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The Truth and Fiction about Propylene Glycol

By January 27th, 20216 Comments

The Truth and Fiction about Propylene Glycol
Tonya McKay of NaturallyCurly writes;

Propylene glycol is an ingredient found in many personal-care products, including shampoos, hair conditioners, and leave-in styling products. It is widely used because of its relatively low cost and versatile nature. Its inclusion in a formula can fulfill a variety of purposes, which makes it a popular choice by the cosmetics chemist. However, some manufacturers have recently made the decision to no longer include propylene glycol in their products.

My speculation is that this is possibly due to misinformation and propaganda circulated on the Internet, and elsewhere in the interest of marketing “natural” products. I am an avid supporter of using natural products whenever possible. and of avoiding putting toxins into our bodies whenever possible or practical. But I get frustrated by the dissemination of inaccurate and incomplete information in an attempt to frighten consumers into using different products. In this article, I seek to clear up some misconceptions about this chemical.


  • Sharonda says:

    I still feel comfortable using only natural ingredients in my hair, its now a way of life for me!!!

    Good info though, very informing!

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  • Anonymous says:

    Yes, I'm glad to see real science from a real scientist instead of people who don't understand what they are discussing spreading misinformation that gains way too much traction thanks to the internet…

  • Unknown says:

    I struggled with seborrhea dermatitis for over 20 yrs. After yrs of paying for doctors visits and many toxic prescriptions I found out that propylene glycol and mineral oil were the true reasons for these endless scabs that kept growing in my head. Definitely do your research but for me frizz is better than the scabs! And I've managed to find other ways to deal with the frizz too.

  • atribitt says:

    I am a chemist and this is an excellent article. Mostly I would like people to take away the point that marketing can be used to manipulate and mislead consumers. Do your research!

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    blah, blah, blah . . . lol. I will continue to avoid propylene glycol because any deodorant that I've used that lists it as an ingredient has given me major irritation, to the point where my skin is raw and oozing. I'm cool on that 🙂

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