Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Shampoo Brands

98 Personal Care Products Containing Carcinogen Listed Below.

This article was originally published by our friends at RealFarmacy

You probably thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to you is to burn your eyes, but it turns out that your shampoo could be deadly. The Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland, California, performed a study on shampoos and soaps and found that at least 98 included a carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).

Cocamide Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a controversial ingredient found in body care items, has landed four personal care manufacturers with a lawsuit in California.

The Center for Environmental Health filed the suit after discovering the presence of cocamide DEA, the foam stabilizer and volumizer, in shampoos and soaps. In the state of California, Proposition 65 requires manufacturers to warn consumers over the risks of certain substances. Cocamide DEA is on that list because it is a suspected carcinogen. It was banned in the state last year after a study found it caused cancer in laboratory animals.

Some of the products that contain high levels of the illegal chemical are sold under well-known companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, and Prell. Lab tests also found the carcinogen in children’s products, such as a store brand bubble bath from KMart, and a shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us. Other store brand products that contain the carcinogen came from Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Kohl’s.

Unfortunately, manufacturers can put any toxic chemical they want into shampoos because  the FDA allows all sorts of chemicals to be used in these products, including chemicals that are known carcinogens and that contribute to liver failure and nervous system disorders. How’s that for protecting public health?

 Corporate America Doesn’t Care About Your Health

The full list of all 98 products containing the carcinogen is included below. Since the lawsuit was launched last year, only three companies have committed to reformulate their products. Those products that they claim will be reformulated without the carcinogen are highlighted below in green.

It’s very telling of corporate industry morals when the majority of brands and parent companies are aware that their products are hazardous and cause cancer yet they continue to sell them as is. I guess profit is more important to them than the health of their customers. After all, it’s safe to say that many of these CEOs and top executives have ties to Big Pharmaceutical stock, so the fact that their products make people sick is a real win-win for their bank accounts.

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DIY: Here’s An Easy Homemade Natural Shampoo

1/2 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup Castile soap
10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
2 teaspoons almond oil or olive oil
Mix together all the ingredients in the bottle and shake thoroughly. Just give it a shake before you use.
Thanks to living traditionally for the recipe.

The List





Classic clean shampoo (for all hair types)


Ultimark Products


Medicated Conditioning Shampoo


Lake Consumer Products

Rite Aid

Daily Shampoo

American Crew Classic

American Crew


Olive Oil Shampoo

Organics by Africa’s Best

House of Cheatham


Caprice (Acti-Ceramidas Shampoo)


Colgate-Palmolive Co.


Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo

Straight Arrow

Straight Arrow Products


Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo


Ouidad Products


TUI (moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo)

Carols Daughter

Carols Daughter Products


Brilliance Shampoo




Kid’s Bubble Bath (Bubble Gum Scent)

Little Ones/Kmart



Clasic Herbal Essence Shampoo (all hair types)


Made by Estilo Y Vanidad, Distributed by Midway Importing


Therapeutic Anti-Dandruff Shampoo


Neutrogena Corporation


Cleanse Hydrating Shampoo


Farouk Systems


Maximum Strength Medicated Dandruff Shampoo




Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo


Vogue International


“Ricitos de Oro” Chamomile Baby Shampoo




Cabellino Shampoo Chile Con Romero


Grandall Dist. Co


Dandruff Shampoo Selenium Sulfide

Image Essentials



Nutress Hair Protein Pack Treatment Shampoo



Glamour Beauty Supply

Treatment Curly Hair Moisturizing Shampoo Keratin and Cupuacu Butter



Glamour Beauty Supply

Luxury Care 3 Plus Frizz Control Shampoo

Luxury Care


Glamour Beauty Supply

Anti Breakage Neutralizing Shampoo Gel

Mega Growth

Strength Of Nature

Glamour Beauty Supply

Tea Tree Special Shampoo

Paul Mitchell

John Paul Mitchell Systems

Glamour Beauty Supply

Plant Extracts & Moroccan Argan oil Dry, Itchy Scalp Shampoo Controls Dandruff

At One With Nature

BioCare Lab

Glamour Beauty Supply

Gentle Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo Aromatic Natural Essences pH balanced

Calm Cleanse

Johnson Products Co.

