Thursday, 30 May 2013

Adidas Cotton Tech+ Absorbent Deodorant Fitness Fresh by Coty ~ Developed By Athletes? Really?

 I came across this product years ago in my quest for more naturally derived products.  At the time they had a men's as well as a woman's deodorant.  They eventually quit making the men's, which is unfortunate, my step-father used to wear it and loved it.  I still use the woman's, and although it's not perfect, it's not too bad either.  It smells nice, keeps me dry ( I am not one who sweats a lot) and I should add I am not one for female vanity   I am older now and I really don't sweat that much.  It goes on really nicely too.  I don't like the gel sticks or the roll on.  I prefer the hard white sticks.  Out of the 22 ingredients listed on this product 11 are considered to be toxic.  Though admittedly, these ingredients considered to be toxic, appear to be pretty minor.  Most are considered safe for humans but may be possible environmental toxins.  The ingredients to really watch out for in this product are Propylene glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Stearic Acid, Triclosan (this is a pretty bad chemical), and EXT. D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60730).  In perspective, there are these 5 ingredients that I would say watch out for.  Out of 22, having 5 be of high toxicity is not so bad at all... in comparison to others on the market I mean.  I use this product, I have yet to find a salt deodorant that does not hurt my skin.   At the bottom of my blog, I have left a link for those who may be interested in this product.

Adidas Cotton Tech+ Absorbent Deodorant Fitness Fresh by Coty

Ingredients:
Propylene Glycol
Aqua/Water/Eau
Sodium Stearate
Adidas Cotton Tech+ Absorbent Deodorant Fitness Fresh by CotySodium Palmitate
Sodium Arachidate
Parfum/Fragrance
Sodium Behenate
Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum
Sorbitan Sesquioleate
Palmitic  Acid
Stearic Acid
Sodium Magnesium Silicate
Sucrose Stearate
Xanthan Gum
Triclosan
Sodium Myristate
Allantoin
Sodium Laurate
Myristic Acid
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Powder
Sodium Citrate
EXT. D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60730)

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: is water and pretty self explanatory

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.

Sodium Palmitate:  is a sodium salt of palmitic acid.  It is used as a emulsifying agent and a viscosity increasing agent.  Overall, it is generally deemed to be safe however  there is concern that it is an environmental toxin.  It is also an eye irritant in high doses.   

Sodium Arachidate:  this ingredient is used as a buffering agent, viscosity controlling agent and a surfactant.  There is not a lot of information on this ingredient and its toxicity.  

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.

Sodium Behenate:  this is the sodium salt of behenet acid.   It is used as surfactant.  It appears to be of low toxicity to humans and to the environment  however, there appears to be little information regarding this ingredient.

Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum:  this is a resinous material derived from the groundensoperm of cyanopsis terragonoloba.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, viscosity increasing agent and a binder.  Though it is considered to be safe there are incidences showing immune and  allergenic effects.  It is considered to be an occupational hazard.

Sorbitan Sesquioleate:  this is a synthetic chemical based on sorbitol and modified oleic acid.  It is  a possible contact allergen.

Palmitic  Acid:  this is a naturally occurring fatty acid.  Vegans beware, this product could be derived from animals.  It is used as a surfactant, fragrance ingredient and an opacifying agent.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin.

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.

Sodium Magnesium Silicate:  this is a synthetic silicate clay consisting of magnesium and sodium silicate.  It is used as a bulking and binding agent.  This ingredient appears to be pretty benign.  It does not appear to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Sucrose Stearate:  this is a mono-ester of stearic acid and sucrose.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and an emulsifying agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment.  
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706377/SUCROSE_STEARATE/

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.


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.

Sodium Myristate:  this is the sodium salt of myristic acid.  It is used as a cleansing agent and an emulsifying agent.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin, there is also multiple additive exposure concerns and limited information.  

Allantoin:  is a naturally occuring nirogenous compound.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  Vegans beware, this product may be derived from animals.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Sodium Laurate:  this is a sodium salt of lauric acid.  It is used as an emulsifying agent.  It appears to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment. However, there are concerns over multiple, additive exposure sources,  it is used in food with very limited information available on its toxicity.

