Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kate Hudson spotted in Hair-isburg

My source met Kate yesterday while she was here to promote her haircare line with David Babaii (presumably to Rite Aid). Silly me, I didn't know her eternal cuteness was shilling beauty products, much less ones that are eco-friendly and support WildAid.

About the products: "Volumizing vocanic ash. Rich Cupucacu butter. Blue Algae. Wild Orchid. Kiwi. Mango. Jojoba seed. Dead Sea Salt." Ooooh, sounds scrumptious.

"All part of the exclusive blend of exotic natural ingredients in our David Babaii for WildAid products. Free of Sulfates, Parabens, Petrochemicals, animal products. And, of course, free from animal testing." A bit of a red flag for me is that they do not list their ingredients on the website--at least I did not find them. This omission suggests to me that they are not as eco-friendly as they could be. Otherwise, why hide ingredients?

If you know me, you know I love a good tagline: "David Babaii for WildAid. It’s beautiful to be good." I could not agree more (frankly, I'm surprised no one's using line already)!

Next time I'm out, I'm going to check out the ingredients in the Bohemian Beach Spray and maybe the Amplifying Shampoo. I'll report back with a review. If you've tried any of these products, please comment.

Umm...just found the ingredient list for the Amplifying Shampoo on drugstore.com (ones in red pose a risk of 4 or greater, on a scale where 10 is worst):
Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamide MEA, Lauramine Oxide, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Glycol Stearate, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Volcanic Ash, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Hemp Seed Oil, Panthenol, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (Oat), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Algae Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract (Mango), Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Extract (Kiwi), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract (Ginger), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary), Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Hedera Helix Extract (Ivy), Trigonella Foenum Graecum Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, PEG 150 Distearate, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Benzoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA.

It's not looking like these products would qualify as nontoxic...though I will say the reviewers on drugstore.com loved the shampoo and commented favorably about its scent. If the scent is naturally derived, it's probably not phthalate-laden, but the chances are slim.


  1. Clarification on a point or two:

    you do not identify what scale you are using for toxicity designation.

    If you are using Skindeep:

    On the majority of highlighted raw materials, there is a 60%++ information gap on the toxicity designation. This means that there are no substantiated, credible studies to support the toxicity designation...

    On the Phenoxyethanol designation - yes on Skindeep it is rated as a 4, however of all of the proven, effective preservatives, it is the lowest on the scale.
    Urea (6), Parabens (8). Phenoxyethanol has long been used as a preservative primarily in skincare, specifically eye treatments, as it is non irritating, effective, minimal allergic reactions, etc.

    The fragrances are Phalate free.

    Your innuendo questioning the non-toxic claim is completely unfounded...

  2. "Anonymous," thank you for your comment, but why should I trust you as a source any more than you trust the SkinDeep database? Are you a company representative? A scientist? A lobbyist for a pharmaceutical company? Kinda need to know.

    I completely understand the data gap--it is clearly noted for eace ingredient, however, I prefer to err on the side of using products with ingredients known to be safe than to speculate with my long-term health. My prerogative. I do not mean to mislead anyone; if you follow my blog, you will see that, lacking information from the manufacturer, I try to find references from the EU, but mostly rely on EWG.org.

    If the fragrances are pthlalate-free, why is that not mentioned anywhere in their product information? It's obviously a hot button with informed consumers.

  3. Note: I had the date wrong; I took my source literally when she talked about meeting Kate. Turns out she was in Central PA in May.

    Also would like to point out that if "Anonymous" had clicked on the ingredient link, he or she would have seen that it referenced a page on the EWG.org site. Obviously, this person is genuinely concerned...

  4. Dori Green Jean ,
    Hi I'm a salon owner and mom who became concerned with our toxic business, after looking into all the chemical we've been using for 15 years my business partner Tiffany and I decided to start our own line of hair care,it is a natural line that proforms like the professional lines we were use to. The product is called DANU I would love to send you some samples and list of ingredients. We are also local,located in Carlisle Pa. Our website is www.danuhaircare.com and phone # is 241-5700 if you prefer to chat! Thanks Jess