ORIBE Hair Care Signature Shampoo
ORIBE Hair Care Signature Shampoo, 8.5 fl. oz.
Price: CDN$ 47.00
Does a great job on my hair but at a cost that goes beyond the high cost of buying the product
For an Oribe product I’m very impressed with how little scent this product has. It is possible to make hair care solutions that don’t stink but for some reason manufacturers seem to think we like smelling like shampoo for the whole day.
The thick cream works in quickly, it takes a little more water than other shampoos in order to thin out the lotion but nonetheless it’s easy to work around. I found it easy to rinse out and not leave any residue that I can feel. I’m well pleased with how good my hair looks the whole day, even this old grey twisty stuff. I haven’t experienced any dryness of the hair or scalp and my hair hasn’t been frizzy, or at least not any more so than usual for the grey stuff.
All of that said there is a reason to avoid this stuff. The second ingredient listed is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). It’s a chemical you don’t want to use often and that the Canadian government has declared not useable in any product designed and aimed for use by baby’s and small children.
A little research shows that:
► Depending on manufacturing processes, sodium Laureth sulphate may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system ii and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a possible developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. iii 1,4-dioxane is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.
► Although SLES is somewhat less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and its effects are therefore much longer-lasting.
► Sodium Laureth sulphate (SLS) is a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant and toxic to aquatic organisms.
► Higher concentrations were responsible for severe irritation and even corrosion of the skin. The International Journal of Toxicology also provides a safety assessment of SLS and recommends concentration levels of no more than 1% in products with prolonged use. This is disturbing when you consider a number of cleaning products have levels of SLS as high as between 10-20% and in extreme cases over 30%.
► In short, SLS can cause irritation of the scalp, gums and skin at just 1% and in some people the reaction will be quite strong. We recommend in this case to use a SLS free alternatives.
► If you search the other chemicals listed you’ll find that there are more which you’ll want to stay away from especially for prolonged periods of time.
So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?
The answer is simple – it is cheap. The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.
In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.
Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen.