Misconception serie : are supermarket shampoos toxic ?

This is a very common misconception! Supermarket shampoos and shower gels are said to be harmful, even toxic. Consumer associations, bloggers and television propagate this idea. However, like I already wrote, this is a misconception. Supermarket shampoos and shower gels are not harmful to human health in the sense we understand. They are not carcinogenic, they will not kill you or disrupt your hormones unless you use industrial quantities of them (you will not even get these effects from showering with Palmolive your whole life). We now have access to many hygiene products at such a democratic price.

Yet, instead of feeling grateful for it (the access to hygiene products, combined with the rise of clean running water, has contributed to a drastic reduction in human and infant mortality), we never have been so anxious at the idea of ​​using soaps… There is absolutely no proof of the harmfulness of hygiene products and cosmetics on sale, at least in France, in the US, in Canada, in Korea and much more countries. These products undergo intensive controls and perpetual re-evaluations. Remember that at the slightest risk, the product is subject to a recall or even removed from sale immediately. You cannot imagine the number of criteria imposed on brands before products are authorized for sale. Indeed, in the past, many cosmetics were extremely dangerous. For example, there were radium cosmetics !

Now, however the industry has become one of the most controlled. Compare that to airplanes. Are you afraid to fly in 2024, because of the fear of an accident, even though airplanes are really safe ? The risk of dying from a plane crash is extremely low today, even if the risks were once higher. Maybe you have this fear! However, if we stick to the facts, this fear is quite irrational, especially if you use the car on a daily basis. Of course, irrational doesn’t mean that your feelings should be mocked. Many of our phobias are irrational in the current world, but they come from valid primitive fears, like the fear of death, illness and accident.

Thus, we could consider that the fear of cosmetic products and hygiene products is an irrational fear, and a few opportunists take advantage of it, because it has financial value. Nothing is easier than selling alternative treatments or very expensive subscriptions when you are talking to an anxious public. You should fight more against the pollution caused by cars if you fear for your health and that of your children. For my part, I notice at the same time a demolition of pedestrian life with a drastic increase in car use (for sometimes minimal trips), and at the same time an increase in anxiety linked to shower gels… Don’t you see a huge contradiction and hypocrisy on the part of those who lecture you ? Of course, you can address two issues at the same time, but nitpicking shower gel ingredients sound like a lot of work for …what exactly ?

All these accusations of toxicity are linked to silly interpretations of scientific data, or even to completely invented data. What we do know, however, is that certain products can cause contact dermatitis or aggravate a pre-existing skin disease such as eczema. For this reason I am usually not happy with supermarket showers gels, which are not designed for specific problems : the compositions are established in order to satisfy the greatest number of people (i.e. a lot of foam, therefore use of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which only certain people do not tolerate). Contact dermatitis can just as easily be caused by organic, artisanal, drugstore products, etc. This is an individual reaction to certain ingredients, many of which are also considered natural, such as plant extracts. While my hands do not tolerate Sodium Laureth Sulfate, they do not tolerate lemon essential oil better.

As for supermarket shampoos, they are not harmful to your health either. However, certain surfactants, perfumes and essential oils can aggravate a pre-existing skin disease, but you could say the same for any shampoo on the market and not just supermarket ones. Supermarket shampoos, however, have their downsides. They are in fact more diluted and less concentrated than hair salon shampoos, which means they can leave hair less clean and sticky, because the surfactants are diluted as well. The conditioning ingredients are usually not very original, and often rich (common oils and butters as well as silicones): they weigh down the hair. These two accumulated points lead to the phenomenon of sticky scalp and hair. This phenomenon most often appears when using a sulfate-free shampoo with a conditioner containing silicones. This remains only a general trend, and each shampoo having its own composition, exceptions definitely exist! You can get sticky hair with natural artisan products, so keep an open mind.

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