Solutions offers you some educational resources and a
of ingredients that we have made a point to avoid
the catalog. We strive to bring you the very purest
find in specific shopping areas. We know that there
some ingredients that one shopper may feel is safe,
another will feel is toxic. There is so much to
and while many ingredients are up in the air, we
that we will strive to do our best to bring
choices to satisfy everyone's needs, and yet not
our goal of offering the purest we know about!
cosmetic injuries requiring medical attention are
annually in the United States according to Dr.
Epstein (Safe Shopper's Bible Pages 182 & 183).
in shampoos, toothpastes, skin creams, and other
care products, fabric softeners, make-up, hair care
products, colognes, perfumes and other scented
be dangerous to your health. In 1989, the United
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
recognized 884 poisonous substances (many
derived from petrochemicals) from a list of 2,983
used in the fragrance industry that are capable of
cancer, birth defects, central nervous system
allergic respiratory reactions, skin and eye
chemicals found in cosmetics don't cause obvious
signs of toxicity, but slowly poison us through
1993 survey found levels of the highly toxic and
carcinogenic 1,4 dioxane in 27 out of 30 children's
and bath products tested. In the same study, of 54
raw ingredients tested, all contained 1,4 dioxane. A
conducted by the University of California on 58,000
therapists, hairdressers and manicurists, revealed
developed cancer at four times the rate of the
the market today are administered through
patches, which have been shown to be up to 95% more
effective than oral medication. This proves that the
the largest organ of the body and our first line of
immunity, is permeable to all chemicals.
ingredients to look for and you won't find them in
products, unless you want nail polish. Right now in
wear polish, women and men have to compromise, but
what we feel are better choices. The Honeybee
remover uses a benzoate, and typically we stay clear
that, but to get a waterbased polish off, you can't
solvent based removers; you have to use either grain
or their own polish remover.
binders, fillers, emulsifiers, thickeners
* cortisone, tar, anti-biotics, steroids,
* dyes, colorings, fragrances
* mineral oil, paraffin, lanolin (unless its
certified to be
clean), petrolatum, PVP/VA copolymer, DEA, TEA, MEA
* alcohols, formaldehyde, acetone
* synthetic alpha and beta hydroxy acids
* preservatives, parabens, ureas, propylene glycol
* sodium laurel or laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel
on the above:
Aluminum - Thought to contribute to Alzheimer's
Found in almost all antiperspirants.
Works by blocking pores so sweat cannot be
released by the
Colors - FD&C, derived from coal tar. For
example, Azo dyes
are a risk to asthmatics, eczema sufferers and
sensitive to aspirin. Causes hyperactivity in
severe headaches, blurred vision and itchy/watery
nose (Antczak, 2001). (PLEASE NOTE OUR
ABOUT NAIL POLISHES HERE AT NATURAL SOLUTIONS)
- Causes allergic reactions, irritating to eyes and
out hair and skin (Fairley, 2001).
Phthalate - Found in all persons tested by the CDC (Center
for Disease Control, USA) in a 2000 Fall
Highest levels were found in women of reproductive
Causes birth defects in animals, and damaging to the
reproductive system (ABC News, Internet Ventures
Used in cosmetics to assist the absorption of other
- A preservative. Causes skin reactions.
urea is the second most identified preservative
contact dermatitis ( American Academy of
Fairley, 2001). Some other names that are
this preservative are: DMDM hydantoin, Quaternium
Diazolidinylurea, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol
Can contain up to 200 undeclared substances (Fairley,
2001). Major cause, in addition to artificial
of skin irritations and allergies (Antczak, 2001).
May cause dizziniess, skin irritation and
(Fairley, 2001). Dibutyl Phalate can be
synthetic fragrance and you'll want to be sure to
Modified Organisms - Soy, Corn. Effects still
Alcohol - Drying agent, from petroleum.
Methylisothiazolinone - Causes allergic reactions
irritations (Fairley, 2001).
Mineral oil - petrochemical emollient. Watch
derivatives like petrolatum, glyceryl stearate and
alcohol. Although the later two can be also found
natural form. Make sure you know first before you
Parabens (if the links are not accurate, please
us): Petroleum product. Triggers skin irritations and may be an
2001).May play a role in falling sperm counts
rising breast cancer rates (Fairley, 2001).Used in
all cosmetics (Fairley, 2001), and in
so-called 'natural' products.
Paraben Info (WebMD)
Paraben Info (Friends of
Paraben Info (BBC News)
Parraffin - Derived from petroleum. In the form of
mineral oil or petrolatum. Comedogenic, i.e.blocks
Propylene Glycol - When derived from petroleum.
the amount of acid in the body, resulting in
problems. Large amounts are needed to produce this
forToxic Substances and Disease Registry or ATSDR,
laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate - Forms
nitrogen compounds when combined with specific
Irritating to eyes, skin and lungs (Antczak, 2001).
if swallowed and may cause damage to eyes (Antczak,
Animal fat. Not suitable for vegans, and may be a
Found in many nail products and nail polish
Produced during the process of making gasoline and
fuels from crude oil or coal. Evaporates into the
products containing toluene are opened. May affect
nervous system, and/or cause tiredness, confusion,
nausea, or loss of appetite. Symptoms disappear
exposure is eliminated (ATSDR, 2003).
"Reading labels and recognizing problematic
necessary skills for a consumer who intends to
products that are completely natural. The cost of a
is not a reliable indicator of either its quality or
characteristics. Most cosmetics, from the lowest
the most costly brands, are composed of identical
ingredients (Begoun, 1991)........Cosmetics do not
the surface of the skin without penetrating to some
Lipstick wearers, for example, consume 1.5 to 4
tubes in a
lifetime (Aveda). If one considers the ingredients
internalized by the body, absorbing plant oils and
mineral pigments or essential oils is a healthier
alternative than absorbing petroleum by-products and
synthetic chemicals. The ability to choose the right
cosmetics for you depends on accurate ingredient
personal needs and market choices. Caring for one's
body includes skin care choices that support and
to a healthy
cosmetic products and make-up are safer, healthier
alternatives especially when these products are
all natural ingredients. A natural product is
one that contains mostly or completely naturally
ingredients (Antczak, 2001). It also indicates that
product is free from, or contains minute amounts of
artificial chemical additives. Caution is required
products claim to be natural. For instance, they may
small amounts of plant extracts, but the bulk of the
is petroleum based and loaded with fragrances.
consider switching to completely natural products,
perform to the same standard as their non-natural
counterparts. The organic make-up co. offers a wide
simple, affordable and high quality products. Our
products are carefully formulated from plant waxes,
oils, essential oils from flowers, barks and spices,
as richly coloured mineral
pigments...................Switching to all-natural
products and make-up can help you to avoid feeding
harmful chemicals. Many skin problems, such as acne,
dermatitis, irritations and allergies may disappear
petroleum or synthetic ingredients are removed from
skin care regimen. Using fully natural products can
contribute to healthy skin and a healthy body in the
term.......We invite you to give our natural
products a try.
They are completely natural, vegan and an excellent
alternative to conventional cosmetics and make-up."
Stryker, B.Sc., B.H.Ec., B.Ed.
Dr. Stephen and Gina, (2001). Cosmetics
Harper Collins, London.
Paula, (1991). Don't Go To The Cosmetics
Without Me, Beginnings Press, Seattle.
Josephine, (2001). Organic Beauty, DK
ABC News Internet Ventures, 2000.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry,
Learn more about Health Canada's List of
Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients, also known as the
Cosmetics Ingredients Hotlist:
has many links to studies by the FDA, by the
Health Network, etc. Make sure you take your time: