Friday, July 10, 2009

Burt's Bees Guide to Reading Your Labels

Burt's Bees, well known for natural products, has a nice little wallet card that lists synthetic ingredients we should "always avoid" in our cosmetic products. It's worth sharing, but I will warn you that these absolutes rule out some fantastic products. So, here goes.

Cleansers: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Sodium Myreth Sulfate (note that they are all sulfates)

Petrochemicals: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, and Paraffin

Preservatives: Parabens (all of them) and DMDM Hydantoin.

Chemical Sunscreens: Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, and Octinoxate

Moisturizers: Propylene Glycol (also in antifreeze), Butylene Glycol, and Polyisobutene

Look carefully, and you will see at least one of these ingredients in your beauty stash. Given a choice, I will avoid them, but I won't rule out a fantastic product based on their presence. How do you feel?

Photo courtesy of Burt's Bees.

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