The regular use of conventionally-formulated shampoos, conditioners, Man Reading Instructions on Shampoo Bottlebody washes and other similar personal care products on a regular basis could be exposing you to high doses of a cancer-causing chemical. In fact few people even know this harmful chemical exists.

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) recently published the findings of an independent study it conducted which found that 98 tested shampoos, soaps and other personal care products contained high levels of cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a hidden foaming and thickening agent that is a known carcinogen.

Some of the more well-known, questionable chemicals commonly found in personal care products, including petroleum-based parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate have long been targeted by “health watch groups”, and some companies have already voluntarily phased these and other known harmful chemicals out of their products, to meet the growing consumer demand for clean, toxin-free products.

But the study reveals there are still a number of other harmful chemicals out there like cocamide DEA that continue to be used in prominent personal care product brands, including some that are marketed as “natural” and organic.

Several large corporate brands, including Colgate Palmolive and Paul Mitchell, were identified in the study as manufacturing products that contain cocamide DEA. Other brands that might come as more of a surprise include a lemon-scented kitchen hand wash sold by Trader Joe’s and a ginger shampoo made by a company known as “Organix.” Other implicated brands include American Crew, Palmolive, Equate (Walmart), At One With Nature, Simple Pleasures and Moroccanoil.

A full list of all tested products can be found at the following link: