The ECOCERT Group is the certification body for substainable developement and it handles the European Markets. This is also used in parts of the USA and Japan. To get an EcoCert Organic stamp of approval, a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula, and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight, must come from organic farming. The group also ensures the packaging of the product measures up to its substainability guidelines.
As a rule, a good certified organic product will have natural botanical extracts listed highest on the list of ingredients, while preservatives will be listed nearer to the end, as these should represent the smallest quantities contained in the product. If you are reading a label that has preservatives listed first, then you can almost be guaranteed that this product is not as natural or organic as it claims to be.
Top Toxic Skincare Ingredients To Avoid that you will not find in your products :
Anionic Surfactants are used in about 90% of foaming personal care products; also used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, and as engine degreasers. Common anionic surfactants include: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Potassium Coco Hydrolysed Collagen, TEA (Triethanolamine) Lauryl Sulfate, TEA (Triethanolamine) Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl or Cocoyl Sarcosine, Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, and Disodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate.
Please avoid all of these ingredients if they are on the label.
Also called liquid parrafinum, mineral oil is a byproduct of petroleum that coats the skin like plastic. It disrupts the skin’s natural ability to purge itself of toxins, slows down cell function and can cause premature aging. Mineral oil can also be found in paraffin wax, paraffin oil and petrolatum (a petrochemical containing two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene). What is almost criminal is most baby oil is mineral oil.
Paraben Preservatives start with Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Eethyl. These chemicals are often used in cosmetic formulas to inhibit microbial formation and extend the shelf life of the products. They are commonly used in commercial applications even though they are known to be highly toxic and to cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.
Silicone-Derived Emollients are like other emollients, these products coat the skin like plastic wrap, and disrupt the skin’s ability to breathe and release toxins. They can accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes and promote the development of tumors. Common silicone derived emollients include Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, and Cyclomethicone – all of which are not bio-degradable, and cause harm to the environment. After becoming banned, the companies making silicon oil Dimethicone have been very clever in finding new uses for their product that still makes its way into our bodies if we’re not careful. It’s also an active ingredient in most sunscreens, and is being added to more and more food and drink products.Sodium Laureth
Sulfate (SLES) Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES)
When combined with other ingredients, these chemicals form nitrosating agents and have a carcinogenic effect on the body. Be especially wary of semi-natural products that claim to be derived from coconut oil.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
These chemicals can alter the immune system and cause damage to the eyes, digestive system, nervous system, lungs, and skin. They are commonly found in foaming personal care products. And may be listed as ingredients on semi-natural products that claim to come from coconut oil.
This chemical can be particularly dangerous if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Aspiration can cause chemical pneumonitis, a fatal disorder. It is highly flammable in both liquid and vapor form and it may affect the liver, kidneys, nervous system, and blood. Overexposure can cause fatigue, confusion, headache, dizziness, or numbness. Severe overexposure can cause coma and death. Exposure to toulene can also affect the proper development of a growing fetus.
Now that your head is spinning with words you can’t pronounce and an endless array of skincare choices that contain at least one or even many of these ingredients, you’re probably feeling frustrated and deceived, and are wondering what to do.
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