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

 Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Cocamide Mea
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Guar Hydroxyprpyltrimonium Chloride
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Glycol Distearate
Sodium Chloride
PEG-12 Dimethicone
Disodium EDTA
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Citric Acid


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.



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