You may be washing your hair with it. You could even be watching your body with it. Cocamide DEA. Does that look familiar to you? Take a look at the back label of your favorite shampoo or body wash. Odds are, this harmful cancer causing chemical may be listed as one of the ingredients.
Back in May, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reached the first-ever legal agreements with major companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Saks Inc., Walgreens and 23 others requiring the companies to end their use of the cancer-causing chemical cocamide DEA in shampoos and other personal care products. But more than 100 other companies have yet to resolve ongoing CEH litigation to end their use of the chemical. In addition, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics notes that there are more than 10,000 ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products, many of which are also linked to adverse health effects. In their new report, Safer Suds: Eliminating a Cancer-Causing Chemical in Shampoos and Soaps, the two groups are urging Congress to adopt federal legislation for safer cosmetics.
Beautycounter is taking a stand against harmful chemicals, like this one, in your everyday skin care and beauty products. We’ve banned more than 1500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard in the industry. Our products and cosmetics not only look and feel good but they are also good for your body. You take the time to read the label on your foods, why not do the same with your products you put on your skin?
To read more Beautycounter’s mission and how you can play a part, go here: https://busybellas.beautycounter.com/our-story.
If you read my last post, “Do You Know the Skin You’re In’, you’ll remember that I challenged you to look up the ingredients listed on the back of your favorite beauty products. Chances are, you came across a list of long, hard to pronounce words. If you are like me, you want to know what those words mean and how they affect our bodies.
Our skin is our largest organ, covering about 18 square feet of the human body. It protects us, keeps us warm, cools us down and is our first defense in fighting off illness or disease. That is why we need to be extra vigilant in taking care of our skin.
In an effort to educating the public about the toxins and chemicals found in our everyday hair and skin products, Beautycounter has compiled a ‘Never List’. This is a list of ingredients that you will never find in Beautycounter products. I needed this list while I was pregnant. I was so extra careful to take care of my skin and the growing boy inside of my belly. Now that I am nursing, I will carry this list with me to make sure my beauty products meet this standard. Doing Better starts with Knowing Better…so here is a sample of Beautycounter’s ‘Never List’.
Animal fats, oils, and musks: tallow, rendered beef or mutton fat, oils or musks from animals like mink, emu and sharks that are procured after an animal has been killed. Found in: soap, salve, shaving products, lubricants, paints, and all types of cosmetics.
Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
Benzophenone and derivatives: a possible human carcinogen and hormone disruptor used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light. Found in: nail polish, sunscreen.
Bisphenol A (BPA): a hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA, used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow and styling gel.
To see the full list, click here: http://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list/?ConsultantFirstName=Shani&ConsultantID=103404&ConsultantLastName=Blount
I am looking for a few passionate individuals who believe in putting safe ingredients into the hands of everyone. If this sounds like you, I would love to have you join my BusyBellas team at Beautycounter. If interested, please email me: email@example.com.