Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bad Ingredients in Cosmetics

More than 38,000 cosmetic injuries requiring medical attention are reported annually in the United States according to Dr. Samuel S. Epstein (Safe Shopper's Bible Pages 182 & 183). Ingredients in shampoos, toothpastes, skin creams, and other personal care products, fabric softeners, make-up, hair care products, colognes, perfumes and other scented products can be dangerous to your health. In 1989, the United States National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health recognized 884 poisonous substances (many synthetically derived from petrochemicals) from a list of 2,983 chemicals used in the fragrance industry that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, allergic respiratory reactions, skin and eye irritations.

Many chemicals found in cosmetics don’t cause obvious immediate signs of toxicity, but slowly poison us through repeated use.

In America, a 1993 survey found levels of the highly toxic and carcinogenic 1,4 dioxane in 27 out of 30 children’s shampoo and bath products tested. In the same study, of 54 cosmetic raw ingredients tested, all contained 1,4 dioxane. A study conducted by the University of California on 58,000 beauty therapists, hairdressers and manicurists, revealed that they developed cancer at four times the rate of the general population.

Many drugs on the market today are administered through transdermal skin patches, which have been shown to be up to 95% more effective than oral medication. This proves that the skin, the largest organ of the body and our first line of immunity, is permeable to all chemicals.

Here are ingredients to look for and you won't find them in our products, unless you want nail polish. We hope we choose better nail polish brands for you but you'll not avoid chemicals if you wear polish.

* synthetic binders, fillers, emulsifiers, thickeners
* cortisone, tar, anti-biotics, steroids, phosphates
* dyes, colorings, fragrances
* mineral oil, paraffin, lanolin, petrolatum, PVP/VA copolymer, DEA, TEA, MEA
* alcohols, formaldehyde, acetone
* alpha and beta hydroxy acids
* preservatives, parabens, ureas, propylene glycol
* sodium laurel or laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel or laureth sulfate

Now here is why we don't want them in our products. You be the judge! We are putting this info up as we have time, so please be patient!

This is a good article written by Annette White, for Hepatitis Magazine. Its a great article that discusses our views on the ingredients above. To read, click here.

Mineral oil - petrochemical emollient. Watch for some derivatives like petrolatum, glyceryl stearate and cetyl alcohol. Although the later two can be also found in natural form. Make sure you know first before you buy.

Hydroxymethyl cellulose - synthetic emulsifiers like glycol and DEA.

Fragrance components - chances are it's a cheap synthetic. Fragrance can also be essential oils. Make sure you know for sure before you buy. Dibutyl Phalate can be hidden in synthetic fragrance and you'll want to be sure to avoid that.

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