Baby Care

Demystifying Natural, Organic and Vegan

Shopping for natural, organic, cruelty free or vegan cosmetics can be a difficult task in todays market place. The terms are often used improperly or obscure. You never know what to believe or how to decipher it all. Once and for all the terms are demystified. The words "natural", "organic" and "vegan" are not properly regulated on personal care products so you cannot trust them.

Cosmetic Chemistry 101:  Diethanolamine (DEA)

What: Diethanolamine (DEA) Where: Found largely in shampoos, lotions and creams as well as other cosmetics. Why: The Cancer Coalition states DEA by itself is not harmful but while sitting on the stores shelves or in your cabinet at home, DEA can react with other ingredients in the cosmetic formula to form an extremely potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA).

Cosmetic Chemistry 101: Triclosan

What: Triclosan and triclocarban (triclosan's chemical cousin) - an antibacterial chemical found in many consumer products. In plastics and fabrics the trade names are Microban and Biofresh. Where: An ingredient in nearly every liquid hand soap and dishwashing detergent. It's also found in skin care especially face wash and acne products, deodorant, oral care products and many other personal care and home products including children's toys.

Cosmetic Chemistry 101: Synthetic Colors

What: Synthetic Colors also known as coal tar dyes, synthetic dyes and artificial colors. FD&C refers to food, drugs and cosmetics. D&C refers to drugs and cosmetics. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6 and sometimes followed by the work "lake".