Formaldehyde in Sunsilk shampoo

Below is a forwarded e-mail from my brother-in-law, Buddy. It caught my attention because Sam uses Sunsilk shampoo.

Para sa buhok na parang nirebond….

Sa mga gumagamit ng Sunsilk shampoo basahin nyo ito…

ei guys… alam nyo ba yung shampoo and conditioner na SUNSILK SUMMER FRESH?.. One of the ingredients of it is the “Formaldehyde” which is commonly called “Formalin”

– Yes, yung ginagamit pang embalsamo ng dead people.. scary noh? (See for yourself if you doubt about it).. everytime na nag shampoo tayo ng may Formaldehyde ingredients, parang enembalsamo na rin natin ang ating mga sarili.

Actually, I already called the Unilever Customer Care and confirm to them that “Formaldehyde is actually the Formalin, and they said, “Yes, its Formalin, but they just put to the shampoo, a little amount so that it is still safe to the people…”.. Pero diba, kahit little amount lang yung nilalagay nila sa shampoo but if everyday tayo gumagamit, everyday din nadadagdagan ang amount na nilalagay natin sa ating ulo na Formalin.

I also searched to the internet “What is Formaldehyde?” and here are some definitions of it:

A chemical used in manufacturing and chemical industries, and as a preservative by anatomists, embalmers, and pathologists. Being exposed to formaldehyde may increase the risk of developing leukemia and brain cancer.

is a colorless, strong-smelling gas. It is widely used in household products, such as glue, wood products, permanent press fabrics, flooring, cabinets, and furniture.

Although not common as a primary ingredient, formaldehyde is present as a contaminant in many consumer household products. It is an extremely potent carcinogen and respiratory irritant and may appear as a preservative. Products containing this chemical should be considered unacceptable.

and a lot more… mag search na lang kayo if you need more information about Formaldehyde. :-)

Hindi lang naman SUMMER FRESH ng SUNSILK ang may ingredients na Formaldehyde, yung SUNSILK Repair din nila na shampoo meron din. Personally, alarming sya dahil Formalin is not really good for our health. Though maganda nga hair natin, but still.. in long run.. if we keep using shampoo / conditioner na may content na Formaldehyde, bka preserve na ang body natin even if we are still alive. What’s the use of the good looking hair, if our health is at risk..

This e-mail is not for making bad impression to Sunsilk shampoo/conditioner. I just want to share my opinion regarding this alarming discovery. It’s up to you if you would care to think / reflect about it or not.

I have nothing against the SUNSILK SHAMPOO, its just that.. so far, sa Sunsilk ko lang kasi nakita ang Formaldehyde na content.

I checked the bottle of Sunsilk shampoo in the bathroom and it is true — Formaldehyde is listed among the ingredients. I checked the bottle of Johnson’s Kids shampoo and there was NO Formaldehyde among the ingredients. I also checked the bottle of Body Shop’s Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Formaldehyde was NOT among the ingredients.

I checked Sam’s Palmolive Conditioner and NO INGREDIENTS WERE LISTED. What the f…k???

I did a little digging and found this tidbit from Wikipedia:

In the body, formaldehyde can cause proteins to irreversibly bind to DNA. Laboratory animals exposed to large doses of inhaled formaldehyde over their lifetimes have developed more cancers of the nose and throat than are usual, as have workers in particle-board sawmills.

What would constitute “large doses”?

The (U.S.) National Cancer Institute says that “Although the short-term health effects of formaldehyde exposure are well known, less is known about its potential long-term health effects. In 1980, laboratory studies showed that exposure to formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats. This finding raised the question of whether formaldehyde exposure could also cause cancer in humans.”

I’d love to hear some medical opinion on the everyday use of shampoo with Formaldehyde in it.


      • says

        takesaku hahahahaha

        go ahead, auee. :)

        Pao, hindi ka una, moderated lang kasi yung comments. :)

        Jayme, that’s my question too because living in the Philippines means shampooing everyday. Hope the doctor-bloggers can give some opinions on this soon.

    • says

      shucks! buti i read this here. wala pa nagfo-forward sa akin ng email na yan. a lot of sunsilk products are being exported here (in bahrain) dahil madami ring pinoys dito. i also brought that particular sunsilk shampoo & conditioner when we were in Manila last March! lekat na yan! ggrrr! :(

        • lee says

          Weird, bakit walang Formaldehyde na ingridient yung mga sunsilk dito sa US. Bakit dyan sa atin meron?

          • jess says

            small amount when added up can build to enormous one. If I am going to ignore all products that has a small amount of Formaldehyde then I might see death sooner than expected. To play safe, avoid products that contains it. Back to basic, fresh and organic are the right way if you value your healthy life. No compromise.

          • Oink says

            Hello sa lahat. TO SHAMPOO OR NOT TO SHAMPOO…THAT IS THE QUESTION! hehehe! Sana po wag na natin gawing big deal ang bagay na ito…everybody has the right to express whatever s/he thinks as right o wrong, biased or not. Ms. Conie, i think your concern is important (health) as well as the concerns of Mr. Chito, Liz, etc. (the just amount of the “chemical” so…so..). Let us just do our responsiblity as consumers and as human beings. alm natin n responsibilidad ng lahat ng mamimili na alamin ang mga bagay bagay na tungkol sa kanyang binibili at ginagamit. at alam din dapat natin lahat na bilang tao may responsibilidad tayong alagaan ang ating sarili (kalusugan). maybe the best thing to do is to keep an eye sa ating products na pinapatronage at maging moderate lang din sa mga products na ginagamit natin na hindi “natural”. wala na kasing safe sa mundo natin (siguro..bihira- the right term). some may say their products are safe…some may lie…we do not know…nobody knows…you cannot trust anybody (hehe) just trust your instinct. pag harmful na effect ng product sayo,stop using it (just be sensitive enough sa katawan mo)…but if you like the product that much, kahit na you know that it has something “not good” in it, edi go on…just be moderate and ALWAYS FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: WASH HAIR THOROUGHLY…para maalis ang dapat hindi maiwan…hekhek! God Bless po sa lahat! Peace out!

          • Oink says

            Jesthony….di ako sure…mag gugo o niyog ka nalang…straight pa hair mo! di ba? seriously..parang pantene ata wala…peace out!

          • mandiwa says

            nung nag-grocery ako, tinignan ko isa-isa yung mga shampoo. lahat ng shampoo na gawa ng uniliver (except yung bago nila na Clear) at colgate-palmolive ay merong formaldehyde. Yung products ng procter and gamble ang wala (pero tulad nga ng sabi ko, di tayo nakakasigurado, malay mo di lang nakalagay.

