This is in no sense a beauty blog – It’s all about where things come from…
There is a point to this post – allow me to tell the story first:
I glanced over my “chapstick”, “lipgloss”, “lip balm”, etc…(whatever you wish to call it) the other day out of boredom and curiosity, I suppose, and I found something interesting. Active ingredients: Octinoxate 1% (sunscreen), Petrolatum 90.3% (Skin Protectant). What is this 90.3% worth of chemical that i’m putting onto my lips?! Next thing you know, I’m looking into all the individual “non-active Ingredients” as per my picture below.
Petrolatum (90.8%) – Mineral oil jelly – can be contaminated with PAHs and through exposure over time is associated with cancer (David Suzuki)
Octinoxate (1%) – Most widely used UVB blocking agent but with biochemical/cellular level changes, endocrine disruption (hormone mimicking) (EWG)
Squalane – Naturally occuring lipid in plants/animals used in lubricating creams/lotions (EWG)
Lanolin – Animal sourced product – from oil glands of sheep (extracted from wool) (EWG)
Triticum Vulgare (wheat) germ oil – Extracted from reproductive part of the wheat kernel (EWG)
Tocopherol – Naturally occurring chemical compound, antioxidant, fragrance ingredient (EWG)
Allantoin – Uric acid from cows and plants, used in treatment of wounds and ulcers (EWG)
Propylparaben – Paraben family of preservatives (EWG)
Butylparaben – Paraben family of preservatives (EWG)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – Produced from succulent leaves of aloe plant (EWG)
I used a very specific example but it’s an example of something that I used (*note past tense!). The whole research component took me a good 30-45 minutes to compile together and it’s only with a few ingredients. The point of this post is to show how much “unknown” there is out there. I hate to know what else is in anything else I put on my body and where they come from. I understand in today’s world we try to preserve everything but when did we start complicating the process by inserting such intricate chemicals into everyday products.
To Ponder On: Ever try looking at the ingredients to the things you buy? Most likely, you looked and you stopped to bother but what made you stop?
Photo Source: DIYlife