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Friends, Fall, and Trader Joe’s Masquerade

ahhhh, Sunday funday!  Had a wonderful time today with my daughter and a neighbor/friend with her precious young girl,  on a “Girl Outing”.  Lynn is an amazing person and I have to tell you, she is always bright and fun, interesting, smart, beautiful inside and out, even tempered,  but most interesting is her love and dedication to her large family.

She and her husband have 6 gorgeous children, and they love them so dearly that they homeschool them all!  Getting to know her and her family has been pure joy with a lot of laughs.  She loves to talk about her family, shop, dote on her children, speak about how she loves her husband,   She is a wealth of knowledge and experience, her children are kind, respectful and a pleasure to know. She makes you feel instantly at ease when you meet her because she is so genuine and kind.

Have you ever had the opportunity to know a Mother of 6?  It is a special thing, and I guarantee you that you will never be bored knowing a person of this caliber.  She never speaks poorly of other Moms, she simply SHINES as the Mom that she is.  She does not have a selfish bone in her body, and her spirited personality is noteworthy.

We share some of the same interests, and one of them is essential oils and natural beauty products.  I can hear her or I saying, at any given time,  “I have an oil for that”.   We have fussed for months over the perfect natural deodorant recipe.  We have even collaborated in her kitchen , mixing,  blending oils and butters looking for the fountain of natural B.O. relief.  Fun Fact: Lynn is the diffusor Queen, and lovingly places diffusors in her children’s rooms to help them sleep, and in her kitchen to keep peace and harmony.

Today we were wandering aimlessly through a new Trader Joes that had just opened, daughters in tow, and we viewed the backs of packaging (ingredients)  some of the beauty products.  Albeit Trader Joes is a great grocery store, and their packaging is well done, there were ingredients that are total no – no’s or better yet, why? why?   Check here on EWG, (my fave highly knowledgeable data base)  if you use any of these products by ALDI GROUP-Trader Joes https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/brand/Trader_Joe%27s/#.WfZlqmhSyUk

Here are a few concerns that seemed to stand out quickly:  In their Oil Cleansing Oil, they have unneeded semi toxic ingredients.  You don’t need those ingredients, you can easily stabilize a natural oil with a natural ingredient.  Rosemary Extract, or Grapefruit Seed Extract are excellent natural preservative stabilizers.  The whole reason for using the Oil Cleansing Method is to avoid chemicals in the first place.

Here is an example of a few ingredients in Trader Joe’s Oil Cleanser that just don’t need to be there!  I crossed them out so you can see them.    CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CRAMBE ABYSSINICA SEED OIL, ISOAMYL LAURATE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 SESQUIOLEATE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 CAPRATE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, FRAGRANCE.

CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE – main ingredient – why not just use coconut oil? This man made mixture of glycerin and derivative of coconut oil is a step away from natural and simple – Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology
About CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a mixed triester of glycerin and caprylic and capric acids.  Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive

ISOAMYL LAURATE: Isoamyl Laurate  Concerns: Ecotoxicology (environmental toxin)
About ISOAMYL LAURATE: Isoamyl Laurate is an ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid.  Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Emollient; SKIN CONDITIONING  Synonym(s): 3-METHYLBUTYL DODECANOATE; 3-METHYLBUTYL ESTER DODECANOIC ACID; DODECANOIC ACID, 3-METHYLBUTYL ESTER; DODECANOIC ACID, 3METHYLBUTYL ESTER; ISOPENTYL LAURATE

FRAGRANCE – Why? Who needs synthetic chemical fragrance? Argan and coconut oil smell wonderful on their own. Why mess with nature?  They could use essential oils that have real purpose and great properties.    HIGH concerns:  Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology (Environment)    About FRAGRANCE: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system

Trader Joes Soaps –

They sell a goats-camel milk Soap, but sadly, it is made in Izmir, Turkey, and I don’t know what their sanitation is like there, whether or not they have an FDA, the treatment of their animals, or if they even have any regulations on soap-cosmetic making & packaging.  Why not use USA soaps and goats milk?  I know I would feel better about using it, I will NOT use soap from Turkey.  But, that’s just me. I thoroughly checked out this soap in person today, and there is no way (in my humble opinion) that it is all natural. There was a strange bold synthetic fragrance that existed, and since I make soap myself, I know what natural soap smells like. It is clean, soft, pure, with nothing over bearing or harsh.

Trader Joes sells an Ultra Moisturizing Trio Hand Moisturizer Set.

skinTraderJoesHandcreamstrioThere are more than 7 ingredients in there that should not be, and don’t need to be. The set is great looking with the aluminum tubes and all.

