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Personal Care Products – Organic? Safe?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

There has been some real headway in the move to get manufacturers of health care products, such as cosmetics, skin care, and even shampoos, to “come clean. The Organic Consumers Association is dedicated to compelling the personal care industry to divest themselves of the word “organic” in their products, if in fact they are not organic. A huge array of products, such as shampoo, body lotions and cosmetics are not really regulated insofar as certifying that they are organic. Thus, a manufacturer may allege it is organic, when in fact, it is not. Too often, the main cleansing agent and preservatives are made from synthetic chemicals and petrochemical compounds.

There are some “organic cheaters” in the health care field and some were targeted by OCA to the USDA. Two of the companies who alleged “organic” on their products,  reneged on a signed promise to provide product and ingredient information to Skin Deep which has an enormous database of personal care products (see their spreadsheet which shows the toxic level of popular products – a 2 or lower is all right, but higher is not good).  Their refusal meant they would not allow OCA to evaluate the safety of their products. Eminence Organic Skin Care and Head Organics are two of the products that OCA has complained about. Ilike Organic Skin Care and Surya Sapien Organic are two other products who have refused to cooperate. Perhaps it is because they (at the time of this writing) and according to OCA’s complaint, these products  utilize surfactants made in part or entirely from petrochemicals as primary cleansing ingredients, and have no organic agricultural material. There’s nothing “organic” about them.  Eminence claims that Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, the main cleansing agent in its Organic Stone Crop Bodywash, is from a “plant source,” but the  truth is that this cleanser is  available, commercially, only in  petrochemical form.

There are a growing number of products on the market that score a 1 or even a zero on  Skin Deep’s tests. That means the product does not contain anything toxic or harmful to the human body.  Educated women who understand what is really happening behind the scenes in the cosmetics and skin care world (that it is all about money, not safety with the majority of main line cosmetic firms) are starting to take notice of the contents of their makeup and skin care products. Lipsticks are now being scrutinized.  Wiping a cleanser onto and into their skin is not done in ignorance. They’re understanding now that what Dr.  Samuel Epstein, former head of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, said, if true: “It is more dangerous to put a product on your skin than to eat it.” Women are becoming more selective as to what they wipe on their skin.  Some have decided to quit poisoning themselves.


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