Glamour Beauty Supply

Hair Polisher Shampoo with “Sparkle Lites”


Fantasia Industries

Glamour Beauty Supply

African Essence Neutralizing Shampoo Plus Proteins and Conditioners

African Essence

Universal Beauty Products

Glamour Beauty Supply

VIA Natural Style Moisturizing Shampoo


Universal Beauty Products

Glamour Beauty Supply

Fair Trade Honey Shampoo




Sunflower & Coconut Detangling Conditioning Shampoo

Crème Of Nature

Colomer USA


Medicated Shampoo Slednium Sulfide Dandruff Shampoo




Salon Shampoo (for Extra-Dry Hair)


Advantage Research Laboratories

Lynas Beauty Depot

Shea Butter Shampoo


M&M Products Company

Lynas Beauty Depot

Conditioning Shampoo

Luster’s Pink Brand

Luster’s Product

Lynas Beauty Depot

Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo


E.T. Browne Drug Co.

Lynas Beauty Depot

Neutralizing Shampoo (With DL Panthenol)


AFAM Concept

Lynas Beauty Depot

Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash

Dermasil/Rise International Group LLC

Rise International Group

99 Cent Only Stores

Moisturizing Shampoo with Panthenol (Placenta & Vitamin E)

La Bella

Newhall Laboratories, Inc.

99 Cent Only Stores

Despicable Me Hand Wash (tickled pink rose bonbon)

Delon Laboratories

Delon Laboratories

99 Cent Only Stores

Tingling Gro Shampoo with Flaking Control

Doo Gro

Nature’s Protein

Sally Beauty Company

KeraCare  Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo


Avalon Industries, Inc.


Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo


Alberto Culver USA

Sally Beauty Company

Mixed Berry Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap

Simple Pleasures

Tri-Cosatal Design


Vanilla Rose Bubble Bath

Simple Pleasures

Paula Scaletta Licensed to Tri-Coastal Design


berry burst shower gel

scentsations by bodysource

Made Especially for Kohl’s Department Store


Lemon Handwash  Gift Set

Brompton and Langley



French Lavender Hand and Body Wash Gift Set

Amelie’s Garden



Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo



Blooming Beauty

Julius Caesar Redreshing Citrus Scent Concentrated Shower Gel

Zirch Warrior Collection

TPR Holdings LLC


I love Vanilla & Ice Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Gel

I love…

I love cosmetics limited


Coconut Lime Handsoap

Pure Passion

Biolab International Inc.


Lalaloopsy Cotton Candy Bubble Bath


Added Extras


Super Minty Soapy Suds Body wash + Bubbling Bath




Olive & Shea Mositurizing Shower Wash Vanilla Spice

Tree Hut

Naterra International


Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo with Oatmeal Protein

Design Essentials

McBride Research Laboratories

JC Penny

Moisturizing Shampoo for all hair types

Body Time

Body Time

Body Time

Lemon Kitchen Hand Soap

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s

All Natural moisturizing Shower Gel Yuzu


ShiKai Products


2 in1 Shampoo and Conditioner

Toys R Us

Toys R Us

Babies R Us

Body Wash ylang ylang & ginger




avocado oil moisturizing shower gel

Australian Organics

Kent Cosmetics

TJ Maxx

Lemon Balm White Musk Hand Wash

D&H Australia

Dickens  & Hawthorne Australia

TJ Maxx

Eucalyptus Aloe Hand Soap



TJ Maxx

Honey B Crème Handwash

Scottish Fine Soaps

Scottish Fine Soaps Company

TJ Maxx

Enriched wtith Argan oil Restorative Shampoo

Beauty Products Mgoador

Chic Cosmetic Ind.

