The truth about the organic movement

Just because a product is marked 'organic,' it doesn't mean it's good for you and toxin free.

The organic beauty movement isn't all bad - it's definitely a step in the right direction. I still use many 'low-tox' products in between an all-natural detox. There is nothing wrong with that. It's better to use lower-tox alternatives as opposed to toxin laden products on your skin.

Many organic product companies still use ingredients that no one really looks into. Meet the top four 'organic' beauty ingredients:

1> C E T E A R Y L A L C O H O L

What it's used for: Emulsifier, emollient, foam booster, stabiliser, thickener.

Avoid it because: Possible eye, lung and skin irritant.

What it's made from: Originally derived from sperm-whale oil, but now from palm oil.

2> P R O P Y L E N E G L Y C O L

What it's used for: Thickener, filler

Avoid it because: risk of cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, immune system toxicity, skin and eye irritations, endocrine disruptions, and much more.

What it's made from: Derived from glycerine

3> T O C O P H E R Y L A C E T A T E

What it's used for: Antioxidant agent, labelling appeal (it is often listed as Vitamin E acetate)

Avoid it because: Toxic on skin and other organs.

What it's made from: Made by combining natural Vitamin E with acetic acid.

4> L I M O N E N E & L I N A L O O L

Limonene is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon derived from citurs peels and linalool is an alcohol found in flowers and spice plants. Sound ok? Well...

Limonene is believed to disrupt the body's ability to regulate serotonin and dopamine. Yes, dopamine. You know, that feel good stuff that brings about happiness and lifts your mood? Yeah - that stuff. Linalool breaks down when mixed with oxygen, forming a toxic by-product that can cause skin disorders, stress and brain malfunction.

Next time you're thinking of purchasing that 'natural' and 'organic' product, maybe just take a second look at the ingredient list.

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