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Is There Formaldehyde in Your Shampoo?

For most people, the word formaldehyde conjures up memories of grade 10 biology and the pungent scent of preserved frogs. It has a toxic reputation and lurks in some fairly dodgy places – smog, car fumes, tobacco smoke and embalming fluids. Formaldehyde is commercially produced from petroleum and used in the manufacturing of many items: crease-resistant fabrics, automobiles, plywood, carpet, sanitary paper products, paints, insulation, antiseptics, vaccines and medications. What was once used exclusively as an antiseptic or animal preservative has become a billion dollar industry finding uses in thousands of products. MORE…