Compare Your Favourite Skincare Brand


If you are wondering how the ingredient list in your natural, pure or organic skincare product compares to others, Claire D. Bridges spent countless hours doing just that! Her ongoing research has helped many of us make an educated decision.

Claire D. Bridges does not endorse or sell any of these products.
Claire D. Bridges: Master Iridologist & Sclerologist, Clinical Master Aromatherapist and Naturopathic Doctor. She also completed degrees in Psychneuroimmunology, Pneumapsychosomatology, Ayurvedic Nutrition and Ministry/Divinity and has obtained over 30 certifications in various studies through TTEI, CNHP, PULC, & IIHS. She is a member of IIPA & AHMA

This is part of Claire’s ongoing research. Click on the links at the bottom of this blog to consult Claire’s work and/or updates. She has graded several skincare products as follows (alphabetical order);

Company Grade
Arbonne D-
Beautycounter D-
Beyond Organic Skincare B
Essanté Organics B
Jurlique D
Lemongrass Spa C
Miessence A
Modere D-
Nerium AD D-
NYR Organic B
Poofy Organics B
Rodan+ Fields F
Shaklee’s Enfuselle F
Suki skincare B


 

Analyzing the ingredients in popular skincare brands
By Claire D. Bridges

My intention in posting this note, is not to discredit anyone’s testimony but, instead, to shed light on the ingredients and strength in these products.

*This note is still under construction*

Please know that I am NOT a representative for any of the below companies.
In this note I’ll be analyzing the ingredients in the skincare products that you all have been asking about. Instead of analyzing every single product that each of the companies offer – I’m just going to “grade” the entire line and talk about the PROS and CONS on the products. Please know that I am NOT a representative for any of the below companies.


 

Arbonne / Grade: D-

Arbonne’s PROMISE is to “deliver pure, safe and beneficial products in line with our botanical tradition.” They state that their products are formulated without: animal products or animal by-products, parabens, formaldehyde-donating preservatives, petroleum-based ingredients such as benzene, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates, toluene, and no artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, animal products, animal by-products, cholesterol, tans fats.

Pros:

1. 45-day money back guarantee on all products.

Cons:

1. Arbonne SPF products have toxic carcinogenic ingredients in them which are known as oxybenzone, homosolate, octinoxate also known asoctylmethoxycinnamate, and octocrylene ingredients.  A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in May 18, 2009 reveals that 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called OXYBENZONE (just ONE of the toxic ingredients found in Arbonne’s SPF products) that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. A companion study published just one day earlier revealed that this chemical is linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.

2. A chemically toxic harmful ingredient in the Arbonne Makeup Primer and Sheer Pressed Powder; PHENOXYETHANOL.
“Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still uses synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to the reproductive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28, 2011

3. DISODIUM EDTA is another chemical you’ll find when scanning various Arbonne creams and cleansers (like the RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser) Disodium EDTA contains dangerous amounts of two toxins called ethylene oxide or dioxane. Disodium EDTA is also carcinogenic, which means it is known to be cancer causing, according to Stason.org. Skin Deep rates Disodium EDTA as a moderate hazard, citing neuro-toxicity and organ system toxicity hazards.

4. Other Toxic Ingredients:
– Triethanolamine, an ingredient in some Arbonne products, is a synthetic emulsifier.
– Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is another ingredient that is in some Arbonne products such as shampoo.
– Diazolidinyl Urea is a common ingredient in products for the hair and body. Diazolidinyl Urea may come from animal urine, but Arbonne uses the synthetic version. Both are considered a moderate hazard by Skin Deep, scoring a 6 out of 10 rating for toxicity. Skin Deep lists concerns including cancer, allergies, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity and neuro-toxicity. Formaldehyde is released from Diazolidinyl Urea. Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and a skin irritant.

5. Expensive.

6. Arbonne has a lack of openness about their ingredients, which are not listed on their website.

7. Products are not 100% natural, and include GMO.


Rodan+Fields (Estee Lauder) / Grade: F

We created Rodan + Fields Multi-Med® Therapy to deliver the right ingredients, in the right formulations, in the right order to transform your skin.

 

Pros:

 

1. The full list of ingredients is available for each product.

 

2. Unlike Arbonne, Rodan+Fields doesn’t throw around words like “pure” and “safe”.

 

Cons:

 

1. Fragrance – Ahhh… the sweet smell of petrochemicals and formaldehyde! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that fragrances contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum.

 

2. DISODIUM EDTA / this ingredient contains dangerous amounts of two toxins called ethylene oxide or dioxane. Disodium EDTA is also carcinogenic, which means it is known to be cancer causing, according to Stason.org. Skin Deep rates Disodium EDTA as a moderate hazard, citing neuro-toxicity and organ system toxicity hazards.

