Rating: Not great
- Most ingredients are readily biodegradable
- Comes in large 1L bottle
- Packaging is easy to recycle
- Contains preservatives that are not readily biodegradable
- Any palm oil sources unclear
- Fragrances are not disclosed
Fanola is an Italian brand that focuses on hair products to give quality colour at the best possible price.
Their No Yellow Shampoo contains some typical soap-type ingredients, colour, fragrance and preservatives. The soap ingredients are all readily biodegradable. This means that a large amount of these chemicals should break down during waste water treatment, and a limited amount will be released to the environment. However, most of these ingredients are toxic to aquatic life, so they could still have an environmental impact.
Some of these ingredients could be derived from palm oil. I could not find any information on where Fanola sources any palm oil derivatives from.
The colour in this product is Acid Violet 43, which is harmful to aquatic life. Colours are unlikely to be readily biodegradable – because they loose their colour when they break down – so a large amount of this chemical should be expected to be released to the environment.
The fragrance is mostly listed as “parfum”. There is no way to know what these could be – or determine that they are not chemicals of concern.
There are a number of preservatives in this shampoo. Some of the more concerning ones are methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone and chlorphenesin. All three of these chemicals are not readily biodegradable, so most of these ingredients could be released to the environment. The first two are known to be very toxic to aquatic life. The short-term test data that is available for chlorphenesin indicates that it is not toxic to aquatic life, but there is no test data from long-term studies. Given the potential for this chemical to stay in the environment over an extended period of time, it is important that long-term toxicity is considered.
This shampoo comes in a bulk 1L bottle, which is good because it means that less packaging is required. The bottle which is also made of plastic that can usually be recycled through standard kerbside collection programs.
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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