- Proudly South African
- Free from chemical preservatives and ingredients that cause DNA mutations, endocrine disruption and cancer
"This body scrub does not contain known hormone disruptors or carcinogens such as methylisothiazolinone, methylichloroisothiazoline, parabens, PEG compounds. These chemicals become xenoestrogens in your body. Xenoestrogens are clinically significant because they can mimic the effects of endogenous estrogen and thus have been implicated in precocious puberty and other disorders of the reproductive system. Applying stuff to our skin is almost the same as eating it! But if we dished up a plate of sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate (SLS/SLES), dioxane, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, synthetic fragrance and diethanolamine (DEA) – we know that we wouldn’t eat it but many of us are still happy to put these chemicals on our skin! When we bath or shower, the steam from the hot water opens up our pores (which average 5 million) enabling higher absorption rates of these chemicals. If we shower or bath once or twice daily, can you imagine the toxic chemicals that we have been exposed to over the years! Sodium lauryl sulphate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in nearly all shampoos, toothpaste, body washes, body scrubs, cleansers, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, bath oils and bath salts. SLS originates from coconuts, however, during the manufacturing process, SLES/SLS becomes contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct. SLS breaks down the skin's moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin and allows other chemicals to penetrate by increasing skin permeability by approximately 100-fold. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a "nitrosamine," a potent class of carcinogen. Parabens are used as preservatives in an estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products. Parabens have hormone-disrupting qualities, mimicking estrogen, and interfere with the body's endocrine system. Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male breast growth. Diethanolamine or DEA readily reacts with nitrite preservatives and contaminants to create nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), a known and potent carcinogen. When Triclosan mixes with the chlorine in your tap water, chloroform is formed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified this as a probable human carcinogen. Time to chose non-toxic shower and bath products, daily."
With wet hands, rub in circular movements over the body, concentrating on particularly rough, dry skin. Rinse with water and follow with Africology's Body Butter or Body Lotion.