Saturday, 14 December 2013

Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine 2-in-1 Shampoo and Condtioner

As readers of my blog, you will all know that I am a purveyor of chemical free and all natural products.  While I was researching a few ingredients for this blog, I was surprised to see Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate in many of the "all natural" products.  With so many consumers becoming wise to the ingredients in their favorite products, and crying out for the abolition of at least a few of the more known toxic ingredients, companies are trying to find fill -ins that will appease the masses without drawing too much attention to the new replacements.  As the companies all wave boldly from the top of their offices, claiming emphatically, that they too are joining the green revolution.  While en masse, the consumers feel that they are being heard and are thus placated.  This is the new phenomenon called green washing.  Unfortunately the consumers are being misguided by new ingredients or new products.  In this case, not realizing that this is just another harmful ingredient.  The world does not need anymore formaldehyde ingredients in products.  I don't mean to sound like an overzealous, Jerry Fletcher style conspiracy theorist with a flair for the melodrama or anything.  However I am a firm believer in the idea that knowledge is power and we should all have an idea of what we put in our bodies and on our bodies.  


Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine

Ingredients:
 Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine
Water/Eau
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamide Mea
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Guar Hydroxyprpyltrimonium Chloride
Quaternium-80
Panthenol
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Parfum/Fragrance
Glycol Distearate
Sodium Chloride
PEG-12 Dimethicone
Disodium EDTA
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Citric Acid

Description:

Water/Eau: H2O the source of all life.

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.

Cocamide MEA: is derived from the fatty acid of coconuts and monoethanolamine. It is used as a stabilizing agent and a thickener.  There is some controversy surrounding this ingredient, some information claims that it is very harmful and others claim that it is not very toxic at all.  Though there is concern about contamination with nitosamines (serious carcinogen). 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:  also known as SLS, it is used as a foaming agent.  It is an irritant and there is concern over contamination with the known carcinogen 1,4 Dioxane.  It can not be  metabolised by the liver, therefore it is persistent.

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. 


Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: is an organic compound that is a water-soluble quaternary (positively charged ions) ammonium derivative of guar gum. It is used as a conditioning agent in shampoos and other hair care products.  It is considered to be toxic as well as mild skin and respiratory irritant.  It has also been linked to caustic burns on skin and gastrointestinal lining as well as nausea, vomiting, coma, convulsions, hypo tension and death. It is also considered to be an environmental toxin.


Quaternium-80:  is a Quaternary ammonium salt.  It is used as an anti-static and hair conditioning agent.  There is little information regarding this ingredient, however it is used in car wash machines for its anti-static properties.

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. 


Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein: is the hydrolysis of wheat protein using acid or enyzemes. It is used as a hair and skin conditioning agent and anti-static agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment. However if people have allergies, they should be cautious.  It is known to cause skin allergies.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch: Is a hydrolsate of wheat derived by using enzymes or acid.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioner and as a viscosity controlling agent.  It is considered to be non toxic for humans or the environment.   However people with sensitivity may want to use caution when using products with this ingredient, as it may cause reactions.

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.



Glycol Distearate: is derived from either animal or vegetable sources (soy, canola). It is used as a surfactant, skin conditioning agent, and a viscosity increasing agent. It appears to be of low toxicity and not considered to be a carcinogen However, there appears to be some confusion on whether or not it is an ecological toxin.
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.

PEG-12 Dimethicone:  this ingredient is a synthetic polymer made up of polyethylene glycol and dimethicone.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent.  There are strong contamination concerns in regards to 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide due to the use in the process of manufacturing this ingredient.  Both of these chemicals are heavy carcinogens.

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 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 baned.  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.

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate:  this is an anti-microbial ingredient and a formaldehyde releasing agent. It is used as a preservative as well as a hair conditioning agent.  It is a known allergen and skin toxin.  There are also concerns regarding it being carcinogenic.  As well there are obvious concerns with formaldehyde.  An ingredient to stay away from.

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.


