Rating: Not great
- Efforts being made to track palm oil sources
- Preservatives are readily biodegradable and have low aquatic toxicity
- Available in large size, minimising packaging
- Contains behentrimonium chloride
- Includes undescribed fragrance
- Colours include Basic Blue 99
Fudge Professional is a hair product brand. They focus on products that allow users to experiment and express themselves. The brand is owned by PZ Cussons, which owns various consumer goods brands in Australia and New Zealand.
Their Blonde Violet Toning Conditioner comes in two sizes; 300 mL and 1 L. This is good, because being able to buy in bulk can minimise the amount of packaging that needs to be used. The plastic that is used to package the 1 L variation is also relatively easy to recycle in most kerbside programs. Unfortunately, recycling the plastic used in the 300 mL variation can be a bit more difficult.
Two of the main ingredients in this product are behetrimonium chloride and cetrimonium chloride. These are related chemicals. They are both are very toxic to aquatic life, and likely to bind to bits of dirt – which will reduce the amount of the chemical that aquatic life is exposed to. Cetrimonium chloride is also readily biodegradable, which will further lower its environmental impact. However, it looks like behetrimonium chloride is not readily biodegradable. This means it will stay in the environment for a longer period of time, where it can keep causing toxic effects.
Another main ingredient, and one of the minor ingredients, are types of silicones. Based on the information that is available for these chemicals, it looks like they will not readily biodegrade. There is limited data about their toxicity to aquatic life, but it is likely to be low.
Some of the key ingredients are often derived from palm oil. PZ Cussons is working towards their own “palm oil promise”. It is difficult to determine how well this matches other third party palm oil agreements. At this stage, the company appears to have a high focus on knowing the source and supply chain. This is a good thing, but it would be better if they were also working on purchasing palm oil from certified sources.
The fragrance in this product includes butylphenyl methylpropional – a chemical which is toxic to aquatic life but readily biodegradable – but also “parfum“. Because the listing of parfum does not specify exactly what these chemicals are, there is no way to tell what their impact on the environment could be.
Because this product is a toning conditioner, it also contains a number of colours. Colouring ingredients are normally designed so that they do not break down easily (which causes them to lose their colouring properties), so it is not surprising that the colours in this product are not readily biodegradable. However CI 56059 (Basic Blue 99) is also toxic to aquatic life. Not being readily biodegradable means a large amount of this chemical could be released to the environment after waste water treatment.
There is less data available for the other colours, particularly CI 12245 (Basic Red 76) and CI 1250 (Basic Brown 16). Based on the results of computer modelling, these colours should not be as toxic to aquatic life as Basic Blue 99.
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.
Luckily, most users seem to like this product. It seems to be particularly recommended as a companion to the matching shampoo – some say that, by itself, this product does not have too much toning power. Check out the reviews on BeautyHeaven, MakeupAlley and What Laura Loves.
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