What Chemicals should you avoid?
Skin Care products:
from toothpaste, to soap, to moisturizers, to cleansers, to hair spray & gel, to deodorant ….
THEY USUALLY CONTAIN THE SAME CHEMICALS!!!
YEP!!! You wouldn’t eat your moisturizer.
But you kind of are when you brush your teeth.
Conventional & NATURAL Skin Care Ingredients that are:
NOT for your SKIN!!
VERY LITTLE WATER APPLIED TO SKIN ABSORBS!!
Especially in a lotion …. Most of the water in lotion evaporates before the skin can take it in.
This is why Natural Oils are so important, especially when combined with a little vegan wax.
These two ingredients form a natural, breathable, OCCULSIVE barrier to trap water in the skin.
This is where most of the water hydration necessary for skin comes from anyway …. Inside you!
IF A PRODUCT CONTAINS WATER …. IT WILL CONTAIN CHEMICALS!
Currently, there is no effective natural preservative to keep water from spoiling or molding. Mostly, this is a problem after the product is unsealed for use by the consumer, but, if it has water …. it will have to have chemicals.
Unfortunately, WATER is the most common and cheapest “filler” for any packaged product you may consider buying.
several other chemicals will be required in a product, regardless how much, or little, water it contains:
-to keep unlike ingredients (oil & water) from separating.
-to keep ingredients from decaying until the advertised expiry date (often years).
-to prevent changes in viscosity and texture at wide temperature ranges –
cold or hot temperatures during shipping, storage, display AND use.
The only exception to this rule is self-preserving vinegars & teas.
When we examine the ingredients in conventional hand soap, body wash, foaming washes, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap and other liquid soaps we find that they are between 75% & 85% water and very little, to:
NO, actual, true soap.
Any conventional product that FOAMS usually contains cheap & synthetic foaming agents like:
Detergents, Foaming Agents & Surfactants.
Many of these are known hazards to humans, linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
Producing, manufacturing and distributing these detergents, along with consumers washing them off into the water table and soil, causes severe environmental disruption.
These detergents can be derived from any oil/fat, including petroleum oil. Every time the oil changes the chemical name changes somewhat.
sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, Ammonium Laurel Sulfate, sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt, dodecylalcohol, sodium dodecylalcohol, etc.
If the foaming agent is derived from coconut oil, for example:
the name would be something like sodium coco sulfate.
There are many other names for foaming agents, detergents and surfactants in soaps.
Like Cocamidopropyl betaine,
and 100’s more.
In any conventional foaming product, and many moisturizers, including products labeled NATURAL, these ingredient groups are almost impossible to avoid.
We are also starting to learn that soaps, body washes, shampoo’s, foams and other highly alkaline cleansers,
soapy water =pH~10,
skin = pH~5,
play a fairly substantial role in the chronic condition of the healthy “skin microbiome equation”.
It’s established that gentle cleansers, for face & body, that do not alkalize, strip or over work our delicate acid mantle (a thin acidic filmy barrier on the surface of skin) allow the body environment to heal, sanitize & deodorize itself.
These gentle cleansers, generally do NOT foam, or foam very little.
Within this foaming wash conversation, we have to admit that:
“soap” is simply slippery.
It does not kill microbes or bacteria. Even anti-bacterial soaps & sanitizers have been proven mostly ineffective …. Soap simply makes the skin surface slippery enough that microbes dislodge & rinse away down the drain. Sounds like any good oil, like olive oil, & tap water can easily do this job while preserving and hydrating skin.
PEG = Dimethicone (PEG with any #) = polyethylene glycol conversion = an alcohol, suffocating silicone based polymer.
parabens, BHT, Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E derivative), Disodium and tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl and imidazolydyl urea, Parabens (Methylparaben, polyparaben, butylparaben, etc.), Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Ascorbyl palmitate (a derivative of vitamin C), Benzoic acid
There’s several hundred different preservatives in use in skin care generally today.
Very few have been laboratory tested for safety in skin care individually, or in combination, or in accidental combination with other commonly applied personal care product.
For example: you’ve accidentally got toothpaste on your freshly moisturized finger that you now washed off with soap and remoisturized before applying your hair styling product …. Have you just “ingested” a quadruple dose of the minimum safe level of one of the above preservatives …. PROBABLY!!
Propylene and butylene glycols, adipate, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, denatured alcohol or alcohol denat, benzyl alcohol, glycerin, glycerol, etc …. There’s 1000’s of alcohol compounds derived from multiple different oils and sugars, including PETROLEUM.
Humectants: dehydrating over time via law of connecting vessels or,
Alcohol compounds: straight up, just damaging & dehydrating.
All preservatives & alcohols, or similar compounds, are:
strong agents that damage or kill …. ALL CELLS …. not just “bad” cells.
They are NOT at all choosy. If it’s alive …. Good human tissue or bad bacteria or virus …. Doesn’t matter!
NATURAL & SYNTHETIC SILICONE
Provides a slippery & water resistant, emollient texture.
Like plastic, silicone can keep water in, but other debris that needs to exit the tissue can also be trapped, causing congestion, inflammation, rash and acne.
Silicones also don’t allow proper circulation of oxygen; suffocating and dehydrating the tissue.
