Pink Wipes Ingredients:
- Distilled Water
- Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside- Derived from vegetable origin, preservative free and free from impurites. This ultra-gentle, natural, cleansing, solubilizing foaming agent adds a luxurious “green” element to this formulation.
- Glycerin- Glycerin is a natural water soluble moisturizer, a vegetable derived humectant which attracts and absorbs water molecules helping to draw and retain moisture to the skin.
- Potassium Sorbate- Potassium Sorbate is a widely used food preservative that is now being used in natural cosmetic products. It is the natural potassium salt of sorbic acid, which when dissolved in water based products is effective against yeasts, molds and select bacteria.
- Aloe Barbadenis- Aloe Vera has long been known for its natural soothing, cooling, and moisturizing abilities. When applied to your skin Aloe Vera can soothe minor burns, comfort and moisturize stressed skin, and even help aid in your skin’s ability to regenerate itself, and can be used as a natural preservative.
- Chamomilla Recutita – Chamomile Flower extract has anti-inflammatory properties, known to reduce inflammation, and reduces skin irritations.
- Citric Acid & Sodium Citrate- Derived from natural citrus fruits, this fine granular is a commonly used ingredient to adjust pH levels of natural products.
- Lavender Oil – Lavender is the most versitile essential oil because of its many healing properties and is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory.
- Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) – Vitamin E is one of the few vitamins that can be absorbed through your skin, and is found on the skin’s outermost surface. Vitamin E is a natural moisturiser, antioxidant and healing vitamin.
Pink Wipes DO NOT Contain:
Used in cleansing products, moisturizers, shampoos etc. Watch out for ingredients with “pararaben” in their name (methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben). It has been estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg per day of parabens from cosmetics. More research is needed concerning the resulting levels of parabens in people. Studies conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did find four different parabens in human urine samples, indicating exposure despite the very low levels in products.Parabens are still widely used even though they are known to be toxic..yikes!
Why Used?: Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients. Scary fact – An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens.
Why Harmful?: Parabens easily penetrate the skin and are suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. In one study, parabens were detected in human breast cancer tissues, raising questions about a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.
Regulatory Status: Interesting fact: There are no restrictions on the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada. The European Union restricts the concentration of parabens in cosmetics.
- Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
Look for DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, or QUARTERNIUM-15. Widely used in hair products, moisturizers, etc. Formaldehyde can cause cancer.
Why Used?: These formaldehyde-releasing agents are used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetics. Other industrial applications of formaldehyde include production of resins used in wood products, vinyl flooring and other plastics, permanent-press fabric, and toilet bowl cleaners. While formaldehyde occurs naturally in the environment at low levels, worldwide industrial production tops 21 million tons per year.
Health and Environmental Hazards: These ingredients are a concern because they slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a known human carcinogen.
Formaldehyde may off-gas from cosmetics containing these ingredients and be inhaled (most of the cancer research on formaldehyde has focused on risks from inhalation). Off-gassing of formaldehyde from building products is already a concern for indoor air quality and Health Canada recommends the reduction or elimination of as many sources of formaldehyde as possible. Laboratory studies suggest that formaldehyde in cosmetics can also be absorbed through the skin.
Regulatory Status: Formaldehyde is a restricted ingredient in cosmetics in Canada. It cannot be added in concentrations greater than 0.2 per cent in most products. However, there is no restriction on the low-levels of formaldehyde released by DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, nor on the use of these ingredients themselves.
Widely used in conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, and cleansers. PEG’s are highly irritating forms of preservatives that cause irritation and can be toxic with consistent use.
Why Used?: PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases. They are also used in pharmaceuticals as laxatives.
Health and Environmental Hazards: Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs can be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. 1,4-dioxane is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.
PEG compounds show some evidence of genotoxicity and if used on broken skin can cause irritation and systemic toxicity.
Related Ingredients: Propylene glycol is a related chemical that, like PEGs, functions as a penetration enhancer and can allow harmful ingredients to be absorbed more readily through the skin. It can also cause allergic reactions. Health Canada categorized propylene glycol as a “moderate human health priority” and flagged it future assessment under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
In products that foam such as shampoo, cleansers, bubble bath etc. SLS irritates the skin by stripping all natural oils from the skin and hair leaving it very dry, dehydrated irriated.
Why Used?: Sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes referred to as SLS) is used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also used in household cleaning products, car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers.
Health and Environmental Hazards: Over-exposure to SLS has been linked to eye damage, depression, laboured breathing, diarrhea and severe skin irritation. SLS has been suspected to also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which time it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain. SLS is also toxic to aquatic organisms.
Health Canada has categorized sodium laureth sulfate as a “moderate human health priority” and flagged it for future assessment under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan.
Related Ingredients: Other ethoxylates may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. These ingredients usually have chemical names including the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
- Synthetic fragrances and Perfume
Widely used even in some products marketed as “unscented” (often the last ingredient). Fragrances are a mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies, asthma, and skin irritation.
Why Used?: Used to produce a pleasant scent. The term “fragrance” or “parfum” on a cosmetic ingredients list usually hides a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Fragrance is an obvious ingredient in perfumes, colognes, and deodorants, but it’s used in nearly every type of personal care product. Even products marketed as “fragrance-free” or “unscented” may in fact contain fragrance along with a masking agent that prevents the brain from perceiving odour. In addition to their use in cosmetics, fragrances are found in numerous other consumer products, notably laundry detergents and softeners and cleaning products.
Health and Environmental Hazards: Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Many of these unlisted ingredients are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. A survey of asthmatics found that perfume and/or colognes triggered attacks in nearly three out of four individuals. There is also evidence suggesting that exposure to perfume can exacerbate asthma, and perhaps even contribute to its development in children.
Regulatory Status: Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients. Environment Canada is currently assessing one synthetic musk (moskene) under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan and has flagged several others for future assessment. Health Canada recently announced regulations banning six phthalates in children’s toys (including DEP), but the use of DEP in cosmetics is unrestricted.