CHEMICALS IN SHAMPOO THAT ARE PROBLEMATIC, in fact, TOXIC.
The best natural shampoo & conditioner will NOT contain any of these ingredients.
This list goes beyond sulfate-free shampoo, to avoiding harsh detergents, synthetic fragrances, and other hormone-disrupting chemicals.
These are the ingredients to avoid where possible.
This is what makes your shampoo lather up with suds / bubbles. We usually associate bubbles with cleaner hair (or cleaner anything in general, however that’s not necessarily the case.
Sudsing doesn’t really occur much in nature, so it’s often the result of a chemical reaction or agent of some kind. While these chemicals aren’t necessarily toxic to humans, they can cause serious irritation and can be really harmful to aquatic life.
Some examples inside hair products are Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). Given the quantity of shampoo going down the drain every time we wash our hair, we’d prefer to avoid irritation and create a safer environment by choosing a shampoo without these ingredients.
Ever noticed the expiration date on your shampoo? Nope, neither have we. That’s because commercial shampoos are FULL of preservatives to keep them shelf-stable. They’ll last for a really long time without separating out or going “off”. These preservatives prevent the growth of yeast, mould, bacteria, etc, but because they’re literally designed to kill things, preservatives are tricky and can have a range of toxicity problems for both humans and the environment.
They are also likely made of petrochemicals.
Watch out for that scent! This is definitely something to look out for on the ingredient list. The term “fragrance” can act as a backdoor for all kinds of chemicals to sneak into your products. It’s often used as an umbrella term for up to 100 ingredients in a blend.
Unfortunately, many of these ingredients can be toxic to human health, like phthalates (linked to reproductive and developmental harm) and synthetic musks (linked to hormone disruption and build up in our bodies).It turns out, even large commercial branded baby shampoos contain harmful chemicals which most baby / juniors scalps just cant handle. Not that companies who make baby skincare products don’t try to use gentle chemicals, I’m sure they do. But my point is that even gentle chemicals still aren’t necessarily natural ones.(CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SAFE INGRDIENTS)
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID INCLUDE (But not limited to);
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
*These ingredients are listed on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Red List, which is part of the MADE SAFE screening process for personal care products.
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