Posted May 15th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with No Comments
“The name mineral oil by itself is imprecise, having been used to label many specific oils over the past few centuries. Other names, similarly imprecise, include white oil, liquid paraffin, and liquid petroleum. Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil.
It is a lightweight inexpensive oil that is odorless and tasteless. One of the common concerns regarding the use of mineral oil is its presence on several lists of comedogenic substances.”
Source: Wikipedia / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_oil
By “imprecise name” I would almost call it misleading more than anything. When I tell my clients about it, I often hear “Isn’t MINERAL Oil a healthy thing?” . The answer, unfortunately, is definitely “no”.
Mineral Oil is a by product of Petroleum distillation. After the distillation is complete, the residue left at the bottom of the container is then scooped up, processed and sold to cosmetics as an inexpensive ingredient to buff up the volume of a product.
Mineral Oil is considered a comedogenic substance. What it means is that the particles of Mineral Oil are BIGGER than our pores, therefore clogging them and preventing them from breathing and extracting toxins from our body, as they are meant to do.
It has been banned from products manufactured by the European Standards along with another 1,100 ingredients, compared to the very short list of banned ingredients in North America. Mineral Oil is an extremely common ingredient found in almost every consumable product in Canada. All you need to do is flip a few of your products and check out the ingredients list on the back.
Here is an interesting experiment to try at home:
Take two clear bowls, place a cracker in each bowl and then fill one with water and one with Mineral Oil. Leave it standing for as long as you like (10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 days!) and share your results. What happened to the cracker?
After you try this, imagine the same results- just on your skin.
Our skin is meant to breathe and extract toxins, Mineral Oil clogs the pores and prevents a natural and very necessary process. Keep an eye out for it next time you are shopping for cosmetics and skin care, look for products that have AQUA in them instead.
** Check out my next blog entry about “Parfum? It smells fishy”
Posted May 14th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with 1 Comment
Some of us might not think much of it, especially if we are not vegan or vegetarian ourselves. But here is why Vegan products are so important to keep in mind the next time your reach out for that cream/soap/product at your local store.
We are all familiar with our colorful recycling bins, the blue and the green…but how many of us are familiar with the red recycling bins? not as many as should be. Here is what you need to know:
“The majority of tissue processed comes from slaughterhouses, but also includes restaurant grease and butcher shop trimmings, expired meat from grocery stores, the carcasses of euthanized and dead animals from animal shelters, zoos and veterinarians. This material can include the fatty tissue, bones, and offal, as well as entire carcasses of animals condemned at slaughterhouses, and those that have died on farms, in transit, etc. The most common animal sources are beef, pork, sheep, and poultry.
Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value-added materials. Rendering can refer to any processing of animal products into more useful materials, or more narrowly to the rendering of whole animal fatty tissue into purified fats like lard or tallow. Rendering can be carried out on an industrial, farm, or kitchen scale.”
What does Animal Rendering have to do with your daily consumables? Because the Red Bin content is then boiled until a white foam forms, that foam is collected and sold off to Cosmetic companies in an attempt to reduce recycling costs. So to put it simply – When we apply our creams/ soaps/ cosmetics on, what we are also applying is recycled rendered animals directly on our skin, on a daily basis without being aware of the consequences.
As I mentioned in my last post, one significant phrase that I feel so important to share is: “What you put on your skin, goes into your body, through every major organ, ten times more than anything you put in your mouth”. So we just got to ask one thing: If something is too dangerous for me to eat….how can it be sold back to me for use on my skin?
This is where the importance of Vegan products comes into the picture. When buying products, it is so important to learn about the ingredients on the back and understand what has been put in and what we will be putting on. It goes without saying to also look for the “Animal Cruelty Free” / “Not Tested on Animals” symbol.