13 January 2012

Companies named in 'Organic' mislabeling lawsuit ~ Link Love from NaturalReview

Source: advancedhairgear.com
I came across a very interesting article on the natural lifestyle site - NaturalReview. This site is chalked full of extremely interesting and very pertinent lifestyle information to help improve your way of life, generally speaking.

I have placed the links to the articles at the bottom of this post.

In this eye-opening article (published since mid-2011), the Center for Environmental Health has posted a list of hair care product manufacturers which are being sued by other companies for mislabeling their products as 'ORGANIC'.

Mislabeling products is something that I would have dealt with very lightly in a much older post. It is an issue that I feel strongly about. You see, I am one who tries to purchase only hair care products which are organic or at least free of most of the harmful chemicals and other substances. And that is difficult as it is here in Barbados. It bothers me that dishonest companies would play on the sentiments of hard-working consumers who are doing their part in making the planet a greener place. And I am not upset solely because I wish to do my part, but for all others out there who are trying to do the same. And some of these products are at times astronomically priced!! 

Here is the list of the companies with only a few of their products which the Center has identified as having misleading product information. Some of these companies may have more than these products which have allegedly been mislabled:

Advantage Research Laboratories, Inc./Murray’s Worldwide, Inc.: Parnevu T-Tree No Lye Conditioning Relaxer System
Aubrey Organics, Inc: Collagen & Almond Enriching Moisturizing Lotion
Beauty Without Cruelty/Lotus Brands, Inc: Organic Aromatherapy Facial Cleanser
Boots Retail USA Inc: Boots Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Wash
California Inside & Out, Inc: Out of Africa Handwash Tea Tree with Essential Oil
Colomer U.S.A.: Crème of Nature Kiwi & Citrus Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo
Cosway Company, Inc/Head Organics Company: Clearly Head Conditioner
Curls, LLC: Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream Organic Shampoo
derma e® Natural Bodycare/Stearns Products, Inc: Psorzema Body Wash
Hain Celestial Group: Jason Thin-to-Thick Conditioner and Baby Avalon Organics Silky Cornstarch Baby Powder
House of Cheatham, Inc: Organics by Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise
International Trade Routes of New York, Inc/Laboratorios Phergal: Naturtint Green Technologies Permanent Hair Colorant
Kinky-Curly Hair Care: Kinky-Curly Spiral Spritz
Kiss My Face Corporation: Hold Up Styling Mousse
Lafe’s Natural BodyCare/Lafe T. Larson, Inc: Deodorant Stone With Holder
Morrocco Method, Inc: Euro Organic Oil Simply Pure Hair & Scalp Therapy
Namasté Laboratories: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
Nature’s Baby Products, Inc: Nature’s Baby ORGANICS Shampoo & Body Wash in Vanilla-Tangerine Scent or Lavender-Chamomile Scent           
Nubian Heritage Group/Sundial Group LLC: Coconut & Papaya with Vanilla Bean Extract Body Wash
Nutrition Resource, Inc. dba NutriBiotic: NutriBiotic Everyday Clean Conditioner Botanical Blend
Rainbow Research Corporation: Rainbow Baby Oh Baby Unscented Organic Herbal Shampoo
Renpure, L.L.C: Renpure Organics I Love My Hair! Body and Shine Shampoo
Strength of Nature Global, LLC: Elasta QP Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioning Treatment
Sundial Brands/Sundial Group LLC: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
The Himalaya Drug Company: Organique by Himalaya Toothpaste
Todd Christopher International, Inc/Vogue International: Hydrating Teatree Mint Conditioner 

Quite frankly, I hope they are made to answer to these charges and stay away from doing it in the future. When a consumer reposes their faith in a company based on what their label says, it ought not to be taken lightly. 

What is quite disturbing is seeing the SHEA MOISTURE ORGANIC RAW SHEA BUTTER MOISTURE RETENTION SHAMPOO on the list! That is the shampoo I swear by. I will still use it, as it works. But, I would like to know what ingredient is there in that shampoo that is not 'organic'; whereby making the company's claims null and void. There in lies my concern. Either it is, or it is not. There are a few other companies listed whose products I have used before but not the exact product listed above.

What do you think? Leave us a comment!

Here is the link to the post as it appears on NaturalReview - ORGANIC Mislabeling
Follow this link to the see it on CEH.ORG - Mislabeling lawsuit


  1. Thanks for the sweet compliment.

    I agree with you about the deception. We should all be able to choose which ingredients we want to use, but that doesn't work unless companies report exactly what is in their products.

  2. You're welcome! Hopefully this brings all the issues to the fore so they can be dealt with. I was a little shocked to see the Shea Moisture mentioned though :(

  3. Woww! I use the Organics Best Hair Mayonnaise and Creme of Nature Kiwi.... This is eye opening! Thanks for posting this!

  4. My pleasure! How will go about now choosing which products you will or will not buy?

  5. I feel deceived.  Especially when I look at my products and realise I have a few of these products using at this moment.  You know--when you are trying to live a certain lifestyle--by choice--it hurts when people take that choice from you for the sake of making a dollar.  Their products work-therefore if they are honest with the ingredients I could make an informed decision as to whether or not I want to use it and can tolerate at least one non-organic chemical in my conditioner.  I hate when people do that.  We would have been none the wiser if this lawsuit did not uncover this foolishness.  I am disappointed--I think I should just make my own products in my kitchen sink from now on

  6. Gladly, there is a watchdog out there making sure that companies do more than just print fancy labels with ingredients that they know consumers are willing to buy; and knowing full well the stated oil or what have you is not the major ingredient nor probably even  in the concoction at all! Since reading the article, I have been thinking about what is 'organic' anyway? I mean, I know what it is, but why can't the manufacturers stick to it if they say that their product is just that - ORGANIC?

    It is deceitful. I do hope though that something is done about the situation. Although, it is about 6 months on from when this list first appeared.  Makes me go hhmmmm... .Hey, and there is nothing wrong with making your own products at all. Necessity is the mother of invention!


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