TJ Maxx

White Nectarine & Pear Cleansing Hand Wash


Grace Cole Co.

TJ Maxx

Lavender Conditioning Handwash

Brown & Harris England

HotHouse Partnerships LTD

TJ Maxx

English Rose Moisturizing Hand Wash

A & S

Asquith & Somerset

TJ Maxx

Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser Passionfruit + Green Tea

Formula 10.0.6

Aspire Brands


Triple Action Bath, Shower, & Hair Wash Revitalizing Rosemary Mint

c. Booth simple. Natural. Trusted.

Freeman Beauty Labs/ pH Beauty Labs


Advanced Volume Shampoo with Expansion Technology

Nick Chavez

Perfect Plus


Bubble Bath Calm One with lemon balm

Calm All

The Soap & Glory Cosmetics


Lemon Basil Shea Butter Hand Soap

Michel Design Works

Michel Design Works

Bristol Farms

Philip B. Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing and Clarifying Shampoo

Phillip B.

Phillip B Inc.


Lemon Verbena Hand Wash Gel

Accessory Zone

Accessory Zone


Mango Body Wash


The Boots Company


Citrus Blush Shower Gel


Boots Retail


White Tea and Ginger Neutralizing Shampoo

Ampro/Pro Styl/ Neutra Foam

Ampro Industries


Lychee Flower Hand And Body Wash



Nordstrom Rack

Zinc Shampoo


Person & Covey Inc.

Bubble Bath Sweet Water



burlington coat factory

Skinny Girl Shower Gel Margarita

Skinny Girl

Lotta Luv

burlington coat factory

Peppermint Bubble Bath

Elegant Home Design

Elegant Home Design

burlington coat factory

Apothecary Lemon Verbana Bath and Shower Gel


International Design Associates

burlington coat factory

French Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash

Baylis & Harding England

Baylis & Harding PLC

burlington coat factory

American Crew Classic Daily Shampoo

American Crew

American Crew

Saks Fifth Avenue

Herb Hand Soap


Daiso Industries


Hair Plump Volumizing Shampoo

Big & Bold

Fisk Industries

Beauty Parlor

Blondes Lemon flower Shampoo


ARTec Systems Group

Beauty Parlor

Rejuvi Shower Cream


Rejuvi Laboratory Inc.

The Revitalizer Body Wash (Cucumber + Grapefruit)


Portico Home + Spa

Colour Protecting Caviar Shampoo

Kelly Van Gogh

Kelly Van Gogh LLC

Walnut Body Scrub

Banzai Living Inc

Banzai Living Inc


Clear Lemon & Mint Body Soap

Aroma Resort



Bath/Shower Gelee with Green Tea and Aloe

Dr. Michelle Copeland

Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care

Lavender Shower Gel with cucumber, arnica, and aloe vera

elizabeth W san francisco

E Wightnan & Co

When Selling Less Is More

With a growing awareness of additives, toxic on non, consumers are demanding transparency, simplicity and choice for the products they buy or consume.  This rising consumer awareness of the choices we make is disrupting all kinds of markets.

See Why Customers (and Celebrities) Love This Cosmetics Company

Non Toxic LipsticksWhen Beautycounter’s founder couldn’t find cosmetics without potentially toxic chemicals, she just created her own.  These kind of direct solutions to cleaner,  simpler  products and markets  can be seen in the many  local food movements popping up across the country.
One outcome from these disruptive movements is a greater sense of community.  Communities and markets are forming  around  making products that consumers want and trust.  This is where lots of future opportunity lies.

Mushroom Extract Stops Bad Breath, Body Odor At the Source


You’ve probably heard the saying, you are what you eat.  Well when it comes to body odor and bad breath, look no further than your diet. The good news is there’s another saying: your food is your medicine. When it comes to body odor and bad breath, they aren’t kidding.

