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Desert Essence Shampoo, Smoothing

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Desert Essence Shampoo, Smoothing product label collected on August 16, 2018 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Desert Essence Shampoo, Smoothing is 4.

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Data last updated: August 2018

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Contamination concerns
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Occupational hazards
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

None
CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL
Appeared as: CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS PEEL OIL,

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited
SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE (COMFREY) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE LEAF EXTRACT (COMFREY)

• Cancer (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (high)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
LAURUS NOBILIS OIL
Appeared as: LAURUS NOBILIS LEAF OIL (BAY)

• Use restrictions (high)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited
CITRUS RETICULATA LEAF OIL
Appeared as: CITRUS RETICULATA LEAF OIL , (TANGERINE)

• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)

Fair
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS) LEAF OIL
Appeared as: EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER (AQUA)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited
VINEGAR
Appeared as: VINEGAR (APPLE CIDER)

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

None

None
MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF WATER
Appeared as: MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA LEAF WATER (TEA TREE)

None
ADIANTUM CAPILLUS VENERIS LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: ADIANTUM CAPILLUS VENERIS LEAF EXTRACT (MAIDEN HAIR FERN)

None
THYMUS SERPILLUM (WILD THYME) EXTRACT
Appeared as: THYMUS SERPYLLUM EXTRACT (WILD THYME)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

None

Limited
PANTHENOL
Appeared as: PANTHENOL (PROVITAMIN B-5)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Fair
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL
Appeared as: OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL

Limited
SALIX NIGRA (BLACK WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: SALIX NIGRA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT

• Cancer (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
ARCTIUM LAPPA (BURDOCK) ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT (GREAT BURDOCK)

Fair
PANAX GINSENG (GINSENG) ROOT
Appeared as: PANAX GINSENG ROOT

Limited

Limited
LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL
Appeared as: LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL (LAVANDIN)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None

Limited
CEDRUS ATLANTICA (ATLAS CEDAR) OIL
Appeared as: CEDRUS ATLANTICA WOOD OIL (CEDARWOOD)

Limited

Product's Animal Testing Policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.

PETA Cruelty-free Companies

Companies that join the "Caring Consumer" program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading international animal rights advocacy organization, attest that "neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations or finished products, and that they pledge not to do so in the future."

For more information visit: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

Leaping Bunny

Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified cruelty-free under the Humane Household Products Standard, managed in the U.S. and Canada by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, a coalition of eight national animal protection groups. Participating companies must open their processes to independent audits throughout the supply chain.

For more information visit: http://www.leapingbunny.org/

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

WATER (AQUA), SODIUM LAUROYL METHYL ISETHIONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, (APPLE CIDER) VINEGAR, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM LAUROAMPHODIACETATE, SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, HYDROLYZED QUINOA, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF WATER, ADIANTUM CAPILLUS VENERIS LEAF EXTRACT (MAIDEN HAIR FERN), THYMUS SERPYLLUM EXTRACT (WILD THYME), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS, PANTHENOL (PROVITAMIN B-5), OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, SALIX NIGRA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT (GREAT BURDOCK), SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALE LEAF EXTRACT (COMFREY), CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL*, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL*, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL*, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL (LAVANDIN)*, LAURUS NOBILIS LEAF OIL (BAY)*, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL*,CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL*, CEDRUS ATLANTICA WOOD OIL (CEDARWOOD)*, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL (YLANG YLANG)*, CITRUS RETICULATA (TANGERINE) LEAF OIL*

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