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


Alcohol Denant
Fragrance (parfum)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Butylene Glycol
Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Yellow 6 (CI 15985)
Violet 2 (CI 60730)


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.

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.

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.



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