Cosmetics and Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 chemical ingredients. And some of these chemical ingredients are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive organs or known to disrupt the endocrine system.
An EWG 2004 consumer survey showed that on average women use 12 personal care products daily, men use an average of six a day. This is the equivalent of 126 to 170 synthetic chemicals being applied to the body in ONE day.
At Shera Organic Cosmetics, we believe as a woman, we should not have to compromise our health to be beautiful. Our skin is the largest organ in human body. And we are aware of that the skincare or cosmetic lotions, crème, serum are applied to our skin, there are at least 60% of it will be absorbed into the skin. Therefore when we are formulating Shera organic cosmetics, we are committed that we DO NOT add any of the following ingredients to any of our organic cosmetics:
Talc – a proven carcinogen and is linked to ovarian cancer. Talc has particles similar to asbestos which can cause lung tumors. Talc is often found in foundation powder, blush, eye shadow, translucent powder, baby powder and soap, etc.
Sodium Laureth / Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) – a penetration enhancer. Commonly found in shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, sunscreen, liquid soap, face cleanser. This a chemical ingredient that can alter the structure of the skin and allows chemicals to penetrate deeply into skin and promote the amount of chemicals to reach the blood stream.
Propylene Glycol (petroleum derived) – a solvent and wetting agent. Found in many consumer products such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste and hair products. It causes irritation. It is toxic and potentially carcinogenic.
Parabens (methylparabens, polyparabens) – A preservatives suspected has hormone-disrupting properties. Studies have shown parabens mimic estrogen. Parabens are linked to allergies. Commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and facial cleansers.
Petroleum Based Ingredients – Petro-chemicals are derived from crude oil and petroleum products that include mineral oil. These ingredients are widely used in personal care products for their emollient qualities. However, they can cause photosensitivity and skin problems by creating an impenetrable chemical barrier that prevents skin from “breathing.” This leads to chapping and dry skin.
Artificial Colors (labeled as FD&C or D&C) – Synthetic colors are commonly used to mask ingredients and enhance the product appearance. Artificial colors are linked to skin allergies and sensitivities.
Artificial Fragrances – Many synthetic fragrances contain phthalates. Pathalates are toxic to the reproductive organs and are linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and respiratory disorders.
Triethanolamine (TEA) – A dispersing ingredient can cause allergic reactions and skin and hair dryness. It is toxic and potentially carcinogenic to persons exposed over long periods of time.
Butyl Acetate – a solvent, commonly found in nail polishes. It can causes cracked skin and skin dryness. The vapors can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Coal Tar – a colorant in shampoos & hair dyes. Coar tar has been banned in European Union since 2004. It is toxic and potentially carcinogenic in humans.
Cocamide DEA / Lauramide DEA – a chemical emuisifying and a foaming agent. When absorbed through skin, can create carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines.
Diazolidinyl Urea – a chemical ingredient that releases formaldehyde. A preservative. It is potentially carcinogenic in humans.
Formaldehyde – a chemical ingredient that acts as a germicide, disinfectant and preservative. A potentially human carcinogen, can damage DNA and respiratory tract. It is banned by the European Union.
Bismuth-oxychloride – is produced as a by-product from refining lead, tin, copper, silver, and gold ores. This ingredient requires a lot of refining to eliminate the traces of lead. An ingredient that is potentially irritating to the skin. It can also clog pores and cause blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.