How To Read Lotion Bottle Labels

How To Read Lotion Bottle Labels – 9 Harmful Ingredients to Identify and Avoid

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Winter season is here, so is dry skin and the increased use of lotion. We love our lotions. We slather it to our skin. They do the job of protecting, moisturizing and softening our skin. And most of them even have a really nice fragrance to it.

For most of us, each time we apply lotion to our skin, we assume we are taking the proactive step forward to keep our skin nourished, moisturized and healthy.

Lotion Bottle Label - woman applying hand lotion to her hands

But before you reach for that bottle of lotion in your purse or on the bathroom shelf, what’s in your lotion may not be as innocent as it looks!

There are so many different types of lotion out there and some of them even contain ingredients that actually do more harm to your body than good.

Have you ever taken the time to read the label on your favorite lotion? If your answer is “no,” I highly recommend you read this post to the end.

In this article, I am going to talk about the importance of reading lotion bottle labels, and 9 harmful ingredients to identify and avoid.

So without further ado, let’s get started!


The Importance of Reading Lotion Bottle Labels

Have you ever bought a lotion that says “natural,” “organic,” or “dermatologist developed” and simply bought it because of these words?

How many of you actually read the ingredient list before purchasing a bottle of lotion?

I was someone that used to just buy lotions because of these eco-friendly and safe sounding words without ever paying attention to the ingredient list.

A few months ago I bought a Lubriderm lotion all because it said dermatologist developed, so I thought it must be safe and healthy for my skin.

Dermatologists are experts in skin care, so they must know what products are safe and to recommend, right?

Lubriderm lotion bottle

Well, recently I decided to read and research the ingredients on this Lubriderm lotion. After some time spent on researching, I was completely blown away to discover that some of these ingredients are actually carcinogenic and hazardous to health.

Below is an image of Lubriderm lotion ingredients. I will be discussing some of its harmful ingredients along with other questionable ingredients used in many common commercial lotions shortly.

Lotion Bottle Labels - Lubriderm lotion ingredients list

What I learned from my research is that just because something is labeled as “natural,” “organic,” or “dermatologist recommended” doesn’t necessarily guarantee the lotion is safe and free of harmful ingredients.

In fact, the term “natural” is completely unregulated by the FDA. Any company can stamp the word on its product, even if the product is loaded with a chock-full of synthetic chemicals. But not all products with the word “natural” on their labels are frauds either.

So the best way to determine that is to study the ingredients.

You might be thinking “organic” must be the best and the safest way to go, right? Well, not exactly.

In fact, the word organic has several meanings. A lotion is labeled as organic doesn’t necessarily mean it meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic requirements. There are four categories of organic products.

  1. Organic = Product must contain 100% of organically produced ingredients. Products may display the USDA Organic Seal.
  2. Certified Organic = Product must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients. Products may display the USDA Organic Seal.
  3. Made with Organic Ingredients = At least 70% of ingredients are certified organic. Products may not display the USDA Organic Seal.
  4. No Label Claims = Less than 70% of ingredients are certified organic. Products may not display the USDA Organic Seal.

To be sure you’re getting the real deal, look for the USDA label.

Most of the time, “natural,” “organic,” and “dermatologist recommended” are nothing more than a marketing strategy for companies to cover up questionable ingredients in their products in order to get people to buy.

USDA Organic

Don’t be fool by the branding or wording, and always study the ingredient label.

When it comes to reading lotion ingredients, it may feel like reading a foreign language. Many words are hard to understand which makes it difficult to know which ingredients to identify and avoid, how to compare products, and what it all means.

With so many different lotions available on the market, choosing the right and the safe lotion for your skin is undoubtedly overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to if you know what to look for. After reading this post, you should have a pretty good understanding of what to look for. 


Lotion Bottle Labels – 9 Harmful Ingredients to Look for and Avoid

The is not a comprehensive list. It would be impossible to fully explain and list all toxic ingredients in a brief blog post, but this will give you some idea on common ones to look for and to avoid.

