Friday, 28 December 2012

Fruits and Passion Cherry Shower Gel -this fabulous foaming treat has a feminine and velvety fragrance that is a frothy delight for your body!"

Cherries are a fantastic source of anti-oxidants. With this soap, the more the better. This product gets a failing grade from me. It's too bad, this company makes great smelling products but I really hate using them due to the contents. As I have stated before, these ingredients may not be considered harmful, and may cause little damage if limited contact is made with them. However through constant and consistent contact, it may not be that way.  Think of an x-ray, it can be relatively harmless and an effective tool.  However, would you have one everyday?  I think not.  To be exposed to x-rays everyday would be incredibly harmful.  Think of these chemicals in that manner as well.  When you tally up all of the personal care items we use everyday, from the time we wake up, to the time we go to bed it adds up and we become inundated with toxins over time.  Those toxins will build up in our systems.  Add that to all of the other environmental toxins and pesticides that we consume and it increases substantially.  I don't want to sound preachy, that is not my intention.  I just want to draw attention to the fact that we consume an awful lot of chemicals and there is really no need for it.  Companies are out to make money, they do not have a vested interest in our health, they do though to the chair holders.  And they have a fiduciary responsibility to them.  It is up to us to be our own advocaters when it comes to our health and what we put in and on our bodies.  Here are a few of the more natural body washes on the market.  I love the Yes To line of products and use the Say Yes To Carrots creams all the time. 



Fruits and Passion Cherry Shower Gel


Ingredients:

Fruits and Passion Cherry Shower Gel
Aqua(Water)

Decyl Glucoside
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Polysorbate 20
Sodium Laryl Glucose Carboxylate
Parfum (fragrance)
Lauryl Glucoside 
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Leaf Extract
Sodium Hydroxide
Sodium Benzoate
Citric Acid
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone
Red-4 (CI 14700)
Red 33 (CI 17200)
#40-137G

Description:



Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

Decyl Glucoside:  this ingredient is derived from fatty alcohol decanol from coconut and glucose from cornstarch.  It is considered to be non-irritating and biodegradable.  It is a non-ionic surfactant.


Cocamidopropyl betaine: is derived from the coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine (known environmental toxin, respiratory toxin, contact allergen).  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and a surfactant.


Polysorbate 20: is a sorbitol that has been treated with ethylene oxide.  It is used as an emulsifier, a fragrance and a surfactant.  In most studies it is defined as being of low toxicity.  However ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen.  Other concerns are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.


Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate: even though it sounds a lot like sodium lauryl sulfate, the word lauryl actually means that it is a fraction of coconut oil used to make the ingredient.  it is the crystalline fatty acid. This ingredient is a combination of fatty alcohol from coconut or palm oil and glucose from corn starch. This ingredient is considered to be of low toxicity and non irritating.  It is made with out the use of ethylene oxides or petrochemicals.


Parfum (Fragrance):  Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources. However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving. Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.

Lauryl Glucoside: is a sugar-lipid (fatty acid) based surfactant.  Though there is actually little scientific studies I was able to find on this ingredient, it appears to be of low toxicity and an ingredient that is being chosen for the green or natural product lines.


Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer:  it is a polymer of an actylic acid.  It is used as a thickening agent.    It appears to be relatively safe, however, prolonged usage has lead to irritation and dermatitis.


Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Leaf Extract:  is, as it's name suggests bitter cherry.  It is known to be high in antioxidents as well as melatonin (helps regulate sleep cycles).  It appears to be non toxic to humans as well as the environment.


Sodium Hydroxide: is also known as lye or caustic soda.  As the name suggests it is very caustic which means it burns.  It can cause death if swallowed and blindness if comes in contact with eyes.  In personal care products it is used as a pH balancer and a buffering agent.  It is considered to be  mutagenic, a broad systemic toxin, a respiratory toxin, and is considered to be a strong workplace/occupational hazard.

Sodium Benzoate: this is a preservative, a bacteriostatic and fungistatic as well under acidic conditions.  In combination with ascorbic acid (citric acid, another ingredient) it forms benzene, a known carcinogen.  It has also been proven to be genotoxic.


Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-ageing products as an alpha hydroxy. It acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking. It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone: it is a preservative as well as antibacterial and antifungacide. It is a known skin irritant and can cause chemical burns. It is also considered to be a human immune system toxin. There has also been studies showing mutagenic effects.

Methylisothiazolinone: Is also known as MIT, it is a biocide and preservative. It is a known immune system toxin, skin irritant, developmental toxin, contact allergen as well a cytotoxin. Why are we using this product? We need to start holding companies accountable and forcing them to start providing products that are beneficial to us not harmful. The general consumer should really start arming themselves with knowledge that way we can help to advocate for our health.

Red-4 (CI 14700): is an azo food dye.  It has been banned from being added to food in Europe as well as in the states but it is allowed in externally applied goods.  It is a known toxin.

Red 33 (CI 17200): is also known as Acid Red 33, it is a disodium salt and is used as a colourant. It is considered to be a mutagenic.

#40-137G: I was unable to gather information about this ingredient.  I will assume that it is a colourant, however I will continue to try to contact this company to find out what exactly this ingredient is.  I will keep you all posted. 