1. CETEARETH-20  HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption
About CETEARETH-20: Ceteareth-20 is the polyethylene glycol ether of cetearyl alcohol; may contain potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Function(s): Surfactant – Cleansing Agent; Surfactant – Solubilizing Agent

2.  FRAGRANCE – this one word can host a hundred different ingredients, and that is unsafe for all of us.  They don’t have to list all the micro components and their properties. They only have to list the word “Fragrance”  Phthalates are highly toxic to the human body.  Headaches, mood swings, allergies, illnesses, coughing.  Phthalates are plasticisers that have been found to disrupt the endocrine system. Several phthalate compounds have caused reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy and structural abnormalities in the reproductive systems of male test animals, and some studies also link phthalates to liver cancer

3. C13-14 isoparaffin is derived from petroleum. why use this toxic motor oil ingredient when the hand creams contain some good oils like shea and kukui? This dirty chemical has no place in a “natural” hand

4. BENZYL ALCOHOL  –   HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps About : Benzyl alcohol is a naturally ocurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy. (Dermatitis). Function(s): External Analgesic; Fragrance Ingredient; Oral Health Care Drug; Preservative; Solvent; Viscosity  Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns

5. LAURETH-7: Laureth-7 is a polyethylene glycol-based surfactant; may contain potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.reasing Agent; MASKING OF NATURAL INGREDIENTS or Chemicals ETHYLENE OXIDE

6. POLYACRYLAMIDE – Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology
About : Polyacrylamide is a synthetic polymer of acrylamide. Function(s): Binder; Film Former; Hair Fixative; ANTISTATIC; BINDING; FILM FORMING

7. PEG-100 STEARATE  HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
About : PEG-100 Stearate is a polyethylene glycol ester of stearic acid. Function(s): Surfactant – Cleansing Agent   (I HAVE TO ASK? Why do I need a cleansing agent in my hand crème?)

8.  DIMETHICONE Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology
About : Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane) is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent. Function(s): Antifoaming Agent; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive; Skin Protectant; EMOLLIENT; SKIN CONDITIONING; SKIN PROTECTING

Ok, enough on Trader Joe’s cosmetic – beauty products.  I personally feel there are better products out there that do not contain unnecessary toxins. Since it is almost Halloween, I felt like writing a bit about a product line I viewed today in person,  that I feel is “masquerading” as natural.

Happy Fall to all!

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Skin Care Products with nasty chemicals that parade as “safe or natural”

Decades, that is how long I have been reading the backs of bottles and jars in stores, checking for the ingredients list.  Rarely am I able to find a product that says it is NATURAL on the front, and find it to be true, when I read the back of bottle or jar in small print.  I could post hundreds of products here (and I might), but for starters let’s go over this product called Purpose Soap.  Just look at that innocent clean looking bottle of promise to be pure and gentle as water.

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Purpose Soap chemicals toxic

So, here is the list of ingredients of this soap:.  Tell me which of these are “Natural and Safe as Water, besides the water?    Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroampho PG-Acetate Phosphate, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Doing a quick simple search at https://www.ewg.org/skindeep  on the ingredients of Purpose,  yielded these results on this “gentle” wash.

COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as  1,4-dioxane.

About PEG-80 SORBITAN LAURATE: PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is an ethoxylated sorbitan monoester of Lauric Acid (q.v.) with anaverage of 80 moles of ethylene oxide. Health Concerns of the Ingredient:  Overall Hazard

Johnson and Johnson as well as Aveeno (and others) BABY Shampoos have this PEG-80 Sorbitan ingredient!

Some will try and argue the point with me that it is a small amount, and not enough to be REALLY toxic or harmful.

My reply is always this:  Let’s go through your entire day and talk about all the chemicals you are in contact with. Soap, deodorant, toothpaste, skin lotion, nose spray, vitamins-medications, water, drinks, food, household cleaners, hand soap (4-5 X a day use), toothpaste again before bed, eye drops….. and after we add up all of those, do you still feel it is a small amount and nothing to be worried about?  Now let’s multiply those exposures times months, years, decades.  Hmmm, why do people get cancer?

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How about Vicks Vapo Rub, a household staple in the Fall/Winter.

BABY VICKS:  Ingredients –  Petrolatum, Fragrance, Aloe Extract, Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil   The first 2 ingredients are 90% of the product and they are both toxic. Lavender is a nice essential oil, and a nice touch but many people have allergies to it.  For babies Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity

The fragrance is used as the 2nd ingredient and is dangerous for infants:

1. Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology.

