it’s officially the start of PRODUCT WEEK! we’re gonna delve into some of the more well-known “organic” and “natural” product lines out there, and discover if they’re really as natural as they say.
we’ve talked Wen. now, let’s talk Organix.
as we know, organix is a hair and skin care line. they claim to have products that are “pure and simple… the way nature intended.” TIME OUT. now while the company itself technically doesn’t make claims to be “organic,” i’m sure you can see where all the confusion is happening with their name, labeling, and marketing schemes.
so is the organix line better than other store hair products??
short answer? absolutely not! not at all. not in the slightest.
long answer? here we go -
let’s first check out their ingredients in a few representative products.
oh wait… they don’t post their full ingredients lists on their website… but walgreen’s does!
let’s take a sample product for shampoo and conditioner:
(each representative product has VERY similar ingredients to others in the same category)
renewing moroccan argan oil shampoo: Deionized Water , Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate , Sodium C 14 16 Olefin Sulfonate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine , Dimethicone Copolyol (Silica) , Cocamide DEA , Glycol Distearate , Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel OilArgan , Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) ExtractCocoa Butter , Parfum , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) ExtractAloe Leaf , Panthenol , Polyquaternium 11 , DMDM Hydantoin , Cetyl Alcohol , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , PEG 23M , Red 40 , Yellow 5
well, i was going to write a list of things you want to avoid, but it’d be way easier to list the ingredients that are good for your hair:
- argan oil
- coconut oil
- avocado oil
- aloe vera
literally, everything else is pure CRAP. toxic crap, at that! (minus the water…ha…)
nutritional acai berry avocado conditioner: Aqua/Water/EauWater , Cetyl Alcohol , Behenalkonium Methosulfate , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetearyl Glucoside , Glyceryl Stearate , Glycerin , Cyclopentasiloxane , Dimethicone , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , DMDM Hydantoin , Panthenol , Silk Amino Acids , Hydrolized Milk Protein , Acai (Euterpe Oleracea) Fruit Extract , Avocado Extract , Albumen , Argania Spinosa (Argan) ExtractOil , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Tetrasodium EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Coumarin , Parfum
again, out of ALL of that, here’s what you’d want on your hair:
- jojoba oil
- argan oil
so let’s take a look at the big hitters in these shampoos and conditioners that you do NOT want on your scalp and in your hair:
- DMDM hydantoin – preservative; formaldehyde releaser (yes, you read that correctly); known human immune toxicant or allergen; restricted in cosmetics in Japan; evidence of link to cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer
- methylchloroisothiazolinone – preservative; classified as a human skin toxicant or allergen by the CIR; restricted use in cosmetics in Canada and Japan; suspected link to cancer (mutagen)
- disodium laureth sulfosuccinate – sulfate; about 21% of the total ingredients blend is DLS, making it about half as irritating as SLS found in typical shampoos/body washes (10% DLS ~ 2% SLS)
- sodium C 14 16 olefin sulfonate – sulfate/surfactant; harsher than SLS; Canada recognizes it as expected to be harmful/toxic
- benzalkonium methosulfate – sulfate; restricted use in cosmetics in the EU
- cyclopentasiloxane & dimethicone – both silicones that coat your hair and prevent your natural oils and other moisture from penetrating the hair shaft
- cocamidopropyl betaine – synthetic surfactant; suspected environmental toxic; recommended restriction in cosmetics by the CIR (cosmetic ingredient review); associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis
- tetrasodium EDTA – chelating agent (complex compound with central atom of a metal); enhances skin absorption (not what you want with these other chemicals); classified as expected to be harmful/toxic by Canada
- coumarin – fragrance (doesn’t say if it’s synthetic); known human immune system toxicant or allergen by the EU; recommended restriction by CosIng; recommended use restriction by the International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards; cancer-linked concern by the Carcinogenic Potency Database
- parfum (aka fragrance) – synthetic fragrance – represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants (including phthalates); significant known human immune system toxicant or allergen effects; human respiratory irritant; wildlife and environmental toxin
ORGANIX IS NOT ANY SAFER THAN A TYPICAL STORE HAIR PRODUCT LINE.
as for me, i’ll stick to my ROM :)
any other popular brands you want to see in the Product Week line-up? we’ve got burt’s bees and physician’s formula coming up soon!