11 Commonly Used Chemicals In Conventional Shampoos That May Be Detrimental To Your Health
Conventional shampoos are littered with a host of toxic chemicals that do not have a positive impact on human biology.
They are also associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, as well as allergies. Formaldehyde: Quaternium-15 is a formaldehyde releasing preservative.
There are 85 studies in the PubMed science library that include information on the toxicity of this chemical. On a scale of 0-10, this product rates an 8 on the Skin Deep database.
The European Union has determined that this ingredient may not be safe in cosmetics. Cocamidopropyl Betaine- (CAPB): EWG Skin Deep lists this as a moderate overall hazard, associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. According to PubMed, the increasing rates of sensitization led to CAPBs being named Allergen of the Year in 2004. Methylchloroisothiazolinone: According to Skin Deep, this widely used preservative is associated with allergic reactions and there is also some cancer concern. Methylisothiazolinone: According to Skin Deep, this widely used preservative is associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on brain cells of mammals suggest that it may also be neurotoxic. Methylisothiazolinone can be very irritating. For this reason, it is mostly used in rinse-off products.
The concentrations in leave-on products are restricted to a minimal amount to lessen the risk of a negative reaction. Fragrance: Artificial fragrances can contain hundreds, even thousands of chemicals, including phthalates. Since fragrances are protected as a trade secret, the full ingredients do not have to be listed on the label. Fragrances are a major cause of allergic reactions. Research the company you are buying products from. Go to company websites, look up their mission statement, and check out their product lines. Are they using synthetic ingredients or organic? Do they offer third party testing or product certification? Learn to read labels. This can be a challenge, since many ingredients are listed by a chemical name. Two great resources to help you get started are EWG’s Skin Deep database and Ruth Winter’s book A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, which has a wealth of information. Understand that certain terms can be ambiguous.
There is no federal regulation for the word natural. So just because something states it is natural, doesn’t mean it is safe. Lets be clear, the FDA does not define what it means for a product to be labelled organic or natural or hypoallergenic.
The processing of a natural product can involve the addition of chemicals to break it down to a useable formula. Natural and organic are not the same. Natural can mean the product was derived from a natural source, while the term organic means that the plant was grown without the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides. However, just because some organic products were used, doesn’t mean the entire product is organic. Made with organic ingredients: According to the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) site, products with at least 70% organic ingredients can use the phrase “made with organic ingredients” on their label. Products with less than 70% organic ingredients must list those items on the label, and can’t have a USDA organic label on the product. 3rd party certification. USDA organic certification means that 95% of the ingredients are organic. NSF certification means that 70% organic ingredients were used. References A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition: Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals. 7th Edition. 2009. EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database MSDS Due to the pressure of mass censorship, we now have our own censorship-free, and ad-free on demand streaming network! You can stream conscious media 24/7 and enjoy mind-expanding interviews, original shows, and documentaries and guided programs. Click here to start a FREE 7-Day Trial and watch 100's of hours of conscious media that you won't see anyw.
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