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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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