2. However, the Petrolatum-Petroleum which is 1st ingredient is just as bad:  Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Adult Vicks: Ingredients: petrolatum, Synthetic Camphor, , cedar leaf oil, lemon fragrance, nutmeg oil,  thymol, turpentine oil

Just as in the baby formula of Vicks, the Adult (age 2 and over) formula begins with the same toxic petrolatum (motor oil that has been bleached white)

Synthetic camphor? Why?  There is a really great NATURAL camphor, why genetically modify it  from a chemical in a lab?

Turpentine? really? – Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology
****About TURPENTINE OIL: See Reported Ingredient Functions-The Cosmetic Drug Distinction, in Regulatory and Ingredient Use Information, Volume I, Part A.Function(s): External Analgesic; Fragrance Ingredient; Viscosity Decreasing Agent; PERFUMING

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Ask a dermatologist what to use on your sensitive skin, and here is what 99% of them will say  “CETAPHIL”.  I have heard it from 5 dermatologists in my lifetime.  It is very sad that these Docs don’t even know what they are recommending.  Here is the mind blowing list of toxins in Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser:

CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEASNER INGREDIENTS:   Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben    ………………UMMMM…HEY CETAPHIL (Galderma Labs) were you NOT able to fit another PARABEN in here?  LOL

About CETYL ALCOHOL: Cetyl alcohol is a long chain organic alcohol; according to the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide, this ingredient can be of either animal or plant origin. This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA’s Caring Consumer: Wax found in spermaceti from sperm whales or dolphins. Alternatives: Vegetable cetyl alcohol (e.g., coconut), synthetic spermaceti.    Function(s): Emulsion Stabilizer; Fragrance Ingredient; Opacifying Agent; Surfactant – Emulsifying Agent; Surfactant – Foam Booster; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Aqueous; Viscosity Increasing Agent -Nonaqueous; EMOLLIENT; EMULSION STABILISING; FOAM BOOSTING; MASKING; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING

About PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans (Contact urticaria is an immediate but transient localised swelling and redness that occurs on the skin right after direct contact with an offending substance) ; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.  Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps.  **PROPYLENE GLYCOL is the 3rd ingredient, high on the list which mean it could be 20% or so of the blend.**

About STEARYL ALCOHOL: Stearyl alcohol is a compound produced from stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.  This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA’s Caring Consumer: A mixture of solid alcohols. Can be prepared from sperm whale oil. In medicines, creams, rinses, shampoos, etc. Derivatives: Stearamine Oxide, Stearyl Acetate, Stearyl Caprylate, Stearyl Citrate, Stearyldimethyl Amine, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Stearyl Octanoate, Stearyl Stearate. Alternatives: plant sources, vegetable stearic acid.
Function(s): Emulsion Stabilizer; Fragrance Ingredient; Surfactant – Emulsifying Agent; Surfactant – FoamBooster; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Aqueous; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Nonaqueous; EMOLLIENT; EMULSION STABILISING; FOAM BOOSTING; MASKING; OPACIFYING; REFATTING; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING

About BUTYLPARABEN: Butylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Preservative; MASKING .  Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

About PROPYLPARABEN: Propylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Preservative; PERFUMING

About METHYLPARABEN: Methylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption; Other MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes; Other LOW concerns:

 

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Cetaphil also has a baby wash that is loaded with toxins, yet the front of the bottle states: Gentle Wash, with Organic Calendula.  Organic Calendula is great, but it is a tiny amount (the 10th ingredient) that they drop into a SEA of toxins.   And, on the ingredients list it never mentions “organic”, which it has to, if it has organic in it.

Ingredients Cetaphil Gentle Baby Wash
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Glycerin, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycol Distearate, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Heliotropin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Laureth-4, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol

About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as  1,4-dioxane.  Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);

About DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE: Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is a disodium salt of an ethoxylated lauryl alcohol half esterof sulfosuccinic acid. Function(s): Surfactant – Cleansing Agent; Surfactant – Foam Booster; Surfactant – Hydrotrope; FOAM BOOSTING; FOAMING

COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine

About POLYQUATERNIUM-10: Polyquaternium-10 is a synthetic polymeric. Function(s): Antistatic Agent; Film Former; Hair Fixative; FILM FORMING

About PEG-120 METHYL GLUCOSE DIOLEATE: PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate is a polyethylene glycol ether of the diester of methylglucose and oleic acid with an average of 120 moles of ethylene oxide.  Function(s): Surfactant – Cleansing Agent; EMULSIFYING

Ethylene Oxide –  HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Occupational hazard