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Aromatic Essentials

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Why we don't use Chemical Preservatives

Posted by Penny on December 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I took a little look at a product from The Body Shop. Did you think their products were natural?


Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Coco-Caprylate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myristyl Myristate (Emollient), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Mel (Natural Additive), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Lactic Acid (Skin Conditioning Agent), Serine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Lactate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Oleate (Emulsifier), Urea (Humectant), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Evernia Furfuracea Extract (Fragrance Ingredient), Allantoin (Skin Soothing Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), CI 77288 (Colour), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77491 (Colour), CI 77499 (Colour).

Lets look at the preservatives.

Potassium Sorbate

Fundamentally, potassium sorbate is non-toxic and is regarded as safe. However, its synthetic characteristic is not considered too favorable by some experts. Prolonged use of the preservative could lead to allergic reactions, nausea, diarrhea and nutrient loss in food. Toxicity of potassium sorbate is akin to that of table salt. In case of personal care products, sorbate or sorbic acids, can cause skin and eye irritation, so they need to be used carefully.

Read more at Buzzle:

Sodium Benzoate 

(NaturalNews) Organic consumers and nutritionists may already know, but the rest of the general population does not know about sodium benzoate. It has the ability to deprive the cells of oxygen, break down the immune system and cause cancer.

This killer is flying under consumer radar with its user friendly tag line, "as a preservative." This silent cell choker has found its way into thousands of products, even foods that are labeled as all natural. But don't be fooled. While benzoic acid is found naturally in low levels in many fruits, the sodium benzoate listed on a product's label is synthesized in a lab.

Derived from a reaction of benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide, sodium benzoate is actually the sodium salt of benzoic acid. Sodium benzoate is a known carcinogenic additive which, when eaten or applied to the skin, gets transported to the liver, where it is supposed to be filtered, and expelled in urine, but the damage gets done before that process is completed.

Sodium benzoate chokes out your body's nutrients at the DNA cellular level by depriving mitochondria cells of oxygen, sometimes completely shutting them down. Just as humans need oxygen to breathe, cells need oxygen to function properly and to fight off infection, including cancer.

The FDA says it's safe because the amount used to preserve foods is very low, but don't ever combine it with vitamin C or E, as this causes benzene to be formed. This is dangerous. Benzene is a known carcinogen, which means it causes cancer.

Learn more:

Pentylene Glycol is synthetic humectant used in cosmetics and beauty products that is also secondarily used as a solvent and preservative. It is both water and oil-soluble and can have moisture-binding and antimicrobial properties (Source).

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetic Database rates Pentylene Glycol as a low hazard ingredient and only notes studies done in the 1970s that warn that high doses have shown neuro and organ toxicity in animals, as well as skin irritation. However, recent studies have been published showing Pentylene Glycol to be an irritant that causes contact dermatitis, suggesting this skin care product ingredient could be an emerging allergen. "It has properties that are similar to a known allergen--propylene glycol--although it is considered by some to be less irritating or allergenic." In a case in Belgium published in Contact Dermatitis, a patient developed facial and eyelid dermatitis; in two cases in Cleveland, patients developed hand and body dermatitis, all after using topical creams containing Pentylene Glycol.

That is only 3 of their ingredients. Did you notice Urea? Synthetic urine. eww Are you willing to add unnecesary risk?

Aromatic Essentials does not use any of these products. All our products and ingredients are naturally derived from plants and plant material.

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