By Green and Gorgeous Organics
Consider me an expert on dry shampoo. During my hunt for the best organic, natural dry shampoo available, I scoured the internet and my favorite shops. I researched and analyzed ingredients. What I found wasn’t pretty -- long lists of harmful preservatives and chemicals, even from companies that claim to be all-natural and organic.
The ingredients in most dry shampoos may seem fine in small doses, however, just because it’s safe in small quantities doesn’t make it risk-free. Your scalp absorbs at rates 5 to 10 times higher than other parts of your body and repeated exposure to these chemicals only increases the potential for harm. Dry shampoo is invaluable for unwashed hair days and I believe everyone should have it in their beauty toolkit, but does it need to be ridden with chemicals?
Let’s take a look at the harmful ingredients in most dry shampoos, their potential negative effects, and an alternative to these chemical-ridden options.
Toxic ingredients in dry shampoo
Denatured alcohol is ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, mixed with a denaturing agent. Ethanol is broadly toxic.
Talc acts as an absorbent in dry shampoo; it’s a powdered native, hydrous magnesium silicate that may have asbestos fibers in it, which poses a risk for respiratory toxicity and cancer.
Parabens are a fragrance ingredient and a preservative. Paraben mimics estrogen, acting as a potential hormone system disruptor. You’ll find parabens in many products labeled all natural and organic.
Fragrance is a known human immune toxicant and possibly a human respiratory irritant. Fragrance has been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Dry shampoos commonly come in a spray-on, aerosol container. These cans have a propellant to force chemicals out of the can and into the air. We’ve known for decades about the harmful effects of aerosol on the ozone layer and LPG is its replacement. What’s in LPG? Butane, propane, and isobutane. These are colorless, odorless gasses. Propane takes the place of oxygen in the lungs, which makes breathing difficult or impossible. These gasses can give you headaches, mood swings, nausea and not only harm you, but the people and the environment around you.
A natural alternative
I founded Green & Gorgeous Organics to start a beauty company that’s completely transparent with its ingredients. I don’t think it’s fair to mislead people by including harmful ingredients and labeling the product natural or organic. At Green & Gorgeous Organics, we explain why we use each ingredient and how they’re beneficial to you. I began with dry shampoo because it’s a favorite product of mine.
Our Organic Natural Dry Shampoo Powder is vegan, organic, sulfate free and fragrance-free. It’s made from organic arrowroot powder, organic brown rice powder, organic horsetail powder, white clay, aluminum free baking soda, and organic essential oils. That’s it! Each ingredient serves a purpose. We don’t use filler ingredients that most companies use to sell their products cheaply. I wanted to introduce a product that’s high quality and not in an aerosol can. Our products are safe for both people and the environment.
When I speak with people about chemicals in their cosmetics, I ask if they want to be exposed to chemical compounds on a daily or weekly basis. Do you want to expose yourself and the environment to chemical compounds in your products? If you had a choice, would you want a safer, healthier option? Now you have one.
Interested in trying our dry shampoo? Check out our site and order directly from us.