Monday, 1 October 2012

Adidas Deep Energy Body Wash with Ginseng

This product gets are really low rating from me.  When you see the words 'developed with athletes', you would get the impression that it was healthy since athletes are supposed to care about their health.  This does not appear to be the case.  This product, surprisingly, contains 14 out of 24 ingredients that are considered to be toxic, mutagenic, carcinogenic or environmental toxins.  That's more than half of the ingredients!  One of those ingredients is rumored to cause low sperm count and shrink the size of a mans penis.  Though there is actually no proof to support this rumor, it is highly ironic since the product it is in is specifically geared towards men.  This product will not be filling our cupboards anytime soon.   

Adidas Deep Energy Body Wash with Ginseng
Adidas Deep Energy Body Wash with Ginseng


Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Benzoate
Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose
Citric Acid
Disodium EDTA
Butylphenyl Methlypropional
Alpha-isomethyl Ionone
Butylene Glycol
Sodium Hydroxide
Panax Ginseng Root Extract
FD&C Red No.4 (CI 14700)
FD&C Yellow No.5 (CI 19140)


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.

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, 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.

Phenoxyethanol: Is a fairly new ingredient, it is a glycol either and is used as a bactericide.  It is generally considered safer then the traditional formaldehyde releasing agents, however the FDA has stated that it can depress the central nervous system which could cause vomiting, diarrhea and can cause dehydration in infants.  There have been concerns of this product being carcinogenic due to the ingredients it is derived from.

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 a genotoxin, affecting the mitochondria.  Another interesting fact, parents might be interested in this... watch for this ingredient listed on food packaging along with food coloring.  The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggests that sodium benzoate along with certain artificial colors may be linked to hyperactive behavior.

Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose: Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose is an ether of Cetyl Alcohol and Hydroxyethylcellulose.  It is used as a viscosity increasing agent and an emulsion stabilizer.  It is derived from plants and appears to be non toxic, safe and gentle.

Coco-glucoside: 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.   

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.

Menthol: is an organic compound made synthetically from peppermint or other types of mint oils.  It is used as a local anesthetic, counterirritant and a cooling agent, and fragrance.  It appears to be of low toxicity and is considered to be overall safe.

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.

Butylphenyl methlypropional:  is used as a masking or fragrance ingredient. There are moderate concerns regarding its toxicity.  It has been shown to effect estrogenic activity by increasing the proliferation of breast cancer cells in vitro.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ toxin as well as an endocrine disruptor.

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.

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.

Polyquarternium-7: This is a synthetic polymer based on quaternary ammonium compounds.  It is used in products as an anti-static agent, a film-former and a hair fixative.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin, persistent but not bioaccumulative.  It is also a human toxin with concerns of the ingredient being contaminated with acrylamide (a known carcinogen).

Limonene:  is a colorless 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 odor 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 tumors in small rodents but it appears that scientists are interested in its anti-cancer fighting properties.

Alpha-isomethyl ionone: this is a synthetically derived fragrance ingredient.  It is considered to be an irritant and an immune system toxin.  The International Fragrance Association banned the ingredient from being mixed into fragrance products (perfume). But you can still find this ingredient in a variety of other cosmetics that are not categorized as a “fragrance.”

Butylene glycol: organic compounds containing atoms of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen bonded together in specific configurations.  It is used as an humectant, masking agent and a skin conditioning agent.  It is not considered to be toxic or a carcinogen.  However it is a known irritant.

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.

Panax ginseng root extract: Panax ginseng roots 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 miniscule to begin with. 

BHT:  is also called Butylated hydroxytoluene or butylhydroxytoluene, is a lipophilic (fat-soluble) organic compound and a chemical derivative of phenol.  It has high amounts of antioxidants. There is concerns that it causes hyperactivity in children and may also be a carcinogen.  It is classified as a human skin toxin, broad systemic toxin, endocrine disruptor, environmental toxin and last but not least a developmental toxin.  Don't forget to read the labels on your kids cereal boxes, most of those products include this ingredient.  On a side note, it is apparently prescribed as treatment against Herpes. 

FD&C Red No.4 (CI 14700): s a synthetic dye produced from petroleum, though it may also be derived from animals as well, vegans beware.  It is used as a colorant in cosmetics with restricted use.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin but there is limited proof that it is a mutagenic

FD&C Yellow No.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 males 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.

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