Barbara Bird, Author

  • Barbara Bird, aka BBird, has been grooming since 1971 and opened Transformation Pet Center in Tucson, Arizona in 1977. In the salon, BBird specializes in Bichons and scissored trims, hand stripping of Terriers, and cat grooming. She has been writing and speaking to groomers for over a decade, and received the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award as Grooming Journalist of the Year for 2006 and 2007. A regular contributor to Pet Age magazine, Barbara also writes for The Bichon Frise Reporter. She has authored and self-published three books, including Beyond Suds and Scent - Understanding Pet Shampoos and Conditioners. She has also developed a line of aromatherapy products, The Scented Groomer, and conducts online extended education classes at

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April 26, 2015



But- the FDA also approved talcum powder, pa ravens, and a plethora of other ingredients that are now known to be cancerous. How many commercials for medications have we seen, with cancer warnings, items taken off the shelves.. because all of a sudden they say “oops, yeah I guess it is cancerous”. We don’t really know until it’s too late! Why not just avoid it and cut out the risks? You don’t need polysorbate 20- you can just shake the mixture well before spraying. Yes, it will separate when it’s sitting still, but shake vigorously and then spray and you’re all set. There are also other binders/thickeners like soy lecithin or guar gum or beesewax that can be used in other product formulations- that apparently no one really utilizes!

It would be SOOO hard for the FDA to outlaw poly 20. So many products would need to be taken off the shelves and re formulated. As always, money is a huge factor here. It would be really difficult for them to do this. Hence why parabens are still rampant in products on the shelves or CVS (my aveeno shave gel for example has parabens). So they let it lie. I’d rather avoid the risk, especially in a scent spray that my kids will be breathing in.

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