TN


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Here are some interesting facts about hair.... Did you know that:
Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, the second fastest is bone marrow.
On an average adults scalp, over 35 meters of hair is produced every day.
On average, we lose about 100 hairs a day.
Over 50% of men by age 50 will have male pattern baldness.
Over 40% of women will have female pattern hair loss by the time they reach menopause.
...interesting. 
Now back to the featured product... Out of the 13 ingredients listed in this product,  8 are considered to be toxic and most of these 8 ingredients should be avoided.  That is over 60% of the ingredients.  

Original Dippity Do Sport Gel Unscented Ultimate Hold

Ingredients:
Original Dippity Do Sport Gel Unscented Ultimate HoldAqua (Water)
PVP
Sorbitol
Carbomer
Triethanolamine
Polysorbate 20
Propylene Glycol
Tetrasodium EDTA
Benzophenone-4
Panthenol
Methylparaben
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone

Description:

Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

PVP:  is also called povidone or polyvinylpyrrolidone, and is a polymer.  Yes, it can be found in more than just a pair of pants.  It is used as a binding agent in products.  It is considered to be safe to use, and of fairly low toxicity.  It does not appear to be a contact toxin, developmental toxin or a genotoxin.  
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.55&SearchTerm=polyvinylpyrrolidone


Sorbitol:  is considered to be a sugar alcohol.  It is used as a thickener, skin conditioning agent, and an humectant.  It is considered to be of low toxicity

Carbomer: is not actually one molecule but refers to polymers made from acrylic acid.  It is used in creams and beauty products as a thickening agent and controls the flow of the product.  This ingredient has been labelled as safe and has a low potential for skin irritations, allergic reactions, photo toxicity and sensitisation.

Triethanolamine: Is used in personal care products as mainly a surfactant and emulsifier and acts as a neutraliser of fatty acids or in other words a PH balancer.  This ingredient is pretty toxic. It is a known skin irritant and has been linked to minor to severe allergic reactions.  In research it has been linked to tumour growths in the liver of female rodents, surprisingly not in male rodents.  It is also a known toxin to aquatic species.


Polysorbate 20: is a sorbitol that has been treated with ethylene oxide.  It is used as an emulsifier, a fragrance and a surfactant.  In most studies it is defined as being of low toxicity.  However ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen.  Other concerns are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.


Propylene glycol: is an organic double alcohol.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance, and humectant.  It is classified as a skin irritant, and can cause conjunctivitis of the eye.  It is also considered to be a mutagen, a broad systemic toxin, and an immune system toxin.

Tetrasodium EDTA: is a preservative made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide (known carcinogens).  It also acts as a penetration enhancer which means it breaks down the skins natural barrier going right into the blood stream.  It is also classified as a persistent organic pollutant.  It is a known cytotoxin, genotoxin, causes developmental and reproductive effects.  In my opinion this products should be banned.

Benzophenone-4: 
is a chemical used as a fragrance ingredient. It is a known broad systemic toxin. It causes liver, kidney, and bone marrow toxicity. This ingredient really should be avoided. It is completely unnecessary.

Panthenol: is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) this means it is the provitamin of B5.  It is used as an emollient and a moisturiser.  Vegans beware, this product can be either plant derived or animal derived.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, and not an environmental toxin.


Methylparaben: is found in such foods as blueberries.  It acts as an antimicrobial agent.  In cosmetics it is used as an anti-fungal agent.  Parabens have had much controversy surrounding them in recent years, and for good reason.  There is strong evidence of methylparaben being a human skin toxicant, human endocrine disruptor, mutagenic, and a broad systemic toxin.  A good reason to stay away from parabens.


Methylchloroisothiazolinone: it is a preservative as well as antibacterial and antifungacide.  It is a known skin irritant and can cause chemical burns.  It is also considered to be a human immune system toxin.  There has also been studies showing mutagenic effects.

Methylisothiazolinone: Is also known as MIT, it is a biocide and preservative. It is a known immune system toxin, skin irritant, developmental toxin, contact allergen as well a cytotoxin. Why are we using this product? We need to start holding companies accountable and forcing them to start providing products that are beneficial to us not harmful. The general consumer should really start arming themselves with knowledge that way we can help to advocate for our health.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Fruits and Passion for Men

As a younger woman I used to love Fruits and Passion's lines of Fragrances and creams.  As I became older and more aware, I completely eliminated their products from my collection of beauty products.  They use heavy toxins and even some ingredients that have been banned.  Out of the 19 ingredients listed 15 are considered to be harmful toxins.  Not something I would want the men in my life to be using.  I happen to love my partner and step-sons, and want to encourage them to live long and be healthy.  One way of doing this is to eliminate all of the heavy toxins known to cause cancer among other problems.
F/P Numerero 003 Homme  Fruits and Passion Shower Gel

Ingredients:

F/P Numerero 003 Homme Fruits and Passion Shower GelAqua/Water
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Polysorbate-20
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Acrylates Copolymer
Parfum (fragrance)
Glycerin
Panthenol
Cetraria Islandica (Lichen) Extract
Polyquarterium-7
Propylene Glycol
Sodium Hydroxide
PEG 14M
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone
Alpha-Isomethylionone
Limonene
Linalool
#35-25

Description:



Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Used in most soaps and shampoos, it acts as a foaming agent.  It is what causes soaps and shampoos to lather.  It is known to be an irritant, though it is considered safe in small quantities, the more sodium laureth sulfate used the more irritating it becomes. It is not considered to be a carcinogen.


