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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Online orders


WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING COSTS FOR ONLINE ORDERS?

Shipping costs for orders under $50 are as follows:

ON, QC: $5 per order

NS, NB, PE, SK, MB, AB, BC, NL: $11 per order

YK, NT, NU: $15 per order

Shipping is free for orders of $50 or more.


DO YOU SHIP OUTSIDE CANADA?

Unfortunately, Bioforce Canada Inc. is not authorized to ship outside Canada. However, you can refer to the Contact Us section for a list of Bioforce distributors in your country by clicking

http://www.avogel.ca/en/contact/index.php


WHAT ARE THE DELIVERY TIMES FOR ONLINE ORDERS?

ON, QC: 1–3 business days

NS, NB, PE, SK, MB, AB, BC, NL: 3-5 business days

YK, NT, NU: 5-7 business days


A.Vogel remedies

We are unable to answer questions about specific diagnosis. We recommend that you consult a health professional for an appropriate diagnosis.


ARE A.VOGEL REMEDIES CONSIDERED PHARMACEUTICALS?

A.Vogel remedies are produced in accordance with Swiss pharmaceutical standards.


THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PACKAGE STATE THAT THE LIQUID SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH A LITTLE WATER. EXACTLY HOW MUCH WATER IS THAT?

This means enough water to allow you to swallow the drops, or the equivalent of one mouthful.


ARE YOUR PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?

No, A.Vogel products are not tested on animals.


HOW IMPORTANT IS THE EXPIRY DATE?

A product’s expiry date indicates when the product will no longer provide maximum effectiveness and safety. Also, once opened, the product may begin to deteriorate, depending on the conditions in which it is stored. If you note that your product is past its expiry date, you are best off disposing of it as it may be less effective


IS THE NEW ABSOLÜT ARNICA GEL THE SAME THING AS THE FORMER ATROSAN GEL?

Yes, the new Absolüt Arnica gel is exactly the same product as the former Atrosan gel. The product name has been changed, as the former name did not make it clear to consumers that the product was in fact an arnica gel.


NEW COMPOSITION FOR A.VOGEL CYSTOFORCE – BLADDER FORMULA

The composition of A.Vogel Cystoforce – Bladder Formula was changed recently and now contains 26% Echinaforce and 74% bearberry (Uva ursi).

Bearberry is one of the rare plants whose antiseptic effect on urine is well-known and documented, and it is very effective in treating urinary tract infections. This is not a plant with mere immune system benefits, or deodorizing or diuretic properties. Its action is first and foremost antiseptic, which is why it is the primary component in both the old and the new Cystoforce formulas.

Echinaforce was added to A.Vogel Cystoforce - Bladder Formula to enhance the action of macrophages (the immune system) in helping to dislodge bacteria.

The ingredients that have been withdrawn from the product counter bladder hyperactivity and spasms, independent of any coexisting inflammation.

The new product is aimed specifically at relieving symptoms and eradicating the root cause of bladder infections. Although the product’s range of action has been narrowed to exclude simple bladder hyperactivity, the active elements that fight bladder infections and the associated symptoms are now present in larger quantities.


THE DIRECTIONS ON MY NEW BOTTLE OF CYSTOFORCE - BLADDER FORMULA SAY I SHOULD TAKE A BIGGER DOSE THAN BEFORE. WHAT’S THE RIGHT DOSE TO TAKE?

With the advent of new rules governing natural product numbers (NPNs), the specified dose had to be increased to justify the following claim:

“Traditional herbal medicine to relieve urinary tract irritations through its astringent and diuretic properties.”

Before, the package recommended that users take a dose of 15 drops, and that if satisfactory results were achieved, the same dose should be continued. Otherwise, the dose could be increased to 40 drops.


CAN I USE A.VOGEL MENOPAUSE IN CONJUNCTION WITH HORMONE THERAPY?

Yes, A.Vogel Menopause may be used in conjunction with hormone therapy. According to preliminary studies, sage has no significant hormonal effects. It works to reduce perspiration and hot flashes, which makes it an attractive solution for women who, despite being on hormone therapy, experience these unpleasant symptoms.


WITH RESPECT TO SABALASAN PROSTATE 1, WHAT EXACTLY DOES “Organic saw palmetto fruit extract: equal to 2,280 to 3,840 mg” MEAN?

This statement means that it takes between 2,280 and 3,840 mg of raw material, in this case, organic saw palmetto berries, to produce 320 mg of concentrate, the content of one capsule of Sabalasan Prostate 1. The extract is 9 to 12 times more concentrated than the raw material.


