Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Dove Damage Therapy Revival Shampoo with Fiber Actives Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Scent

In my previous blog, I wrote about the history of conditioner.  I thought I would continue with that and give a brief history of shampoos as well.
The word shampoo dates back to 1762 it is a derivative of the Hindustani word champo.  It was originally used as a head massage and consisted of natural oils and fragrances.  It was then introduced to Britain in the 19th century by Sake Dean Mahomed.  He became the "Shampooing Surgeon" to George IV and William IV after opening up a Turkish bath in Brighton called "Mohamed's Steam and Vapor Sea Water Medicated Baths".  From thereon in shampoo gradually came to be regarded as applying soap to the scalp.  They would use soap boiled in water with added herbs for fragrance as an early form of shampoo.  The first known shampoo maker was Kasey Hebert.  Shampoo that was commercially made was available 1900s.   Shampoo as it is known today was introduced around the 1930s with Drene, the first shampoo with synthetic surfactants.  So there you have it a brief history of shampoo.  
On another note, let's bring our attention back to the product at hand.  One should be aware that 11 of the 16 ingredients in this product are considered to be toxic in one form or another.  I am really disappointed in Dove.  They appear to have a really great program about self-esteem and loving oneself, and yet they are promoting just the opposite by encouraging young women to use their product and sell out on themselves.  Dove has a great thing going -- please let us jump on this 'altruistic' philanthropist bandwagon that everyone is getting on and put on a great show empowering young woman to take control of themselves and love themselves.  All the while negating the fact that their product is not so good, and not in the best interest of the young woman they are targeting.  If they put on a great marketing campaign making them appear anything but the 'big corporations' that are coming under fire lately, then maybe people will forget to look behind the labels.  Am I being to jaded here? I'd like to think so... but I doubt it.
Dove Damage Therapy Revival Shampoo with Fiber Actives Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Scent
Dove Damage Therapy Revival Shampoo with Fiber Actives Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena ScentIngredients:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Chloride
Tetrasodium EDTA
DMDM Hydantoin
Citric Acid
Adipic Acid
Sodium Sulfate


Aqua: Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

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.

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 if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources.  However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving.  Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.

Polyquarternium-10: Is part of the polymer family.  They are used in personal care products because they are positively charged.  Because of this they act to neutralize the negative charges and help hair lie flat. Some also have antimicrobial properties. There is very little research I could find on this ingredient, but what I did find was that it appeared to be of low toxicity to humans.  However there have been tests done on small rodents which suggests that it is toxic.  There have also been studies done suggesting that it is also an environmental toxin.  I supplied a link below for more information on this topic.

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 favorable 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-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.

Gluconolactone: is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that is capable of chelating metals it also works as an agent against free radicals, thereby protecting skin from some of the damaging effects of UV radiation.  It is used as a conditioning agent and an antioxidant.  There is very little information on this product, though it appears to be relatively gentle.

Adipic Acid: Adipic acid is produced from a mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone.  This is oxidized with nitric acid to give adipic acid.  It is part of the nylon family. It appears to be an environmental toxin, especially to aquatic life.  Otherwise it appears to be of relative low toxicity.  It does not appear to be a carcinogen, a mutagen, and does not appear to be a developmental or a reproductive toxin. 

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.

Sodium Sulfate: is the sodium salt of sulfuric acid.  It is a very cheap material, and the largest use is in powdered home laundry detergents as filler.  In shampoos it is used as a foaming agent.  Though it is considered to be of low toxicity, it can cause skin and eye irritation, asthma or respiratory irritation.  As well, it may cause eye and skin irritation. May cause respiratory and digestive tract irritation. May cause fetal effects based upon animal studies. 

Trehalose:can be found in animals (such as shrimp, and insects), in which blood-sugar is trehalose.  It is also found in plants, and microorganisms. It is also known as mycose or tremalose.  It is used as an re-hydrator as well as an anti=-oxidant. It appears to be of low toxicity to both humans and the environment.  Here is a link to Health Canada for more information.

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.

I have mentioned this product before, I think it is a good product and the ingredients are much less toxic then you will find in the typical store brand products.  Here is a link for anyone who may be interested in trying it.


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