Myristic Acid:  this is a naturally occurring acid.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient and a surfactant.  Vegans beware, this ingredient may be derived from animals.  It is considered to be an environmental toxin and is on the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.

Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Powder:  this is a fancy way to say Levant cotton native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Sodium Citrate: it is the sodium salts of citric acid.  It is used as a emulsifier and is often used as a chelating and pH balancing agent.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.  

EXT. D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60730):  this is classified as an anthraquinone color.  It is used as a colouring agent.  There is evidence that it is a skin allergen or irritant, and cancer causing.

Here is the link if anyone is interested in trying this product.


TN

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Dove ~ Better Style Through Better Care!

A I have mentioned in my previous blog, I have curly and unruly hair.  In order for me to look relatively presentable I do use hair products.  I recently bought Dove hairspray.  One as a tester and Two.. because I needed something to help control my our-of-control locks.  I would have rather bought the Giovanni hairspray, but I often have a hard time finding it.  So I caved in to my vanity and bought this one.  As I was reading the back when I started this blog, I noticed that out of the 7 ingredients listed on the bottle 7 are considered to be toxic.  I am really really disappointed with the Dove brand now, and will never buy this product again.  I am sure that all of the other hairsprays are probably the same.  So I will take this as a lesson and not give in so quickly to my womanly vanity.  I think taking the time to really invest in a good and healthier product line is well worth it.  I have spoken to my local health food store and they have mentioned that other people have the same concerns and they were in fact in the process of increasing their beauty lines.  I have also started ordering more from Amazon as they have such an array and stock of all healthy options for beauty.  It may take a few days for delivery but I think health is worth the wait.     


 


Dove Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray
Dove Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray
 Ingredients:

Alcohol Denat
Hydrofluorocarbon 152A
Acrylates/Hydroxyesters Acrylates Copolymer
Parfum
Aminomethyl Propanol
PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone
Cyclopentasiloxane

Description:


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. 


Hydroflurocarbon 152A:  this is used as a propellant in hairspray.It is a halocarbon.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.


Acrylates/Hydroxyesters Acrylates Copolymer:  is a copolymer consisting of one or more monomers.  It is used as a film former.  It has contamination concerns and could be contaminated with one or more of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate.  All of which are considered to be of high toxicity.


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.

Aminomethyl Propanol:  this is used as a buffering agent and pH adjuster.  It is a known irritant (skin, eyes, and lungs).  It is also an environmental toxin and is contaminated with nitrosamines (known carcinogen, multiple organ toxin) and oxazolidine.

PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone:  this ingredient is an alkoxylated derivattive of dimethicone and contains both propylene oxide and ethylene oxide.  It is a surfactant.  It is said to possibly contaminated with either or both ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane


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 bio-accumulative , it is also an endocrine disrupter (hormones) and is considered to be tumor causing and a non-reproductive toxin.  Not a good ingredient!

Friday, 17 May 2013

TRESemme Tres Mousse Extra Hold

I have curly hair, and like most people with curly hair, if we don't care for it and style it gently it can turn into a real hot mess.  Some days my hair can look like a rats nest, so I kind of need product in it to keep it looking half decent.  though I really hate to admit that, I would prefer to keep it natural without the use of anything, however, I am not that lucky.  I have used TRESemme in the past, but with  over half of the ingredients being toxic (11 out of 20) I wanted a greener option.  That's when I noticed that my local health food store started carrying Giovanni's Mousse.  I rather liked it, finding that it helped to control my hair just as much as the TRESemme.



TRESemme Tres Mousse Extra Hold
TRESemme Tres Mousse Extra Hold
Ingredients:

Water
Isobutane
Hydroflurocarbon 152A
VP/VA Copolymer
Hydrolyzed Elastin
Gelatin/Keratin Amino Acids/Lysine
Polysorbate 20
PVP
Polyquaternium-4
PPG-12-PEG-50 Lanolin
Olealkonium Chloride
Polyquaternium-7
Sodium Benzoate
Propylene Glycol
Cyclopentasiloxane
Glycerin
Sorbitol
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Cyclohexasiloxane
Fragrance (Parfum)

Description:


Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.

