Monday, 24 September 2012

Axe Dual 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner From Unilever

Some marketing campaigns are really great, they are effective and intriguing. They make us want to actually be the actors in the commercial. They make imaginary life so appealing that we actually think if we use their product, we might just become the person presented,  or perhaps just a little bit of what they suggest might happen to us if we consume their product.  Axe is just one of those companies who had a successful marketing campaign, Apple being another company.  I can't count how many Apple using, hipster stereotypes I see sipping coffee at Starbucks using a Mac product.  It's almost laughable.  Don't get me wrong, I actually own Apple products; they are good at what they do, and they do what they do really well.  It's buying into the image I find amusing.  Like Axe products, the commercials say that if you use their products women will find you irresistible.  We bought this product for the boys and my partner along with a bunch of other Axe products from hair goop to body spray so they would smell and look nice.  My partner (who would often go to Toronto for work) rode the elevator for part of the day as a mild amusing experiment.  Not once did he get molested by a female, not only that, but not one stuck to him like a magnet.  Now you're probably thinking perhaps he is unattractive and if he were more attractive it would have worked, but the truth is he is a very good looking guy with the perfect amount of hipster to be alluring.  So, not only did he cover himself in an array of cancer causing ingredients (one of which is rumoured to lower sperm count and reduce the size of his manhood, and others which are actually banned in Japan) but did not receive any overtures or form of magnetic induced activities from the opposite sex.  Not only is Axe full of really toxic chemicals, they also use false advertisement to lure in the poor unsuspecting male who may think that these products will indeed make him a chick magnet.      
Axe Dual 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner From Unilever
Axe Dual 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner From Unilever

Ingredients:

Aqua:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Chloride
Dimethiconol
Parfum
Carbomer
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
Tetrasodium EDTA
DMDM Hydantoin
Citric Acid
PPG-9
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone
CI 77019
CI 77891
CI 77491
CI 19140
CI 17200

Description:

Aqua: is water.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Used in most soaps and shampoos, it acts as a foaming agent.  It is what causes soaps and shampoos to lather.  It is known to be an irritant, though it is considered safe in small quantities, the more sodium laureth sulfate used the more irritating it becomes. It is not considered to be a carcinogen.  

Cocamidopropyl Betaine:  is derived from the coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine (known environmental toxin, respiratory toxin, contact allergen).  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and a surfactant.

Sodium Chloride:  is your everyday salt.  It is not considered to be toxic and is used as a cleansing agent as well as a thickener.  

Dimethiconol: is used as an anti-foaming agent, a skin conditioning agent as well as an emollient.  It is a silicone of a larger molecular make-up.  Due to the size of the molecules the US FDA has ruled it to be safe as it would be unlikely for it to penetrate past the skins surface.  
  
Fragrance (Perfume): odours to enhance the product to be appealing and pleasant smelling.  Generally considered safe and non toxic.  However some people do have sensitivities to fragrances and develop such symptoms as headaches or migraines.

Carbomer: is not actually one molecule but refers to polymers made from acrylic acid.  It is used in creams and beauty products as a thickening agent and controls the flow of the product.  This ingredient has been labelled as safe and has a low potential for skin irritations, allergic reactions, photo toxicity and sensitization.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: is an organic compound that is a water-soluble quaternary (positively charged ions) ammonium derivative of guar gum. It is used as a conditioning agent in shampoos and other hair care products.  It is considered to be toxic as well as mild skin and respiratory irritant.  It has also been linked to caustic burns on skin and gastrointestinal lining as well as nausea, vomiting, coma, convulsions, hypo tension and death. It is also considered to be an environmental toxin.

TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate:
It is a colourless salt and is used in shampoos as a surfactant. It is considered to be toxic, however it is not carcinogenic or considered to be a mutagen. 
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~Lf95ks:1

Tetrasodium EDTA: is a preservative made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide (known carcinogens).  It also acts as a penetration enhancer which means it breaks down the skins natural barrier going right into the blood stream.  It is also classified as a persistent organic pollutant.  It is a known cytotoxin, genotoxin, causes developmental and reproductive effects.  In my opinion this products should be banned.

