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December 15, 2007
Posted in: Beauty,Body Care,News by cindypk @ 2:33 pm

The holidays are upon us and the scent of cosmetic gift baskets is in the air–especially at Bath & Body Works. The retailer’s holiday Sugar & Spice, Glittery Gumdrop and Twisted Peppermint products contain a lot of “fragrance,” a mystery ingredient often made from dozens–even hundreds–of individual chemicals that don’t appear on ingredient labels and that may be more naughty than nice for your health.

The Skin Deep cosmetic safety database lists fragrance as a cosmetic ingredient to avoid whenever possible. Because of a giant loophole in federal law, companies are not required to list on product labels any of the chemicals in a fragrance mixture. Fragrances can contain neurotoxins, allergens and phthalates, chemicals that have been linked to reproductive problems, testicular cancer and early puberty in girls–which is, in turn, a risk factor for breast cancer.

Fragrance, as your nose knows, is a major ingredient in these Bath & Body Works holiday wares. But it’s not the only ingredient we’re checking twice: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a main ingredient in the Sugar & Spice 3-in-1 Body Wash, is often contaminated with a hidden carcinogen called 1,4-Dioxane; and the Glittery Gumdrop lotion contains at least two parabens, chemicals that act like estrogen in the body and have been found in breast cancer tumors.

If young girls are on your holiday shopping list, steer clear of Bath & Body Works’ American Girl line, marketed to tweens. The American Girl Truly Me Glistening Shower and Bath Wash warns on its back label: “Excessive use or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to skin and urinary tract.” No surprise, then, that this bath wash and American Girl Shimmer roll-on fragrance contain skin irritants, organ sensitizers and suspected carcinogens. Exposure to these chemicals at critical windows of development, like pre-puberty, can be especially harmful.

The 1,500+ Bath & Body Works stores nationwide will be bustling this season with holiday shoppers buying fragrant lotion or soaps. Please tell Bath & Body Works that you don’t want to give or receive toxic body products this holiday season.

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At The Organic Salon.com you will find chemcial-free natural and organic skincare, haircare and cosmetics, click the links below for the full body, travel range and sun screens.

http://www.theorganicsalon.com/products.php?brand=all&cat=BODY&sub=all

http://www.theorganicsalon.com/products.php?level=down&tp=2¤t=0&cat=kits&brand=all&sub=Trail/Travel

http://www.theorganicsalon.com/products.php?brand=all&cat=BODY&sub=Sunscreen/Aftersun

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