Saturday, 30 August 2014

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant

Does anyone know the idiom "youth is wasted on the young?" Well I think that goes for everything... energy, robustness and great skin.  My goodness, the things I used to take for granted when I was young.  I remember once having a flat stomach, long shiny hair without even the tiniest hint of grey, and soft subtle skin.  I would never trade my expanding stomach line and soft edges for anything.  It is my badge of honour for being a mother, I can accept that gratefully.  However, I wouldn't mind having my old skin back, one that was once richly moisturized by its own accord.  Lubricated with youth and shiny with vitality.

I lead a busy life, so I tend to neglect my skin, which of course is half my battle.  I have my routine in the morning.  My daughter eagerly harasses me in the morning, eagerly ready to begin the day.  We go into the living room where I turn on the national news, make a cup of green tea, and feed the cat.  Who also likes to harass me in the morning in her eagerness, not to start the day, but to eat her breakfast.  My daughter and I then lay on the couch and watch the news (Canada Am, so its pretty tame)  and I drink my tea and we plan our day.  After breakfast and a shower, I slather some cream on my legs, and arms. Pumping the cream out without even looking at it because, I am also trying to brush out my daughters hair.  I layer on the cream where ever my hand might meet skin and half rub it in.  Much to the chagrin of half the female population, perhaps more, I slather the same cream on my face.  I figure skin is skin, and it saves me a whole lot of steps.  By that time, my girl is done and ready to move on.

Toddlers have a very limited understanding of time.  They know 'now' and whatever time schedule they have in their mighty little brains.  So I throw on some clothes over top of the cream still sitting on my skin in streaks of white.  Not sure what absorbs more of the moisturizer, my clothes or my skin.  By the looks of my skin I would say my clothes.  Even though I try to use double the amount just for that purpose.  That is my routine most mornings.  More or less.  Add in some hair braiding and make-up fixing when she (not me) decides that she needs to look fancy for going to the library and gets into my lipstick.  If the Joker were to have a 'fairy-princess-make-over', he would look somewhat like my daughter after playing in mommy's make-up.  Jokes aside though it's a necessary part of my routine these days so I don't end up being skinned for a snake skin purse.

And that leads me to a popular cream that most people probably know, Vaseline.  This particular cream is either fairly new or re-marketed, I am not too sure.   It works fairly well I suppose.  Though it doesn't really make the skin radiant like it implies, or my pants for that matter.  It does leave the skin feeling a little more hydrated though.  However, 10 out of 23 ingredients are considered to be toxic.  It should be noted that out of the remaining 13 ingredients 4 were lacking relevant information regarding levels of toxicity.  Not so good.  Again, as is customary for me to do, here are a few suggestions for more natural solutions to skin care and moisturizers that consumers can feel better about using.



Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant

Ingredients:
Aqua
Petrolatum
Glycerine
Stearic Acid
Isopropyl Palmitate
Glycol Stearate
Dimethicone
Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
Hydroxyethyl Urea
Glyceryl Stearate
Cetyl Alcohol
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Carbomer
Parfum
Stearamide Amp
Triethanolamine
Methylparaben
DMDM Hydantoin
Disodium EDTA
Caramel
CI 77891


Description


Aqua: Also known as water and  H2O, the stuff we drink.


Petrolatum: this ingredient is a mineral oil made from petroleum.  It is in a jelly form and is used as a skin and hair conditioner and to lock in moisture.  it is a known carcinogen, allergen and irritant.  There is also contamination concerns with PAH's. It is also on David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen List.
http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics---petrolatum/

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.


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 irratation.

Isopropyl Palmitate:  this is an ester of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid.  It is used as a skin conditioner, perfuming agent, and antistatic agent.  It does not appear to be toxic to humans or to the environment.  Although it is a comedogenic (pore clogging) and can cause flare up's in acne.


Glycol Stearate:  this ingredient is a naturally occurring fatty acid and is comprised of ethylene glycol and stearic acid.  It appears to be relatively safe but according to the EWG, there are gaps in information and it could in fact be an environmental toxin.

