Yes! Quite likely there are unhealthy foaming agents in your shampoo, since a majority of them contain ethoxylated surfactants.

What are ethoxylated surfactants and why should you avoid them?

Ethoxylation is a process where ethylene oxide is added to the mixture to modify the chemical compound.Ethylene oxide is a flammable, toxic gas used in the production of several industrial chemicals. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), acute exposure can result in respiratory irritation, headaches, nausea, cancer, reproductive effects, mutagenic changes, neurotoxicity, and sensitization.The problem is that ethoxylation produces a chemical called “1,4-dioxane” as a byproduct.1,4-dioxane is a known cancer causing agent and a leading groundwater contaminant, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It readily penetrates the skin, and is included on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected by the state to cause cancer or birth defects.

Here’s a list of some you see most often:

Sodium C-14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
Amonnium Laureth Sulfate
Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl or Cocoyl Sarcosine

Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
Cocamide DEA/MEA


What does salonsolids use? We’re very proud to say the main cleansing agent in our shampoo is certified organic quillaja extract. Because on its own it will not emulsify we add sodium cocoyl glycinate. It comes from glycine and is not ethoxylated.

There are small things that we can do to reduce are toxic load and they add up! To the health of you and yours.:)