Naturally Freshen Breath, Reduce Body Odor

Mushroom extract stops bad breath and body odor at the source, neutralizes

odor-causing intestinal substances


Woman With Bad Breath, Body OdorOdor Cleanse Breath and Body Caps from Yerba Prima naturally freshens breath as well as reduces body odor by neutralizing odor-causing substances at the source – in the intestines.

Unlike typical breath fresheners, Odor Cleanse does not merely mask bad breath. When taking one or two capsules as needed, with liquid after meals, along with regular oral hygiene Odor Cleanse can bring an end to bad breath and also prevent body odor

Strong odors can start when foods you eat like garlic, onions, or meat begin to break down in the body. That’s when odor-causing substances, such as ammonia, methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide, are created in the intestines. When they are absorbed from the colon back into the bloodstream, they come out through the lungs as bad breath and through skin pores as body odor.

Instead of masking these odors, Odor Cleanse neutralizes the odors in the intestines with a special, patented, highly-white button mushrooms - agaricus bisporusconcentrated mushroom extract, Agaricus bisporus. Ten years of research have proven the effectiveness of the concentrated mushroom extract for reducing bad breath and body odor. Lab tests show the actual odor-causing chemicals are significantly reduced

Odor Cleanse can also reduce intestinal gas generation and improve intestinal health by detoxifying harmful compounds such as ammonia. It also helps to increase beneficial bacteria such as Bifidobacteria, reduce harmful bacteria such as Clostridia, and acts as a protective antioxidant in the digestive system

Odor Cleanse’s many active components – amino acids, phenols, flavonoids, trace minerals, polysaccharides, and quinones – all support good health. These active components in the concentrated mushroom extract help to protect the kidneys, liver, colon and body by reducing the levels of toxins, such as ammonia, in the colon and blood.

Odor Cleanse is available in a variety of health food and vitamin stores, and can be purchased online.


For more info, email; visit; or write to Yerba Prima Inc. at 740 Jefferson Ave., Ashland, OR 97520 USA.


How To Find Safe Cosmetics In A Toxic World

How many products did you put on your body today? Shampoos, deodorants, lotions, and soaps promise to make us feel shiny, fresh, soft and clean. But how clean are these products, really?

Here are 10 Big Ideas  you should know before you put on a cosmetic product by Stacy Malkan. Stacy  is co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the award-winning book Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty IndustryShe is a leading advocate for safer products, healthy food and clean production.

Top 10 Big Ideas  Healthy Skin: Put Your Best Face Forward


Now that we have some perspective and a little  context, another resource is Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me: A unique guide to skin care and makeup products from today’s hottest brands. by Paula Begoun. Paula names names and rates brands in this encyclopedic tome. If you’ve ever bought a brand of cosmetic and wondered just how it stacks up in the world of branded products, this is for you.

It’s still a buyer beware world to navigate. Part of playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game is to be more informed. The more we are,  the savvier and happier a buyer we’ll be. That’s especially true when cosmetics talks turn ugly.

skewed image of woman fashion modelIf you’ve ever considered that maybe not all that’s glamorous is good for us, then see what happens when the imagine clothes for models.

Perhaps there’s something else going on when it comes to how the media treated women this year.

Here’s five minutes of what the media actually does to women. Pervasive media, impossible standards and photoshop are all that’s needed. It’s not wonder cosmetics is such big business.


Four Steps to “Winterizing” Your Skincare Routine

By Dr. Ahmed Abdullah

With the onset of winter comes a frenzy of activity intended to prepare us for optimal comfort and protection as the mercury dropps. We switch our wardrobe. We weatherize our homes. We even change our diet. But the modification that we too often forget to make is to our skincare routine. As our body’s covering, skin is in regular contact with the elements and is, thus, directly impacted by seasonal changes. The result? Dry skin, acne breakouts, and general discomfort can ensue. But with a few simple changes to your daily skincare regimen, you can be sure your skin will stay in optimal health throughout the winter and, as a result, looks its very best through the holiday season and beyond.

