You might not be aware of the fact that your shampoo can cause much more that just a stinging sensation in your eyes. Apparently, this hair product can be deadly.
Namely, a study on soaps and shampoos conducted by the Center for Environmental Health, based in Oakland, California, discovered that 98 of the included products contained a potential carcinogen called cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).
Some of the items high in this ingredient are shampoos produced by Palmolive, Colomer, Colgate, Paul Mitchell and many others. Furthermore, in violation of California law, numerous of the tested products which were found to contain cocamide DEA were in fact intended for children or had a fake organic label.
The executive director of CEH, Michael Green, stated that “Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo. We expect companies to take swift action to end this unnecessary risk to our children’s and families’ health.”
Despite the numerous personal care products and brand name shampoos, the testing conducted by the CEH also discovered cocamide DEA in store-brand products sold at Kohl’s, Pharmaca, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s.
CEH also tested the falsely labeled organic products from Organic by Africa’s Best for significant amounts of cocamide DEA. Moreover, the same carcinogenic ingredient was also found in a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us, and a children’s bubble bath from Kmart.
The testing also found the dangerous substance in other shampoo brands manufactured by Kohl’s, Walmart and Trader Joe’s. CEH also tested falsely labeled organic products from Organic by Africa’s Best and they were also found to contain high levels of cocamide DEA. The carcinogenic compound was found in the Babies R Us children shampoos and a children bubble bath from Kmart. Here’s the list in full:
More from the Center for Environmental Health and updates on product reformulation notices.
To avoid this kind of issues and reduce the potential risk due to harmful ingredients in the products you buy, it is best that you do your own homemade natural shampoo.
This is how to prepare it:
Homemade Natural Shampoo
2/3 cup of Castile soap
Two teaspoons of almond or olive oil
10- 15 drops of some essential oil by Young Living
1/2 cup of coconut milk
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Method of preparation:
Its preparation is extremely easy. All you need to do is to mix all the ingredients in a bottle, and your natural, toxin- free shampoo is ready!
Remember to shake the bottle before you use the shampoo. Use it regularly and your hair will be incredibly healthy, shiny and gorgeous!
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Have you tried the homemade shampoo recipe?
I just bought all of the ingredients but discovered I forgot coconut milk. There are other recipes without coconut milk so I will be trying one of them. Here is a recipe without coconut milk.
Homemade Lavender Rosemary Shampoo
1/2 cup Lavender Castile Soap
1 1/2 cups distilled water
3 tsp. virgin coconut oil
1 – 3 drops YL Lavender essential oil
1 – 3 drops YL Rosemary essential oil
Melt coconut oil in a microwave safe dish. It should only take about 20-30 seconds to become fully liquefied.
Combine water, coconut oil , castile soap, and essential oils in a pint mason jar and shake vigorously to combine.
Pour into a plastic container to store and use. An empty shampoo bottle is a great container or you can pick up a new pump or squeeze bottle from the craft store.
How to use homemade shampoo:
Squirt a quarter sized amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand
Rub hands together to create lather.
Massage shampoo through hair, beginning at the roots.
Rinse hair well with water as cold as you can tolerate; the cold water will seal your ends and provide a greater shine.
I have read great reviews on homemade castile soap. If you do not want to make your own, there are shampoos made without parabens. You will just have to do a google search to get that list. Homemade shampoos are so much more cost effective than buying shampoo not to mention shampoo without parabens.
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