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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lush Life

My new shampoo:

I have switched to this solid bar called Trichomania from Lush Cosmetics I start with damp hair and work up a nice lather scratching my scalp working from the back of my head to the front. It rinses of clean while providing minimal moisture, leaving a wonderful coconut smell that does not overpower.

It contains:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Creamed Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamide DEA, Lecithin, Perfume, Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides).

All of the chemicals in green have a level of 0-2 out of 10 according to rendering the product to be mild, vegan and nearly free from carcinogens and toxins.

By contrast, the product above, Bumble and Bumble Wild Child Curl Conscious Shampoo has a ranking of 10 out of 10 on the cosmetic database. This means ingredients in this product are linked to:

Developmental/reproductive toxicity
Violations, restrictions & warnings
Other concerns for ingredients used in this product: Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive),

Notice the packaging has KINKY displayed across it. Call me a conspiracy theorist but doesn't it seem odd that such a hazardous product would be marketed at one with Kinky hair?


Renea said...

I like Godiva...

Harriet said...


Girl, your blog is a literal LIFE SAVER! I was doing some research about a story I'd read correlating the rate of breast cancer in black women to the hair care products thy used (you know how folks forward hoaxes through e-mail...I just wanted to find out for myself), and your website popped up.

I have processed hair, but prior to me "perming" my hair just before I got married, I was au naturale for over 7 years. I'm seriously considering going back to that after reading some of the articles on your website.

I hate to make this such a long comment, but I just wanted to thank you for being inspired to create this informative website. i especially like the skin deep cosmetic database (ignorance is no longer a valid excuse. Now that I know better, I have to do better).

I write twice a week for a blog called I will be writing an article about some of the things I discovered simply by perusing the links on your website. I would love it if you would come by that spot from time to time to give your feedback.

Anyway, thanks again. God bless you!!!!

Naturally Sophia said...

Renea- How are you stranger? Thanks for stopping by; I wanted to try Godiva because I liked the Jasmine smell. I was also worried about the little pieces on top of the shampoo getting stuck in my hair. Do they dissolve? Then it has alcohol in it. Do you find it dries your hair out or do you use conditioner?

Naturally Sophia said...

@Harriet- Thank you! Maintaining my hair and this blog is more work than I ever dreamed of but how rewarding it is.

Regarding correlation with breast cancer, most studies have found no correlation. But no one can seem to explain why women of color have more fatalities related to breast cancer. Nor has anyone explained why Black Women are at a higher risk for many other cancers not just breast cancer. And also, researchers say hair relaxers can enter the body through cuts or lesions in the scalp (this is why perm burns and your stylist tells you not scratch); but these products are not fully monitored by the FDA. Since manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients (some are considered to be trade secrets), they say there is the potential for harmful ingredients. "Potential"?

I encourage you to be au naturale for your health and your self-esteem.

I welcome comments. Posting something on the internet is like yelling in a canyon, you hear it echo but wonder does anyone else. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

I look forward to commenting on the blog you co-author.


DiVA_La Reine said...

Sophia I need shampoo advice :( It's time for a wash I can't even lie to myself anymore as I'm seeing the buildup around my edges disgusting myself! I'm going to order some products off line but I need something ASAP that I could just run into a store and use that wouldn't cause my locks to dry out or get real oily with buildup. Other than shampoo I don't put anything in my hair so I really want something that will clean and clarify and not leave my scalp begging for mercy. It seems like two days after I wash with the SL shampoo my hair is dirty again, what can you recommend? Also, as I'm shopping online for products where do you recommend I look? I want my hair to smell good but I still want to keep it natural.

Thanks in advance :)

Naturally Sophia said...

Diva La Reine- First, I promise you are the only one that can see your build-up, k?

Build-up can be either product residue (mineral oil and petroleum products tend to leave residue ion locs), hair follicles that have shedded (when you shed hair naturally,it parts from the root showing a small white bulb)having several white bulbs can look like build-up shedded in the loc, or lint.

So, I think you should do an apple cider vinegar rinse, wash with Aveda detox, use a Sharpie to cover the build-up, and stay waya from products other than shampoo until you figure out what's causing the build-up.

DiVA_La Reine said...

I think I read on your blog before about the Aveda Detox shampoo, and I haven't been able to find it at Wal Mart or target, is it something I should order online?

Thanks so much for the quick response and reassurance I was paranoid thinking people might be looking at my head in disgust :).

Naturally Sophia said...


You can order it from or many local malls and/or beauty salons have an Aveda store where you can purchase the shampoo for around $10.

It's funny how you can tell things about your hair that no one else can. LOL! The general population doesn't even know about Sisterlocks. No one can see your build-up but you. I have to squint to see things in my hair with my glasses on, HA!

anthia-ofo said...

Dearie me, just what does that kinky thingy contain? Yep you're right about conspiracy, they probably made it thinking 'this is nothing compared to a relaxer- should be just fine for THEM'

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