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Used this product for years, until recently...

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

32 people found the following review helpful

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Like a previous poster, I used this shampoo, and many of the other Jason Naturals shampoos for many years. I never really thought about studying the label beyond the highlights, which states that the shampoo is SLS free. For some reason recently, I decided to look at the label again, and wondered what one of first ingredients listed was: Sodium Myreth Sulfate. I was shocked after looking up the ingredient on the net, to find that it is nearly an identical, harh, cheap detergent, known to be an irritant just like SLS. If fact there is only a two atom difference between the two. Even some naturally derived ingredients are too harsh for the skin. Do some research, and you'll be amazed at what is in some of these so-called natural products. I contacted the company and they avoided discussing SMS, except to say that it is from a natural source, and that their lable complies with legal and government standards. A shame. Needless to say, I no longer purchase any of their products. There are alternatives...check out Dr. Bronner's castile soaps. Their own website has much more information about the misleading claims of many companies.

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Smell is too strong. Lingers on plasticware.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012

6 people found the following review helpful

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A year or so ago the almond smell of this product was changed from very subtle and natural, to a very strong one. The smell is so strong that it somehow bonds with plasticware. The lip of my travel coffee mug smells and tastes like this soap after washing. The other Dishmate fragrances are not as strong and are much more pleasing, and do not linger on plastic dishes afterward. I used to buy this scent all the time, and no longer buy due to the change.

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One of the only truly natural soaps available!

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

15 people found the following review helpful

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I recently switched to Dr. Bronner's castile soaps after discovering the Jason Naturals body wash that I've been using for years actually contains a nearly identical ingredient to SLS (Sodium Myreth Sulfate or SMS). There is only a two atom difference between the two, but technically they're different ingredients, so so-called "natural" companies can legally claim that there products are "SLS free". I was furious to find out that SMS may cause the same irritation and sensitivity that SLS does. Both ingredients are harsh detergents! After doing a little research, I found Dr. Bronner's website, where they actually discuss the many apparent misleading claims made by many well-known companies. They even filed a lawsuit against many of them for misrepresentation. To make a long story/review short, I've since tried Dr. Bronner's, and the difference of a truly natural product is immediately noticeable. I have very sensitive skin and dermatitis, and these soaps do not irritate or aggravate my condition. I use the soap for shampoo as well, since almost all shampoos contain a derivative or close cousin of SLS. Since the lather from shampoo runs down your face while rinsing, if the shampoo contains a harsh detergent, it can also irritate your face and eyes, even though you may be washing your face with a totally different product. You may want to use Dr. Bronner's baby or almond scent castile soap if you're also planning on using this for shampoo. I've found that I like to have a variety of the scents on hand, to switch between during the week. Some days you may feel like an invigorating start to your day and use the peppermint scent. Other days if you're feeling the effects of a cold or allergies, eucalyptus is great for clearing your sinuses. I use the tea tree for scalp and skin irritations such as dandruff and dermatitis (eczema is a form of dermatitis). The almond scent is a nice, calming, soothing scent. Obviously I can't say enough about Dr. Bronner's products, and no, I'm not affiliated with them in any way. I'm an almost 10-year iHerb customer and have learned alot about herbal and natural products over the years. The information available on this site is one of the many excellent resources out there to help educate consumers. Thanks for reading.

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Awful, heavy chemical smell and taste

Posted on Jul 18, 2013

2 people found the following review helpful

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This product might as well be bleach, because that's exactly what it smells like, especially after adding the "boosting" agent. The taste is a very heavy, awful chemical taste. After trying this product, I'm going back to a bottle of good, old fashion hydrogen peroxide, mixed 50/50 with water for a cheap, effective whitening mouthwash.

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Take a little adjusting to since most toothpastes contain SLS

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

5 people found the following review helpful

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This is a recent addition to the Tom's of Maine toothpaste line. In short, SLS is found in almost all toothpastes, including many natural brands such as Tom's of Maine. SLS is often found to be an irritant to many (in the mouth, the primary concern is that it may contribute to the development of canker sores). It is used in toothpaste predominantly because it is what is responsible for the foaming and consistency you're used to while brushing your teeth. With this SLS-free formulation, it took some getting used to, since there is the noticeable lack of foaming while brushing your teeth, and despite the peppermint flavor of the paste, there is a noticeable licorice taste that lingers (licorice root is used to provide the low-foaming quality). I don't mind the taste, but some who are used to a powerful mint taste may. I haven't had a canker sore since, and I like that I've eliminated one more chemical from the daily barage of the many found in our bath and body products.

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Love the product and scent--hate receiving leaking bottles!

