Review :: Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula

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Occasional use will help control dandruff caused by product build up. But that performance comes at a price – nearly half the ingredients are known contact allergens and one is potentially carcinogenic.

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3 (1 vote)

buy now on Amazon Neutrogena are a company that have built a relatively good brand based on selling premium skincare products for a not that premium a price.   Although they have produced some real trash there have been some excellent products over the years. 

Their Anti-Residue clarifying shampoo is a shampoo with few ingredients – which I like.  Invariably it seems, the more ingredients a manufacturer adds, the more contact allergens they put in there.  I also like the fact that they are committed to producing a “mild – formula” which won’t “cause irritation” so I read the ingredients with interest.

Of the 9 ingredients, four are known contact allergens and one, PEG-4O Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a potential carcinogen.  The ratios aren’t looking too good here.   

One of the contact allergens, DMDM Hydantoin, is a particularly harsh formaldehyde-releasing preservative.  Yes, formaldehyde, the one used to preserve dead bodies.    The shampoo isn’t even Sulfate free so I wasn’t looking forward to running this all over my scalp whatsoever!

The shampoo itself smells extremely nice and although I am never fond of seeing the generic name Fragrance on the back of a shampoo, none are ingredients that comprise the fragrance considered harsh enough for the EU to force it to be declared separately. 

The shampoo feels extremely luxurious thanks to the sulfates and it really does clear the gunk from your scalp. 

Used every couple of weeks this shampoo would be a really effective means to prevent product build up.  But this performance comes at a significant price; the chemicals are just too harsh for me to ever recommend it to anyone.


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