Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a powerful detoxifying agent although it’s makeup is almost entirely silica, which is an essential nutrient for maintaining soft tissues like cartilage and ligaments, it is also needed to keep our skin and hair supple and lustrous. The way DE works is similar to Charcoal Powder. When ingested, DE is broken down into a colloidal form, bearing a charge that attracts and binds it to harmful heavy metals and free radicals, so that it detoxes our bodies when these DE-toxifying particles leave our bodies. Another FUN FACT is that DE functions amazingly as a natural bug killer, as it breaks down the waxy layer on insects with exoskeletons, thus causing the bugs to lose moisture and dehydrate. So the next time you are looking for a natural bug killer for use on your precious fur friends, you know what to use!

Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate – see Sulfosuccinate – Disodium Lauryl Sulfoccinate (DSL) is a mild surfactant or cleansing agent used in low concentrations in shampoos as it can effectively remove excess oil and dirt from our scalp without drying it out much. However, some studies have found that this ingredient can be prone to contamination by nitrosamines, making it carcinogenic. Hence, if possible, it might be good to avoid this ingredient or only use products containing this from trustable manufacturers.