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I have to say that after seeing their misleading ads I began researching Organic color systems deeply, and am once again horrified with what I found.

I have never used Organic color systems in my salon, but I have had it used on me before. I didnt notice any adverse reaction, so I just assumed that it was a decently non-toxic product. After looking into the ingredients list, it is shockingly toxic and absolutely NOT ORGANIC ...not one bit.

I dont understand how companies in the "organic" hair color market continue to advertise their products as being PPD, DEA, MEA, and sulfate free when it CLEARLY CONTAINS ALL OF THESE! As shown by the ingredients list! Yet they are allowed to market it whatever way they please! They name it "Organic" color systems-whatever and market it to us as safe, for an increased price, and it is the same product!


You can read more about the horror that is Organic color systems here, I am sure we will be seeing similar stories about Organic color systems soon...



  • Oc
    OCS Mar 07, 2019

    Organic Colour Systems was established in 1994 as industry pioneers in the production of natural and organic based products in the salon professional market. In the early years of their foundation organic products weren’t as popular as they are today with the interpretation of the term organic and what it means, being much less considered. Defining and defending the use of the word organic has become a necessity amongst businesses like these because of the acceptability of the use of the word in a brands marketing activities. When Organic Colour Systems was first established, their name was determined by the promise to strive to use certified organic ingredients first and foremost, supported by natural and/or naturally derived ingredients. They will only use a synthetic ingredient where a natural or organic alternative is not available.

    With regards to the ingredients raised. 99.9% of permanent oxidative hair colours contain either PPD, PTD or PTS which are the main pigments used to make hair colour. The potential to an allergic reaction to PPD is exactly the same as PTD, but you may have seen a number of claims from alternative brands of PPD free colour formulas. The real issue here is that instead they are using PTD which has to be used in at least 1 and a half times the concentration of PPD to achieve the same result. The legal PPD limit in the EU is 4% however Organic Colour Systems use the lowest possible level averaging 0.29% including a true black. It is not possible to make an entirely natural and organic permanent hair colour, to which they have never claimed to, because of the pigments that are required but as ethical manufacturers they use them in the lowest percentage and always, always, always recommend skin sensitivity tests.

    Traditionally used to raise the pH of the hair to open cuticles, ammonia is now being removed from hair colours by more and more companies worldwide. This is very positive for stylists and clients alike however unfortunately many ammonia free colours have now replaced ammonia with an ingredient called ethanolamine (MEA), in like-for-like and sometimes greater quantities. While not producing the irritating gas that ammonia does, it can have the same negative side effects on hair. The key difference with Organic Colour Systems is that although their hair colours do contain ethanolamine (MEA), the base of the colour is already alkaline to raise the pH and is also a conditioning agent that softens the cuticle at the same time. This softening process means that Organic Colour Systems is able to work at a far lower pH, which is gentle on the hair, meaning far less ethanolamine is required. Their colours have never contained Sulfates.

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  • Te
    ted cortese Jul 10, 2013

    This hair color is wonderful and is far better than other rank and file color far better than aveda color I believe this is the color of the future and all color manufactures will follow and tweek to their own specifications.
    PS the new Matrix insider color is good, so is Redkin new color, Scruples New cream color. Beth Minardi's is unbelievable!!! also .
    Ted Cortese

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