You probably thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to you is to burn your eyes, but it turns out that your shampoo could be deadly. The Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland, California, performed a study on shampoos and soaps and found that at least 98 included a carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).

shampoo carcinogen

Cocamide Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a controversial ingredient found in body care items, has landed four personal care manufacturers with a lawsuit in California.

The Center for Environmental Health filed the suit after discovering the presence of cocamide DEA, the foam stabilizer and volumizer, in shampoos and soaps. In the state of California, Proposition 65 requires manufacturers to warn consumers over the risks of certain substances. Cocamide DEA is on that list because it is a suspected carcinogen. It was banned in the state last year after a study found it caused cancer in laboratory animals.
Some of the products that contain high levels of the illegal chemical are sold under well-known companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, and Prell. Lab tests also found the carcinogen in children’s products, such as a store brand bubble bath from KMart, and a shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us. Other store brand products that contain the carcinogen came from Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Kohl’s.

Unfortunately, manufacturers can put any toxic chemical they want into shampoos because  the FDA allows all sorts of chemicals to be used in these products, including chemicals that are known carcinogens and that contribute to liver failure and nervous system disorders. How’s that for protecting public health?

Corporate America Doesn’t Care About Your Health

The full list of all 98 products containing the carcinogen is included below. Since the lawsuit was launched last year,only three companies have committed to reformulate their products. Those products that they claim will be reformulated without the carcinogen are highlighted below in green.
It’s very telling of corporate industry morals when the majority of brands and parent companies are aware that their products are hazardous and cause cancer yet they continue to sell them as is. I guess profit is more important to them than the health of their customers. After all, it’s safe to say that many of these CEOs and top executives have ties to Big Pharmaceutical stock, so the fact that their products make people sick is a real win-win for their bank accounts.

DIY: Here’s an Easy Homemade Natural Shampoo

1/2 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup Castile soap
10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
2 teaspoons almond oil or olive oil
Mix together all the ingredients in the bottle and shake thoroughly. Just give it a shake before you use.
Thanks to living traditionally for the recipe.

You Don’t DIY? Straight Coconut Oil Pre-Poo Followed by Dr. Bronner’s is a Great Option

If you don’t feel like making your own, buy Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap and support an incredible company who use their profit to do good in the world. (Not to mention their soap is truly amazing). They have been a lead contributor for pro GMO-labeling campaigns, use fair trade, organic ingredients, free from animal ingredients and are certified free from animal testing. Dr. Bronner’s is also a huge supporter and contributor to grassroots and lobbying efforts to re-commercialize industrial hemp.
Depending on your hair type you may want to rub a little coconut oil into your hair first and then use Dr. Bronner’s to wash it out. Note: We receive absolutely no compensation from Dr. Bronner’s, we just love them.

