Chemicals and Ingredients to Avoid

Herb Doctor’s range does not include any of the following chemicals. Listed beside each are just a few of the reasons why.

DEA (Diethanolamine): Found in soap, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and a variety of cosmetics, DEA has been linked with cancer, damage to the skin, kidney, eyes, liver, spinal cord, and brain, irritation of the skin, nose and throat, and asthma.TEA (Triethanolamine): Often used as a dispersing agent in shampoos, soaps, shaving creams and body lotions, TEA can cause skin irritation. It is also found in the coating of fresh fruit and vegetables.

FD&C (colour pigments): Found in hair rinses, colouring, bath salts, soft drinks, ice cream, confectionery and cereals, these pigments can cause allergic reactions. They are also used in a variety of cosmetics including lipsticks, rouges and eye shadows.

FD&C Red No.4: Banned by the FDA in 1964, FD&C Red No.4 was shown to damage the adrenal glands and bladders of dogs. Unfortunately, this chemical is still in use in cosmetics (for external use only).

Coal Tar: Some colour dyes are derived from Coal Tar. A known carcinogen, exposure can lead to an increased risk of cancer of the skin, lung and scrotum. Found in medicated creams, shampoos, dyes, facial cosmetics, lipsticks and toothpaste, psoriasis sufferers unfortunately often use preparations made from coal tar to treat their condition. For a natural, healthier alternative seek advice from a Naturopath or Herbalist.

SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate): This is a foaming agent found in cosmetics. it causes reddening of the skin, swelling, blisters and pustules. SLS is rapidly taken up and accumulated in eye tissue, where it is retained for up to five days, possibly causing blindness and improper eye development in infants. It can damage the heart and liver, and causes headaches, nausea, vomiting and breathlessness. SLS is found in shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, and hand liquid, bubble bath, moisturizers, cake mix and dried eggs.

Fragrances: Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin irritation, violent coughing and vomiting. They are found in shampoos, deodorants, sunscreen, lotions, skin care, hair care and baby care products (e.g.: Rose Fragrance, Apple Fragrance, Orange Fragrance etc.)

Talc: Prolonged inhalation can cause lung problems and respiratory distress in infants. As a result, Talc should never be used on babies. Talc has been linked with an increase in ovarian cancer. Found in talcum powders, face powders, but NOT in Herb Doctor’s Dry Shampoo.



  1. ‘Cosmetics & Personal Care Dangerous Beauty’, Peter Dingle & Toni Brown
  2. ‘A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients ‘, Ruth Winter, M.S.

The Herb Doctor believes that all products should be as natural as possible, and feels that if we respect its laws, nature will provide. Herb Doctor is a qualified Herbalist & naturopath who has been treating people and animals for 15 years with great success. This has led her to formulate her product range for animals, skin, and cleaning care. As the environment is cleansed and refreshed, this also makes for healthy living which prevents bacteria from accumulating.