 

3. Dimethicone: the ingredient that causes an artificial coating on the outside of skin in Rodan+Fields products. This is a problem because:
– It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads
– The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
– Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
– Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
– On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment

 

4. BHT- There have been many studies which demonstrate that BHT accumulates over time in the body, having a toxic impact on the lungs, liver and kidneys amongst other negative effects. We will look chronologically at their findings. A study by Gann in 1984 showed that BHT was capable of promoting chemically-induced fore-stomach and bladder cancer in male rats. This was followed in 1986, with a chronic study on BHT in rats by Olsen. Dose-related increases in the numbers of hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas were statistically significant. As with Gann’s study, the doses given to the rats were higher per pound of body weight than we would consume. A 1988 Swedish study by Thompson looked at both BHT and BHA. They found that both were toxic and tumor promoting. Both antioxidants were observed to be cytotoxic in a concentration-dependent manner at concentrations ranging from 100 to 750 microM. At equimolar concentrations BHT was more cytotoxic than BHA. Safer et al conducted a further study on rats in 1999 and came up with the same results. The food additive, butylatedhydroxytoluene (BHT), encourages the development of tumors from previously initiated cells. In 2001, Bauer etal found that lung tumor formation was promoted by BHT administration following an initiating agent in BALB/cByJ mice, but not in CXB4 mice. So in those mice that had a sensitivity to BHT, it caused chronic inflammation and promoted lung tumors. A study published in 2006 in Argentina, used hamsters to prove that BHT did not prevent cancer but rather did the opposite. Results obtained showed that BHT did not decrease the chromosomal damage induced by radiation in any consistent fashion.

 

5. Crosspolymer: On its “Material Data Safety Sheet”, there is a warning that when there is prolonged exposure to the skin, this agent can bring out or exasperate pre-existing skin conditions.

 

6. Expensive.

 

7. Ingredients are not organic and are not said to be GMO-FREE.

 

8. Products contain Parabens. Parabens are found in breast cancer patients’ breast tissue.

Research:
READ: http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/parabens.html
READ: https://www.organicconsumers.org/old_articles/bodycare/breastcancer090604.php
READ: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nalini-chilkov/parabens-breast-cancer_b_1230018.html

 

9. Rodan and Fields VITAMIN D supplement, the only supplement that they offer, contains dangerous artificial dyes ingredients…


Shaklee’s Enfuselle / Grade:F

At Shaklee, we believe that nature holds the answers to a healthy and productive life. By using pure and potent ingredients and the foremost scientific research, we formulate nutrition products that are truly life enhancing

 

Pros:

 

1. Full list of ingredients found easily on website for each product.

 

Cons:

 

1. Cyclopentasiloxane- Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and associated with environmental toxicity. Persistent, bio accumulative in wildlife. One or more animal studies show endocrine disruption at moderate doses. Caused uterine tumors in female rats. Alters activity of liver enzymes.

 

2 Cyclohexasiloxane- Another silicon-based cyclic compound, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and associated with environmental toxicity. Persistent, bio accumulative in wildlife. One or more animal studies show endocrine disruption at moderate doses. Changes in liver and fatty liver degeneration observed.

 

3 PPG-15Stearyl Ether – a polypropylene glycol ether of stearyl alcohol,a petroleum-based compound. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system ii and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.

 

4 Steareth-2- A synthetic surfactant composed of polyethylene glycol polymer and stearylalcohol. Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions – Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.

 

5 Steareth-21 – Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions – Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system ii and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.

 

6 Isocetyl Stearate – An ester of Isocetyl Alcohol and stearic acid. Human irritant of skin, eyes, or lungs. Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry review.

 

7 Triethanolamine – A strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical. Skin irritant, eye irritant, tested positive for mutations, causes changes in liver and bladder, endocrine system disruption, possible carcinogen.

 

8 Disodium EDTA- this ingredient contains dangerous amounts of two toxins called ethylene oxide or dioxane. Disodium EDTA is also carcinogenic, which means it is known to be cancer causing, according to Stason.org. Skin Deep rates Disodium EDTA as a moderate hazard, citing neuro-toxicity and organ system toxicity hazards.

 

9 Phenoxyethanol- “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still use synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe.Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present,along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to there productive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28,2011

 

10 Ethylhexylglycerin- HIGH concerns for skin, eyes, and lung irritation, as well as Organ system toxicity.

 

11 Benzoic acid- Restricted in cosmetics, linked to organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

 

12 SodiumBenzoate – A synthetic preservative linked to organ system toxicity.

 

13 Fragrance/Parfum- Concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer. According to EWG, The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.

 

14 Homosalate – Similar to oxybenzone, this UV-absorbing chemical can mimic bodily hormones. Since our bodies cannot dispel this chemical to match the rate of absorption, it accumulates to toxic levels over time.


