Have you received some lip balms, glosses or lipsticks under the tree, or in your stocking? If so, you may want to check out our naughty list of ingredients before applying them to your lips!
- Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol - easily clogs pores and the synthetic version is an allergen to some.
- Cetyl Alcohol – possible skin irritant.
- Formaldehyde – carcinogenic, skin allergen, may impact the immune system.
- Fragrance (aka, perfume, scent, aroma) – umbrella term which can include – and not disclose – ingredients that are allergens, carcinogenic, hormone disruptors and reproductive toxins.
- Colour (e.g.: blue lake, red lake 28, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica) – synthetic colours or those derived from petroleum or coal tar. Suspected carcinogen, skin irritant and linked to learning disorders like ADHD and hyperactivity.
- Parabens (including methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and ethyl-paraben) – hormone disruptor linked to the growth of breast cancer cells, allergen and skin irritant linked to contact dermatitis.
- Polybutene – interferes with the body’s natural moisturizing mechanism leading to drier, chapped skin.
- Propylene Glycol (PG) and Polypropylene glycol (PEG) – skin sensitivity and allergies.
- Synthetic Wax – again another umbrella term for a combination of synthetic and possibly natural waxes: if you don’t know what it contains, you wont know the possible side-effects.
- Sunscreens (aka, PABA abobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate) – endocrine disruptors and possibly carcinogenic.
In case you are feeling overwhelmed, the easiest option includes buying products that don’t use any potentially harmful ingredients. That means going clean – only natural products that are skin friendly, and organic. This is ON! Juniper.