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What ingredients are in Shave Cream?

Gillette Shave Cream

Palmitic acid: Emulsifier. Adverse effects: Contact dermatitis

Triethanolamine: Detergent; surfactant. Adverse effects: Contact dermatitis May contain carcinogenic impurities

Isopentane: Solvent. Adverse effects: Breathing difficulties; Has anaesthetic effect on the skin; Dry skin; contact dermatitis, Altered heart rhythms; Dizziness; headaches; Irritating to nose and throat. A major component of gasoline vapour, and a chemical relative of isobutane (see).

Glyceryl oleate: Emulsifier, Emollient. Adverse effects: Skin allergies; dermatitis

Stearic acid: Emulsifier. Adverse effects: Skin allergies

Parfum: Fragrance. Adverse effects: Allergen; Triggers asthmatic reactions; skin irritation; Headache; mood swings; depression; forgetfulness. ‘Parfum’ is a collective name given to hundreds of different chemicals used to produce fragrance in cosmetics and toiletries. Most are neurotoxic and many are persistent (ie, they don’t break down in the environment and they accumulate in human tissue and breast milk). Artificial musks, common ingredients in fragrances and toiletries, are hormone-disrupting.

Isobutane: Propellants. Adverse effects: Headache; Mood swings ; Nausea; vomiting; dizziness; High doses can cause convulsions and coma.

These highly flammable volatile organic chemicals accumulate in human breast milk. While isobutane doesn’t destroy the ozone layer, it does contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, which can cause serious breathing problems.

Polytetrafluoroethylene: Film former; Friction reducer. Adverse effects: Carcinogenic; Birth defects; Weakens immune system. Also known as Teflon, this chemical belongs to the same family of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) as Scotchguard (now withdrawn from the market for safety reasons) and a range of other fabric treatments such as Stainmaster and Gore-Tex. A recent report by the US pressure group the Environmental Working Group on the PFC perfluorooctanoic acid revealed that it can be found in the blood of some 90 per cent of US citizens. PFCs are indestructible and widespread in the environment, and some observers believe that their effect on humans may make DDT look safe by comparison.

Propylene glycol: Solvent. Adverse effects: Penetration enhancer

Propylene glycol alters skin structure, allowing other more toxic chemicals to penetrate more deeply into the skin, and eventually the bloodstream.

BHT – butylated hydroxytoluene: Antioxidant. Adverse effects: Contact allergies; contact dermatitis. Potential carcinogen; May cause birth defects. If absorbed, BHT can accelerate the breakdown of vitamin D, which helps maintain immunity and healthy bones and teeth.

CI59040, CI 42090: Colourings. Adverse effects: Skin irritation

42090 is a potential carcinogen. 59040 is an irritant to the mucous membranes of the eyelids, mouth, nose, respiratory tract and genitals; the EU does not allow it in any preparations that come into contact with these areas. 42090 is also known as FD&C blue 1, CI 59040 as D&C green 8; both are synthetic coal tar dyes.

 

PET CARE INGREDIENTS

Calming for Overactive Pets—distilled water; vegetable glycerin; lavender essential oil; roman chamomile essential oil; tangerine essential oil.
Ear Health—olive oil; chamomile essential oil; neem seed oil.
Litter Box Deodorizer—baking soda; lavender flowers; spearmint leaves.
Pet Bar Soap—distilled water; saponified olive oil; saponified coconut oil; saponified palm oil; saponified soya oil; cocoa butter; salt; rosemary oil extract; lavender flower, spearmint, cedar; neem seed oil; eucalyptus citriodora essential oil.
Cat’s Flea & Tick Repellent Spray—distilled water; vegetable glycerin; xanthan gum; lavender essential oil; cedarwood essential oil; frankincense essential oil.
Cat’s Flea & Tick Repellent Powder—arrowroot; lavender herb; cedarwood essential oil; frankincense essential oil.
Dog’s Flea & Tick Repellent Spray—distilled water; vegetable glycerin: xanthan gum; oregano essential oil; rose geranium essential oil; juniperberry essential oil; rosewood essential oil.
Dog’s Flea & Tick Repellent Powder—arrowroot; lavender herb; spearmint herb; oregano essential oil; rose geranium essential oil; juniperberry essential oil.
Pet Wash; Lavender Mint—Shampoo/Shower soap: lavender essential oil; spearmint essential oil; cedarwood essential oil; eucalyptus citriodora essential oil; neem seed infused oil.

