Liquid shampoo, powder shampoo or shampoo bar?
While working on the research and development process of my first entrepreneurial adventure, I worked on human shampoo formula and had to have a look at few animal cosmetics products. I was shocked to discover the use of housing detergents as well as dishwashing detergent, silicones and many armful preservatives additives in horses’ shampoo.
Surprised by this discovery, I draw up an inventory of horses’ shampoo to check the validity of their ingredients. Many used sulfate or sulfate derivative such as surfactant.
The surfactants are the cleansing base which means the foaming ingredients. It can also irritate and damage the skin leading to more frequent washing.
Preservatives used in liquid shampoo are often source of irritation. Most of these don’t respect the health of your horse as well as yours. Such preservatives are used as soon as water is added to the product. As liquid product contains 80% of water, they heavily rely on preservatives.
Labels and ingredients.
You can ask yourself why you can still found this products in shops ?
Their packaging represents millions of plastic bottles used every year and the products itself doesn’t respect the animal as well as the environment.
Its simply because the production cost of these products are cheap and their foaming efficiency is sufficient to.
In a changing world where environment concerns are our priority, I am certain that you want the best for your horse and for yourself; there is a few advice.
Have a close and attentive look at the label. In animal cosmetic, the INCI list is not mandatory, this list is composed of all ingredients used in the products and is mandatory for all products made for human consumption or use. Ingredients are listed due to their importance in the products, from the most used to the less used.
Reading a product’s label is a way to understand and be aware of what the product contain. To support you in the understanding of complex scientific names, numerous website will easily explain the use and the purpose of each ingredients.
Even if the INCI list cannot be always found in animal products, you will often find clues on the washing base used. If you encounter “sulfate”, often hidden behind wordy names such as “Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate”, you should avoid the product !
If you are looking at shampoo bars, go for the cold saponification. This process will not damage the natural properties of active ingredients. It is also an artisanal process which is not as polluting as industrial processes even if slightly more expensive.
As well as shampoo bar, powders are very interesting. They allow the use of soft ingredients which are well tolerated by animals. Preservatives are not needed in water-free products as it is the liquid that induces contamination risk and growth of harmful bacteria in cosmetics formulas.
All 2 shampoos of the organic 067 product range were made to answer the need of riders which desire to respect both, their horse’s health and the environment.
For a deep and soft clean, the hypoallergenic Shampoo Bar 067 007 originate from a cold saponification using extremely soft cleaning agents such as “cocoate sodium”. The soothing virtues of sheep milk nurtures the skin.
What make this product environmentally friendly is its longevity compare to liquid products as well as the lack of packaging.
The Calming Shampoo 067 005 was made to target irritated zone and injuries. The shampoo powder allows the product to easily foam on fragile area without hurting the animal. Its washing base is composed of cane sugar molasse which is hypoallergenic. It reduces itching on damaged areas and purifies them.