Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash Products

April 3, 2008


by Nathan Lazarowicz

Let me begin by stating that the following was written from a somewhat shocked perspective. When I say “shocked” I mean something to the effect of a bombgoing off and shaking the ever-trusting American foundation of consumerism which exists within all of us. In short, I felt taken-advantage-of, used and ignorant like a Los Angeles hooker after obtaining the following information on shampoo, conditioner and other “body wash” type products…

1. The FDA (Federal Drug Admin.) has no authority to regulate the body care industry which includes products such as: SHAMPOO, LIPSTICK, BABY POWDER, TOOTHPASTE, SOAP, LOTION and HAIRSPRAY because they are not considered medicines. However, there IS an exception to this rule: bubble bath. Bubble bath contains the same basic carcinogenic ingredients as shampoo, yet is required by law to display the following warning on it’s label:

CAUTION- Use only as directed. Excessive use or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to skin and urinary tract. Discontinue use if rash, redness or itching occur. Consult your physician if irritation persists. Keep out of reach of children. Children using bubble bath?!?! How absurd!

2. The basic Federal Law regulating cosmetics hasn’t been updated since 1938. The FDA has no authority to require cosmetic manufacturers to register their manufacturing plants or their products. It also cannot require manufacturers to file data on the ingredients in their products.


Diethanolamine (DEA)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which also includes Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Cocamide and finally,

Propylene Glycol.

You have to go to a specialty store (i.e. Whole Foods) to find shampoos without these ingredients in them.

4. The above-mentioned ingredients serve no legitimate purpose to the consumer. They are used by

the manufacturer simply as a surfactant (wetting agent which breaks water’s natural surface tension), a lather enhancer, or simply as a base ingredient to achieve desirable consistency in lotions and creams.

5. Children’s products often contain MORE of these toxins because they have been know to reduce immediate irritation of skin, eyes and mucous membranes. After discovering all this information I went out to a few of our common retailers such as Nob Hill, Costco, Longs and Whole Foods. I determined that you MUST go to a specialty store which focuses on all natural products in order to find ANY shampoo free from DEA, SLS, DLS, TEA and Cocamide.

Here are a few brands which I have proved to contain NONE of these harmful chemicals:

Avalon Organics (Avalon Natural Products)

John Masters Organics

MGA (Max Green Alchemy)

Aubrey Organics

Giovanni Organic Haircare

Here are a few of the WORST manufacturers of hair care products according to my research:




Paul Mitchell



There are a few nationally recognized organizations who certain companies choose to be “certified” through:




As an addendum I would like to state that DEA alone has not been proven to cause cancer or irritation. It’s only when DEA is given the opportunity to mix and react to other chemicals such as SLS or any chemicals which have a nitrogen molecule. DEA is given this opportunity in every case I’ve found and the longer your shampoo bottle sits on the store shelf or in your shower caddy, the longer the DEA is exposed to it’s reactive chemicals contained within that bottle of shampoo.

The moral of this story is to become a label reader and to do your homework if you value the health of your children and yourself.


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