So let's take a look at Hair Care - Toxic vs Certified Organic. Alot of you have heard me talk about the toxic chemicals in hair care. Well, I decided to blog about it.....back in March actually, but with everything, it just didn't happen. Now it's time to get this done!
As I mentioned previously, I was won the cancer lottery, so I guess, I'm the 1 of 3 women who get cancer. After treatment, I would get excema everywhere. My head felt like things were crawling around up there. Yup, more than once I got family to check for lice! None there. Medical personnel figured it was the nerve ends since I do have residual nerve damage from treatment. Made sense. I didn't think of my shampoo and conditioner causing excema on my head, and neither did the doctor.
When I had the patch testing done by the dermotologist, we then came to understand why my head felt like things were crawling around up there (and I'm talking on my head not in my head!! LOL).....it was a reaction to my shampoo and conditioner!
Now, formaldehyde is used in Fragance or Parfum.......to get that great scent you love! If you use unscented, cause like me, you wanted to stay away from scent and the problems it causes.....nope, they use a form of formaldehyde to take the scent away. So between Parabens, SLS, SLES, DMDM, Methylchloroisothiazolinone/Methylisothiazolinone, methanol, just way to many to name, no wonder I was having the issues I was having! Hmm...hair care - toxic vs certified organic?
I am not going to stand on a soap box and preach, but with so many toxic chemicals in the hair care - toxic vs certified organic? Is there really a debate? I mean, really? Hyperactivity, neurological changes, heart and cancer issues besides skin irritations and I wonder about the "cost" of certified organic?
There are over 12 toxic ingredients to avoid in shampoo and conditioner, since they have been linked with causing cancer, and other disease and illness. Ok, so I guess I am standing on a soap box! Oh, my friends know me well! Hair care - toxic vs certified organic?
WELL KNOWN STORE BOUGHT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONERS - TOXIC?
Take a look and see if you can recognize some of the ingredients that are actually harmful.
Tresemme Clean & Natural Gentle Hydration Shampoo
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PPG-9, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Methylisothiazolinone, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide, Biotin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, CI 19140, CI 42090.
Tresemme Clean & Natural Gentle Hydration Conditioner
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Biotin, Parfum, Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Amodimethicone, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-150 Distearate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
Pantene Anti-Breakage Shampoo
Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether,Ttocopheryl Aacetate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Pantene Anti-Breakage Conditioner
Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Bis-aminopropyl Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Head and Shoulders Instant Hydration Shampoo
Active Ingredient: Pyrithione Zinc 1% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Dimethicone, Cocamide MEA, Zinc Carbonate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 33, Blue 1.
Head and Shoulders Instant Hydration Conditioner
Active Ingredient: Pyrithione Zinc 0.5% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 33, Blue 1.
Did you Notice the Toxic Chemicals?
So, did you notice:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) This is used as a foaming agent. It is a known cancer causing carcinogen, skin and eye irritant. Yes this is the foam we all thought was wonderful! Big head of foam/chemicals........yes!!!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a non-cancerous carcinogen surfactant, however it is an irratant to eyes and skin.
Parfum/Fragrance, well as I said before, a form of formaldehyde used to add scent or take it away in the case of Unscented. This is the miscellaneous trade secret dropbox of chemicals, causing headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation, central nervous system issues such as depression, hyperactivity, irratability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen causing nasophoryngeal cancer, allergic reactions, contact dermititis, headaches, irritates mucus membranes, eye damage, joint & chest pain, depression, fatigue, dizziness, and immunal dysfunction. Some of the other names this chemical is named under are DMDM, Quaternium-15, hydroxymethyl, Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone.
On that note, Methylisothiazolinone is a powerful synthetic biocode & preservative (formaldehyde), associated with allergic reactions, a neurotoxin.
Behentrimonium Chloride is a toxic compound causing damage to the eyes by causing tissue damage of mucus membranes.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate is a quaternary ammonium compound which can be highly allergic and can induce anaphalaxsis. It's an endocrine disruptor and causes issues with the reproductive or homonal interference.
Trisodium Ethylenediamine Discuccinate, well this one is interesting! There is no health hazard, however, it has been determined to be human tissue or urine. Imagine that!
You also should know:
- PEGs helps other chemicals absorb through the skin
- DEA, MEA, TEA are hormone disruptors; cancer causing nitrates
- Silicone also goes under the names methicone, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, dimethicone copolyol
- Parabens mimic estrogen and causes breast cancerous tumours in men and women, causes declining sperm count. Anything that is ethyl, butyl, methyl or propyl are from the paraben family, even if it doesn't specifically state paraben (so often is under a different name since alot are "paraben free" right?)
- Fragrance mixes often contain Amylcinnamaldehyde, Cassia Aldehyde, Cinnamic Aldehyde, Cinnamic Alcohol, Euginol, Geraniol, Geranyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeuginol, Jasmine Aldehyde, Myochrysine, Potassium bromoaurate, Potassium dicyanoaurate, Ridaura, Sodium aurothiomalate, Sodium chloroaurate
Maybe you would like to review those ingredients again? So now what do you think about hair care - toxic vs certified organic? Still thinking these corporations and their chemical laden hair care is the best cause they are the cheapest?
