Because I had given up on having socially acceptable hair long ago I was definitely behind the curve on new hair products. There may have been another company already producing products to help the natural curly cope, but I was clueless. No...that's not true. I was FAR past that. I was in total denial that my waves and curls- and even some of the frizz might be attractive. So I was still using the products my friends with straight hair used, continuing to have mostly hideous haircuts and wearing lots of ponytails.
How I looked up from my misguided path and found Ouidad I don't remember. I only know that I gratefully used their products for years, eventually buying it by the truckload. Well, by the 33.8 fluid ounce size anyway. Every product I tried worked really well- my hair had never looked and felt so good. And, "they lived happily ever after", right?
Well, not exactly. Eventually even the handsome prince snores and Snow White's patience grows thin. And so it goes with hair care products. I put Ouidad products to the research test here and discovered that although they made my hair do what I wanted it to do... there are some ingredients in there that I'd rather do without. Actually quite a few. A score of 8 out of 10 for me is unacceptable.
As always, I would never attempt to tell you what you should you. Since you know your self, your body and your values better than anyone else it's best to do your own research. You may go here for the complete Skin Deep results and to see the information for yourself.
What follows is the beginning of the full report taken directly from Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database
OUIDAD BOTANICAL BOOST® MOISTURE INFUSING & REFRESHING SPRAY
Ingredients in this product are linked to:
|Other concerns for ingredients used in this product: |
Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns
Ingredients from packaging: Water, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosa Canina Leaf Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Methyl Gluceth-10, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzophenone-4, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin.
Directions from packaging: -After showering, spray product evenly and sparingly onto damp hair to detangle.-In the morning or throughout the day, use to product to refresh and revive your curls.
|Ingredients score|| ||data gap||concerns|
|DMDM HYDANTOIN||9||61%||Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE), Use restrictions|
|FRAGRANCE||8||100%||Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous|
|POLYSORBATE-20||4||72%||Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)|
|BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE||6||62%||Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions|
|3||64%||Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption|
|PROPYLENE GLYCOL||4||60%||Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption|
|SODIUM HYDROXIDE||3||77%||Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)|
|PANTHENOL||2||93%||Multiple, additive exposure sources|
|DISODIUM EDTA||2||80%||Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Enhanced skin absorption|
|HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN||1||99%||Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES)|
|HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN||1||95%||Allergies/immunotoxicity|
|HYDROLYZED CORN PROTEIN||1||94%||Multiple, additive exposure sources|
|PANAX GINSENG (GINSENG) ROOT EXTRACT|
PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT
|BUTYLENE GLYCOL||1||78%||Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)|
|ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT|
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT
|CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU KOLA) EXTRACT|
CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT
|HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH||0||100%||None Identified|
|ROSA CANINA (DOG ROSE) EXTRACT|
ROSA CANINA LEAF EXTRACT
|SPIRULINA MAXIMA (ALGAE) EXTRACT|
SPIRULINA MAXIMA EXTRACT
|METHYL GLUCETH-10||0||94%||None Identified|