organix – NOT organic!


it’s officially the start of PRODUCT WEEK! we’re gonna delve into some of the more well-known “organic” and “natural” product lines out there, and discover if they’re really as natural as they say.

we’ve talked Wen. now, let’s talk Organix.

the truth about Organix

as we know, organix is a hair and skin care line. they claim to have products that are “pure and simple… the way nature intended.” TIME OUT. now while the company itself technically doesn’t make claims to be “organic,” i’m sure you can see where all the confusion is happening with their name, labeling, and marketing schemes.

so is the organix line better than other store hair products??

short answer? absolutely not! not at all. not in the slightest.

long answer? here we go –

let’s first check out their ingredients in a few representative products.

oh wait… they don’t post their full ingredients lists on their website… but walgreen’s does!

let’s take a sample product for shampoo and conditioner:
(each representative product has VERY similar ingredients to others in the same category)

renewing moroccan argan oil shampoo: Deionized Water , Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate , Sodium C 14 16 Olefin Sulfonate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine , Dimethicone Copolyol (Silica) , Cocamide DEA , Glycol Distearate , Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel OilArgan , Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) ExtractCocoa Butter , Parfum , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) ExtractAloe Leaf , Panthenol , Polyquaternium 11 , DMDM Hydantoin , Cetyl Alcohol , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , PEG 23M , Red 40 , Yellow 5

well, i was going to write  a list of things you want to avoid, but it’d be way easier to list the ingredients that are good for your hair:

  • argan oil
  • coconut oil
  • avocado oil
  • aloe vera

literally, everything else is pure CRAP. toxic crap, at that! (minus the water…ha…)

nutritional acai berry avocado conditioner: Aqua/Water/EauWater , Cetyl Alcohol , Behenalkonium Methosulfate , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetearyl Glucoside , Glyceryl Stearate , Glycerin , Cyclopentasiloxane , Dimethicone , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , DMDM Hydantoin , Panthenol , Silk Amino Acids , Hydrolized Milk Protein , Acai (Euterpe Oleracea) Fruit Extract , Avocado Extract , Albumen , Argania Spinosa (Argan) ExtractOil , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Tetrasodium EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Coumarin , Parfum

again, out of ALL of that, here’s what you’d want on your hair:

  • jojoba oil
  • argan oil

that’s all!

so let’s take a look at the big hitters in these shampoos and conditioners that you do NOT want on your scalp and in your hair:

  • DMDM hydantoin – preservative; formaldehyde releaser (yes, you read that correctly); known human immune toxicant or allergen; restricted in cosmetics in Japan; evidence of link to cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer
  • methylchloroisothiazolinone – preservative; classified as a human skin toxicant or allergen by the CIR; restricted use in cosmetics in Canada and Japan; suspected link to cancer (mutagen)
  • disodium laureth sulfosuccinate – sulfate; about 21% of the total ingredients blend is DLS, making it about half as irritating as SLS found in typical shampoos/body washes (10% DLS ~ 2% SLS)
  • sodium C 14 16 olefin sulfonate – sulfate/surfactant; harsher than SLS; Canada recognizes it as expected to be harmful/toxic
  • benzalkonium methosulfate – sulfate; restricted use in cosmetics in the EU
  • cyclopentasiloxane & dimethicone – both silicones that coat your hair and prevent your natural oils and other moisture from penetrating the hair shaft
  • cocamidopropyl betaine – synthetic surfactant; suspected environmental toxic; recommended restriction in cosmetics by the CIR (cosmetic ingredient review); associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis
  • tetrasodium EDTA – chelating agent (complex compound with central atom of a metal); enhances skin absorption (not what you want with these other chemicals); classified as expected to be harmful/toxic by Canada
  • coumarin – fragrance (doesn’t say if it’s synthetic); known human immune system toxicant or allergen by the EU; recommended restriction by CosIng; recommended use restriction by the International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards; cancer-linked concern by the Carcinogenic Potency Database
  • parfum (aka fragrance) – synthetic fragrance – represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants (including phthalates); significant known human immune system toxicant or allergen effects; human respiratory irritant; wildlife and environmental toxin

scary, right?


looking to switch to a better shampoo? try going low-poo, or see what a no-poo alternative or no-poo can do for you and your hair!

as for me, i’ll stick to my ROM 🙂

any other popular brands you want to see in the Product Week line-up? we’ve got burt’s bees and physician’s formula coming up soon!

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26 thoughts on “organix – NOT organic!

  1. I am also having a bad reaction to this shampoo and conditioner which have cause me to get several skin abcess 3 total now and just narrowed it down to the line of shampoo and conditioner quit using it and guess what 2 days later the rash is starting to finally go away ! Pissed off

  2. hello! i was wondering if you could do a post on all natural shampoos and conditioners that arent like $20… each. ive been wanting to go all natural but i dont think i can afford some of the all natural product and such (ive already tried no poo’ and low poo’ but my hair started getting brittle and dry)

    1. Hey Alicia! check out my low poo pay and my no poo alternatives post 🙂 hopr that helps! readers have added brands they like in the comments too

  3. I have been using Organix (the blue bottle) for a couple years. Just this past December I switched out to the Pomegranate version and right before the new year a rash started on my forehead. Since then it has progressed to my temples, under my eyes, eyelids, hairline, around my nostrils, lips and most recently, on my neck. Due to the timing of when it started I have narrowed it down to this shampoo. I also have washed my makeup brushes in this shampoo. after doing some research I noticed the Pomegranate has DMDM hydantoin which the blue bottle did not and so now I am assuming it is the formaldehyde that is causing this reaction. I know this shampoo has been banned in California as of last year. I have been looking everywhere online for other cases of outbreaks & reactions. I am surprised I am not finding more. Thank you for posting about this!!!

  4. thanks for this, ive been using organix & was looking at the bottle and realized it was definitely not organic, i felt so decieved -.- but i guess you just cant trust the name! ive been looking for shampoo& conditioner thats 100 percent organic, but all i can find is mostly organic. do you know any that are 100 percent organic that i can buy online or at stores?

  5. I’m curious about Desert Essence! You posted a while back and mentioned them as being okay (I think they were in some list of safe low poo or shampoo options, it wasn’t mention under the conditioner list which I later assumed to be due to the fact their conditioner has silicones) so I was at the store today (literally today haha) and I was reading the ingredients and there were a few i hadn’t heard of, i assumed since you gave the brand’s shampoo an okay you knew what the ingredients were and approved. i literally have jojoba/coconut oil mask in my hair right now and plan to use Desert Essence to wash it out in a few hours. and now i’m curious about the brand 🙂

    1. hey mary! this was the only shampoo i could find of theirs that looked okay for a low-poo. idk which one you have, but you can ilute it down and keep it off your scalp as much as possible if yours has some nastier things in it. hope this helps!
      *i should add i haven’t gone through all their shampoos. but you can check for those ingredients you don’t recognize 🙂

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