    • says

      Ack! I’ve been using Sunsilk Summer Fresh for weeks! Thanks for posting this. I just finished a bottle and was planning to buy one again today. To think that I liked its “summer fresh” scent, may formaldehyde pala. If the manufacturers say they just place “small amounts,” I’m wondering if they made a study of the long term effects if you regularly use a shampoo that has formalin.

  1. says

    aw! nde pala akouna! :( hahaha! :lol:

    just checked vaseline shampoo, it’s currently our shampoo now and guess what? it also has formaldehyde in its ingredients.


  2. says

    The plot thickens, Sassy! Opo. Basta business at may pera (read:profit, profit, and more profit!) sa usapan, expect underhanded business strategies like this one. Cheapest preservative sa industry ang formalin, so what did you expect? Syempre, gagamitin nila yun.

    I think you should praise Sunsilk for being truthful about listing its true contents. Yun nga lang, you and I know na fine print ito. Who is meticulous enough to read the ingredients of a product? Mabusisi yung nagsulat ng email and may have had time on her hands kaya nakita nya. Almost all shampoos — even baby shampoos — have some amount of formalin in them. The thing is, MOST of these products DO NOT list the formalin content. Why? Obvious reason is para hindi matakot mga customers.

    Honestly, I can’t even name a single personal care product na walang trace ng formalin. A possible defense that product manufacturers will tell you is yun nga, trace amounts lamang naman, so why worry?

    Pero tama yung theory mo na repeated exposure can cause build-up, and yes, formalin is a probable human carcinogen. Pinaka-harmful na exposure is if you happen to drink it in high concentrations.

    It will be difficult to push the argument that the worldwide prevalence of cancers today is due to excessive use of personal home care products because (1) no one has really done a thorough study on it, and (2) it is unpopular to go against the big companies (quixotic journey, wika nga!). Until then, our theories will remain theories. As a friend, ang payo ko ay ingat na lang. Shampoo with moderation. :-)

  3. mari says

    i received this email from my friend. and surprise, surprise, sunsilk is my shampoo! ang hirap pa namang humanap ng hiyang sa buhok ko.

    • Emma Lyell says

      Hi, I’m a dermatologist. I frequently see patients with sensitivities to formaldehyde and formaldehyde donors (preservatives that release small amounts of formaldehyde as they degrade). Unless you have a similar sensitivity, the tiny amounts of formaldehyde/formaldehyde donors present in personal care products (a fraction of fraction of a percent)do not present a health concern. I speak here of North American products only – regulations that limit the amount of formaldehyde in other countries may be different. There are no known long-term effects on humans. When I say the amounts are tiny, let me put it in perspective – apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide, but no one would recommend staying away from apples because of the risk of cyanide poisoning. It’s simply too small to matter. As far as managing personal risk, I would feel comfortable saying that long term, you chance of getting cancer from shampoo is far smaller than your chance of developing bacterial infections from shampoo without preservatives.

      That said, many people develop sensitivities to it. On a professional level, I would like to see it removed from personal care products for this reason.

      In the interest of full disclosure, I did a summer internship with Unilever (makers of Sunsilk) several years ago, and found them to be a very ethical company, at least here in North America.

  4. says

    i’m using Sunsilk’s Get Hairapy collection and they work for my hair. I just looked at the labels, like lee already said, the
    Formaldehyde ingredient is not there. so that’s weird.

  5. says

    Doc Emer, thank you for that comment. Muntik ko na ihagis sa basurahan yung Sunsilk ni Sam. I don’t know how I feel — a mixture of frustration, helplessness and anger. But your words put a much needed perspective to the issue.

    mari and dexie, eh hayan, looks like whichever shampoo you choose, same-same lang.

      • says

        Malayo sa shampoo hehe.. pero: Watch out also for furniture and floors (that you will probably live with the rest of your life) made of MDF/HDF/particle board because these contain formaldehyde as adhesive. Fiber boards are classified by formaldehyde emmissions (E1 being the highest/safest rating, but subject of contention pa rin. some say even E1 still emit too much). Living with these furnitures/floors in your home exposes you continuously to formaldehyde emissions. (I forgot to mention to you in the car, sassy.. was busy swearing in my mind at the bad drivers LOL).

  6. pinaygourmand says

    Ms. Connie, I am not a doctor but was a pre-med student. I was also a Sunsilk user during my early youth days but I find it drying up my hair so I stopped using it. I knew it has formalin then but a small trace doesnt worry me later on, initially I was. Truth is even other cleaning agents have formalin.
    I took Biology, and part of my studies were dissecting and studying animals immersed in formaldehyde solution. There were numerous times that we students and my doctor professor prefer studying specimen with bare hands, no gloves just some petroleum jelly. We even learned to take snacks beside our specimen! Wala naman effect to us, I assume to other used to be pre-med students din.
    When I was a new Science major student and started making science research, naku I was so critical about everything. All the ingredients of every products in the groceries, binubusisi ko and it takes hours. I hated the false advertisements too. Now, I don’t let it bother me too much though I still choose the best products according to my used to be scientific studies back in college.

  7. says

    whoa, it seems like wala tayong choice as consumers kung lahat naman ng products may formalin. magtatanim na lang ako ng aloe vera…

    • says

      Hay! My DD1 uses the Summer fresh! Itatapon ko na yun mamaya. I am gonna forward your email to my friends. Thanks for sharing this Connie.

  8. says

    was reading doc emer’s response.

    so pano… gugo or alovera na lang? :)

    btw, mommy connie, im so glad to have finally met you. sana we can meet again and get to know each other more. and hello to your cool kids :)

  9. Savannah says

    Not only does Sunsilk have Formaldehyde content, but so do Palmolive and Creamsilk. Luckily, Head and shoulders doesn’t have it on their ingredients or else I have nothing else to use everyday.

      • says

        hi connie, i read the email as well. i have yet to check the one i use has it too. there are lots of things in our daily products we have to really check. for example, most health and beauty products use parabens, which are used as preservatives. (there are some said links of parabens and cancer) also, some vaccines include thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative). these are the things we don’t want in our body, but who really knows what we eat and use in our daily lives?

  10. says

    My husband uses Sunsilk Black, and I checked it this morning while I was having bath. Guess what, meron ngang Formaldehyde ingredient dun. :-(

    Masama nga kaya yan?