CAN I USE THYROID SUPPORT – KELPASAN IF I’M TAKING MEDICATION, SUCH AS SYNTHROID, FOR THE THYROID GLAND?

People taking thyroid medication are advised to avoid taking A.Vogel Thyroid Support – Kelpasan because the thyroid tends to atrophy when being treated with such medications, and simply feeding it is not enough to restore its function. A.Vogel Thyroid Support – Kelpasan is intended for preventive use. It nourishes the thyroid, thereby improving its health and performance. Medical tests can detect problems only when the thyroid is working at 50% of capacity or less. As a result, many people end up with a thyroid that is not working optimally, but well enough for the problem not to be detected by these tests. A.Vogel Thyroid Support – Kelpasan is therefore ideal, as it gently nourishes the thyroid and helps it function as well as possible. Symptoms that can indicate a thyroid imbalance requiring the use of this product are: morning fatigue, even after a good night’s sleep; sensitivity to cold; cold hands and feet; weight gain despite eating a healthy diet and exercising properly; heart palpitations; and hair loss. Symptoms often tend to increase in winter and improve in summer, as sunlight appears to improve thyroid function.


CAN I USE BOLDOCYNARA IF I NO LONGER HAVE A GALLBLADDER?

In the absence of the gallbladder, the liver almost certainly needs help and could use a “cleansing.” The formation of gallstones usually causes the liver to retain bile. The bile becomes thick and tends to clog up the liver, hindering its performance in the process. As such, Boldocynara is highly recommended in these cases. However, people who lack a gallbladder are advised to use the product sparingly to avoid acute diarrhea. Start with 5 drops 3 times a day for the first week; increase to 10 drops 3 times a day for the second week and 15 drops 3 times a day for the remainder of the bottle. If, despite taking it sparingly, your stools become too soft, the dose can be lowered further.


Allergies


LIST OF GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS:


  •     Absolüt Arnica Gel
  •     Absolüt Anti-Inflammatory tablets
  •     Anti-Stress
  •     White Clay
  •     Avenaforce
  •     Boldocynara drops
  •     Bronchosan
  •     Milk Thistle
  •     Echinaforce Colds
  •     Echinaforce Extra
  •     Echinaforce Junior
  •     Echinaforce drops   
  •     Emotions Feminine
  •     Gastronol
  •     Linoforce
  •     Molkosan
  •     Pollinosan drops
  •     Pollinosan tablets
  •     Sinna tablets
  •     Sinna Spray
  •     Deep Sleep
  •     St. John’s Wort
  •     Stinging Nettle
  •     Echinaforce – Sore Throat Spray
  •     Venaforce drops
  •     Venaforce Extra
  •     Venaforce Gel
  •     Calcium Absorber - Urticalcin
  •     Digestive Health
  •     Helix Slim
  •     Sharp Vision
  •     Thyroid Support - Kelpasan
  •     Vital Energy
  •     Vitality Prebiotik
  •     Bio-Strath drops
  •     Bio-Strath tablets
  •     All Biotta juices
  •     All Herbamare products
  •     All Natur nut and peanut butters
  •     A.Vogel bioSnacky sprouting seeds except for Fitness Mix, which contains wheat.



LIST OF LACTOSE-FREE PRODUCTS:


  •     Absolüt Arnica Gel
  •     Anti-Stress
  •     Avenaforce
  •     Bronchosan
  •     Echinaforce drops
  •     Emotions Feminine
  •     Linoforce
  •     Pollinosan drops
  •     Echinaforce – Sore Throat Spray
  •     Venaforce drops
  •     Venaforce Extra
  •     Digestive Health
  •     Helix Slim
  •     Sharp Vision
  •     Thyroid Support - Kelpasan
  •     Vital Energy
  •     All Bio-Strath products
  •     All Bambu products
  •     All Herbamare products
  •     Santasapina bonbons
  •     All Biotta juices except Vita 7
  •     All bioSnacky sprouting seeds


LIST OF LACTOSE- AND GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS:


  •     Absolüt Arnica Gel
  •     Anti-Stress
  •     Avenaforce
  •     Bronchosan
  •     Echinaforce drops
  •     Emotions Feminine
  •     Linoforce
  •     Pollinosan drops
  •     Echinaforce – Sore Throat Spray
  •     Venaforce drops
  •     Venaforce Extra
  •     Digestive Health
  •     Helix Slim 50 mL
  •     Sharp Vision
  •     Thyroid Support - Kelpasan
  •     Vital Energy
  •     Bio-Strath drops
  •     Bio-Strath tablets
  •     All Biotta juices except Vita 7
  •     All Herbamare products
  •     All A.Vogel bioSnacky sprouting seeds except for Fitness Mix


ARE VITAL ENERGY AND AVENAFORCE BOTH GLUTEN-FREE EVEN THOUGH THEY CONTAIN OATS?