Yeah, I was always worried about the cost. However, I had the pleasure of trying other organic hair care products and the were either the same price or more.
Now let's look at what chemicals are in one popular Baby Shampoo.
Johnson's Baby Shampoo
Water (eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Acrylates Copolymer, Yellow 6, Yellow 10, Parfum
Does this look like the type of shampoo to be used on babies? Remember it only takes 26 seconds for products to seep into the skin. Great if its good for you but if its Toxic? Why would you want to put toxins into your baby? Definitely, not because you realize it, right? We all want the best for our babies and Johnson's has been a well known name for baby products so you can trust it? No!
Think Dirty app is an app you can download to your phone which allows you to scan the barcodes of products to find out their ingredients and if they are safe or toxic, and if so how bad, and are they cancer causing, or causes developmental delays, etc.
So are you still wondering which hair care is right? Toxic or certified organic?
Now, let's take a look at our Miessence Certified Organic Hair Care! Keep in mind, our certified organic products are safe for babies as well as food graded. This means, if your baby/small child ingests some, there is no need to rush to emergency or make them drink milk or any of the chemicaly induced recovery requirements. It may not taste good, but it won't harm anyone!
Certified organic aloe babadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, coco glucoside, yucca schidigera extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, d-pantenol (pro-vitamin b5), Non-GMO Xanthan gum, certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, certified organic citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Non-GMO citric acid, certified organic persea gratissima (avacado) fruit oil, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract
Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, coco glucoside, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, d-panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), Non-GMO Xantahan gum, certified organic backhousia citriadora (lemon myrtle) essential oil, Non-GMO citric acid, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract
Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, sorbitan olivate and cetearyl olivate, certified organic apple cider vinegar, moringa oleifera seed oil, d-panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), aroma (proprietary blend of essential oils) Non-GMO lecithin, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, certified organic pelargonium graveolens (geranium) essential oil, certified organic pogostemon cablin (patchouli) essential oil
See the difference in the ingredients?
Now some people have said to me that they are allergic to plant based products! Excuse me? You might have a sensitivity to maybe radish root, and you don't eat them either, but to combine everything? Do you eat vegetables and fruit? They are plant based.
Others have a sensitivity to aloe vera, but not many, and do use this as the base rather than water since it is a good preservative base for organic products.
I tried making my own products and did well with a few, but when it came to shampoo and conditioners, I failed! Big time! My hair was super greasy. However, I do have a friend with very very curly hair and she loved my conditioner and uses it as a stay in conditioner, and it works great! Her hair is exceptionally dry normally though. So what doesn't work for one, works for another.
But I found using Miessence, I don't have to experiment. They did it for me!
And the COST..........well, since our products are concentrated, I use alot less. I may pay a bit more than the chemical laden products, but when it comes right down to it, am I really paying more? In 3 months, my shampoo bottle is down to about a 1/3. On that basis, it will take close to a year before I need to buy more. How often do you purchase shampoos and conditioners?
HOW TO DETOX YOUR HAIR!
However, when going to Certified Organic shampoo and conditioner, you MUST detox your hair. When your hair is detoxing, it may look greasy and lifeless. It may take a few weeks if you have been using hair care with silicone derivatives. Alot of products can leave your hair coated with plastic from the derivatives such as dimethicone, cylcomethicone, or any chemical with "cone" in it.
Our shampoos will NOT foam and the hair care will NOT work effectively until you have removed this coating by detoxing your hair.
The more chemicals in your hair, the longer it will take. And the more you get frustrated and go back to chemicals, the longer it will take. We also have to realize, short hair will detox quicker than long hair, since chemicals work their way down the hair strands.
There are a number of ways to detox your hair:
- Over Time - using our products until it happens (slowly - the Clarifying Hair Rinse may assist)
- Use a Detox Bath - 1 cup of Sea Salt, 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 cups of Bicarb Soda (Baking Soda). Hop in the bath and swish your hair in it!
- Make a Paste - Make a paset of baking soda and our shampoos and wash your hair with it a few times
- Make a Clay Paste - mix a clay (one of our clay masks or clay from a health food store) along with our shampoos and washing your hair with that a few times
Please Note: While your hair is detoxing, it may feel dry and knotty. This normal, as the hair is eliminating the silicone. Once they have been dissolved, you will find our shampoo foams and your hair is silky and soft. Protect Hair Repair will help with some of the knotty hair during the detox process.
Tell me, for your hair care - toxic vs certified organic? What is your choice?
Are you pregnant, have or have had cancer, autoimmune diseases, hyperactivity, skin irritations, allergy symptoms, heart disease or any of a number of issues now a days? Do you really want to add to the problems with leaching toxic chemicals into your body?
Do you have babies and small children or are you elderly? Wouldn't you rather go with certified organic products?
Now I say certified organic products because "organic" and "natural" has not been properly upgraded and regulated correctly since 1930. So this has caused a big black hole in the industry where companies can use only 5% of organic or natural product and the rest can be chemicals. This is still called Organic and Natural! Hogwash! It is Greenwashing through and through.........but that will be another blog rant! LOL
So tell me...........Hair care - Toxic vs Certified Organic? Are you worth the little extra to be chemical free in your hair care products or do you want to play russian roulette with your health? Tell me!
Organic Hair Care Recipes