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702701/GLYCOL_STEARATE/

Dimethicone:
also known as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) which is a silicone oil.  It is used in shampoos to lubricate hair and make it easier to comb and adds shine.  In creams it acts as a skin protectant and an emulsifier.  The FDA has deemed it safe to use.  However most people have heard of the horror stories with silicone breast implants leading companies to switch to saline filled implants.  Other side effects linked to PDMS include allergic reactions from mild to severe as well as a worsening in dryness.  Although the data is limited, it appears to also cause non-reproductive toxicity as well as links to environmental toxicity due to the toxins being bioaccummulative.  This means it builds up and builds up in our soils and sediments.

Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter:  This ingredient is a main ingredient in many creams and lotions.  It is extracted from the roasted seeds of the cocoa tree.  This tree is actually native to the Americas.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and skin protectant.  It is not considered to be toxic to humans or to the envioronment.

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.

Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride:  Also known as Glyerol Quat (trademarked name) It is used as a skin conditioner and a hydrator.  The term quats is used to describe positively charged molecular which are better able to attach themselves to the skin in which the proteins are more negatively charged.  This sounds great, however the information leading to the toxicity level is not available from my research.  however I will do my best and keep looking.

Hydroxyethyl Urea: this ingredient can either be derived from animals or be synthetically produced.  It is excreted from the urine and other bodily fluids of animals.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.  It is an ingredient that is generally raved about, but comes with a list of concerns.  It is a skin and eye irritant and carcinogenic and developmental toxin.

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.

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.  In my research, there seemed to be very little information on the toxicity of cetyl alcohol, on either the environment, animals or humans.  The only information I found was the evidence of skin irritations and minor allergies causing rashes.  Most information seemed to deem cetyl alcohol safe to use and practically non toxic.

Magnesium Aluminum Silicate:  
Is a silicate derived from naturally occurring minerals.  It is used as a viscosity controlling agent and an anti caking agent.  There seems to be some evidence of this ingredient being a non reproductive organ system toxin but it has been given a low hazard score from the EWG.  Otherwise it appears to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment.



Cabomer: is not actually one molecule but refers to polymers made from acrylic acid.  It is used in creams and beauty products as a thickening agent and controls the flow of the product.  This ingredient has been labelled as safe and has a low potential for skin irritations, allergic reactions, photo toxicity and sensitization.

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.

Stearamide Amp:  this ingredient is an amide derived from stearic acid, palitic acid and stearic acid.  It is used as a foam booster and viscosity controlling agent.  I was able to find very little information on this ingredient, the EWG and CPID even had little to no information.  This is the most information I was able to gleen.

http://www.hallstar.com/pis.php?product=1H003


Triethanolamine: Is used in personal care products as mainly a surfacant and emulsifier and acts as a neutraliser of fatty acids or in other words a PH balancer.  This ingredient is again pretty toxic. It is a known skin irritant and has been linked to minor to severe allergic reactions.  In research it has been linked to tumour growths in the liver of female rodents, surprisingly not in male rodents.  It is also a known toxin to aquatic species.

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.

DMDM Hydantoin:is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative, basically what this means is it releases formaldehyde making the environment less favourable to the microorganisms. It has been prohibited in Japan for certain cosmetic products.  It is a known human irritant, it is considered to be a broad systemic toxin. However it has been deemed safe by industry panel because the amount of formaldehyde is so small. Formaldehyde is also a cancer causing agent.

Disodium EDTA:
is a poly amino carboxylic acid.  It is synthesized 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 banned.  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.

Caramel:  
is a concentrated sugary mass created when you cook sucrose or glucose, and is very yummy.  It is used as a colorant and fragrance ingredient.  Now this ingredient could be tricky.  The caramel we all love to eat (in moderation) is pretty safe.  However, it may also be called caramel colour, which is now classed as a carcinogen.  There are talks and grouops pushing to have this particular ingredient banned from all our food.


CI 77891: also known as titanium dioxide.  This ingredient is a known carcinogen when inhaled, it is thus considered to be an occupational hazard. It is considered to be a human toxin but not considered to be an environmental toxin.  It is generally used as a colorant, opacifying agent, ultraviolet absorber and a sunscreen agent.

