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.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Beauty Rush Juiced Berry body double mist by Victoria's Secret

Here are some interesting facts about our skin.


1. Skin is our largest organ—adults carry some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of skin.

2. The layers of mammal skin include the epidermis, dermis and subcutis.



 3. Your skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute, even though you do not see it happening.

4. Your skin sheds a layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days.

5. Most of the dust in your house is dead skin cells.

6. Goose bumps are actually little pimples that help retain a layer of warm air over our body.

7. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.


8. Regular exercise can increase toxin removal in your skin and help you look younger by boosting collagen production while diminishing wrinkles.


9. To keep your skin smooth without Botox, minimize your intake of sugar and dairy products. Instead pile up your plate with legumes, vegetables and olive oil.


10. Drinking enough water is key to keeping your skin healthy. Not only can water make wrinkles less noticeable, but it also reduces toxins.


11. On average, women will absorb up to 5lbs of damaging chemicals a year thanks to beauty products



Beauty Rush Juiced Berry body double mist by Victoria's Secret

Beauty Rush Juiced Berry body double mist by Victoria's Secret
Ingredients:

Alcohol Denat
Cyclopentasiloxane
Cyclohexasiloxane
Water/Aqua/Eau
Fragrance (parfum)
Dimethicone
Benzophenone-3
Red-33 (CI 17200)
Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
Red 40 (CI 16035)

Description:

Alcohol Denate: Is added to ingredients to make it taste bad and render it undrinkable. If it is consumed it can cause blindness or death if it contains methanol. To help prevent this, denatonium is often added to the substance to make it taste extremely bitter. Substances such emetic (vomiting) agents such as syrup of ipecac may also be included as well.

Cyclopentasiloxane: Is another silicone and is used in cosmetics as a conditioner.  I had a hard time finding out any information on this product.  It appears to be safe in the fact that it has not been detected in human urine or tissues.  Though if heated past point of decomposition it will release toxic gases.  However overall this product appears to be safe and relatively non toxic.  As I say that I am thinking in my head that this ingredient may need some investigating.

Cyclohexasiloxane: Is another silicone, and is used in cosmetics and beauty products as a skin conditioner and emollient as well as a skin protectant.  It has again been linked to environmental toxicity due to persistence and bioaccumulation.  Those poor animals just don't get a break from our obsession with beauty.  There have also been links to non-reproductive organ system toxicity.  Again I will remind everyone of the silicone breast implants disasters.  Beauty really is pain...or does it have to be?


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

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.


Dimethicone: also known as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) which is a silicone oil.  It is used in shampoos to lubricate hair and make it easier to comb and adds shine.  In creams it acts as a skin protectant and an emulsifier.  The FDA has deemed it safe to use.  However most people have heard of the horror stories with silicone breast implants leading companies to switch to saline filled implants.  Other side effects linked to PDMS include allergic reactions from mild to severe as well as a worsening in dryness.  Although the data is limited, it appears to also cause non-reproductive toxicity as well as links to environmental toxicity due to the toxins being bioaccummulative.  This means it builds up and builds up in our soils and sediments.

Benzophenone-3: It is an organic compound found mostly in sunscreen products.  Its primarily functions as a photostabilizer and sunscreen.  It is considered to be a carcinogen, mimics estrogen, thus lined to breast cancer, and an allergen.  It has been banned in Sweden.

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

Blue 1 (CI 42090): Also known as Brilliant Blue 1, not to be confused with Brilliant Blue 9.  It is used as a coloring agent.  It is considered to be a mutagen with in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results

Yellow 5 (CI 19140):  is also known as tartrazine, it is a synthetic lemon yellow dye.  It is used as a colorant.  It is an immune system toxin, carcinogen, genotoxin, allergen and causes hyperactivity.  Here is an interesting and highly ironic piece of information.  In the 1990s rumors began to surface that tartrazine will lower sperm count, cause impotency in males and shrink the size of a mans penis and testicles.  Funny since it is in a shampoo designed specifically for men.  There is no proof or documented cases to back up these rumors, however.

