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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps

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The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) revealed independent testing finding a cancer-causing chemical in 98 shampoos, soaps and other personal care products sold by major national retailers. The chemical, cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent in many products, was listed by California as a known carcinogen last year.

Products tested with high levels of cocamide DEA include shampoos made by Colgate Palmolive, Colomer, Paul Mitchell and many others. In addition, products marketed for children and a product falsely labeled as organic were found with the chemical, in violation of California law.


CEH filed a California lawsuit Tuesday against four companies that sell products containing cocamide DEA, and the nonprofit has sent legal notices to more than 100 other companies that produce and/or sell cocamide DEA-tainted products that their products violate state law.
“Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo,” said Michael Green, executive director of CEH. “We expect companies to take swift action to end this unnecessary risk to our children’s and families’ health.”
In addition to many brand name shampoos and personal care products (see the full list, below), the CEH testing found cocamide DEA in store-brand products purchased at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca and Kohl’s. A store brand children’s bubble bath from Kmart and a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us were also found with cocamide DEA. Falsely labeled organic products from Organic by Africa’s Best also tested for high levels of the cancer-causing chemical (CEH previously won a legal settlement with this company requiring it to end its use of phony organic labels).

CEH has purchased the shampoos and other products containing cocamide DEA at Bay Area, CA, locations of major retailers and from online retailers since June, and commissioned an independent lab to determine the total content of the chemical in the products.

In many cases, products contain more than 10,000 ppm cocamide DEA, and one shampoo tested at more than 200,000 ppm (20 percent) cocamide DEA. California listed cocamide DEA in June 2012 as a chemical known to cause cancer based on the assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which evaluated skin exposure tests on animals.

The Center for Environmental Health has a seventeen-year track record of protecting children and families from harmful chemicals in our air, water, food and in dozens of every day products. CEH also works with major industries and leaders in green business to promote healthier alternatives to toxic products and practices. In 2010, the San Francisco Business Times bestowed its annual “Green Champion” award to CEH for its work to improve health and the environment in the Bay Area and beyond.

Here’s the list of products to watch out for!