Polysorbate 20: is a sorbitol that has been treated with ethylene oxide.  It is used as an emulsifier, a fragrance and a surfactant.  In most studies it is defined as being of low toxicity.  However ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen.  Other concerns are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.


Cocamidopropyl Betaine: is derived from the coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine (known environmental toxin, respiratory toxin, contact allergen).  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and a surfactant.


Acrylates copolymer: belongs to the group of polymers or in other words plastic.  Acrylates copolymer are structured after acrylic acid which consists of vinyls.  They appear to be of low toxicity and are considered minor irritants.  However this ingredient is prone to impurities that have raised safety concerns.  Some of these impurities may include acrylic acid and methacrylic acid. In soaps and shampoos it is used as a suspending agent,  anti-static agent and a humidity protectant.


Parfum (Fragrance):  Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources. However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving. Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.


Glycerin: is pretty benign and of low toxicity.  It is used in products mainly because it is affective at improving the smoothness of the product and is a good lubricant.  Glycerin is a byproduct of bio-diesel.  However, all you vegans take note.  This form is very expensive, therefore it is more often derived from animal fats such as beef and vegetable oils such as coconut or soy beans.  Therefore some products that list glycerin in their ingredients may not be vegan.


Panthenol: is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) this means it is the pro vitamin of B5.  It is used as an emollient and a moisturiser.  Vegans beware, this product can be either plant derived or animal derived.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, and not an environmental toxin.


Cetraria Islandica (Lichen) Extract:  is naturally occurring, it is used as an antioxidant, soothing agent and emollient.  It is considered to be non-toxic for both humans and the environment.

Polyquarterium-7: is a quaternary ammonium compound,  it is used as an anti-static agent. It is considered to be an irritant but not overly toxic.  There is concerns however with contamination with other carcinogenic chemicals.


Propylene glycol: is an organic double alcohol.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance, and humectant.  It is classified as a skin irritant, and can cause conjunctivitis of the eye.  It is also considered to be a mutagen, a broad systemic toxin, and an immune system toxin.

Sodium Hydroxide: is also known as lye or caustic soda.  As the name suggests it is very caustic which means it burns.  It can cause death if swallowed and blindness if comes in contact with eyes.  In personal care products it is used as a pH balancer and a buffering agent.  It is considered to be  mutagenic, a broad systemic toxin, a respiratory toxin, and is considered to be a strong workplace/occupational hazard.

PEG 14M: is a polymer of ethelene oxide. It is used as a viscosity agent, stabiliser and binder.  It is considered to be contaminated with  known carcinogens ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxin.  It is a known organ toxin



Methylchloroisothiazolinone: it is a preservative as well as antibacterial and antifungacide.  It is a known skin irritant and can cause chemical burns.  It is also considered to be a human immune system toxin.  There has also been studies showing mutagenic effects.

Methylisothiazolinone:  Is also known as MIT, it is a biocide and preservative.  It is a known immune system toxin, skin irritant, developmental toxin, contact allergen as well a cytotoxin.  Why are we using this product?  We need to start holding companies accountable and forcing them to start providing products that are beneficial to us not harmful.  The general consumer should really start arming themselves with knowledge that way we can help to advocate for our health.


Alpha-Isomethylionone:is a chemical perfuming agent.  Due to it's side effects the international fragrance association has banned this ingredient from being mixed into perfume's.  However, it can still be found in some products.  It is a known allergen and immune system toxin,  organ toxin and environmental toxin.

http://www.ifraorg.org/ 
http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/alpha-isomethyl-ionone


Limonene: is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon (compound consisting of hydrogen and carbon) and is  classified as a cyclic terpene.  It takes its name from the lemon or lemon rind, which contains considerable amounts of this compound, which contributes to their odour of citrus or oranges.  Thus it is used as a fragrance ingredient.  It is considered to be a skin irritant as well as a respiratory irritant.  There have been studies showing it causes tumours in small rodents but it appears that scientists are interested in its anti-cancer fighting properties.

Linalool:  Is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in a number of spice plants and flowers.  It is used as a masking agent and perfume.  It is also used as an insecticide.

Linalool gradually breaks down when in contact with oxygen, forming an oxidised by-product that may cause allergic reactions such as eczema in some individuals.  It is also considered to be a broad systemic toxin, a mutagen, and a human immune system toxin.

#35-25:  I am not even sure what this ingredient is, I am going to assume it is a colourant.  I attempted to contact Fruits and Passion but was unable to talk with any one in a reasonable amount of time.  I will continue to contact them and find out about this ingredient.  When I do I will update this blog.

TN

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

OLD SPICE "If your grandfather hadn't worn it, you wouldn't exist"

This body wash happens to be a favourite amongst the men in our household.  It smells great and they all feel that it cleans really well.  However, out of the 14 ingredients listed,  9 are considered to be toxic, mutagenic, and irritants.  With over half of the ingredients being detrimental to their health I think that we will switch to something a little more healthy, like Burt's Bees Natural Body Wash for Men.






