Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Et Al.

Horses smell good
Horses smell good

Have you ever wondered if your shampoo is poisoning your brain? Did you know Downy contains horse fat? Do you care if your soap was packaged in a sweat shop?

It’s overwhelming, trying to keep ingredients and brands sorted out. There was a great web page a while ago called “Everything Gives You Cancer,” but I can’t find it anymore. They had a wallet card that I always meant to print out, which showed the most common toxic ingredients to look out for. (Sodium lauryl sulfate is the only one I remember it’s in most shampoos.) So then, I could justify twelve-dollar lavender-mint shampoo as saving me from brain surgery.

Happily, GoodGuide is here. ‘Cause we all want to be good. Or at least green. (Because, remember: “…evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”) They assess “natural”, “green”, and “organic” products according to their health hazard, environmental impact, and social impact. It’s in beta, so the data is … meta? They are taking suggestions on how to improve their rankings. We’ll keep you posted on breaking shampoo news as it develops.