Clairol's Organic Herbal Essence Shampoo

Clairol, for false advertising. The company claims to offer a "truly organic experience" with its Herbal Essences line of shampoos but, according to the report, uses chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol and D&C red no. 33, which are not organic. (The report notes that Clairol does use some organic ingredients, does not test on animals and uses 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic in its bottles.)

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Organic products must pass a stringent set of requirements set by the FDA. For example, the food must be grown with any use of chemical additives. Another example is that the livestock cannot be given growth hormones and antibiotics. These are but a few of the long list of requirements.

What are some requirements for organic products?

Because the demand for organic products has risen, the government has stepped in to make sure no one is needlessly dying. They've given out a standard saying that organic products must be pesticide and chemical fertilizer free, among other things. The entire production chain must meet the FDA's requirements. How the seeds grow, how they're maintained, and how they reach consumers - all of these must pass stringent standards. Even all the suppliers involved in organic products must pass their appropriate requirements. These include the seed providers, farmers, food processing companies, food retailers, and restaurants.
An interesting thing to note here, is that the requirements differ by country; what may be allowed in the United States, may not necessarily be allowed in other countries. Basically, there can be no influence of synthetic products anywhere along the production chain. Whether it be the use of chemicals, pesticides, food additives, or even the use of sewer sludge (as fertilizer) it will quickly exempt a company from earning a certified organic product provider label.,-Organic?&id=1228789

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Herbal Essences Organic line is misleading and false. The organic materials said to have changed the shampoo are so insignificant that one would not be able to tell unless they were som kind of chemist. Most ingredients are the exact same ones as used in the original bottles. Which is why the line of shampoo was ended, do to not making the standards of the american organic standerds.​

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Edited by James Hastings on February 1, 2010
Allegany-Limestone Central School

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