TN

Monday, 11 August 2014

Antibacterial Soap Warning: May Harm Unborn Fetuses

I have to say that today was a good day.  I was driving to an appointment listening to my local talk radio station CBC when they started to discuss a well used and well known chemical Triclosan.  
I have always been a firm believer that we should not be using all of these antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.  It is thought to be one of the reason for the development of these superbugs which are becoming resistant to our traditional medications.  Now there is a new wave of proof for avoiding these products, especially if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.  They are said to damage the health of the mother and the unborn baby.  If you are looking to buy any product, look out for these two ingredients in particular Triclosan and Triclocarban.  Here are a couple of articles detailing further the recent findings.




For those who are interested I found this site which gives a quick list of all the products that contain Triclosan.  However, it is always best practice to read the ingredient list on the products that you purchase.  Triclosan is one of the ingredients that must be disclosed on the ingredient listing.



TN

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sick Over the Colour Brown ~ Caramel Colour, and the Health Risks in Our Drinks

Well, today I don't have a product that I am researching and blogging about as is my usual format.  However I am going to mention a particular ingredient that is found in most of our food, known as caramel colour.  It has been all over the news of late, and in this case the idiom 'any publicity is good publicity' may not work in this instance.
Some types of caramel colour has in it an ingredient called 4-Mel or 4-methylimidazole, which is a known carcinogen.  It is especially utilized the soft drink industry.  The COEHHA wants any product that has more than 29 micrograms in it should be labeled as a cancer causing product.  If a product wanted to make the risk of cancer negligible, it should contain no more than 3 micrograms per can of soda.  Studies have shown that certain sodas had in excessive of 29 micrograms of 4-Mel in it.  I don't like soda drinks and I never really have, I can not imagine drinking the amount of sodas that some people drink in a day.  If you or anyone you know drinks pop, this might be an eye opening read.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/caramel-coloring-chemical-linked-to-cancer-found-in-too-high-levels-in-some-colas/

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/01/caramel-color-the-health-risk-that-may-be-in-your-soda/index.htm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544824/FDA-examining-soda-caramel-coloring-cancer-causing-chemical-TWELVE-brands-soft-drink-including-PEPSI.html

TN

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Redken Signature look Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray

My parents and I have a tradition.  Every week my daughter and I go over to their house for dinner.  It gives them a chance to see their granddaughter, and play with her for a few hours.  As is customary, I get to take home and peruse the magazines that my Mom buys and has finished reading... reduce, reuse and recycle! When I got home and the house was quiet, I scanned through them.  I read a few of the articles, what exercise is best for killer arms and so forth, than I came across a picture of a woman with a great haircut.  It was a short cut, a bit edgy, and what I had been looking for in a style.  It was providence, so of course I tore out the page and made an appointment with my hair stylist, and bought the necessary hair product to continue with the style on my own.  I was feeling pretty good about myself, (and a bit worried about what my spouse would say when he got home and found out I had razored half my hair off!) Besides that I was feeling youthful, vivacious and a bit punky, and definitely had a new spring to my step.  I went about my day and figured I would use my new hair product for my blog.  I had scanned the ingredients and the store and figured it was a pretty good (or bad) one to write about.  
However one thing passed my attention at the hair salon, and that was the fact that it had salt from the Dead Sea  in it.  I generally try to stay away from Redken products because they are pretty heavily laced with nasty ingredients.  I broke that rule this time, in response to the excitement of my new look I suppose.  I really have no excuse.  Beyond that however, had I realised at the time it contained ingredients for the Dead Sea, I would have politely declined.  I made the pact with myself a long time ago that I would boycott anything with Dead Sea salt in it.  
This is why:  The Dead Sea is depleting approximately 1 meter or 3.3 feet per year.  It is believed that it will no longer exist by 2050.  There are some people say that water is not extracted from the Dead Sea but that is in fact untrue. The Ein Bokek hotel pumps water out of the Dead Sea to fill up the artificial sea in front of it where the Dead Sea once lay but has now dried up. It is in a terrible state and is an environmental disaster.  Water's have been needlessly redirected away from the Dead Sea via the Jordan River.  It is being used recklessly by all parties and companies are exploiting it continually for their own financial gain.  There are a few groups that are trying to gain cooperation between the countries that encase it.  
Until the Dead Sea is protected and people are working together to save it, I refuse to endorse, encourage, promote or support products containing ingredients from the dead sea.  Even beyond that, Redken is known for using some harsh chemicals in their products. When there are so many alternatives that use less toxic ingredients, why settle? To prove my point, in this particular product, 13 out of 19 ingredients are considered to be toxic. Another reason to find an alternative.  
Here are a few for those that are interested in what alternatives are available.