DMDM Hydantoin:is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative, basically what this means is it releases formaldehyde making the environment less favourable to the microorganisms. It has been prohibited in Japan for certain cosmetic products.  It is a known human irritant, it is considered to be a broad systemic toxin. However it has been deemed safe by industry panel because the amount of formaldehyde is so small.  Formaldehyde is also a cancer causing agent.

Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-ageing products as an alpha hydroxy.  It acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation.


PPG-9: is also known as polypropylene Glycol 9, and is a quaternary ammonium salt (positively charged).  It is used to prevent the buildup of static electricity.  This ingredient is considered to be a non reproductive toxin, broad systemic toxin and a skin irritant. 

Methylchloroisothiazolinone: it is a preservative as well as antibacterial and antifungacide.  It is a known skin irritant and can cause chemical burns.  It is also considered to be a human immune system toxin.  There has also been studies showing mutagenic effects.

Methylisothiazolinone:  Is also known as MIT, it is a biocide and preservative.  It is a known immune system toxin, skin irritant, developmental toxin, contact allergen as well a cytotoxin.  Why are we using this product?  We need to start holding companies accountable and forcing them to start providing products that are beneficial to us not harmful.  The general consumer should really start arming themselves with knowledge that way we can help to advocate for our health.

CI 77019: is Muscovite potassium silicate mica. What this means is it is a brittle silicate mineral used as a colourant.  There is limited evidence showing that it is a liver toxin and gastrointestinal toxin.  Though the information is extremely limited (almost minimal) it appears that if it is airborne it can be toxin but if it is not, it is safe.  

CI 77891: also known as titanium dioxide.  This ingredient is a known carcinogen when inhaled, it is thus considered to be an occupational hazard. It is considered to be a human toxin but not considered to be an environmental toxin.  It is generally used as a colourant, opacifying agent, ultraviolet absorber and a sunscreen agent.

CI 77491: also known as ferric oxide or rust.  It is used as a colourant.  It unfortunately does not chemically degrade and will stay in the bodies tissues.  According to the safety data sheets it is listed as non toxic.  

CI 19140: is also known as tartrazine, it is a synthetic lemon yellow dye.  It is used as a colourant.  It is an immune system toxin, carcinogen, genotoxin, allergen and causes hyperactivity.  Here is an interesting and highly ironic piece of information.  In the 1990s rumours began to surface that tartrazine will lower sperm count, cause impotency in males and shrink the size of a mans penis and testicles.  Funny since it is in a shampoo designed specifically for men.  There is no proof or documented cases to back up these rumours, however.

CI 17200: is also known as Acid Red 33, it is a disodium salt and is used as a colourant.  It is considered to be a mutagenic.  

TN

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Is ignorance really bliss?: If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty an...

Is ignorance really bliss?: If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty an...: Years ago, I used to use this shampoo and conditioner, and I really liked it.  I liked the way it made my hair feel and smell, I liked the ...

50:50 balanced shampoo by Giovanni

Years ago, I used to use this shampoo and conditioner, and I really liked it.  I liked the way it made my hair feel and smell, I liked the packaging and especially the ingredients.  Now not all of the products are perfect but it is much better than most that I have found.  I contemplated making my own shampoo, there are a lot of great sites on the web explaining how, but to be honest I just never found the time and the ease of picking up a bottle of pre-made shampoo before the rush of a busy day begins appealed to much to me.  This shampoo gave me the option of being healthy with out all the work.  When I met my partner and the necessity of providing for a household of six overtook the need to be green I gave up my shampoo for Costco size conditioners and shampoos.  It was probably not necessary but until we got our financials all sorted out and a routine that we were able to establish we bought in bulk the stables.  Now, we have our routines and an established budget (its a big change, all of a sudden providing for a large and growing household for anyone who has done it I am sure you will understand).  We are now able to re-assess our purchases and buy what we can that is safer for us and the environment, and I have gone back to using my old shampoo and conditioner again.  The change is noticeable, my hair feels clean and not weighted down by synthetic additives designed to stay in the hair.  My hair is shiny, healthy looking and without gross chemicals.

