Non-Toxic Body Lotions

 

First of all, do not forget to notice the quality and the needs of your skin, because for maintaining one’s skin well it is necessary to maintain a balance between the acid factor (dry skin) and the basic factor (oily skin). Once a month, it is recommended to do an exfoliation of the body to eliminate the dead cells and to then apply a good cream.

Also, for dry skins, it is advised to use fattier creams and oils whereas for the oily skins emulsions and lighter milks are more suitable.

Here are the main anti-oxydants for the skin: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, the coenzyme Q10 and the extract of green tea. At least, with regard to anti-oxydants, there is consensus in the scientific world!

According to Rita Stiens, the first and best skin hydraters are glycerin ! Provided it is of vegetable and not “of natural origin”, which means synthetic. It protects the skin and the hair from dehydration, softens and smooths the skin and the hair by its emollient action.

ͦ All the certified organic creams have a texture which is often different from the creams to which we are accustomed. You will sometimes find that the penetration is not fast enough and this because of the fact that they do not contain PEGs, these agents of penetration which are on “ Dirty List ”. It is high time to stop judging the quality and the effectiveness of a product based upon its appearance. “ What’s Inside? That counts! “ It is the quality and the percentage of the components that form the base of the product, before the perfume, texture, the look, the packing, which, in the traditional cosmetics, are put forward and help to sell the product.

1.4 dyoxane (resulting from the combination of several chemical ingredients) is a known cancerogenic (see the report of the World Health Organization and of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (group 1 and 2,   http://training.itcilo.it/actrav_cdrom2/fr/osh/kemi/cemapp.htm) very present in the conventional creams for the face, around the eyes and for the body.

◦It has been estimated that a woman is exposed to 50 mg of parabens per day (these cheap ingredients used as preservatives in the conventional cosmetics industry and which are hormonal disturbers, (see chapter on “ The controversy of parabens ”) but alas, while in Europe the vice is tightened more and more, in Canada and the United States the use of parabens is still authorized, without particular restrictions.

◦ Another major health problem in the composition of conventional creams are the “Perfumes” in which dozens of ingredients hide, one more toxic than the other like phthalates related to cancer, with malformations of babies at birth and toxic for the reproductive system.   [1]

Here are some suggestions of creams for the non-toxic body. It is up to you to find there what is appropriate for you! 

 

VELVET VEIL Radiant Skin Body Lotion by ARGANAT CANADA PRODUCTSExquisite product ! 50 ml, $ 44.99, rated 0 on SKin Deep !

INCI : Damascena Flower Water Extract, Argania Spinoza oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Simmondsia Chinensis seed (sunflower) oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Butyrospermum parkii (karite) butter; Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Olefin, alpha tocopherol (Vitamine E naturelle), Apis mellifera (Natural Beeswax), Mimosa tenuiflora bark ex- tract (Tépezcohuite), Maris Sal (Dead sea salt), Rosa Damascena oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Geranum (Pink Geranium)

 


 

Fleurs d’oranger Soins & Soi Moisturizing Body Cream by Aster, 175 ml, 21.59 $,  available online. Real pleasure to use, scent is sweet and seductive, truly nourishing cream!

INCI: Aqua, citrus aurantium (neroli) flower *0, prunus amygdalus (dulcis) oil *0, butyrospermum parkii butter *0, thymus extract* 0, origanum extract* 0, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides 0 (and) cetearyl alcohol *1, xanthan gum 0, ascorbic acid 0, tocopherol 1, citrus aurantius bergamia zeste s-berg. oil* 0, cymbopogon martinii oil *1, pelargonium asperum rosat bourbon oil *0, santalum austrocaledonicum oil1, potassium sorbate 3.

*ingredients certified organic by  ECOCERT

1this sandalwood is not listed on Skin Deep, but is found in the composition of several certified organic products


 

L’or Orange Body Cream 250 ml, 29.99 $ by Kamelia Aromakosmétiques.

INCI : Aqua 0, Helianthus Annuus Oil 0, Cetearyl Olivate 0 and Sorbitan Olivate 0,  Mangifera Indica Seed Butter 0, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil 0, Glycerin 0, Citrus Clementina Peel Oil 0, Citrus Aurantium Amara 0, Gluconolactone 0, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract 0, Passiflora incarnata Flower Extract 0, Aloe Barbadensis 1, Sodium Benzoate 1, Potassium Sorbate 3, Maltodextrin 0.

