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Should Jason natural products be outlawed?

May wants justice for Jason…Does any know about Jason Natural products? The one I use, says 84% Aloe Vera and no artificial ads like sls , parabens etc. is this really a dream or what?

The Left Brain responds:

Actually, May, Jason Natural products may not be the paragon of natural virtue that you seem to think. For example, consider their tea tree shampoo.

Jason Natural shampoo ingredients

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel (Aloe Vera), Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Salvia Officinalis Extract (Clary Sage), Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract (Brown Algae), Cetrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

Even though Aloe Vera and natural extracts dominate the ingredient list, a close look reveals active ingredients that are not any more natural than those used by most other brands. For example while they do avoid sodium laureth sulfate they use sodium myreth sulfate which just differs by a couple of carbon atoms. Likewise they contain the common conditioning agent cetrimonium chloride which is chemically processed and not generally considered to be very natural. It’s another case of a brand hiding standard ingredients behind a veil of natural goodies. The basic problem is that there’s no clear definition of what natural or organic means for a cosmetic product.

Jail time for Jason Natural?

Even the companies that make these products can’t agree on these definitions. Case in point, one maker of organic soaps is suing jason Naturals and a few other companies over the definition of organic. David Bronner, president of Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps, claims that Jason Naturals and other brands are “composed of conventional rather than organic cleansing and moisturizing ingredients, with organic ingredients or extracts added for and ‘organic greenwash’.”

According to Cosmeticsdesign, Bonner is asking that these companies not only stop selling their organic products (unless they meet USDA National Organic Program specifications) but he also wants them to pay him damages because their “fake” organic products are hurting the sales of his “authentic” ones. How would you like to be the judge in THAT case?

The Beauty Brains Bottom line

Jason Natural products are not “a dream” as you put it but it looks like they might be headed for a legal nightmare. I’ll keep you posted on this story as it unfolds.

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  • Erin Elizabeth January 4, 2015, 7:52 pm

    My son just had a severe allergic reaction to the 84% aloe vera lotion. I think that it specifically states it us for sensitive skin… not for ours apparently. Probably won’t use their products again.

    • Jean December 13, 2015, 4:14 am

      Hi Erin,

      Your son may be allergic to aloe. I am allergic to it and have trouble finding natural products that don’t contain it. Be very careful.

      If he is in fact allergic, he may develop an allergy to onions and garlic as they are in the same family. I am allergic to all three.


      • Meg September 12, 2017, 11:06 pm

        I am right along with you… Can’t have garlic, onions, or use aloe products. I attempted to use an aloe lead from a plant recently for a burn, I had a major reaction.

  • Tesa February 16, 2015, 10:48 am

    This morning at six, my spouse opened the master bathroom door after applying and combing in Jason’s hair styling gel on his hair. I happened to awaken earlier than usual and started having a nasty reaction, before getting out of bed. It was to the strong fumes from the Jason’s product. The multiple symptoms were upper abdomenal cramps, nausea, and the psoriatic coniditon I fight was welting up and itching, brain fog and lips burning as if I had put a caustic chemical on them. These symptoms had been showing up for a month or more when my spouse needed to get ready early in the morning while I was still asleep. I was waking up negative and out of sorts with the above listed symptoms also present. I’m so glad I woke up early enough today to figure out what was going on, for I was about to make a doctors appointment, the symptoms were so bad … from a secondhand product reaction, no less! We then read then ingredients and were appalled at the ambiguity in the listing. Well that’s the end of Jason’s products for our household, because we both had already had mild reactions to the toothpaste and mouthwash they produce.

  • JAYDAKID97 January 16, 2016, 6:58 am

    yeah they should be just for the name alone how would they like it if someone made fun of there name i doubt they’d like it that’s for sure! i bet if a product called cornell he wouldn’t like it would he? NO! this shit is the reason stuff like aids and cancer exists

  • Debbie May 9, 2016, 7:21 am

    I’ve never really had a problem with Jason Products, but was always under the impression that they were organic, enviromnentally friendly, free from chemicals and most importantly not tested (or their ingredients) on animals. I recently placed another order with them over a week ago, and hadn’t received it, and their customer service is non existant, no one will get back to me. Having seen this website, I don’t think I’ll be buying from them again either.

  • Kim Mahoney June 5, 2016, 3:14 pm

    I love Jason products! I use the Soothing Aloe Vera Oil and the Soothing Coconut Oil on my Rosacea and all my symptoms (ruddy face, scaley patches, etc) have gone away. I never saw this with pharmaceuticals or other treatments.

    • Elizabeth montville January 16, 2019, 7:50 pm

      I have had the same experience. I had rosacea and very large pores. I started using Jasön ester C lotion over 15 years ago and it has gotten rid of the rosacea and most of my sun damage. I love it!

