by Sharon

March 30, 2017

If you are Ms or Mrs Average, you will put around 200 questionable chemicals a day on your body through the use of personal care products and cosmetics, which may build up and impact on the immune system.  There are also questionable links to serious disease as if we do not have enough to worry about.

The great news is Modere have been pioneering safe products for nearly thirty years, and they are not only safe but sexy and luxurious.  

Controversial ingredients are used in many products because they are cheap and they are allowed. There are safer alternatives but they cost a little more.

Questionable Ingredients In Personal Care Products

It is felt that these questionable ingredients are in such small quantities that they could not possibly impact on our health, but it seems no one has done any research on long term exposure.

I was really shocked and saddened to discover how many harsh controversial chemicals are used in personal care products, but baby care??  Really?? Surely this isn't legal?

Sadly it is. 

We've listed a handful of common ingredients that have flagged up consistently in baby, beauty, laundry and personal care products but these are just the tip of the iceberg, and I would strongly recommend doing your own research.  

Here you can judge for yourself if you and your family would be comfortable using products with these ingredients included.

Plus, you can now form your own opinion based on the content that we've found.

So here is our hopefully balanced and honest view on whether they pose a risk over a lifetime of use to our children's and families health.

No SLS No PEG's No Parabens,  No Phthalates

Being a mum of three, when my children were babies there was nothing more lovely than bathing them at the end of the day.

I always felt that bath time was a lovely experience for both mum and baby.  It usually signals the end of the day and some well earned rest for mum when baby is bathed, relaxed, off to bed and finally asleep.

We all want the best for our children don't we?

Follow Your Heart, But Remember to Take Your Brain With You!

We want our children to grow up healthy and happy; and part of that is making sure their home environment is safe.

I don't know about you, but I was so totally mystified by all the ingredients in personal care products that I just didn't know where to start, so in my crazy wisdom I hoped for the best.

I think you'd agree that life can be very demanding as a mum.  You somehow need to be an expert in everything. So with this in mind, I want to make your life easier by listing and breaking down the twelve questionable dirty dozen ingredients that I feel are hurtful to us our babies, and our home environment.

Let's begin...

1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate SLS(1) / Sodium Laureth Sulfate

This is a cheap petroleum based harsh detergent and foaming agent found in engine degreaser, concrete cleaner, shampoo, toothpaste and virtually all personal care products. It's a known skin irritant and may cause irritation, cornea damage, damage hair follicles, and possibly increase acne.

There is no evidence of any link to cancer but product containing SLS may be contaminated with Ethylene Dioxide or 1,4 dioxane during manufacture which are both known carcinogens and banned in Europe as ingredients but not as contaminants.  SLS is considered safe for use. 

OUR OPINION - AVOID

2. Methylisothiazolinone

This is a preservative used in many cosmetic products, baby care products and wet wipes. The EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has classified it as a skin sensitiser and contact allergen. It has caused epidemic levels of allergic contact dermatitis right across Europe and has been banned in Denmark.

OUR OPINION: AVOID

3. Talc

Talc is a combination of magnesium silicone and oxygen. Talc can cause respiratory problems, especially in infants. For this reason, use of baby powders containing talc is discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

There have been suspicions of links to ovarian cancer but the charity Ovacome says "Ovarian cancer is a rare disease, and increasing a small risk by a third still gives a small risk. So even if talc does increase the risk slightly, very few women who use talc will ever get ovarian cancer." Very reassuring!?!

OUR OPINION- AVOID

4. Parabens

Parabens are preservatives used in many cosmetic and personal care products. This ingredient is very controversial. It is classed as an endocrine disruptor and can mimic estrogen and although not proven, research has strongly suggested a possible link to breast cancer.

Given the choice between paraben free product and those containing parabens, when it comes to cancer we would say NO RISK is better than low risk.

OUR OPINION - AVOID

5. Phthalates

Phthalates enhance perfume and make scent last longer in laundry products, air freshener in baby and personal care products. They are also used to soften plastics in the manufacture of toys. Some phthalates have been banned in Europe and Canada due to possible links to liver and kidney problems in young children.  

Greenpeace states that sufficient evidence exists to give reasonable cause for concern regarding exposure through inhalation and skin contact.

OUR OPINION - AVOID

6. "Parfum" Or "Fragrance"

Ever wonder what this is? Generally a cocktail of up to 200 various scent chemicals including phthalates. Ingredients don't have to be disclosed as a scent can be classed as a trade secret.

OUR OPINION - AVOID

7. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a petroleum based ingredient that stops product drying out. Very cheap and in almost all baby and personal care products. It can be contaminated with PAH's which ARE associated with health risks such as liver function.