    • Elaine S. Repatacodo says

      hey guys!!! the email made me think twice though i hav only used once in my life the sunsilk summer fresh shampoo. i agree on one of the comments above that who knows that almost all the products or cosmetics we use have this for…. but companies just don’t put it so not to scare their consumers…. well….. tama nga naman… sabagy me bibili pa rin… kasi paki ba ng iba ang ganyaneh di nila lam yon…. at nagbabasa nga ba sila gaya ko hehehe. but the best is back to basic… bahala na kayo if what ios BASIC….

      anyway, thanks sa column na ito t air my thoughts……

      • says

        bakit ngayon lang ako napadpad d2? the whole summer e2 ang ginagamit ko…. kabibili ko pa nga lang…. e2 itatapon ko na ang mga 2. copy ko ‘tong email na to ha at post ko sa blog ko din para mabasa pa ng iba.

        • says

          Ang Formaldehyde o Formain makadugang diay sa pagkuyanap sa peligrosong balatian sama sa leukemia og brain cancer. Apan gisagol sa sunsilk?! Kapit-os uyamot!! :-O

          • says

            I’m more inclined to believe the expert opinion of a disinterested third party like Doc Emer than pronouncements of the company that is bound to lose millions with information like this.

        • maldita says

          btw here’s another email forwarded para sa sagot about this issue

          Formaldehyde is widely used across many industries, and it has been used safely as a preservative in personal care products for many years. Preservatives are key ingredients to ensure product safety by helping prevent product contamination. Without preservatives, products would be
          susceptible to bacterial contamination which could result in poor efficacy or an increased risk to consumer health.

          Unilever’s use of formaldehyde to preserve personal care products is extremely limited and is used only in certain formulations where appropriate. As with any ingredient, we undertake detailed safety assessments before using formaldehyde to ensure that it preserves a
          formulation safely and effectively.

          Unilever’s primary concern is for the safety of its consumers. No ingredient may be used by Unilever without prior approval from its global SEAC (Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre). The safe use of formaldehyde in personal care products has been established through numerous positive
          safety risk assessments, decades of experience, and continues to be supported by legislation in many parts of the world.

          In the Philippines, Unilever’s personal care products such as shampoos undergo product safety tests and passes through the Department of Health’s Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) for approval. The formaldehyde used in our shampoo formulations is at an extremely low level – well within the legally approved levels.

          Please let us know how we can be of further assistance. Our warmest regards and gratitude for your continued patronage.

          Once again, Thank you very much!

          Unilever Philippines
          1351 U.N. Ave., Mla.
          Consumer Advisory Service
          Direct Line: 588-8800

          • pinaygourmand says

            If a shampoo and other personal cleaning agent with a trace of formalin bothers us, ever thought of the vegetables with formalin? The artificial sweeteners, artificial juices, softdrinks and others that we actually ingest.
            Sa totoo lang let us compare the life span of people long long time ago and ngayon. It all contributes to the truth that due to civilization all these chemicals used for commercialization really have destuctive effects.
            If consumers really want the truth, ask most pre-med students kasi they do numerous series of laboratory studies of consumer products in the market and they dont get any profit for such. You’ll be amazed and surprised! Madaming studies that can be alarming and definitely will affect big companies. And it can caught global attention. Think about the bottled waters and even those “anti-baterial” soaps and the likes.
            Being enlightened about the real deals do make a family’s lifestyle twist. But then kahit anong ingat, we cant be 100% free from all these unwanted substances.

  11. maldita says

    Hindi lang naman ang shampoo meron nun. Marami pang iba tulad ng mga household products. Pati mga Cosmetics, Toothpaste. (Try ninyo i search)

    Kahit yung mga artificial sweeteners, meron nun tulad ng nutrasweet, equal, etc. na nilalagay din sa mga diet colas.

    Sa ibang lugar (sa mundo) banned na ang mga pagkaing may Aspartame (artificial sweetner) lalo na sa mga pambata.

    Ang Aspartame ay naglalaman ng 10% methanol na kapag nainitan ay nagiging formaline. Kaya mas maige taw gamitin ito sa mga cold drinks.

    Pero kapag ito naman ay pumasok sa ating katawan at tinunaw sa loob ng tummy nagiging formaline pa rin siya. Dava.

  12. says

    Sana man lang kasi, may transparency.

    Problem is that government agencies in charge of approving these goods aren’t doing their jobs. Even the USFDA was suspect in the approval of Monsanto corn. Lalo na dito sa Pilipinas. Grabe, ang daming food stuff in the supermarkets walang list of ingredients.

    • rhoeniext says

      lahat ng shampoos and conditioners may formaldehyde.. it’s just a little amount and the manufacturer might know na kung sumobra eh risky na sa health… “desS” is right, kung ayaw nyong gumamit ng product na may formaldehyde even small amount lang eh di wag na kaung magshampoo, magguggo nalang kau.. hehehe…

  13. lEn says

    actually, almost all shampoos and conditioners have a formalin content. but pantene, rejoice and imported ones dont have formalin. i wonder why.

    • lEn says

      Formaldehyde: It is a colorless gas with vapors that are extremely irritating to mucous membranes. Used in nail polish and hardeners, soap, cosmetics and hair growing products. Due to it’s bad name it is sometimes hidden under the name DMDM hydantoin or MDM hydantoin. Its trade-name is Formalin. Released by imidazolidinyl urea. Causes dermatitis, and ingestion can cause severe abdominal pain, internal bleeding, vertigo, coma, and a loss of ability to urinate. It is very toxic when inhaled, a severe skin irritant, and a suspected carcinogen that is linked to cancer. Its use in cosmetics is banned in Japan and Sweden.

      • chito macapagal says

        message for Rei.

        Thank you for airing your concern. If Miss Connie and you will allow me .

        Aking lang pong maliit na suggestion ay ikonsulta po o ipagtanong ninyo sa isang kaibigang Doktor ang issue na ito. Sa isa po sanang Qualified na Dermatologist. Aking pong palagay na kayo ay kanilang mapapaliwanagan at mabibigyan ng balanseng opinyon tungkol dito.

        A simple analogy in this case will be chlorine in water . We have to use the safe amount to treat it and protect us from getting sick when we drink it. But a high dose and exposure to it may be bad and even fatal. Same is true even with some vitamins.Take the right amount and it is ok , but if you overdose it can be toxic.

        The amount of formaldehyde in your shampoo which is used as a preservative is so minute ,so small, because it was meant to protect the product /shampoo in this case from getting and growing germs even fungus thus protecting the consumer who uses it.

        At that level we can categorically say it is very safe and has been certified safe for any consumer to use. The same minute amount washes off as you rinse your hair. ( Ito po as sobrang kakaunti sa produkto at ito po ay naaalis sa inyong buhok sa pagbabanlaw ninyo ).

        The ingredient is also declared and indicated in the label of the product.

        If you have time ,Kindly try going through our website ( ) to know more about us and what we endeavour to do for the community and the environment, particularly in Clean Water, Health and Hygiene and Nutrition for grossly malnourished Children for many years now.

