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  1. This was great !! I was looking at the ingredients myself, I also just felt like it should or would have had some type of smell or even color based off the ingredients alone. It certainly does sound like a smoothie. When I opened up the conditioner to look at the consistency it was questionable . It didn’t make sense based off what I read on the back of the bottle. It’s clear and liquid like, and slick. Which lead me to do my research. This is how I came across your blog !

  2. After reading this blog, we called Lester, and emailed him. He is the owner of Tates. We have been purchasing Tates for more than 9 years now. We thought we had a pretty good relationship with them, but after questioning their products we realized we were not going to get any clear answers from them. It was very sad. We are even distributors for them, but we’ve let everyone know and have stopped selling their product, since health is very important to our family. It is very disturbing that they can get away with this; or that he would even do this deceptivness with an assumingly clear conscience.

    We hope this helps someone, knowing this.

  3. Thank you for the article. I had the same type of weird conversation with them about the ingredients in their products. Your experience was almost identical to mine.

  4. Just saw this stuff and called tates…left a vm…”if this has all these yummy spices and ingrediants, why doesnt it have any aroma? nutmeg, cloves, ginger…strawberries…should smell great or be molding” will post if i get call back….have u also checked label for maggies organic cotton socks? Dont see any usda or other, certification…thanks for your work!

  5. Thank you for this. I purchased this (for $13!) a little suspicious oc the ingredients, I knew companies could lie about organic and stuff but had no idea they could just not list ingredients. I want to figure out how to diy this shampoo and could not think of how with those ingredients they could make it foam, be clear and odorless. It makes sense now! Thank you

  6. Thanks for all your hard work. I pinned your blog, i loved it so much. The conversation was so typical „don‘t ask me i just work here.

    Good luck with all your findings!

  7. This is the most fantastic read I’ve experienced in quite some time!!! Thank you. They must have followed Dr. Bronner’s lead…

      1. I have used Tate’s for years, and have been on the ordering end of all this mess. I have had the same conversations with them, been charged for a sample, and yet, it is the only shampoo and conditioner I do not react to. I don’t understand it. I try to get the unscented, it is more expensive. I would love to buy bulk, but once you call, they never leave you alone.
        I would love to find another product so open to suggestions

  8. Hi
    I am happy to see this information on Tate’s now, before spending another $15 on a bottle. I have been using this shampoo for the past year thinking it was the healthiest hair product available. There is another shampoo I have been using, that seems to have only healthy ingredients, but now I am wondering if this is the case. It is called Let-It-Grow and is made by a company called Genuine African Formula. Have you ever looked into this company? It was recommended to me by a holistic practitioner to help my 12 yr old daughter with thinning hair. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Sara: You are right – the ingredients of the Genuine African Formula shampoo are not fully disclosed either. We do not know what surfactants and preservatives they use, for example. Also, Benzophenone-3 is linked to endocrine disruption. It is my priority to stay away from endocrine disruptors as they act at very tiny doses especially considering your daughter’s age. Please keep in touch. Let me know if you want to talk more about this. ~Irina

  9. I used to work for this company, its a scam. All the toothpaste are bought from the dollar tree and repackaged and sold for 16.58 a tube! yes! don’t be dumb, don’t fall for this companies lies!!! everything else is bought from sally beauty supply and Walmart, also big lots! anywhere he can get his hands on cheap product then sells them all for a crazy price saying they are organic!

    1. I just came across your blog and can’t believe what I was reading. I’m so disappointed in Tate’s. I actually have only been using their toothpaste and was trying to buy more but it seemed like every company that was selling it is “out of stock”. So I started searching everywhere for it when I found this blog. I new their ingredients were too good to be true. It leaves me wondering who I can trust. Sigh.

  10. I purchased the Tate’s Toothpaste which also foams a GREAT deal. The reviews I have since read are frightening.
    Who would one go to to have a company investigated for possible false ingredients?

