FAQ

MaddieGirl Shampoo Ingredients Information to add to the SPA section as a bit of “additional” information. Design wise, not sure how to do this.  

What we NEVER use in any of our products – and why

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Contains known cancer-inducing agents with the potential to cause nasal and liver tumors. Harmful for the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys.

Sodium Coceth Sulfate
Hazards similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Frequently causes allergic reactions.

Triclosan
Microbial resistance, endocrine disruption, higher incidence of allergies, altered thyroid hormone metabolism, and may induce tumors.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Skin penetration enhancer, often contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide toxins.

Phenoxyethanol
Frequently causes allergic reactions.

Retinyl Palmitate
Carcinogenic effects.

Dimethicone
Traps impurities in the skin.

Quaternium-15
Allergen with toxic effects on the skin. Formaldehyde-releasing chemical.

Potassium Sorbate
Skin and eye irritant.

Pthalates
Hormone disruptors suspected to trigger endocrine system issues.

Cocamide DEA / MEA
Usually highly contaminated by nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic and have reproductive toxicity, development toxicity, and organ system toxicity.

Polysorbates
When ethylene oxide is not completely cleaned out of the final ingredients, it is contaminated with a known carcinogen.

Artificial Coloring
Synthesized from coal tar and petroleum, they are linked to organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions.

Two examples of artificial dyes

Yellow Dye 5
Linked to allergies, hyperactivity, aggression, and insomnia.

Red Dye 33
A known carcinogen. Coal tar dyes have been banned in many countries, and California's Proposition 65 requires an appropriate cancer warning on products containing this ingredient.

Artificial / Synthetic Fragrances
Some synthetic fragrances are suspected to be carcinogenic, and all can be dispensed with—they are just cheaper!

MaddieGirl Frequently Asked Questions:

What ingredients does MaddieGirl leave OUT of all spa products and why?  (by the way, these ingredients shouldn’t be used in human products either so please read bottle labeLs)

ANSWER:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Contains known cancer-inducing agents with the potential to cause nasal and liver tumors. Harmful for the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys.

Sodium Coceth Sulfate: Hazards similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Frequently causes allergic reactions.

Triclosan: Microbial resistance, endocrine disruption, higher incidence of allergies, altered thyroid hormone metabolism, and may induce tumors.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): Skin penetration enhancer, often contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide toxins.

Phenoxyethanol: Frequently causes allergic reactions.

Retinyl Palmitate: Carcinogenic effects.

Dimethicone: Traps impurities in the skin.

Quaternium-15: Allergen with toxic effects on the skin. Formaldehyde-releasing chemical.

Potassium Sorbate: Skin and eye irritant.

Pthalates: Hormone disruptors suspected to trigger endocrine system issues.

Cocamide DEA / MEA: Usually highly contaminated by nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic and have reproductive toxicity, development toxicity, and organ system toxicity.

Polysorbates: When ethylene oxide is not completely cleaned out of the final ingredients, it is contaminated with a known carcinogen.

Artificial Coloring: Synthesized from coal tar and petroleum, they are linked to organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions.

 

Two examples of artificial dyes

Yellow Dye 5: Linked to allergies, hyperactivity, aggression, and insomnia.

Red Dye 33: A known carcinogen. Coal tar dyes have been banned in many countries, and California's Proposition 65 requires an appropriate cancer warning on products containing this ingredient.

Artificial / Synthetic Fragrances: Some synthetic fragrances are suspected to be carcinogenic, and all can be dispensed with—they are just cheaper!

Can you use human shampoo on dogs?

ANSWER: NO! You should never use human shampoo on dogs. The pH level of a dog’s skin is 7.5, which is slightly below netural (water is 7.0). Human skin is 5.5 which is 100 times more acidic than dog’s skin on the pH scale. So if you use human shampoo on a dog, you can actually irritate or do damage to their skin.  You can however, use your dog’s MaddieGirl Organics shampoo for your own hair.

Does MaddieGirl ship grooming products outside of the United States?

ANSWER: No, unfortunately, MaddieGirl products are only available in the U.S.

Where can I get MaddieGirl Organic Dog Food?

ANSWER: MaddieGirl Organic Dog Food is currently only available within the Seattle, WA area.  Our dog food is made to order (by people in a kitchen, not in a factory) then frozen for preservation. Because of the delicate nature of frozen foods, we are currently not able to use any of the existing shipping methods. We are looking for ways to solve this issue so keep checking back with us.

 

How did MaddieGirl develop its dog food?

ANSWER: The MaddieGirl dog food was developed by Jennifer Silberg who made it just for her dog, Maddie. Over the course of a year, Jennifer interviewed several vets, read many books on cooking for dogs and vertrinary books, including Small Animal Clinical Nutrition by Michael S. Hand, DVM, PhD; Craig D. Thatcher, DVM, MS, Phd; Rebecca L. Remillard, PhD, DVM and Philip Roudebush, DVM. Because, Jennifer was so worried about feeding Maddie homemade food (this was 12 years ago when cooking for your dog was very, very weird), she decided to have it chemically tested to make sure it met AFCO standards. She used  Anresco Labs, in San Francisco CA to do the chemical nutritional analysis.

MaddieGirl dog food was never intended to be a comerical food, it was really just for Maddie. However, people started to ask why Maddie looked so good and had so much energy and when Jennifer told them she made her own dog food, those people started to ask for the food too. And MaddieGirl Organic Dog Food began.

 

There are many “home-made” or “fresh” dog foods around, is MaddieGirl allowed to make and sell dog food?

ANSWER: MaddieGirl is  licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, to make and sell pet food.

 

What are the health benefits, for dogs, of eating blueberries?

ANSWER: *Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutritional value! They contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber which a vital to your dog’s health.  Phytochemicals (naturally occurring compounds found in plants) which have the ability to fight cancer in human (and many vets say in animals too), Antioxidants which help fight free radicals which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs and recent studies show that Antixidants can reduce the effects of brain aging.

*https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-blueberries/