50:50 balanced shampoo by Giovanni

Ingredients:

Aqua (purified water)
Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice
50:50 balanced shampoo by GiovanniSodium cocoamphoacetate
Lauryl Glucoside 
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate
Decyl Glucoside
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Vegetable Glycerin
Panthenol
Potassium Sorbate
Citric acid
Polysorbate 20
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract
Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Salvia Sclarea Extract
Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Extract
Tussilage Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract
Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract
Equisetum Arvense Extract 
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil 
Glycine Soja (Soybean) seed Extract
Betula Alba (Birch) Extract
Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract
Phenoxyethanol
Natural Fragrance


Description:


Aqua purified water: water that has under taken purification to have contaminates removed.


Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice:  Also known as Aloe Vera.  It is used for it's rejuvenating and healing/soothing properties.  Can cause diarrhea if too much is ingested.  Phototoxicity and erythema have been reported through topical application.  Though that could be linked to an allergic reaction, the information surrounding this information is very limited.  Overall, aloe appears to be of low toxicity, low environmental toxicity and not carcinogenic.  

Sodium cocoamphoacetate: is used to replace sodium lauryl sulfate.  It is considered to be biodegradable, non toxic and non-mutagenic.  It has also been found to be non irritating to eyes.  It is derived from coconut and is used as a surfactant, hair conditioning agent and foam booster.  


Lauryl Glucoside: is a sugar-lipid (fatty acid) based surfactant.  Though there is actually little scientific studies I was able to find on this ingredient, it appears to be of low toxicity and an ingredient that is being chosen for the green or natural product lines. 


Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate: is the sodium salt of cocoyl glutamic acid.  it is used as a surfactant (cleaning agent).  At this point there is very little information on this product due to the fact that it is fairly new.  It is considered to be more gentle than its counterpart sodium laureth sulfate.  However it is similar to MSG.


Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate: even though it sounds alot like sodium lauryl sulfate, the word lauryl actually means that it is a fraction of coconut oil used to make the ingredient.  it is the crystalline fatty acid. This ingredient is a combination of fatty alcohol from coconut or palm oil and glucose from corn starch. This ingredient is considered to be of low toxicity and non irritating.  It is made with out the use of ethylene oxides or petrochemicals.    


Decyl Glucoside:  this ingredient is derived from fatty alcohol decanol from coconut and glucose from cornstarch.  It is considered to be non-irritating and biodegradable.  It is a non-ionic surfactant. 


Cocamidopropyl Betaine: is derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine (which is a known environmental toxin, respiratory toxin, and contact allergen).  It is used in products as a skin conditioning agent and a surfactant. 

Vegetable Glycerine: is considered to be of low toxicity.  It is used in products to improve the smoothness of the product, it also acts as a lubricating agent. 

Panthenol: is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) this means it is the provitamin of B5.  It is used as an emollient and a moisturiser.  Vegans beware, this product can be either plant derived or animal derived.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, and not an environmental toxin.  


Potassium Sorbate: is the potassium salt of sorbic acid.  It is used as a preservative, it inhibits the growth of molds and yeasts.  Though it is considered to be a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, it is considered to be of low toxicity comparable to table salt.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin or carcinogenic.


Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-ageing products as an alpha hydroxy.  It acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation.


Polysorbate 20:  is a sorbitol that has been treated with ethylene oxide.  It is used as an emulsifier, a fragrance and a surfactant.  In most studies it is defined as being of low toxicity.  However ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen.  Other concerns related to ethylene oxide are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract: is also known as rosemary and is used in cooking as a herb.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, anti-dandruff agent and is full of vitamins.  It is considered to be non toxic, not an environmental toxin and non irritating.


Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract:  is derived from the nettle plant.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, hair conditioning agent, anti-dandruff, and a soothing agent.  It is considered to be gentle and non toxic to humans and the environment.


Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract:  is from thyme, also a common herb used in cooking.  It is considered to be non toxic to the environment and humans.


Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract: is also known as chamomile and is a relative of ragweed, people with ragweed allergies may have sensitivities towards chamomile.  It has many interesting healing properties.  it is a bactericide, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic as well as antimicrobial.  


Salvia Sclarea Extract: is also known as Clary sage.  It is considered to be estrogenic so woman who are breast feeding or pregnant should use a concentrated amount with care as with woman who have had estrogen related issues.  This is due to the fact that it does have effects on estrogen.  Other than that it is deemed to be safe and non toxic.  It has alot of other interesting uses and effects.

Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Extract: is used as a skin conditioning agent, and fragrance ingredient.  It is deemed to be non toxic to humans or the environment.  Though some people with sensitives may feel an effect from the lavender such as possible headache. 

Tussilage Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract: is part of the dandelion, daisy, goldenrod and ragweed family.  It has many uses especially with colds.  However raw coltsfoot has pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are toxic, they are said to be carcinogenic as well as toxic to the kidneys.  it has been banned in Germany due to an infant dying after it developed liver problems after the mother drank a tea containing coltsfoot.  Most commercially prepared coltsfoot has the alkaloids removed and are labelled Certified Hepatotoxic PA-Free.  

Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract: it is named achillia because of the legend that Achilles would carry yarrow into battle with him to treat any war wounds he received.  It has been used historically to speed wound healing and improve other skin conditions.  It is antimicrobial.  

Equisetum Arvense Extract: is also known as common horsetail and grows in the arctic and northern hemisphere. It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  it is deemed safe for personal care products, however when the extract is used, because it is highly concentrated there are some warnings to adhere to.    

helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: it is used as an emollient.  It is considered to be gentle and safe for use in cosmetics, you will also find it in an array of food products.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Glycine Soja (Soybean) seed Extract: This is used as a bulking agent, skin conditioning agent, solvent and hair conditioning agent.  It appears to be gentle and safe, as well as non toxic to humans and the environment.

Betula Alba (Birch) Extract: This ingredient is used as a fragrance as well as a skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be gentle safe and non toxic.  Here is an interesting fact though, birch has betulinic acid which scientists are in the process of testing as an anticancer agent.

Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract: Also known as marshmallow, though not the sugary one most people picture roasting over an open fire.  It is added to shampoos as an emollient, and to add the slipperiness to the product.   It is considered to be of low toxicity.

Phenoxyethanol: 
Is another fairly new ingredient, it is a glycol either and is used as a bactericide.  It is generally considered safer then the traditional formaldehyde releasing agents, however the FDA has stated that it can depress the central nervous system which could cause vomiting, diarrhea and can cause dehydration in infants.  There have been concerns of this product being carcinogenic due to the ingredients it is derived from.Natural 

Fragrance: used as an additive to make products smell nice.  Though it may not be harmful, people with sensitivities may experience headaches or such effects.  They tend to be known allergens and irritating to some.

Friday, 7 September 2012

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day' Audrey Hepburn

Whenever I think of The Body Shop I think of bamboo, green blooming flora... all things earthy and natural.  They have done a fantastic job with their marketing campaign.  Though they have done a great job at adding natural and organically occurring ingredients, which are  generally listed last on the labels, I might add.  They still add a lot of the ingredients that are known to be toxins.  I long for this company in particular, to live up to its image and really try to eliminate the harsh chemicals for more gentle and earth-friendly ingredients.  I remember really loving their products, I would like to be able to love their products once again.  

