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Toxic Ingredients in Shampoo and Conditioner To Avoid

12 Toxic Ingredients in Shampoo and Conditioner You Should Avoid

Have you ever read the ingredient list of your shampoo or conditioner? If you haven’t, then let me tell you this: it’s scary!

There are over 12 toxic ingredients to avoid in shampoo and conditioner, mainly because they have been linked with causing cancer, and other disease and illness.

Even shampoos labelled as containing “all-natural ingredients” aren’t safe. They still contain things like DMDM hydantoin and ammonium laurel sulphate. Not things that sound all-natural, right? My rule is – if you can’t eat it, then you shouldn’t put it on (or in) your body.

That’s why I recommend truly all-natural shampoo and conditioning products like Pure shampoos and conditioner. We create top of the line, mineral-based shampoos and conditioners that are chemical-free. This makes them great for anyone wanting to live a more natural, chemical-free lifestyle (or those who simply want a product that works and won’t kill them in the process).

My hair hasn’t felt more luscious and beautiful since using natural products. It’d be safe to say that it has saved my hair. Products like those from L’Oreal, Aveeno, Garnier, Herbal Essences, Pantene, Dove (and all the rest) do nothing but strip your hair of natural oils and infuse it with harmful chemicals.

Here are 12 toxic ingredients to avoid in shampoo and conditioner:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

A surfactant found in many cleaning products. Also an insecticide. The sodium and ammonium laureate sulfates are known cancer-causing ingredients. Also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.

Fragrance (Synthetic perfumes)
Fragrance of any kind isn’t good. It clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity. Also causes endocrine disruption.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
This foaming agent has been associated with skin and eye irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Although the government regards it as safe, many people have negative reactions to it.

With a moderate hazard rating, triclosan should be avoided at all costs. It can accumulate in our fat cells and keep our body in a state of toxicity. It causes irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and causes endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.

Used to dissolve fragrance or other oil additives. Often found in conditioners. It leaves a residue on the skin and scalp, disrupts the skin’s natural pH and destroys the natural protective barrier of our skin and scalp. Polysorbate-80 is the worst of the bunch – but stay clear of all!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Often found in conditioners, PEG contains dangerous dioxin levels, often found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process in manufacturing. Dioxins have a direct link to cancer, and also cause organ system toxicity.

Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is used as a preservative in hair-care products. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.

Another preservative used in cosmetics and hair care products. Causes organ system toxicity, and is an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. The FDA even warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.

Dimethicone is a silicone oil that can make the scalp and skin incredibly dry and irritated. It forms an almost plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin and traps bacteria, sebum and impurities with it. It is also an eye irritant and is non-biodegradable and horrible for the environment.

Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Chloride is a type of ammonium salt used as a preservative and surfactant. It is a toxic compound, with concentrations of 0.1% and higher having been shown to damage the eyes. It is irritating to the skin and causes inflammation.

This lovely chemical is another quaternary ammonium salt used as a surfactant and preservative in personal care products. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser and is definitely not safe. Formaldehyde is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs.

Since about 60% of the products your on your body and hair dissolve into your blood and organs, you should always choose the safe and toxic-free products for you and your family!

By |2017-09-11T13:51:04+02:00September 15th, 2016|Beautiful skin, Health issues|12 Comments

About the Author:

Pure natural cosmetics is not just a name, for me and many others it became a way of life! All my life I had an affinity to healthy life style. As a dancer and a trainer, i was always looking for the good combination of healthy food and healthy movement. In time I learned that its not only what you eat that matters. Also what you use as cosmetics or medical products is important. The skin is the biggest organ in our body. About 60% of what we put on our skin gets into the blood system and with that to the inner organs. I invest my heart and soul into “Pure natural cosmetics” and the best part is to hear the amazing comments from my client.


  1. Riya Dutta 26/06/2019 at 08:16 - Reply

    Please suggest me a shampoo for dry, dandruff hair .. I have also hair fall.. I don’t know which shampoo I can use for those problems..

  2. Ariel 28/07/2019 at 03:28 - Reply

    Could you please suggest a safe and toxic free shampoo that I can easily find at at most stores and isn’t too expensive? I’ve been researching a lot and want to start paying attention more to the products I’m using. I have very oily thick hair!!! Thank you for this informative post.

  3. Daphney Springer 08/10/2019 at 01:39 - Reply


    I struggle GREATLY with my hair. I currently have highlights in it, after 14 years of coloring it brown. I can’t find anything that will work with my hair because the roots get very oily, but the rest of my hair is dry and breaks so easily. I can’t comb it out of the shower without coating it in a detangleing spray, which is helpful, but still has tangles. My hair is also very fine, and thin. What do you recommend?

    My second question is, where does this ship from? I live in the United States and need to know how long shipping takes, and how returns would work if this doesn’t work for me….. as most things aren’t working now. I have only ever used salon-quality products, being very careful about the ingredients I will allow in my products.

    Thanks so much!


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  5. Terry 06/12/2019 at 04:16 - Reply

    Is there someplace to get the shampoo in the USA?

    • Nirit Yogev 07/12/2019 at 20:07 - Reply

      Thank you for your comment. i make the products in The Netherlands, so only by shipping them to you

  6. Ratan 13/12/2019 at 17:16 - Reply

    please suggest me one shampoo in india which is anti dandruff and sulfate free because i also have hair fall and dandruff

  7. majic 04/01/2020 at 23:53 - Reply

    I absolutely love this and would love!!!

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