It is a product of excellent quality, difficult to beat  considering its very good price/quality ratio.

  Lavera naturokosmetic Basis Sensitive Organic Protection Body Lotion with organic jojoba and aloe vera, 16.49 $, 200ml, BDIH certified. This milk is a treat, it penetrates easily, it is fluid and hydrating and has a discrete odor.

In the same collection, and in the same packing, Lavera Basis Sensitive Organic Protection Body Lotion with organic jojoba and organic shea butter  is a very rich and unctuous cream, the ideal cream for a very dry skin at menopause or after treatments of chemotherapy. One should wait a few minutes before it penetrates in the skin, because the shea butter is rather fatty but that ensures a hydration guaranteed during 24 hours. Unfortunately, I did not succeed in ordering it in Montreal. I order it in Europe and I do make use of it once a week in alternation with oils and other butters.

Among those that I tested, I was disappointed by no product whatsoever in Lavera Basis Sensitive , I think that they scored a real hit with this collection, enough to silence the skeptics of organic cosmetics…

 

  Melvita Body Lotion, certified Organic Cosmetic and a new ECOCERT, 400ml, 36.99$.
Ingredients: Aqua [Water], Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Octyldodecanol, Rosa Moschata Oil [Rosa Moschata Seed Oil]*, Arachidyl Alcohol, Squalane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cera Alba [Beeswax], Limonene**, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sclerotium Gum, Parfum [Fragrance]   [2] , Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Gossypium Herbaceum Seed Extract [Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Extract], Linalool**, Eugenol**, Citral**, Benzyl Benzoate**.* Ingredients resulting from Organic Agriculture.** Natural constituent from essential oils.

 

Druide Body Lotion Pur & Pure, 200 ml, 21.95 $, certifiesd organic by ECOCERT, rated 1 on  Skin Deep, pleasant texture, discrete perfume.

 

  Zorah Maeva  Satin Body Cream,  made with Argan, Chia and Kendi Oils 200 ml, 39.99 $, certified organic by ECOCERT, a refined cream with subtle perfume, gives true pleasure at use, penetrates easily in the skin not leaving a fatty layer, ingredients posted on their Zorah biocosmetic website.
  The Karité Honey and Propolis Body Lotion by Les Soins Corporels L’Herbier , beautiful card of ingredients, the organic ones are certified by Quebec Vrai, the same preservative as ECOCERT and BDIH, hydrates well thanks to the shea butter, the jar is provided with a pump which has its advantages and on the label there is an expiry date!! For the points of sale in Quebec see the website of the company.
  Green Beaver Winter Body Lotion , 240 ml, 11 99 $, certain ingredients are certified organic. Beautiful butter combination of shea tree and cocoa which penetrate in-depth in the skin which becomes soft without being fatty and of colloidal oats which help to relieve the feeling of itching.
Ingredients : Water, Oil of Sunflower Seeds * (Helianthus Annuus), Extracted from the Root of Bardane* (Arctium Lappa), Cetearylic Alcohol and Cetearylic Glucoside, Glycerin, Flour of oats* (Avena Sativa), Ricin Oil* (Ricinus Communis), Glyceryle Stearate, Shea tree butter* (Butyrospermum Parkii), Polyglyceryle-2-Dipolyhydroxystearate, Cacao butter* (Theobroma Cacao), Wax from the Laque tree (Rhus Verniciflua), Caprylate Glycerol, Sodium Stearylglutamate , Xanthane Gum, Essential Rosemary Oils* (Rosemarinus Officinalis), Essential Lavender Oils* (Lavandula Angustifolia), Essential oil from cinnamon bark * (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum), Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol Acetate.
Green Beaver three new body lotions (lavender, cranberries and mint) certified  organic ECOCERT, of which the one with cranberries is really exquisite! Good quality /price ratio, 250 ml for 10.99 $ (on their website) and easily available in stores.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water*, Ledum Groenlandicum Water*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Water*, Comptonia Peregrina Water*, Achillea Millefolium Extract*, Hydrolized Rice Protein, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate* ingredients from Organic Farming
  Avalon Organic Strenghtening Ultimate Body Lotion CoQ 10, Lavender hands and body lotion, lemon, mint, olives and grape seeds , all these creams are graded 2 on  Skin Deep  but they are a little old, the new body lotions from the company are classified 3 .
  Consonant Pure Body Lotion unscented, Toronto-native company, of whom some products are well-graded on  Skin Deep .