The Avena sativa (fresh herb of the flowering oat plant) contained in Avenaforce and Vital Energy is obtained from the plant by means of an alcohol extraction process and therefore does not contain gluten. The ingredient used in these products is not ground or rolled oats, both of which contain gluten.


COULD YOUR NATUR-BRAND PEANUT BUTTER CONTAIN TRACES OF OTHER NUTS?

Natur peanut butter is made using equipment that also processes other types of nuts (almonds and cashews). A warning to that effect is printed on the label.



Vegetarianism


ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS?

While most A.Vogel remedies are suitable for vegetarians, some tablets or capsules may contain animal-derived products. All mother tinctures (liquid) are suitable for vegetarians.

Bio-Strath products in drop and tablet form are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.


Pregnancy


IS ECHINAFORCE SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY?

Tested by Ontario's Mother Risk program, echinacea was found to be perfectly safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


ARE HERBATINT PERMANENT HAIR COLOUR PRODUCTS SAFE FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY?

Before using Herbatint, consult your doctor. Herbatint contains no ammonia and very little (3%) peroxide, making it the most natural alternative to mass-market hair colour products. Nonetheless, the decision to use or avoid any product is a very personal one.



A.Vogel remedies - Non-medicinal ingredients


WHY DO YOU YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN ETHANOL?

The ethanol used in the manufacture of A.Vogel products is food-grade, pharmaceutical-quality alcohol created by fermenting certain plants. It is used to extract compounds that are not readily obtained via water-based extraction methods, resulting in more effective remedies. It is also used as a preservative for the mother tincture (plant-based liquids).

A mother tincture’s alcohol content is generally between 50% and 60%. Note that the quantity of alcohol contained in a given dose is minimal: consumers are advised to take between 15 and 30 drops of extract in a little water. This tiny quantity of alcohol is neutralized by gastric juices in the stomach and later by the liver. For comparison, 20 drops of mother tincture contain the same amount of alcohol as a banana or a glass of fruit juice.


WHERE DOES THE GELATIN IN SABALASAN CAPSULES COME FROM?

Sabalasan Prostate 1 capsules use gelatin derived from pig skin, while only vegetable-source glycerine is used.


WHERE DOES THE STARCH USED IN A.VOGEL TABLETS COME FROM?

All A.Vogel tablets use only non-GMO corn or potato starch.



WHY DO SOME A.VOGEL TABLETS CONTAIN HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL?

The hydrogenated cottonseed oil in some tablets is useful for a number of reasons:

During the manufacturing process, hydrogenated cottonseed oil is used as a lubricant to prevent tablets from getting stuck in the machine.

The oil both solidifies the tablet effectively and makes it stable; without it, the product’s shelf life would be limited to only a few months.

It is a natural, GMO-free oil.

All products developed in Roggwil by Bioforce Switzerland meet the strictest quality standards. All ingredients that go into making our products are analyzed in depth for quality, ingredient origin, manufacture and safety (toxicity and side-effects). No exception to these rules is ever made.

The amount of hydrogenated cottonseed oil used in an A.Vogel tablet is minute and measured in milligrams, whereas we consume several grams a day in the food we eat. The amount consumed daily is therefore not enough to affect our health.


IS THE HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL CONTAINED IN A.VOGEL PRODUCTS ORGANIC?

No. Although the hydrogenated cottonseed oil used in our products is GMO-free, it is derived from conventional agricultural practices.


Bio-Strath


WHICH PLANTS ARE USED TO MAKE BIO-STRATH?

The following plants are used to make Bio-Strath: garden angelica (Angelica archangelica), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), basil (Ocimum basilicum), caraway (Carum carvi), German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), elderberry (Sambucus nigra), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), horseradish (Armoracia rusticana), herb hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), common lavender (Lavandula officinalis), liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), parsley (Petroselinium sativum), peppermint (Mentha piperita), sage (Salvia officinalis) and common thyme(Thymus vulgaris).


HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I'M GETTING ENOUGH VITAMINS AND MINERALS WHEN I TAKE BIO-STRATH?

Bio-Strath is a natural whole food that provides all nutrients essential to improved health. As all these nutrients are delivered in their “natural, organic and whole” state, research has confirmed that they are more readily digested, absorbed and assimilated than if they were taken in isolation, i.e. individually. Simply put, the benefits of Bio-Strath outweigh the benefits of their components when taken separately, a phenomenon known as a synergism.


Naturally balanced, the vital substances contained in Bio-Strath are of outstanding quality, so just a small amount is enough.


BIO-STRATH NATURALLY CONTAINS 61 VITAL SUBSTANCES:

11 vitamins and 19 minerals and trace elements that help maintain good health:


Complete range of B-complex vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), cobalamin (B12), biotin (B7).

Vitamin C, recognized for contributing to the normal development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.

Ergocalciferol (D2), which helps in the normal development and maintenance of bones and teeth.

Minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc, as well as calcium and phosphorus, which contribute to the normal development and maintenance of bones and teeth.

Trace elements, including chrome, nickel, cobalt, sulphur, vanadium, tin, etc. Trace elements are minerals needed by living things, albeit in minute quantities.

20 different amino acids, such as alanine, arginine, asparagine, tyrosine, etc. Amino acids are organic molecules, the main building blocks of protein.

11 essential restorative compounds, including lecithin, lipotropic factors, mannan, glutan, glutathione, DNA, RNA, coenzymes Q6, Q7, Q9, etc.



THE COLOUR OR TASTE OF BIO-STRATH ELIXIR SEEMS DIFFERENT FROM BEFORE. IS THIS NORMAL?

It can happen that the taste or colour of Bio-Strath elixir varies from one batch to the next. This is normal and the result of the natural aging process; it is not due to a change in formulation. Given that Bio-Strath Elixir is a natural product (just like wine), it will grow both darker and less sweet over time. Depending on the conditions in which it is stored, the process can be faster or slower; however, the quality of the product will not be affected. In general, changes in colour or taste are noticeable after six to nine weeks.


WHICH BIO-STRATH FORMAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Bio-Strath Original is a source of calories and therefore increases endurance. It comes in liquid form with a pleasant orange, honey and yeast flavour.

Bio-Strath in tablet form (blister packs) is convenient and easy to use. Gluten- and sugar-free, it is suitable for diabetics.

Bio-Strath in drop form is just as convenient, and is the most readily digested form. Sugar-free, it is suitable for diabetics and people on a low-carb diet. It is also gluten-free.


HOW MUCH ALCOHOL DO BIO-STRATH DROPS CONTAIN?

Bio-Strath drops contain 21% to 30% alcohol, so each 1 mL dose contains no more than 0.3 mL of alcohol, which is a minute per-dose amount.


A.Vogel bioSnacky sprouting jar and classic sprouter


DOES THE BIOSNACKY CLASSIC SPROUTER CONTAIN BPA?

The bioSnacky sprouter’s trays and cover are BPA-free.


COULD YOU SEND ME A COPY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BIOSNACKY SPROUTING JAR OR CLASSIC SPROUTER?

Link to instructions

I AM HAVING TROUBLE GETTING GOOD RESULTS FROM MY BIOSNACKY CLASSIC SPROUTER. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS THAT COULD HELP?

Here are a few of the tips sent in by users of our bioSnacky Classic sprouter:


  •     Rince the seeds before placing them in the sprouter and cover them with water. It can take up to an hour for all the water to drain through to the bottom tray.
  •     Empty the bottom tray as soon as the water has drained.
  •     If the water does not drain properly, the red caps might be blocked; remove them, clean them and put them back.
  •     The sprouter must be on a level surface for the water to drain properly.
  •     The seeds need to be rinsed twice a day, and make sure not to align the red caps; the water needs to flow through each tray before draining into the tray below.
  •     Each bioSnacky seed variety or mix comes with its own instructions.

Trays don't drain which has caused mold. 

Make sure to put the siphons on very lightly.  Sometimes the smaller seeds are a little more challenging to grow as they sometimes get stuck and it is normal to have to clear them from the siphon with a toothpick.  For the rinsing process, the trick is to use a jug of water and to fill to the top of the first tray all at once.  This will create a strong water pressure to be able to push and drain from one tray to the next.  

