Formaldehyde in shampoos ~ Pinoy Reviews

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Formaldehyde in shampoos

I know this is old news and has been circulating in emails since last year but this has just recently came to my attention. I was using Palmolive shampoo but my sister pointed out that Palmolive has formaldehyde in it. Upon checkinkg, Palmolive really does have formaldehyde and apparently, Sunsilk also has it last year but since the latter underwent a change of image, their recent bottles doesn't show any Formaldehyde contents. I don't know whether they've stopped using it or just neglected to include it since on their website, they have admitted to using Formaldehyde in their shampoos.

In Unilever's website defending the use of Formaldehyde, the company states that formaline is being used in cosmetics in the US. While it may be true that Formaldehyde can be safe at very low levels and while you may feel safe that you don't see the word "formaldehyde" or formaline in your shampoo, there are other ingredients in a shampoo that is also toxic. Cherylsherbs cites two ingredients which has the same effects as formaline. Imidazolidinyl urea or Germall and phenoxyethanol, a synthetic preservative can release formaline in temperatures over 50 degrees and DMDM Hydantoin is also a form of formaldehyde.

So what's a person to do if almost all shampoos contain formaldehyde or its substitute? I guess we can always go for organic shampoos.