Step 1: Evaluate Your Product Inventory

Skin_coverI encourage my patients to assess their skincare product inventory at least twice a year – in spring and autumn, as these are the times of year when you should be switching out key products, like moisturizers. However, by looking at all the products in your cabinet you can ensure you’ll never use one that has expired or is harmful to your skin. As you look at each product, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, the product needs to be replaced.

  • Has the product broken down in any manner? Does it smell different than it did when first purchased? Has the color or texture changed?
  • Does the product contain harsh ingredients like alcohol, scrubbing “granules,” or pumice?
  • If the product is open, have you had it for more than a year? Products with active ingredients start to lose their effectiveness around this time. However, products like cleansing lotions and toner can be kept for up to three years.

Step 2: Assess Your Skincare Regimen

The next step is to review how many skincare steps you implement each morning or evening. The optimal skincare routine involves just four steps – cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and protect with a sunscreen product. (Because sunscreen is often incorporated into day moisturizers, this regimen often requires only three steps. And despite what many believe, sunscreen really is a vital skincare step every day of the year.) If you’re doing more than this, you’re probably doing too much and that could turn your good intentions into negative results.

Of course, there are instances where additional products are necessary. If you have areas of hyperpigmentation, for example, a skin lightener may be used. Experience acne breakouts? You may want to add in a clarifying lotion. Many women like to use an eye cream, but this is only necessary for those with extreme skin dryness in this area or for those who want to give extra care to their eye area. Most facial moisturizers work just fine in the eye area.

Step 3: Utilize Products that Address Cold Weather Concerns

The changes in air temperature and humidity that accompany autumn and winter can lead to dull, dry skin that, in turn, creates inflammation that leads to a host of additional problems, such as breakouts. Therefore, it’s necessary for individuals who are particularly prone to dry skin to switch to a moisturizer that is rich in humectants to minimize water loss from the skin. The lightweight moisturizers of summer can be used during the day by those with oily skin, with heavier moisturizers only be used at night. Everyone else, however, should consider using a “night moisturizer” both night and day.

While exfoliation is essential year-round, it is particularly important during colder months when skin is drier. Exfoliating at least once per day prevents the build-up of dead skin cells and allows moisturizers to be more effective.

Step 4: Optimize Your Environment for Skin Comfort

Aloe_CoverLack of humidity in the air causes the skin’s surface to lose moisture quickly and in large amounts, resulting in dryness. Therefore, proper humidity levels should be maintained in the home through the use of a cool mist humidifier.

Additional tips include:

  • To prevent over-drying the skin, showers and hand washing should be limited in length and only a moderate water temperature should be used.
  • Our lips are more prone to moisture evaporation than the rest of our skin and, thus, tend to be among the first areas of skin to dry out. Therefore, lip balm should be used regularly.

Optimizing your skincare routine for winter doesn’t need to be an expensive endeavor, or a time consuming one, for that matter. In reality, to get the best results out of your skincare routine, it’s necessary to replace only a few products. Once you get into the habit of evaluating your skincare routine several times a year and making the necessary modifications, the reward is improved skin health and beauty. And that, my friends, should most certainly make it worth the effort.



About the Author:

Dr. Ahmed Abdullah is an internationally celebrated plastic/cosmetic surgeon and a recognized expert on the restorative and medicinal effects of aloe vera. In 1996, he applied his expertise in these areas to create Lexli®, which is today the premier line of professional, aloe-based skincare products that are sold to select aesthetic practices throughout the United States and Middle East. In 2012, Dr. Abdullah authored Simple Skincare, Beautiful Skin: A-Back-to-Basics Approach, his first book written for consumers, which breaks through the myths associated with skincare and empowers individuals by educating them about skin function, the skin’s basic needs, and the most beneficial skincare steps.

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