  • Rebecca Hill June 30, 2016, 3:46 pm

    WOW!! What I just learned about jason Natural products company! I had no idea they were getting ready to maybe go into a legal battle, though, I am glad that Dr. Bronner’s liquid (organic soap) company/business is willing to take them on! It has got to be frustrating when a company as good & dedicated to making an awesome (organic) liquid soap product is seeing other companies really being not truthful about their products for skin being (organic).. ;( I have been using Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap for years. I love how it makes my skin feel clean, refreshed & tingly..cause of the very active (organic) ingredients!! I sure hope Dr. Bronner’s wins!! I would like to see their products around for many, many years and onto into infinity.. 😉

  • Nikki August 5, 2016, 8:31 pm

    I wish I have read about JASON and their outrageous NATURAL products before I have experienced the most painful allergic reaction I have ever imagined. After using their JASON Softening Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion I have had a horrible swollen red and itchy face. I am on 3 types of steroids over the course of the next 6 days. Thank you JASON for taking care of my skin! #JASON LAWSUIT

    • Melissa December 15, 2018, 7:59 am

      I used their vitamin D age renewal face cream and my eyelids and under eyes are as swollen as can be and burning. It’s awful. I am in so much pain.

  • Victoria August 31, 2016, 10:27 pm

    How do I buy Jason’s shampoos then my head is really itchy and sore

    • Teresa October 19, 2019, 9:54 am

      I had such a problem with my scalp condition, the itching was truly outrageous! I bought Derma-E Scalp Relief shampoo and conditioner from VitaCost.com. The first time I used it the itchiness went to half…by the second use I barely itched, and by the third time I had no more itching and my scalp cleared up wonderfully!! I use other shampoo and conditioner products in between the Derma-E, but still use Derma-E once a week and have had no more scalp trouble!! Just be sure to keep it out of your eyes, rinse with head back under the shower. It is a powerful healing product!

  • Ryan September 19, 2016, 7:35 am

    I’ve tried the Men’s Body Wash, Forest Scent and I itch very bad every time I use it.

    • Martin Falls October 23, 2019, 7:18 am

      Same with me. I still itch like crazy after using it a week ago. No more!

  • Shabena November 12, 2016, 3:42 am

    I have very sensitive skin and thinning hair. I suffer from dermatitis and allergies, I have used topical steroids creams and lotions for years. I used head and shoulders for years to control dandruff as it was the only thing I found worked, then I did some research and realised it has sls which might be causing my hair to fall out and rash on my scalp. That’s when I started using jasons anti dandruff shampoo. I loved it so I switched to the body wash too. I have never had any problems with any of the products but I am a bit disappointed after reading this article as these products are not as ‘natural’ as we are lead to believe.

    Saying that, lot of these chemicals are used as matter of course 1.Because they are tried and tested and require no further testing 2. They are cost effective. Also the ones used are milder than more commercial shampoos or soaps so don’t cause me or my kids any problems but I will be looking into some more natural alternatives to avoid contact with chemicals.

  • Ana Sousa November 22, 2016, 11:27 am

    This is ridiculous.
    I have bought many natural products for my hair. None worked for dandruff and frizz apart from Jason.
    I understand they are not 100 per cent natural, but at least deliver results, while not being 100 per cent artificial either.

  • Robert November 29, 2016, 12:26 pm

    Jason’s is a lousy fake “natural” brand, Dr.Bronners is awesome.

  • edwina hanley December 2, 2016, 11:30 am

    I have come out in a terrible rash since using jason aloe vera shampoo….
    The reason I bought it was because I thought it would be better for my sensitive skin.

    The face cream also caused my skin to develop terrible spots.

    It took me a while to figure out that it was the products which were meant to be healthier for my skin..

  • Peter Marcolina December 22, 2016, 11:54 pm

    This stuff is horrible, you guys are ruining the Holistic world, worst product I have ever purchased, what a let down, I will never buy from this company again, it just simply does not work.

  • jacqueline February 2, 2017, 11:46 am

    I used Jason hair care and have felt extremely ill, I had severe vertigo headaches and nausea, as well as itching all over my body, after reading peoples reviews and checking the ingredients I was shocked and disgusted at the way these products are advertised as natural and organic when they are anything but that, I have washed this toxic muck of my hair and will never used these products again

  • Ken Swanson February 15, 2017, 7:45 pm

    I changed from Tom’s toothpaste to Jason, because I found that Tom’s had started using Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) as a foaming agent. This is an industrial foaming agent, and was responsible for my having little white painful canker sores continually, from my youth into my late 40’s. Dentists had told me to change my toothbrush, doctors has said I might be low in zinc, but nothing stopped the sores until I quit using toothpaste with SLS in it. Then, years later, I started noticing bumps on my scalp, and pinpointed the reason for it as being SLS in my shampoo. Jason’s toothpaste is tasty, and has no SLS in it, and is a good whitener, and gives me no mouth sores. I thought I saw SLS in their shampoo, after buying it, but found it was Sodium Laureth Sulfoacetate, and discovered that the ingredient was made using coconut oil, and could find no mention of toxicity in that compound, upon researching it. I will try it and see if I have any scalp problems before recommending it. One has to do a lot of research, and be careful not to misread ingredients–as it can make a huge difference, sometimes good, and sometimes bad!