1. Parabens 

  • Parabens are found in practically all commercial lotions and are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They prevent bacteria, mold, and fungus from growing in lotions, creams, concealers, and many other personal care and cosmetic products.
  • Parabens are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrances are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the ingredients list.
  • Parabens are known endocrine disruptors that can mimic estrogen in the body. This effect is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and their use may also influence the development of malignant melanoma.
  • study has shown that parabens can affect the mechanisms of normal breast cells and potentially influence their abnormal growth, leading to increased risk for breast cancer, such as increased cell growth, decreased cell death, metastasis, and blockage of chemotherapy agents
  • Another study shows that parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions by reducing sperm production and lead to reduced testosterone levels.
  • On labels, you’ll see them listed as Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and other ingredients ending in paraben. 

2. Retinyl Palmitate

  • Retinyl palmitate is a widely used ingredient in skin care products, which is the most controversial form of vitamin A.
  • Studies have shown mice exposed to retinyl palmitate developed a frightening number of tumors after exposure to sunlight.
  • Retinyl palmitate enhances photocarcinogenicity (any substance that becomes a carcinogen on exposure to light), increases skin lesions, and increases the presence of squamous cell neoplasm – the beginnings of skin cancer.
  • When use lotion that contains retinyl palmitate, be sure to avoid the sun. This ingredient could lead to damage, aging, and cancer if exposed to sunlight.
  • If you are going to use a lotion that contains retinyl palmitate, do so at night.

3. Fragrance

  • Cosmetic products are not subject to FDA approval, with the exception of color additives. In general, cosmetic manufacturers may choose to use any ingredient they like, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation.
  • When you see the word “fragrance” on the ingredients label, it is also known as hidden chemicals. There is no way to know what the chemicals are because formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets. So basically cosmetic companies can choose to put any ingredient they want in their products under the name fragrance without having to tell you what they are in order to protect their “secret formula.” This prevents the consumer from making fully informed decisions.
  • It will simply read “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label.
  • Some problems caused by these chemicals include hormone disruption, skin irritation, rash, dizziness, headaches, and the list goes on.
  • Don’t buy a cosmetic that has the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the ingredients label. Look for labels that say, “phthalate–free”.

4. Phthalates

  • Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers.
  • Phthalates are used in personal care products to moisturize the skin and as a solvent, are almost synonymous with fragrance.
  • Phthalates can be found in perfume, hair spray, deodorant, shampoo, air freshener, laundry detergent and almost anything fragranced, nail polish, insect repellent, carpeting, vinyl flooring, the coating on wires and cables, shower curtains, raincoats, plastic toys, and your car’s steering wheel, dashboard, and gearshift. It’s ubiquitous.
  • Independent testing has found high levels of phthalates hiding under the ingredient “fragrance”.
  • Phthalates are not shown on every label as it’s added to fragrance in order to protect companies’ “secret formula”.
  • Phthalates are potent hormone disruptors linked to pre-term births, loss of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, weight gain, disrupted reproductive function, decreased sperm counts in men, reduced female fertility, and a worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • Phthalates also have influenced the function of the immune system, and even alter behavior.
  • Animals studies have suggested that phthalate exposure can result in developmental and reproductive effects, cancer, immunotoxicity, diabetes, and obesity.

5. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES)

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive surfactant found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as lotion, toothpaste, mouthwashes, soaps, detergents, shampoo, and body wash, along with Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS).
  • A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, potent carcinogens that cause your body to absorb nitrates, which are known to be carcinogenic as well. These combinations can lead to many health problems such as kidney and respiratory damage.

6. Petrolatum

  • Yes, petroleum is what you put in your car. Would you apply petroleum on your skin knowing that is what is on there? Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a byproduct of petroleum, which requires refining.
  • During the refining process, if Petroleum Jelly becomes contaminated, possible Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and other carcinogenic agents may get into the jelly, which has been linked to breast cancer and cause allergic reactions such as skin irritations and rashes.
  • Petroleum Jelly seals off the skin from air and water which blocks the pores and the skin’s natural respiration process.
  • The airtight barrier created by Petroleum Jelly on the skin also acts as a penetration enhancer. This means absorption of any of the toxic ingredients below will be increased.

7. Mineral Oil (also called liquid paraffin, liquid petroleum, paraffin oil)

  • Mineral oil is colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum, a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.
  • During the refining process, if mineral oil becomes contaminated, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other carcinogenic agents may get into the oil; PAHs are considered potentially carcinogenic and have links to breast cancer. Is that something you want to put on your skin?
  • Similar to petroleum jelly, mineral oil suffocates your skin with an airtight barrier layer and prevents it from normal breathing. Meanwhile, it attracts and draws moisture from the lower layers of the skin into the top layer of the skin, helping your skin appear smooth and soft. Great for a short time, but definitely not ideal for a long time.
  • As you increase the usage of mineral oil, those lower layers gradually dry out. Your skin will eventually appear dull, exacerbating the look of any fine lines or wrinkles.

8. Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds)

  • Propylene glycol comes from propylene, which is a chemical produced as a side effect of petroleum refining.
  • This ingredient helps to keep products constant at various temperatures, helps mix together a variety of ingredients, and helps formulations to attract and hold onto moisture. Because it can do so many things and because it’s economical, propylene glycol is used across several industries.
  • Propylene glycol actually creates an airtight seal over your skin and suffocates your skin rather than moisturizes it similar to the effects of mineral oil on the skin.
  • It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans.
  • The dangers of Propylene Glycol include skin irritation and allergic reactions, potentially toxic to the kidneys and liver, probably not safe for infants or pregnant women, neurological symptoms, cardiovascular problems, respiratory issues, potentially bioaccumulative in certain cases, and may be a pathway for more harmful chemicals

9. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

  • Butylated compounds are primarily used as a preservative to extend the shelf life of a variety of personal care products. Both of these chemicals are also used as preservatives in foods.
  • Butylated compounds have been linked to endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer and respiratory irritation.
  • You’ll see butylated compounds on labels as BHA or BHT.

Conclusion

There are many other toxic chemicals used in skin care products. By avoiding these 9 toxic ingredients, you can dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals you put on and end up in your body.

You probably wonder why these chemicals are being used when they are so hazardous to our health?

The answer is very simple. It’s all about money! 

Synthetic ingredients are much cheaper than the natural ingredients. Synthetic ingredients have the ability to kill all germs, mold, and bacteria. They also allow the products to have a much longer shelf life and therefore more profit for the cosmetic companies.

Be sure to buy from reputable, organic skin care brands that are more conscientious and selective in the ingredients they use in their lotion formulations.

Better yet, make your own lotion.

You can actually make your own lotion using a few simple ingredients. Check out this post for more information.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below. And I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Hong

Comments

  1. Hi Hong – I like your thoughtful, informative article on the more common ingredients to avoid in our lotions. I shall look forward to seeing more articles on “natural” beauty. I am also someone who suffers from these same irritating ingredients in cosmetics and have learned which ones to avoid, and have learned about other chemicals that could be doing harm along the way. All the best,
    Michelle 🙂

    1. Author

      Hi Michelle, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I’m glad you liked my article and that you found it informative. There are so many harmful chemicals in many common commercial skin care products. It wasn’t too long ago, I discovered how bad some these chemicals are. Now I make my own skin care products. They are not only inexpensive to make, but also much safer and much better for your skin.
      Good luck to you.
      Hong

  2. Wow, great pierce of advice about readin lotion bottle labels. Everyone must know all these tips and information. Thank you for sharing this useful article with us..

    1. Author

      Hello Sarah, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am happy to know that you found this article useful. If you know someone that can benefit from this information, please feel free to share.

      Hong

  3. The cold hard truth. I like it. Since when does ANYONE warn us about such an important topic? Never. I actually never do read lotion bottles before purchasing, and now I feel bad because I’ve probably bought one with these harmful ingredients in them. I can’t believe Petrolatum is in lotions! That is outrageous.

    Thanks for warning us about this.

    1. Author

      Hi Brandon, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I hear you; no one has ever told me about the importance of reading ingredients list either. Had I not research the lotion ingredients, I would probably continue to use them.

      Nowadays cosmetic companies are getting very clever with the words they use to get people to buy their products. As consumers, we must educate and stay informed on the products we apply on our skin and end up in our body. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to let me know.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  4. Thanks for this post. In the last few years, or family has been trying to use less and less products with harmful ingredients. I only knew about parabens and paraffin and to avoid them. My wife mostly buys these kinds of products and she usually chooses organic and vegan products. Sometimes I want to buy her something nice but I’m a bit lost, so this post definitely helps a lot! 🙂

    1. Author

      Hello Ziga,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad I can help. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  5. What a nice informative post. I personally believe that all lotions should be made of only natural, and organic ingredients. It’s mind blowing that they continue to use these toxics in lotions and them knowing that after a while you’ll probably start to feel the side effects. I will have to check my lotions to see if they contain any of these harmful ingredients. Thanks you

