Look out for these harmful chemicals in your shampoo

1 SLS/SLES or Sodium Laureth Sulfate

We all love lather, don’t we? It gives us the reassurance that the shampoo is doing its job and deep cleansing your scalp. However, the foam comes from a chemical agent called Sodium Laureth Sulfate which eventually strips away natural oils from your scalp and makes the hair rough and brittle. It is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products.

SLS and SLES Paraben in shampoo

2 Paraben

A commonly-used preservative found in personal care products such as soaps and shampoos, parabens is known to cause skin allergies including dermatitis because they penetrate deep into the skin.


3 Artificial  Fragrance

Artificial fragrance is really not good for anyone because it releases huge amounts of toxic volatile compounds that are linked with endocrine disruption. These compounds are known to clog your lymphatic system and induce toxicity in the internal organs.

Artificial Fragrance in shampoos and soaps

4 Phenoxyethanol

Another commonly used preservative, Phenoxyethanol is largely used in our cosmetics and hair care products but is an irritant to the eyes, skin, and lungs. It can also affect our nervous system and induce dermatitis.


5 Phthalates

This refers to a family of industrial chemicals used as solvents in several personal care products. However, it can cause damage to our internal organs including the reproductive system.


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