, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide.

Here is what Deidre Imus says about some of these ingredients in her book, The Essential Green You:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- Research suggests, skin irritant, carcinogenic, neurotoxic, developmentally toxic effects. It may also release a carcinogen known as 1,4-dioxane. Found in shampoos, conditioners, bar soaps, body washes, facial cleansers, liquid hand soaps, acne treatments, hair dyes, mascara, shaving products etc....

Fragrance- The FDA lets personal care companies classify their fragrance formulas as "trade secrets". Most fragrances contain highly volatile allergens that are a recognized cause of asthma and skin rashes in children and adults. Many contain dibutyl phthalates which have been identified as potential hormone disruptors in animal studies.

Cocamide DEA- The National Library of Medicine has found moderate evidence that DEA is toxic to the human immune system and irritating to skin, while the EPA classifies it as a "known human respiratory toxicant". Once your skin absorbs it, DEA is also prone to forming compounds called nitrosmaines, which have been shown to cause cancer in lab animals.

Mad City Chicks has a new shampoo coming out next week. The ingredients?

Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Borax, Essential Oils and love.

Naturally yours,


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