Red 40 (CI 16035): Allura Red AC is a red azo dye that goes by several names including: Allura Red, Food Red 17, C.I. 16035, FD&C Red 40.  It has been linked to hyperactivity and ADHD in children. It is also considered to be a mutagenic as well as a reproductive effector. 
http://www.drugfuture.com/toxic/q80-q623.html

TN



Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Dove Damage Therapy Revival Shampoo with Fiber Actives Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Scent

In my previous blog, I wrote about the history of conditioner.  I thought I would continue with that and give a brief history of shampoos as well.
The word shampoo dates back to 1762 it is a derivative of the Hindustani word champo.  It was originally used as a head massage and consisted of natural oils and fragrances.  It was then introduced to Britain in the 19th century by Sake Dean Mahomed.  He became the "Shampooing Surgeon" to George IV and William IV after opening up a Turkish bath in Brighton called "Mohamed's Steam and Vapor Sea Water Medicated Baths".  From thereon in shampoo gradually came to be regarded as applying soap to the scalp.  They would use soap boiled in water with added herbs for fragrance as an early form of shampoo.  The first known shampoo maker was Kasey Hebert.  Shampoo that was commercially made was available 1900s.   Shampoo as it is known today was introduced around the 1930s with Drene, the first shampoo with synthetic surfactants.  So there you have it a brief history of shampoo.  
On another note, let's bring our attention back to the product at hand.  One should be aware that 11 of the 16 ingredients in this product are considered to be toxic in one form or another.  I am really disappointed in Dove.  They appear to have a really great program about self-esteem and loving oneself, and yet they are promoting just the opposite by encouraging young women to use their product and sell out on themselves.  Dove has a great thing going -- please let us jump on this 'altruistic' philanthropist bandwagon that everyone is getting on and put on a great show empowering young woman to take control of themselves and love themselves.  All the while negating the fact that their product is not so good, and not in the best interest of the young woman they are targeting.  If they put on a great marketing campaign making them appear anything but the 'big corporations' that are coming under fire lately, then maybe people will forget to look behind the labels.  Am I being to jaded here? I'd like to think so... but I doubt it.
Dove Damage Therapy Revival Shampoo with Fiber Actives Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Scent
Dove Damage Therapy Revival Shampoo with Fiber Actives Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena ScentIngredients:
Aqua
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Chloride
Parfum
Polyquarternium-10
Tetrasodium EDTA
DMDM Hydantoin
Citric Acid
Gluconolactone
Adipic Acid
PPG-9
Sodium Sulfate
Trehalose
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone

Description:

Aqua: 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.  


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.

Sodium Chloride: is your everyday salt.  It is not considered to be toxic and is used as a cleansing agent as well as a thickener.


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.

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.

http://www4.gu.edu.au:8080/adt-root/uploads/approved/adt-QGU20081003.151936/public/02Whole.pdf

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.


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.


Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-aging 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.


Gluconolactone: is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that is capable of chelating metals it also works as an agent against free radicals, thereby protecting skin from some of the damaging effects of UV radiation.  It is used as a conditioning agent and an antioxidant.  There is very little information on this product, though it appears to be relatively gentle.


Adipic Acid: Adipic acid is produced from a mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone.  This is oxidized with nitric acid to give adipic acid.  It is part of the nylon family. It appears to be an environmental toxin, especially to aquatic life.  Otherwise it appears to be of relative low toxicity.  It does not appear to be a carcinogen, a mutagen, and does not appear to be a developmental or a reproductive toxin. 
http://datasheets.scbt.com/sc-239201.pdf 

PPG-9: is also known as polypropylene Glycol 9, and is a quaternary ammonium salt (positively charged).  It is used to prevent the buildup of static electricity.  This ingredient is considered to be a non reproductive toxin, broad systemic toxin and a skin irritant.

Sodium Sulfate: is the sodium salt of sulfuric acid.  It is a very cheap material, and the largest use is in powdered home laundry detergents as filler.  In shampoos it is used as a foaming agent.  Though it is considered to be of low toxicity, it can cause skin and eye irritation, asthma or respiratory irritation.  As well, it may cause eye and skin irritation. May cause respiratory and digestive tract irritation. May cause fetal effects based upon animal studies. 

Trehalose:can be found in animals (such as shrimp, and insects), in which blood-sugar is trehalose.  It is also found in plants, and microorganisms. It is also known as mycose or tremalose.  It is used as an re-hydrator as well as an anti=-oxidant. It appears to be of low toxicity to both humans and the environment.  Here is a link to Health Canada for more information.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/gmf-agm/appro/nf-an119decdoc-eng.php
http://metamodern.com/2010/09/15/trehalose-autophagy-and-brain-repair-sweet/

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.

