Are you cleaning your hair with dirty shampoo?

Shampoo and conditioner has been one of the hardest things for me to master in the past almost 3 years. 😭

 I’ve always struggled with shampoo and conditioner anyway (even in my pre-toxin free life) because I have an incredibly dry scalp and very sensitive skin and have been known to have reactions to different hair products.

Years ago I tried the “no poo” method and used only Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda. That was not my idea of fun. 😅 

Then, I found Function of Beauty and I was so excited, I loved it, I thought it was toxin free… then I became a clean beauty advocate and learned how to read labels and realized I had been green washed. 🤦‍♀️ 

So, let’s break down why you need to read those hair care labels and my experience with the 3 I’ve tried since starting this toxin free journey. 👇

Common Ingredients in store bought shampoo/conditioner such as (but not limited to) Herbal Essence, L’Oreal, OGX: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance/Parfum, BHT, Methylisothiazolinone, PEGs, Propylene Glycol, Artificial Dyes, and many many more

What about the more expensive hair care though? 🤷‍♀️ That must be better right? Wrong…

Common Ingredients in more high end hair care such as (but not limited to) Monat, Melaleuca, Arbonne, Modere: Urea, Fragrance/Parfum, PEGs, Phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA

When you dig deeper into these ingredients, you will find:

👎Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) – classified as expected to be toxic or harmful

👎The European Food Safety Authority reports that this substance can cause liver cancer in animals

👎This peer-reviewed study reports this substance is a tumor promoter

👎Upper respiratory tract irritation

👎Development/Reproductive Toxicity – A peer-reviewed study found this substance caused adverse developmental effects in rats.

👎Skin sensitizer – can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin

👎Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics – Canada – Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetics Ingredients

👎Neurotoxicity – In-vitro study demonstrates this common biocide is highly toxic to neurons

👎The US EPA reports the LC50 value is very toxic to aquatic life

I had to actually stop researching this here friends, the post was getting too long.


I have officially tried 3 toxin free shampoos/conditioners and am excited to share the winner with you.

My reviews:

Carina Organics: 12 fl. oz for $10.99 – I had to use a tonnnnn to feel like it was doing anything in my hair. My hair felt more dry while using as well. I did really enjoy the smell though. Would not order again.

Evolv: 8.5 fl. oz for $26 – By far the most expensive in the toxin free world (but still cheaper than some of the toxic ones above). Again, enjoyed the smell. Felt it worked much better than Carina and would have continued using had I not found a more affordable option.

Attitude: 16 fl. oz for $9.95 – Clearly the best option looking just from a cost standpoint. Even better is that it performs better (in my opinion) than the other two. This one worked the most like conventional hair care products I’ve used in the past. I don’t personally like the smell of the Soothing and Volumizing one but I love the smell of the Nourish and Shine. I don’t feel like I have to use too much and my hair and scalp feel great.

I love testing out different toxin free products for all of you, so if you know of others you want me to try, let me know. Or, if you want me to check the ingredients in your hair care (or any other products), just comment below, I’m always happy to help!


Hair it is…

Let’s talk hair care.

I’ll be honest, I’ve only tried one toxin free shampoo and conditioner but because it took me SO long to find it, and because I was greenwashed twice before finding a truly toxin free brand, I knew I needed to share!

I found an article from January of this year listing “The Best Shampoos for Every Type of Hair” and dug into these recommendations a bit and you can imagine that what I found wasn’t pretty.

Some common ingredients were:
🚫PEG – While PEGs can be mild irritants, they’re less than desirable primarily because they help traffic funky chemicals across your epidermis, including a slug of impurities they’re often contaminated with. 😱According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, pollutants found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide (used to manufacture mustard gas), 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and heavy metals (lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, arsenic).” 😳
❌ Phenoxyethanol – used as a preservative in cosmetic products to limit bacterial growth. Skin exposure to phenoxyethanol has been linked to allergic reactions ranging from eczema and hives to anaphylaxis. Infants exposed to phenoxyethanol can experience a depressed central nervous system leading to a decreased appetite, difficulty waking, skin color change, damaged DNA, and limpness of extremities.
❌ 𝙎𝙇𝙎 – often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a byproduct of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
🚫 Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): This preservative is used to help foods retain color, but it also irritates the skin, causes skin rashes and even asthma. It is on the FDA’s toxicity watchlist, which you know can’t be a good sign (especially considering how many other toxins they let slide).

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