        We are continuously trying our best to be a socially responsible citizen . Our thousands of employees together with tens of thousands more whose livelihood depends on our company can attest to that.

        Our simple plea is for you to take a little time to know us.

        Maraming Salamat po.

        • aqui aquino says

          Re comment #50 of Connie, I say exactly and I agree wholeheartedly. The companies who put them on their ingredients list are being transparent.

          But I would put forward the opinion that there has been lots of studies done on formalin. Just google the word “formaldehyde” and you would find a lot of technical materials (including measured normal and safe levels) in a lot of publications.

          Formalin is just formaldehyde mixed with alcohol and sold commercially. The biggest user of this chemical is the wood and textile industry. If you enjoy the smell of newly installed wood furniture you are inhaling more than normal levels of formalin.

          I remember when I used to go to Divisoria with my Mom to buy textile, my eyes hurt a lot whenever they unroll those bundles of new textile. That was formalin being used as a preservative for the textile against insect infestation/damage. So when you smell those new fabrics, you are again inhaling formalin.

          Anything in excess is bad. Those who are enjoy their “tocino” – the nitrate preservatives used there are also carcinogenic, in excess. Salt is bad in excess, even medication is bad in excess.

          There is very recent news of a young athlete who died after her body absorbed too much methyl salicylate – the key ingredient in muscle pain killer creams like BenGay. Does this mean we should now campaign for a total ban on BenGay? If anybody is interested, read the news on or

          So the key to healthy living is moderation. And I still think minute amounts of formalin in shampoo (how often and how much shampoo do you use anyway) is nowhere near the definition of large quantities.

  14. chito macapagal says

    Reply to Formaldehyde in Sunsilk Shampoo


    I came across your column last May 31 2007 in Manila Standard and checked out your blogsite as well.

    First of all i would like to thank you for your balance and fair view on the use of formaldehyde in shampoo . I felt through the exchange of comments in your site that you are still searching for some answers regarding this matter.

    First of all ,allow me to introduce myself , I am Chito Macapagal of Unilever Philippines . I am currently the Corporate Development VP and has been with Unilever for 30 years. It is easier I think to learn about what I do by simply googling me. I also have a science background being an Engineer and has worked in various Unilever plants here and overseas for many years.

    Before I go into the rumors, misconceptions and science about this ingredient in shampoo allow me to say that like yourself and many of the people who have shared their views in your site , I too am a parent. I too am a Sunsilk user for decades with some bouts of lapses from time to time to try out if there is any other product that is better. I use Sunsilk shampoo everyday and so is the rest of my family.

    On that simple statement and premise therefore I would not put myself and my family at risk if any of the product we manufacture and use are not safe. Internally in Unilever, we are known to be the worst critics of our own products as we have family members, relatives and friends who choose and use our brands.

    With the above as an introduction, please allow me to state some facts which are supported by science and not by presumptions and conclusions based on flawed premises.

    I wish to share with you facts about the safety of our hair care products and about formaldehyde in shampoos.
    The facts are as follows.

    1. Like any other chemical , formaldehyde can be harmful to human health at very high levels or when used in the wrong way. That is why there are limits for its safe use in cosmetics which are set by government regulatory bodies may it be here or abroad and assure consumer safety.
    Unilever strictly complies with these limits in all markets world wide. Here in the Philippines the formaldehyde in our Sunsilk shampoo uses half the limit or amount set by the regulators
    2. Formaldehyde is widely used around the world at very low levels in cosmetic products for many decades now
    This has been pointed by a respondent in your blog ,Maldita – ” Hindi lang naman shampoo meron nun. Marami pang iba tulad ng mga household products.pati mga cosmetics, toothpaste. ” Which brings us to a fact that formaldehyde has many other uses.
    3. Formaldehyde is used to prevent the growth of germs in Sunsillk. Germs can damage consumer health and spoil the product, particularly in warm climates like the Philippines. A respondent in your blog , Emma Lyell a dermatologist rightfully said ” Long term , your chance of getting cancer from shampoo is far smaller than your chance of developing bacterial infections from shampoo without preservatives”. The preservative is therefore used to ensure consumer safety during use and storage .

    Personally, I fully subscribe to your comment to have an independent and disinterested third party to express their medical opinions on this matter.

    Let me quickly address some misleading allegations contained in the circulated email.
    1. That, ” Evertime na nag shampoo tayo ng may Formaldehyde ingredients, parang enembalsamo na rin natin ang ating mga sarili” ( everytime we use a shampoo with formaldehyde, we are getting ourselves embalmed ).

    A more correct statement is that everytime we use shampoo with formaldehyde or any other preservative, we are assured that the product is well preserved and is free from bacterial contamination.

    Comparing the embalming process to shampooing is totally absurd. Don’t you think so?

    2. That , “Everyday tayo gumagamit, everyday din nadadagdagan ang amount na nilalagay natin sa ating ulo na formalin.”( Everyday we use shampoo,everyday the amount of formalin is accumulated on our head ).

    let me say that all ingredients used in shampoo are safe at the levels used in the products. Our products are therefore safe for their intended everyday use and handling.

    To add, formaldehyde is water soluble , therefore it will wash away during rinsing .

    On a final note please allow me to cite the comment I have read that was shared in your blog by Pinaygourmand who was a pre-med student.
    She wrote that they have been using formaldehyde in their Biology class where specimens such as animals are submerged in formalin. At times they are working on their specimens with bare hands. ….etc etc.
    As she has rightfully assumed ,this is practiced by medical students.

    On another personal note , my son is a medical student as well and I can confirm that it has been their practice in their Biology class as well when he was in pre-med. I suppose they have been educated in the safe use of formaldehyde. Their exposure is nothing in comparison to shampooing ones hair. Should we therefore ask our children not to go to Medical School ? You can carry and extend this argument forever. That is the kind of absurdity I have been trying to point out.

    I felt the need to put this issue in its proper perspective thus I am responding ,sharing , and affirming the comments based on science and realities . On another note, this concern on formaldehyde has been around in the net a few years back and was just recycled. However , our brand was singled out this time around.

    My only prayer is that whoever has circulated this one has good intentions and that the email was not initiated and circulated as a cheap shot and a malicious smear campaign against Sunsilk which is now the leading brand of shampoo in the market. I also hope that this is not the work of an irresponsible person(s) whose objective is to stir and create unnecessary public paranoia.

    May I thank you for opening up a channel for some of us to help clarify this issue.


  15. says

    Chito Macapagal, first of all, everything you said in your comment has already been expressed by commenters. It’s not as though every comment here requires your validation; it’s not as though their truth or falsehood depends on your agreement or disagreement.

    I belong to a class of bloggers and media writers who believe there is a difference between personality and issue. You are entitled to make all the defense/affirmations (not that they make any difference to me) but attacking the author of the original email, questioning motives and creating an overall impression that malice enters the picture is really juvenile. You have already addressed the issue, redundantly so, was there really a need to get personal…

    But since you’ve started it, you have opened yourself to the very same criticism. You say that you are “responding, sharing , and affirming the comments based on science and realities”.

    Whose science and whose realities? Don’t make the mistake of assuming that everyone believes that company-sponsored researches are accepted as gospel truth by everyone.

    It’s not as if your statements alone are the ultimate affirmations and/or denials that should put the matter to rest especially since you are a biased party — a paid mouthpiece of Unilever. You can claim all you want that your entire family uses Sunsilk and no one will know if that’s true or false. I believe it’s called a self-serving statement.

    In reference to Maldita’s comment which you seed to so love, re “Unilever’s primary concern is for the safety of its consumers.”

    LOL Oh come on. Nice line but it won’t work for people capable of thinking and understanding the dynamics of a multinational corporation.

    Unilever as a for profit multinational company which will always have profits for its primary concern.

  16. villkram says

    I do care for my health.
    I wasnt shocked that formaldehyde really is carcinogenic.
    Eh kahit sa elementary tinuturo na to eh.
    And such substance has long been used by a lot of shampoos, hair products, and some other products. Formaldehyde connotes negative idea on our minds which we usually associte with embalming.

    This gives it a bad reputation.

    Formaldehyde when taken in in smaller amounts can be tolerated by our defense system, with exception sa mga hypersensitive, talagang mangangati ka. Everyday use of such shampoo containing formaldehyde will not toally lead to accumulation (biochemical magnication), unless taken internally. Ma wawash off din ito sa hair natin pag nag ligo tayo ulit.

    So very little chance na ma poison tayo. Mas greater ang chance pag gumamit ka ng dyes kasi mas carcinogenic lahat ng compounds ng lead eh. Which main ingredient of hair dye.

    Lets just make sure that only tolerable amounts where being mixed by manufacturing companies sa mga products na binibili natin, at tama ung mag inquire mismo sa companya.

    But for those who are really scared ,play safe, gumamit ka ng gugu, or wag nalang mag shampoo.

    • len says

      hi, a cousin of mine forwarded an email re: formalin in sunsilk. true enough that when i checked the bottle, i found that formaldehyde is indeed a component of sunsilk and creamsilk!!! i was so shocked, i just got back from the philippines last month and i brought a $200 worth for sunsilk and creamsilk for my one year supply. i was very disappointing (i was a loyal sunsilk and creamsilk user)and what a waste of money!!! well, i guess i have no choice but to put these products in the trash were it belong!!!

      • Rei says

        Thanks sa internet. naforward ko na yan sa friendster. pati sa bulletin ko. kaso ung iba ayaw maniwala. sabi nila konti lng naman daw kasi ang formaldehyde na content ng said shampoo. so eion. Lets be health wise na lang siguro. It doesn’t mean na they have Good advertisements with best selected models or celebrities eh masasabi mong ok na ung product nila. haaaay tao rin ang gumagawa ng ikapapahamak niya… iba narin ung wise dba? saka maganda naren na we try to research ang have our words with basis. basta LAHAT PO NG SOBRA MASAMA. kahit na sabihin mo pang konti lang ang content ng shampoo na yan ng formaldehyde still meron paren. what if kung gumamit ka ng shampoo eh kulang pa sau ang isang sachet? wala rin dba? unhealthy paren. anyways, hindi lang sunsilk ang my content ng formaldehyde. check nio na lang pag bumili kau. God speed.

    • Rei says

      Message for: Chito Macapagal of Unilever Philippines

      Sir, I know that every company have researchers. like biochemistry researchers. and I am aware that they know about the effect of formaldehyde before this issue came cross to the people have they tried researching on other probable chemicals aside from formaldehyde? that has a lesser effect on the health of the people.
      we know, that the environment we are living is not that condusive for life. because man made the world at it’s worst. Some people are just concentrated in earning money for the benifit of their welfare. i think Ms. Connie is right, we just need “Transparency”.

      And people who work in big companies like “you” should also suggest to your Proprietor something that is health wise and will benifit the people, “Consumers” per se. Not only the pockets of the Producers of the said product.

      Just remember Health is Wealth…

      God Bless…

      • says

        chito macapagal, if you will care to read the comments aside from those that share your propaganda, comment #12 was written by a doctor whose credentials you will find in his blog. If you’re a blog newbie, his name is a link to his blog.

        Re “We are continuously trying our best to be a socially responsible citizen.”

        Yeah, right, “socially responsible” being a very subjective phrase. As in socially responsible to your company.

        Re your website. Every company website talks about things that will make it good in the eyes of the public. So, never mind the self-serving advertising. If your website were fair, it would contain a section about ALL the cases filed against Unilever and how many were settled out of court.

        I dare you to be FAIR.

        • Aqui Aquino says

          I am an engineer working in Saudi Arabia for the last 5 years and I have been connected with various food establishments (in RP and in KSA) in the last 30 years. So I have been regularly scanning related articles on health and nutrition.

          I do not know why we get so worked up over this issue. First of all, the fact that the ingredients are declared makes me feel better because it means that they have been approved by all the government control bodies. Despite all the negatives we say about our gov’t, I have dealth with FDA in the past and I can assure everyone they are very strict on these kind of issues. It takes about a year of study by FDA before these kind of formulations are approved.

          Secondly, I invite everyone to have a 2nd look at he Wikipedia article where it says on the 2nd paragraph, “Formaldehyde readily results from the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing materials. It may be found in the smoke from forest fires, in automobile exhaust, and in tobacco smoke. In the atmosphere, formaldehyde is produced by the action of sunlight and oxygen on atmospheric methane and other hydrocarbons. Small amounts of formaldehyde are produced as a metabolic byproduct in most organisms, including humans.”

          Somewhere in the middle of the article it also says, “An aqueous solution of formaldehyde can be used as a disinfectant as it kills most bacteria and fungi (including their spores). It is also used as a preservative in vaccinations. In medicine, formaldehyde solutions are applied topically to dry the skin, such as in the treatment of warts.”

          So, it is used as a preservative in vaccines, it is applied on the skin, small amounts of it is produced by your own body, it is present in the air as a by-product of combustion – what is then the worry about minute amounts of it being used in shampoos, which at any rate is controlled and monitored by FDA?

          I implore everyone to be logical and not be carried by too much emotion about these things.

          Regards to all.

          • says

            Am I supposed to attack other MNCs in an entry about Unilever’s Sunsilk? Mag-isip ka naman, Liz.

