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Safe or Paranoid?

Posted Aug 03 2012 2:01am

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Befit begs to know… I was looking at claims of several organic cosmetic brands, and this one blew my mind. There are so many “harmful” ingredients listed that they needed two pages… Is the situation that bad with regular cosmetics containing synthetics? Okay, I could understand the issue with triclosan, but what about cocamidopropyl betaine (which, funny enough, is used as a primary surfactant in many other organic brands) or let’s say, lanolin? Should we be that paranoid?

Mid Brain replies:

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Beauty Brains forum members are the smartest beauty product consumers anywhere! Here’s what Alchemist, one of our community members, had to say in response to Befit’s question:

No. There’s so much wrongness in that list. They’re not even consistent – cocamidopropyl betaine is bad because “it contains a significant petroleum component…” but their own shampoo contains shea butteramidopropyl betaine which contains the same petroleum component. While we’re looking at the shampoo, on their list to avoid is denatured alcohol, but ingredient number 2 on the ingredient list is SDA Alcohol which is not just a similar chemical it is the same chemical.

Lanolin certainly used to contain a lot of pesticides, but with pesticide usage more controlled and improvements to the refining process, the level of pesticide residues in cosmetic and pharmaceutical grade lanolin these days is lower than required for foods. I could go on…sigh.

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