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What makes H&S work?

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Ever wondered what’s in your brands?

There are many products we know by brand name alone. Here at Behind The Label we aim to uncover the generic product names, ingredients lists, and facsimiles (knock offs) of every popular brand, from baby medicines to fizzy drinks! So whether you want a cheap alternative or just to know about your favourite brands, bookmark us for posterity.



Popular brand names:

  • Head and Shoulders.
  • L’oreal.
  • Neutrogena T.
  • Vichy.

Generic name:  Anti-dandruff shampoo.

Active ingredient: Coal tar, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, and/or selenium sulphide.

Can you make it? No, but some people swear by a few drops of tea tree oil in shampoo to eliminate dandruff.


No, the companies test on animals.


No, the companies test on animals.

Ethical concerns?

Animal testing and risk to the environment.

Health concerns?

Depending on whether your dandruff is all oil, skin overgrowth, and/or fungal, anti-dandruff shampoos may make it better, clear it up completely, or make it worse!

Alternative brands:

  • Jason (tea tree)
  • John Masters Organics
  • Faith in Nature (tea tree and lemon)
  • Nature’s Organics. (vegan)
  • Nizoral
  • Selsun Blue. (vegan)
  • Stiproxal

Are there store brands?

Yes, but they may still have health and ethical concerns.

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