 

MiEssence / Grade: A

Our ingredients are the purest, most potent and freshly extracted natural and organic raw materials on the planet. We disclose all our ingredients for all products on our website so you may review for your personal purposes in case that you might have a known sensitivity or allergy.

MiEssence-Four-Profiles

Pros:

 

1. The full list of ingredients is available for each product.

 

2. They use: Flowers & Blossoms, Fruit Peels, Water, Leaves & Stems, Honeycomb, Fruits, Roots, Bulbs & Rhizomes, Seeds, Grasses, Algae & Seaweeds, Grains, Cacti & Succulents, Legumes & Pulses, Waxes & Resins, Wood-Minerals, Vegetables and Beneficial bacteria.

 

3. Their Ingredients are grown organically (certified to independent third-party organic standards (ACO, USDA, BFA), without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

 

Cons:

 

1. Expensive (however, in this case, you actually get what you pay for).


 

 

Nerium / Grade: D-

NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment was formulated after more than 10 years of scientific research and clinical testing. Nerium International is confident that you will not only find NeriumAD to be one of the most effective products you have used, but also one of the safest

 

Pros:

 

1. The full list of ingredients is available for each product.

 

Cons:

 

1. One of Nerium’s primary ingredients is Nerium Oleander Leaf Extract. This ingredient creates chronic low-level inflammation. The low levels of inflammation give the skin a more plumped up appearance.
Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/claire-d-bridges/discussing-nerium-oleander/10153259466644876?pnref=story

 

2. Fragrance: The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that fragrances contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum.

 

3. Dimethicone: the ingredient that causes an artificial coating on the outside of skin in Rodan+Fields products. This is a problem because:
– It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads.
– The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
– Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
– Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
– On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment

 

4. Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is used as a preservative.
Read more here: http://www.truthinskincare.com/2008/01/ingredient-watch-sodium.html

 

5. Sodium Borate
Can affect you when breathed in and by passing through your skin. Contact can irritate and burn the skin and eyes, causing skin rash, dryness and redness. Sodium Borate may affect the kidneys and has been known to cause headache, weakness, tremors and seizures.

 

6. Very Expensive.


Modere / Grade: D-

We are a global company that seeks to deliver innovative products across essential lifestyle categories—Personal Care, Health & Wellness, and Household Care. Our products are a better alternative. They’re safe for you and they’re safe for your families.

 

Pros:

 

1. Reasonable Pricing.

 

2. Full list of ingredients found easily on website for each product.

 

Cons:

 

1. Chlorphenesin – The FDA says it can depress the central nervous system as well as cause dermatitis.

 

2. Phenoxyethanol – “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still use synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to their productive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28, 2011

 

3. Fragrance- petrochemicals and formaldehyde! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that fragrances contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum.

 

4. Disodium EDTA contains dangerous amounts of two toxins called ethylene oxide or dioxane. Disodium EDTA is also carcinogenic, which means it is known to be cancer causing, according to Stason.org. Skin Deep rates Disodium EDTA as a moderate hazard, citing neuro-toxicity and organ system toxicity hazards.

 

5. Dimethicone: the ingredient that causes an artificial coating on the outside of skin in Rodan+Fields products. This is a problem because:
– It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads.
– The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
– Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
– Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
– On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment


Younique / Grade: D

Younique’s cosmetics development processes utilize scientific research to ensure that our products contain high quality ingredients that enrich and nourish the skin. The result is a beautifully efficacious product that is safely compatible with virtually every skin type.

 

Pros:

 

1. The full list of ingredients is available for each product.

 

Cons:

 

1. Petroleum: A petroleum product, petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs — including skin contact over extended periods of time — is associated with cancer. On this basis, the European Union classifies petrolatum a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation and allergies

 

2. Phenoxyethanol- “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still use synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to their productive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28, 2011

 

3. Dimethicone: the ingredient that causes an artificial coating on the outside of skin in Younique products. This is a problem because: – It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads – The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc. – Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant – Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone – On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment


Jurlique / Grade: D

We believe the best products come straight from the earth. It is the rich soil, clean water and nourishing sunshine that make our ingredients grow, and the power of nature that makes them so effective.

 

Pros:

 

1. The full list of ingredients is available for each product.

 

Cons:

 

1. Chemically toxic harmful ingredient in a few of the Jurlique products; PHENOXYETHANOL. “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still uses synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to the reproductive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28, 2011

 

2. Ceteareth-20: The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends that consumers stay away from ingredients that contain the clause “ceteareth,” because it can contaminate a product with carcinogens. More specifically, ceteareths may contain 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both possible human carcinogens. The EWG also condemns many moisturizers containing ceteareth-20, claiming that their cosmetic manufacturers violated industry standards by incorporating an ingredient that’s not safe to use on injured/damaged skin.

