This is a chemical preservative used in cheap shampoos. When used, this carcinogenic substance penetrates quickly into the scalp. Prolong usage leads to allergies, dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. Inhalation is extremely dangerous to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes). It is also used to preserve dead bodies.
Dioxane (ingredients ending in Myreth, Oleth, Laureth, Ceteareth)
This is a strong hormone disruptor. It disrupts the function of the nervous system and may cause miscarriages and birth deformities.
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (Nonylphenol or Octylphenol)
These substances are used as wetting agents to lower the surface tension of liquids so they can foam and then penetrate solid areas. Extremely toxic to fish, they may be carcinogenic and harmful to human’s central nervous system They are hormone disruptor and can also cause asthma, eczema and skin irritations. This is the reason many alkylphenol ethoxylates are gradually being removed as cosmetic ingredients.
Amilia Laureth (Laureth or Lauryl extensions ingredients)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the most used. These are synthetic substances found in most shampoos since they are hard foaming agents. They cause eye and skin irritation, hair loss and allergic reactions like eczema. They are often “disguised” in pseudo-natural substances, by the explanation that they “come from coconut”. However, they may be contaminated with large amounts of toxins in the manufacturing process. By interacting with other substances, they form nitrates, which are carcinogens.
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