I can't count the number of people who tell me that they use
Avon's Skin So Soft as a "natural" bug repellent...
No wonder the stuff repels bugs, just like many other products from this notorious pink-washing company, it is laden with synthetic toxic chemicals. Make no wonder it repels insects,
it would leave me running for cover too.
So what the heck are the ingredients in Avon's Skin So Soft?
Well...Since they have about a bazillion different formulations to choose from, I will pick two of the most popular products:
SKIN SO SOFT Original Bath Oil Spray
Description: White lily, lavender and notes of sparkling citrus create the rich woodland scent that makes ORIGINAL a classic & an AVON Customer favorite. Keep skin moisturized with the softening, smoothing benefits of SKIN SO SOFT in a seemingly weightless formulation. 5 fl. oz.
White Lily, Lavender & Citrus...All lovely and natural right? - But what the heck? There are no white lilies, lavender or even citrus in this product! You are only paying for artificial toxic perfumes and a bunch of synthetic ingredients which can make you and those around you ill.
Here are the ingredients:
MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE
DIOCTYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE
DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) SEED OIL
Ingredients in this product can cause numerous health effects including neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity and is also considered to be ecotoxic.
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30 Pump Spray
Description: Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus for 8 hours. Provides effective protection against gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges. DEET-free, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic. 4 fl. oz.
DEET-Free, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic...Can't be all that bad right? WRONG!
Here are the ingredients:
Insect Repellent Active Ingredient:
ethyl ester/carboxylic acid
Active Sunscreen Ingredients:
SD ALCOHOL 40-B
ALOE BARBADENSIS EXTRACT
While the synergistic effects of these mixtures of chemicals are unknown and likely much more toxic than the individual ingredients. The ingredients in these products are known or suspected to cause many illnesses including cancers, immunological toxicity, endocrine disruption, skin, eyes and lung irritation, allergies, cellular level changes to the body, neurotoxicity, developmental and organ system toxicity and there are also concerns of persist bio-accumulation and contamination.
Stay away from these nasties,
look for organic and completely natural remedies for skincare and insect control, always read all of the ingredients, be an informed smart consumer and stay tuned for future recipes and reviews about organic and natural products.