Wellness education is something we are incredibly passionate about at The Divine Company. We believe in the power of awareness & choices. It is only when we are informed that we make informed choices.
So get ready … Here’s 7 ingredients (& more importantly how they impact us as humans) that may very likely be in your ‘hairScare’.
You may like to grab the Shampoo & Conditioner bottle you have in the shower & check the ingredients list. Let us know what you discover!
1 ~ Have you heard about Diamine Toluene Sulfate?
Diamine Toluene Sulfate is found in a high percentage of hair care products and is an extremely potent skin sensitiser. The Journal of Carcinogenic Toxicology describes 2,5 diamine toluene sulfate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” toxic to the brain and central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
2 ~ PEG-3 Cocamid has been described as a “known human immune system toxicant” yet, this foaming agent is used in many hair products.
3 ~ Aminomethyl Propanol? Aminomethyl Propanol, an active ingredient is found in most haircare products and is a pH adjuster. It is generally considered safe at levels of concentrations below 2%.
Unfortunately, many hair products, especially those that require a strong pH adjuster like straighteners or hair color, contain concentrations well above 12% which is considered to be highly toxic and potentially carcinogenic.
4 ~ Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES):
Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos and scalp treatments
Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.
The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct.
SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate, and is classified by the environmental Working Group as a “denaturant, surfactant cleansing agent, emulsifier and foamer,” rated as a “moderate hazard.”
Research studies on SLS have shown links to:
• Irritation of the skin and eyes, Organ toxicity, Developmental/reproductive toxicity ,Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
, possible mutations and cancer
5 ~ Fragrance. When the word “fragrance” is listed on a label, it means a synthetic fragrance made in a test tube from any of over 200 synthetic chemicals.
These “fragrance” chemicals, which can bio-accumulate in your organs, can cause many symptoms, such as headaches, lung problems, skin irritation, dizziness, memory impairment, rash, and more. They are very cheap, toxic imitations of real herbal scents and unfortunately are found in the majority of non certified organic hair care products.
Imidazolidinyl and Diazolidinyl Urea.
These are the most commonly used preservatives after parabens. They are an established cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology) and release formaldehyde (a toxic chemical).
7 ~ We have all heard about Synthetic Colors:
Synthetic colors are used in shampoo’s and conditioners to make them colorful. Avoid them at all costs. They can cause allergy, skin and nerve problems.
Synthetic colors are labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a number and color.
+ one more … Triethanolamine (TEA).
Triethanolamine is often used in the base of a product and to adjust the pH. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and can be toxic if absorbed into the body over time.
Remember, “Certified Organic” is simply the only guarantee a consumer has in relation to a product being chemical free.
We are intent on creating a future (for both human beings and our environment) where the use of certified organic products outweighs the use of conventional, chemical-laden products.
Let us know if your on board.
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