The List

PRODUCT
BRAND NAME
COMPANY
RETAILER
Classic clean shampoo (for all hair types)
Prell
Ultimark Products
Walgreens
Medicated Conditioning Shampoo
MG217
Lake Consumer Products
Rite Aid
Daily Shampoo
American Crew Classic
American Crew
CVS
Olive Oil Shampoo
Organics by Africa’s Best
House of Cheatham
CVS
Caprice (Acti-Ceramidas Shampoo)
Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
FoodMaxx
Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo
Straight Arrow
Straight Arrow Products
FoodMaxx
Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
Ouidad
Ouidad Products
Sephora
TUI (moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo)
Carols Daughter
Carols Daughter Products
Sephora
Brilliance Shampoo
Rusk
Rusk
CVS
Kid’s Bubble Bath (Bubble Gum Scent)
Little Ones/Kmart
Kmart
Kmart
Clasic Herbal Essence Shampoo (all hair types)
Vanart
Made by Estilo Y Vanidad, Distributed by Midway Importing
Kmart
Therapeutic Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
TopCare
Neutrogena Corporation
Lucky
Cleanse Hydrating Shampoo
BIOSILK
Farouk Systems
Lucky
Maximum Strength Medicated Dandruff Shampoo
Equate
Walmart
Walmart
Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo
Organix
Vogue International
CVS
“Ricitos de Oro” Chamomile Baby Shampoo
Grisi
 unknown
Walgreens
Cabellino Shampoo Chile Con Romero
Grandall
Grandall Dist. Co
Kmart
Dandruff Shampoo Selenium Sulfide
Image Essentials
Kmart
Kmart
Nutress Hair Protein Pack Treatment Shampoo
nutresshair
nutresshair
Glamour Beauty Supply
Treatment Curly Hair Moisturizing Shampoo Keratin and Cupuacu Butter
nuNAAT
nuNAAT
Glamour Beauty Supply
Luxury Care 3 Plus Frizz Control Shampoo
Luxury Care
Lustrasilk
Glamour Beauty Supply
Anti Breakage Neutralizing Shampoo Gel
Mega Growth
Strength Of Nature
Glamour Beauty Supply
Tea Tree Special Shampoo
Paul Mitchell
John Paul Mitchell Systems
Glamour Beauty Supply
Plant Extracts & Moroccan Argan oil Dry, Itchy Scalp Shampoo Controls Dandruff
At One With Nature
BioCare Lab
Glamour Beauty Supply
Gentle Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo Aromatic Natural Essences pH balanced
Calm Cleanse
Johnson Products Co.
Glamour Beauty Supply
Hair Polisher Shampoo with “Sparkle Lites”
Fantasia
Fantasia Industries
Glamour Beauty Supply
African Essence Neutralizing Shampoo Plus Proteins and Conditioners
African Essence
Universal Beauty Products
Glamour Beauty Supply
VIA Natural Style Moisturizing Shampoo
VIA
Universal Beauty Products
Glamour Beauty Supply
Fair Trade Honey Shampoo
Lush
Lush
Lush
Sunflower & Coconut Detangling Conditioning Shampoo
Crème Of Nature
Colomer USA
Safeway
Medicated Shampoo Slednium Sulfide Dandruff Shampoo
up&up
Target
Target
Salon Shampoo (for Extra-Dry Hair)
Parnevu
Advantage Research Laboratories
Lynas Beauty Depot
Shea Butter Shampoo
Sofn’freen’pretty
M&M Products Company
Lynas Beauty Depot
Conditioning Shampoo
Luster’s Pink Brand
Luster’s Product
Lynas Beauty Depot
Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo
Palmer’s
E.T. Browne Drug Co.
Lynas Beauty Depot
Neutralizing Shampoo (With DL Panthenol)
Vitale
AFAM Concept
Lynas Beauty Depot
Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash
Dermasil/Rise International Group LLC
Rise International Group
99 Cent Only Stores
Moisturizing Shampoo with Panthenol (Placenta & Vitamin E)
La Bella
Newhall Laboratories, Inc.
99 Cent Only Stores
Despicable Me Hand Wash (tickled pink rose bonbon)
Delon Laboratories
Delon Laboratories
99 Cent Only Stores
Tingling Gro Shampoo with Flaking Control
Doo Gro
Nature’s Protein
Sally Beauty Company
KeraCare  Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo
KeraCare
Avalon Industries, Inc.
Macy’s
Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo
Folicure
Alberto Culver USA
Sally Beauty Company
Mixed Berry Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap
Simple Pleasures
Tri-Cosatal Design
Kohl’s
Vanilla Rose Bubble Bath
Simple Pleasures
Paula Scaletta Licensed to Tri-Coastal Design
Kohl’s
berry burst shower gel
scentsations by bodysource
Made Especially for Kohl’s Department Store
Kohl’s
Lemon Handwash  Gift Set
Brompton and Langley
unlisted
Sears
