Look at the Label: Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo
Posted Jan 25 2012 1:01am
Continuing our look at the top-selling products on Amazon.com…
Even though they are technically Over the Counter (OTC) drugs and not cosmetics, dandruff shampoos are big sellers in the beauty section of Amazon.com. Specifically, two versions of Head & Shoulders dominate the 6th and 7th top selling spots. Who would have thought that SO MANY people have dandruff!! What can we learn by looking at the label?
Active Ingredients: Pyrithione Zinc (1%) This is one of the most common drug ingredients approved to treat dandruff.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Primary surfactants. Excellent foaming/cleansing agents although some people find them too drying.
Cocamide MEA An old-school foam booster.
Zinc Carbonate Added to help stabilize the preservatives in the formula. (The anti-dandruff active can deactivate preservatives leaving the product vulnerable to microbial contamination.)
Glycol Distearate Opacifying agent. Forms little crystals that make the product look creamy.
Dimethicone Conditioning agent.
Fragrance Smells like the sea.
Cetyl Alcohol Helps provide the creamy look and texture.
Magnesium Sulfate, Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide Most likely part of the preservative boosting system.
Sodium Xylenesulfonate Additional surfactant that’s probably carried in with one of the other ingredients. Sometimes this is added as a coupling agent to help clarify formulations but this product is opacified so it wouldn’t matter.
PEG 7M Thickening/viscosity control polymer.
Sea Salt, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack), Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract Marine extracts that don’t do anything except make the formula look more “Ocean Lift-y.”
Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Colorants, presumably providing a sea-shade.
Image credit: Drugstore.com
If you have an itchy, flakey scalp and you want to support the Beauty Brains, this is your lucky day! Just click the link below to buy Head & Shoulders and you’ll really be helping us out. Thanks!