What’s wrong with this label?

5 Apr

Some products out there are liars! They promise to be paraben free, or pediatrician recommended or cruelty free. But when you see their ingredients they have proplyene glycol or butylene glycol or maybe even some PEG’s or QUATERNIUM-15 or are fragranced by synthetic substances. I would say there is something wrong with those labels! There are actual names for companies who make these false promises. Pinkwashing and Greenwashing.
They are real terms you can google anytime. I like this site called http://www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org. They have a bunch of logical questions you should think about to bring awareness to this epidemic. They define pinkwashing as:

Pinkwasher: (pink’-wah-sher) noun. A company that purports to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribboned product, but manufactures products that are linked to the disease.

Greenwashing (a portmanteau of “green” and “whitewash”) is a term describing the deceptive use of green PR or green marketing in order to promote a misleading perception that a company’s policies or products (such as goods or services) are environmentally friendly. The term green sheen has similarly been used to describe organizations that attempt to show that they are adopting practices beneficial to the environment. (Wikipedia)

Therefore, it is important that you read your labels and know which bad ingredients to look for before using any product! Don’t believe the claims!

I always like to mention Dreft, the laundry detergent that says it is “the #1 choice of pediatricians”, “gentle as a mother’s touch”, “specially formulated to be gentle for baby’s skin”, etc. But according to Women’s Voices for the Earth, you can see a list of products that contain synthetic fragrance to hide the chemical’s smells. Here is the site:

Just know that many products skincare,cosmetic or cleaning, that if you know for sure are not fragranced with essential oils(the good guys), they can contain secret fragrance chemicals that are not required to be listed on the label, and which are linked to allergic reactions, respiratory disorders, reduced fertility and birth defects.



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