Ingredient Spotlight

Are quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) safe?

There is a secret I learned while reading numerous shampoo/conditioner labels.  I’d like to share it with you today because it will help you choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type without even trying them.  Hint:  We will demystify the world of chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds or quats for short.   There …

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The Story of Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) Safety

Cyclopentasiloxane (its full chemical name is decamethylcyclopentasiloxane), commonly known as D5, is a chemical that belong to the group of cyclomethicones aka methyl siloxanes.   Siloxanes are found in lots of hair care and skin care products as conditioners that leaves hair and skin with a soft, silky, and moist feeling.   You can identify …

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Fluorochemicals Explained by The Green Science Policy Institute

Last Tuesday I attended a free webinar hosted by the Green Science Policy Institute, a non-profit organization that provides scientific data to government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.  The Green Science Policy Institute has played a great role in testing chemicals used in consumer products without prior proper safety tests (for more information on the Green …

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10 Simple Ways to Avoid Formaldehyde

What is formaldehyde?   Formaldehyde is a colorless pungent toxic gas in solution made by oxidizing methanol, a toxic, colorless, volatile flammable liquid alcohol.   What is formaldehyde’s health impact on humans?   People exposed to formaldehyde may experience short-term and long-term health effects. Different people have different levels of sensitivity to it.   Short-Term …

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