Old Spice Classic Body Wash

Ingredients:

Old Spice Classic Body Wash Water/Eau
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Parfum (Fragrance)
Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
Citric acid
Sodium Benzoate
Polyquarternium-10
Disodium EDTA
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone
Green 3
Red 33 (CI 17200)

Water: is water and pretty self explanatory 


Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Used in most soaps and shampoos, it acts as a foaming agent. It is what causes soaps and shampoos to lather.  It is known to be an irritant, though it is considered safe in small quantities, the more sodium laureth sulfate used the more irritating it becomes. It is not considered to be a carcinogen.

Sodium Sulfate: Sodium sulfate is the sodium salt of sulfuric acid.  It is used as a viscosity agent and a bulking agent.  It appears to be considered non-toxic, or of low hazard to humans health.  However, there is studies showing that it is considered to be toxic in moderate doses.  It is also considered to be an eye irritant, and  a powerful laxative

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: is derived from the coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine (known environmental toxin, respiratory toxin, contact allergen).  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and a surfactant.


Parfum (Fragrance):  Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources. However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving. Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.


Sodium Lauroamphoacetate:  is an amphoteric organic compound.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, foam boosting surfactant, and a cleansing agent.  It appears to be of low toxicity and is said to be bio-degradable.   There appears to be data gaps in information regarding this ingredient however. 


Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-ageing products as an alpha hydroxy.  It acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation.

Sodium Benzoate: this is a preservative, a bacteriostatic and fungistatic as well under acidic conditions.  In combination with ascorbic acid (citric acid, another ingredient) it forms benzene, a known carcinogen.  It has also been proven to be genotoxic, affecting the mitochondria.  Another interesting fact, parents might be interested in this... watch for this ingredient listed on food packaging along with food colouring.  the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests that sodium benzoate along with certain artificial colours may be linked to hyperactive behaviour.



Polyquarternium-10: Is part of the polymer family.  They are used in personal care products because they are positively charged.  Because of this they act to neutralize the negative charges and help hair lie flat. Some also have antimicrobial properties. There is very little research I could find on this ingredient, but what I did find was that it appeared to be of low toxicity to humans.  However there have been tests done on small rodents which suggests that it is toxic.  There have also been studies done suggesting that it is also an environmental toxin.  I supplied a link below for more information on this topic.


Disodium EDTA: is a polyamino carboxylic acid. In cosmetics it is used to improve stability towards air. However, it has come under fire of late for being a known persistent organic pollutant.  As well, it is considered to be both a genotoxin and a cytotoxin.  It has also been known to cause developmental and reproductive effects.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone: it is a preservative as well as antibacterial and antifungacide.  It is a known skin irritant and can cause chemical burns.  It is also considered to be a human immune system toxin.  There has also been studies showing mutagenic effects.

Methylisothiazolinone:  Is also known as MIT, it is a biocide and preservative.  It is a known immune system toxin, skin irritant, developmental toxin, contact allergen as well a cytotoxin.  Why are we using this product?  We need to start holding companies accountable and forcing them to start providing products that are beneficial to us not harmful.  The general consumer should really start arming themselves with knowledge that way we can help to advocate for our health.



Green 3:  Is a chemical colourant, and is restricted in the use of cosmetics.   It is considered to be a mutagenic, tumour causing, as well as toxic to the respiratory tract, digestive tract, and is a known eye irritant.

CI 17200: is also known as Acid Red 33, it is a disodium salt and is used as a colourant.  It is considered to be a mutagenic.


TN

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Johnson's Naturals - "Natural Made Gentle"

As I have mentioned before our young children should be protected by us, the adults.  One way we can achieve that is by offering them, from the start a selection of products free from harmful chemicals and cancer causing agents, or ingredients that will cause the death of their organs.  I know, sounds harsh, I had a hard time believing it as well.  Especially since I use that ingredient regularly.  This product is readily available in almost every store I have been in.  I picked this one up due to the words Natural  98% natural, in fact.  I wanted to find out how natural and healthy it really is.  Out of the 13 ingredients listed 7  are considered to be irritants or toxins.  Remember, educate yourself about what is on the labels and though it may claim to be natural, it doesn't mean that it is healthy.

Johnson's natural Head-to-toe foaming baby wash


Ingredients:
Johnson's Natural Head-to-toe foaming baby washwater (eau)
Decyl Glucoside
Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate
Cocoglycerides
Sodium Coco-Sulfate
Coco-Glucoside
Glyceryl Oleate
Sodium Benzoate
Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose
Xanthan Gum
Citric Acid
Sodium Hydroxide
Parfum

Description:

Water:H2O, the stuff we drink. 

Decyl Glucoside: this ingredient is derived from fatty alcohol decanol from coconut and glucose from cornstarch. It is considered to be non-irritating and biodegradable. It is a non-ionic surfactant.

Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate: It is derived from glycerin and palm oil.  It is the ester of lauric acid and polyglycerin.  It is used as an emulsifier, and skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, and safe for the environment.

Cocoglycerides: is generally derived from coconut oil.  When used in skin care products it helps to moisturize dry skin.  Its general purpose is to improve the feel and spreadability of creams.  It is also a suitable carrier for oil infusions among other things.  It has been regarded as safe, even for pregnant woman to use.  However, there is a small population of people who still have reactions to this ingredient.  


Sodium Coco-Sulfate: is a naturally derived alternative to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  It is used for viscosity building and foaming.  It is considered to be a more natural and healthier ingredient compared to SLS (sodium Laureth Sulfate).  It is not considered to be a carcinogen, however it is classified as an irritant. 