    1. Author

      Hello Junior, Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      I am glad you found the post informative. I agree with you that all lotions and other skin care products should be made using natural and organic ingredients. It’s unfortunate that many companies only care about the profit not our health. So as consumers we have to educate and research ourselves to make an when deciding the products we apply to our skin and end up in our body. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a nice day!
      Hong

  6. Hong; OK, I tried your lip balm — it is super stuff ! Great for guys working in cold or skiing or hunting due to no fragrance (with the one I tried) — also I tried the no-itch skin cream — I find it works pretty well but it has to be applied frequently — at least in my case — the skin irritation is at the base of the spine and goes up along the spinal column and is hard to fix — the cream does a nice job but like I said my situation needs frequent attention . Donald

    1. Author

      Hello Donald A Spisak, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      Thank you very much for trusting my product. I am glad you tried the lip balm and the anti-itch cream and liked the products. I am currently working on other skin care products and will put it on my website once I have them ready. If you have any question, let me know.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  7. Great post, reading labels is really important especially today, however some manufacturers are getting very clever with choosing different words for the more common harmful ingredients. It is a constant keeping up with it all.

    1. Author

      Hello Helen Vella,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I agree with you. Reading and understanding labels are very important. Companies are becoming very sneaky on the words they use to secretly cover up the questionable ingredients. We have to be proactive when it comes to the products we choose to apply and put in our body.

  8. Hi there, I´ve just red through my lotion and found parabene… Thanks for your article, good information here. I am going to avoid that stuff!

    1. Author

      Hello Manny,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      I am glad you find the information good and you are welcome for the article. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  9. Hi Hong. Thanks for taking the time to do the research and share this information. I’m sure that by avoiding the chemicals you mentioned can improve the quality of our health. I also like the fact that you have shared alternative skin products that are safe and can be created from home.

    1. Author

      Hello Zola, Thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      You are welcome for the information. I am glad you like the alternative homemade skin products. I will be posting how to make lotion sometime this week or next week. Stay tuned for new content if you are interested.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  10. Hi Hong, I really enjoyed reading your post. It was very informative. I kind of knew that the organic products weren’t always truly orgranic from my experience with certain foods but, I never even thought about connecting it to the lotion.

    I’ve tried the Lubriderm and that did not work as well. I now know why. What I have been using lately is Organic Shea butter but, I have not seen any improvement yet.

    It is pretty cool that you make your own lotions. This is a craft that I would love to learn one day. Thanks for sharing..Have an awesome day!

    1. Author

      Hello Lakisha, Thank you for the comment and for visiting. And you are very welcome for the information.

      I am glad you enjoyed reading my post and found it informative. Nowadays companies are become very clever in choosing certain words to get people to buy. From my research, I learned regardless what the labels say; always study the ingredients list to make sure you are getting the real thing.

      The dermatologist recommended on the Lubriderm lotion is the whole reason that I bought it. Now that I know what is in that bottle of lotion and that I found a better alternative, I will definitely not be buying Lubriderm again.

      Have you checked the ingredients list on your Organic Shea Butter? Did you see any questionable ingredients?

      Making lotion is not only fun and economical, best of all; you are able to avoid the harmful chemicals found in many commercially available lotion. I will be posting an article sometime this week or next week showing people how to make lotion at home. Stay tuned if you are interested in learning how it is done.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

    1. Author

      Hello travel and treatz savita, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad you found the article informative. I went back to the article and added the sources. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  11. I have never read what was in my lotion, to be honest, I just trusted a certain brand and assumed that they would be ok until I read it and found there was a certain ingredient that shouldn’t have been in there. I am going to take you up on your advice and make my own lotion as I have really rough skin around my jawbone so I have to keep my face moisturized, this way I know exactly what is going into it. I have heard that cucumber would be good to put into it but wouldn’t that make it watery?

    1. Author

      Hello Matthew Owen, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I used to also just trust certain brand and buy it over and over until after I decided to read and research lotion ingredients list. Now I don’t buy store lotion anymore ever since I started making my own lotion.

      Making lotion is fun and easy that only requires few simple ingredients. Cucumber contains vitamin C and Caffeic acid which helps to soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling and keep the skin hydrated. Using cucumber is not going to make the lotion watery. The important thing to remember when making lotion is to have the right ingredients at the right amount.

      To extract the cucumber juice, you can coarsely grate it and place in a strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl. Push the cucumber to release the juice.

