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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

All is not well at "L"

You know I have a distinct promise on Our Green Table, right? To always offer you information that leads to healthier, safer choices, should you care to choose them. Every "food" I dish up is without harmful chemicals or I let you know about the risks. Then, you decide if you want some.

Some Wednesdays for the "Women and Wednesdays" post I do on personal care, I just don't have to write a thing. This post says it all better than I could. As always, the link to what I use and can safely offer you is here. Spring specials abound...just email me for the ones i can offer you!

This should start a rumble in some make-up bags and medicine cabinets. This excellent piece by Valerie Tukey begins with this "Gift with Purchase"...
"I used to work for Lancome. And then I went to school and became a licensed, board certified skin care professional who actually knows a thing or two about skin and skin care. 

Let's take a look at what's really in one of the best selling products at Lancome.

At the whopping price of $80 for a 1.7 oz cream and $95 for a 2 oz, you'd expect this stuff to not only make your skin younger, but for it to cook you dinner and do your laundry!

The truth is, while this cream smells delightful fragrant and oh-so-French, while it feels like butter going onto your skin, while it often comes with a groovy free gift, it's a very VERY overpriced face grease.

Not only does it NOT contain any cutting edge, modern and proven age-fighting ingredients, it DOES contain TONS OF PRESERVATIVES. Holy canolies, half way down the ingredient list is a potent anti-microbial, and then they added another 5 paraben preservatives.

Seriously, Lancome? Really?! Why is that? Oh wait, I remember...It's because often we'd have product sitting on the shelves for up to 12 months before it was sold. Gotta make sure there's no mold in that year-old cream that Mrs. Jane Q. Public might want to buy so she can get her lousy free gift.

Newsflash: the free gift ain't free. Part of the cost of your $95 pays for that gift. Comprende, amiga? I mean, really, what are you thinking? How do you expect poor Lancome to pay for that big expensive counter and all the staff? And their uniforms, their salaries, their 4 times a year allowance for makeup? Oh, don't forget the multiple full-page advertisements in Allure and Cosmo, and the commercials, and wait! You gotta pay Gweneth Paltrow and the supermodel for being spokespeople! Don't forget the pretty packaging; the expensive glass jars and metallic lids that you'll toss in the trash.

You're paying $95 for silicone, some basic emollients, emulsifiers, vaseline, corn oil, vitamin E, a ton of preservatives, fragrance, and dyes. WOW, what a deal! :(

See for yourself:

WATER/AQUA - self explanatory
HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE - synthetic polymer skin conditioner
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE - a form of silicone, used for slip
PETROLATUM - also known as Vaseline
CETYL ALCOHOL - fatty alcohol used as an emollient
GLYCERIN - a humectant, attracts water to the skin
GLYCERYL STEARATE SE - emulsifier, helps product ingredients blend together
PEG-40 STEARATE waxy solid emollient
MYRISTYL MYRISTATE - skin conditioner
HYDROXYPROLINE - used to bind water in the skin
SODIUM HYDROXIDE - regulates pH level
STEARIC ACID - emulsifier
CAFFEINE - used to enhance skin's appearance by reducing flaking and enhancing suppleness
ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE - protects the product from UV degradation
CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE - powerful antimicrobial
DISODIUM EDTA- a form of preservative, a chelator
RUSCUS ACULEATUS ROOT EXTRACT/RUSCUS ACULEATUS - butcher's broom extract, an anti inflammatory
PALMITIC ACID - emulsifier


BLUE 1/CI 42090, YELLOW 5/CI 19140, RED 4/CI 14700, B5949/2 - colorants"

End of story.

Wow. This reminds me of an event I did recently on healthy hair. I looked up the ingredient deck of a popular shampoo and got 72 pages of chemicals used in the formula, many of them in the "high hazard" range. Yikes. For fewer wrinkles and safer suds, go here

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