Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo - The Power of Pantene

Shampoos, especially of late have really come under fire for the type of ingredients they use.  Pantene, especially.  I remember back in the 1990's people likened Pantene to floor polish, for the ingredients were apparently rather similar.  Through the years Pantene has been described as a shampoo with high quality ingredients, as they looked towards science for better performing products.  However, it appears that 11 out of the 18 ingredients are toxic in one way or many.  Although science is finding replacements for some of the well known and harsh ingredients like the SLS's, a lot of those ingredients are still being used.  With time and consumer demands, one day we may see the obliteration of these chemicals in our personal care products so we can go back to simply being clean.

Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo
Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Chloride
Glycol Distearate
Sodium Citrate
Sodium Xylenesulfonate
Sodium Benzoate
Citric Acid
Tetrasodium EDTA
Panthenyl Ethyl Ether


  H2O, the stuff we drink.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:  also known as SLS, it is used as a foaming agent.  It is an irritant and there is concern over contamination with the known carcinogen 1,4 Dioxane.  It can not be  metabolised by the liver, therefore it is persistent.

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.

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.

Glycol Distearate:  is derived from either animal or vegetable sources (soy, canola).  It is used as a surfactant, skin conditioning agent, and a viscosity increasing agent.  It appears to be of low toxicity and not considered to be a carcinogen   However, there appears to be some confusion on whether or not it is an ecological toxin.

Dimethicone: also known as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) which is a silicone oil.  It is used in shampoos to lubricate hair and make it easier to comb and adds shine.  In creams it acts as a skin protectant and an emulsifier.  The FDA has deemed it safe to use.  However most people have heard of the horror stories with silicone breast implants leading companies to switch to saline filled implants.  Other side effects linked to PDMS include allergic reactions from mild to severe as well as a worsening in dryness.  Although the data is limited, it appears to also cause non-reproductive toxicity as well as links to environmental toxicity due to the toxins being bioaccummulative.  This means it builds up and builds up in our soils and sediments.

Laureth-4:  is a polyoxyether of lauryl alcohol.  It is used as a surfactant and emulsifying agent.  The ingredient itself appears to be safe and of low toxicity.  Meaning that in tests it showed negative scores for reproductive toxicity and so forth.  However through the process of developing Laureth-4 it can be contaminated with 1,4 Dioxine (a known carcinogen).  However according to the FDA steps are to be made to ensure that this contaminate is removed before it is mixed into cosmetic ingredients.

Sodium Citrate: it is the sodium salts of citric acid.  It is used as a emulsifier and is often used as a chelating and pH balancing agent.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.  

Sodium Xylenesulfonate:  it is a sodium salt used as a surfactant.  It can be considered as an irritant, and a workplace hazard   It is not considered to be a carcinogen.  There have been studies to show that it causes liver damage in small test animals in large doses, such doses would not be found in shampoos or other such products.

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.

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 behaviour.

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.

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.

Polyquarternium-6: it is a polymer, and is used as an anti-static agent, hair fixative and a film former.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin as well as a non-reproductive organ toxin.

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.  

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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