Coco-glucoside: is a yellow viscous biodegradable liquid from the chemical group polyglucosides produced synthetically or by chemical reaction of coconut-derived fatty alcohols and fruit sugars. It is used as a cleansing agent as well as a surfactant. It appears to be of low toxicity, safe and gentle. 

Glyceryl Oleate:  is also called Glyceryl Monoleate, it is derived from naturally occurring fats and oils.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, a surfactant, emollient, and skin conditioning agent.  It is not considered to be a carcinogen, however it is deemed to be an irritant to the skin and eyes.  It is also considered to be an environmental toxin.  

Sodium Benzoate:  It can be derived by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid.  it is used as a preservative.  When reading labels it is important to know that in combination with ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate forms benzene, a known carcinogen.  There is also evidence to suggest that it causes damage to the mitochondria in mice's DNA.


Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose:is a mixture of cetyl alcohol and Hydroxyethylcellulose. It is used as a thickener and stabilising agent.  It appears to be of low toxicity and non carcinogenic. http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_more_details.php?ingredient_id=1555


Xanthan Gum: is a polysaccaride derived from the bacterial coat of Xanthomonas campestris. |It is used as a thickening agent and a stabilising agent.  Due to the fact that it may be derived from known allergens, xanthan gum may cause allergic reactions in people with allergies to wheat, soy, corn and dairy.  It may also cause diarrhea due to powerful laxative effects.  There have also been links between this ingredient in baby food and necrotizing enterocolitis, which is seen in premature babies. It is when portions of the bowel suffers from tissue death.  It is also a known respiratory irritant when inhaled.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthan_gum#Health

Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-ageing products as an alpha hydroxy. It acts as a chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, a pH adjuster, buffer and masking. It is not considered to be an environmental toxin, but there are concerns with broad systemic toxicity and skin irritation. 


Sodium Hydroxide: is also known as lye or caustic soda.  As the name suggests it is very caustic which means it burns.  It can cause death if swallowed and blindness if comes in contact with eyes.  In personal care products it is used as a pH balancer and a buffering agent.  It is considered to be  mutagenic, a broad systemic toxin, a respiratory toxin, and is considered to be a strong workplace/occupational hazard.  


Parfum: Used to make the product smell nice. Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, if it is considered to be natural ingredients, though it does cause some individuals to develop headaches. However, the chemical fragrances are considered to be harmful and toxic to both the environment and humans. These fragrances are usually a combination of different ingredients none of which are labelled.


TN

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Shark Steam Mop

I would like to take a break from discussing chemical ingredients to discuss a completely different product.  My family and I just had our Christmas with his parents, for a gift they were exceedingly thoughtful and gave me a Shark Steam Mop.  This product is amazing.  It comes with two micro fibre pads that are very easy to put on and take off.  They are machine washable, but it is advised that they do not go in the dryer, and are hung to dry instead.  This is to insure a longer life for the pads.  To use this product you just slide on the pad, fill it with water and plug it in.  It takes perhaps 30 seconds and its ready to go.  You can activate the steam by simply pumping the handle which is done through the natural action of sweeping.  It is said to be able to kill 99.9 % of germs and bacteria, this is done through the natural power of steam.  There is no mess, hardly any clean up and easy to store.  There are no chemicals used, and nothing to throw out because the pads are washable.  I used to use a mop and bucket with green cleaners.  I am throwing it away, never again will I resort to using a mop and bucket again.  This product is ingenious in its simplicity.


 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

News report about toxic ingredients

Check out this article.  It discusses thw toxic ingredients to watch out for in mens products.
http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/report-draws-attention-to-toxins-in-men-s-grooming-products-1.1037768

Monday, 12 November 2012

Vaseline

Our babies are our most treasured gifts.  It is our job to protect them.  I wonder, if this is the case, why Vaseline is one of the most prevalent products in our homes.  Not to mention one of the most referred products for our diapered babies bottoms.  Though it is a good barrier for wetness, wouldn't the risks outweigh the benefits ?  I think that there are a few products out there that are suitable alternatives.  I have left links for Amazon on the bottom of the page.  Other alternatives may also be found in your local health food store.
Vaseline

Vaseline

Ingredients:
Petrolatum

Description:
Petrolatum: is also known as petroleum jelly. It is used to act as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It is also used to protect the skin from wetness when used on a baby's bottom. Unfortunately it can also be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) PAHs are considered to be carcinogenic. In fact,women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. The European Union has classified petrolatum as such and has restricted its use in cosmetics. It is also classified as a skin irritant and an allergen. For adult usage, it should never be used as a lubricant for it is known to weaken latex condoms causing the possibility for tearing. It should never be used on the inside of the nose for risk of lipid pneumonia, this is a specific  form of inflammation when lipids enter the bronchial tree. 

