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.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
|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.
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
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.