To read more about the Dead Sea, check out this great article from the Smithsonian.        
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-dying-of-the-dead-sea-70079351/?no-ist 

Redken Signature look Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray

Ingredients:

Aqua
Magnesium Sulfate
Sodium Chloride
MarisSal/Sea Salt
Phenoxyethanol
Polysorbate 20
Parfum/Fragrance
Isoceteth-20
Potassium Sorbate
Benzyl Salicylate
Benzyl Alcohol
Citric Acid
Linalool
Geraniol
Hydroxycitronellal
Citral
Limone
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
Algae/Algae Extract 

Description:

Aqua:
 is water and pretty self explanatory.


Magnesium Sulfate: is also known as Epson Salts.  It is a mineral, and is used as a hair conditioning agent and bulking agent.  It is considered to be safe for humans and the environment.

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. 

Maris Sal/Sea Salt:  Is salt from the dead sea.  The water in the dead sea is said to contain 27% of different types of salt, whereas the oceans contain only 3%.  It is also higher in minerals.  The dead sea is also being depleted at astronomical rates due to companies using the special water in products.  There are sink holes that could swallow you whole. But don't worry if it does they will name the sink hole after you.  Anything that contains water from the dead sea should be baned.  It is an environmental catastrophe.

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.

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.


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.

Isoceteth-20: is a polyethylene ether of isocetyl alcohol.  It is used as an emulsifying agent a surfactant. This ingredient does not appear to have been detected in human tissue or urine.  From my research it appears to be of low toxicity, does not appear to be an environmental toxin, and is not bioaccumulative or persistent.

Potassium Sorbate: this ingredient is a postassium salt  of sorbic acid it is a naturally occurring compound.  It is used as a preservative.  It is a known human allergen.  It is also thought to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  It is deemed safe to use in food however in limited concentration.

Benzyl Salicylate: This ingredient is an ester of benzyl alcohol and salicylic acid.  It is used as an ultraviolet light absorber and a fragrance ingredient.  It is a known human skin allergen and immune system toxin.  It is a known hormone disruptor, and 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.


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.

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.


Geraniol: is a lipid and an alcohol.  It is derived from citronella oil, rose oil and palmarosa oil.  It is used in cosmetics and personal care products as a fragrance ingredient. It is a known human immune system toxicant and is one of the EU's Banned and Restricted Fragrances.  Now as I write this I want to make it clear that the information surrounding this seems pretty limited.  The most information I have found against this ingredient is that it is an allergen for those who suffer from perfumes.  I am not sure who it was that funded the banned list and why citronella was on it.  However I will keep looking.  As far as my research has lead, it appears to be a fairly good ingredient, unlike a lot of the chemical ones that appear on most labels.  If anyone has any other thoughts, enlightenment or information on this ingredient, please leave a comment.


Hydroxycitronellal:  Is a perfume ingredient providing a floral scent.  It is considered to be a skin irritant and toxin causing dermatitis.  It is also considered to be an organ toxin.

Citral:  Is present in many plants including lemon mertyle.  Although it is naturally occurring it is manufactured synthetically to sell in mass quantities.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient.  It is considered to be an allergen and an irritant.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin.

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.

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone:  This is a synthetic compound and is used as a fragrance ingredient.  However it has been banned from fragrances/colognes by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).  It is a known irritant and human allergen.  It is also thought to be an environmental toxin.

Algae/Algae Extract:  This ingredient can contain a variety of different types of species of algae and may even differ between manufacturers.  It is used as a skin-conditioning agent and a humectant.  It is considered to be safe for both humans and the environment.

