DANGERS: 15 Brand Name Lotions and Their Ingredients

Watch out for the new "organic" and "natural" craze on labels. Don't believe the hype. Cosmetic labels are not at all regulated. Companies will label a product natural or organic just because they use one (or more) natural or organic ingredient.

It does not mean there aren't toxic chemical ingredients in the product as well.

Companies are taking advantage of everyone waking up and wanting to buy "green". They expect us not to do our homework. It is unethical and extremely misleading.

Read the fine print. Read their full list of ingredients. Some don't have a full list on the actual bottle or jar and you may have to look up all of their ingredients online.

These chemicals are used because they are cheap. They are used to fragrance and color. But they are mostly used to preserve.

According to the US agency that regulates cosmetics—"the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors—"a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from the FDA".

These corporations' bottom line is making money. In my opinion, these harmful ingredients listed below have no business in any skin care item, let alone lotions and creams, which are designed to stay on the skin and to seep into our system... becoming a part of our physical make- up.

About preservatives

Products that are good for our skin cannot sit on a well lit, warm shelf for very long without spoiling. There is no way around it, even with natural preservatives.

They are like food. Using our refrigerator and using the product while it is still fresh and the most beneficial is a much better alternative to adding the following toxins and chemicals to our body. It's important to be informed. Our health is our own individual responsibility.

Remember, there is no one regulating what these companies disclose as their list of ingredients, so some things could be left out with certain companies all together. 

For example, some just say "fragrance" and don't tell you what they are using to fragrance. We are fortunate to get this much information. On occasion some manufacturers may alter their ingredient lists. 

You can tell some are leaving things out. What bothers me is that what they list isn't at all that appealing. What on earth are they leaving out?

Here are the top 15 brands of lotion sold in a typical department store as well as their list of ingredients-in order - most expensive to least expensive:

1. Cetaphil Moisturizing all skin types

Purified Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth-20, Macadamia Nut Oil, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearoxytrimethylsilane (and) Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxid, Citric Acid

2. Eucerin Original

Water, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol,Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

3. Aveeno Daily Moisture

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bis-phenylpropyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract,Glycerin, Dimethicone, Arachidyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Panthenol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide,DMDM Hydantoin, Arachidyl Glucoside, Mica, Titanium Dioxide,C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Disodium EDTA,Fragrance, Methylparaben, BHT, Laureth 7, Ethylparaben,Butylparaben, Silica, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate,Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, May Also Contain: Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

4. Olay Body Quench

Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate,Polyethylene Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Sodium Acrylates, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide,Ethylparaben, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Stearic Acid,PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid,Methylparaben, Propylparaben, C12-13 Pareth-3, Laureth-7,Sodium Hydroxide.

5. DoveGo Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea

Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Seed Extract,Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Linoleic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Sodium PCA, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Acrylate/ Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Coploymer, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamide AMP, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Green 5 (Cl 61570), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Yellow 5 (Cl 19140)

6. Lubriderm Daily Normal - Dry

Water, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Sorbitol Solution, Stearic Acid, Lanolin, Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Tri (PPG-3 Myristyl Ether) Citrate,Dimethicone,EDTA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben,Propylparaben, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Butylparaben, andMethyldibromo Glutaronitrile.

7. Nivea Original Moisture Daily Vit E

Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lanolin Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Simethicone, Fragrance, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide,Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

8. Keri Original Dry Skin

Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, PEG 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate,PEG 100 Stearate, PEG 4 Dilaurate, Laureth 4, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Carbomer,Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin,Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA

9. Curel Continuous Original

Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Acacia Senegal Gum, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Gelatin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

10. Jergens Original Cherry- Almond

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Lanolin Oil, Dimethicone,Fragrance, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin

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