French Lavender Hand and Body Wash Gift Set
Amelie’s Garden
unlisted
Sears
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo
Moroccanoil
Moroccanoil
Blooming Beauty
Julius Caesar Redreshing Citrus Scent Concentrated Shower Gel
Zirch Warrior Collection
TPR Holdings LLC
Marshalls
I love Vanilla & Ice Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Gel
I love…
I love cosmetics limited
Ross
Coconut Lime Handsoap
Pure Passion
Biolab International Inc.
Ross
Lalaloopsy Cotton Candy Bubble Bath
Lalaloopsy
Added Extras
Ross
Super Minty Soapy Suds Body wash + Bubbling Bath
Bliss
Bliss
Ross
Olive & Shea Mositurizing Shower Wash Vanilla Spice
Tree Hut
Naterra International
Ross
Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo with Oatmeal Protein
Design Essentials
McBride Research Laboratories
JC Penny
Moisturizing Shampoo for all hair types
Body Time
Body Time
Body Time
Lemon Kitchen Hand Soap
Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s
All Natural moisturizing Shower Gel Yuzu
ShiKai
ShiKai Products
Andronico’s
2 in1 Shampoo and Conditioner
Toys R Us
Toys R Us
Babies R Us
Body Wash ylang ylang & ginger
Pharmaca
Pharmaca
Pharmaca
avocado oil moisturizing shower gel
Australian Organics
Kent Cosmetics
TJ Maxx
Lemon Balm White Musk Hand Wash
D&H Australia
Dickens  & Hawthorne Australia
TJ Maxx
Eucalyptus Aloe Hand Soap
CST
CST
TJ Maxx
Honey B Crème Handwash
Scottish Fine Soaps
Scottish Fine Soaps Company
TJ Maxx
Enriched wtith Argan oil Restorative Shampoo
Beauty Products Mgoador
Chic Cosmetic Ind.
TJ Maxx
White Nectarine & Pear Cleansing Hand Wash
Boutique
Grace Cole Co.
TJ Maxx
Lavender Conditioning Handwash
Brown & Harris England
HotHouse Partnerships LTD
TJ Maxx
English Rose Moisturizing Hand Wash
A & S
Asquith & Somerset
TJ Maxx
Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser Passionfruit + Green Tea
Formula 10.0.6
Aspire Brands
Ulta
Triple Action Bath, Shower, & Hair Wash Revitalizing Rosemary Mint
c. Booth simple. Natural. Trusted.
Freeman Beauty Labs/ pH Beauty Labs
Ulta
Advanced Volume Shampoo with Expansion Technology
Nick Chavez
Perfect Plus
Ulta
Bubble Bath Calm One with lemon balm
Calm All
The Soap & Glory Cosmetics
Sephora
Lemon Basil Shea Butter Hand Soap
Michel Design Works
Michel Design Works
Bristol Farms
Philip B. Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing and Clarifying Shampoo
Phillip B.
Phillip B Inc.
Bloomingdale’s
Lemon Verbena Hand Wash Gel
Accessory Zone
Accessory Zone
Sears
Mango Body Wash
Boots
The Boots Company
Target
Citrus Blush Shower Gel
Champneys
Boots Retail
Target
White Tea and Ginger Neutralizing Shampoo
Ampro/Pro Styl/ Neutra Foam
Ampro Industries
Lucky
Lychee Flower Hand And Body Wash
Mor
Mor
Nordstrom Rack
Zinc Shampoo
DHS
Person & Covey Inc.
hairenvy.com
Bubble Bath Sweet Water
RRYSpa
RRYSpa
burlington coat factory
Skinny Girl Shower Gel Margarita
Skinny Girl
Lotta Luv
burlington coat factory
Peppermint Bubble Bath
Elegant Home Design
Elegant Home Design
burlington coat factory
Apothecary Lemon Verbana Bath and Shower Gel
Apothecary
International Design Associates
burlington coat factory
French Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash
Baylis & Harding England
Baylis & Harding PLC
burlington coat factory
American Crew Classic Daily Shampoo
American Crew
American Crew
Saks Fifth Avenue
Herb Hand Soap
Daiso
Daiso Industries
Daiso
Hair Plump Volumizing Shampoo
Big & Bold
Fisk Industries
Beauty Parlor
Blondes Lemon flower Shampoo
ARTEC
ARTec Systems Group
Beauty Parlor
Rejuvi Shower Cream
Rejuvi
Rejuvi Laboratory Inc.
Dermstore.com
The Revitalizer Body Wash (Cucumber + Grapefruit)
Portico
Portico Home + Spa
Dermstore.com
Colour Protecting Caviar Shampoo
Kelly Van Gogh
Kelly Van Gogh LLC
Dermstore.com
Walnut Body Scrub
Banzai Living Inc
Banzai Living Inc
Ichibankan
Clear Lemon & Mint Body Soap
Aroma Resort
PMAI
Ichibankan
Bath/Shower Gelee with Green Tea and Aloe
Dr. Michelle Copeland
Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care
Dermstore.com
Lavender Shower Gel with cucumber, arnica, and aloe vera
elizabeth W san francisco
E Wightnan & Co
Dermstore.com

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