Isobutane:  is also known as methylprobane.  It is used in refridgeration and as propellants in aerosol cans due to the fact that it is said to have a low global warming potential.  It was introduced by Greenpeace in 1993.   However it is considered to be very toxic to humans and ironically, should not be inhaled.  It is considered to be an irritant and allergen, non-reproductive toxin, a workplace hazard and is known to be contaminated with butadiene.

Hydroflurocarbon 152A:  this is used as a propellant in hairspray.  It is a halocarbon.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  


VP/VA Copolymer:  this ingredient is a synthetic vinyl polymer.  It is used as a binding, film forming and hair fixative.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, producing only a mild rash in rare cases.  It is not considered to be carcinogenic or an enviornmental toxin. 

Hydrolyzed Elastin:  it is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the environment.

Gelatin/Keratin Amino Acids/Lysine:  this is a derivative of gelatin, keratin and lysine.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent as well as an anti static agent.  It is considered to be safe and non toxic to humans and the environment.


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 related to ethylene oxide are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.


PVP:  is also called povidone or polyvinylpyrrolidone, and is a polymer.  Yes, it can be found in more than just a pair of pants.  It is used as a binding agent in products.  It is considered to be safe to use, and of fairly low toxicity.  It does not appear to be a contact toxin, developmental toxin or a genotoxin.  
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.55&SearchTerm=polyvinylpyrrolidone


Polyquaternium-4:  is a copolymer of hydroethylcellulose and diallyldimethyl ammoniumchloride.  It is used as an antistatic agent, film former and hair fixative.  They are positively charged so they work to neutralize the negative charges in products.  It does not appear to be toxic to humans and not expected to be an environmental toxin either.

PPG-12-PEG-50 Lanolin:  this product is a polyoxyethylene deriviative of Lanolin.  It is used as a skin conditioing agent, and an emulsifying agent.  It is considered to be an organ toxin and there is evidence of contamination with both ethylene oxide adn 1,4-Dioxane.

Olealkonium Chloride:  this is a quaternary ammonium salt.  It is used as an antistatic agent, biocide and hair conditioning agent.  It is considered to be an allergen.

Polyquaternium-7:  this is a synthetic polymer based on ammonium compounds.  It is used as an anti-static agent, film former, and a hair fixative.  It is a known non-reproductive organ system toxin, it is also considered to be an environmental toxin.  It is also contaminated with acrylamide (a known carcinogen, organ system toxin, reproductive/developmental toxin, allergen and 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, 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 behavior.


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.

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.  However overall this product appears to be safe and relatively non toxic.  As I say that I am thinking in my head 'this ingredient may need some investigating.

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.

Sorbitol: Is also known as glucitol.  It is a sugar alcohol and found in a lot gum and food products.  In personal care products it is used as a thickening agent as well as a skin conditioning agent.  When ingested it can cause diarrhea and flatulence.  In more severe cases it can have substantial negative effects.  However, when used in personal care products like soaps, shampoos and such, it is deemed to be of low toxicity and is considered safe to use.

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.

Cyclohexasiloxane: Is another silicone, and is used in cosmetics and beauty products as a skin conditioner and emollient as well as a skin protectent.  It has again been linked to environmental toxicity due to persistence and bioaccumulation.  Those poor animals just don't get a break from our obsession with beauty.  There have also been links to non-reproductive organ system toxicity.  Again I will remind everyone of the silicone breast implants disasters.  Beauty really is pain...or does it have to be? 

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

Friday, 10 May 2013

2 Chic or Not 2 Chic....That IS the Question...

I have finally found a natural heat protectant for hair. My local health food store had recently received a shipment of new hair products.  After looking at a few different products I decided on Giovanni heat protectant and a Giovanni hair mousse.  I really like the Giovanni line of hair products, thus far everything I have bought I have been satisfied with.  However, buyer beware, they have a hair spritz that is to add shine to your hair.  This product, I am sorry to say had parabens in it.  I was rather shocked when I read that on the label and more than a little disappointed.  I really hope that the company producing Giovanni is not getting greedy and selling out to earn a bigger profit.