            Re me exaggerating. You say you guess. Well you guessed wrong.

            Your bias is showing through with whose statements you unquestioningly accept as facts.

          • Elle says

            while i agree that it is alarming to find formalin in a shampoo [since i do use it] and i know as dr emer explained that constant exposure may be bad, i decided to read up a bit on formalin and found that it’s primarily water soluable – so my understanding is that small amount used in shampo gets washed out when you rinse your hair. i’m also assuming there’s even less of it when you dilute the shampoo before using it on your hair. so i dont think i’ll be throwing my bottle out just yet. i’ll probably be searching for products to alternate it with.

            it really is frustrating that some companies give a truthful list of ingredients in their product information. [i think i’m one of the few people who actually reads product information before buying it.] and i really think it’s an issue that should be addressed by all the other personal care companies. i agree with dr emer that it’s a good thing unilever lists all their ingredients down – while a lot of other companies dont. [just because it isnt listed doesnt mean it’s there right?] shouldnt all the other companies do the same thing?

            anyway im just a little puzzled in how you’ve responded to that chito guy. while im not all for drinking the kool aid i think he was polite enough in his response. i do know you’re all for hearing everyone’s side but i dont think you had to be so mean about it. hey, at least he took time out to clarify stuff about their product rather than just ignore it. i really doubt he’s just some webmonkey hired by the corporate giant to make consumer life difficult.

            anyway really i think your post will definitely make me continue to read all the product information on the stuff i buy and use :D

          • Jing says


            I’m thankful for the blog-owner for bringing this concern in the open. I have received a forwarded email containing the blog. Initially i was a bit concerned because i also use the product and even bought the summer fresh variant in volume since it’s a limited edition. this urged me to do additional research. as mentioned by some of those who have posted their comments here, yes formaldehyde is a common ingredient in toiletries and cosmetics (so your lipstick may contain it as well), for the reason that it’s needed to preserve the products and prevent bacterial build up.

            i believe that formaldehyde has been present since time immemorial in the products that we have been using. it’s just that we haven’t really paid that much attention. small amounts may even be present in the houses where we live or offices where we spend 8-10 hours a day. if we get paranoid of all the chemicals we inhale everyday and get exposed to, we might just as well stay at home and think ourselves safe. but i guess that’s the price of technology and advancement. that’s why medicines have side-effects or we get adverse reactions from some of the food we eat. the point is, all the products we apply on our body or take in contains a certain degree of chemicals that may at excessive doses be harmful but at a small scale has a use.

            i admire unilever’s honesty in disclosing the information in their products. some companies may not disclose it on their products because they may justify it as an unintentional ingredient– some government regulating bodies may only require that ‘intentional’ ingredients be disclosed. by ‘unintentional’ – it means that the product may contain formaldehyde as a component of another chemical ingredient. sometimes it’s just unfortunate that it’s those honest companies that get the brunt of the pack simply by being honest. i am sure that being a multi-national company, who’s products affect the people worldwide, they have responsibly researched and ensured that the products they release to the masses are safe.

            please don’t get me wrong, i am not in anyway connected with unilever (well, except for being a sunsilk user). i work for a pharma company but more than that i’m just a regular consumer like the rest of you. i think it’s just sometimes unfair that we attack these companies with a complete bias. if the original intent of the circulated message was malicious, let’s also consider that these companies have people–human beings-working with them. the scientists and researches working for them are human beings who i trust are ethical and would not let poisonous products be distributed to the masses. they have certain degree of standards to ensure safety. we also have government regulating bodies who check on these companies. so i think what the guy, chito, has said, is a fair statement.

            what we should be more wary of are the fake products circulating in the market, being sold in the sidewalks. divisoria, etc that doesn’t pass through any standards whatsoever. nor do they pass any government regulating bodies. i see a lot of fake shampoos, toothpastes, etc. sold at super low prices in the sidewalks and a lot of people are consuming it. it’s those products that we should be warned of. who knows what ingredients those backyard factories have been mixing to come up with a copy of the original.

            anyway, i also would like to acknowledge the owner of this blog for being open and give the opportunity for people to air their opinions on this issue. here’s a few tips to keep our homes safe from toxins brought about by chemicals (like formaldehyde) present in a lot of construction materials.

            be safe everyone.


            Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), 8.5, all indoor air toxins.
            Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), 8.5, all indoor air toxins.
            Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii),8.4,benzene,trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
            Rubber plant (Ficus robusta), 8.0, formaldehyde.
            Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Dracaena deremensis, ‘Janet Craig’), 7.8, all indoor air toxins, especially cigarette smoke.
            English ivy (Hedera helix), 7.8, formaldehyde.
            Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii), 7.8, xylene (found in paints, solvents and adhesives).
            Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii ‘Alii’), 7.7, all indoor air toxins.
            Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’), 7.5, formaldehyde .Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.), 7.5, alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.
            Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’), 7.5, all indoor air toxins.
            Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), 7.5, all indoor air toxins.
            Kimberley Queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata), 7.4, all indoor air toxins, especially formaldehyde and alcohols.
            Florist’s mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium), 7.4, formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
            Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) 7.3, all indoor toxins.
            Dracaena ‘Warneckei’ (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckei’), 7.3, benzene.
            Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata), 7.0, xylene and trichloroethylene.
            Red emerald philodendron (Philodendron erubescens), 7.0, all indoor air toxins.
            Syngonium (Syngonium podophyllum), 7.0, all indoor air toxins.
            Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans), 6.6, all indoor air toxins.

          • says

            Jing, you say “i work for a pharma company”

            You bear the bias of the corporate culture of which Unilever is very much a part. Very obvious from the way you defend multinational’s products and cast asperity on unbranded products.

            What you say about stuff from sidewalks — that’s the standard line of anyone working for multinationals that stand to lose so much from competition. Multinational phrama companies are leeches that bleed this country dry.

            “i think it’s just sometimes unfair that we attack these companies with a complete bias.”

            well, i think it’s wrong to defend these companies with a complete bias, especially when the bias is money-driven.

            “i believe that formaldehyde has been present since time immemorial in the products that we have been using.”

            and that makes it alright? LOL

            “the scientists and researches working for them are human beings who i trust are ethical and would not let poisonous products be distributed to the masses.”

            Speak for yourself. I pity you.

            “that’s why medicines have side-effects or we get adverse reactions from some of the food we eat.”

            spoken like a true pharma company employee. Soooo I suppose you will defend drug patents too — the very thing that allows pharma companies to dictate its prices even though it may spell death for a lot of people.