Regarding the mold that some people mention, if it is indeed mold then that would be a result of the germinator not draining properly or there is too much humidity in the tray or even in the home.  Normally, some types of seeds produce ultrafine fibrous roots (white fluff)  that are easily mistaken for mold, but they’re not.  You can see when touching it that it disappears.  If in doubt, just rinse before consuming.

For an interesting article about sprouting click the following link: http://www.avogel.ca/en/biosnacky_campaign/tips.php. This bioSnacky mini-site also features recipes and a list of available seeds along with their specific growing instructions.



A.Vogel foods


HOW MUCH MOLKOSAN SHOULD I TAKE A DAY?

The suggested portion is 15 mL (1 tablespoon), to be taken up to 3 times a day. I HAVE A SENSITIVE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. HOW MUCH VITALITY PREBIOTIK SHOULD I START OFF WITH EACH DAY?

We suggest starting with around ½ a teaspoon dissolved in 200 mL of water or juice; increase the dose gradually until you reach the recommended dosage of 2 teaspoons a day.


WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF USING HERBAMARE INSTEAD OF TABLE SALT?

Herbamare’s secret lies in its carefully crafted blend of pure sea salt and 12 freshly harvested, organic aromatic vegetables and herbs. Use it like table salt to enhance the flavour of your vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and seafood.

What’s more, Herbamare is made of sea salt, a naturally occurring sodium chloride compound, and contains important minerals like calcium and magnesium, not to mention 80 essential trace elements. It’s well-known today that minerals provide enormous health benefits. For example, calcium prevents osteoporosis and is essential to bone health, while magnesium is good for the heart and trace elements vital to enzyme function. The body is naturally made to consume sea salt.

Every Herbamare aromatic sea salt variety also contains kelp, which is extremely rich in minerals. Of course, all these delicious condiments are GMO- and MSG-free.


IS BAMBU GLUTEN-FREE?

After tests were conducted on Bambu coffee substitute, the product labelling was changed to indicate that the product is gluten-free. However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency stipulates that products containing barley cannot be referred to as gluten-free. As a result, “gluten-free” was removed from the labels.

A.Vogel Bambu Instant Organic contains gluten.



Biotta organic juices


HOW IMPORTANT IS THE EXPIRY DATE?

The expiry date on bottles of Biotta juice indicates the end of its optimum quality and safety conditions. If you notice that your juice’s expiry date has passed, you are best off not drinking it.


Natur food products


MY NATUR PEANUT BUTTER IS THINNER THAN USUAL. IS THIS NORMAL?

Natur peanut butter contains nothing but natural, dry-roasted peanuts. As the oil level in peanuts can vary from one batch to the next depending on growing conditions (humidity, soil moisture, sun…), it is normal for natural peanut butter’s consistency to vary.



A.Vogel body care products


HOW ARE A.VOGEL CLAYS MEANT TO BE USED?

Link to the clay insert


CAN A.VOGEL CLAYS BE EATEN?

No, A.Vogel clays are exclusively for external use.


Aromaforce


WHAT KIND OF QUALITY CAN WE EXPECT FROM AROMAFORCE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Aromaforce essential oils are of therapeutic quality: their botanical origin is verified and they are 100% pure, natural and undiluted.



HOW LONG WILL MY AROMAFORCE ESSENTIAL OILS KEEP?

Once opened, essential oils should be closed tightly and kept in a cool location out of direct sunlight and well out of reach of children and pets. In these conditions, Aromaforce essential oils will keep from 2 to 4 years after being opened.


WHAT IS THE EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN ESSENTIAL OIL DROPS AND DRIED HERBS?

1 teaspoon of dried herb is equivalent to 3 drops of essential oil.


HOW SHOULD AROMAFORCE ESSENTIAL OILS BE USED FOR BODY CARE?

For a relaxing bath, use 5 to 8 drops diluted in a base oil.

As a beauty mask: add a few drops of essential oil to the clay or to moisturizing cream.

As a hair treatment, add 8 to 10 drops to the product of your choice.

To create a massage oil, dilute 8 to 10 drops in around 15 mL of base oil.


CAN I USE UNDILUTED AROMAFORCE ESSENTIAL OILS DIRECTLY ON MY SKIN AS A FRAGRANCE?

Never. Aromaforce essential oils are pure and therefore highly concentrated. They can irritate or even burn the skin. You should use at least 5 mL of base oil for every 5 drops of essential oil.



CAN AROMAFORCE ESSENTIAL OILS BE MIXED DIRECTLY WITH WATER?

