What Is Pantene?
Pantene is a brand name of a product made by Procter & Gamble (P&G). It was introduced in 1964 and marketed under various names such as “Dove”, “Sunsilk” and “Lavender”. Its main use is for women’s hair care products. According to Wikipedia, it is one of the world’s largest personal care companies with annual sales exceeding $1 billion.
The company is headquartered in New Jersey. It employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide.
How Mild Is Pantene?
According to Wikipedia, the average American woman uses 2.5 ounces of Pantene per month (or 1 ounce every other day) and the average man uses 0.6 ounces per month (or less than half an ounce every two days). The amount used varies from person to person depending on their weight and hair type.
There are several brands of Pantene available. They range from a low cost generic version to high priced luxury versions. Most people prefer the lower priced generic version because they believe it contains fewer ingredients and therefore is safer. However, there have been reports of adverse reactions when using the higher priced versions of Pantene.
Useful Tips to Keep in Mind When Using Pantene
Most people know the main ingredients of Pantene but many do not know that there are many different types of ingredients.
The following is a list of important ingredients:
Aluminium Chloride – This is a well-known poison that can cause a painful death. It is a heavy metal and was used in rat poison until it was banned for human use in the 1960’s. It is know used in the manufacture of paints, paper and textiles and for treatment of sewage. Even small amounts can cause death when ingested.
Ammonium Chloride – This is a chemical compound that reacts with other substances to produce either acids or explosives. According to the United States National Library of Medicine this compound can irritate the throat, mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Swallowing even a small amount can be fatal.
Benzophenone – The United States National Library of Medicine has listed this substance as a contaminant that is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. It is capable of causing severe skin irritation and may trigger allergic reactions in some people.
Climbazole – The United States National Library of Medicine states that this substance is used in anti-fungal medication. It can be absorbed through the skin and cause adverse reactions such as diarrhea and nausea.
Diethanolamine (DEA) – The United States National Library of Medicine states that this substance can cause the development of cancer in laboratory animals. It also can cause adverse effects on the heart, liver and other organs. Skin contact should be avoided.
Dimethicone – The United States National Library of Medicine lists this substance as a carcinogen (cancer causing agent). Ingestion can cause irritation to the stomach and intestines. Eye contact can cause temporary blindness.
Formaldehyde – The United States National Library of Medicine states that this substance is a known human carcinogen that can cause genetic mutations and damaging to DNA. Even short term exposure can cause irritation to eyes, skin and respiratory tract. It also can affect the nervous system causing effects such as rapid breathing, tremors, convulsions and coma. Ingestion of small amounts can cause nausea and vomiting.
Methylparaben – The United States National Library of Medicine lists this substance as a skin and respiratory tract irritant. It can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone – The United States National Library of Medicine states that this substance can cause an allergic reaction in people with skin sensitivity. It is also known to cause severe eye irritation.
Methylisothiazolinone – The United States National Library of Medicine states that this substance is a strong allergen and causes skin irritation.
Phenoxyethanol – The United States National Library of Medicine lists this substance as a skin and eye irritant. It can cause allergic reactions in some people and can affect the nervous system, causing symptoms such as drowsiness and dizziness.
PPG-15 Stearyl Ether – According to the United States National Library of Medicine this substance may cause cancer. It is also a skin and eye irritant.
It is important to note that none of these substances are found in the same concentrations in each of the fragrance oils from Victoria’s Secret. They are simply ingredients that may be listed on any of the oils. It is not likely that anyone would have an allergic reaction to all the different fragrances.
The bottom line is that the Victoria’s Secret Fragrance oils are safe to be used as fragrances and in small concentrations in skin care products. They are not appropriate for use as a carrier for essential oils.
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