PRODUCT
BRAND NAME
COMPANY
RETAILER
Classic clean shampoo (for all hair types)
Prell
Ultimark Products
Walgreens
Medicated Conditioning Shampoo
MG217
Lake Consumer Products
Rite Aid
Daily Shampoo
American Crew Classic
American Crew
CVS
Olive Oil Shampoo
Organics by Africa’s Best
House of Cheatham
CVS
Caprice (Acti-Ceramidas Shampoo)
Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
FoodMaxx
Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo
Straight Arrow
Straight Arrow Products
FoodMaxx
Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
Ouidad
Ouidad Products
Sephora
TUI (moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo)
Carols Daughter
Carols Daughter Products
Sephora
Brilliance Shampoo
Rusk
Rusk
CVS
Kid’s Bubble Bath (Bubble Gum Scent)
Little Ones/Kmart
Kmart
Kmart
Clasic Herbal Essence Shampoo (all hair types)
Vanart
Made by Estilo Y Vanidad, Distributed by Midway Importing
Kmart
Therapeutic Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
TopCare
Neutrogena Corporation
Lucky
Cleanse Hydrating Shampoo
BIOSILK
Farouk Systems
Lucky
Maximum Strength Medicated Dandruff Shampoo
Equate
Walmart
Walmart
Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo
Organix
Vogue International
CVS
“Ricitos de Oro” Chamomile Baby Shampoo
Grisi
 unknown
Walgreens
Cabellino Shampoo Chile Con Romero
Grandall
Grandall Dist. Co
Kmart
Dandruff Shampoo Selenium Sulfide
Image Essentials
Kmart
Kmart
Nutress Hair Protein Pack Treatment Shampoo
nutresshair
nutresshair
Glamour Beauty Supply
Treatment Curly Hair Moisturizing Shampoo Keratin and Cupuacu Butter
nuNAAT
nuNAAT
Glamour Beauty Supply
Luxury Care 3 Plus Frizz Control Shampoo
Luxury Care
Lustrasilk
Glamour Beauty Supply
Anti Breakage Neutralizing Shampoo Gel
Mega Growth
Strength Of Nature
Glamour Beauty Supply
Tea Tree Special Shampoo
Paul Mitchell
John Paul Mitchell Systems
Glamour Beauty Supply
Plant Extracts & Moroccan Argan oil Dry, Itchy Scalp Shampoo Controls Dandruff
At One With Nature
BioCare Lab
Glamour Beauty Supply
Gentle Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo Aromatic Natural Essences pH balanced
Calm Cleanse
Johnson Products Co.
Glamour Beauty Supply
Hair Polisher Shampoo with “Sparkle Lites”
Fantasia
Fantasia Industries
Glamour Beauty Supply
African Essence Neutralizing Shampoo Plus Proteins and Conditioners
African Essence
Universal Beauty Products
Glamour Beauty Supply
VIA Natural Style Moisturizing Shampoo
VIA
Universal Beauty Products
Glamour Beauty Supply
Fair Trade Honey Shampoo
Lush
Lush
Lush
Sunflower & Coconut Detangling Conditioning Shampoo
Crème Of Nature
Colomer USA
Safeway
Medicated Shampoo Slednium Sulfide Dandruff Shampoo
up&up
Target
Target
Salon Shampoo (for Extra-Dry Hair)
Parnevu
Advantage Research Laboratories
Lynas Beauty Depot
Shea Butter Shampoo
Sofn’freen’pretty
M&M Products Company
Lynas Beauty Depot
Conditioning Shampoo
Luster’s Pink Brand
Luster’s Product
Lynas Beauty Depot
Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo
Palmer’s
E.T. Browne Drug Co.
Lynas Beauty Depot
Neutralizing Shampoo (With DL Panthenol)
Vitale
AFAM Concept
Lynas Beauty Depot
Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash
Dermasil/Rise International Group LLC
Rise International Group
99 Cent Only Stores
Moisturizing Shampoo with Panthenol (Placenta & Vitamin E)
La Bella
Newhall Laboratories, Inc.
99 Cent Only Stores
Despicable Me Hand Wash (tickled pink rose bonbon)
Delon Laboratories
Delon Laboratories
99 Cent Only Stores
Tingling Gro Shampoo with Flaking Control
Doo Gro
Nature’s Protein
Sally Beauty Company
KeraCare  Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo
KeraCare
Avalon Industries, Inc.
Macy’s
Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo
Folicure
Alberto Culver USA
Sally Beauty Company
Mixed Berry Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap
Simple Pleasures
Tri-Cosatal Design
Kohl’s
Vanilla Rose Bubble Bath
Simple Pleasures
Paula Scaletta Licensed to Tri-Coastal Design
Kohl’s
berry burst shower gel
scentsations by bodysource
Made Especially for Kohl’s Department Store
Kohl’s
Lemon Handwash  Gift Set
Brompton and Langley
unlisted
Sears