I have mentioned this product before, I think it is a good product and the ingredients are much less toxic then you will find in the typical store brand products.  Here is a link for anyone who may be interested in trying it.



TN

Friday, 12 October 2012

TRESemme New Advanced Technology Color Protection Conditioner



People have been attempting to condition their hair for centuries.  Originally woman and men used oils such as jojoba, coconut or tea tree oils.  Men were the biggest purveyors of hair conditioners.  They would often use Macassar oil which unfortunately quite messy.  Have you ever been to your grandparents place and noticed pieces of material matching the couch laying across the back?  This started from what used to be called an anti-macassar.  This is a piece of fabric or cloth that was placed on the back of chairs or sofas to protect it from being ruined by the Macassar oil.  The tradition I imagine was continued into the 70's from the use of Brylcreem.  Ed. Pinaud, created what we know as the modern day conditioner at the turn of the century.  The original name was Brilliantine.  Now conditioners are made up of an array of synthetic and natural ingredients.  Some of which are quite harmful.  It's a shame that we have come so far from the original ingredients.  TRESemme is considered to be a salon product with a drug store price.  With low prices, one has to assume that the ingredients used would be, cheap and therefore the quality would suffer.  However it seems that out of the 26 ingredients, roughly 10 are considered to be harmful and toxic.  The number sounds quite high but compared to some other products that actually sell for more this isn't so bad.  It's not so great but at least they are trying.
TRESemme New Advanced Technology Color Protection Conditioner

Ingredients:

Water
TRESemme New Advanced Technology Color Protection ConditionerStearyl Alcohol
Cetyl Alcohol 
Cyclopentasiloxane
Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine
Cyclohexasiloxane
Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil
Camillia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Panthenol 
Tocopheryl Acetate
Biotin 
Niacinamide
Aspartic Acid
Ascorbic Acid
Dimethicone
Quaternium-18
Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
Disodium EDTA
Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine
PEG-9
Glycerin
Polysorbate 20
Imidazolidinyl Urea
DMDM Hydantion
Fragrance

Description:


Water: H2O, the stuff we drink.

Stearyl Alcohol: It is an organic compound and classified as a fatty acid.  It is used as an emollient, emulsifier and a thickening agent. It is considered to be a good alcohol in personal care products.  It is non toxic, gentle and safe for the environment.

Cetyl Alcohol: Here is an interesting fact the name cetyl is derived from whale oil which was the original source of cetyl.  Now it is derived from petroleum or vegetable oils such as coconut.  It is used in personal care products as a thickening agent or in shampoos as an emulsifier.  In my research, there seemed to be very little information on the toxicity of cetyl alcohol, on either the environment, animals or humans.  The only information I found was the evidence of skin irritations and minor allergies causing rashes.  Most information seemed to deem cetyl alcohol safe to use and practically non toxic.

Cyclopentasiloxane: Is another silicone and is used in cosmetics as a conditioner.  I had a hard time finding out any information on this product.  It appears to be safe in the fact that it has not been detected in human urine or tissues.  Though if heated past point of decomposition it will release toxic gases.  However overall this product appears to be safe and relatively non toxic.  As I say that I am thinking in my head 'this ingredient may need some investigating.'

Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine:  is a fatty mine salt.  It is used as a conditioning agent, as well as an anti-static agent.  There is relatively little information on this ingredient.  However, from what I can gleam at this point, it appears to be of low toxicity.  It is not expected to be potentially harmful or toxic.

Cyclohexasiloxane: Is another silicone, and is used in cosmetics and beauty products as a skin conditioner and emollient as well as a skin protectant.  It has again been linked to environmental toxicity due to persistence and bioaccumulation.  Those poor animals just don't get a break from our obsession with beauty.  There have also been links to non-reproductive organ system toxicity.  Again I will remind every one of the silicone breast implants disasters.  Beauty really is pain...or does it have to be?

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: it is used as an emollient.  It is considered to be gentle and safe for use in cosmetics, you will also find it in an array of food products.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Camillia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Is also known as green tea.  It has many health benefits and is non-toxic to both humans and the environment.

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract: is also known as rosemary and is used in cooking as an herb.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, anti-dandruff agent and is full of vitamins.  It is considered to be non toxic, not an environmental toxin and non irritating.

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 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.  