  • Renée Taylor April 19, 2017, 12:43 am

    I’m glad I came across this article. I used the lavender, the chamomile and the cranberry Jason body wash with no allergic reaction. Then I decided to used the coconut because I was out out the other 3….I have had the worse itchy, red skin for the past few weeks and finally realized the correlation. I thought it was my toilet tissue, detergent, etc…none of which had changed. Now that I’ve stopped using the coconut body wash, I’m experiencing some relief! What a scary experience!!!

  • Luann May 15, 2017, 12:54 pm

    Where are “Jason’s” natural products manufactured–what country?? Thanks

    • Randy Schueller May 16, 2017, 8:42 am

      I don’t know, you’d have to check with the company. Sometimes is says on the back of the package.

  • Jill Hilty June 16, 2017, 10:36 am

    I, along with my three daughters, use quite a few of the Jason products and have never suffered any discomfort or allergic-type reactions. We use the tea tree body wash, the aloe shampoo and conditioner, the aloe moisturizing lotion (on our faces) and I use the Vitamin E creme on my hands multiple times throughout my work day in a healthcare facility. To say this product line is “bad” or “harmful” is a ridiculous claim and if you truly had a reaction to a Jason product, then I’m going to guess that you have a pre-existing sensitivity that has surely affected you in the past after the use of other similar products as well. Many people are sensitive to products that contain aloe-vera and no matter the brand, you simply must avoid any product that contains that ingredient. Organic products are very overrated and very expensive. Just because something is expensive or “organic” doesn’t guarantee great results. And whether their products are “certified” organic or not, the Jason line contains no parabens, SLS, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates and honestly, that’s good enough for me. I love their product line.

  • Alison chapman November 29, 2017, 12:43 pm

    I have recently tried Jason’s coconut body wash . My arms and legs are covered in a terrible itchy rash the worse I’ve ever had . Am using steroid cream to try and get rid of it . Can anyone recommend anything to help ?

  • Big Don February 6, 2018, 4:37 am

    I have been using Jason’s for ever and a day…. I will not use anything else.. The shampoo and body wash are the only thing that has NOT broken out my face and body. Smells great, and stopped all of the weird little bumps and irritated skin. I have been using it, since I had radiation treatment, and all of a sudden my skin and body would brake out with bumps on my head and ears, and skin irritation…..

  • dave April 10, 2018, 11:10 am

    I had lots of problems with Jason’s deodorant. It took weeks and a many emails to get a reply. I think we can all assume its a poorly run company that should not be supported. Tell the folks at Whole Foods to stop selling the junk from Jason.

  • Don April 16, 2018, 1:39 pm

    I’ve used Jason tea tree and cinnamon tooth paste for about 3 years greatest thing ever I used to get infections regularly where I had some bone loss and a lose tooth. Did some research and started brushing with Jason infections stopped and the tooth tightened up and my hygienist says I’ve grown back 4mm of bone and I can keep the tooth, he’s switching to Jason now!

    • Perry Romanowski April 16, 2018, 4:14 pm

      Interesting, but this is simply anecdotal evidence. Correlation doesn’t mean causation. But if it’s working for you, that’s great.

  • Ashley April 23, 2018, 6:59 pm


    I am having painful very very chapped lips from an allergy. I think it may be the Jason seafresh toothpaste…anyone have any reactions to it? I’m having a hard time finding out exactly what’s causing this.

  • Lan January 24, 2019, 9:35 am

    I have been using Jason’s product; shampoo, 84% alovera, and hair products for many years. I just love it. I am the most sensitive person, but I know my body just love it. Thanks God I have no problems with it.

  • Tess February 23, 2019, 12:21 am

    I used Jason’s fragrance free Deodorant. I had been using it fine for a while until I shaved my armpits and applied it on afterwards. This led to a very nasty allergic reaction. I ended up getting hives all over my body. I lost my voice. I was like this for days and the hives would come and go. They were just enormous welts from head to literal toe. It took me a few days to stop using it but a couple of weeks to determine what it was. I never had that issue with Secret’s pomegranate lemon verbena deordorant and I’ve used that for years (not “natural”). I’ve thrown away Jason deordorant. I know this post is old but just in case anyone else is experiencing something similar.

  • Elizabeth May 31, 2019, 12:31 pm

    I have been using Jason jojoba conditioner for the past month and just realized it is what has caused an all-over my body rash. I am clearly sensitive to some ingredient and it is causing the WORSE itching. My eyelids are red, and it feels like I have poison ivy all over my body, but I know I do not have poison ivy. My scalp is beyond itchy and I am very uncomfortable. I hate to throw out a product, but I guess I need to.

    • Perry Romanowski June 5, 2019, 6:15 pm

      Yes, if you’re reacting to a product you should throw it away.