OUR OPINION - AVOID

8. 1,4-Dioxane

Although not an ingredient, it can be found as a contaminant in product containing many of the ingredients listed above. It is a suspected carcinogenic, and may cause liver and kidney damage.

The EU guideline for concentrations of this contaminant in personal care is a target level of 10 parts per million. Target level??

OUR OPINION - AVOID SLS / PEG's in personal care products.

9. Ethylene Dioxide

Again not an ingredient but a contaminant and a known carcinogenic. In 46 out of 100 products labelled "natural" or "organic" 1,4 dioxane was found as a contaminant.

OUR OPINION - AVOID SLS / PEG's in personal care.

10. Formaldehyde

Ok, up until now I have tried to be as impartial as possible, but this one really gets the blood boiling, Formaldehyde occurs naturally, but is used as a preservative in personal care, home care, disinfectants and nail polish and treatments.

It is classified by the IARC as a known human cancer causing agent, and is known to cause high rates of leukemia in workers who use it such as undertakers.   It can be listed under several names as an ingredient.

Baby products usually don't contain formaldehyde, but they can contain formaldehyde releasers which slowly release it into the product to prevent bacteria build up, but at levels which are considered to be SAFE.

Formaldehyde Is A Known Human Cancer Causing Agent" - safe Levels Ayy?

What we want to know is as with all these ingredients who is researching the effects of continual and repeated exposure over a lifetime of use?  Answer?  No one!

OUR OPINION - GET INFORMED OF THE VARIOUS DESCRIPTIONS OF FORMALDEHYDE RELEASING INGREDIENTS AND AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.

11. Petrolatum

This is mineral oil jelly (i.e. petroleum jelly). It is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers and also in hair care products to make your hair shine. A petroleum product, petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs — including skin contact over extended periods of time — is associated with cancer. On this basis, the European Union classifies petrolatum as a potential carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation and allergies.

OUR OPINION - AVOID

12. PEG's

There are many forms of Polyethylene Glycol. It is more commonly known as an ingredient in antifreeze.  It is a toxin that may cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and eczema.  PEG's may be contaminated during manufacture by Ethylene Dioxide, and 1-4 dioxane - known carcinogens and banned in Europe as ingredients.  

OUR OPINION - AVOID

Should You Buy Natural or Organic?

It would be nice if you could just go look up a list of ingredients that fall under these categories, but unfortunately you can’t.

The reason is that the terms natural and organic have no definition under the law that defines how cosmetics are regulated.

The EU has no definition for “natural or “organic" cosmetics either. Since there isn’t a standard various groups have come out with their own guidelines for what they think these words should mean when applied to personal care products.

Some manufacturers argue that ingredients derived from petrochemicals are natural as they come out of the ground. Many products labelled natural or organic, may still contain many of the ingredients listed.

Our Conclusion

We believe the use of these ingredients is unnecessary in all personal care products.

They are used primarily because they are cheap, regardless of there being safer alternatives available. Many will say they are in such small quantities that they are safe, but no one can provide any research as to their long term effect on health from daily exposure over time, and also how each of these various chemicals interact with each other during use.

As a Mum, I am passionate about creating a safer home environment for your children and reducing the risk of needless exposure to controversial chemicals. As I have found, there are definite health benefits from reducing the toxic load on our families and In my opinion, if there is a safer alternative, NO RISK is better than LOW RISK.

I love Modere products because I believe all their products are a safer alternative. There message can be summed up in two words, safe and sexy!  No controversial ingredients, but product that leaves you with better hair, better skin, and better health. The biggest reason for loving Modere?  The hugely positive results we have experienced since we "ditched the junk" and made our home a "toxin free zone".  You should try it.  It's amazing!

Our source of research: Dr Samuel Epstein MD professor emeritus of Environmental Medicine University of Illinois. IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer,  European Commission: Scientific Commission for Consumer Safety

Article Disclaimer: The information about ingredients is based upon opinion observation and / or research unrelated to Modere or its agents. No representation is made herein as to its accuracy or the method by which it was derived. It should be in no way construed to discredit a particular company or product but should be used as reference to enable anyone to make an informed decision as to products or ingredients they choose to use or not to use. This information may or may not be relevant for any particular product and is only intended to provide information which might be valuable when used as such.

Links Disclaimer: Most of the ingredients on this page can be found in the supermarket or a health food shop. However, if you're like me and my family we order most things online; so to make it easier for you, I have included some links affiliated with various companies. You will not be charged for clicking on these links, but I will earn from qualifying purchases.

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About the author 

Sharon

My name is Sharon and this site is about taking the toxic load off our bodies with products free of nasties and using amazing nutrition that really works. The benefits have been so amazing, I just have to share the 'Live Clean' message so that you and your loved ones can benefit too!

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