      I will be posting an article showing people how to make lotion. Stay tuned if you are interested to learn. Let me know if you need help or have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  12. Awesome post and blog! I never thought about making my own lotion until your post. It does sound like a great idea. I will stay tuned and bookmark your site for that next post!

    Dwight

    1. Author

      Hello Dwight, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I am glad you liked the post. I will be posting how to make lotion sometime this week or next week. Let me know if you have any question.

      All the best,
      Hong

  13. Hi Hong, isn’t it horrible, what companies make people put in their faces and on their skin. I don’t understand why these substances are allowed to be used. I very much appreciate the idea of producing skin products at home.
    I will talk to my wife and show her your website.
    Thanks a lot.

    1. Author

      Hello Stefan Vogt, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      It’s sad that some companies only care about money not our health. Cosmetic products are not subject to FDA approval, with the exception of color food additives. In general, cosmetic manufacturers may choose to use any ingredient they like, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation.

      I think all skin care products some be made using all natural and organic products without harmful synthetic chemicals. I will be posting an article about how to make lotion sometime next week. Stay tuned if you are interested in learning how.

      Thank you for sharing this website with your wife. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  14. Wow, I am so surprised that petroleum is in lotion!

    This is kind of an odd question, though. How would lotion even get contaminated, though. I mean it’s a bottle and you just rub it on your skin. I would think that the likelihood of it actually getting contaminated would be fairly low.

    1. Author

      Hello Garen, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      Petroleum jelly is commonly used in many skin care products. On the ingredient list, you will see them labeled as mineral oil, liquid paraffin, liquid petroleum, or paraffin oil.

      One way lotion can get contaminated is buying lotion stored in a jar, where there is risk of fingers transferring germs and other contaminants into the cream.

      Another way lotion can get contaminated is if lotion is stored in a conventional pump bottle, when the content in bottle gets low, the common practice is to remove the pump and try to get the remaining material out with the use of a spatula type of tool or use fingers to get the lotion out. With the repeat opening of the pump and expose the content to air and touch the lotion with fingers, some product will end up being contaminated, oxidized and lose its effectiveness.

      I hope I answered your question. Let me know if you have any question.
      Hong

  15. Wow I had no idea that they could put “Organic” on the bottle when it really isn’t. I’m pretty sure my lotions have a couple of those ingredients if I’m not mistaken. I have looked at the ingredients, but the problem is, I have no idea what the ingredients are, even if they are bad! So thank you very much for this list, I’ll definitely reference it in the future!

    Do you find that you have to spend more money to get a healthy, good quality lotion? Or can you get the good stuff for roughly the same prices?

    1. Author

      Hello Isaya, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      Companies are getting very clever in choosing certain words in order to attract consumers to buy their products. So just because something is label as “organic” doesn’t mean the product reflects on that claim. Always read the ingredients list to ensure you are buying the real thing.

      I don’t buy Organic lotions, so I am not sure how much more they cost.
      I do however make my own organic lotion. In my opinion, by making your own lotion, you are not only saving money in the long run and able to avoid many harmful ingredients used in common commercial lotions, but also you know exactly what goes into your lotion.

  16. Hong, thank you for the invite to view your site. I am truly fascinated with your title and your contents. I am basically blogging in the same area. My niche is about the skin as well, and my focus is anti-aging prevention. I am very pleased to view your site. Louisa B

    1. Author

      Hello Louisa B, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I am glad you came to my website and enjoyed the contents. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  17. Hong, I am speechless. Let me in first instance mention that I am allergic to most fragrances. That’s why I struggle to wear virtually any perfume. Yet, the number of times I have been driven by a pleasant smell to buy a hand cream or a face moisturiser, only because the label was saying the product was ‘safe’ to use. And yet, how many times I have read the label then to find ingredients that meant absolutely nothing to me. Until today, that is. To think that all the dangerous substances you list down are regularly used in our lotions, now that is a major concern.
    Thank you for the insight, Hong. I shall definitely be more discerning from now on!

    1. Author

      Hello GiuliaB, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad I can help.

      I hear you, there has been many time where I picked up lotions and they would say “organic,” “all natural,” or “dermatologist recommended” and then after reading the label, they are not what they calm to be.

      We can no longer trust what the labels say anymore, in order to make sure you are buying the real thing, reading ingredient list is absolutely necessary.