 

3. Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate also has the potential to be contaminated with formaldehyde, and can also break down into formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, toxin and irritant that is rated as a high hazard by the EWG.

 

4. Very expensive.


Essante / Grade: B

Essante Organics pledges to continue to develop 100% certified toxic free, organic & wild crafted products through the largest organic technologies.

 

Pros:

 

1. From what I can tell the products are clean.

 

2. The products are said to be non-gmo.

 

3. The products are certified Toxicfree®

 

Cons:

 

1. (This wouldn’t necessarily be a “con” if I didn’t see so many claims using the words “raw” and “100% organic”.) With the exception to a few essential oils being Organic – I see no other organic certifications.

 

2. I do not appreciate blatant lies from companies: This company is not 100% certified organic and even if it were, it’s definitely not the first and only company to be 100% certified organic and toxic-free.

 

3. Even though this note is about SKINCARE – I couldn’t help but notice the KIDSPOPS which, I’m assuming is supposed to be the multi-vitamin for kids… I was very disappointed to notice that the ingredients include b12 from Cyanocobalamin (this is a cheap, synthetic chemical made in a laboratory), Corn Syrup and Natural Flavors?! Because this is a SKINCARE blog, this will not be reflected in my “grade” opinion of their skincare products.


Lemongrass Spa / Grade: C

Lemongrass Spa is committed to offering safe products for the entire family.

 

Pros:

 

1. Cruelty free 2. Are said to be 97-100% Natural

 

Cons:

 

1. Chemically toxic harmful ingredient in a few of the Lemongrass Spa products; PHENOXYETHANOL. “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still uses synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to the reproductive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28,2 011

 

2. Synthetic Fragrances (some are said to be Phthalate-free, some are not)


Beautycounter / Grade: D-

To get safe products into the hands of everyone.

 

Pros:

 

1. All ingredients can be found easily on their website.

 

Cons:

 

1. Chemically toxic harmful ingredient in a few of the Lemongrass Spa products; PHENOXYETHANOL. “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still uses synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to the reproductive system is not surprising.” Chemical of the Day: Feb.28, 2011

 

2. Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate: The Cosmetics Database finds sodium lauroyl sarcosinate to be a moderate hazard ingredient, primarily because of its potential to be contaminated with nitrosamine (a known carcinogen) and because of its classification as a penetration enhancer, which may alter skin structure and allow other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin.

 

3. Crosspolymer: On its “Material Data Safety Sheet”, there is a warning that when there is prolonged exposure to the skin, this agent can bring out or exasperate pre-existing skin conditions.

 

4. Dimethicone: the ingredient that causes an artificial coating on the outside of skin in Beautycounter products. This is a problem because: – It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads. – The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc. – Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant – Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone – On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment.


 

 

Beyond Organic Skincare, NYR Organic, Suki Skincare / Grade: B

 

Pros:

 

1. All ingredients can be found easily on their website.

 

2. All contain SOME certified Organic ingredients

 

3. The ingredients that are not certified organic are said to be all-natural – but regardless – all of these companies offer relatively clean skincare products.

 

Cons:

 

1. Most of the products are pricey.

 

2. The ingredient combinations in these products are long and complicated. Although the ingredients are good, some every great, simplicity is always best.


Poofy Organics / Grade B

Just pure, organic ingredients that are safe for you and your loved ones. POOFY ORGANICS is GREEN and completely transparent!

 

Pros:

 

1. Mostly USDA-certified organic ingredients.

 

2. Very simple ingredients and uncomplicated formulations.

 

3. All ingredients can be found easily on their website.

 

4. Some of the products, like the BB cream, has Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate from KimChi. I found this very interesting and innovative. Koreans have been using KimChi has facemasks for years – for brightening and clearing the complexion. I’m not sure how much is actually in this product but I thought that was very neat.

 

Cons:

 

1. The nail polish, though better than conventional (of course!) does have some undesirable ingredients.


 

*NOTE* There are a few companies that, when it comes to their skincare products, I am not going to take the time to review because of the amount of synthetic ingredients and toxicity that they allow in their products.
What do I (Claire) recommend:
What I recommend in place of this is herb/food-based skincare:
-Bentonite clay or red clay as a mask
-Sea salt or sugar for exfoliation
-Raw organic butter (shea, cocoa, etc) or coconut oil for moisturizers. -If you have dry skin you’ll need a toner (Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted in water) for a spray toner) and if you have oily skin you’ll want an astringent like Witch hazel. -For the Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis or Other Problematic-Skin prone: BURDOCK TEA (drink 1-2 times a day) for clear skin (Trust me… Give it a month…)

 

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Claire’s documents;
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