Axe Dual 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner From Unilever
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
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.
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.
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.
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.