      Let me know if you have any question.
      Hong

  18. Thank you for listing the different ingredients and what they mean, as well as the different organic certification categories. This is very useful information as I find lotion is one of the hardest things to find with all natural ingredients at the store. Great work!

    1. Author

      Hi Rachiel, thank you for your comment.

      I am glad you found the information useful. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  19. Being a guy, I can’t say I’m too familiar with all the different types of lotions truth be told. But I have recently been trying to get better looking skin since I’ve never really had that. So at least from this post, I can see what to really avoid in my search. I’ve heard that a simple mixture of sugar and vegetable oil is really good for skin, how true is that?

    1. Author

      Hi Jasmere, thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

      You can make sugar and vegetable oil scrub which helps to reveal fresh skin cells, remove dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller. How often you scrub your face depends on your skin type. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  20. Hi thanks for this post i have suffered for many years with sensitive skin and using certain lotions really does irritate the situation – i am glad to have discovered some of the reasons why and i will be more attentive to labels in the future

    1. Author

      Hello James, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I am happy to hear that my article has helped. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  21. I loved your lip balm recipe and I’m happy to see you have done the same with homemade lotion here, after thoroughly scaring the pants off of us about just how many chemicals are in these so-called safe organic natural products. Sad that these companies can mislead us so much!

    1. Author

      Hello Penelope, thank you for your comment.

      I am glad you liked the lip balm recipe. Companies are getting very clever in choosing certain words to get people to buy their products. As consumers we must carefully study ingredients list to make sure we are getting the real deal. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  22. Hi Hong, Thanks for sharing the information. I always think that every ingredient in the lotion is healthy and safe. After reading your article, I realize there are some potential harmful ingredients in so called healthy products. I am going to write down the 9 harmful substances. Next time I purchase product like this, I will remember to check them one by one.

    1. Author

      Hello Anthony Hu, thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      I used to think the same thing as well, but not anymore. Now I always read labels not just the skin care products but also food labels, pretty much everything that has ingredients list on them. I am glad you are taking the action to avoid these harmful ingredients. Let me know if you have any question.

      Hong

  23. Hi Hong,

    Great work! Very productive information on what and how to address skin health. Reading labels is important. I’ve heard that one of the regulatory agencies( i think it’s the FDA) only requires that so called organic products and produce only has to be considered 30% organic to pass the requirement standard to be labeled organic. But how well is that even regulated? What is the criteria for verifying that?
    There are independent sources like the GMO project that i believe do a lot better job in their vetting standards.

    I had no idea about mineral oil. That was a startling revelation. Also you mentioned “butylated compounds”. According to wikipedia the term “butyl” denotes an alkyl radical derived from “butane”. Butane is “a flammable hydrocarbon gas that is constituent(or component) of PETROLEUM and is use in bottled form as fuel. We are not allowed to use butyl cleaners in the work place as they are not green seal approved because it is deemed a carcinogen. That can’t be good for your skin.

    So why is this stuff so pervasive on the supermarket shelves(even in health food establishments)? Well you summed it up nicely, “it’s all about the money” including those who push the “organic” label.

    At any rate, i will get this up on my google+ page and site. You have wonderful weekend and Christmas, Brad

    1. Author

      Hello Brad, thank you for visiting and for the extensive comment.

      I’ve never heard that products and produce only have to be considered 30% organic to pass the requirement standard to be labeled organic. If that is true, it would definitely be frightening.

      I know from my research that the USDA is responsible for developing and executing government policies that will help farming, agriculture, forestry, and food communities thrive. Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. In my post, I’ve outlined the 4 categories of organic products.

      Mineral oil is the by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s a common ingredient in many commercially available skin care products. It suffocates our skin and should not be used.

      Butylated compounds are not only used in skin care products, but they are also found in butter, meats, chewing gum, snack foods, dehydrated potatoes, and even beer. These additives are approved by the FDA as safe for human consumption. Not sure why they are safe to use when these chemicals are linked to several health concerns including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity. I guess it’s all about the money.

      Nowadays companies are getting very smart in choosing certain word to attract people to by their products. So reading the ingredients list is important.

      Manmade synthetic chemicals are much less expensive than organic and natural ingredients. It’s sad that companies only care about profit and not our health.

      Thank you for sharing my page on your google plus, I will also do the same once you have your new post up.