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

1 person found the following review helpful

After years of being duped by other so-called "natural" brands of body washes and shampoos (they start out with natural ingredients and then chemically modify them, which unless stripped out at the end of the process, leave small amounts of potentially carcinogenic "unnatural" byproducts), I have switched exclusively to Dr. Bronner's soaps for showering. I love iHerb's low prices and generally efficient shipping, but the company's practice of not taping the caps of liquid products that are not otherwise sealed (per Dr. Bronner's, their company does not seal the caps so that customer's in retail stores can smell the product--a big selling point of their products). The result is often a leaking mess (although iHerb is nice enough to double bag the soap to contain the leak). If this happens to you, please contact customer support for a replacemet or refund. Hopefully iHerb will revisit and resolve this issue.

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Great alternative to chemicals and bleach in major brands

Posted on Aug 02, 2013

1 person found the following review helpful

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I've been using these tablets for years since I discovered there were many harsh chemicals and bleach in most major brands. There's no need to have such harsh ingredients to wash your dishes in and to add to contaminating our water supply. These tablets do a great job of just cleaning your dishes period. Nothing special or fancy about it. You need to know the hardness of your water to know how much detergent your automatic dishwasher needs (refer to your user's manual). For us, we break a tablet in half and that seems to do the job. How hot your water is is also a big factor to how clean your dishes will get.

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Contains SMS, a close cousin to SLS. Also experience shipping problem.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

1 person found the following review helpful

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I've used this and all of the scented body washes for years. One of the reasons is that I have sensitive skin and dermatitis, so I thought a natural product would be better and less irritating. I never thought to read beyond the label highlights which state that the product is "SLS free", an ingredient known and well-documented to be a common irritant, but still used in many products by many leading companies, due to its high-foaming quality and cheap cost. The main ingredient in these body washes is Sodium Myreth Sulfate or SMS, which I've discovered by doing some basic internet research, is a nearly identical ingredient to SLS, with only a two atom difference between the two. No wonder my skin condition hasn't improved much over the years of using this product! I was outraged and wrote the company, but of course they took the legal way out by denying any wrongdoing. They even sent me a form letter thanking me for my continued patrongage and a $7 refund check! This company was bought out years ago by a conglomerate well known for making herbal tea, and in my opinion, no longer produces the quality products I first discovered in my local health food store years ago. As for the shipping, yes, there has been an ongoing problem with iHerb shipping liquid products for years. You have a 50/50 chance of receiving liquid shampoos and body washes that have leaked during shipping. iHerb does package the containers in a plastic bag, but this does not keep the caps from loosening during shipping. Years ago they used to tape the caps, which largely solves the problem, but they do not anymore. The last response I received was that they do not tape caps due to an automated packaging process, and also tried to blame the manufacturer for producing flimsy caps. That is laughable since the manufacturer is not responsible for the secondary shipping of their product. Hopefully iHerb will revisit this policy and position. They will replace or refund the product, by what a waste and mess in the meantime.

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Contains SMS, which is nearly identical to SLS

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

1 person found the following review helpful

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Shame on Jason Naturals for apparently misleading customers by stating that the product is SLS free, when it's major ingredient is Sodium Myreth Sulfate, a virtually identical (two atom difference) ingredient. Both SLS and SMS are well documented irritants.

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Contains SMS, a known irritant

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

1 person found the following review helpful

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I feel duped by this company. For so long they were a leader in the organic/natural product industry. But now, something has happened. Take a look at the second ingredient in all of their body washes. It's Sodium Myreth Sulfate. Now look at the label that boldly states that the product is Sodium Laurly/Laureth free. There is only a two atom difference between the two--they are virtually identical. While technically correct, the label seems to be very misleading. In either case, both SLS and SMS are well documented irritants.

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No longer buy due to harsh detergent SMS

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

1 person found the following review helpful

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SMS is a virtually identical ingredient to the much more well-known SLS, in fact there is only a two atom difference. Legally the company can prominently claim on the label that the product is SLS-free, but SMS is still a chemically-altered form of a once natural ingredient, resulting in a modified unnatural detergent that is well-documented to be an irritant to many. Even more, the chemical modification process may leave traces of the carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane. Take some time and research the igredients in so-called "Natural" products. You'll be shocked that you (like me) have been duped for years. I now use Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps. Their website has much more information about these other ingredients and manufacturer claims.

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Contains SMS, nearly identical to SLS

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

1 person found the following review helpful

Shame on Jason Naturals for apparently misleading customers by stating that the product is SLS free, when it's major ingredient is Sodium Myreth Sulfate, a virtually identical (two atom difference) ingredient. Both SLS and SMS are well documented irritants.

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