  11. I have used Tate’s miracle shampoo for a few years and have found it to be the only one that controls my scalp condition of seborrhea dermatitis. Very disappointed to see those ingredients were hidden. Are there any shampoos that you are aware of that are natural and work for that condition. I have tried soap berries and soapwort with bad results

  12. Irina; I applaud you for doing this work. Dealing with these companies take a great deal of patience and persistence.
    I wished I had read this before using it on my mother who recently finished chemo. I purchased Tate’s shampoo
    at an reputable Intergrative Pharmacy in New York City. I am printing your phone conversation and take it to the pharmacy. They need to see it. Thanks again.

  13. Thank you Irina, Came across your blog after researching this product before we purchased it again. I too can attest that it does indeed lather.

    Something else a bit funny, google streets shows the address of the company is an accounting firm and tailor shop!,-81.4065891,3a,75y,98.21h,73.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5nukUZzKViOkeOi_M8Tgag!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x81e9d694a7749f41!6m1!1e1

  14. Thank you so much for digging in and doing some research! This company is ridiculous and needs to be stopped before more people lose money. If I can just quickly share my experience:

    I am an office manager of a chiropractor’s office. We received a box containing three Tate’s All Natural Miracle Conditioners. None of the office staff had even heard of this product and certainly hadn’t ordered any. We were sent a hand written and hand sketched invoice. We didn’t use the product and I set it aside.

    The chiropractor I worked for confirmed that the products listed were probably bogus and there way no way a conditioner could help cure arthritis, bee stings, eczema, diaper rash, and other random ailments.

    Today I received another invoice from the company stating I owed them money. I called the company multiple times and the phone rang about 20 times each and I received no answer. I emailed the company and I have not received a reply. I will happily return the product if they pay for me to ship it back to them. I will not pay to return an item I did not order.

    Just to clarify, we first received these products a month ago and the ones we received still have deceptive labels that list only, “mountain spring water, apples, strawberries, rose, oranges, clove, ginger, pineapple, cranberries, blueberries, geranium, raspberries, blackberries, celery, boysenberries, orchid, coconut, papaya, marigold, hazel nut, pine needles, oak bark, chamomile, nutmeg, calendula, jasmine, lemons, parsley, thyme, eucalyptus, cherry bark, passion flower, cinnamon. Lots of smiles, lots of hugs and lots and lots and lots of love.” So I assume they are still disseminating incorrect labels with their products.

    1. Heather, thank you so much for sharing with us. I am so sorry to hear this! This is a nightmare! It looks like they have two sets of labels: deceptive and more accurate ones. Please update us on this story. I can ask my husband (he is a lawyer) if this is something you should worry about and you can just ignore them. Thank you, again!

      1. Hello,
        I do not see a copy of the new label. Can you please post a picture of the new label to see as you did with the other label.
        Thank you,

        1. We have used this product for more than 9 years now. We can tell you that the conditioner works great for bee stings, diaper rash, sunburn, and many other ailments. Conditioners don’t do that. So, whatever they are putting into it, it does seem to work. This is very concerning though and could put many people at risk. We chose this product because of the ingredients, but do not know enough about how it all works to determine it. Is there a simple way of testing ingredients to determine these things? If someone has had a severe reaction to the product they could sue in order to at least cause companies to think about what they are doing to others and possible ramifications.

          1. Hello! 💗 I have the miracle conditioner. As I’m on the CG method, I woul like to know it has silicones or drying alcohol. Also if there are any waxes or heavy butters, or glycerin (this last one makes my hair frizz) . It’s a mistery, I cannot find a normal ingredient list anywhere! All I can read is apples, strawberry, raspberry, orange, and things that make no sense at all unless you are reading a fruit salad ingredient list!🙄

        2. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. It looks like they had listed the real ingredients and then changed them back. I will add a screenshot of the ingredients they disclosed for a moment. Thank you! ~Irina

          1. Hello Irina,
            Thank you for your quick response. We did not see the updated ingredients, where might we find this? Where did you end up acquiring this updated ingredient list?

            Thank you for all your hard work,

          2. “Genoveve’s Natural Handpicked Ingredients” that lists all chemicals – what a joke!!!! And “almond flavor”? Does anyone drink this crap?

