A New Monthly Feature: Not Quite Natural


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While browsing the health and beauty section in Ross recently, I came up with what I think is a pretty fun idea for a new feature on the blog called Not Quite Natural. So here’s the deal- once a month or so I’ll post a few pictures of products I’ve either seen while out or read about online whose ingredients aren’t quite as safe as the product’s brands/labels/packaging make them seem. I’m the worst about quickly skimming ingredient lists of products that boast the words “natural” and “organic” and doing little research before making a purchase. Hopefully these posts will make me a wiser shopper, and maybe you’ll find them helpful as well!

The pictures for this first Not Quite Natural post were all taken at either Ross or Marshalls. I am almost always lured in by their cheap and occasionally fancy personal care products.


Petal Fresh Organics Shampoo & Conditioner

As the name suggests, Petal Fresh Organics Shampoo and Conditioner do have a couple of organic ingredients.  They also contain retinyl palmitate, fragrancemethylisothiazolinone (a preservative associated with allergic reactions and neurotoxicity), methylchloroisothiazolinone (another preservative associated with allergic reactions), cocamidopropyl betaine (a synthetic surfactant that is likely contaminated with carcinogens called nitrosamines), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Body Wash

Sure, this product is paraben and DMDM free. Unfortunately, it’s still made with sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol ( a petrochemical), diazolidinyl urea ( a formaldehyde releaser), and fragrance.

Nature's Gate Shampoo

With a name like Nature’s Gate, you might expect a short list of natural ingredients. You’d likely be disappointed to discover the following: sodium laureth sulfate, fragrancecocamide dea, and cocamidopropyl betaine. For those of you who aren’t familiar with cocamide DEA, it’s a chemically modified form of coconut oil. Yikes!


Home & Body Organics Hand Soap

This Home & Body Organics Hand Soap was full of questionable ingredients, including fragrancesodium laureth sulfate, and cocamide DEA.


Well, I’m pretty saddened by my findings. How about you guys? Are there any not quite natural products that have bummed you out lately?

P.S. I’ve added the above questionable ingredients to the Ingredients to Avoid page if they weren’t already there.
by Dawn Grimes

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  • http://twitter.com/mocinhakawaii Mocinha Kawaii

    yes. In fact my first shop in a organic store here in Brazil called Mundo Verde (Green World) I bough a shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. When I took a look at the ingredients list, has a lot of toxic ingredients as sadium laureth sulphate, PEG-20, fragrance and others…I felt so scammed, as the products were expensive and have the same crap ingredients of the usual cosmetic products…

  • Anonymous

    That’s the worst! It’s such a shame that health food and organic personal care stores even carry these hazardous products. It makes no sense.

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