JASON PURE, NATURAL & ORGANIC
3-in-1 No Nicks All Natural Shaving Butter Despite a misleading trademarked "organic" brand name, the label fails to list any organic ingredients. It does, however, include synthetic s like: · Polysorbate 60: a widely used anti-irritant and emulsifier associated with contaminant 1,4 dioxane, which is known to cause to cause cancer and genetic damage in lab animals .
· Methyl/propyl parabens: common chemical preservatives also known to be toxic allergens. According to industry and medical reports, parabens are endocrine disruptors, limiting the body's normal enzyme activity. Possible carcinogens. Lavender and Organic Tea Tree Oil Deodorant Unlike the manufacturers of most other natural deodorants on the shelf, Jason's doesn't say it's against the use of contentious propylene glycol. · Propylene glycol: an irritant that draws moisture away from skin and is in the same family of chemicals as anti-freeze. Large doses are associated with central nervous system depression in animals.
· Methyl paraben: a toxic allergen (see above)
NATURE'S GATE ORGANICS
Despite a name that sparks images of purity and earthly grace, a quick scan reveals the use of petrochems and other synthetics. Cucumber and Mint Shower and Bath Gel · Olefin sulfonate: a chemical detergent that contains at least 50 per cent petroleum derivitives and is not considered readily biodegradable or non-toxic to water organisms. According to industry reports, it may contain traces of benzene, a carcinogen and reproductive toxin.
· Disodium EDTA: a compound considered irritating to skin and mucous membranes, causing rashes and even asthma. It's also tied to kidney damage. Lemongrass and Clary Sage Liquid Soap · Olefin sulfonate (see above)
· PEG 150: a synthetic derived from corn, but it breaks down into formaldehyde. It can also have traces of 1,4 dioxane, known to cause cancer and genetic damage.
AVALON ORGANIC BOTANICALS
The organic percentages on their earthy labels look fairly high compared to the competition, but they too use synthetic preservatives. Petrochemicals can be found in their shampoos and conditioners, though the company says they've been phased out.
Therapeutic Lemon Verbena Shampoo · Olefin sulfonate: petroleum-derived (see above)
· Methyl/propyl paraben (see above) Purifying Lavender Moisture Mask · NaPCA (same as sodium PCA): a chemical that can cause strong allergic reactions when applied topically and can also dry skin severely
· Methyl/propyl paraben (see above)
This chain doesn't claim to be organic but has long been perceived as natural. However, its products are chock full of synthetics. Bajik Spa Coconut Milk Shower Cream · Sodium laureth sulfate: a harsh synthetic originally used as an industrial cleanser. It can trigger irritation and flakiness, and laureths are often contaminated by the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane.
· Disodium EDTA (see above)
· Butyl/ethyl parabens (see above)
"(Health Canada) has issued a statement saying (SLS) is completely safe. (The Body Shop) is not an all-natural company, because if it were there would be nothing on the shelves."
Tony Hamill, Body Shop spokesperson
TOM'S OF MAINE
This brand doesn't claim organics but is the only "natural" paste we spotted that isn't SLS-free. Natural Toothpaste with Propolis and Myrrh Yes, sodium lauryl sulfate can becalled natural in this case (since it's derived from coconut) and is less toxic than sodium laureth sulfate (see opposite), but is it good for you? "Just because it's a natural ingredient (derived from coconuts) doesn't mean it's OK for you. Whether sodium lauryl sulfate comes from a coconut or a chemical, it has the same chemical structure and your skin doesn't differentiate." - Urvashi Rangan, environmental health scientist, director of Eco-Label.org