Giovanni Blow 2 Chic Brazillian Keratin & Argon Oil Blow out Styling Mist.
Giovanni Blow 2 Chic Brazillian Keratin & Argon Oil Blow out Styling Mist
Ingredients:
Aqua (purified water)
Glycerin
SD Alcohol-40B
VP/VA Copolymer
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil
Hydrolyzed Paullinia Cupana (Brazilian Cocoa) Keratin Extract (Phyto-Keratin)
Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil 
Macadamia Temifolia (Macadamia) Seed Extract
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract
Sorbitol
Amodimethicone
Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5)
Benzyl Alcohol
Polysorbate 20
Phenoxyethanol
Natural Fragrance

Description:

Aqua (purified water):  is water and pretty self explanatory

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.


SD Alcohol-40B:  is ethanol combined with a denaturing agent.  It is often used as an acne fighting ingredient.  According to the Environmental Working Group, ethanol is considered to be a broad spectrum toxin, linked to birth defects.  However, they also state that the risk from ethanol in personal care products is still smaller than the risks posed by the consumption of alcohol.  I am going to assume that they are referring to the alcohol bought in stores that is meant for oral consumption.  This ingredient has been linked to concerns over cancer, penetration enhancement, non-reproductive organ system toxicity and developmental toxicity. When consumed can also cause blindness or death.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705850/SD_ALCOHOL_40B/#

VP/VA Copolymer:  this ingredient is a synthetic vinyl polymer.  It is used as a binding, film forming and hair fixative.  It is considered to be of low toxicity, producing only a mild rash in rare cases.  It is not considered to be carcinogenic or an enviornmental toxin.
  
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil:  this is an oil which is derived from the trees found in Africa.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent.  It is considered to be safe and of little to no toxicity.  It is not considered to be an environment toxin either.  In fact the production and interest in Argon has actually helped to protect the trees from being cut down.

Hydrolyzed Paullinia Cupana (Brazilian Cocoa) Keratin Extract (Phyto-Keratin):  this is a protein, used to strengthen the hair.  However little to no information is available that I was able to come across concernign the safety of this ingredient. The only information I was able to find regarded the Brazillian Phyto-Keratin blow-out which is a different product and that contained high levels of formaldehyde.  I will keep looking into this ingredient and update my blogs accordingly.

Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract:  is an extract from the whole plant.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be 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.

Macadamia Temifolia (Macadamia) Seed Extract:  is the extract of the nuts from the macadamia tree.   It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to 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.


Sorbitol: Is also known as glucitol.  It is a sugar alcohol and found in a lot gum and food products.  In personal care products it is used as a thickening agent as well as a skin conditioning agent.  When ingested it can cause diarrhea and flatulence.  In more severe cases it can have substantial negative effects.  However, when used in personal care products like soaps, shampoos and such, it is deemed to be of low toxicity and is considered safe to use.


Amodimethicone:  are silicone based polymers.  It is used as a hair conditioning agent.  It is not considered to be harmful to humans due to the large size of the molecule, there is limited chance of it passing through the skin barrier.


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 moisturizer   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.


Benzyl Alcohol:  is both a naturally occurring, as well as a synthetic compound.  It is used as a preservative and a solvent.  It is considered to be a workplace hazard  an immunotoxin, contact allergen, and an organ system toxin.  An ingredient best to avoid.


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 related to ethylene oxide are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, skin irritation and in high doses reproductive and developmental toxicity.


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.


Natural Fragrance (Perfume): odors to enhance the product to be appealing and pleasant smelling.  Generally considered safe and non toxic.  However some people do have sensitivities to fragrances and develop such symptoms as headaches or migraines.