          • mandiwa says

            When I first read this, I immediately looked at the ingredients of my shampoo and conditioner. I’m using head and shoulder and creamsilk. Well, creamsilk does have formaldehyde, but not head and shoulder. (But how sure can we get, ne?). Well, I stopped using creamsilk anyway, just playing safe.
            But come to think of it, there are no safe products nowadays with all the preservatives and other chemicals on them. If you really want to be safe, just go for “organic”.
            Btw, my best friend is a chemist. She had worked on different companies, had developed some of the shampoos in the market. I asked her about formaldehyde, and she said that it’s not that harmful, as people think of it, if used properly. She’s exposed to different chemicals, and she’s fine and healthy.
            The decision is up to us, the consumers. So, I guess, partly, we are responsible to patronize the product or not. If we’re okay with it, go ahead and buy it. If not, then don’t, or even boycott the company.

          • jesthony says

            Ano pa pobang shampoo ang may mga formaldehyde bukod sa sunsilk at ano naman po ang shampoong walang formaldehyde o formalin para maka pag ingat naman po ako kasi po sunsilk rin po ang shampoo ko iyung pong sunsilk yung kulay light green ! thank you nalang po !!!!!!!

        • says

          shocking…!!!dis is really a bad bad news,sayang ang ganda pa naman niya sa hair tapoz ganyan lang pala…..ohhh grave…..di me mkapaniwla….lumalabas pa yan sa t.v kung aq sa inyo report nio yan kc dva ang daming maprepreserve na alive na tao…,,,wawa naman cla …..dats ol taink yo…. BOW!!!!!


          • ivan says

            hello. permission to copy the blog entry and save it for future reference. thanks and regards!

          • Tey says

            the good old fashioned gugo is really the best..and our local herbal shampoos and soaps truly give life to our hair..

          • desS says

            a, now ko lang naread ung tungkol dito sa issue at nakuuuuuu! talaga namang kinabahan ako kc nga basta tungkol sa health e masyado akong concern. nalaman ko nga lang un tungkol dito kc ung co-teacher ko may nareceive na message tungkol dito.

            ito lang ang po comment ko..

            sana mabasa pa ito..

            kay mr. chito, ok ka po! kasi obvious sa mga explanations mo na you do know what it is that your company produce na hindi naman makakasama sa mga tao..

            kay ms. jing, ok ka din po! kasi in your intelligent point of view, sinasabi mo lang yung totoo kasi in line naman un sa career mo.

            kay ms connie, na may-ari nitong blog na ito, matanong ko lang: NAGHIHIRAP KA NA BA? Parang galit na galit ka sa Unilever? Ano ba gusto mo mabuhay forever? LAHAT TAYO MAMAMATAY! Natural man o hindi, dahil sa cancer man o sa formalin, the issue is, YOU ARE AFRAID TO DIE. Hindi mo papahabain itong issue na ito kung meron ka pang ibang magagawa sa buhay mo.

            Nakakatawa kasi isipin na napaka-ignorant ng maraming tao sa lahat halos ng bagay na nagyayari sa mundo, but hey, after all is said and done… WALANG SENSE DIN LAHAT KASI mamamatay din tayo and anything that we have done will be forgotten.

            You should care less of whatever is the content of anything that we buy or consume kasi hindi naman un yung issue eh, ung gaano ba katagal ang buhay mo o kung gaano ka ba ka-HEALTHY nabuhay. NO! Ang tanong ay saan ka pupunta after mo mamatay? Un ang PINAKAMAHALAGANG CONCERN na dapat isipin ng lahat ng nilalang na TAO.

            un lang po.

          • anabenjoedmon says

            wahhhhhhh grabe….. lil by lil it will destroy our scalp…. nag shashake knees namin… beware yah mwahh

          • gerra says

            what’s the use of avoiding the use of shampoo with Formaldehyde, when it is being used in other products that we commonly use..

          • says

            About Formaldehyde: How Formaldehyde is Used
            When you wash your hair or brush your teeth, you’re using toiletries that are made safer because they are preserved against the growth of bacteria.

            Formaldehyde has been routinely used for decades in hundreds of products. Some of them touch your body every day and you don’t even know it. Many different resins are created from formaldehyde. These resins in turn are used to create other compounds having different properties. These compounds can be used as preservatives in personal hygiene products because they kill bacteria or used to make other products more effective in terms of foaming action such as soaps and detergents. These products improve your hygiene and subsequently your health.

            The science behind the use of this simple molecule is extensive. Chemistry has allowed the responsible use of formaldehyde in all kinds of every day products such as plastics, carpeting, clothing, resins, glues, medicines, vaccines and the film used in x-rays.

            The very first times that you encounter formaldehyde as a child, you don’t know it, but it’s the medium in which you receive vaccinations for childhood diseases. These include diphtheria, polio and influenza, to name a few.

            Formaldehyde probably makes its first lasting impression during biology class when young students dissect their first frogs. Other students may be presented with fetal pigs for dissection. In either case, the animals have been preserved with formaldehyde to ensure that the organ systems remain intact for anatomical investigation. It’s also used to preserve cadavers for use by medical schools in teaching human anatomy.

            Along with the memories of that first dissection many students also remember the pungent smell that accompanied their first wielding of a scalpel. That smell is the preservative formaldehyde. It has been used for tissue and organ preservation for more than a century and has greatly assisted biological science. By preserving tissues, organs and entire bodies, the teaching of science is spread throughout the world.

          • edith says

            i received the same e-mail and of course as a mother, I checked all the brands I’m currently using and as it turned out palmolive, cream silk and vaseline all have formaldehyde, too.

            and I agree, those from the States don’t have formaldehyde so my resolution, buy from the US! plain and simple.

          • aina says

            as a consumer this is very alarming,its a good thing my son who is 6yrs old doesnt use these products,no matter how expensive imptd shampoos and conditioners are i am forced to buy them for my familys safety…..the producers of these products should give a statement so we could fully understand how safe and dangerous their products are…..

          • says

            thanx nalang i didn’t know that formalin was in my hair mao diay nga basta manodlay ko na diay usahay akong nay buhok mouban sa akong sudlay thanx kaaaaayo!!!!

    • says

      In comment #12, the doctor said, “…repeated exposure can cause build-up, and yes, formalin is a probable human carcinogen. Pinaka-harmful na exposure is if you happen to drink it in high concentrations.

      It will be difficult to push the argument that the worldwide prevalence of cancers today is due to excessive use of personal home care products because (1) no one has really done a thorough study on it…”

      The issue is TRANSPARENCY. If no thorough study has been made on the subject, every item that contains formaldehyde should specify it with a warning that it is a probable carcinogen.

