The treatment of hair and scalp previously involved the use of shampoo for an effective, but gentle cleansing. However, for years now, the shampoo is considered not only as a cosmetic product by having the purifying purpose, but it is also responsible for maintaining the health and the beauty of hair, imparting gloss and improving manageability.
Furthermore, in a society where the environmental awareness of the damages caused by the daily use of chemicals in skin and hair care influences the consumer’s attitude towards buying organic and vegan products, it is important to provide consumers with the right kind of products. This will lead to a significant impact on human health.
A nasty surprise could be ingredients like formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and ethoxylated compounds
Formaldehyde, a chemical that is used to keep dead bodies from decaying can also be found in cosmetic products. Many of our personal care products contain these preservatives in order to keep the bacteria from forming water-based products. Even though formaldehyde is known to be cancer-causing agent, its effect of ingestion has been studied rather than effects of it being absorbed through the skin.
These kinds of specialty chemicals are widely used in the cosmetic industry as a way of preserving cosmetics. While there are other chemicals that work to provide the same function, companies still resort to parabens to maintain the longevity of their cosmetics. Parabens have been found to produce several health conditions including cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and skin irritation.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in plastics and many personal care products. They help the product retain its color and scent, making it harder for it to break down. Loopholes within the law allow companies to omit it from being listed as an ingredient, as long as it’s listed under “fragrance”.
Ethoxylated compounds are also found in many cosmetic products, oftentimes referred to compounds containing “eth” or “PEG”. They are formed when combined with ethylene oxide, which is a well-known breast cancer-causing agent. During this process, ethylene oxide is added to other chemicals as a way to make it less harmful when placed in the skin. The end result of this process forms 1,4-dioxane, which can also cause breast cancer.
Just like the Bio-Pilixin formula, a vegan shampoo must be made from naturally derived ingredients and be plant-based. A wide range of active ingredients from various plants, including vitamins, the right hormones, photo-hormones, bioflavonoids, enzymes, tannic acids, amino acids, sugars, glycosides, and essential oils, are considered useful in shampoo formulations.
The awareness and the need for cosmetics with herbs are increasing, mainly because it is believed that these products are safer and free from any nasty surprises. To give some examples of naturally derived ingredients and their use, here are widely use natural ingredients:
Cosmetic based on natural ingredients is generally associated with a healthy lifestyle and their use is becoming increasingly popular. However, formulating cosmetics using completely natural raw material is a difficult task. Often it is a challenge for the manufacturer's to select the right ingredients, that can be rationally justified as natural and formulate them into cosmetics where the functionality is just a good as the syntactic counter products. Furthermore, the formulation should not be more expensive either.