Ingredients: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Olea Europea Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Borago Officinalis, Oenothera Biennis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linum Usitatissimum, Persea Gratissima Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Glucose, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Algae, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis Extract, Niacinamide, Calophyllum Tacamahaca, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Citrus Medica Limonum, Caolinitic Mineral Clay, Alpha Bisabolol, Lecithin, Oat Beta Glucan, Xanthan gum, Magnesium Suphate, Citric Acid.

A very popular brand in the boutiques of natural products is Kiss My Face but attention! it is a company that can go from 0 to 7 in terms of toxicity. I noticed that as much in Kiss My Face as in other companies like Jason or Alba Botanica , one does not import but very seldom the best products; for example, according to the catalogue of the distributor in Quebec of the Kiss My Face products of 2009, out of 99 products distributed in the Province, I found only 8 graded below 3 on Skin Deep. All the shower gels are graded above 4, all the shaving creams between 5 and 7. Check thus this product on   Skin Deep   before buying it.

  Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion, 200 ml, BDIH certified, as its name indicates, it is an ideal lotion for the summer or for normal and mixed skins. It is graded 5 by Skin Deep because of the scenting substances: Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, but they are not synthetic ingredients.* from natural essential oils
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Potassium Olivate, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*.* from natural essential oils.
On the other hand, Weleda Malva Body Lotion is graded 1 on    Skin Deep  but it is an older formulation. I do not know if it is still on sale…
  Two creams “all-purpose”, rich and with impeccable cards of ingredients, very good quality /price ratio:     Bees Mama Bee Belly Balm   rated 0 on  Skin Deep , a rich cream which is sold 10 $.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Pollen Extract, Adenophora Stricta Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil.
Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve, 7 $, classified 0 on  Skin Deep .
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Pollen Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Adenophora Stricta (Ladybell) Root Extract.

 

At the pharmacy:


   Aveeno Daily Hydrating Body Lotion , not scented, green label. Caution! The other creams can contain parabens. Very cheap and good quantity: 2 x 235 ml 18.99 $, at Costco. It is written on the label “to alleviate dry skin”, but I would say that that is appropriate for a rather normal skin or a moderately dry one. Unfortunately, the mention “not scented”, as we saw in the chapter on “ Reading the labels ” does not guarantee anything at all… It is a good product for all of the family and rather effective against psoriasis. About thirty Aveeno products are graded between 0 and 2 on  Skin Deep  but they always should be checked one by one.
Ingrdients: Dimethicone (1.3%).Ingrédients non actifs: Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum¹, Sodium Chloride, Water.The preservative used (Benzyl Alcohol) is accepted by certifications like ECOCERT or BDIH.


 

¹ The “petrolatum” is graded 2 by Skin Deep (which is green) but if one looks at the card of the ingredients there are many unknowns, I think that Skin Deep calculates the grade according to the existing studies and it seems that there are not, until now, many negative data about this oil derivative… Personally, I would not use products containing ”petrolatum” but that is a choice dictated by my immune system. It depends to what degree one wants to be a purist and which is the share of compromise that one can afford in one’s choices… As I say it in my introduction there is not always consensus in the classification of the ingredients, Rita Stiens for example gives it a bad ”grade” for skin care.   http://www.laveritesurlescosmetiques.com/incinotizzettel.php?search=pet&start=0&action=erfolg&nr=ca6ccfcf33fc726a5b120d6908a30%f8d So, in conclusion I would say: trust your guts, it is a chemical ingredient derived from oil… but a product easily accessible in pharmacies.

  La Roche-Posay Tolériane Body Lotion, alleviating, hydrating body care, graded 2 on  Skin Deep. Caution still, this company distributes very different products from a ‘harmlessness’ point of view.
 Dr. Brooners Magic Organic Peppermint Lotion    is graded 10/10 for health on  GoodGuide, rated 2 on   Skin Deep  and certified organic by USDA Organic. The social policies of this company, its practices and its performances place it among the best 15% of the companies rated by GoodGuide.