TN






 

Friday, 9 November 2012

American Crew... Getting the right hair for the job

This product, I actually received as a gift for being in the audience of a talk show.  Though I am not a guy and I don't really wear pomade in my hair, I was pretty excited.  When I started this project, I was shocked to see the name American Crew come up on so many sites for being a really bad product.  Not just the pomade but almost all of their products came up on sites for lists of bad chemicals/products and so forth.  Upon my own research, I know now why that is the case. Out of the 28 ingredients, 18 of those are considered to be harmful toxins, mutagens or carcinogens.  That is more than half of the ingredients.  I would not be wasting my money on this product.      
American Crew Pomade
American Crew Pomade



Ingredients:

Water (Aqua, Eau)
PEG-25 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Oleth-10
Lanolin 
Oleth-20
Diisopropyl Dimer Dlinoleate
Glycerin
Hydroxypropyl Bisstearyldimonium Chloride
Panax Ginseng Root Extract
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract
Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract 
PVP
Propylene Glycol
Parfum (Fragrance)
Benzyl Salicylate
Butylphenyl Methylpropional 
Citronellol
Geraniol
Hydroxycitronellal
Hexyl Cinnamal
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Limonene
Linalool
Methyparaben
Propylparaben
Diazolidinyl Urea
Benzoic Acid

Description:


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

PEG-25 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: is the polyethylene glycol ether of either propylene glycol.  It is used in personal care products as surfactants, skin conditioning agents, emollients, and solvents.  It is generally considered to be non toxic.  However they are known to contain such contaminates as ethylene oxide, 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, as well as heavy metals-lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, and arsenic.  All known toxins. 



Oleth-10:  is the polyethylene glycol ether's of oleyl alcohol.  They are used as emulsifying agents in shampoos to help rinse away dirt.  This ingredient appears to be linked to forms of breast cancer.  It is also considered to be a moderate skin irritant and may also penetrate the skin barrier allowing other ingredients to do the same.  Due to the process of ethoxylation, they may  also be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.

Lanolin:  also called wool wax or wool grease, is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands most commonly by the domesticated sheep.  The extraction can be performed by squeezing the sheep's harvested wool between rollers.  It is considered to be non toxic and safe for the environment.  However there have been cases of people being poisoned by Lanolin.  It generally occurs when someone consumers a large amount of non-medicinal grade lanolin.  


Oleth-20: is the polyethylene glycol ether's of oleyl alcohol. Due to the process of creating this ingredient, they are known to be contaminated with toxic ingredients specifically 1,4 dioxane.  It is used in products as surfactants used as emulsifying, cleansing, and solubilizing agents in cosmetics.  there is strong e vidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA.
http://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/11502

Diisopropyl Dimer Dlinoleate: It is produced from the reaction of isopropyl alcohol and dilinoleic acid, and essential fatty acid derived from vegetable oil.  It is not considered to be carcinogenic or mutagenic.  It is generally considered to be safe and non-toxic due to the fact that it does not seem able to penetrate past the skin barrier.

http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/diisopropyl-dimer-dilinoleate

Glycerin: is pretty benign and of low toxicity.  It is used in products mainly because it is affective at improving the smoothness of the product and is a good lubricant.  Glycerin is a byproduct of bio-diesel.  However, all you vegans take note.  This form is very expensive, therefore it is more often derived from animal fats such as beef and vegetable oils such as coconut or soy beans.  Therefore some products that list glycerin in their ingredients may not be vegan.

Hydroxypropyl Bisstearyldimonium Chloride:  From my research, I was able to glean very little information about this ingredient.  There seems to be large gaps of information surrounding this chemical.  From what I could find, it is used as an antistatic and  hair conditioning agent.  I could not find any information regarding toxicity,  I will keep looking into this ingredient.

Panax Ginseng Root Extract:  Here is an  interesting fact, Ginseng may be taken orally for diverse supposed benefits, such as for aphrodisiac, stimulants, type 2 diabetes or for sexual dysfunction in men.  Though it may be found in cosmetic preparations as well, but has not been shown to be clinically effective.  Companies, thus may add this ingredient for the simple use of green washing their product and attempting to convince, by stating on the  label that their product must be healthy because it contains Ginseng.  If one looks on the label of this particular item ginseng is the 4th last ingredient in the product.  Which means that the actual amount could be minuscule to begin with. 

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract:  also known as is garden or common sage. It is a perennial, evergreen with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is used as an anti sweating agent, antibiotic, anti fungal, and astringent agent.  It is generally considered to be safe and non-toxic.  

Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract:  Is also known as soap bark tree, it belongs in the family Quillajaceae. It is native to warm temperate central Chile. There appears to be little concern of toxicity to humans or the environment.


PVP:  is also called povidone or polyvinylpyrrolidone, and is a polymer.  Yes, it can be found in more than just a pair of pants.  It is used as a binding agent in products.  It is considered to be safe to use, and of fairly low toxicity.  It does not appear to be a contact toxin, developmental toxin or a genotoxin.  
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.55&SearchTerm=polyvinylpyrrolidone 


Propylene glycol: is an organic double alcohol.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance, and humectant.  It is classified as a skin irritant, and can cause conjunctivitis of the eye.  It is also considered to be a mutagen, a broad systemic toxin, and an immune system toxin.

Parfum (Fragrance):  Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources.  However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving.  Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.


Benzyl Salicylate:  is a salicylic acid benzyl ester. It occurs naturally in a variety of plants and plant extracts and is used in blends of fragrance materials.  |there is evidence suggesting that there is a link to breast cancer due to the oestogenic activity of Benzyl Salicylate, as well as evidence of other toxic effects.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19338011  
http://www.epa.gov/chemrtk/hpvis/hazchar/Category_Benzyl%20Derivatives_September_2010.pdf

Butylphenyl Methylpropional: Is a synthetic fragrance.  It is considered to be a skin irritant, its use is restricted in both leave-on and wash-off products because of its powerful sensitisation potential.  There have been studies suggesting that it can cause sperm damage and negative central nervous system effects. 

