Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Well-Known Shampoo Brands

You may have thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to
you is to sting 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 98
included a possible carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine
(cocamide DEA).

 

Cocamide DEA is a chemically modified form
of coconut oil that is used as a thickener or foaming agent in shampoo.
However, the state of California has outlawed its use, because it may
be carcinogenic to humans. The CEH is suing companies producing and
distributing these products, including Prell, Paul Mitchell and Colgate
Palmolive shampoos. Also included are products marketed to children, and
even one which falsely claims to be organic (Organic by Africa’s Best.)

 

Until
things are resolved, it seems like getting shampoo in your eyes may
have become the least of your concerns. You can find a full list of all
98 suspect shampoos here:


 

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