Don’t Be Greenwashed
When a very popular direct sales company (with an awesome holistic health reputation) launches a new product…
My inbox floods with questions
𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙮, 𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝙨𝙤 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩! 𝙄 𝙇𝙊𝙑𝙀 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙚𝙡.
I gotchu, friends… and I am honored to be your friendly Facebook ingredient detective. As always, my intent is never to brand shame, it’s simply to educate on ingredients that are best to avoid when health preservation is important to you.
The products in question over the last few days have been a hemp infused hair care line and a hand cream. You’ll see these products marketed on social media as “organic”, “vegan”, and “paraben free”… 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙖𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 – 𝙗𝙪𝙯𝙯 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙛 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙚𝙡.
If you’d like to know the specific brand, please reach out!
Sadly, you’ll find all of these on the label…
🚫 DMDM Hydantoin – a preservative option that releases the KNOWN carcinogen formaldehyde into the product
🚫 Undisclosed Fragrance – an undisclosed concoction of up to 3k+ chemicals most often known to disrupt the endocrine system
🚫 Methylisothiazolinone – studies show that exposure to low levels of MI have damaging consequences to the nervous system. It was also named Allergen Of The Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society in 2013.
🚫 Propylene Glycol – the main component in anti-freeze with high concerns of skin irritation.
🚫 SLS – considered a moderate hazard with links to cancer, neurotoxicity, organic toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
🚫 Phenoxyethanol – a core allergen that risks contamination with the carcinogen 1,4 dioxin. New research studies are referring to this preservative as “the new paraben”
🚫 EDTA – this ingredient, although not toxic, breaks down the outer layer of the skin to INCREASE penetration of other ingredients. This is of major concern when toxic ingredients are part of the rest of the formula.
✖️ 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐝 “𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐜” 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬.
✖️ They are packaged in plastic which is most often lined with BPA (nothing on the website indicates otherwise) and is a known hormone disrupter.
❗️To say I’m bummed would be an understatement. The good news is that a handful of affiliates I know have provided their educated feedback and are hopeful that it could create formulation changes in the future.
Please feel free to refer back to my toxin free master list for tried and true alternatives with ingredients that won’t compromise your health.