No, not even in the bath. Water has an antagonistic effect on the oil, which can cause burns to mucous membranes, the digestive tract, tracheobronchial walls and skin. Always dilute essential oils in a base oil, honey, aloe vera or Epsom salt before using in water.


HOW CAN AROMAFORCE ESSENTIAL OILS BE USED AS AIR FRESHENERS?

Add a few drops to a candle or diffuser.


WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR THE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils taken orally for therapeutic purposes must be prescribed by a health professional. Not all essential oils are suitable for personal care. They are very powerful and can interact with prescription medications or exacerbate conditions such as liver failure or epilepsy. Before use, always consult a health professional. Some essential oils can harm pregnant and breastfeeding women. Essential oils must always be properly diluted. Use sparingly.


WHAT SHOULD WE DO IN CASE OF POISONING?

1- Contact your provincial poison control centre.

2- Take mineral oil, not vegetable oil.

3- Take activated carbon.


WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET TOO MUCH ON MY SKIN?

1- Wash immediately with an oil-based soap such as olive oil soap, or Marseille soap.

2- Apply mineral oil, allow to act for 2 to 5 minutes and wipe off. Repeat 2 or 3 times.



Herbatint permanent hair colour products


ARE YOUR HERBATINT PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?

No, our products are not tested on animals.


CAN I USE HERBATINT PERMANENT HAIR COLOUR PRODUCTS IF I’VE UNDERGONE CHEMOTHERAPY?

Always consult your doctor before using any product. We recommend that you wait at least six months after your last treatment before colouring your hair. Although Herbatint is the most natural alternative to mass-market hair colour products, the decision to use or avoid it is a very personal one. It is imperative that you conduct allergy tests before using any hair colour product. You should also consult a colourist for advice on achieving the colour you want.


WHAT IS THE EXPIRY DATE OF MY HERBATINT HAIR COLOUR PRODUCT?

Herbatint hair colour products have no expiry date. However, you should use the product within a year of opening the bottle. Store at room temperature. Conduct allergy tests and test the product on a lock of hair prior to use.



DO HERBATINT PERMANENT HAIR COLOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN PEROXIDE?

Herbatint hair colour products contain 3% peroxide and 0.8% paraphenylenediamine (PPD). The following paragraphs explain why Herbatint permanent hair colouring contains these products:

Hydrogen peroxide is a necessary ingredient of permanent hair colour products. The colouring molecule used in all hair colour products is too large to penetrate the surface cuticle of the hair shaft. For the colour to be permanent, it needs to penetrate the cuticle. Although some companies achieve this by using lead acetate, the safest way to penetrate the hair cuticle is with hydrogen peroxide.

When hydrogen peroxide is added to the colour molecule, it begins to oxidize as it loses oxygen molecules. This creates heat on the surface of and within the hair shaft, which makes the cuticle expand, thereby allowing the colour molecule to penetrate the hair shaft.

Once the hydrogen peroxide has completely oxidized, it becomes water and the chemical reaction stops. The hair cuticle closes up again, thus capturing the colour molecules within the hair shaft.

Some studies have reported that the paraphenylenediamine (PPD) used in hair colour products, when mixed (oxidized) with hydrogen peroxide, becomes mutagenic.(1)

In one study, the PPD induced tumours after being INJECTED into the mammary glands of female mice. This study, which was published in The Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living magazine (Volume 2, No. 1) in 1986, stipulated that PPD could cause breast cancer if oxidized using hydrogen peroxide. The issue was of particular interest to women, who are the primary users of hair colour products. However, the conclusion reached by the study was inaccurate, as women do not inject hair colour products into their breasts.

A more recent study reported that, according to the results obtained during testing, when resorcinol is added to both the PPD and the hydrogen peroxide, the mixture is not mutagenic and does not cause any chromosomal aberrations in human lymphocytes.(2) The same mixture without the resorcinol was found to be mutagenic and to cause chromosomal aberrations. Herbatint contains all three ingredients which, when combined, are not carcinogenic.(1) Therefore, to ensure that your permanent hair colour product is safe, choose one in which resorcinol is mixed with the PPD and the hydrogen peroxide.

(1)    Rojanapo W, et al. Carcinogenicity of an oxidation product of p-phenylenediamine. Carcinogenesis, 7 (12):1997-2002, 1986.

(2)    Bracher M, et al. Studies on the potential mutagenicity of p-phenylenediamine in oxidative hair dye mixtures. Mutation Research. 241(3):313-323, 1990.

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