Friday, 6 January 2012

Witch Doctor House Call (Bad for the skin)

Face to Face with the truth
Five years ago most Natural Cosmetics lines contained known carcinogens, toxic ingredients and poisons. I know this sounds harsh and alarmist, which is not my intention. I just wanted to point out that these “Natural” companies used ingredients that where known to be harmful. Companies like Kiss My Face, Jason’s, Toms of Maine, Avalon, Giovanni and many more. They used ingredients like
Parabens - Parabens are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, from which the name is derived. Common parabens include methylparaben (E number E218), ethylparaben (E214), propylparaben (E216) and butylparaben. Less common parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, benzylparaben and their sodium salts. The general chemical structure of a paraben is shown at top right, where R symbolizes an alkyl group such as methyl, ethyl, propyl or butyl

SLS - Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). It is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent

Peg - Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a polyether compound with many applications from industrial manufacturing to medicine. It has also been known historically as polyethylene oxide (PEO) or polyoxyethylene (POE) depending on its molecular weight, and under the tradename Carbowax.
Perfume - About 95 percent of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic, petroleum-based compounds. For people with allergies or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), these chemicals can lead to allergic reactions like sneezing, itchy watery eyes, wheezing and headaches.
Most of the companies have stopped using these ingredients and I have heard the formulators, owners and CEOs of all of these companies exclaim at one point that this is all a passing fad, soon everyone will forget about this and we can start using them again.
 Do not stop fighting for safe products. Food, soap, water whatever it is it can be clean.

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