Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Case in point! - Is your lotion safe?

I read an article in the Toronto Star on Thursday, November 23rd, 2006. The article was by Helen Henderson a Life Writer for the Star, and it was titled, A Label for Sensitive Skin.

This article does a wonderful job of spinning the facts about product labels and ingredients and for those of you that may have read it, you probably noticed the large photograph of a container of Lush Dream Cream prominently displayed showing the ingredients list. The first several ingredients look great but looks can be deceiving.

So the article goes on to point out some awkwardly long chemical names like, caprylic triglycerides, cetearyl glucoside, and sucrose polybehenate. HUH? But unfortunately, the article doesn't bother educating us about what they are. It only complains that they're big words. Let's start with the first, caprylic triglycerides - coconut oil. That was easy so let's hit the next one, cetearyl glucoside - vegetable-derived Cetearyl Alcohol and Glucose, Cetearyl Glucoside is an emulsifier and smooths the consistency of a product's ingredients. Phewww! Finally, sucrose polybehenate - this one is a bit tougher to find info on, but it's sucrose esters, produced from naturally derived vegetable oil and sucrose. This product is fairly new to the market and there isn't a lot of information about it yet.

Now aside from the big words, the article goes on to point out the concerns of using natural oils like lavender oil, ylang ylang, and beeswax. Although, there is evidence to support that these products can lead to skin sensitivities and may even aggravate skin conditions, they certainly have nothing on the parabens. Of course the article says nothing about the methylparaben and propylparaben clearly legible on the label of the Lush Cream. The parabens have been linked to breast cancer. And with so many women facing this vicious disease and while our society rallies together under the Pink Campaign, many of us continue to ignore the sources. Although, we can't blame just paraben for the many cancer cases - it is but one of the many contributors in our environment.

Well ultimately, the choice is yours (the consumer), all I can do is provide a bit of education and information and encourage you to ask questions and search for the answers. It's your health we're talking about, so be wise.

For information about the parabens, visit our store or read on and check the Blog I posted on November 20th, 2006.

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