The Dapper Dog has chosen to use Wildwash products. Wildwash make their products by hand and use recyclable packaging. Theyuse 100% Pure Essential Oils in their products at a concentration of 1.5%. At this high concentration the Pure Essential Oils help the shampoo to work as well as smell amazing and contain none of the harmful ingredients often found in other products!!!
"Our shampoos and products contain absolutely NO Parabens, Phthalates, Phosphates, Petrochemicals, Sulfates or PEG’s.Parabens are chemicals used in the shampoo and cosmetic industry as preservatives. These including Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and Butylparaben amongst others can harm healthy by contributing to the development of cancerous tumours. Some parabens mimic the activity of the hormone oestrogen and are turning up as evidence in breast tumours.
Phthalates are used extensively in shampoos, body washes etc. as gelling agents, to make the product appear thicker and more concentrated. They are also used to make scents and fragrances in products last longer. They can also cause birth defects and interfere with male fertility by reducing sperm count and interfering with sperm motility.
These were developed just after World War II when chemically, man made products started to take the place of natural ones. Phosphates were cheap and plentiful and replaced the use of soap in detergents. They are still extensively used today and particularly in products advertised as ‘soap free’. Phosphates will not break down in wastewater processing systems. They will leak into water bodies, growing algae and decreasing the oxygen needed to promote healthy aquatic life, and pollute streams, lakes, rivers and ponds.
The use of Petrochemicals in both human personal care products and pet care products including perfumes, cosmetics and shampoos is ringing loud alarm bells and causing great concern throughout the World.Petrochemicals are a by-product of the petroleum industry: they come from crude oil and the same ingredients are used in perfumes and personal care products and shampoos for both humans and pets as are also used in metal cutting fluid!
Many of the chemicals used to formulate certain aromas are actually petrochemicals. It is estimated that 95% of the synthetic fragrances on the market today are derived from petroleum by-products. They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and may other known toxins and sensitizers, which are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.
Petrochemicals contain cancer-causing contaminants known as carcinogens. They are like many of the other ingredients in synthetic fragrance in that they build in the body over time. Repeated exposure has been linked to endocrine disruption and several other types of cancer.They can leak into waste water systems and have recently been linked to sperm damage in men and hyperactivity in children.1,4-Dioxane is one of the deadliest petroleum-derived carcinogenic compounds and is a by product of the process by which sodium lauryl sulfate becomes sodium laureth sulfate, a surfactant (or foam maker) used in many, many pet and also human hair shampoos.Petrochemicals are used so commonly and indiscriminately in synthetic perfumes and personal care products because they are CHEAP!
Sulfates, most commonly Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are chemical suds-ing agents commonly added to shampoos and cleaning agents to increase foam and lather and give the illusion that the product is super cleaning.
Sulfates leak into water and can cause harm to the environment whilst high levels of Sulfates in drinking water can cause diarrhoea, which can be particularly severe in babies and young children. Sulfates released into the air can cause irritation of the lungs and studies have shown that Sulfates are quickly absorped into organs causing toxicity and cancers and can find their way into the eyes and causing cataracts. The skin is the largest organ in the body and can quickly absorb these chemicals through the skin and into the blood stream. Sulfates are notoriously difficult to rinse from the coat and hair and leave a residue which can irritate the skin and blunt clippers, scissors and and blades. Many top human hair manufacturers including L’Oreal are now going ‘Sulfate free’.
Sulfates are added to engine degreasers, car washes, industrial strength floor cleaners and yes to yours and your pets’ shampoo!
PEG’s stands for Polyethylene Glycol and are synthetic chemical thickeners, often added to products that do not contain sulfates to thicken them and again, give the illusion that as the product is thicker,it is ‘better’ and more concentrated. Alas the opposite is actually true. Cheap, dangerous thickeners, thicken but detract, rather than add to quality. The National Toxicology Program has revealed that PEG’s cause uterine and breast cancers and leukemia and brain cancer. These chemicals are added to your and your pets’ shampoo and interestingly to both brake fluid and caustic spray-on oven cleaner!"