Saturday, January 19, 2008

Toxic Bathroom

You learn new stuff everyday-like which shampoos are so toxic, if you took a lighted match to them, they'd explode. Or which of your baby's shampoos has the potential to cause cancer and a host of other nasty things.

So, I took a look at my bathroom shelves: shampoos, lotions, conditioners, etc.

With the exception of two or three shampoo bottles and a few (very few) odds and ends, it can all get thrown out on the grounds of some form of toxicity. Disgusting.

To determine the level of overall toxicity, I used the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, which is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Workers Group. They rate products on a scale of 0-10, 0-2: Low Hazard; 3-6: moderate hazard; 7-10: High hazard.

The biggest offenders?

1. Pantene Pro V Shampoo (basic) with a rating of 5

2. Suave for Kids, with a rating of 5

3. Suave Professionals Series, rating of either 5 or 6

4. Neutrogena Triple Moisture series, rating of 5

5. Aussie Shampoo and gel, rating of 5/6

6.Fructis Shampoo/Conditioner, rating of 6

7 Aveda Color Conserve Conditioner, rating of 7!

8. Desert Essence lotion, rating of 6

9. Nature's Gate Lotion, rating of 3! Yea!

10. Basis Clean Face Wash, rating of 6

Hmmm...That doesn't look so good.

1 comment:

  1. I'm disgusted! Why are these products still manufactured? Thanks for the info and the link. I had no idea where to look to find out about the toxins in cosmetics & toiletries. The shampoo is so sad, my head must be very toxic. I was slowly converting to organic and safe products . . . . . think I'll speed that up a bit!