Now your reaction might be: “you don’t shampoo! Now that’s just gross!” I’ve always believed that if we knew half the truth about a lot of cosmetics we buy, it would undoubtedly change our outlook. Recently Johnson & Johnson were in the news for having “chemicals of concern” [human carcinogens] in their iconic baby shampoo. While all the focus is on their baby shampoo nothing is being said about their Aveeno and Neutrogena brands, which still contain harmful toxins.
We’ve all been there before…you walk into a department store and head for the health and beauty section. You examine a wide variety of cleansing bars and you choose one that seems to match your needs. It usually takes a few tries before you find that one soap that really works for you. Do you ever stop to look at the ingredients of this soap? You are likely to find triclosan, which can disrupt the thyroid hormone and increased exposure can contribute to the development of breast cancer. You will find fragrance, which is usually a safe word for phthalates, a chemical that can cause birth defects and liver damage. There are so many chemicals that are used in nearly all "cleansing bars" sold in stores today.
My job enables me to work with women-owned co-operatives and female producers in Africa. Recently I received a sample of 100% pure [chemical free] Rhassoul clay from Morocco. More times than I can count, I've watched many of our customers buy Rhassoul for skin care purposes...but what I've found very intriguing is when some buy it solely to Shampoo with! So, I decided to give it a try...
Personally, I believe that nature has given us everything. But marketing and advertising convinces us otherwise.