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