Not every product has been tested or is listed, and not every ingredient has had enough testing done. However, they do list 95 specific Suave products on the database!
This rating is too high for my personal comfort level. I will look for something else before using this product line on my baby's innocent little head! (Though the price tag and availability is very convenient!)
A clip from the EWG (cosmeticsdatabase.com) about the brand in general ...
The chart below indicates that research studies have found that exposure to one or more ingredients used by this brand -- not the products -- caused the indicated health effect(s) in the studies reviewed by Skin Deep researchers. Actual health risks, if any, will vary based on the level of exposure to the ingredient and individual susceptibility -- information not available in Skin Deep.
|Ingredients used by this brand:|
|Restrictions & warnings|
|Other concerns for ingredients used by this brand: |
Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards
See HERE and scroll down for more info on the specific ingredients to watch out for!
Nothing too alarming, I suppose, but also not something I want to take too lightly. After all, as someone who's had allergies my whole life, I wouldn't want to inadvertently CAUSE my child to have heightened allergies by something I was voluntarily putting on her head! That said, I certainly wouldn't judge someone who used this brand, and I may see how it works for my hubby's hair :) but I will avoid using it on my daughter and let her make the decision herself when she's old enough to know why I chose to avoid it.
Now, let's take the Suave product I'm most curious about/interested in and inspect it further :D
Ingredients list: (I have to say I LOVE a company that is forthcoming about the ingredients used! YAY Suave!!)
"Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice [Aloe Vera]*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil [Lemongrass]*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract*, Dimethiconol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, PEG-150 Distearate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
*Certified Organic Ingredient"
Thoughts and findings ...
I love that they are using so many Certified Organic Ingredients - that's a great start!
There are also a lot of ingredients that are really long chemically-sounding impossible-to-pronounce names - that's a red flag :(
The nitty-gritty ...
(keep in mind that the toxicity rating does have many data gaps where not enough testing has been done. This is especially true for the lower rated ingredients.)
Water = fine :)
Cetearyl Alcohol = a naturally derived "fatty" alcohol that is not damaging or drying to the hair. It has a toxicity rating of 0-1. Not bad! Read up on alcohols in hair products HERE.
Cyclopentasiloxane = Hazard rating of 2-3 (Low to moderate) Cautionary items checked are Cancer, Organ system toxicity, and Persistence and bioaccumulation (can linger in the body tissue for years and decades after exposure). Lesser or emerging concerns for this ingredient:
Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Data gaps, Biochemical or cellular level changes
Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine = Hazard rating of 0-1. (low) Lesser or emerging concerns for this ingredient: Ecotoxicology, Data gaps
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice [Aloe Vera]*
Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil [Lemongrass]*
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract*
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract*
Dimethiconol - Hazard rating of 0 - Data gaps - Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel
Behentrimonium Chloride - Hazard rating of 0-1. (low) Lesser or emerging concerns for this ingredient: Ecotoxicology, Data gaps
Fragrance (Parfum) - Hazard rating of 8! (high) Cautionary items checked are Allergies/immunotoxicity. Emerging concerns for this ingredient: Neurotoxicity, Misc, Data gaps
Dipropylene Glycol - Hazard rating of 1. Moderate concerns are Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), and Data gaps.
Lactic Acid - Hazard rating 4-5. Concerns for this ingredient include Cancer, Restrictions and warnings, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate - Hazard rating of 0. Data gaps.
PEG-150 Distearate - Hazard rating 4-6. See here for more info.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone - Hazard rating of 6. Concerns: Cancer, Restrictions and warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
Methylisothiazolinone - Hazard rating 6. Concerns: Restrictions and warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Neurotoxicity.
*Certified Organic Ingredient
That's a lot of numbers. and I didn't even check the Organic ingredients! If this product contained one or two ingredients with a rating higher than 1 or 2, I would use it. But when almost every ingredient has a rating, and many are quite high - it's just not a risk I'm willing to take.
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