      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year!
      Hong

  24. Very informative blog. As a personal trainer I find the same issue regarding organic classification when helping clients wade through nutritional options. I appreciate your how-to option to help people make better skin care choices.

    1. Author

      Hello Stacy Gallagher,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. And you are welcome for the information. I am glad to help. let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  25. OMG I never knew about these things written on label which could be harmful. I am Going to share this useful link with everyone for sure. Can’t thank you enough for this article.

    1. Author

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I really appreciate you sharing this information with others.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  26. Hi Hong. Great article on the 9 ingredients to avoid in skin lotion. I was aware of several of them, and their inherent problems, but not of some of the others. People need to be aware of these nasty constituents so they can avoid them, which is what your article provides. I also like that you talk about healthy alternative lotions. Thank you for sharing this important information.

    1. Author

      Hi Tom Priesmeyer,

      Thank you for stopping by and for the kind comment. Many people are not aware of the harmful ingredients used in lotions. I was someone who was completely unaware of it until just recently.

      It is scary to think that I’ve been slathering this junk on my skin for as long as I’ve lived. Had I not pay attention and researched the lotion ingredients list, I would probably still be using it for many years to come.

      If you know your friends and family that can benefit from this article, I would really appreciate that if you can share it. Thank you!

      Have a wonderful day!
      Hong

  27. Hong thank you for breaking down those ingredients! This is by far the best article I’ve read about the dangers of those ingredients and what they really are! I also purchased lubriderm for the same reasons you did and I had an allergic reaction! Great post I will be back!

    1. Author

      Hello Ash,

      Thank you for visiting my site and for the kind comment.

      You are welcome for the information. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the article. Let me know if you have any question, I am happy to assist. Hope to see you soon.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  28. Hi
    thank you for your post. I don’t always read whats written on a bottle but from now i will be reading whats written there. Good post

    1. Author

      Hello Kwacha,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I am glad to hear that my article is encouraging you to read lotion labels in the future. Let me know if you have any question.

      All the best,
      Hong

  29. Great tips here. It looks like you put a lot of time and effort into this. I like the part about making your own lotion. I find I am always using lotion now on my feet and hands because for years I never did while working construction. It makes me feel a lot better too. I will definitely bookmark this post. Awesome information!

    1. Author

      Hello David Donahue,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Yes, it was a lot of time and effort, but I enjoyed the process. I am glad you like the part about making lotion. I will be posting article on how to make lotion sometime next week. If you are interested, be sure to stay tuned. The construction work definitely take a toll on the hands and feet, be sure to read your labels and the ingredients list carefully to make sure they don’t have these harmful chemicals in it.

      I hope to see you soon on my website. Let me know if you have any question. I am here to help.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  30. I’ll be honest… I never read the labels on lotion bottles. And living in a dry climate, I use them quite extensively, especially for my hands. This is a very interesting article. I will never look at another lotion the same way again. Time to look at those labels…

    1. Author

      Hello Greg,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. It’s never too late to start paying attention to what ingredients they put in lotions. I am glad you are taking the action to read the labels in the future. Let me know if you have any question.

      All the best,

      Hong

  31. This is great info to have. I started going natural a few years ago and it’s been a process. I have resorted to making my own. Thanks for this post.

    1. Author

      Hello Lane,

      Thank you for your comment. I am the same way, I been going natural for few years now. I started making my own skin care products for few months now and I am addicted to not only that they are easy to make, the best thing is they are much safer and even more effective.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  32. I’ve always been curious about the different levels or ‘organic’ that I see out there on products. It seems like these days everything has an organic label and it is difficult to discern the the differences between which ones are accurate or not. Thanks for the breakdown.

    I am honestly too lazy to make my own hand lotion, but do you have any recommendations for men that are not scented? In the winter my hands dry out like crazy, my cuticles in particular.

    1. Author

      Hello Craig,
      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I hear you. These days the word “Organic” is put on many products and it definitely gets confusing to tell which one is legit and which is fake.

      Be sure not to buy a product solely because of these words. The best way to determine if it is the real thing you are getting is to read the ingredients list.

      I am glad you found the breakdown helpful.

      I recommend Organic Shea Butter Lotion, it contains all organic ingredients that helps to moisturize dry and itchy patches, soothe away redness and inflammation, and soften damaged skin.

      I also make and sell my lotion. It comes scented and unscented. Feel free to check out my product for more information. I also offer lotion samples. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great Day!
      Hong

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