What The Heck Is In Shaklee Products? | Ingredients in Shaklee Enfuselle Balancing Moisturizer

Safe for you, your home, and your planet™

That's how Shaklee is marketing their line of products but are they really safe or are they just another green-washing company?

I decided to look into the line of Shaklee products after noticing a lot of "green consumers" supporting and promoting this line.  The first product I always check when reviewing a line of products is their moisturizer.  As this tends to be the most heavily applied product by the consumer.

After looking through the ingredients in their moisturizer along with several other products, my opinion is that the Shaklee company and line of products have been Greenwashed!

Lets take a look at their 
Enfuselle Balancing Moisturizer



(From Shaklee Label)

Water
Ethylhexyl Isononanoate
Cyclopentasiloxane
Cyclohexasiloxane
Trifluoromethyl c1-4 Alkyl Dimethicone
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
PPG-15 Stearyl Ether
Sterath-2
Tocopheryl Acetate
Panthenol
Isocetyl Stearate
Glycerin
Beta-Glucan
Hydrogenated Lecithin
Sodium Coco-PG DimoniumChloride Phosphate
Steareth-21
Triethanolamine
Potassium Sorbate
Xanthan Gum
Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Disodium EDTA
Fragrance/Parfum
Retinyl Palmitate
Grape Seed Extract
Superoxide Dismutase
Phenoxyethanol
1,2 Hexanediol
Caprylyl Glycol
Ethylhexylglycerin
Benzoic acid
Sodium Benzoate

From plastics to synthetic fragrance, do these ingredients sound "healthy for you"? Heck no.

None of the ingredients in this product are pure and organic and almost all 
of the ingredients are synthetic chemicals. It is certainly not healthy for me....How about you?

Lets decipher a few of these ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane - Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and associated with environmental toxicity. Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlife. One or more animal studies show endocrine disruption at moderate doses. Caused uterine tumors in female rats. Alters activity of liver enzymes.

Cyclohexasiloxane - Another silicon-based cyclic compound, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and associated with environmental toxicity. Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlife. One or more animal studies show endocrine disruption at moderate doses. Changes in liver and fatty liver degeneration observed.

PPG-15 Stearyl Ether - a polypropylene glycol ether of stearyl alcohol, a petroleum-based compound. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system ii and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.

Steareth-2 - A synthetic surfactant composed of polyethylene glycol polymer and stearyl alcohol. Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system ii and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.(here)

Steareth-21 - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. i The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system ii and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development.(here)

Isocetyl Stearate - An ester of Isocetyl Alcohol (q.v.) and stearic acid. Human irritant of skin, eyes, or lungs. Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry review.

Hydrogenated Lecithin Very likely contains GMO's, enhances the penetration of other chemicals, can contain allergens.

Sodium Coco-PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate - Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel. 

Triethanolamine -  A strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical. Skin irritant, eye irritant, tested positive for mutations, causes changes in liver and bladder, endocrine system disruption, possible carcinogen.

Potassium Sorbate - Synthetic chemical preservative.

Disodium EDTAEnhances the penetration of other chemicals. Has been linked to developmental & reproductive toxicity.

PhenoxyethanolClassified as toxic or harmful, HIGH concerns for skin, eyes, and lung irritation, as well as Organ system toxicity.

EthylhexylglycerinHIGH concerns for skin, eyes, and lung irritation, as well as Organ system toxicity.

Benzoic acid - Restricted in cosmetics, linked to organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

Sodium Benzoate - A synthetic preservative linked to organ system toxicity.


Fragrance/ParfumConcocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer. According to EWG, The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans (Silva 2004) and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies (Swan 2008), and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk (Hutter 2009; Reiner 2007).

Still think Shaklee is "Good for You"? I say Heck no.
If you wouldn't eat it then don't put it on your skin (period)

There are many companies with safe organic skin products. Check out my reviews of the many brands you can trust.



Comments

  1. I hate to say it, but it being Shaklee I wouldn't have even paid attention. Because I always assume "green" with them, too.

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    1. I am wondering Jayne if you still use Enfuselle by shaklee? I was thinking of switching but after reading this I am really bummed and thinking I should just stick with my normal Noevir which I have been using a while. It is not organic but least I can recognize the label. I just assumed Shaklee would be Ok with them being "green" and all.

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    2. Why don't you try Nerium? Plant based and plate DERIVED. Full of botanicals. And it WORKS.

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    3. I just checked out the ingredients in the Nerium Day cream...Again, another company using lots of "green" marketing Jargon. You need to read and understand the ingredients. There's no need to spend $100 on a bottle of cream that contains toxins... Everything is "derived from" nature. If it's not certified organic and food grade, why would you put it on your skin? This product is full of synthetic ingredients and preservatives. From the Nerium website: Age-Defying Day Cream: "Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Caprylyl Methicone, Tocopherol, Pfaffia Paniculata, Root Extract, Ptychopetalum Olacoides Bark/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Psyalis Pubescens Fruit Juice, Acetylglutaminoyl Farnesylcysteine, Pet-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Jojoba Esters, Adenosine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Glycerin, Tetrapeptide-26, Vp/Va Copolymer, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Pullulan, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Peg-12Dimethicone/Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Amodimethicone,Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Phytate, Coceth-7, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ppg-1-Peg-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodum Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate."... No thank you!

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