Debra Lynn Dadd

Nature Clean Lotion a Good Alternative?

QUESTION:

Hi there - I have found Nature Clean moisturizing lotion at my local grocery store but I am not sure if it is a good lotion. My knowledge of harmful ingredients is limited, so I don\'t know if it\'s okay or not. Here\'s the product info...

Made with Vitamin E and the extracts of cocoa butter and ginger root, this 99.7% natural Moisturizing Lotion nourishes and protects skin without leaving behind a greasy film.

The formula is unscented and exceptionally mild therefore itís perfect for all skin types, including those with allergies or chemical sensitivities. Ideal for everyday use to nourish, protect and help maintain your skinís natural moisture balance.

Both formulas have been created without any Petroleum Ingredients, SLS & SLES, PEG, Cocamide DEA, dyes, perfumes or any suspected carcinogens. Itís a Vegan product and has been pH-balanced.

Ingredients: WATER, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERYL SYEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, SQUALANE, COCOGLYCERIDES, CETYL ALCOHOL, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROXYETHYL CELLULOSE, TOCOPHERYL (VITAMIN E) ACETATE, PANTHENOL, BISABOLOL, ALLANTOIN, FOENICULUM VULGARE (FENNEL) FRUIT EXTRACT, HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) EXTRACT, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT, MELISSA OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT, VISCUM ALBUM (MISTLETOE) FRUIT EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL (PRESERVATIVE), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN.

Any insight would be helpful. Thanks!

POSTED BY ERIN :: MONTANA CANADA :: 12/22/2009 2:38 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Whether or not this is a good alternative depends on what you are looking for. If you are primarily looking for an unscented lotion, then this is probably fine.

However, when I look at this list of ingredients, I first of all am seeing that none of the ingredients are organically-grown, and to me using organic skin care products is as important as eating organic food, as skin care products go right through your skin and into your body.

There are also a lot of ingredients with chemical names rather than natural names, like "glyceryl stearate," rather than "coconut oil." These ingredients may originate in plants, but they are not in their natural state.

Here's a little analysis of the ingredients.

WATER - could be any water with any pollutants, probably tap water
GLYCERIN - a byproduct of soap manufacture
CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE - derived from coconut oil
GLYCERYL STEARATE - another form of glycerin
CETEARYL ALCOHOL - a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohols. May be made from vegetable or animal fats--both would be considered "natural".
SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE - isolated from milk
SQUALANE - made from plant or shark liver oils
COCOGLYCERIDES - made from coconut oil
CETYL ALCOHOL - made from vegetable oils

The following ingredients are plant ingredients closer to their natural state
ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH
THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER
ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT
HYDROXYETHYL CELLULOSE
TOCOPHERYL (VITAMIN E) ACETATE
PANTHENOL
BISABOLOL
ALLANTOIN
FOENICULUM VULGARE (FENNEL) FRUIT EXTRACT
HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) EXTRACT
ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT
MELISSA OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT
VISCUM ALBUM (MISTLETOE) FRUIT EXTRACT

PHENOXYETHANOL (PRESERVATIVE) - this is a glycol ether. Pretty toxic. Often used in paints. Not natural, but used in a very small amount.
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN - derived from grains and plants, it is a presevative enhancer, known to be a skin irritant

It's not 100% natural or at all organic, but pretty good for a mainstream product sold in a mass market store.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I found a fabulous all-natural body lotion that I love! It's made by Griffin Remedy, and they make 3 fragrances, but all natural oils, no synthetics, so I have no trouble with it (I can't tolerate synthetic fragrances).

I buy their "Bulgarian Lavender" and use it for a face and body lotion -- I don't use any other facial moisturizer, and I'm over 50.

These are the ingredients:
purified water, aloe vera juice, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), blended coconut wax, sweet almond oil, palm oil ester, vitamin C, vegetable glycerin, flax seed oil, borage oil, vitamin A, vitamin D, arnica extract, chamomile extract, calendula extract, vitamin E, rose oil, bulgarian lavender pure essential oil blend

www.GriffinRemedy.com San Francisco CA 415-695-0800

I get mine at Whole Foods for $6.99 (8 oz), but I think it can be ordered directly from the manufacturer.

POSTED BY DARSHANA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 12/28/2009 2:44 PM


I use and sell a great all-natural lotion by Wild Willow that is handmade in small batches without parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol or other harmful ingredients. It is available Unscented or in several amazing all-natural scents like Almond, Coconut, Raspberry, Lavender Peppermint, and more! They are currently changing from sweet almond oil to perilla seed oil. The unscented and lavender peppermint do not contain sweet almond oil.

Wild Willow Unscented Lotion Ingredients: distilled water, extra virgin olive oil, vegetable emulsifying wax, perilla seed oil, jojoba oil, stearic acid, wheat germ oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and grapefruit seed extract.

Wild Willow Scented Lotions: distilled water, extra virgin olive oil, vegetable emulsifying wax, sweet almond oil or perilla seed oil, jojoba oil, organic coconut oil, stearic acid, wheat germ oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, grapefruit seed extract, +/- essential oil, natural and organic flavor oils.

These lotions are available in a 4 oz. tube and a 2 oz. tube that is are great for backpacks, purses, etc.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURAL JOY BEAUTY :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 01/11/2010 10:58 AM


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