TN

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Masccara

Well it is good to be back, that was a much longer hiatus than I had intended but it is good to be back doing what I enjoy.  Now being a child of the '80's, I am well versed in make-up...  too loud, too bright, too many colours... too much.  As an adult, I have found that less is definitely more.  I have traded in my hot pink lipstick and my light blue (cringe) eye liner for a more natural and subtle look.  There are even some days (eek) that I go without any make-up what-so-ever.  Having a baby and working late into the night however, has caused me the necessity of an under the eye concealer.  Something that in my youth I had no need of.  When I was young, if I had a late night for what-ever reason young people stay up all night for, I would have the luxury of sleeping in.  These days I have a little hands pulling on the sheets, little toes digging themselves into my sternum, a little body with the force of a hurricane shaking the bed as if an earthquake was rocking our town.  Enough for me to yell, enough! I am getting up! Eyes barely open, sun barely up and enough baggage under my eyes to take me to Europe and back.  I grab a two minute shower, throw my hair in an elastic and slab some concealer and mascara on.  Just incase anyone woke up early, I wouldn't want to scare them.  That is the extend of my routine, call me lucky or perhaps just lazy.  Although when I want to look extra fancy some blush and lipstick might be added to the mix.  I do really hate the idea of all the chemicals we put on and in ourselves, probably leading to the real reason for the minimalist affect.  I am actually scouting for a better alternative to the common mascara, Maybelline Great Lash mascara, also being the most popular and most selling of all time.  In my research, I noticed that out of the 33 ingredients listed (including the may contain ingredients) 20 are considered to be toxic.  I think it could potentially be much better.

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Masccara


Ingredients:

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes MasccaraAqua
Paraffin
Potassium Cetyl Phosphate
Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille
Copernicia Cerifera/Cera/Carnauba Wax
Acacia Senegal Gum
Glycerin
Cetyl Alcohol
Hydroxyethylcellulose
PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone
Steareth-20
Phenoxyethanol
Caprylyl Glycol
Sodium Polymethacrylate
Sodium Dehydroacetate
Hydrogenated Jojoba oil
Hydrogenated Palm oil
Simethicone
Disodium EDTA
Polyquaternium-10
Silica
Panthenol

May Also Contain:
CI 77491
CI 77492
CI 77499/Iron oxcides
CI 77007/Ultramarines
CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide
Mica
CI 75470/Carmine
CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens
CI 77289/Chromium Hydroxide Green
CI 77742/Manganese Violet
CI 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide


Description:

Aqua:
Water.


Paraffin:  Is derived from petroleum.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient, is a skin conditioning agent and a viscosity agent.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.

Potassium Cetyl Phosphate: Unfortunately I was unable to find a lot of information on this ingredient.  It is a potassium salt of esters of phoshoricacid and cetyl alcohol.  it is an emulsifier.  As for side effects and toxicity I was unable to find any information.  Although Cetyl Alcohol is considered to be a toxin.

Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille:  This is derived fro the honeycomb of bees.  It is used as thickening agents and emulsifiers.  it is generally deemed very safe and of low toxicity.  However, caution may needed to be taken for those with allergies.

Copernicia Cerifera/Cera/Carnauba Wax: Carnunba wax is derived from the leaves of the carnauba palm.  It is used as an epilating agent.  It is considered to be benign to both humans and to the environment.

Acacia Senegal Gum:  Is derived from the dried sap of the acacia tree.  It is used as a fragrance ingredient as well as a film forming agent.  It is considered to be a skin allergen and a respiratory allergen.  It is also classified as a medium human health priority as there is concern regarding non-reproductive organ system toxicity.


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.

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. It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin as well as an environmental toxin.  


Hydroxyethylcellulose:  This ingredient is an altered cellulose polymer.  It is used as a thickening agent, viscosity increasing agent, and for binding.  It is considered to be of low toxicity to humans and the environment.


PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone:  Is an ingredient derived from dimethicone, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.  it is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  There is also concerns regarding contamination with ethylene oxide an d1,4-Dioxane.  Both of which are tremendously toxic.