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair

Ingredients:
Aqua
Sucrose
The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo for Normal to Dry HairDisodium Cocoyl Glutamate
lauryl betaine
Laureth-5 Carboxylic Acid
PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate
Propylene Glycol
Sodium Chloride
Glycerin
Parfum
Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate
Sodium Benzoate
Sucrose Laurate
Isopropyl Alcohol
Polyquarternium-6
Salicylic Acid
Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice
Geraniol
Camelina Sativa Seed Oil
Citric Acid
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil
Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Tocopherol

Description:
Aqua: H2O the stuff we drink, otherwise known as water.


Sucrose: is sugar.  It is used as a preservative and an antioxidant.  It is often used as a substitute for glycerin.  Sugar is naturally derived from sugar cane without the use of chemicals.


Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate: it is a disodium of salt of the coconut acid amide of glutamic acid (coconut oil and fermented sugar).  It does not appear to have been assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel.  It appears to be good for those who suffer from sensitive skin.  However it is actually synthetically created through the use of chemicals to extract it.  Therefore it could still be contaminated with chemicals such as dioxane, a known carcinogen, though there is very little information on this.  At this point, it looks like this ingredient could be relatively safe.  If further information proves substantially that it is not I will keep you all informed.


Lauryl betaine: acts as an antistatic agent, hair conditioning agent, a foam booster and cleansing agent.  It is derived from vegetables, but is considered a synthetic liquid.  It is able to carry both a negative and a positive charge which means it makes a good stabilizer.  It is considered to be safe and mild.  Look for this ingredient when reading labels.  It is a good alternative to the harsher and harmful chemicals often used.


Laureth-5 Carboxylic Acid: is used as an antistatic agent.  It is a synthetic compound of lauric acid and oxirane.  There appears to be little information on this acid and it does not appear to have been assessed by the cosmetic industry panel for safety. According to the one study I was able to locate in english, there appears to be little concern for toxicity, mutagenic, genotoxicty or ecotoxicity.

www.nicnas.gov.au/publications/CAR/new/Ltd/LtdFULLR/ltd1000FR/ltd1389FR.pdf

PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate: is used as a surfactant and viscosity controlling agent.  It is considered to be a skin and sense organ toxin.  It has been deemed unsafe for usage on damaged skin.   Be wary of labels claiming to be natural.  PEG-55 is made from coconuts, but it is not a healthy product .


Propylene glycol: is an organic double alcohol.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance, and humectant.  It is classified as a skin irritant, and can cause conjunctivitis of the eye.  It is also considered to be a mutagen, a broad systemic toxin, and an immune system toxin.

Sodium Chloride: is your everyday salt.  It is not considered to be toxic and is used as a cleansing agent as well as a thickener. 


Glycerin: is considered safe and of low toxicity.  It is used in products because it is affective at improving the smoothness of the product and is a good lubricant.  Glycerin is a by product of bio-diesel. However, all you vegans take note.  Glycerin produced from bio-diesel is very expensive, so it is more often derived from animal fats such as beef and vegetable oils such as coconut or soy beans. Therefore some products that list glycerin in their ingredients may not be vegan.


Parfum: Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches.

Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate: is an ester of capric acid and polyglycerin-4.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, emollient and a surfactant.  There is little information regarding safety.  It does not appear to have been assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel. 

Sodium Benzoate: this is a preservative, a bacteriostatic and fungistatic as well under acidic conditions.  In combination with ascorbic acid (citric acid, another ingredient) it forms benzene, a known carcinogen.  It has also been proven to be genotoxic, affecting the mitochondria.  Another interesting fact, parents might be interested in this... watch for this ingredient listed on food packaging along with food colouring.  the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests that sodium benzoate along with certain artificial colours may be linked to hyperactive behavior.
www.food.gov.uk/

Sucrose Laurate: is a combination of fatty acid ester made from table sugar and plant or animal based fatty acid.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent emollient and surfactant.   It is considered to be safe, non-toxic to humans or the environment.   

