I’m never one to be the bearer of bad news, but there are a great deal of skin care brands that are deceiving you in their branding.
It’s always important to check the ingredients list before purchasing skin care products; there are many harmful chemicals still currently allowed by the FDA that are being used in our personal hygiene products.
More people are becoming aware of this fact and more people are conscious of this when shopping for creams and soaps. It’s very unfortunate that nowadays our favourite personal care brands are taking advantage of our fear of parabens and sulfates by slapping a big sticker on the front of the soap bottle that reads:
“Natural and paraben free!”
They make it sound as though a paraben-free product is natural. It may be paraben-free, but odds are this product is filled with other harmful and irritating ingredients like:
- Quaternium-15: Formaldehyde-releasing preservative, can cause cancer.
- DMDM Hydantoin: Formaldehyde-releaser, can cause cancer.
- Diazolidinyl/Imidazolidinyl urea: Formaldehyde-releaser, cancer.
- Hydroquinone: Skin lightening agent, can cause cancer.
- BHA: Preservative in many creams, gels, cosmetics, can cause cancer.
- Petroleum: Found in mineral oil, parafnum, linked to cancer.
- MEA/DEA (Diethanolamine): Makes cream creamy, linked to liver cancer.
- Parfum/Fragrance: Unknown composition, linked to neurotoxicity.
- PEG compounds: Polyethylene glycol, carcinogen.
- Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate: Skin irritant and linked to cancer.
Parabens: Are they really dangerous?
You’re probably seeing more brands advertising that their products are ‘paraben-free’. What are parabens and why are they considered bad for your health?
The problem with parabens, research shows, is they disrupt hormonal functions in both men and women. Parabens mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. Is it a coincidence that parabens are detected in breast cancer biopsy tissue?
According to Dr. Philippa Darbre, an English researcher in Oncology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Reading: “We’ve known for more than 25 years that estrogen exposure is linked to breast cancer development and progression; it is the reason Tamoxifen, a breast cancer drug, is used to disrupt estrogen receptors”, says Darbre.
“For that reason it is not such a leap to be concerned that repeated, long-term exposure to chemicals that weakly mimic estrogen (like parabens) might be having an impact on breast cancer development.”
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products. They are mostly found in makeup, cream, soap, shampoo & conditioner, gel and deodorant… items that are constantly exposed to the wet, humid environment of a shower or bathroom. In these warm conditions, fungus, bacteria and other microbes risk growing and ruining your favourite products.
Just some food for thought. I personally have been avoiding parabens for years now, and I’ve been encouraging family & friends to do the same. Green Beaver is a Canadian brand that uses natural preservatives such as thyme, oregano, goldenseal root, grapefruit extract or lavender oil in various combinations. It is more expensive but worth it for your health in the long run. I always recommend buying 100% natural personal hygiene products because these things are used on your body multiple times a day… See it as an investment!
6 “Natural” Skin Care Brands You Should Avoid
#1 – The Body Shop
Many The Body Shop products claim to be natural but contain some pretty nasty ingredients like PEG, parabens, fragrance and disodium EDTA… which would definitely fail natural certification. Check out their website for the product ingredients. There is no excuse for The Body Shop to still be using the cheapest, most controversial preservative.
#2 – LUSH
The LUSH brand is one of the most powerful beauty names at the moment. It emphasizes that it is fresh, homemade & natural, but that couldn’t be less the case. Not only do their products contain harmful chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate, triethanolamine, fragrance, and linalool, but they come packed with parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben).
Below is an example of one of their shampoos:
Recognize any harmful chemicals? I count 10. And note: When you see water as one of the main ingredients, beware. Water tends to promote bacterial and fungal growth, so it’s use is usually avoided. However when water is used in a product, you should expect that more preservatives are used to keep away mold growth.
What’s funny is LUSH identifies these harmful ingredients as “safe synthetics.” No thanks, LUSH.
#3 – Aveeno
Aveeno is another brand that identifies itself as “proudly natural” but frequently uses possibly carcinogenic chemicals like SLS, EDTAs, parabens, fragrance, mineral oils, silicones, and more. It’s also really disturbing to see the ingredients in Aveeno’s Baby products… You’d think Aveeno Baby would eliminate the nasties, but that’s not the case at all. Avoid Aveeno, if you can.
Does this look like a “natural” product to you? Is this something you’d feel comfortable giving to a baby? NOPE!
#4 – Kiehl’s
Kiehl’s claims of being a natural brand could not be any further from the truth. Their old fashioned logo implying natural ingredients and their recycling program look good… but if you look past that front, you’ll be shocked to find some pretty disgusting ingredients on their list: PEGs, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, and more. Many products contain glycerin and alcohol, which can be irritating and drying for the skin
Here’s the ingredient list of their Amino Acid Shampoo:
Whenever there’s ingredients you can’t pronounce = not natural.
#5 – Organix (OGX)
Don’t be fooled by their name, as this brand is the absolute farthest thing from organic! Their products might smell delicious, but their entire ingredient list reeks.
#6 – Aveda
Another brand that deceives us all is Aveda, who claims to represent the “art and science of pure flower and plant essence.” Many people believe this brand is natural, and although some ingredients are indeed natural, many ingredients they use are pretty bad:
Disodium EDTA, chlorphenesin, methylparaben, sopropylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol, annatto (Cl 75120), mica and titanium dioxide (Cl 77891) have been found in their products.
I recommend you avoid these brands if you’re interested in reducing your everyday chemical exposure. The little amounts of “poison” we let accumulate on our skin and in our bodies turn into a chemical cocktail over time.
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