Cosmetics, make-up, but also shampoo and conditioner. Our beauty products hardly pass all safety tests – even those considered natural. The wording on the packaging, in fact, does not always allow us to understand what we really have in our hands: among the hidden ingredients there are irritants but also allergens, nanoparticles and endocrine disruptors. It is important to underline that the indiscriminate use of terms such as hypoallergenic or suitable for sensitive skin is not governed by any legislation. This means that any manufacturer can write it without actually offering a product with these characteristics. Here are the results of a test conducted by the French magazine 60 millions de consommateurs which examined 12 shampoos from major brands – including organic ones.What’s Inside Shampoos
Some of you probably buy shampoos without even checking INCI while others check every single ingredient before making a purchase. The bad news is that whatever category you belong to, you may find yourself in your hands with a product that is not 100% safe. Among the most common – and not particularly beneficial – substances found in most shampoos, we remember the presence of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and ammonium lauryl sulfate. Two substances that have been known for a long time due to their irritating power on the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Organic and natural shampoos are better
Unfortunately, the answer is no. While they cost nearly twice as much as traditional ones and use natural ingredients such as coconut oil extracts, they still seem to be irritating. The results of tests conducted in France show the presence of allergens and irritants. In fact, there is no ban on the use of certain ingredients. So, while it is true that organic ingredients can be added – to a small extent – it is also true that they are full of substances that are anything but healthy. In practice, the organic ingredients serve as a decoy. The danger perfumes
In general, natural essences are not used to perfume shampoos but only derivatives of the latter. The reason is that the perfume released does not change over time and persists longer. But like all extracts, it cannot be said that they are perfectly compatible with our skin. Some of these can even cause health damage if used often. Endocrine disruptors
Shampoos are also full of endocrine disruptors. Potentially dangerous substances found during the test include butylphenyl methylpropionate and benzyl salicylate. Reported as suspected of reproductive toxicity. Too irritating dandruff shampoo
Shampoos against dandruff seem to be the worst in terms of the presence of irritants. For example, the popular Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 classic clean contains only synthetic and potentially irritating ingredients. But also allergens, dyes, conditioners, perfumes, silicones and ethoxylated surfactants. In addition to causing possible problems, these substances are also difficult to degrade at the environmental level. Ultra soft Garnier contains shea butter
Like most shampoos of this kind, it gives a semblance of natural but the actual amount of shea butter is negligible. Inside there is also the polyquaternium-10, a substance that has long been recognized as irritating to humans and highly polluting. The test also detected the presence of allergens. Paradoxically, despite being considered natural, the shampoo is not even so environmentally friendly because it contains sodium laureth sulfate, an ethoxylated surfactant, difficult to dispose of. Virtually identical results for Garnier Neutralia. Le Petit Marseillais shampoo, natural only in the label
The shampoos of the Le Petit Marseillais line were among the worst. Although they are advertised as natural with extracts of thyme, verbena and tea, they actually contain ingredients that are harmful to health or, to be precise, “washing agents reputed to be aggressive, such as ammonium lauryl sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine”. There is therefore a risk of encountering dermatitis, eczema and the risk of allergies. The latter due to the scents found inside. Keranove Naturanove Bio Shampoo with Calendula
Other Apparently natural shampoo contains an irritating cleansing agent and two allergens in the fragrance substances. There is also benzyl salicylate suspected of being an endocrine disruptor. The shampoos that have passed the tests
4 out of 12 shampoos passed the test. You can therefore be on the safe side with Energie Fruit Shampoo with monoi and macadamia oil, Logona Shampoo bio daily care Aloe and Verbena, Mixa Baby Shampoo Very Delicate and Monoprix Bio Shampoo for normal hair.
For further information it is possible to consult the entire document «La creme des cosmetiques: comment choisir les plus surs».

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