  15. I tried to find out in August 2012 as well. Below are the exchanged emails.

    Dear Tate family,

    I’ve been a fan of your miracle shampoo for a number of years. It is the only shampoo that does not irritate the skin on my shoulders and back. Now that I am pregnant, I am more concerned about the ingredients of skin products that I use. I tried to get a rating for your products on Skin Deep, the database of the Environmental Working Group. However, the ingredients that you list are not found in the database. Could you describe to me how you make your products? For example, when the ingredients label list coconuts, what does that mean? Are you using the coconut water, flesh, oil, butter?



    hi marynia, i never heard of the data base you looked at ,,,but that’s ok ,,,,,all our ingredient are from local farmers and if we have to get them from other sources ,,,but only certified organic ,,hope that helps and great job on the new baby to come  ,,,,we love babies and you thank you for being our friend ,,,,from all the tates   ,,,free shipping if you want to order?

  16. If you go find a new bottle of their shampoo, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with their ingredients now. It’s pretty much just sulfates.,,

    1. Yes, I see them. Here is the updated list of ingredients, “Genoveve’s Hand-Picked All Natural Ingredients: Water (aqua), ammonium laurel sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, lauramide dea, laurel glucoside, ammonium xylene sulfonate, sodium chloride, almond flavor, vitamin E.” It is pretty funny that they left, “Genoveve’s Hand-Picked All Natural Ingredients” on there.

      1. Hi Irina,
        Thank you so much for what you do!!!
        I have a question…..I cannot find, Anywhere, this new updated list of ingredients….I went to the Tates website and all the pix of the bottles are front only….(wonder why?)….I would like to see it published by Tates so that I can then go forth to demand a refund for ALL of the money i’ve spent on their fraudulent advertising.

        Please post a link to the info when you have a moment, it would be so appreciated….
        Just heaps of thanks again, for all you do!

  17. I have been beating my head against the wall trying to find a decent toxic free shampoo and conditioner for my family. I can’t tell you how many iingredient lists I have read that have come up short and how many times I have purchased something thinking it was OK only to get it home and realize I missed something on the label. Yesterday I washed my hair with baking soda and rinsed with apple cider vinegar. Not my wish but I am at my wit’s end.

    1. Hi Maria! I definitely know how you feel. I have been studying shampoos for years now. And at one point I had to resort to baking soda and vinegar. It did not work out for me. My hair got dry. I am glad that you subscribed so look for a shampoo post soon! Warmly, Irina

  18. OMG! What a nightmare! As a frequent purchaser of “natural” products, I would have been fooled by the packaging and am thankful for this info! I love the work that you do, Irina! Thank you for all your hard work!
    [Note: The Amazon link was for their conditioner, but I’m sure if it’s made by the same company, the same goes for the whole product line.]

  19. WOW! That was INCREDIBLE. Truly! I am so sorry you had to sit through that phone conversation, but thank you for trying!!! And sharing your experience!

  20. Oh, wow, how funny and how …..sad. This is a ridiculous conversation indeed given the fact that the terms used are very common and known and by no means fancy especially if you think about the beauty industry. Poor knowledge of the product is something that will always turn the customer away. It’s like when I asked a Lancôme “beauty advisor” if they sell creams against cellulite and she asked me if that was something for my face :)))))

    1. Erin, found out by whom? Too bad the FDA hasn’t investigated these outlandish claims. Unscrupulous businesses like this know the FDA doesn’t have the manpower to verify ingredients and claims of every supposed “100% all natural” product. It’s laughable yet sad that so many customers give 5 star ratings for this product…a true placebo effect.

  21. I had a very similar conversation with Tates years ago when I was trying to find a safe fragrance-free shampoo. It was an excruciating conversation and I really needed to know the ingredients because I started having all sorts of allergic reactions to products. This was back when Tates didn’t even list ingredients at all on the label! At that time it was really discouraging because I didn’t know much about natural products and I assumed all companies were like this! Just terrible customer service. Some companies are so blinded by the fear that someone will rip off their “formula” that they scare away customers.

  22. I’m so sorry, but I really did laugh out loud reading this (alone, in public). I almost wanted to cry for you because I can’t tell you how many similar conversations I’ve had with some of the biggest “truly natural” brands out there that are. It’s so sad and there’s just so much to know and learn and be watchful for that you can never truly let your guard down. It really goes to show that just about anyone can make cosmetics, start a company, and answer to no one.