Steareth-20:  Is a synthetic polymer containing polyethylene glycol and stearyl alcohol.  It is used as a cleansing agent and an emulsifying agent.  There is concerns regarding non-reproductive organ system toxicity, as well as contamination concerns with ethylene oxide and 1,4-Dioxane.


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.

Caprylyl Glycol:  It is an alcohol derived from caprylic acid which is found in milk, palm and coconut oils.  It is used as a skin and hair conditioning agent.  It is not expected to be toxic to humans or tho the environment.


Sodium Polymethacrylate:  Is a polymer.  It is used as a binder and a viscosity agent.  It is considered to be pretty benign to both humans and the environment.

Sodium Dehydroacetate: This ingredient is a sodium salt of dehydroacetic acid.  It is used as a preservative ingredient with antimicrobial properties.  It is an ingredient that is rapidly absorbed into the skin.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.  It is also a workplace hazard.

Hydrogenated Jojoba oil:  Is derived from jojoba oil.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent.   It is considered to be safe for humans and the environment.

Hydrogenated Palm oil: Is the product created from hydrogenation of Palm Oil.  It is used as a skin conditioning agent and viscosity increasing agent.  There is concern regarding impurities that are classified as being toxic.

Simethicone:  Is a combination of polymer dimethicone and silica gel.  It is used as an antifoaming agent.  It does not appear to be toxic to humans or the environment.  It is in fact often used to treat discomfort caused be excessive gas.

Disodium EDTA: Is a poly amino carboxylic acid.  It is synthesized 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 banned.  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.

Polyquarternium-10: Is part of the polymer family.  They are used in personal care products because they are positively charged.  Because of this they act to neutralize the negative charges and help hair lie flat. Some also have antimicrobial properties. There is very little research I could find on this ingredient, but what I did find was that it appeared to be of low toxicity to humans.  However there have been tests done on small rodents which suggests that it is toxic.  There have also been studies done suggesting that it is also an environmental toxin.  

Silica:  Is a chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon and is most commonly found in sand.  It is used as an absorbing agent.  There is some controversy surrounding this ingredient.  It is rated as being either of high or low toxicity, depending on the usage of it.  It is considered to be a workplace hazard, if inhaled this ingredient can cause severe respiratory issues and cancer.  It has also been linked to non reproductive organ toxicity and is considered to be an environmental toxin.

Panthenol: Is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) this means it is the provitamin 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.  


May Also Contain:


CI 77491: Also known as ferric oxide or rust.  It is used as a colorant.  It unfortunately does not chemically degrade and will stay in the bodies tissues.  According to the safety data sheets it is listed as non toxic.  

CI 77492:  Is an iron based inorganic colorant.  It is used as a colouring agent.  It appears to be of low toxicity.

CI 77499:  Is a colorant agent made of iron oxides.  It is considered to be toxic to the environment.  It is persistent and bioaccumulative.  It is also considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin.

CI 77007/Ultramarines:  Is composed of sodium, aluminum, silicate and sulfate.  It is used as a colouring agent.  There are some concerns regarding multiple additive contamination.  It is also considered a restricted ingredient.  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706769/ULTRAMARINES/

CI 77891:  Also known as titanium dioxide.  This ingredient is a known carcinogen when inhaled, it is thus considered to be an occupational hazard. It is considered to be a human toxin but not considered to be an environmental toxin.  It is generally used as a colorant, opacifying agent, ultraviolet absorber and a sunscreen agent.


Mica:  Is a mineral found in the ground, it is generally used as a colorant.  It is considered to be an occupational hazard material.  When construction workers use it they (as good practice) wear mask to prevent the inhalation of the material, as it is a respiratory toxin and can cause scarring in lungs.  There is also limited evidence of gastrointestinal or liver toxicity.  It is not considered to be an environmental toxin or a carcinogen.

CI 75470:  It is a chemically derived colorant.  It is also used as a fragrance ingredient.  It is thought to be an environmental toxin.   But not deemed toxic to humans.  


CI 77288:  This is made from chromium oxide which is a mineral.  it is used as a colorant.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin, an environmental toxin, and is an enhanced skin absorbent.   


