It went something like this:
I bought some organic coconut oil for the winter dry skin season. It’s a great lip balm and hair oil, too. And you can eat it. I know what’s in it, unlike most lotions, even the “naturalest” ones! You know, the ones people think are pure enough to eat, based on a strong brand?
“What’s in that popular lip balm?” I checked. It had coconut oil in it, along with other things.
I wondered, “What’s in their body lotion?” Hoping to get some ideas.
This is what i read:
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearic acid, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, butyris lac (buttermilk powder, babeurre en poudre), citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel wax, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, tilia cordata flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, hypericum perforatum extract, parfum (fragrance), tocopherol, sucrose stearate, xanthan gum, glucose, sodium chloride, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), sodium borate, glucose oxidase, lacto-peroxidase, benzyl benzoate, butylphenyl methylpropional, coumarin, geraniol, limonene, linalool
That’s a long list of ingredients including benzyl benzoate and butylphenyl methylpropional? The first, I read, should not be used by people with “perfume allergy” and the second is a “Possible human immune system toxicant” according to the Skin Deep cosmetic database.
On the company’s website, they talk about natural ingredients being important. Then, they talk about why they use synthetic ingredients.
Then, I remembered the adage, “Mind your own bees wax” and decided not to. I pulled up this article, which explains the brand’s humble origins and how things have changed. The company still tells “our history” on its website. But the story continues.