 

 

To avoid:

  Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture Lotion , Conditioning Body Lotion with Vitamins E & A, five carcinogenic ingredients, graded  10 sur Skin Deep .
Ingredients : Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja Sterol (Soybean), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Avena Sativa Kernel Protein (Oat), Sodium Stearoyl 2 Lactylate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate) , Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) , Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Carbomer, Lecithin, Keratin, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Potassium Lactate , Lactic Acid , Collagen Amino Acids, Mineral Water, Fragrance , Triethanolamine , Magnesium Aluminum Silicate , Urea, Methylparaben , DMDM Hydantoin , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

You can, rather than buying all these expensive creams with oils from here and there, as well  use for your body, while alternating with your emulsion and especially if your skin is rather dry,  oils that make smooth, strengthen and look after the skin and which one can put directly on the skin: Sweet almond oil for softening purpose, oil from wheat germ with fluid effect, hydrating and penetration better than almond, (100 ml, 6 $), the shea Butter (100 ml, 25 $), the Oil from Macadamia nuts , the Oil from grape seeds (500 ml, 6 $), avocado oil and the still famous  jojoba oil (50 ml, 22 $, see the chapter on  “ Oils, butters and other active ingredients ”). Obviously, one can also, according to the needs of our skin, use the essential oils diluted in bases (other vegetable oils) but be careful, ensure yourself of really knowing how to use them, because they have a high allergenic potential, they can be very toxic when misused.

 

THE PROBLEM: the fragrance

 

“Fragrances are everywhere, as well in the laundry detergent as in lotions. Consumers expect that all the products release a fresh or fruity flavour. However, many people have, without their knowledge, an undesirable reaction to scents.

These substances constitute one of the principal causes of contact dermitis with cosmetics which affects more than two million people. 1 An allergy to products of care of the skin or the hair often indicates an allergic reaction to the perfume which they contain.

Astonishing fact, synthetic perfumes have been detected in fish and shellfish. In these aquatic organisms, perfume is an obstacle for the proteins conveying the flow in the cellular membrane which are used to eliminate toxins in the cells. 2 That is not necessarily the case of human cellular operation, but it should be recognized: the products which we use have an impact on the fauna, even at long distance.

THE SOLUTION: to do without the perfumes

People who are sensitive to perfumes would have every interest to avoid them, which is often very simple.  For example, toiletry perfume is useless if you have already an odor of cleanliness.  Instead of using a purifier of artificial air, rather use natural solutions of replacement like essential oils.

Even if there exist on the market a whole panoply of products labelled “without perfume”, this allegation is far from founded since these products often contain a masking perfume which dissimulates the unpleasant odor of certain ingredients. To obtain a product really free from perfume, it is probably better to go in a store of health products or to a store on line.

Here is a list of ingredients contained in scented products which can be particularly irritating, if not harmful:

Eugenic acid smells like clove and can be dangerous for the liver. 3

Ethyl linalol is irritating for the skin and the eyes.

Diethyle phthalate and all the other phthalates should be avoided as much as possible. Studies in the animal showed that dithyle phthalate has harmful effects on the male reproductive system.4

Hydroxycitronellal is produced in a synthetic way starting from the citronellal which is formed naturally. It can irritate the eyes and the lips, even in very small quantities.

Diethyle maleate is often used to give a green-apple odor to products. Many people find it irritating for the skin.

These ingredients are not reproduced on the label. They are recognized as “perfumes” and it would be necessary to carry out tests to determine those which cause a reaction in you.

Even if the following perfumes seem more natural and surer choices, they can be quite as irritating for some as their synthetic equivalents:

◦ Oil of cinnamon bark

◦ Vanilline

◦ Essential oil of fennel

◦Menthol

◦ Essential oil of santal

◦ Hamamelis of Virginia

◦ Geranium

◦ Rosemary

◦ Eucalyptus

◦ Bergamote

Although they are natural, essential oils can be irritating if they are applied directly to the skin.

Above all, see how you react. The substances referred to above do not affect everyone and the list does not include all that can cause a reaction. When a scented product gives a headache or irritates the skin, it is time to part from it, even if it smells very good”. [3]

 

Cosmetic products manufactured in the European Union must post on the list of ingredients scenting substances recognized as being allergenic which one can find on the Internet under the name  “ 26 allergenic substances ”:

Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Farnesol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Extract, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract.

 

 

Guide of Products of Hygiene, Beauty and No-Toxic Cosmetics

 

[1] ↑ Rapport Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products and the FDA, 2002.

[2] ↑  see the chapter “ Skin Deep and other tools… ”, this product being certified cannot contain synthetic perfumes, it concerns thus perfume coming from essential oils. Melvita started to specify on new packing that the generic Perfume comes from essential oils.

[3] ↑ Source: http://www.myhealthyhome.com/fr/dangers-afficher-par-categorie/chemicals-fr/parfums/

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