Citronellol:  Citronellol is used in perfumes and insect repellents.  It is produced by hydrogenation of geraniol. This ingredient is subject to restrictions on use in fragrances under standards issued by the international Fragrance Association. They are also known to be powerful allergens and sensitisers.

Geraniol: is a lipid and an alcohol.  It is derived from citronella oil, rose oil and palmarosa oil.  It is used in cosmetics and personal care products as a fragrance ingredient.  It is a known human immune system toxicant and is one of the EU's Banned and Restricted Fragrances.  Now as I write this I want to make it clear that the information surrounding this seems pretty limited.  The most information I have found against this ingredient is that it is an allergen for those who suffer from perfumes.  I am not sure who it was that funded the banned list and why citronella was on it.  However I will keep looking.  As far as my research has lead, it appears to be a fairly good ingredient, unlike a lot of the chemical ones that appear on most labels.  If anyone has any other thoughts, enlightenment or information on this ingredient, please leave a comment.


Hydroxycitronellal:  Is a perfume ingredient providing a floral scent.  It is considered to be a skin irritant and toxin causing dermatitis.  It is also considered to be an organ toxin.

Hexyl Cinnamal:  Is a natural fragrance additive.  It is a known allergen and irritant.   It can also cause central nervous system disruption as well as skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation.   It can also trigger asthma attacks.



Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde: also known as Lyral. It is a fragrance ingredient, and a known allergen. Another concern is that it is able to break through the skin barrier, possibly making it possible for other ingredients to break through as well. 

Limonene: is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon (compound consisting of hydrogen and carbon) and is  classified as a cyclic terpene.  It takes its name from the lemon or lemon rind, which contains considerable amounts of this compound, which contributes to their odour of citrus or oranges.  Thus it is used as a fragrance ingredient.  It is considered to be a skin irritant as well as a respiratory irritant.  There have been studies showing it causes tumours in small rodents but it appears that scientists are interested in its anti-cancer fighting properties.

Linalool:  Is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in a number of spice plants and flowers.  It is used as a masking agent and perfume.  It is also used as an insecticide.

Linalool gradually breaks down when in contact with oxygen, forming an oxidized by-product that may cause allergic reactions such as eczema in some individuals.  It is also considered to be a broad systemic toxin, a mutagen, and a human immune system toxin.

Methylparaben: is found in such foods as blueberries.  It acts as an antimicrobial agent.  In cosmetics it is used as an anti-fungal agent.  Parabens have had much controversy surrounding them in recent years, and for good reason.  There is strong evidence of methylparaben being a human skin toxin, human endocrine disruptor, mutagenic, and a broad systemic toxin.  A good reason to stay away from parabens.

Propylparaben: used as a preservative. Parabens in general are known to cause skin irritation, contact dermatitis and contact allergies. Propylparabens also mimic oestrogen, which is linked to breast cancer, ovary, uterus and testicles cancer.  It is also considered to be a developmental toxin.


Diazolidinyl Urea: is an antimicrobial preservative. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser. It is a known carcinogen, causes allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, headaches, irritates mucous membranes, causes depression, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and immune dysfunction.


Benzoic Acid: occurs naturally free and bound as benzoic acid esters in many plant and animal species. It is a known contact allergen and skin irritant, as well as a known liver and kidney toxin. It is also a respiratory toxin and nervous system toxin. Prolonged exposure can also cause target organ damage. 

TN

Saturday, 27 October 2012

TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray

This product gets a pretty low rating from me.  Although it looks like they are on the right track in attempting to use ingredients that are considered to be of low toxicity, there are still 11 out of the  21 ingredients that are considered to be harmful toxins.  That's half of the ingredients.  I would not be buying this product again.  Instead, I will be switching to the Giovanni brand. 




TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray


Ingredients:

TRESsemme Heat Tamer SprayWater (Aqua, Eau)
Amodimethicone
Glycerine
Panthanol
Hydrolyzed Silk
Tocopheryl Acetate
Biotin
Niacinamide
Ascorbic Acid
PEG-12 Dimethicone
Propylene Glycol
PVP
Polysorbate 20
Cetrimonium Chloride
Trideceth-12
Bensophenone-4
Lactic Acid
Disodium EDTA
Triethanolamine
DMDM Hydantoin
Fragrance (parfum)

Description:


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.
Amodimethicone: is a silicone polymer.  It is used as a conditioning agent, and a detangler.  It is generally considered to be safe mostly because of the size of the polymer, making it hard to penetrate past the skin.  However, it is a known contact irritant as well as an eye irritant.  

Glycerin: is pretty benign and of low toxicity.  It is used in products mainly because it is affective at improving the smoothness of the product and is a good lubricant.  Glycerin is a byproduct of bio-diesel.  However, all you vegans take note.  This form is very expensive, therefore it is more often derived from animal fats such as beef and vegetable oils such as coconut or soy beans.  Therefore some products that list glycerin in their ingredients may not be vegan.


Panthanol: is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) this means it is the provitamin of B5.  It is used as an emollient and a moisturizer.  Vegans beware, this product can be either plant derived or animal derived.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, and not an environmental toxin.  
Hydrolyzed Silk:  is the natural lipids from palm oil combined with natural silk amino acids or protein.  It is used in personal care products because it is a great conditioning agent as well as having antioxidant properties.  It is generally considered to be non-toxic and safe for the environment.

