UPDATE: As of March 13, 2017. A reader pointed out that Patanjali has said they use animal testing. The reader, Ishtah’s comment is below. I checked the website and found their website has had a major revamp since the last time, I visited it which was while I was writing this review. This is what they have updated.
There are only two kinds of people who will be reading this post. Either you really hate patanjali and ramdev baba or you are someone who loves the Patanjali products. The other one is simply one of my prospective employers going through my blog, maybe with a slightly bored attitude. It’s okay, I get you.
Why should you care? So many shampoos have them right? Well, when we give our money to morally-bankrupt companies they end of terrorizing the world. Like, Nestle. Patanjali is riding in the ayurveda formula, last time I checked ayurveda medicines don’t use chemicals.
I know, some of you are like, “But it has made my skin/hair/ ‘insert any other body part/function’ better!!” Well, placebos are very effective. There is no judgement if you use it. But read the review to understand the risks. I will be reviewing other products that are herbal, made in India, without chemicals, vegan and cruelty-free. So whatever your reasons are to use Patanjali, you have other options to not only support small-scale industries that are truly herbal but are great for you and the environment!
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Ok. Notice how it first starts with the composition of all ayurvedic herbs. Then the base is in English with all chemicals? ‘How to mislead the masses 101’. Patanjali should give a talk in TEDX about this. All the herbs in hindi and base made of chemicals in English. Given how the right-wing propagates English as evil, most people will not read this part. Also, the majority of this label is in Hindi. Meaning, Indian company=Hindi labeling.
- Aqua– self-explanatory. It is water.
- Surfactant base– Not mentioned which surfactant they have used. Is it natural or chemical? A lot of surfactants can be harmful. Link 1, Link 2, Link 3. Of course, surfactant is said to cause minimal damage as you will read in Link 3. But just scale of human population using products with surfactant on the daily basis, ineffective sewage disposing in many countries should be a warning for us to stop using them.
- Sod.Benzonate-This is often used in beauty products and food as a preservative. Why is it so scary? . The Cosmetics Database still found concerns regarding cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation and biochemical cellular changes with Sodium Benzoate as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. (Link 4, Link 5, Link 6)
- Methylisothiazolinone– Associated with allergies and nerve damage. Check out health concerns at Link 7.
- Sorbic acid– Used to kill microorganisms, or prevent or retard their growth and reproduction. (Source Link 8). Strong evidence as human skin toxicant.
- Also, combining Sod.Benzonate with Vit E results in cancerous effects. “The FDA says it’s safe because the amount used to preserve foods is very low, but don’t ever combine it with vitamin C or E, as this causes benzene to be formed. This is dangerous. Benzene is a known carcinogen, which means it causes cancer.” (Source: Link 6).
Sadly for people who can’t read hindi or be proficient in latin to understand the scientific names, here is the common english word for it.
- Rosmarinus officinalis: Rosemary
- Azadirachta indica: Neem
- Melaleuca alternifolia: Tea tree
- Eucalyptus globulus: Known as Nilgiri in hindi and Tailpama in Sanskrit
- Emblica officinalis: Amla or Gooseberry
- Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Hibiscus
- Acacia concinna: Shikakai
- Trigonella foenum-graecum: Fenugreek
- Ocimum sanctum: Holy basil or tulsi
Given that it is said that it is for daily use, do you want to use all this on your scalp? All the herbal plants mentioned above can be bought separately and used on your scalp. In fact, if you get all these herbs, boil them in water and grind it to a fine paste it will have far greater results.
Do check out what is mentioned on their website. None of the chemicals are mentioned, just the herbs. And some herbs mentioned in the description are not even present in the label of the shampoo. Bhrigraj myrtle (mahendi)- NOT Present. I have no frigging idea what this is- emblic myrobalan (aola)?? And Indian Valerian(tagar) NOT Present. esculent fiacurtia (bakuchi) and turmeric are NOT Present. Plus the description reads like what Baba Ramdev would sound like if he was high. Not kidding. Read it and tell me I’m wrong.
I will be reviewing a soap next. Even more facade of being herbal. If you want me to review more patanjali products, send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send in your experiences with the products of patanjali so more people will be aware of it. Have a suggestion to review good herbal, Indian-made products to check if they are truly herbal, vegan, cruelty-free, free of chemicals and preservatives? Drop me an email. I will try my best to research, review and put them up on the blog.