CI 77289:  This is derived from chromium hydroxide and is used as a colorant.  It is a restricted ingredient.  It is a known non-reproductive organ system toxin.  It is also an environmental toxin.


CI 77742:  Is an inorganic salt ammonium manganese pyrophosphate.  It is used as a colouring agent.  It is considered to be a non-reproductive organ toxin.  It is also said to be an environmental toxin.


CI 77510:  This is an inorganic iron based pigment.  It is used as a colouring agent.  It is a known non-reproductive organ toxin.  It is also an environmental toxin.  


TN

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Aveeno Baby

I was out shopping the other week with my toddler.  We needed a few things for our household.  One of those things was skin cream for my little girl.  The winter months are hard on her delicate little skin.  I normally get the Live Clean lotion for her.  It is a healthier choice and I can feel good about putting it one her skin.  Well I grabbed a bottle and we carried on she was getting fussy as it was getting late.  I quickly got the rest of the products that we needed and went to the check out.  I did not even notice that I grabbed Aveeno Baby Lotion instead of my Live Clean Lotion until I got home and unloaded our bags.  I figured it was too late to return it and I noticed that there was the Pediatrician Recommended stamp of approval on the bottle.  I thought what the heck and I started to use it.  The cream was not so bad, it smelled nice and was very creamy and applied well to the skin.  Her skin seemed to enjoy it as the dry spots began to slowly disappear.  When I checked out the back to read the ingredients I was not to happy to find out that they use some pretty harsh ingredients.   
I noticed that 4 out of the 11 ingredients listed are considered to be toxic.  Though I was happy to see that there were no parabens.  Now I want to get back to the part about being Pediatricians Recommended, I became curious about this and thought I would look further into what exactly this meant.  Well apparently nothing.  Its just marketing.  It turns out that very little of these products are endorsed by the AAP.  Through my research I found this article which was simple and summarised everything neatly.  
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/babyproducts/a/0408_pedi_recs.htm


Aveeno Baby Fragrance Free Daily Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal Moisturisers
 
Ingredients:

Water (eau)
Glycerine
Disteraryldimonium Chloride
Petrolatum
Isopropyl Palmitate 
Cetyl Alcohol 
Dimethicone
Colloidal Oatmeal 
Allantoin
Benzyl Alcohol 
Sodium Chloride

Description:


Water:
  H2O, the stuff we drink.


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.

Disteraryldimonium Chloride: this is a quaternary ammonium salt and is used as an anti-static agent as well as a conditioning agent.  It is considered to be a human toxicant or allergen.  It is a skin, lung and eye irritant. It is also a wildlife and environmental toxin.



Petrolatum:  this is a combinations of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum.  It is used as a conditioning agent, and skin protectant. It is a controlled or restricted ingredient.  It is a known non-reproductive system organ toxin and is deemed by the EWG as being harmful. There is also concerns of contamination with other chemicals through the creation process of this ingredient.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704786/PETROLATUM/


Isopropyl Palmitate: this is an ester of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid.  It is used as a conditioning agent, fragrance ingredient and anti-static agent.  It appears to be fairly begin in toxicity.  

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.  In my research, there seemed to be very little information on the toxicity of cetyl alcohol, on either the environment, animals or humans.  The only information I found was the evidence of skin irriation and minor allergies causing rashes.  Most information seemed to deem cetyl alcohol safe to use and practically non toxic.


Dimethicone: also known as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) which is a silicone oil.  It is used in shampoos to lubricate hair and make it easier to comb and adds shine.  In creams it acts as a skin protectant and an emulsifier.  The FDA has deemed it safe to use.  However most people have heard of the horror stories with silicone breast implants leading companies to switch to saline filled implants.  Other side effects linked to PDMS include allergic reactions from mild to severe as well as a worsening in dryness.  Although the data is limited, it appears to also cause non-reproductive toxicity as well as links to environmental toxicity due to the toxins being bioaccummulative.  This means it builds up and builds up in our soils and sediments.

Colloidal Oatmeal : this is an oatmeal that has been finely grounded.  It is used as a skin protecting agent, bulking agent adn absorbant.  It is considered to be very safe and not toxic to humans or to the environment.


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.

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

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.

TN