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There’s lots of DIY dry shampoo recipes on Pinterest using flour, arrowroot powder, baking soda and cocoa. Although all those powder ingredients do help to absorb the oils they can leave your hair feeling super weighed down and can still end up looking heavy, oily and unclean. It’s been a difficult hunt to find a natural dry shampoo that actually works – and there’s also a lack of them for sale at the Drugstore. That’s why I picked up the new Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking – “Lindsey, you’re a total hypocrite! You blog about sustainability and green beauty and here you are using a non-green or sustainably packaged hair product!?” – uhhh, yeah. I completely 100% agree to my hypocrisy, but the struggle is real when it comes to finding something that works okay?! It doesn’t mean my hunt isn’t still on!
So now that we have my total hypocrisy out of the way, what’s special about the Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo?
Well for starters it’s an unscented dry shampoo which is hella hard to come by at the drugstore; with similar brands like Batiste, Herbal Essences and Tresemme who chock their hair products full of nasty fragrances (especially bad to inhale from an aerosol can!) So there’s that.
• Instantly cleans and revives your hair
• Fragrance free
• Convenient way to cleanse hair between washes and on the go
• Helps hair stay fresh, clean and healthy-looking
• Removes oil, leaving volume and body
Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
What’s in the Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo?
- Isobutane. A hydrocarbon used to propel product from the aerosol can, could be contaminated with Butadiene. Strong evidence showing that it’s an eye and skin irritant.
- Propane. Another hydrocarbon that is used to propel product from the can. Expected to be a skin and eye irritant.
- SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.) Specially denatured alcohol is a mix of ethanol with a denaturing agent and ethanol has been linked to birth defects when ingested. It can also act as a pentration enhancer which can allow other chemicals to be absorbed into your skin more easily. – EWG Skin Deep
- Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate. Is version of aluminum salt from starch that has been modified in the lab. Could be contaminated with Aluminum powder and has limited data surrounding it’s usage and effects.
- Butane. Another Hydrocarbon which is used to help propel product. Has been shown to be a skin and eye irritant and toxic. Could also be contaminated with Butadiene.
- Isopropyl Myristate. Made of Isopropyl Alcohol and Myristatic acid (which could be derived from animal or plant sources.) It has various uses such as binding, skin conditioning, fragrance, an emollient and solvent. It has been shown to be a skin and eye irritant in airborne form. Dove is owned by Unilever which is not a cruelty-free company.
- Silica. Is used as an absorbing agent. It is bioaccumulative in airborne form.
- Cyclopentasiloxane. Is a silicon-based compound and has been shown to be an environmental toxin as it’s bioaccumulative. Animal studies have shown tumour growth, endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity in moderate doses. It is used as a skin conditioning agent.
None of the ingredients in this product are good in airborne form.
Okay, so it’s full of sh*t that’s bad for you 🙈… but how does it work?
Here I was thinking that because the ingredient list was shorter it was better than the other options; sure it doesn’t have fragrance, but it’s full of chemicals that are toxic in aerosol form! Faaabulous. I guess I need to walk around with an ingredient dictionary when I enter the drugstore!
Unfortunately, I’ve found that the Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo works really well to make my three-day old hair look like it was freshly showered. It actually performs a lot better than the Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Dry Shampoo which is also a more green version of an aerosol dry shampoo (if you can even call it green – ie. see Herbal Essences Green Washing post!)
Needless to say, after researching these chemicals in the Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo I will certainly not be repurchasing.
I guess its time to try out some more Pinterest DIY’s and see if I can make a dry shampoo from more natural products that can work as well as something like this.
if you don’t care about possible endocrine disruption, tumour growth, neurotoxicity and the environment… then the dove unscented dry shampoo might just be the product for you!