TN

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pure Tashodi Ocean Minerals Body Butter ~ Nurture Yourself, Nurture the World

As per our regular routine, my daughter and I headed over to my mom's for a weekly dinner.  It allows time for the grandparents to play with their granddaughter and maintain a healthy relationship with her.  They are not retired and with the daily grind of routines, chores and work its hard to plan time for loved ones.  Especially when it's so easy to let time interfere.  Now my mom knows of my interest in sustainable living and getting back to the healthy and away from the chemicals that seem to inundate so many of our products.  She often asks how my blog is going and what product is under review.  My mom has always encouraged this frame of thought and more often than not has found some new item for me to research, sample and discuss.  This time she was excited about a product that was brand new to our favorite health food store, Pure Tashodi Body Butter.  If any of you are familiar with body butter, they are amazing for dry skin.  They are ubbber rich creams that moisturize and re-hydrates the skin leaving it feel creamy, silky and hydrated.  I generally have really dry skin so body butter to me is heavenly.  Some might complain that it leaves the skin feel greasy, but that's when you throw on a big comfy robe, a pair of slippers, grab a cup of tea or glass of wine and veg in front of the T.V. while your skin happily soaks in all that glorious moisture.  In my youth I used to use the body shop, until I found Say Yes to Carrots body butter and now this one.  It leaves the skin feeling wonderfully soft and with a soft subtle glow.  I have to say that out of the 17 ingredients there are maybe 3 ingredients that are considered to be toxic but with poor and sketchy evidence on 2 of them.  To me this product is as good as gold and pretty much what I have been waiting for.  I will do more research on the Sodium Borate to find out further the toxicity of this ingredient, but overall this product gets an A from me.

Pure Tashodi Ocean Minerals Body Butter

Ingredients:
Helliantus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Soja Hispida (SoyBean ) Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Aqua 
Natura Beeswax
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Butyrisperinum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter
Emulsifying Wax NF
Sodium Borate
Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Leaf Juice
Chamomillia  Recututa (Matricaria) Flower Extact (Chamomile)
Vegetable Glycerin
Eucalptus Globulus Leaf Oil
Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil
Lactobacillius Ferment

Description:

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.

Soja Hispida (SoyBean ) Oil: is a species of legume found in Esat Asia.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and fragrance ingredient  There has been debate over the safety of soybeans because they contain isoflavones known as genistein and daidzen which are phytoestrogens or in other words estrogen.  There have been studies done that have shown that consuming soy does not alter levels of testosterone or estrogen in men, nor does it have any affect of sperm levels.  As well, studies have shown that consuming moderate levels of soy does not present a risk to women with breast cancer.  Now that I say that, it is not recommended that soy supplements be used.  In the case of skin care products, soy is seen to be very safe and benign.  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702679/GLYCINE_SOJA_%28SOYBEAN%29_OIL/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soybean

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil:  this ingredient is extracted from seeds of a desert shrub located in California and Mexico areas.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and as a viscosity controller.  It is considered to be safe for humans and for the environment.

Aqua: is what we drink, about 60% of our bodies are made up of water. When clean it is a safe and necessary part of life.

Natura Beeswax: is the purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee. It is used as a skin conditioning agent, emulsion stabilizer, fragrance ingredient and viscosity increasing agent.  It is considered to be safe for humans and safe for the environment.  However it is not considered to be vegan according to PETA.

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: this ingredient is extracted from the Thobroma cacao tree which is native to North and Central America.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient and as a skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity and safe for humans and the environment.

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: Now this is a neat product.  Shea butter is derived fro the seeds of the African Shea Tree.  It acts as thickening agent as well as a skin conditioner.  This product is preferred because it does not turn into a soap as other fatty oils do.  It is considered a natural moisturizing factor because of its close resemblance to the lipid content of human skin.  It helps to regenerate skin, block out bacteria and naturally absorbs UVB rays to protect the skin from the sun. It is  safe to use and considered non toxic.  However do to the fact that it is a nut people with nut allergies need to beware.

Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter:  is fat obtained from the seed of the mango.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be safe and non toxic for both humans and the environment.

Emulsifying Wax NF:  is a mixture of plant or petroleum based wax converted into an emulsion using detergents. There is some concern over the toxicity of this ingredient as it may be derived from petroleum.. There is also concerns over the possibility of ingredients not fully labeled or the the identity being unknown.

