Thursday, April 10, 2014

bad word:Selenium Sulfide

Selenium Sulfide

Hazard Score: (EWG Risk Score)

Hazard score key:

Low hazardModerate hazardHigh hazard
What is it?
Antidandruff Agent; Hair Conditioning Agent


Where is it found?
Hair conditioners, anti-dandruff shampoos

The Risk:
This chemical has been banned in both Europe and Japan and is deemed a possible carcinogen by the EPA, NTP and the state of California EPA. It is also toxic to the respiratory, organ, kidney, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems.  

A few companies using this ingredient:
  • Selsun Blue
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Excel
  • Generic anti-dandruff companies including Wal-Mart brand Equate
My Opinion:
This is some nasty stuff. It has also been deemed a wildlife and environmental toxicity. Is getting rid of dandruff really worth the risks?!