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


F/P Numerero 003 Homme Fruits and Passion Shower GelAqua/Water
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Acrylates Copolymer
Parfum (fragrance)
Cetraria Islandica (Lichen) Extract
Propylene Glycol
Sodium Hydroxide


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.

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.


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