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Toxic Ingredients FAQ

What is suttocide glycerin?

I have another company claiming it to be natural and safe. Suttocide glycerin is the trade name for sodium hydroxymethylglycinate which is a toxic synthetic preservative. The fact they aren’t listing the ingredient by it’s correct INCI name is misleading to consumers.

Do you use Sodium Laureth Sulfate?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ethoxylated surfactant. A serious problem with ethoxylated surfactants is that they utilise ethylene or propylene oxide in the chemical reaction, which are carcinogenic, and they can also be contaminated with dioxane, a potent carcinogen, as a by-product of the manufacturing process. Ethoxylated surfactants are listed on labels as ingredients ending with -eth, (like laureth) or containing the phrase PEG (PolyEethylene Glycol), or PPG (PolyPropylene Glycol). We absolutely do not use these ingredients. We never have and we never will. All of our ingredients are listed on our labels.

I have found a website that states that there has been an internet hoax about SLES causing cancer.

SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) is an ethoxylated surfactant, which can be contaminated with dioxane and ethylene oxide, two known carcinogens. One probably cannot say with all certainty that SLES causes cancer, but do you really want to be a guinea pig to test the hypothesis.

I know Sodium Laureth Suphate is an ingredient to avoid, but what about the naturally derived one from coconut?

It makes no difference whether it comes from coconut or mineral oil – it’s the process the source oil goes through that renders the final product toxic. Coconut “derived” products are no better than the others. The only claim they can make is that the ingredient comes from renewable resources, as opposed to non-renewable petrochemical resources.

What’s the story with parabens?

Another company is telling me they are safe. I’ve pasted information from the methyl paraben MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) below. Please read it for yourself and make up your own mind.

Section 3 – Hazards Identification, Including Emergency Overview
METHYL PARABEN
Health Hazards Acute & Chronic: INHALATION:
VERY DANGEROUS.
EYES: IRRITANT.
SKIN: IRRITANT.
INGESTION: IRRITANT.
SUBSTANCE IS TOXIC TO LUNGS. REPEATED/PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE SUBSTANCE CAN PRODUCE TARGET ORGANS DAMAGE.
Route of Entry Indicators:
Inhalation: YES
Skin: YES
Ingestion: YES

Section 6 – Accidental Release Measures Spill Release Procedures: 
USE SHOVEL TO PUT MATERIAL IN A CONVENIENT WASTE DISPOSAL CONTAINER. FINISH CLEANING BY SPREADING WATER ON THE CONTAMINATED SURFACE & ALLOW TO EVACUATE THROUGH THE SANITARY SYSTEM. DISPOSE OF IN ACC ORDANCE W/LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL REGULATIONS.

Section 8 – Exposure Controls & Personal Protection
Respiratory Protection:
IN CASE OF INSUFFICIENT VENTILATION, WEAR SUITABLE RESPIRATORY EQUIPMENT.
Ventilation:
USE PROCESS ENCLOSURES, LOCAL EXHAUST/OTHER CONTROLS TO KEEP AIRBORNE LEVELS BELOW RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE LIMITS.
Protective Gloves:
REQUIRED
Eye Protection:
SPLASH GOGGLES.
Other Protective Equipment:
LAB COAT. DUST RESPIRATOR. USE MSHA/NIOSH APPROVED RESPIRATOR/EQUIVALENT.

Section 11 – Toxicological Information: 
SUBSTANCE IS TOXIC TO LUNGS.
Other Information:
ALL CHEMICALS MAY POSE UNKNOWN HAZARDS AND SHOULD BE USED W/CAUTION. THIS MSDS APPLIES ONLY TO THE MATERIAL AS PACKAGED. IF THIS PRODUCT IS COMBINED W/OTHER MATERIALS, DETERIORATES/BECOMES CONTAMINATE D, IT MAY POSE HAZARDS NOT MENTIONED IN THIS MSDS. IT SHALL BE THE USERS RESPONSIBILITY TO DEVELOPE PROPER METHODS OF HANDLING AND PERSONAL PROTECTION BASED ON THE ACTUAL CONDITIONS OF USE. WHILE THIS MSDS IS BASED ON TECHNICAL DATA JUDGED TO BE RELIABLE, SPECTRUM QUALITY PRODUCTS INC. ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COMPLETENESS/ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.

Dermatologists usually recommend sorbolene cream, what’s your opinion?

Sorbolene usually contains liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin, both petroleum by-products that coat the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. They interfere with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. They also slow down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH’s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Manufacturers use paraffin because it is very inexpensive.

From the National Toxicology Program Chemical Health and Safety Data on mineral oil:

  • “A human carcinogen by inhalation that produces gastrointestinal tumors.”
  • “A human teratogen by inhalation that causes testicular tumors in the fetus. Inhalation of vapor or particulates can cause aspiration pneumonia.”

Sorbolene creams usually do not contain any vitamins or essential fatty acids and disturb or even prohibit the skin from absorbing fat-soluble vitamins. They appear to hydrate and moisturize but in reality they can suppress the skins ability to function normally, and do very little to nourish and hydrate the dermis. The skin then develops a dependency on constant applications of mineral oils which, in turn, results in a deterioration of the skin’s character and overall health. Long-term usage of these products may block the pores resulting in acne and blackheads; they strip the skin of its natural oils and can create fluid retention, resulting in irritation, sensitivities and allergies.

Conversely, cold pressed fruit and seed oils are readily absorbed by the skin and are used to nourish and give energy. They are required to create new cells and for other important bodily processes. Most vegetable oils contain vitamins such as A, D & E, essential fatty acids and have a naturally occurring sun protection factor. They can stimulate the skin to function more efficiently and assist with improving circulation. They soften the skin making it more pliable thus helping it to retain moisture more effectively.

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