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Real Organic: no synthetics; never ever.


    Real Natural: though they might not use all organic ingredients, their finished product has NO added synthetics.

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    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    confusedHit & Miss/ Murky Companies.  These companies have some products that are really clean and other products that are not. Read Labels and know what you are choosing before you spend the $$. be on the look out for: Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, PEG's, Parabens, Urea, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine...if those are in it, stay away.

    • Aura Cacia - Very Hit and Miss. Their certified organic line of esseintial oils are the bomb though, VERY high grade and very clean!
    • Bare Minerals- I found Dimethicone in 1 product out of about 12 that I researched. Seems they have taken out most of their nasty ingredients. I used to have them on my fakers list.
    • Beeceuticals - some products carry the USDA logo, other products have phenoxyethanol in the ingredients. I have spoken with the owner of the company and they are working on an enzyme based presevative to replace the pheno. so be on the look out for this positive change.
    • Burt's Bees - the good thing, is each product tells you on the front of the bottle exactly what % it is natural. they are a pretty clean company. there's not much i would shy away from.
    • Desert Essence - again a truly hit or miss. mostly miss. mostly on my fakers list with the exception of their pure oils and castile face soap, essential oils; those are truly natural and some even organic
    • Eco-Bella. All of their body care is 100% clean, but their cosmetic line still carries several ingredients of concern, including parabens.
    • EO - Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone; mostly on my fakers list, though their lip balm is really organic
    • Honey Bee Gardens
    • ikove


    Dictionary of most common offenders:




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    ~ Susanna aka Organicgal 007

   My online organic shopping site

    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Fake Organics: These companies use synthetics and sometimes very little organics in their finished product. The ingredient names follwoing the brand name are examples of the exact toxic ingredients these companies use, that landed them on my No No list and the USDA Organic regulations do not condone use of. You won't see the USDA Organic logo on any of these brands, yet, they still try to trick the uneducated public into believing they are an "organic" product by calling their brand name " ____ organic".

    • Alba Botanica - Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Octinoxate , Oxybenzone, Peg-100, Sodium PCA, etc.
    • Avalon Organics - Cocamidopropyl betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium oleamido succinate, Sodium PCA, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, etc.
    • Babywise Organics - Octyl Palmitate (I'm finding this to be another name for Dimethicone..correct me if I'm wrong), Retinyl Palmitate , Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, etc.
    • Derma E Organic Expressions - PEG-7, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Dimethicone, Peg-175, PEG-200, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, etc.
    • Giovanni Organics - PVP (which is vinyl), PEG-40, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Octylmethoxycinnamate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, PEG-8, etc,
    • Head Organics - PEG-7, PVP (which is vinyl), Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, etc.
    • Jason pure natural organic - Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone,
    • Juice Beauty - Retinyl palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl (octyl) palmitate, Cocamidopropyl betaine. Only 4 of over 30 products actually carry the USDA Organic logo, all other 30+ products do not. To me having only 4 certified products, does not make you an organic company.
    • Kiss My Face Organics - Phenoxyethanol (funny their adverts claim they are "Obsesivly Organic". HA! Really?)
    • Lotus Touch organic & natural - PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Bisabolol,
    • Mill Creek Organics a.k.a. Amazon Organics - Cocamidopropyl betaine, Octyl dimethyl PABA, Acrylates copolymer,
    • Natures Gate Organics - Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-120, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxybenzone, PEG-100, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, PVP, Dimethiconol,
    • Organix - Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Dimethicone, (Behentrimonium 2 of 4 are toxic, they don't notate which of the 4 types they are this one is iffy), Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone, etc.
    • Organix South Inc, a.k.a. Thera Neem - Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Lauramide DEA, PEG-7, PEG-40,
    • Pharmacopia Organic - Phenoxyethanol; Chlorphenesin, Cocamidopropyl betaine
    • Sexy Hair Organics. i can't find even 1 website online, including the company website, that lists the ingredients. next time i'm at the mall i will jot them down, this is where i
    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Fake Naturals: These companies claim they are natural, safe, part of wellness, or pure; but use toxic synthetics in their products. The words Natural, Pure, & Safe have no regulations guiding their use. Any company can make these claims regardless to if the claim is true or not.

