I am embarrassed to admit how many years I’ve been using Bath & Body Works body lotion–and not just here and there but nearly every day of my life for the past 15 years.
I have a habit of slathering lotion on my legs after taking a shower in the morning. I like how soft it makes my skin feel, and it also leaves my skin smelling clean and fresh. And like I said, I’ve been doing this since high school! Do you realize how many chemicals I’ve been putting on my body that have then been absorbed through my pores during this span of time? I don’t even want to think about it!
Here is a bottle of Bath & Body Works lotion I purchased last fall. Take a look at those ingredients.
Some of those ingredients are possible carcinogens and toxic to organs. Here are 3 ingredients that this bottle of Bath & Body Works lotion contains, why they are used, and the possible consequences of using them.
BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
Plus fragrances and artificial coloring
I obtained this information from Beautycounter’s website, and what is so reassuring is that they have promised never to use these ingredients (actually a total of 1500 ingredients) in any of their products. There is not a lot of regulation on cosmetics and beauty products in our country, so it is up to us to make changes in the products we use, and Beautycounter is enabling us to do that.
After discovering Beautycounter and becoming a consultant, I have started to reevaluate the products I use on my skin every–such as body lotion. I am now switching over to the Beautycounter Hydrating Body Lotion instead. And it rocks! I love how quickly it absorbs into my skin, and I can continue doing things with my hands after applying it. The scent is pleasing but not overwhelming.
My transition to Beautycounter products has been a progression–not a throw-everything-out approach. I haven’t gotten rid of every beauty product I own but instead have been replacing my beauty products with safer products as I run out of them. And many of the other consultants I’ve met have the same philosophy.
If you are interested in trying Beautycounter products, this is a great place to start: using safe hand/body lotions, body washes, and hand soaps. These are things we use every day (some multiple times a day), and if you’re like me, you’re careful about what you put into your body and should also be careful about what goes on your skin–our largest organ.
P.S. I am still loving the face oil I reviewed a couple weeks ago. It has been a miracle-worker for my dry skin.
Here are other Beautycounter products I’ve tried and love:
- Soothing Face Oil (my review)
- The Soothing Face Oil has been discontinued, but the No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil from the updated Beautycounter+ line is the most similar.
- Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (Allure beauty winner + my review)
- Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
- Charcoal Cleansing Bar (great for post-workout + my review)
- Nourishing Cream Cleanser (a simple, yet effective cleanser + top seller)
- Rejuvenating Night Cream