interesting and very informative. but the question really is, especially when we delve into the hype of the signification of ingredients, and whether these ingredients are helpful and in which quantities, is whether or not the products in question actually do what they are designed to do? the reason i bring this up is because most of the products i've used that have worked the best for me: ORS moisturizing lotion, mane n tail conditioner, suave pro sleek conditioner, etc.
have ingredients that i'm sure many would see as a no-no.
especially in the ORS with petroleum or mineral oil( can't remember which) being pretty high up on the list, and most people see suave as cheap and therefore conclude ineffectual by virtue of it being cheap, etc.
that i have to wonder whether or not it truly matters how low the good stuff is in concentration? because let's say there's shea butter listed in a product, and it's somewhere to the middle to end of the listing. well, let's conjecture further that there probably isn't enough of the shea butter in that product to shake a stick at. does it matter, though?
if you use the product and it makes your hair feel fantastic, does what it's supposed to do, then are we really upset?
and if we are upset, then we must look at why. is it because we feel cheated, in that the product hyped up the fact that it had that particular ingredient and thereby charged some exorbitant amount for it? are we mad because our expectations were that there would be more of it because we assumed that more automatically equates with higher quality?
i think there's always a need to be objective when we analyze products and their ingredients. there's a reason why those products sell, and the reason is that they work for a substantial number of people- or at least enough people to justify keeping the shelves stocked.
so i wouldn't not use a product or villify it (not saying that's what you're doing here, but a LOT of naturals do) on the basis of the good ingredients being pathetically low to nonexistent.
now with that said, if it's something that's uber important to someone, that their products have high concentrations of a particular ingredient, then your advice is the best advice in that they should add their own raw ingredients to the product themselves, or even better, just concoct their own stuff. kitchen recipe-it.
thanks for bringing awareness to this topic. i'll think about this the next time i look at a product that seems pricier than most, and really ask myself, is the price justified, considering the amounts of the rest of the stuff down the list.