      • borj says

        thanks for the info…this new was really alarming! btw, Palmolive naturals consist of formaldehyde also in their ingredients… ang babango pa naman ng bawat color and flavor ng palmolive…

        • Kit says

          someone forwarded this formalin in sunsilk email to me. i checked out my sunsilk shampoo and vaseline shampoo, and formaldehyde is listed as one of the ingredients.

          it doesn’t really matter if the manufacturers put too little or too many, it’s still harmful to our bodies, right? check out this website:

        • Liz says

          After reading these series of blogs here, I finally realized that Connie, I guess you are just being too exaggerated and you make too much of this issue. Regarding Mr. Chito’s explanations and Jing’s, they were just stating facts from mouths and minds of an educated persons. No one can dictate or manipulate people… it depends on consumers if they will still patronize shampoos with formaldehyde. And one more thing, why Connie you are so rough with Unilever, well in fact other shampoos not from Unilever contains formaldehyde too?
          As a sunsillk shampoo user, I attest that their products are really good and works well cause if not, how can you explain their being prominent in the industry? Bloggers, hope we can learn to accept explanations and fair justifications because like anyone else in this world, we have the right to express what we feel, what we know, and what is just.
          Thank you.

          • kikay says

            The following statements were taken from this link:

            The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers
            formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen.
            Formaldehyde is classed as a carcinogen under California’s Prop 65.

            If there is a risk, however slight, then these substances should
            be removed from our personal care products. The technology to do
            this exists so as informed consumers we should insist that it is
            used. Twenty years ago the words, “Free from artificial colours
            and flavours,” was rare on food packaging. Now it is
            commonplace. Let’s do the same for cosmetics.

            ‘Nuff said.

  17. Elle says

    erratum : the line

    “it really is frustrating that some companies give a truthful list of ingredients in their product information. ”

    should read

    “it really is frustrating that some companies DO NOT give a truthful list of ingredients in their product information.”

    • sheillyshane says

      I recieve a txt came from one of my friend about this matter, and guest what? huuh..I’m really shock co’z I used sunsilk shampoo regularly. From the moment I recieve that msg. I checked my shampoo and BINgO!! it has Formaldehyde ingredient.

      Gosh! Now I stop using my regular shampoo instead I used another sunsilk brand( ung pang hair reduction baga, kc I do have ALOPECIA.. hope na di ito cause ng sunsilk shampoo na may formaldehyde) which does not have formaldehyde.. hoping that this remedei my hair loss, but it not, then I’ll stop using sunsilk anymore..
      thanks for the infos about this..

  18. UrbanGirL says

    hi! wats not 2 lyk sunsilk, it has variations of treatment suited kung anong prob ng hair mo.
    tapos mabango pa, and nakasosoft, yun nga lang, my issue is different kase nakaka KOTO talaga, lalo na pag sinabayan mo ng creamsilk, its hot here in mindanao, pag nagstick sa skull tapos u can feel ur roots are sweating, parang nakakakuto talaga, hindi nga parang! nakakakuto talaga,
    so.. only my brothers are using it and my dad, kase short hair sila, and ung parang twin pack very okay sa bufget.
    promise wla akong koto dati, pero pag try ko ng sunsilk at creamsilk, once i was half sleep i feel somehings creeping sa head ko. then i catch whats crawling sa head ko. it intserted on my nail. YUCKK talaga! ayaw ko na. i dont buy na. sorry sunsilk, sa ibang ulo ka hiyang cisguro.

    • celaine says

      Formaldehyde, associated with several common preservatives used in shampoos, can cause nausea, coughing, wheezing and burning sensations in the eyes, nose and throat at air levels as low as 0.1 ppm (parts per million). Other potential irritants found in shampoos include propylene glycol, EDTA, lanolin (cosmetic grade), Bronopol, coal tar, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium 15, D&C Green 5, FD&C Yellow 5, benzophenone compounds and selenium sulfide (present in dandruff shampoos). Some synthetic ingredients (such as paraben compounds) and some natural substances in shampoos (such as peppermint, eucalyptus, and wintergreen oils) can trigger potentially serious allergic reactions. Those with known sensitivities to personal care product ingredients should carefully test products for problems and avoid those with ingredients that trigger bad reactions. Adverse responses can also develop or worsen over time, so those prone to allergic reactions should always use personal care products mindfully. ( -)

      FORMALDEHYDE ( is a colorless, organic chemical and an excellent preservative and bonding agent. Formaldehyde is in your lipstick, toothpaste, soft drinks, shampoo , kitchen cabinets , carpeting and wall board of your kid’s school and parent’s mobile home. Eye, nose and throat irritation coughing, skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and nosebleeds are just a few of the everyday symptoms of formaldehyde. EPA has classified formaldehyde as a Probable Human Carcinogen meaning that it causes cancer in animals and likely humans. A great percentage of people are hypersensitive to the irritant effects of formaldehyde even at lowest of levels. People often develop hypersensitivity after breathing formaldehyde vapors during a renovation of home or remodeling or working in a carpet or fabric store. Seamstresses are known to develop these symptoms after cutting and sewing formaldehyde treated fabrics for years.

      Formaldehyde Common in Toiletries-
      Formaldehyde is used in industry in the manufacture of glues and is also used as a preservative in cosmetics and for embalming bodies. Formaldehyde mixes easily with water but will not mix with oil or grease. It is common to find formaldehyde in aqueous cosmetic formulations such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, liquid hand wash and bubble bath, even products designed for children have formaldehyde in them


      • says

        it’s that true? well, as a matter of fact, i’am not a SUNSILK User. among the shampoo, only SUNSILK has a FORMALDEHYDE. to the sunsilk user i would like to Say the meaning of formaldehyde:
        -he simplest aldehyde. It melts at −92°C, boils at −21°C, and is soluble in water, alcohol, and ether; at STP, it is a flammable, poisonous, colorless gas with a suffocating odor. Formaldehyde is used in the preparation of dyes, in the production of Bakelite and other plastics and synthetic resins, and for several other purposes. Pure gaseous formaldehyde is uncommon, since it readily polymerizes into paraformaldehyde, a white crystalline solid.

        and that’s all. i’m not saying that DON’T use SUNSILK, i was saying this because it is for all.

        THANK YOU!.

  19. janerUn says

    pati yung creamsilk conditioners at palmolive shampoo may formalin din!!!! this is alarming!! Dapat ipagbigay alam sa BFAD!

  20. PETER says

    Hmm.. interesting.. I hope there’s a natural product to combat these unhealthy substances.. gotta search more info.. THANKS 2 evry1! (^_^)

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  22. Hans says

    The BFAD already know about this. All government regulations already know about this. Kasi nga Formaldehyde is a widely used MINUTE, as in VERY VERY SMALL ingredient in personal care products. That is a widely accepted fact worlwide.