Tocopheryl Acetate: is also known as vitamin E acetate.  It is used in skin care as an antioxidant, and a skin conditioning agent.  According to some studies, it has shown to be mutagenic, a broad systemic toxin, as well has human skin toxin.


Biotin:  is also known as vitamin H or coenzyme R.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or the environment.  Even in higher than nutritionally recommended it did not display adverse affects.  It is used in shampoos and conditioners to aid in maintaining healthy hair.

Niacinamide: also known as niacinamide and nicotinic acid amide, is the amide of nicotinic acid (vitamin B3 / niacin). It is a water-soluble vitamin and part of the vitamin B family.  It is a known liver toxin.  It has also been known to cause, gout, ulcers of the digestive tract, loss of vision, high blood sugar, irregular heartbeat, and other serious problems.

Ascorbic Acid: is also known as vitamin c.  It is high in anti-oxidants.  It is generally considered to be safe.  However if too much is taken it can lead to the absorption of too much iron, upset stomach kidney stones and diarrhea.  That is more referring to individuals who are taking oral supplements though.  It is used in personal care products for its antioxidant properties. 


PEG-12 Dimethicone: is a silicone-based polymer.  It is used in products as a  lubricant, conditioning agent, emulsifier as well as a foaming agent.  Due to the process of making this ingredient it can contain harmful impurities, including: Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer.  It has also been linked to kidney toxicity when used on broken skin.  

http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/peg-12-dimethicone

Propylene glycol: is an organic double alcohol.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance, and humectant.  It is classified as a skin irritant, and can cause conjunctivitis of the eye.  It is also considered to be a mutagen, a broad systemic toxin, and an immune system toxin.


PVP: is also called povidone or polyvinylpyrrolidone, and is a polymer.  Yes, it can be found in more than just a pair of pants.  It is used as a binding agent in products.  It is considered to be safe to use, and of fairly low toxicity.  It does not appear to be a contact toxin, developmental toxin or a genotoxin.  
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.55&SearchTerm=polyvinylpyrrolidone 

Polysorbate 20: is a sorbitol that has been treated with ethylene oxide.  It is used as an emulsifier, a fragrance and a surfactant.  In most studies it is defined as being of low toxicity.  However ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen.  Other concerns are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.

Cetrimonium Chloride: are quaternary ammonium salts.  This means that they are positively charged polyatomic ions (made up of two or more atoms).  It is used in hair care products to help eliminate static electricity.  There appears to be very little information on the toxicity of this ingredient.  What I have found so far appears to imply that there is little toxicity suspected in this ingredient.  However I will continue my research. 



Trideceth-12: Trideceth-12 is is the the polyethylene glycol (PEG) ether of tridecyl alcohol, with 12 units of ethylene oxide in the molecule.  It is used as a surfactant and an emulsifying agent. It can contain harmful impurities, including: Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer.  It is considered to be a medium risk for toxicity.   It has been linked to kidney toxicity as well as systemic toxicity.  This ingredient should not be used on broken skin, is a known irritant and can penetrate the skin barrier.

Bensophenone-4: is a chemical used as a fragrance ingredient.  It is a known broad systemic toxin.  It causes liver, kidney, and bone marrow toxicity.  This ingredient really should be avoided.  It is completely unnecessary.

Lactic Acid:  is a carboxylic acid. It has a hydroxyl group adjacent to the carboxyl group, making it an alpha hydroxy acid.  It is used to adjust acidity in products, as an anti-bacterial agent as well as a descaler.  It is considered to be non-toxic and safe for the environment. 

Disodium EDTA: is a poly amino carboxylic acid.  It is synthesized from ethylenediamine, formaldehyde, and sodium, and is used to dissolve limescale.  Yum, because we all have limescale build up on our faces.  It is used in cosmetics to improve its stability in air.  As the reputation implies Disodium EDTA is not a nice ingredient and should be banned.  It is considered a persistent organic pollutant.  It is known to cause negative reproductive and developmental effects.  It has been shown to be mutagenic as well.


Triethanolamine: Is used in personal care products as mainly a surfactant and emulsifier and acts as a neutralizer of fatty acids or in other words a PH balancer.  This ingredient is again pretty toxic. It is a known skin irritant and has been linked to minor to severe allergic reactions.  In research it has been linked to tumor growths in the liver of female rodents, surprisingly not in male rodents.  It is also a known toxin to aquatic species.


DMDM Hydantoin: is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative, basically what this means is it releases formaldehyde making the environment less favorable to the microorganisms. It has been prohibited in Japan for certain cosmetic products.  It is a known human irritant, it is considered to be a broad systemic toxin. However it has been deemed safe by industry panel because the amount of formaldehyde is so small.  Formaldehyde is also a cancer causing agent.
Parfum:Used to make the product smell nice.  Though it is not considered to be harmful or a toxin, it does cause some individuals to develop headaches if it is labelled that it is derived from natural sources.  However, the fragrance industry uses up to 3000 ingredients, most of which are synthetic, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. However, the industry is not required to disclose ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade secrecy considerations. So you don't know what mix of chemicals you are receiving.  Some of them are headaches causing, immunosystem toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.