If you check your labels on all cosmetics and lotions, there are definitely some surprise ingredients. Learning the disgusting ingredients is enough to make you want to go au naturale! God forbid!
Expensive perfume contains whale poop (or maybe it’s vomit). There is a waxy, yellow, solid substance generated in the intestines of Sperm whales to protect them from sharp objects called Ambergris. It’s called the “gold of the sea” because just one pound of this stinky stuff can bring up to $10,000. This can be passed with their feces or can occasionally be coughed up.
Most lipsticks contain crushed parasitic beetles. For centuries the female Cochineal Beetles have fed on cactus plants in Central and South America and eat the red berries. When the beetles are crushed, a powerful red dye is produced. It is safe for most people and used in lipstick, ice cream, candy, yogurt and eye shadow. Even Starbucks has admitted to using this dye in some beverages.
Nail polish and mascara contains fish scales. It is believed that mascara contains bat guano, but it is really just fish scales. Is that really better? The fish scales are ground up and used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, fragrances, hair conditions, lipsticks, nail products, shampoos and skin care products.
How about that road kill in lipstick, eye shadow and soap? Rendering animal fat by boiling the carcasses, this is how to create this fatty byproduct called tallow. This ingredient is in many products including eye makeup, lipsticks, makeup bases and foundations; shampoos, shaving soaps, moisturizers and skin care products. The sources for this tallow come from dead animals from labs, slaughterhouses, zoos, shelters and…..road kill. Yuk and Yuk!
How about that bull semen in hair products. (Ever see Something About Mary?) You read me right! The semen has high protein content and is popular to use in hair products. The products are used especially for dry and damaged hair and the semen is mixed with a plant called Katera and applied to the hair in swanky salons. “Viagra for hair”, right, at a cost of $90-$120.
Don’t blow the armpits up! Deodorants and exfoliants contain dynamite. A soft rock that is easily crumbled into a white power is called Diatomaceous and one of the two components in dynamite. This is an abrasive used in mild exfoliators, natural toothpastes, deodorants and powders.
How about some snail ooze in moisturizers? This is collected and used as an ingredient in many famous moisturizers. This is a great source for proteins that eliminate dead cells and to regenerate skin as the glycolic acid, and elastin in a snail’s secretions protects its own skin from cuts, bacteria and UV rays. It also helps remove scars, stretch marks and in curing acne.
Shark liver oil is in lip balm, sunscreen and more. Squalane is a naturally occurring oil that almost all plants and animals produce, including humans. This is extracted from the liver of sharks and goes into creating Shark Liver Oil. The greasy consistency is absorbed easily into the skin, making it excellent for many skin products.
Now this one got me! Infant foreskins in moisturizer! SkinMedical claims to use cells derived from human infant foreskins in their line of anti-aging products. They combine soluble collagen, antioxidants, natural growth factors and matrix proteins that claim to slow the aging process as well as encourage new cell growth.
Sheep “wool wax” in shaving cream. Lanolin is used in forms of lotions, balms and shaving creams and is collected from sheep wool. This lanolin is also used in vitamin supplements and countless beauty products. Sooth those sore nipples if you are breastfeeding. A good to know fact….no sheep are harmed!
So now that you know what goes into your makeup and on your face, are you ready to switch to au naturale? The things we do to look beautiful, right?
–Dr Fredda Branyon