OGX- Thick & Full Biotin& Collagen Shampoo

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Joseph Ndione
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The OGX shampoo has been one of my favorite shampoos for years as it is great for people with thick curly hair. I use a lot of oils and holds in my hair, so when I wash my hair, I want to make sure these get removed, and OGX’s shampoos have always been the most effective option. However, after further consideration of the evidence, it is clear that I as a consumer of this product must turn towards more sustainable and healthier options. I am interested in seeing if they stick to their commitments to the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment, as well as their master plan, but as of now I recommend alternative products. In addition, the lawsuits against them regarding the surfactant DMDM Hydantoin is also worrying as well, even if they are really transparent about the ingredients of their products. I recommend some zero waste shampoos and conditioners that are becoming increasingly available. The brand Ethique makes shampoo bars that are palm oil free, vegan, natural and cruelty free. Plaine products specializes in vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free, chemical-free and biodegradable hair products and use recycled aluminum bottles for their hair products as well. There are many other products out there that have greater sustainability like these products.

What it's made of:


The OGX biotin and collagen shampoo is free of microbeads, phthalates, parabens and sulfated surfactants. According to their website, all of their products are formulated with fragrances that ensure compliance with the International Fragrance Association’s global standards. They have also launched silicone-free and colorant-free products as well. However, the shampoos are not included in their silicone-free archive. The shampoo uses Olefin Sulfonate as its surfactant, which is what traps the oils on your scalp. The brand OGX has recently been sued after people have claimed that harmful chemicals that allegedly cause hair loss and scalp damage. One of the harmful ingredients is DMDM Hydantoin, a form of the carcinogen formaldehyde. DMDM Hydantoin, is also a surfactant, is not included in this product. The bottles are made of recyclable-plastic, but they are not made from recycled products themselves. Although I do feel like OGX is pretty transparent when it comes to their products, there are certainly more natural options out there that are more sustainable.

How it's made:


OGX products are make in Oldsmar, Florida, and is only sold in the United States at drug stores. To elaborate on surfactants, one portion of the molecule is oil compatible (soluble) while the other is water soluble. When a shampoo is applied to hair or textiles, the oil soluble portion aligns with the oily materials while the water-soluble portion aligns in the water layer. When a number of surfactant molecules line up like this, they form a structure known as a micelle. This micelle has oil trapped in the middle and can be washed away with water, thus giving the shampoo its cleansing power. In terms of the manufacturing process, I inferred from how traditional mass-produced shampoos are made. Large batches of shampoo are made in a designated area of the manufacturing plant. Raw materials, which are typically provided in drums, are delivered to the compounding area via forklift trucks. They are poured into the batch tank and thoroughly mixed. Depending on the formula, these batches can be heated and cooled as necessary to help the raw materials combine more quickly. Some raw materials such as water or the primary detergents are pumped and metered directly into the batch tank. Depending on the size and type of shampoo, making a batch can take anywhere from one to four hours. Then, the mixture is tested for quality and then poured into individual shampoo bottles. The process of making shampoo does seem like it takes a lot of energy, and since the brand is produced nationally and is sold on Amazon, their carbon footprint must be quite large.

Who makes it:


The brand OGX was bought by Johnson & Johnson in 2016. The brand is a part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy Global Commitment. In October 2018, in collaboration with the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment was launched, uniting more than 500 organizations behind a common vision and an ambitious set of targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source, by 2025. Signatories include companies representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally, as well as governments, NGOs, universities, industry associations, investors, and other organizations. In their about us, OGX claims “We’re beauty, pure and simple. So unattainable looks don’t inspire us, but originality does. That’s why we love being different; from our exotic ingredients, to the shape of our bottles, to our quest for sustainability, we approach beauty in our own way.” With regards to their sustainability initiatives, the brand is committed to developing formulas without formaldehyde donors, reducing the presence of fragrance allergens, and creating products with reduced environmental impacts. They have included a master plan on their website where by 2022, they are working to eliminate black plastic globally, and in the same year are going to launch bottles with post-consumer resin (PCR) in 2022 with an aspiration to get to 100% PCR bottles by 2030. By 2025 they are committed to making every bottle 100% recyclable or reusable. Although, I do applaud their efforts to their commitment to sustainability, for the consumer I recommend considering other more sustainable hair products since their current line of products are not sustainable at all.