Overall, the ECO Styling Gold Gel is not as sustainable as I thought, especially when looking at them from a corporate responsibility perspective. Ecoco is getting *0 planets*. Thi company lacks transparency in its production origins and manufacturing means. Their ingredients are fairly straight-forward, but could be more by presenting a small description of the derivation process for each ingredient. In a review on Ecoco Argan Oil gel (https://www.greenandgrowing.org/ecoco-eco-style-gel-review/), the blogger delves a bit deeper into the purpose of ingredients used in ECO gels.
“For example, carbopol acts as a thickening agent that gives the ECOCO Eco Styling Hair Gel its gel texture. Most gels contain alcohol for their preserving properties but ECOCO was able to blend its ingredients in such a way that Alcohol is not necessary to maintain this all-natural product. The other ingredients help soften, strengthen, and hold your hair.”
It should not be other people’s job to research and develop such important information. This is the company’s job. It is Ecoco’s job to be as transparent with their products and eco-impact. This styling gel company prides itself on focusing its efforts on creating natural and plant-based hair care products, but not much can be found on their main website except their persistent promotion (highkey brag) of being an affordable and alcohol-free hair company. This does not give us much on where and how their products are derived.
Ecoco Inc. is the manufacturer and founder of this cosmetics brand, which claims to be creating greener products in the beauty industry. According to the company, their mission is simple- “to unleash your individual style through quality products that care for you and the world we live in.” This is all good and clean on paper, but when it comes to actually achieve the process, the process can be a little messy and Ecoco is still looking pretty clean. Their idea of achieving this mission is “uniting beauty with environmental consciousness.” They believe they have achieved this, but I say that they are not even close. With their lack of transparency in production and manufacturing means, they have more explaining and work to do.
Ecoco Professional Styling Gold Gel content is made of Water (Aqua), Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroximethylglycinate, Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Polysorbate-20, Tetra Sodium Edta, Polyvinylpyrrolidones, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985), Mica, Titanium Dioxide And Iron Oxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, D-Limonene, Lilial. I could not find if the plastic container is recyclable, but I do know that it can be reused for other means. The main ingredients are olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, and flaxseed oil. While all the other ingredients in the Eco gels are used to improve hair performance and hair health.
There is not much information on how the ECO styling gel is made, except that it consists of a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients. Not much information about their manufacturing means on their website or social media pages. So I wrote to the company inquiring about how they are impacting the environment through their manufacturing means. They have not responded yet.
This product is made in the United States. This information cannot be easily found on the company’s website. I have reached out to the company and am still waiting on a response.