bath accessoriesI recently read an article about personal care products such as shampoos and soaps that may cause cancer due to the presence of a cancer-causing chemical.  This news alarmed me because I’ve used several brands of shampoos throughout the years, which increases the chances that I used a shampoo containing the cancer-causing chemical.  Keep reading to learn more about the harmful chemical found in certain shampoos and soaps.

According to several sources, a number of personal care products contain a cancer-causing chemical called Cocamide Diethanolamin.  Yahoo news reported that in 2012 Cocamide Diethanolamin was “added to the California list of harmful chemicals.”  Tests were conducted by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) which resulted in a finding of “more than 10,000 parts per million (ppm) of cocamide DEA” in 98 products that were tested.  This is problematic not only because the chemical may pose dangers to humans, but also because the products did not carry a warning label as required by California law.

What Is Cocamide Diethanolamin?

Cocamide Diethanolamin, also known as cocamide DEA, is a chemically modified form of coconut oil that is often used to thicken soaps, shampoos, and conditioners.

Center for Environmental Health (CEH) Files Lawsuit Against Four Companies

According to Yahoo News, “CEH filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against four companies—Walgreens, Lake Consumer Products, Ultimark Products, and Todd Christopher International.”  They want companies to stop using the cancer-causing agent in their soaps and shampoos and forbid them from selling the products containing the carcinogenic without a warning label.

The CEH has asked the court to fine the four companies $2,500 a day for every violation.

What are your thoughts?