Sodium Borate: is also known as Borax, which is a naturally occurring mineral based on the element boron. It is used as a buffering agent and a pH Adjuster.  There are some heavy concerns regarding this ingredient.   It is not safe to use on infant skin. It is also an ingredient that is restricted in cosmetics.  There is also a concern with multiple exposure.  There is evidence to suggest it is a reproductive toxin as well as a non reproductive organ system toxin.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin.

Aloe Barbandensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice: Also known as Aloe Vera   It is used for it's rejuvenating and healing/soothing properties.  Can cause diarrhea if too much is ingested.  Photo toxicity and  have been reported through topical application.  Though that could be linked to an allergic reaction, the information surrounding this information is very limited.  Overall, aloe appears to be of low toxicity, low environmental toxicity and not carcinogenic. 

Chamomillia  Recututa (Matricaria) Flower Extact (Chamomile): is also known as chamomile and is a relative of ragweed, people with ragweed allergies may have sensitivities towards chamomile.  It has many interesting healing properties.  it is a bactericide, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic as well as antimicrobial. 

Vegetable Glycerin: is pretty benign and of low toxicity.  It is used in products mainly because it is effective at improving the smoothness of the product and is a good lubricant.  It is often derived from vegetable oils such as coconut or soy beans. 

Eucalptus Globulus Leaf Oil:  This is an evergreen tree that grows native in Australia but can be found in different parts of the world.  They are thought to be a fire hazard in parts of California.  It has many uses ranging from dentistry to blood sugar and anti-bacterial/fungi properties.  It is thought to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment
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Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil:  this is the oils that have been obtained from the fresh peels of lemon.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, a tonic, and an astringent.  According to the EWG it has been banned or found to be unsafe for the use in cosemetics, although there seems to be limited evidence as to why this is the case since it is not considered to be carcinogenic or an organ system toxin.  Nor is it considered to be harmful to the environment.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/717951/CITRUS_MEDICA_LIMONUM_%28LEMON%29_PEEL_OIL/

Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil:  as the name suggests this is the oils derived from the dried tops and leaves of the Mentha viridis.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, and astringent, and skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be safe and non toxic to both humans and the environment.

Lactobacillius Ferment: this is also known as lactic acid fermentation.  This is one of the key ingredients in sauerkraut and yogurt.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or the environment.

TN

Friday, 27 September 2013

Nivea Soft Cream

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer or winter for those of you whom reside on the other side of the world.  I have not written as many blogs as I would have liked to over the summer, as the hours tend to be chaotic.  But now with routines and structure back with the arrival of the new school year it's much easier. Along with the new school year and the arrival of the nice crisp days of fall, our skin care regiment becomes a little more intense, especially with the arrival of the colder weather.  In the next few blogs I would love to bring forth some ideas for homemade and natural skin care products for those that may be interested for a healthier alternative to one of the most popular products Nivea.  My grandmother used this product, as did my mother and even myself.  Out of the 20 ingredients listed 11 were considered to be toxic.  I have to admit that it's higher than I would like, but much better than a lot of the other products out there.  It would be really nice to see them improve a little on the formulation of this product, however I would prefer to use this product in a pinch over a lot of the other products.  In our quest for aging beautifully it's nice to have some options that we can feel good about using.  Here are a couple of other products that are great to use for us and for their limited impact on the environment.



Nivea Soft Cream

Ingredients:

Water/Eau
Nivea Soft CreamGlycerin
Myristyl Alcohol
Mineral Oil
Butylene Glycol
Alcohol Denant
Stearic Acid
Petrolatum
Myristyl Myristate
Glyceryl Stearate
Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Tocopheryl Acetate
Lanolin Alcohol
Polyglyceryl-2Caprate
Dimethicone
Carbomer
Sodium Hydroxide
Phenoxyethanol
Parfum/Fragrance

Description:


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.


Glycerin: is pretty benign and of low toxicity.  It is used in products mainly because it is effective 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.

