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What The Heck? Arbonne Cosmetics Safe Pure & Beneficial? Think Again

What the Heck is in Arbonne Cosmetics?

Safe, Pure and Beneficial... 
Are just some of the claims put forward by Arbonne Cosmetics and their reps. 

I have had several people tell me that they only use the "all natural" line of Arbonne products. 

Please, and I'll keep saying this, please stop taking the words of companies and their reps when it comes to the products you buy and...

 I can't stress this enough. 

This is not a natural line of products. 
 In my opinion Arbonne is just another green-washing company. 

There are plenty of truly safe and truly organic products on the market now so there is no need to put junk on your skin. 

First of all, this line of products is far from natural...
And their products are full of synthetic ingredients. 

I read through the ingredients in all of their products listed as of this date.  
There is not one single product in their line that I would recommend and I would never put any 
of their products on my own skin.

The full ingredients can be found on their Canadian site
after clicking on a product, click on the ingredient tab below the product image.  

Don't be fooled by "Key Ingredients" - This could be a minuscule ingredient in the product...They "key" to "key ingredients" is to make you believe that the primary ingredient or ingredients are healthy and natural and nothing could be further from the truth.

Lets take a look at just one of their products and the FULL ingredients...
And a heck of a lot of ingredients it is...
Do people really need a product packed with this much "stuff"?
More is NOT better.

Arbonne Restorative Day Cream with SPF 20

Ingredients of most concern:
These are just the ingredients of most concern in this product, many of the other ingredients are synthetic, silicone, plastics, or have not assessed for safety in cosmetics with little information.

Octislate -  Possible immune effects, suspected to be an environmental toxin, penetration enhancer, absorbs and permeates into the skin, Contact sensitivities, allergies.
Octocrylene -   Produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease. Wildlife and environmental toxicity, absorbs into the skin, found to accumulate in fish living downstream of wastewater treatment plants. Octocrylene can penetrate into the skin and act as a photosensitizer, resulting in an increased production of free radicals. Free radicals can induce indirect DNA damage and potentially contribute to the increased incidence of malignant melanoma (Skin Cancer) in sunscreen-users compared to non-users, according to Wikipedia.
Oxybenzone -  Oxybenzone is a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to Centers for Disease Control research. Possible human photoallergenic toxicant, human endocrine disruptor, animal studies show cardiovascular effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient, wildlife and environmental toxicity, penetration enhancer, absorbs into the skin, allergenic reaction when combined with sun exposure, can irritate contact dermatitis. Oxybenzone increased absorption of 2,4D in those exposed to pesticides.
Peg-40 Stearate - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin. Suspected to be an environmental toxin, skin or sense organ toxicity hazards suspected, organ and reproductive toxicities found in animal studies.
DimethiconeClassified as expected to be toxic or harmful, suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative, linked to non-reproductive system toxicity, Toxic to wildlife, Usage in cosmetics is restricted, Data gaps: more studies have yet to be conducted to assess its safety.
Butylene Glycol - Can cause irritation of the eyes, skin & lungs, brain, nervous system and behavioral toxicities found in animal studies .
Retinyl Palmitate - Rated an 8 on ewg.   Produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease. possible carcinogen, absorbs into the skin, Scientists found an increase in skin tumors in animals treated wtih retinoic acid in a study using a protocol to mimic human use of the ingredient.
Ceteareth-20 -  Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin, toxic allergen that can enhance the skin's absorption of other potentially harmful ingredients, can possibly be contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.
Polysorbate 20 - "Polysorbate starts out as harmless sorbitol, but then it's treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. It's called Polysorbate 20 because it's treated with 20 "parts" of ethylene oxide. The higher the number, the more ethylene oxide it has been treated with. This substance is then combined with various fatty acids. The Skin Deep Database rates it as only a "one," and doesn't pick up on the risk that it could be contaminated with ethylene oxide, and subsequently, 1,4 dioxane. In addition, it can be laced with heavy metals." Source 
Phenoxyethanol -  Classified as toxic or harmful, the FDA has warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

Often times the reps don't even know the COMPLETE ingredients, so whether it's a friend, a sales rep or the company themselves telling you something is "safe" and "pure", always ask for a complete ingredients list before spending your money on any product.  It's your skin, your body and your right to know.

Go for certified organic cosmetics whenever possible and look for completely natural with as many organic ingredients as possible.

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