August 14, 2019

Be mindful of what you put on your body – And your lips!

  1. Petrolatum (AKA petroleum jelly, mineral oil) Petrolatum is made from petroleum – yes, what you put in your car – that has been refined. Some refining methods use toxic compounds. If the petroleum jelly becomes contaminated during the manufacturing process, possible Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, which have links to breast cancer, and other carcinogenic agents may get into the jelly. Another concern with petrolatum is that it creates an airtight barrier on the skin which can act as a penetration enhancer. This means absorption of any of the toxic ingredients below will be increased.
  2. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) Butylated compounds are mainly used as a preservative in lip balms. Health concerns linked to these chemicals include endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicitiy, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer and repiratory irritation.
  3. Parabens (Propylparaben Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in –paraben) Parabens are potential endocrine disruptors due to their ability to mimic estrogen. This effect is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and their use may also influence the development of malignant melanoma – a form of skin cancer. In men, propyl and butyl parabens appear to reduce sperm production and lead to reduced testosterone levels.
  4. Fragrance and/or Flavour These terms should read “hidden chemicals”. Cosmetic manufacturers can withhold the actual ingredients used in their fragrances and flavours in order to ‘protect their trade secrets’. These fragrances often contain high levels of phthalates. Phthalates are strong hormone disruptors linked to decreased sperm count in men and reduced female fertility. Phthalates can also cause a worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms. 5. Chemical sunscreen (Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate) The EWG has rated Oxybenzone – the most common chemical sunscreen – an 8 on their toxicity rating scale. It has been shown to act like estrogen in the body, alter sperm production in animals and is associated with endometriosis in women. Octinoxate and Homosalate also disrupt hormone function. Here at For Plants Sake we say no to chemical ingredients that may harm us or make us sick, and you should too. We also believe in reading ingredient labels before you buy. That’s why we create simple products made of natural and safe ingredients. We take the time to do the research and inform our customers on the products they use, and provide alternative and healthier options. We do it because we care!

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