TN

Friday, 3 May 2013

Hollister California Solana Beach Body Mist ~ Olfactory Assault

It's funny, I look around at all the other parents face and I see the same tired and pained expressions on their faces mirrored on my own.  All trying desperately to peer through the dim lights, all the while screaming at their offspring.  Not in anger, just simply to be heard above the noise blaring through the speakers.  It's a rather painful experience I'd say.  Between the music and the perfume sprayed throughout the store it's a recipe for a headache of colossal headache.  That's were I got my inspiration for my latest blog.  I wondered at the fact that we were so concerned at the effects of second hand smoke, but what were the effects of all the perfumes you find in the air at the malls.  We all know it is headache inducing but do we really know what is in those bottles?    In this product 13 out of the 17 ingredients listed are considered to be toxic or carcinogenic.  That is roughly 76% of the ingredients.  

Hollister California Solana Beach Body MistHollister California Solana Beach Body Mist

Ingredients:

Alcohol Denant
Water
Fragrance (parfum)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
Ethylhexylsalicylate
PPG-26-Buteth-26
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Butylene Glycol
BHT
Citral
Limonene
Linalool
Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Yellow 6 (CI 15985)
Violet 2 (CI 60730)

Description:


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.



Water:  H2O, the stuff we drink.


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.


Aloe Barbandensis 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.  Photoxicty 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. 

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: this appears to be an unusual ingredient.  It is used as a sunscreen agent.  It is another ingredient that has restrictions on use in Japan.  It's well documented that this ingredient breaks down in sunlight into unknown chemicals, especially when another chemical octinoxate is present.  Some studies have shown that it causes mutation in mammalian cells.  It has also been linked to immunotoxicity and allergies.  There have also been concerns raised about contamination with at least 6 other ingredients.


Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate: it is used as a sunscreen agent.   It appears to be a rather nasty ingredient.  It appears to be an endocrine (hormone) disrupter.  It is an environemental toxin, being both persistent and bioaccumulative.  It has also been linked to biochemical or cell mutation.  And last but not least there is evidence to suggest that it is also a developmental and reproductive system toxin.  Buyer beware.


Ethylhexyl Salicylate:  this is a uv absorber, it also increases skin absorption which means that it could also allow other chemicals to pass through the skin barrier.  It is a known carcinogen, allergen, as well as an environmental toxin.

PPG-26-Buteth-26:  is a polyoxypropylene, polyoxyetheylene ether of butyl alcohol.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent, a surfactant, and a fragrance ingredient.  There is general concern over contamination with other ingredients such as butyl alcohol.  It is also considered to be a non-reproductive organ toxin.


PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: is a polyethylene glycol derivative of caster oil.  It is used as a perfume, emolisifying agent and as a surfactant.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ toxin.  As well, there is concern that it may be contaminated with toxins such as 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide.  It is a controlled ingredient in Japan.


Butylene Glycol:  this ingredient is a small organic alcohol.  It is used as a fragrance, viscosity controlling agent, skin conditioning agent, and a humectant.  It appears to be of low toxicity to humans and to the environment.  It does not appear to be contaminated with any harmful impurties either.  According to the Environemental Working Group it recieved a low score for overall toxicity.  However it was noted that it was considered to be a human irritant to eyes, skin and respiratory system if inhaled.

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700861/BUTYLENE_GLYCOL/


BHT:  is a fat soluble organic compound.  It is very high in antioxidants, and is effective in helping to fight the herpes virus.  However it is very controversial due to the connection with cancer and hyperactivity in children.  There have also been claims that it interferes with hormones.  According to the Environmental Working Group there is evidence that it is a carcinogen as well.  It is listed on David Suzuki's top 12 ingredients to avoid.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700741/BHT/

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 oxidized 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.


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.

Yellow 6 (CI 15985):  this ingredient is classified as a monoazo colour, it is also known as Sunset Yellow.  It is a sulfonated version of Sudan I, a carcinogen  It has also been linked to hyperactivity in children.  It is also a cause for serious allergic reactions in those with aspirin intolerances.  It has been banned in Norway and Finland.  The E.U. has also just passed a change prompting the reduction of this ingredient in foods in 2011.


Violet 2 (60730):  this colour belongs to the anthraquinone family.  It is considered to be a carcinogen and an allergen.

TN