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:  is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B family. It is the amide of nicotic acid (vitamin b3/niacin).  It is used as acne medication, anti-inflammatory, is used in chemo therapy to aid in healing and has anti-anxiety properties.  It is considered to be of low toxicity.

  
Aspartic Acid: is an amino acid of the non essential kind.  There is a lot of negativity surrounding this substance.  It is one of the main ingredients of Aspartame the sweetener.  Due to the fact that it acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and an excitotoxin it has a lot of negative impacts on the brain especially by killing of the brain cells and overstimulating them.  I added a link to an article I found very informative relating to this ingredient and that of Aspartame. 
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx 

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. 

Dimethicone: also known as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) which is a silicone oil.  It is used in shampoos to lubricate hair and make it easier to comb and adds shine.  In creams it acts as a skin protectant and an emulsifier.  The FDA has deemed it safe to use.  However most people have heard of the horror stories with silicone breast implants leading companies to switch to saline filled implants.  Other side effects linked to PDMS include allergic reactions from mild to severe as well as a worsening in dryness.  Although the data is limited, it appears to also cause non-reproductive toxicity as well as links to environmental toxicity due to the toxins being bioaccummulative.  This means it builds up and builds up in our soils and sediments.

Quaternium-18: is a mixture of quatemary ammonium chloride salts made from fatty acids of tallow.  It is used as an anti-static agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, not considered to be mutagenic and is poorly absorbed through the skin.

Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate: I cannot even reasonably pronounce this ingredient.  It is used in hair care as an anti-static agent as well as a conditioning agent.  I would be wary of this ingredient at this point.  There appears to be very little information on it.  I will keep digging in the mean time though.

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.

Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine: this appears to have been created in response to the outcry for ecological awareness and responsibility. It has improved biodegradation and aquatic toxicity compared to other surfactants. This is a biodegradable amidoamine which converts into a cationic surfactant at acidic pH.  There appears to be little information on human toxicity of this ingredient as well.  

PEG-9: This is a polymer derivative. It is used as an emulsifier and skin conditioning agent.  There are concerns of birth or developmental effects as well as reproduction and fertility effects.

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.

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 related to ethylene oxide are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.

Imidazolidinyl Urea: Is a formaldehyde releaser and one of the most widely used preservatives in the world.  It is produced by a chemical reaction of allantoin and formaldehyde with the aid of sodium hydroxide solution and heat. The reaction mixture is then neutralized with hydrochloric acid and evaporated.  It was surprising to find so little information on the toxicity of this ingredient, as it is the most readily used.  The most I found was that it caused contact dermatitis.  However upon further investigating, I found that it is actually considered to be slightly fetotoxic (toxic to unborn fetuses), and mutagenic.  There appears to be giant gaps in data however, here is a link to a government site relating to this ingredient.

http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/chem_background/exsumpdf/imidazolidinylurea.pdf

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.


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.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Finding Nemo Bubble Bath Fruit Wave Mild Formula for Ages 3+

Kids love bubbles, and they especially love bubble bathes.  It is a shame that what they love is so harmful.  6 out of 9 of these ingredients are considered to be harmful toxins, carcinogenic or mutagenic.  This product gets a failing mark from me.  There is a new store that recently opened up in Ottawa called Terra 20, I can't wait to check it out and see what sort of products I can use to substitute the grocery store brands for more natural and less toxic products.  I hope that with supply and demand and the public cry for more stores like this one that they will expand through out Canada and make their way to my little city.  That is my little thought for today... and a little plug for a small store I hope will grow.
http://www.terra20.com/

Finding Nemo Bubble Bath Fruit Wave Mild Formula for Ages 3+

Ingredients:
Aqua/water/Eau
Sodium laureth Sulfate
Sodium Chloride
Cocomidopropyl Betaine
Parfum/Fragrance
Disodium EDTA
Citric Acid
Methylchloroisothiazolinone/Methylisothiazolinone
Red 33 (CI 17200)

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.

Sodium Chloride: is your everyday salt.  It is not considered to be toxic and is used as a cleansing agent as well as a thickener.

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: 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.

Disodium EDTA: is a poly amino carboxylic acid.  It is synthesised from ethylenediamine, formaldehyde, and sodium, and is used to dissolve limescale.  Yum, because we all have limescale build up on our skin.  It is used in personal care products 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.  And this is what we allow our young children to soak in....

Citric acid: This is in many skin care products especially in the anti-aging 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.

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