Friday, August 30, 2013

Toxins in Shampoos

I am forever suggesting to people that they read labels. No one, not the federal or provincial government, not Health keeping you safe from toxins in your personal care products. 

In this latest case, The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) revealed independent testing on Tuesday finding a cancer-causing chemical in 98 shampoos, soaps and other personal care products sold by major national retailers. The chemical in question is cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent in many products. California listed this as a known carcinogen last year. These are well known brands...everything from Prell, Organix, Paul Mitchell, and more. 

As you know, eScential Wellness is a supporter of environmental defence ( and lists their "Toxic Ten" ingredients on the eScential Wellness website ( As it happens, cocamide DEA is not on their toxic ten list....but it does make David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen.  (link here: Of course, eScential Wellness is free of the Dirty Dozen, too. But what do you do when the chemical is not required to be on the label? Not much you can do about that...except, be labels whenever you can.

Read the full article. It's very informative!  This link will take you to a list of the exact shampoo offenders. You can see if the shampoo you use is among the entire article.

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