Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Dove ~ Better Style Through Better Care!

A I have mentioned in my previous blog, I have curly and unruly hair.  In order for me to look relatively presentable I do use hair products.  I recently bought Dove hairspray.  One as a tester and Two.. because I needed something to help control my our-of-control locks.  I would have rather bought the Giovanni hairspray, but I often have a hard time finding it.  So I caved in to my vanity and bought this one.  As I was reading the back when I started this blog, I noticed that out of the 7 ingredients listed on the bottle 7 are considered to be toxic.  I am really really disappointed with the Dove brand now, and will never buy this product again.  I am sure that all of the other hairsprays are probably the same.  So I will take this as a lesson and not give in so quickly to my womanly vanity.  I think taking the time to really invest in a good and healthier product line is well worth it.  I have spoken to my local health food store and they have mentioned that other people have the same concerns and they were in fact in the process of increasing their beauty lines.  I have also started ordering more from Amazon as they have such an array and stock of all healthy options for beauty.  It may take a few days for delivery but I think health is worth the wait.     


Dove Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray
Dove Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray

Alcohol Denat
Hydrofluorocarbon 152A
Acrylates/Hydroxyesters Acrylates Copolymer
Aminomethyl Propanol
PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone


Alcohol Denate: Is added to ingredients to make it taste bad and render it undrinkable. If it is consumed it can cause blindness or death if it contains methanol. To help prevent this, denatonium is often added to the substance to make it taste extremely bitter. Substances such emetic (vomiting) agents such as syrup of ipecac may also be included as well. 

Hydroflurocarbon 152A:  this is used as a propellant in hairspray.It is a halocarbon.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.

Acrylates/Hydroxyesters Acrylates Copolymer:  is a copolymer consisting of one or more monomers.  It is used as a film former.  It has contamination concerns and could be contaminated with one or more of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate.  All of which are considered to be of high toxicity.

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.

Aminomethyl Propanol:  this is used as a buffering agent and pH adjuster.  It is a known irritant (skin, eyes, and lungs).  It is also an environmental toxin and is contaminated with nitrosamines (known carcinogen, multiple organ toxin) and oxazolidine.

PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone:  this ingredient is an alkoxylated derivattive of dimethicone and contains both propylene oxide and ethylene oxide.  It is a surfactant.  It is said to possibly contaminated with either or both ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane

Cyclopentasiloxane: Is another silicone and is used in cosmetics as a conditioner.  I had a hard time finding out any information on this product.  It appears to be safe in the fact that it has not been detected in human urine or tissues.  Though if heated past point of decomposition it will release toxic gases.  with further investigating I have found that this ingredient is considered to be an environmental toxin (persistent and bio-accumulative , it is also an endocrine disrupter (hormones) and is considered to be tumor causing and a non-reproductive toxin.  Not a good ingredient!

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