Isopropyl Alcohol: is also known as rubbing alcohol.  It is used in shampoos as a fragrance ingredient, antifoaming agent, solvent or viscosity decreasing agent.  It is a well known central nervous system depressant, developmental toxin, organ system toxin, irritant, mutagen, and occupational hazard.  It's amazing that they are still allowed to use this ingredient in products.        

Polyquarternium-6: There are a number of polyquarterniums and what they are essentially are polymers which are plastics.  They are positively charged which means they neutralize the negative charges in shampoos and allow the hair to lie flat.  It appears to be a nervous system depressant, an environmental toxin, as well as an organ toxin.  However it is deemed to be safe to use in cosmetics.

Salicylic Acid: is a momohydroxybenzoic acid and a beta hydroxy acid. It acts as a plant hormone.  It is often used in acne medication due to the ability to break down fats and lipids.  This also means that it will burn skin and damage pores.  There is also information suggesting that it is teratogenic.  There is also a link between Salicylic acid and Reye's Syndrome through Aspirin (one of the main ingredients in Aspirin is salicylic acid).  There is also limited evidence suggesting it may be a mutagen, nervous system depressant and a developmental toxin. 
www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient.php?ingred06=705746

Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice: Also known as Aloe vera.  It is used for it's rejuvenating and healing/soothing properties.  Can cause diarrhea if too much is ingested.  Photoxicty and erythema have been reported through topical application.  Though that could be linked to an allergic reaction, the information surrounding this information is very limited.  Overall, aloe appears to be of low toxicity, low environmental toxicity and not carcinogenic.  

Geraniol: is a lipid and an alcohol.  It is derived from citronella oil, rose oil and palmarosa oil.  It is used in cosmetics and personal care products as a fragrance ingredient.  It is a known human immune system toxicant and is one of the EU's Banned and Restricted Fragrances.  Now as I write this I want to make it clear that the information surrounding this seems pretty limited.  The most information I have found against this ingredient is that it is an allergen for those who suffer from perfumes.  I am not sure who it was that funded the banned list and why citronella was on it.  However I will keep looking.  As far as my research has lead, it appears to be a fairly good ingredient, unlike a lot of the chemical ones that appear on most labels.  If anyone has any other thoughts, enlightenment or information on this ingredient, please leave a comment.

Camelina Sativa Seed Oil: also known as 'gold-of-pleasure,' it belongs to the Brassicaceae family which also includes: mustard, cabbage, rapeseed, broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts.  It is high in antioxidants.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and emollients (moisturizers)  It appears to be of low toxicity to humans as well as the environment.  

Citric Acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-aging products as an alpha hydroxy.  It acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation.

Olea Europaea Fruit Oil: is from the olive tree.  It is used as a fragrancing ingredient, and a skin conditioning agent.  It is of low environmental and human toxicity.  

Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil: is from a tree in the Amazon region of Pracaxi. it is considered to be safe, of low toxicity to humans and the environment.

Sodium Hydroxide: is also known as lye or caustic soda.  As the name suggests it is very caustic which means it burns.  It can cause death if swallowed and blindness if comes in contact with eyes.  In personal care products it is used as a pH balancer and a buffering agent.  It is considered to be  mutagenic, a broad systemic toxin, a respiratory toxin, and is considered to be a strong workplace/occupational hazard.

Tocopherol:  This is a series of organic compounds consisting of various methylated phenols.  It is used as skin conditioning agents, antioxidants and fragrance ingredients. It is not considered to be an environmental toxin or a human toxin.



I have found a really nice natural shampoo called Giovanni. There is a whole line of shampoos and conditioners.  I used to use this product all the time, but then decided to branch out and try some other kinds.  I find I like this one for my hair.  You might like this, or you might prefer something else, however for anyone who is interested I will leave a link so you can check it out yourself. It's found at most health food stores I think.



TN