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A good product, unfairly maligned
on May 30, 2012
Please don't write off this product because of the irresponsible reviews that have been influenced by media-fueled scaremongering. While quaternium-15 isn't itself a carcinogen, it releases formaldehyde, which is. However, as with all toxins, the dose makes the poison. Formaldehyde is harmless in small doses, and this particular shampoo only contains about 200 ppm. For comparison, pears contain about 60 ppm, and the mushrooms on your pizza contain up to 400 ppm. Those are naturally occurring amounts, not due to any additives or pesticides. The EU currently limits consumer cosmetics to 2,000 ppm of formaldehyde, the strictest regulations in the world. By that measure, this product is safe by an order of magnitude.
Without preservatives, your shampoo would quickly turn into a soup of potentially toxic molds and bacteria. If J&J gives in to the pressure to remove quaternium-15 from its cosmetics, it'll have to replace it with some other preservative, likely some newer, less tested chemical. The recent campaign against quaternium-15 is certainly well meaning, but will do little to protect consumers and may very well harm them.
As for me, I'm an adult who finds other shampoos too harsh. I tried shampooing every other day, then twice a week, but found that my hair would get too greasy between washes and too dry immediately after them. A little baby shampoo diluted with water turned out to be just right for keeping my hair reasonably healthy without feeling dirty. It works great on my dog, too.
And feel free to check my history. I'm a real person with no connection to J&J whatsoever.