MEN’S PRODUCTS INGREDIENTS

Aftershave—distilled water; vegetable glycerin; witch hazel; sulfonated castor oil; essential oil blend.
Cologne—water; vegetable glycerin; essential oil blend; water. Men’s scents do not have fragrance oil.
Patchouli-Tea Tree-Peppermint—patchouli essential oil; peppermint essential oil; tea tree essential oil.
Men’s Face Lotion—distilled water; sunflower oil; apricot oil; beeswax; vegetable glycerin; potassium sorbate; rice powder; xanthan gum; rosemary oil extract; neem seed oil; natural vitamin e; tea tree essential oil; lavender essential oil; rosemary essential oil; sage essential oil; spruce essential oil; spearmint essential oil.
Men’s Facial Oil—sunflower; avocado oil; macadamia oil; neem seed oil; natural vitamin e oil; carrot seed essential oil; palma rosa essential oil; clary sage essential oil; fennel essential oil; patchouli essential oil.

MAKEUP PRODUCTS INGREDIENTS

Concealer—sweet almond oil, titanium dioxide, beeswax, palm oil, shea butter, iron oxide, cocoa butter, mica, jojoba oil, meadowfoam oil, evening primrose oil, avocado butter, natural vitamin e, rosehip oil, aloe oil, rosemary oleoresin, neem oil, carrot seed essential oil, hyssop essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, parsley seed essential oil; jasmine absolute essential oil.
Foundation Powder–titanium dioxide, iron oxides, rice power, mica, zinc oxide.
Honeybee Gardens JobaColors Eye Liner—castor oil, ozokerite wax, ethylhexyl palmitate (vegetarian), jojoba oil, lanolin oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, cetearyl alcohol (vegetarian), carnauba wax. May Contain: black iron oxide, brown iron oxide, mica
Honeybee Gardens Lipstick—canola oil, castor seed oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, carnauba wax, vitamin e, oregano leaf extract, thyme extract, cinnamon bark extract, rosemary leaf extract, lavender flower extract, golden seal root extract. May Contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, ultramarine blue, carmine, manganese violet.
Honeybee Gardens Lip Gloss—castor seed oil, sesame seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, vitamin e, beeswax, carnauba wax, oregano leaf extract, thyme extract, cinnamon bark extract, rosemary) leaf extract, lavender flower extract, golden seal root extract, natural flavor. May contain: iron oxide, titanium dioxide, carmine, mica, silica, manganese violet.
Honeybee Gardens Natural Mascara–purified water, vegetable glycerin, beeswax, carnauba wax, vegetable glyceryl stearate, lecithin, vegetable stearic acid, safflower oil, soybean oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, jojoba seed oil, silica, cellulose gum, tocopherol, xanthan gum, chamomile flower extract, rosemary leaf extract, cucumber fruit extract, phenoxyethanol. May contain: mica, iron oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), titanium dioxide (CI 77891)
Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish–water, water-miscible acrylic, polyurethane formers and thickeners, non-ionic soaps. May contain: ultramarine blue, carmine, mica, iron oxides, and/or titanium dioxide
Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish Remover—methyl acetate, butoxydiglycol, aloe barbadensis juice, horsetail extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), fragrance.
Makeup Setting Spray—distilled water; vegetable glycerin; essential oils for blends.
Citrus—grapefruit essential oil; mandarin essential oil; orange essential oil; tangerine essential oil; lime essential oil; lemon essential oil.
Herbal—lavender essential oil; rosemary essential oil; sage essential oil; spruce essential oil; spearmint essential oil.
Lavender—lavender essential oil; roman chamomile essential oil; ylang ylang essential oil; petitgrain essential oil; marjoram essential oil; vanilla infused oil.
Mineral Blush & Eye Color–mica, iron oxides, rice powder. May contain titanium dioxide, kaolin, ultramarine blue.

INSECT REPELLENTS INGREDIENTS

Baby Bug Off Spray—distilled water, garlic-infused vegetable glycerin, macadamia oil; potassium sorbate; citronella essential oil, lavender essential oil; cedarwood essential oil; rose geranium essential oil; basil essential oil.
Baby Bug Off Cream–distilled water, sunflower oil; olive oil; beeswax, neem seed oil, natural vitamin e; potassium sorbate; xanthan gum; irish moss, zinc oxide, lavender essential oil, citronella essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, rose geranium essential oil, basil essential oil.
Bug Away-Creepy Crawler Diffuser Oil—eucalyptus citriodora essential oil; citronella essential oil; cedarwood essential oil; peppermint essential oil; lavender essential oil; grain alcohol.
Bugs Be Gone Spray—distilled water; castile soap; neem seed oil; cinnamon essential oil; eucalyptus globulus essential oil; citronella essential oil; cedarwood essential oil; lavender essential oil; peppermint; eucalyptus citriodora essential oil.
Creepy Crawler Killer Spray—distilled water; castile soap; neem seed oil; cinnamon essential oil; eucalyptus globulus essential oil; citronella essential oil; cedarwood essential oil; lavender essential oil; peppermint; eucalyptus citriodora essential oil.
Skeeter Beater Spray—distilled water; garlic infused vegetable glycerin; potassium sorbate; lavender essential oil; citronella essential oil; thyme essential oil; peppermint essential oil; cedarwood essential oil.