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 questionsย 

๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ, ๐™„ ๐™–๐™ข ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ! ๐™„ ๐™‡๐™Š๐™‘๐™€ ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™—๐™š๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ง๐™ ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™–๐™—๐™š๐™ก.

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I gotchu, friends… and I am honored to be your friendly Facebook ingredient detective. As always, my intent is never to brand shame, itโ€™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. Youโ€™ll see these products marketed on social media as โ€œorganicโ€, โ€œveganโ€, and โ€œparaben freeโ€… ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ก๐™–๐™™๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ – ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฏ๐™ฏ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™™๐™จ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก ๐™ก๐™–๐™—๐™š๐™ก.

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If youโ€™d like to know the specific brand, please reach out!


Sadly, youโ€™ll find all of these on the label…

๐Ÿšซ DMDM Hydantoin – a preservative option that releases the KNOWN carcinogen formaldehyde into the product
๐Ÿšซ Undisclosed Fragrance – an undisclosed concoction of up to 3k+ chemicals most often known to disrupt the endocrine system
๐Ÿšซ 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.

๐Ÿšซ Propylene Glycol – the main component in anti-freeze with high concerns of skin irritation.
๐Ÿšซ SLS – considered a moderate hazard with links to cancer, neurotoxicity, organic toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
๐Ÿšซ Phenoxyethanol – a core allergen that risks contamination with the carcinogen 1,4 dioxin. New research studies are referring to this preservative as โ€œthe new parabenโ€
๐Ÿšซ 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.


Additionally..

โœ–๏ธ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐Ž๐๐„ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ โ€œ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐œโ€ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ.
โœ–๏ธ They are packaged in plastic which is most often lined with BPA (nothing on the website indicates otherwise) and is a known hormone disrupter.

โ—๏ธTo say Iโ€™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 wonโ€™t compromise your health.

ยฉLivingWellMamaยฎ๏ธ
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