Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Live Clean Baby Moisturising Baby Lotion~Because your baby's skin is worth it.

Did you know that a new born babies skin is a reddish purple, regardless of the ethnicity?  It can take up to 6 months for their permanent skin tone to develop.  A baby's skin is also prone to what looks like a breakout of white heads called baby acne and erythema toxicum.  Baby's skin is very sensitive and often needs special care so as to not irritate conditions that may be present.  Did you also know that the mommy-to-be's hormones can also have an impact on the baby's skin and has been linked to cradle cap?  Here is another interesting fact, your baby's skin is paper thin.  That is why the rule a layer plus one is so important.  Because their skin is so thin too it turns red when they cry or it turns bluish when they are cold.  It is also not necessary to bath your baby everyday, a wash down with a damp cloth is often all that is required.  It is especially important to watch the ingredients in your baby's soap.  Soaps with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate should be especially avoided as it is a harsh detergent, and toxin. 

 The product I have bought and used on my toddler.  Her skin is generally good, but in the winter time, as with most people, her skin gets a bit dry.  Live Clean is one of the better products on my local stores shelves. Out of the 18 ingredients listed  on the product, 5 appear to be toxic on some level.  Much better than most of the products that I have reviewed.  At about 28%, they are on the right track with their product in reducing the amount of harmful chemicals used.  It is not ideal of course, as there are still a small amount of irritating or toxic ingredients being used.  But it is one that I feel I can use in good conscious on my own baby.  

Live Clean Baby  Moisturising BABY LOTION
Live Clean Baby  Moisturising BABY LOTION
Aqua (water/eau)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavander) Flower Extract

Chamomilla Recutita (Martricaria) Flower Extract
Glycol Stearate
Dicaprylyl Ether
Vegetable Oil
Cetyl Alcohol
Stearyl Alcohol
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil 
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax
Sodium Stearoyl Glutomate
Xanthan Gum
Parfum (Fragrance)
Sodium Benzoate


Water:  H2O, benign and necessary for life.

Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice: Also known as Aloe Vera.  It is used for it's rejuvenating and healing/soothing properties.  Can cause diarrhoea if too much is ingested.  Photo toxicity and erythema 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.

Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Extract: is used as a skin conditioning agent, and fragrance ingredient.  It is deemed to be non toxic to humans or the environment.  Though some people with sensitives may feel an effect from the lavender such as possible headache.

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract: 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.

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.

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. 

Cocoglycerides: is a combination of mono, di, and triglycerides derived from coconuts.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent. It is considered to be safe and non-toxic for both humans and the environment.

Dicaprylyl Ether:  it is an ether, as the name implies.  It is plant-based.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  it may have been created between the 8th century and 1275.  It appears to be of low toxicity when used in this form.  However the ether itself is extremely volatile and flammable.

Vegetable Oil:  is expressed oil from vegetables, mainly of triglycerides of fatty acids.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent.  It is considered to be safe and non toxic for humans and the environment.

Cetyl Alcohol: Here is an interesting fact the name cetyl is derived from whale oil which was the original source of cetyl.  Now it is derived from petroleum or vegetable oils such as coconut.  It is used in personal care products as a thickening agent or in shampoos as an emulsifier.  There are some links to non-reproductive organ system toxicity.

Stearlyl Alcohol:  It is considered a fatty alcohol.  It is used as an emulsifier, emollient and a thickening agent.  It is considered to be an irritant and not be be used around the eyes.  It is not considered to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, or genotoxic.  There is some concern that it may be an environmental toxin, though not persistent or bio accumulative.

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil: everyone has heard of this ingredient, probably through news reports stating its ill effects on our health.  Hydrogenated vegetable oil is regular vegetable oil that has a metal introduced to act as a catalyst.  It is then heated and hydrogen is added to it.  It then attaches itself to the unsaturated vegetable oil.  If there is too much hydrogen then you end up saturated fat (bad) if there is a lesser amount then you end up with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.  It is deemed bad due to the fact that our bodies are unable to properly process this form when ingested.  In personal care products it is used as a skin conditioning agent and a viscosity building agent.  In personal care products it is deemed to be of low toxicity.

Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax:  is derived from a shrub native to Mexico.  It is used as an emulsion stabiliser, film former, fragrance ingredient.  It is considered to be safe for both humans and the environment.

Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate: it is derived from coconuts.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent, as well as a surfactant.  It appears to be of low toxicity, however there are a lot of data gaps in my research which leads me to think that this product may not have undergone a lot of testing.  That is my own conclusion however, I will continue to watch for further information that may pop up regarding this ingredient.

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 narcotising 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.

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.

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, diarrhoea and can cause dehydration in infants.  There have been concerns of this product being carcinogenic due to the ingredients it is derived from.

Sodium Benzoate: this is a preservative, a bacteriostatic and fungi static 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.

Here is a link if to this product if anyone is interested in trying it.B


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