Thursday, 21 February 2013

Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Conditioner

I have always wondered... what came first reflective surfaces or cosmetics   And when did we go from rubbing berries on our cheeks and lips to add enticing hints of blush? What drove us to think... hmmm these heavy metals and toxins that will make me really sick later sure will make me look pretty!  The earliest usage of cosmetics was in the ancient Egyptian times when Kohl  which was made with soot, fats and heavy metals  was rubbed around the eyes.  What most people don't know is that this lead to mood disorders, and mental disorders.  It's not a new phenomenon  but it is one that perplexes me these days.  Now don't get me wrong, I have worn make-up and still do.  I have also made numerous make-up fax-pas growing up and making my way through the world of female judgements and beauty.  I wore hot pink lipstick that was made out of whale blubber (when that was still the practise) and the blue eye shadows of the eighties.    I have refined my beauty regime, learning that less really is more.  I have also learned a few other things, like... men are scared when he sees lips before he can see the girl, Tammy Faye Baker is not a fashion icon, and plastic is not a good look.  But more importantly I learned that we are all pretty and should not try to hide it, we can enhance it every now and then but overall beauty is decided by the beholder not by the masses.  We can also choose or not to use cosmetics and other personal care products that will not make us develop mood and mental disorders.  Okay that was said more in jest than in seriousness, I think... Now as I say that,   6 out of 13 of these ingredients listed in this conditioner  are considered to be toxic.  1 of which causes developmental and reproductive effects.  Have we come so far but learned so little?  

Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Conditioner



Stearyl Alcohol
Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Cetyl Alcohol
Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone
Benzyl Alcohol
Dicetyldimonium Chloride
Disodium EDTA
Panthenyl Ethyl Ether


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

Behentrimonium Methosulfate:  this is a quarternary ammonium salt. It is used as a hair conditioning agent, and an anti-static agent. It does not appear to be toxic to humans or to the environment. Please note that this ingredient is easily confused with Behentrimonium Chloride, which is toxic.

Cetyl Alcohol: Here is an interesting fact the name cetyl is derived from whale oil which was the original source of cetyl.  Now it is derived from petroleum or vegetable oils such as coconut.  It is used in personal care products as a thickening agent or in shampoos as an emulsifier.  In my research, there seemed to be very little information on the toxicity of cetyl alcohol, on either the environment, animals or humans.  The only information I found was the evidence of skin irrational and minor allergies causing rashes. Most information seemed to deem cetyl alcohol safe to use and practically non toxic.

Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone:  this ingredient is a silicone. It is used as a de-tangler, and hair conditioning agent. It does not produce a build up. It does not appear to be considered toxic to humans due to the size of the molecule.  It is not expected to be able to penetrate through the protective skin barrier due to its larger size.

Parfum (Fragrance):  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.

Benzyl Alcohol:  is both a naturally occurring  as well as a synthetic compound.  It is used as a preservative and a solvent. It is considered to be a workplace hazard an immunotoxin, contact allergen, and an organ system toxin. An ingredient best to avoid.

Dicetyldimonium Chloride:  this is a quaternary aluminium salt. It is used as a hair conditioning agent, surfactant, as well as an anti-static.  It is a known toxin and allergen.

Disodium EDTA: is a poly amino carboxylic acid. In cosmetics it is used to improve stability towards air. However, it has come under fire of late for being a known persistent organic pollutant.  As well, it is considered to be both a genotoxin and a cytotoxin.  It has also been known to cause developmental and reproductive effects.

Panthenol: is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) this means it is the pro vitamin 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. 

Panthenyl Ethyl Ether:  is used as a hair conditioning and an anti-static agent.  It does not appear to be a hazard to humans or to the environment or toxic.

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.


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