Myristyl Alcohol:  this ingredient is a fatty alcohol. It is used as a fragrance ingredient, skin conditioning agent, emulsion stabilizer as well as a emollient.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin, and is listed as a medium level human health priority by Environment Canada's Domestic Substance List.



Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidium): Found in most baby care products, creams and make-ups.  It is a by-product from the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.  It is considered a carcinogen by the World Health Organization but deemed safe by the American FDA.  It has been known to cause skin cancer in small rodents.  Please be aware of this ingredient.

Butylene Glycol: is an alcohol used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance ingredient, as well as a solvent.  It is considered to be an irritant to the skin eyes and lungs. It is not considered to be an environmental toxin.



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.


Stearic Acid: Another really nasty ingredient. It is a saturated fatty acid found in both animals and vegetables.  It is considered safe when used in amounts below certain levels.  If slight to higher doses are used it has been shown to cause cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, and effects to the nervous system, respiratory system,  as well as skin irritation.

Petrolatum:  this ingredient is a semisolid mixture composed of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum.  It is used as a conditioning agent, skin protectant and a uv absorber.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  There is also concerns regarding contamination with other chemicals such as PAHS which is highly toxic and a banned substance for use in cosmetics.

Myristyl Myristate:  is an ester of myristyl alcohol and myristic acid.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin, a human irritant (skin, eyes, and lungs) it is also considered to be a persistent and bioaccumulative toxin to the environment.   



Glyceryl Stearate: is the vegetable derived glyceryl ester from stearic acid, combined with potassium stearate also known as potassium salts.  It is a surfactant and an emulsifying agent.  There appears to be low toxicity from this product and is seen to be relatively gentle for both humans and the environment.


Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides:  this ingredient is a combination of mono, di, and triglycerides of hydrogenated coconut oil.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is not suspected to be an environmental toxin and appears to be safe for humans.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: this is often a main ingredient in skin conditioning products.  it is extracted from seeds from the shrub, and is native to parts of North America.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, and a viscosity controlling agent.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to 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.


Lanolin Alcohol:  this is a mixture of alcohols obtained from the hydrolysis of lanolin, which is a fat like secretion from sheep.  It is used as a binder, conditioning agent, viscosity increasing agent and an anti-static agent.  There are concerns that this ingredient is a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  It is also considered to be a human skin toxin or allergen.  

Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate:  this ingredient is a ester of capric acid and Diglycerin.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and an emulsifying agent.  There appears to be little information regarding this product.

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.

Cabomer: 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 sensitization.

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.

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.



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.

TN

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Dove Damage Therapy Frizz Control Taming Cream with Micro Moisture Serum

As a person with curly hair I really appreciate products that can help to control frizz and tame unruly curls.  However after close consideration of this product I find that having a bit of frizz might be a better option over this product.  Over and over again I am disappointed with big companies and the ingredients that they use in thier products.  It is not a better option for the consumer to buy something that is  paraben free when they only replace it with the same crap just under a different guise.  Out of the 11 ingredients listed on this bottle 8 are considered to be toxic.  That's a pretty high percentage.  I have done a bit of research and I have found some alternatives for those who may be interested.  

Dove Damage Therapy Frizz Control Taming Cream with Micro Moisture Serum
Dove Damage Taming Cream
Ingredients:
Aqua
Cyclopentasiloxane
Distearyldimonium Chloride
PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone
Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
Parfum
DMDM Hydantoin
VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
CI 19140 11
CI 15985

Description:
Aqua/Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.


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.  with further investigating I have found that this ingredient is considered to be an environmental toxin (persistent and bioaccumulative), it is also an endocrine disrupter (hormones) and is considered to be tumor causing and a non-reproductive toxin.  Not a good ingredient! 

Distearyldimonium Chloride: is a quarternary ammonium salt.  It is used as an anti-static agent and as a hair conditioner.  It is considered to be an irritant (skin, eyes, and lungs)  It is also a non-reproductive organ toxin and an environmental and wildlife toxin.  


PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone:  this is a synthetic chemical comprised of dimethicone, polyethylene gycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG) polymers.  There are contamination concerns with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide (both are very toxic).  There is also limited evidence suggesting that it is a non-reproductive organ toxin.   

Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone:
 this is a synthetic ingredient combining PEG (polyethelene glycol) PPG (polypropylene glycol) and dimethicone.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  There are concerns of contamination with 1,4-dioxane.  It is also considered to be a non-reproductive organ toxin. 


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.

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.
 
VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer: this ingredient is a mouthful.  It is a polymer created from vinylpyrrolididone and dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate monomers.  It is used as a hair fixative, film forming, and a binding agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity but is limited in usage.  There appears to be limited data available on this ingredient. 


Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate:  This ingredient is used as a preservative.  It is considered to be acutely toxic if inhaled adn should not be used in products that are areosolized.  It has been restricted in Japan.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin, a human allergen and immunotoxin.  With severe effects shown in some cases.  It is also a non-reproductive toxin with evidence suggesting liver toxicity.  

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 1990's 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 rumours, however.

CI 15985:  is a chemical colorant classed as a monoazo color.  It is considered to be of low toxicity.  It is not suspected of being an environmental toxin or a human toxin.  

TN

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


St Ives Indulgent Coconut Milk Triple Butters Body Wash

Ingredients:
Aqua
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
St Ives Indulgent Coconut Milk Triple Butters Body Wash  Sodium Chloride
Cocamide MEA
Glycerin
Butyrospermium Parkii (Shea) Butter
Theobrama Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract
Parfum
Glycol Stearate
Tetrasodium EDTA
Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Citric Acid
PPG-9
Stearamide AMP
Methylisothiazolinone

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.


Cocamide MEA: is derived from the fatty acid of coconuts and monoethanolamine. It is used as a stabilizing agent and a thickener.  There is some controversy surrounding this ingredient, some information claims that it is very harmful and others claim that it is not very toxic at all.  Though there is concern about contamination with nitosamines (serious carcinogen). 


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.


Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: Now this is a neat product.  Shea butter is derived fro the seeds of the African Shea Tree.  It acts as thickening agent as well as a skin conditioner.  This product is preferred because it does not turn into a soap as other fatty oils do.  It is considered a natural moisturizing factor because of its close resemblance to the lipid content of human skin.  It helps to regenerate skin, block out bacteria and naturally absorbs UVB rays to protect the skin from the sun. It is  safe to use and considered non toxic.  However do to the fact that it is a nut people with nut allergies need to beware.

Theobrama Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter:  this is extracted from the roasted seeds of the cacao trees.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent, a fragrance ingredient, and skin protectant.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment. 


Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter:  is created by the isomerization of  the Jojoba oil.  This means that one molecule is transformed into another molecule with the same amount of atoms.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent.  It is considered to be safe and of low toxicity to humans and the environment.


Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil:  is the oil extracted from the kernels of the seeds of the coconut palm.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient and conditioning agent.  It is considered to be of low to no toxicity to humans or the environment.


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.


Glyceryl Stearate: is the vegetable derived glyceryl ester from stearic acid, combined with potassium stearate also known as potassium salts.  It is a surfactant and an emulsifying agent.  There appears to be low toxicity from this product and is seen to be relatively gentle for both humans and the environment.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Stearamide AMP:  it is an organic compound derived from a reaction involving ethylenediamine and stearic acid.  It is used as a foam booster and viscosity increasing agent.  It is thought to be of low toxicity, however very little information was available.   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene_bis(stearamide) 


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.

TN

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Nivea Happy Time Body Lotion

