- Recyclable packaging
- Rapidly degradable propellants
- Main ingredient is rice starch
- Contains cetrimonium chloride
- Contains distearyldimonium chloride
- Contains undescribed fragrance
Batiste is a hair care brand best known for its dry shampoo products and range of fragrances. The brand is owned by Church and Dwight Co., Inc., which is a consumer packaged goods company.
The aerosol can of their Dry Shampoo can be put in kerbside recycling in Australia. This would probably be the same in other countries where recycling is available, because aluminium and steel are relatively easy to recycle. The propellants will rapidly degrade in the atmosphere, although packaging and transporting gas has a greater environmental impact than a more concentrated, powder based dry shampoo.
The main ingredient in this product is rice starch. This is chemically similar to substances that would naturally occur in the environment where waste water is released. It should have low aquatic toxicity and be readily biodegradable, and not disrupt the local ecosystem much.
However, other ingredients will have a higher environmental impact. Cetrimonium chloride and distearyldimonium chloride are very toxic to aquatic life. These ingredients are also readily biodegradable or likely to get bound up with bits of dirt. Both of these characteristics mean that aquatic life are less likely to be exposed to them, but a small amount could still get into waterways and cause toxic effects.
Another ingredient is silica. Silica is a very common mineral and important nutrient for most plants and animals. It is commonly obtained from sand, which is mined. Sand mines can cause erosion and habitat degradation, and are often unregulated. It would be good to have more information on where the silica in this product comes from, but companies very rarely provide (or even have) this information.
This product comes in a number of fragrances. Aside from the fragrance, the other ingredients are the same across the range. Unfortunately, the fragrance is just listed as “parfum”. Labelling requirements for fragrances mean this could be anything. Because the brand does not identify the fragrances as natural, it seems likely that they are synthetic chemicals. These could be chemicals of high concern.
But does it work?
Considering how well a product works is a big factor in determining whether a product is a good one or not. A product that does not work is a waste.
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