‘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
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