French Lavender Hand and Body Wash Gift Set
Amelie’s Garden
unlisted
Sears
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo
Moroccanoil
Moroccanoil
Blooming Beauty
Julius Caesar Redreshing Citrus Scent Concentrated Shower Gel
Zirch Warrior Collection
TPR Holdings LLC
Marshalls
I love Vanilla & Ice Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Gel
I love…
I love cosmetics limited
Ross
Coconut Lime Handsoap
Pure Passion
Biolab International Inc.
Ross
Lalaloopsy Cotton Candy Bubble Bath
Lalaloopsy
Added Extras
Ross
Super Minty Soapy Suds Body wash + Bubbling Bath
Bliss
Bliss
Ross
Olive & Shea Mositurizing Shower Wash Vanilla Spice
Tree Hut
Naterra International
Ross
Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo with Oatmeal Protein
Design Essentials
McBride Research Laboratories
JC Penny
Moisturizing Shampoo for all hair types
Body Time
Body Time
Body Time
Lemon Kitchen Hand Soap
Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s
All Natural moisturizing Shower Gel Yuzu
ShiKai
ShiKai Products
Andronico’s
2 in1 Shampoo and Conditioner
Toys R Us
Toys R Us
Babies R Us
Body Wash ylang ylang & ginger
Pharmaca
Pharmaca
Pharmaca
avocado oil moisturizing shower gel
Australian Organics
Kent Cosmetics
TJ Maxx
Lemon Balm White Musk Hand Wash
D&H Australia
Dickens  & Hawthorne Australia
TJ Maxx
Eucalyptus Aloe Hand Soap
CST
CST
TJ Maxx
Honey B Crème Handwash
Scottish Fine Soaps
Scottish Fine Soaps Company
TJ Maxx
Enriched wtith Argan oil Restorative Shampoo
Beauty Products Mgoador
Chic Cosmetic Ind.
TJ Maxx
White Nectarine & Pear Cleansing Hand Wash
Boutique
Grace Cole Co.
TJ Maxx
Lavender Conditioning Handwash
Brown & Harris England
HotHouse Partnerships LTD
TJ Maxx
English Rose Moisturizing Hand Wash
A & S
Asquith & Somerset
TJ Maxx
Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser Passionfruit + Green Tea
Formula 10.0.6
Aspire Brands
Ulta
Triple Action Bath, Shower, & Hair Wash Revitalizing Rosemary Mint
c. Booth simple. Natural. Trusted.
Freeman Beauty Labs/ pH Beauty Labs
Ulta
Advanced Volume Shampoo with Expansion Technology
Nick Chavez
Perfect Plus
Ulta
Bubble Bath Calm One with lemon balm
Calm All
The Soap & Glory Cosmetics
Sephora
Lemon Basil Shea Butter Hand Soap
Michel Design Works
Michel Design Works
Bristol Farms
Philip B. Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing and Clarifying Shampoo
Phillip B.
Phillip B Inc.
Bloomingdale’s
Lemon Verbena Hand Wash Gel
Accessory Zone
Accessory Zone
Sears
Mango Body Wash
Boots
The Boots Company
Target
Citrus Blush Shower Gel
Champneys
Boots Retail
Target
White Tea and Ginger Neutralizing Shampoo
Ampro/Pro Styl/ Neutra Foam
Ampro Industries
Lucky
Lychee Flower Hand And Body Wash
Mor
Mor
Nordstrom Rack
Zinc Shampoo
DHS
Person & Covey Inc.
hairenvy.com
Bubble Bath Sweet Water
RRYSpa
RRYSpa
burlington coat factory
Skinny Girl Shower Gel Margarita
Skinny Girl
Lotta Luv
burlington coat factory
Peppermint Bubble Bath
Elegant Home Design
Elegant Home Design
burlington coat factory
Apothecary Lemon Verbana Bath and Shower Gel
Apothecary
International Design Associates
burlington coat factory
French Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash
Baylis & Harding England
Baylis & Harding PLC
burlington coat factory
American Crew Classic Daily Shampoo
American Crew
American Crew
Saks Fifth Avenue
Herb Hand Soap
Daiso
Daiso Industries
Daiso
Hair Plump Volumizing Shampoo
Big & Bold
Fisk Industries
Beauty Parlor
Blondes Lemon flower Shampoo
ARTEC
ARTec Systems Group
Beauty Parlor
Rejuvi Shower Cream
Rejuvi
Rejuvi Laboratory Inc.
Dermstore.com
The Revitalizer Body Wash (Cucumber + Grapefruit)
Portico
Portico Home + Spa
Dermstore.com
Colour Protecting Caviar Shampoo
Kelly Van Gogh
Kelly Van Gogh LLC
Dermstore.com
Walnut Body Scrub
Banzai Living Inc
Banzai Living Inc
Ichibankan
Clear Lemon & Mint Body Soap
Aroma Resort
PMAI
Ichibankan
Bath/Shower Gelee with Green Tea and Aloe
Dr. Michelle Copeland
Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care
Dermstore.com
Lavender Shower Gel with cucumber, arnica, and aloe vera
elizabeth W san francisco
E Wightnan & Co
Dermstore.com






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