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Re-cap: Pantene Pro-V ingredients repsonsible for eye irritation...


Blog post posted by Natural Skincare Authority on January 29, 2010 at 6:08pm

Hi Everyone,

Before moving onto the next warning Pantene lists with regards to using it's own product, I thought a re-cap and overview might be useful on what we've found out so far.

The Pantene Pro-V Always Smooth 2 in 1 Shampoo Data Safety Sheet shows the following warnings:

• "Eye: Contact may cause mild, transient irritation. Some redness and/or stinging may occur.

• Skin: Not expected to be irritating, sensitizing, photoallergenic or phototoxic when used as intended. If irritation occurs following intended use or prolonged contact it is expected to be mild and transient.

• Inhalation: Not expected to be irritating to the respiratory system. Not volatile therefore limited inhalation exposure anticipated.

• Ingestion: Product used as intended is not expected to cause gastrointestinal irritation. Accidental ingestion of undiluted product may cause mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea."

Ref: pg.com/content/pdf/01_about_pg/msds/beauty_care/haircare/pantene/Pantene_Pro V_Always_Smooth_2_in_1_Shampoo_(95658052).pdf

In my research regarding eye irritation, I found that most chemicals that are responsible for eye irritation are also responsible for skin and lung irritation too. The main offenders in this category are:

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
Cetyl Alcohol
Sodium Benzoate
Citric Acid

The job of these chemical ingredients in shampoo includes: fragrance, ph adjuster, surfactant, viscosity agent, stabiliser/blending agent, preservative, anti-corrossive, cleansing/emulsyfing agent.

Looking at the 'jobs' of these chemicals, which ones are absolutely essenital? Which ones are just not necessary? And which could just as effectively (if not more so) be done by natural ingredients?

As Bill Bunn referred to in his article at salon.com, which ingredients are there to 'stroke our emotions' and which actually clean hair?

I think we could safely say that fragrance (synthetic perfume), surfactants (detergent with bubbles!), and viscosity agents (makes shampoo feel thick and gooey) are simply 'stroking our emotions', while preservatives, anti-corrossives and blending agents are only necessary to support all these 'emotion stroking' chemicals. Cleansing agents can easily be found in all natural (and organic), non-chemical form.

Bunn advises in his article that smell is very important to shampooers. After hair has been washed, it is the smell of their hair that convinces people that the shampoo did its job. Another wonderful aspect for marketer's is that the smell also "helps to form the most imtimate psychological connection a soap can make with its user" (ref:www.salon.com/env/good_life/2009/08/13shampoo/) ensuring a future relationship between the shampoo and the user. However as we have seen, fragrance (repsonsible for smell) is potentially very harzardous to our health.

Studies have shown consumers also associate thick shampoo as being better, however Bunn advises that the thickness is there only to satisfy this need, and actually ensures shampooers use more of the product than necessary!

Shininess is another highly sought after result from washing hair thanks to millenia of marketing that this is the ultimate in health. However, shiny hair happens when the person is simply healthy and glowing usually from an wholistic approach to their health with excellent nutrition, healthy mental and emotional wellbeing - just the right balance in life.

Because this seems to be getting more and more difficult to truly achieve, marketer's have picked up that if they can convince us to just cheat and use chemicals to get this look, we will feel better about ourselves, well for half a day anyway...This can be achieved in part with citric acid.

And finally all of these chemicals would not work when the bottle gets to your house unless they were preserved! So chemicals are needed to preverve the other chemicals to ensure you get the whole chemical cocktail, as it was intended, when you get home.


Do we need the ingredients that cause eye, skin and lung irritation to clean hair? You be the judge...

Tomorrow we will move onto other types of effects of ingredients in Pantene Pro-V Always Smooth 2 in 1 Shampoo.

Yours in Natural Skincare,
Kelly Makin.

Please leave a post with your thoughts at the NSA Forum at http://natural-skin-care.ning.com/profiles/blogs/recap-pantene-prov-ingredients

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