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


Fruits and Passion Cherry Shower Gel

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
Red-4 (CI 14700)
Red 33 (CI 17200)


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. 


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