Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tresemme Shampoo!

Tresemme Shampoo
sodium laureth sulfate
cocamidopropyl betaine
ammonium chloride
imidazolidiny urea
dmd hydantoin- 5-7 hazard
quaternium 22
tetrasodium edta
polyquaternium 10 and 39
butylphenyl methypropional
citric acid

        I chose to look at my shampoo, which is Tresemme. I found that many of the ingredients actually did not have hazard to them at all but if they were used in a different product or different way they could be harmful. I searched all of the ingredients and the most toxic of them was DMDM Hydantoin, which is an antibacterial formaldihyde. The largest problem this ingredient has is that it can release or be contaminated  the carcinogan formaldehyde. lt also has a skin,  eye, and lung irritant. Lastly, it has been known to trigger an immune response that can include burning, itching, blistering, or scaling of the skin. 
        My shampoo bottle is currently nearing it's end but will be sure to definitely check for this preservative in the future of buying my shampoo. With this ingredient being in nearly all of the major shampoos, this could be difficult but if I am unable to find a suitable product I will continue to poison my hair with this formaldehyde. I would love to remove it from my daily life for sure, but if it's not plausible I'm not going to forgoe washing my hair. This assignment definitely opened up my eyes to what really could be inside my daily hygiene products and may have to do more side research before I purchase my next round of items!

1 comment:

  1. Formaldehyde isn't all that harmless, it's more serious than you are making it sound. It doesn't just aggravate asthma, which would be bad enough. The International Agency for Research on cancer considers it a human carcinogen, it's classed as a carcinogen under California's Prop 65. All of these supposedly "harmless" chemicals are suspect in my eyes, even though the government may say otherwise. After all it's about making money for these companies that make shampoo and other products, why should they care if people get sick from it? If you look at the growing number of cancer cases in people where the cause is unknown you have to ask yourself what is different about our world and how does it relate to when there weren't so many of these dangerous chemicals added to everything (even if we are told they are harmless). Johnson and Johnson had to stop putting formaldehyde in their baby shampoo when they were told it is a carcinogen. Imagine washing your babies hair with that chemical? Formaldehyde on your babies skin. Just some things to think about.