Shopping for safe shampoo and conditioner at the drugstore
This is a fantastic video by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to learn about all the harmful chemicals (sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, etc) that are found in cosmetics. I used to pretty much go with the marketing -- hair products that claimed to give a sleek look, eliminate frizz and add shine. I realized later, that’s all just marketing.
At the same time, there are lots of organic and natural alternatives out there, some good and some just making false claims. How do you know what to buy? I went shopping at my local drugstore to figure this out.
The goal: affordable products that won't harm me or the environment. Add to that wishlist no animal testing and even better, recycled packaging. Sounds simple, but it’s pretty much impossible to read and understand the ingredients in a cosmetic label unless you're a chemist.
I decided to start off finding shampoo and conditioner that fit the bill. At first, I opted for Renpure Organics. "Organic," that sounds good. They claimed to have everything I needed: no sulfates, parabens, no animal testing. Only I learned about the dangers of phthalates (a.k.a. "fragrance" or "parfum") after the purchase and guess what was on the Renpure label? Ugh, I felt totally swindled. Until I read somewhere that Renpure uses phthalate-free fragrance, they are off my list. Turns out, all of the organic brands in the drugstore aisle listed fragrance as an ingredient! This was getting difficult and confusing.
In the end, I opted for tried and true Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo and conditioner. The bottle said it contained no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals and was not tested on animals, was over 98 percent natural and used green packaging. At $7.99 each, that's mission accomplished. Interestingly, the Burt’s Bees label did list “fragrance” as an ingredient, but Burt’s Bees clearly states they use phthalate-free fragrances. Excellent.
I've been using the Burt’s Bees shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks, and it works great. It leaves my damaged hair healthy, soft, clean and manageable. You will notice it's not quite as lathery as what we get accustomed to with other shampoos. But, that doesn't mean it's not cleaning your hair. I've always been a fan of Burt's Bees, but I guess all the marketing hype of other brands made me forget about how great Burt's Bees products are. Now I'm pretty much opting for them for any cosmetic I need. I've tried their Radiance line for face wash and daily moisturizer with spf, and I couldn't be happier. Give the Burt's Bees rack at your local drugstore a closer look, and try out some of their fantastic products.