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4 Toxic Ingredients In Beauty Products To Avoid

These are the 7 Toxic Ingredients In Beauty Products, that the Beauty industry won’t tell you about.

We have compiled this guide for you to make an informed decision.

This guide outlines what toxic ingredients to avoid, how ingredients are listed, and what to look for on the ingredients list of beauty product packaging.

Skin is the largest organ in our body and thus needs the most care. Our skincare and beauty products are designed to enhance our best features to present to the world. Looking our best doesn’t need to cost us our health, nor the health and welfare of our environment. The beauty industry may put toxic and harmful ingredients in skincare and beauty products that can effect our health and is not ethical in practice.

The following are 7 of these shocking toxic ingredients, the beauty industry won’t tell you about.

1. Carminecrushes red bug bleeding on finger

Let’s take an example beauty product staple a true red lipstick, but what makes red lipstick red? A true red lipstick, that isn’t cruelty-free, vegan or organic, uses Carmine.

Carmine is a bright crimson red pigment, made from the crushed female cochineal insect. The process involves collecting the insects, then sun-drying them, crushing, and finally immersing in an acidic alcohol solution to produce carminic acid, to produce Carmine.

Commonly found in cosmetics, shampoos, and in some food products. It is listed on the ingredients list as “Carmine/Crimson Lake,” “Cochineal Extract,” or “Natural Red 4”, ” C.I. 75470″, or “E12”.

Carmine has also been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in
some people.

Nur Organics products do not contain Carmine. Natural mineral mica’s (carmine-free), oxides and clay are used as an alternative to this toxic and environmentally destructive ingredient. Find our Carmine-Free, Vegan Cheek & Lip Tint here


2. Parabens

Preservatives are an industry standard to use in skincare and cosmetics. Preservatives are used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold, in order to protect both the products and consumers. However, not all preservatives are created equal.

Parabens are a family of preservatives that could be harmful. Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogen activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors.

Why does the beauty industry use them ?
Parabens are a very cheap form of preservative and easy to work with, in manufacturing large scale mass produced cosmetics and skincare.

The parabens used most commonly in cosmetics are:

Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, and Ethylparaben.

For further information on Parabens read more here
All of the range of Nur Organics products are formulated without the use of toxic Parabens.


3. SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (and its derivatives)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouth-washes, body wash, facial washes and soaps, detergents and body wash. Along with Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS), it is a detergent which creates lather in products.

SLS/SLES is a very harsh detergent that is mainly used for industrial cleaning as well as commercial cleaning. This harsh foaming agent, strips the skin of its natural oils, disrupting the pH system, leaving skin very skin, and is a known irritant. We believe suds belong on your dishes, not your skin.

The concern here is while it’s generally considered safe to use at 1%, over time the amount absorbed by the bloodstream through the skin can mean residual levels in your body are much higher.

SLS may also be listed as: Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate, Sulfuric Acid, Monododecyl Ester, Aquarex Me or Aquarex Methyl

It is for this reason that all Nur Organics products are SLS (and SLS derivate) free.

You may be confused about the ingredient in our soaps, namely Sodium Laurate, Sodium Myristate and Sodium Oleate, however, these ingredients are not the same as SLS/SLES & derivatives and do not contain the same processing.

4. Microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles, also called polyethylene microbeads, that can be as large
as 5 millimeters or invisible to the naked eye. These tiny particles are mostly used in personal care
products such as face scrubs, body washes and even toothpastes, where they act as exfoliates,
replacing natural ingredients such as sand, walnut shell and seeds.

Environmentalists and scientists have discovered large quantities of microbeads in Australian
waterways, which in some instances end up in the food chain, including in fish.

All Nur Organics products are free from microbeads and use natural exfoliates such as
poppy seeds, coffee beans and ground walnut shell, which are biodegradable and do not harm
the environment.



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