But, worst, they don’t come off easily and the skin will struggle constantly to shove them off.
polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Methicone,Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyomer, Cyclopentasiloxane …. etc!
All known & rated Hazards.
FRAGRANCE AND PARFUM ARE NEVER NATURAL OR SAFE!
Perfumers that are dedicated (like me) to making safe, natural, wholesome scents will certainly let you know!!
Please feel free to view our fragrant & curative roll-ons within the HEALTH section of the homepage.
But, ingredients listed as “Fragrance” and “Parfum” or “Perfume” are a secret mixture of possibly 1, or 100, chemical compounds. There is around 3000 chemical compounds in use today to give us the smells we want. It is said that about 75% of these are phthalates, known carcinogens & hormone disruptors.
Most of the fragrances we’re accustomed to smelling today DO NOT exist in nature except for “on the actual branch” so to speak!!! Many of these smells CAN NOT be “bottled” without synthetic preserving & alcohol ingredients.
Due to current labeling laws these combinations of possibly 100’s of chemicals, named “fragrance”, are considered TRADE SECRETS and do NOT have to be disclosed on the label as individual ingredients.
Acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, Isopropyl myristate, Monopropylene glycol, benzyl alcohol and many, many more. Synthetic musks are also common, potentially hazardous, ingredients.
More and more people are experiencing severe, sometimes anaphylactic, reactions to fragrance but are unable to avoid the particular chemical they are having trouble with because, they can’t find out what it is, or what other products it might be in including, food, laundry products, cleaning products, residential & commercial air diffusers, deodorizers & sprays etc.
Many of these chemicals are now considered as dangerous as smoking and second hand smoke.
These chemicals are difficult to avoid because “FRAGRANCE or PARFUM” is added to just about everything ….
food, skin care, personal care, body care, hair care, laundry products, baby products, cleaning products …. in the same to wildly different concentrations at residential, commercial, industrial & institutional levels.
Including products labeled NATURAL!
IT’S NOT NATURAL!
Almost ALL added color is synthetically produced in our modern world.
Some of them are certified, some are batch certified, some are not certified ….
Some are regulated by the FDA …. Some are not like: Micas.
If it’s natural, and intended for skin care or food, it will have to have a written disclaimer except: when it’s certified or not, and regulated, but on the list, or not regulated. It’s confusing, I know. The point is: enforcement is difficult and enforcement is NOT the FDA’s job.
If it’s natural, and intended for skin care or food, it will also have to have a written disclaimer.
Natural colors often co occur in nature with some dangerous compounds like: arsenic and asbestos. So, to avoid this danger, color additives are manufactured. This means that even natural looking, pale colors will likely have chemicals.
Vibrant, Pale and Dark natural colors can be produced in WATER and/or alcohol …. but, where there’s water …. there’s preserving, emulsifying, thickening & stabilizing chemicals. And, where there’s alcohol there’s cell damage or death.
Oils will not absorb color, or anything for that matter but, color additives can be suspended or emulsified into oil making it appear colored.
BRIGHT WHITE & CLEAR TRANSPARENT “COLOR” does NOT exist in nature!
Even white appearing flowers have specks of light grey, yellow, pink etc. So, if it’s a bright white, clear or transparent (like glycerin and silicone), it’s been extracted, filtered, refined or processed with some compound like bleach.
PETROLEUM OILS & REFINED or HYDROGENTATED NATURAL OILS
Natural Oils can range from water thin to a cloudy slurry to a firm solid depending on the temperature and their base physical properties.
For example: coconut oil is a pale, yellow liquid when it’s warm, a cloudy, grainy, slurry when cooling, and a creamy, firm, solid when it’s cold.
Oils can be chemically extracted from plant & animal matter, and further chemically refined to make them colorless, odorless, thicker, thinner, and/or always a consistent viscosity & texture regardless of temperature and conditions, with almost indefinite shelf life or no expiry date.
Chemical refining provides a convenient, stable, base oil for dispersing into any product (including edibles) but removes many base nutritious hydrating & healing properties of that oil AND can leave hazardous chemical residue in the product.
PLEASE IGNORE THE FRONT ADVERTISING LABEL!!
IT’S OFTEN MISLEADING!
Even if a product is advertised as Natural or Organic, please take a look at the very tiny writing on the back label that lists the ACTUAL ingredients.
Under current law, even organic products are allowed a certain percentage of chemicals! Some of these chemicals can be dangerous and others are, just simply, not for skin. They’re for making the product look good, for a very long time.
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NATURAL:
It will be listed in its common name: coconut oil
Or Plant Genus: cocos nucifera
Most companies like to advertise that they advocate natural ingredients by listing both names:
coconut oil (cocos nucifera).
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NOT NATURAL:
It will NOT be listed by its chemical name:
capyrlic/capric triglyceride or glyceryl tricaprylate/tricaprate:
These chemical names comprise a triester of coconut oil and glycerol:
Intense heat and pressure is applied to coconut oil to make its fatty acids split apart (fractionate). The capric & caprylic fatty acids are isolated, leaving the lauric acid out, and with a chemical catalyst (methylate or ethylate) they are reattached changing the chemical composition of the oil.
It will no longer solidify when cooling or cold. Within this process it can become transparent or colorless and odorless.