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Curiosity has gotten the best of me...I had to come here and ask!<br><br>
I got a bottle of organic tea tree oil shampoo today (my scalp has gotten itchy and dry the last couple weeks!). I noticed on the bottle it said "Free of parabens, harsh preservatives, and grapefruit extract"<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: What's wrong with grapefruit extract? Like I said, I'm just curious. I must know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
eta: I double checked...it actually says "grapefruit seed extract." Still confused though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:<br>
I've seen the same thing and wondered that too!<br><br>
The only reason I can think of is that it may be harsh to sensitive skin?
 

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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit_seed_extract#GSE_controversy" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefr...SE_controversy</a>
 

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From what I understand, grapefruit seed extract is a very powerful antimicrobial/ antifungal and can be irritating... quite useful if you're trying to fight an infection but not something you'd want to have in regular skin/hair care products.
 

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Ah, thanks! I had no idea!<br><br>
I just thought that was very random to have a fruit seed extract thrown in there with things like parabens and harsh preservatives.<br><br>
Thanks guys, my curiosity is satisfied <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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