    • 365 by Whole Foods (so confusing to me at to why their body care products contain junk ingredients).
    • Alba - Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Octinoxate , Oxybenzone, Peg-100, Sodium PCA, etc.
    • Arbonne - Cocamidopropyl Betaine Coconut , PEG-80, Peg-120, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol , Hexylene Glycol , etc. (their baby line is horribly toxic).
    • Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant- propylene glycol, tricolsan, (they test on animals, this alone is enough to boycott them)
    • Aveda -
    • Aveena - Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Distearyldimonium Chloride, PEG-80, Trisodium EDTA, PEG-150, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
    • The Body Shop - PEG-100, Parabens (1 product alone had 5 different types of parabens), EDTA, Yellow #5, Red #4, PEG-8, Cocamide DEA, Dimethicone, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-18, PVP
    • Derma E - Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethyl MEA , PEG-100, Cocamide DEA
    • Earth Science - Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, benzophenone-3
    • Healthy Times baby line - Parabens
    • Huggies/Pamper naturals. "Yeah, right." yes that was sarcasim
    • Jackson Reece Herbal baby wipes - cocamidoproyl betaine, phenoxyethanol
    • Kiss my Face - Trisodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene glycol, Triethanolamine.
    • Korres Natural Products - Propylparaben, Methylparaben, PEG- 8, Aluminium Oxide, PEG-100, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, PEG-60, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol (one product had 5 parabens & pheno. That's just ludacris)
    • Lush - Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, (this company is at least 1/2 honest...when listing their ingredients, they color code the natural & synthetic so it's easy to read, but they call them "safe synthetics", I have to disagree)
    • Melaleuca - Dimethicone, PEG - 100, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Avobenzone, Ostisalate, Octinoxate, Octocyrlene, EDTA, Triethanolamine, PEG-7, PEG-60,  
    • Method - Cocamidopropyl betaine, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Cocamide DEA, retinyl palmitate, (gets sneaky & shady by not disclosing the name of their preservatives or what type of color they use. it just says "preservative" "color")
    • Mill Creek Botanicals - Disodium-EDTA, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Imidazolidinyl Urea
    • Nature's Gate - Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Cocamide DEA, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Octinoxate; Oxybenzone, Dimethicone
    • Pure and Basic - Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-90, Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben
    • Shaklee- Phenoxyethanol, Didodium EDTA, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, PEG-10, Dimethicone, AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, PEG-12, RETINYL PALMITATE
    • Tom's of Maine - SLS, Proplyene Glycol
    • Zia - Phenoxyethanol, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Octisalate,

    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    If you are not sure of an ingredient: try...

    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Natures Gate is another one that claims to be organic or natural.

    ....Young Living Essential Oils

    MyChelle products

    Arbonne is pure, safe and beneficial and does not claim to be all natural. 

    the cosmetic database is useful to some capacity, it is out of date and contradicts itself.

    Cosmetic Data Base is being updated all the time

    i do go for bio-kleen, ecover, 7th gen and Dr. bronners for cleaning supplies.

    Is there an Organic or safe all-natural toothpaste

    The only one that is Organic that I know of, is by Miessence.

    Burt's Bees (though currently they use synthetic fragrence in some of their products, they are suposedly eliminating this)

    what do you think of sensaria

    Mineral girlz cosmetics.


    Here's a great link for a list of what an ingredient can do.

    MELALEUCA  does not claim to be natural.... they are free of harsh toxins & chemicals

    Mela DOES use Parabens which are NOT natural and have been linked to many skin problems and that's just the begining of their ickiness. Mela also uses several other chemicals/synthetics of concern that I would not really call free of toxicity or harshness.

    Melaleuca uses Parabens.  Parabens are synthetically derived from Petroleum. They are chemicals that are not natural . They also use: triethanolamine (better known as TEA) TEA is:Synthetic emulsifier. Highly acidic. A precursor to nitrosamine (which have been determined to form cancer in laboratory animals) & dimethicone which is a Silicone emollient. Silicone emollients are occlusive - that is they coat the skin, trapping anything beneath it, and do not allow the skin to breathe (much like plastic wrap would do.) Recent studies have indicated that prolonged exposure of the skin to sweat, by occlusion, causes skin irritation. Some synthetic emollients are known tumour promoters and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. They are also non-biodegradable, causing negative environmental impact.

    my resources for info. all of these are public to anyone wanting to use them. These are my resources for many things, not just personal care ingredients.


    First and foremost: MSDS  (material safety and data sheets)
    "cheat sheet of toxins"
    OCA (organic consumer association)
    Dr. Mercola
    The Green Guide
    Organic Trade Association
    Environmental Working Group
    Union of Concerned Scientits
    Mother Earth News


    *Author's Dr. Perricone and Paula Begon
    *Milady's text books
    *Green Living- by E/The Environmental Magazine
    *The Newman's Own Organics Guide to a Good Life- by Paul Newman
    *The Natural House & Nat. House Catalog- by David Pearson
    *The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change- by David de Rothschild
    *Earth in the Balance- by Al Gore
    *Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability- by Horn
    *The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time- by Rogers/Kostigen
    *The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists
    *Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child- by Zand/Rountree/Walton
    *Prescription for Natural Healing- by Balch


    *Organic Spa
    *Yoga Journal
    *MTJ (Massage Therapist Journal)
    Mother Earth News

    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    another great database (may have already been linked) that associates with ww.ewg. org (environmental working group) and skin deep (the cosmetic database) is ww.safecosmetics. com or ww.safecosmetics. org they have a lot of information as well about "toxic" companies and great downloadable materials that you can print and post around your city or area you live in. 

    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 5:50 PM


    by Group Owner on May. 26, 2010 at 5:54 PM


    live total wellness. com



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