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THIS is why Daughter of the Moon answers to our customers. We protect them & disclose all of our ingredients & even why, specifically & scientifically we use them. Hopefully buyers will become more aware, ask more questions, & show theses companies & regulating agencies with your own buying power & voices that we need to b respected & protected as consumers & people.
Here is an excerpt taken from the United States FDA website (that which “governs” so to speak & regulates the cosmetic industry.
1. Hexachlorophene (21 CFR 250.250)
Because of its neurotoxic effect and ability to penetrate human skin, the use of hexachlorophene (HCP) as a cosmetic ingredient is restricted to use as a preservative where an alternative preservative has not been shown to be as effective. The HCP concentration of the cosmetic may not exceed 0.1%, and it may not be used in cosmetics which in normal use may be applied to mucous membranes.
2. Mercury Compounds (21 CFR 700.13)
The use of mercury compounds as cosmetic ingredients is limited to use as preservatives in eye area cosmetics at concentrations not exceeding 65 ppm (0.0065%) of mercury calculated as the metal (about 100 ppm or 0.01% of phenylmercuric acetate or nitrate) and provided no other effective and safe preservative is available for use.
Mercury compounds are readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and have the tendency to accumulate in the body. They may cause allergic reactions, skin irritation or neurotoxic manifestations.
…….So basically this means they know it’s harmful & readily absorbed through the skin, & yet it is still allowed to be sold so long as you tell them it was the only additive or preservative that worked for a recipe. I think that is unacceptable. If something is a neurotoxin, THAT is what makes THEIR recipe not work.
Did you know that the law allows manufacturers to ask the FDA to grant “trade secret” status for any ingredient. If the FDA grants the request the substance does not have to be listed on the label.
So not only now are companies packing their cosmetics with synthetic ingredients, adding one organic substance and labeling it ‘natural’ (because they say so), now they aren’t even liable to tell us exact what is in it.
I believe there is a responsibility of businesses and craftsmen to consumers, to respect their health and integrity by disclosing ALL ingredients. Not just the ones they WANT you to know about.
For instance, the shady practice of labeling items as “Active Ingredients” and then in small print on the bottom are the “Inactive Ingredients,” where most of the chemicals are listed as stabilizers and aids to ascetic appeal like consistency and coloring. This is done with the pretense to trick the eye of the consumer. That is a sad game that some big businesses play, because by misleading their customers into thinking they are getting a natural product and hiding the caustic ingredients, they’re damaging the customer’s trust, loyalty, and overall health & wellness.