Byjo asks…After reading rave reviews on a German hair board there are several topics on the subject of Earthly Delight shampoo, some questions spring to mind.
The Right Brain responds:
We did take a quick look at Earthly Delights shampoo but we found very little info online. Still, we’ll try to answer your questions as best we can.
Earthly Delight Shampoo questions
Q: Are ED shampoos really made of saponified wheat germ oil?
A: We can’t find a definitive ingredient list so it’s impossible to say. (If, as you say, they’re not listing all their ingredients.)
Q: Is there a way to test it at home?
A: No, there’s no way we know to test the composition of a product like this at home.
Q: Is wg oil soap better than, say, regular coconut or olive oil soaps?
A: We’re not not soap chemists so we can’t say for sure but we do know that the fatty acid profile for WG is different than coconut or olive. As far as we can tell, it’s closest to cotton seed oil. We’d predict that the lathering, hardness of the soap, etc would be much different than coconut or olive.
Q: Does coconut essential oil even exist?
A: They’re not being very precise with their language. There are coconut notes that are incorporated into fragrances but that doesn’t mean they are essential oils like those extracted from flowers.
Q: Could it be Disodium Wheatgermamphodiacetate?
A: Yes, any oil can be chemically altered to be made into a surfactant. Again, without full disclosure of their ingredients it’s impossible for us to tell if this ingredient is in this product or not.
Q: Another strange thing is the lack of preservatives.
A: If this product is a true soap it wouldn’t require preservatives because the water activity would be very low. But I’m guessing there are preservatives but we just can’t tell what they are because, once again, we don’t have a complete ingredient list.
The Beauty Brains bottom line
We’re sorry for the lack of a definitive answer but we thought this was worth posting anyway just in case any of our readers have more information on this product. If you do, please leave a comment!
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