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Jan 28

Yes, there are chemicals in the shampoo!

by Mark | Categories: Uncategorized | (80795 Views)

‘Organic’ cosmetics manufacturers, the very epicentre of chemophobia, right? All those ‘chemical-free’ bottles of deodorants, shampoos and hair dyes.  It makes you want to pull your hair out just so there’s no need for their nonsensical products.  And here’s the latest from Daniel Field Organic and Mineral Hairdressing, tucked away in the FAQs is this gem.

Are there any chemicals in Daniel’s Watercolour [hair dyes]?

This is a question we are often asked and understandably so because there has been much discussion concerning the term “chemicals”.

Wait for it….

Many materials – both natural and man-made have a definite chemical composition; a common example of a chemical substance is pure water (H20) and so no manufacturer can claim that any product is devoid of chemicals – in fact all matter is made up of chemicals.

Well, that’s a turn up for the books!

And there’s more, the ingredients FAQs don’t shy away from ‘scary’ sounding names.

The nine ingredients for the dye pigments are as follows, followed by their safety ratings:

i. p-toluene diamine sulphate – PTDS

ii. m-amino phenol sulphate

iii. 2.4 diaminophenoxyethanol hcl

iv. p-aminophenol sulpahte

v. 4-amino 2 hydroxytoluene sulphate

vi. 4-amino -m-creosol

vii. 2-amino 6-chloro -4-nitrophenol

viii. 2-methyl-5-hydroxyethylaminophenol

ix. 4.5 diamino-1-(2-hydroxyethyl) pyrazole sulphate


Plus there’s real advice on the safety of each of the above.

All in all its very sensible. So bravo to Daniel Field, very well done indeed (edit: honestly no sarcasm here I really do think they’ve done a good job) ! You win the 1st Chemistry-Blog award for sensible chemistry information on an ‘organic’ product.

Now, what colour shall I have my hair?




Hat tip to @corrineburns


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  1. Quintus

    You cannot and will never educate these idiots. All they do is prey on the phobias of people who do not have the requisite knowledge, through no fault of their own.
    People like this person need to be chemically treated.

    1. Mark

      Oh dear, I think I’ve over done the sarcasm. I honestly think they got it right here.

      1. Quintus

        They may have got it correct, but do the lay consumers know what he is talking about? I doubt it.
        Don’t worry all these amino aromatics have potential nasty properties, and water, well you can drown in it, so it must be bad?

        1. Corrinne

          Did you really get that from the Daniel Field quote, Quintus? How?

          Not meaning to be obtuse, I genuinely cannot see how what you say relates to this particular blogpost.

        2. Mark

          Hi Quintus, I’ve gotta agree with Corrinne here. I really don’t get where you are coming from.

  2. Nicole

    Thanks a lot for your contribution to our constant chemistry lesson wondering – “Is there such thing truthfully chemical-free?” Your irony made me giggle some moments. We are waiting for a miracle to appear – a chemical free product with no faults. 😀

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