1919 Ad Hind's Honey Almond Cream Ft. Anita Stewart Silent Film ActressI think a history of body lotion would be an appropriate topic for this days blog.  I love interesting facts.  Did you know that people have been using moisturizers since the Mesolithic era some 10,000 years ago.   Though the moisturizer they used consisted mainly of smearing animal fat on their bodies.  In Latin American avocado oils were used as moisturizer, in other parts of the world they used palm oils.  In the world's first known civilization (modern day Iraq) they used minerals, animal fats or plants combined with wine.  And of course the illustrious Cleopatra, well-known for her love of make-up, used sesame and olive oils on her skin. Even Galen was famed for creating the first cold cream, by combining beeswax, rose oil and water.  Many years later the manufacturing of lotions became popular in the 1800's.  Petroleum jelly, and mineral oil became predominate ingredients, as well as lanolin.  The first manufactured product was Hind's Honey and Almond Cream, which was created Portland Maine around 1872 by an owner of a drug store.   With marketing and the development of T.V.'s, there was to be an explosion in demand for store bought lotions.  With that people no longer made their own moisturizers from the natural ingredients found in their cupboards.  Products became less natural and more synthesized using ingredients to ensure the shelf life outlasted any lags in sales.  This is an interesting product, they seem to use a lot of pretty benign ingredients but they blow it with the use of parabens, chemical fragrances and a few other nasty ingredients.  Here is a fantastic article from a great source www.treehugger.com.  I will add links to some of their suggested products as alternatives for those who are interested.
http://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/6-paraben-free-skin-care-products-health-tea.html



Nivea Happy Time Body Lotion

Ingredients:


Water/Eau
Glycerin
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Myristyl Myristate
Nivea Happy Time Body Lotion with Bamboo and Milk ProteinAlcohol Denat
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate
Glyceryl Glucoside
Dimethicone
Octyldodecanol
Hydrolyzed Milk Protien
Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract
Propylene Glycol
Butylene Glycol
Cetearyl Alcohol
Sorbitan Stearate
Xanthan Gum
Carbomer
Sodium Hydroxide
Methylparaben
Phenoxyethanol
Propylparaben
Fragrance/Parfum

Description:


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.


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.


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: is generally derived from coconut oil.  When used in skin care products it helps to moisturize dry skin.  It also reduces protein loss when used in hair care products such as shampoo/conditioner.  Its general purpose is to improve the feel and spreadability of creams.  It is also a suitable carrier for oil infusions among other things. Although coconut oil has been deemed dangerous due to high levels of saturated fats and lauric acid which causes high blood pressure, it does not have the same reputation in personal care products.  It has been regarded as safe, even for pregnant woman to use. However, there is a small population of people who still have reactions to this ingredient. One worthy thing to note is this, it can be used as a personal lubricant, however it may cause damage to latex condoms.  An interesting piece of information.

Myristyl Myristate:  is an ester of myristyl alcohol and myristic acid.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is a known skin, eyes and lung irritant.  It is also a non reproductive organ system toxin, and an environmental toxin.



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.

Glyceryl Stearate Citrate:  this is a citric acid ester of Glyceryl Stearate.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent. This ingredient has been deemed safe to use in cosmetics.  It does not appear to be an irritant.  However it should be noted that there is no information regarding reproductive or developmental toxicity of this ingredient.  

http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_more_details.php?ingredient_id=919

Glyceryl Glucoside:  This ingredient is an enhanced glyceryl derivative.  There appears to be large gaps in information regarding this ingredient.  I was unable to find out any information on the toxicity of this ingredient at this point in time.  


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.

Octyldodecanol:  is a long chain fatty alcohol.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, a skin conditioning agent and solvent.  It is a known skin, eyes and lungs irritant.  It is not considered to be a carcinogen, mutagen or an environmental toxin.  


Hydrolyzed Milk Protein:  this is hydrolysate of of milk protein that has been derived by acid or enzymes.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin or toxic to humans.  Under the EWG though it is listed as a multiple additive exposure.  It is used in food and other products with little to no toxicity information available.

Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract:  this is pretty interesting.  This is a variety of bamboo.  However only this particular bamboo B.vulgaris contains taxiphyllin a cyanogenic glycoside (which is a cyanide).  It is highly toxic causing difficulties in breathing, paralysis and nervous system damage, and can be lethal to humans.  


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.

Butylene Glycol:  this is a small organic alcohol.  It is used as skin conditioning agent, solvent, and a humectant.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment.  However it is considered to be an irritant.



Cetearyl Alcohol: Is considered a fatty alcohol.  It is used as a foam boosting surfactant and an emulsion stabilizer.  In my research I found little information on its toxicity to either the environment or to humans.  Although I did find some blogs discussing it and they seemed to think it was pretty benign to  the environment.

