Friday, 25 January 2013

"Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats" Woody Allen

Axe Rise Shower Gel


Axe Rise Shower GelAqua
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Acrylates Copolymer
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Ammonium Chloride
Cocamide MEA
Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract
Synthetic Wax
Sodium Chloride
Citric Acid
Tetrasodium EDTA
Propylene Glycol
CI 42090
CI 19140

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.  

Acrylytes Copolymer:  is used as a binder, film former, and an antistatic agent.  There is little information on this ingredient, however it seems relatively safe.  It has not been detected in human tissue or urine.

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.

Ammonium Chloride:  it is a combination of hydrochloric and ammonia. It is often used as a flavouring agent in licorice. It is an inorganic salt. It is used as a viscosity increasing agent. Though it is considered to be an irritant, it is generally considered to be safe. It is not a genotoxin organ toxin or 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). 

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.

Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract: Is used as a skin conditioning agent and a moisturizer.  It is considered to be safe and non toxic.

Synthetic Wax:  Is an organic compound that consists of long alkyl chain.  It is used as a viscosity building agent, masking, and anti static agent.  It considered to be safe and non toxin. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CI 42090:  Also known as Brilliant Blue 1, not to be confused with Brilliant Blue 9.  It is used as a colouring agent.  It is considered to be a mutagen with in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results

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.


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