Sorbitan Stearate:  this ingredient is a combination of sorbital and stearic acid.  It is a surfactant and a fragrance ingredient.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans, not suspected of being a carcinogen, mutagen, or hormone disruptor. However, it is said to be an environmental toxin.



Xanthan Gum:  is a sugar based polymer produced by bacteria.  It is used as a viscosity agent.  It is generally considered to be non toxic and safe for humans and the environment when used in this form.  However, there are specific concerns related to it.  Xanthan gum is considered to be a workplace hazard material, due to respiratory issues.  It is also not a food ingredient that should be given to pre-mature infants as it can cause necrotizing enterocolitis (tissue death in the bowels).   It is also made from known allergens such as wheat and corn.  Some people may experience an allergic reaction from food sensitivities if they consume this ingredient.  It is also known as a powerful laxative.  However, these concerns are limited mainly to congestion not the use in personal care products.

Cabomer: 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.


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.

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.

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.

Propylparaben:  Like the other parabens this one is also used as a preservative.  It also mimics estrogen.  It is classified as an endocrine disrupter, a broad systemic toxin, a mutagen, and a developmental and reproductive toxin.  Yikes!

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.

TN

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Brut 24 Hour Protection Deodorant with Trimax

I decided to blog about this particular product, even though it is not necessarily one of the more popular brands of deodorants and anti-antiperspirants.  However I noticed that it did not have a lot of ingredients listed, unlike most of the other brands.  I was curious to see, out of the small list of ingredients, how many would be toxic.  Or is the saying were true, that less really is more.  Or if they were in fact creating a cheaper product to sell by using less ingredients, thus saving money and using harsh ingredients to get more bang for their buck.  Now I must add that I am merely drawing my own conclusions here.  I have not researched into the company, they may be a great company.  I am only interested in the ingredients on this product.  As a weary consumer, I believe in self-advocacy in regards to the purchases we make.   So out of the 9 ingredients listed 6 are considered to be harmful to either or both humans and the environment.  That's a pretty high percentage, a fact worth noting.  For those who may be interested, here are a couple of alternatives for men's deodorants.



Brut 24 Hour Protection Deodorant with Trimax
Ingredients:

Propylene Glycol
Brut 24 Hour Protection Deodorant with TrimaxAqua
Sodium Stearate
Polaxamine 1307
Aminomethyl Propanol
Triclosan
Green 5
Yellow 5
Parfum

Description:

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.

Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

Sodium Stearate: is a sodium salt of stearic acid, it is a naturally occurring fatty acid.  It is used as a viscosity increasing agent and a surfactant.  Though it appears to be of low toxicity to humans it is on Environment Canada's Domestic Substance List for concerns that it is an environmental toxin.

Poloxamine 1307: is a polymer of ethylene diamine, it is used as a surfactant. It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Aminomethyl Propanol: is a small molecular weight buffering agent.  It is used in products as a buffering agent.  It is considered to be an irritant and an wildlife and environmental toxin.  There is also concern with contamination with other harmful toxins, such as, nitrosmaines and oxazolidine.


Triclosan:  this is a pretty nasty ingredient.  It is an antibacterial, and preservative.  It is able to kill bacteria without destroying its cell wall.  It is good to state that the over use of this ingredient may cause resistant strains of bacteria.  It is also known to produce other toxic chemicals when it reacts with chlorine in water.  It is considered to be an endocrine (hormone) disrupter  an environmental toxin (being both persistent and bio accumulative), it is a known allergen, an irritant, and contains possible impurities.

Green 5 (CI 61570): is a synthetic colourant derived mainly from petroleum and coal tar, though it may also be derived from insects and or animals.  Though it is derived from petroluem, it has a very low toxicity rating from the Environmental Working Group.  It does not appear to bbe considered toxic to humans or to the environment.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701773/D%26C_GREEN_5/

Yellow 5 (CI 19140): is also known as tartrazine, it is a synthetic lemon yellow dye.  It is used as a colourant.  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 rumours 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 rumours, however.


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.

TN