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Caress Body Wash
Review: Rating 0.1/10


Rated a Highly Toxic Skin Care Product in
the Body Wash Category in the 2006
Natural Skin Care Product Review


Cancer Proven
Cancer
Link
Reproductive Toxins
Safety Violation
Penetration Agent
Untested Chemicals
Harmful
Toxins
Animal Tested
Fragrance/
Allergen
Propylene Glycol
EXT DC
Violet 2

Misleading
Advertising



Introduction

Caress body wash is a highly toxic skin care product. This product's official name is Caress Shimmering Body Wash. The parent company Unilever had sales of 49.9 billion dollars in 2004. In the interests of disclosure this corporate behemoth was recently involved in a mercury scandal.

Positives?

There is nothing positive about this product according to the ingredient label. The Caress body wash does not meet any natural ingredient parameter. In fact, if you were to inject this chemical concoction into someone's bloodstream you would be locked up. I do not say this lightly, as there are penetration agents -
PROPYLENE GLYCOL - in this product that enables it to pass into your bloodstream unhindered.


Tested on Animals?

It is not certified organic and it uses synthetic chemicals that have been tested on animals. Unilever outsource's animal testers so as not to get their hands dirty. The fact that it is not certified organic - obviously - means that there is a possibility the product contains G.M.O - genetically modified organisms - and pesticides.


Negatives


The Caress body wash is a chemical soup with many of the ingredients never even tested for safety according to the C.I.R. - Cosmetic Ingredient Review. The chemicals that are certified by the C.I.R have been tested on animals.


Cancer Causing Agents

The only area that Caress Shimmering Body Wash excels is in the toxic parameters. It meets 9 of 12 toxic parameters, including the most serious ones. This product contains carcinogens - TITANIUM DIOXIDE. These chemicals are direct cancer causing agents.


Cancer Linkage

This product contains four very toxic ingredients -POLYQUATERNIUM-10, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE - that have been linked to breast cancer and other health concerns.


Reproductive Toxicity

This product contains one ingredient - ETIDRONIC ACID - linked to reduced fertility and a reduced chance for a full term healthy pregnancy.


Penetration Enhancers


Also present are penetration enhancers: TETRASODIUM EDTA, PROPYLENE GLYCOL. These agents work to infiltrate the skin membrane - i.e. penetration enhancer - and in doing so may increase exposures to carcinogens.


Untested Chemicals


Caress Shimmering Body Wash contains 10 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas by the C.I.R.

These chemicals are: MICA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, GUANINE, EXT D&C VIOLET 2, PEG-5 COCAMIDE, ETIDRONIC ACID, AMMONIUM SULFATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCERIN.



Recommendation


My advice is this, DO NOT go anywhere near
Caress Shimmering Body Wash. If you use it now I strongly urge you to throw it in the trash.

Don't fill the coffers of a mega corp that KNOWINGLY uses toxic ingredients in their so called skin care products. Vote with your wallet and maybe Unilever in time will learn not to put their customer's health at risk.

The Unilever corporation reported an operating profit of 4.2 billion dollars in 2004 and they will not suffer if you don't buy this or any of their products again. However, if you use or continue to use this product you may suffer a myriad of health effects in the long term.


Certified Organic Alternative

There are legitimate alternatives to toxic products like these. You can make your own moisturizer products using natural ingredients.

Or, if you are someone who likes the peace of mind that your natural skin care products are certified organic I would refer you to the top rating natural body wash.


Voice Your Opinion!

If you have an opinion or experience with Caress body wash please click on the feedback link. I will include your comments in the NSA Forum.


In Detail

Natural Ingredient Rating: (+) 0.0
Caress Shimmering Body Wash rated in the Natural Skin Care Product Review.

Certified Organic
Caress and the parent company Unilever are not certified organic by any third party body.0.0
100% Natural Ingredients
No, Caress body wash does not contain all natural ingredients. See ingredient box below.0.0
No Synthetic Chemicals
Negative. This product contains synthetic chemicals. I have cross referenced the ingredient list with the Hazard MSDS database. See ingredient box below.0.0
No Animal Testing
Negative. Some of these chemicals have been tested on animals. This is required by the C.I.R to have certified chemicals.0.0
No Pesticides
Cannot be confirmed as Caress body wash is not certified organic.0.0
No G.M.O
Cannot be confirmed as Caress skin care products are not certified organic.0.0
Cold Formulated
No. Since synthetic chemicals are used they need to be heated in the production process.0.0
Charitable Company
No charitable cause information found on the Caress website.0.0
Total Score 0.0

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Toxic Ingredient Rating: (-) 4.9
Caress Shimmering Body Wash rated in the Natural Skin Care Product Review.

Cancer: Proven Link
Yes, TITANIUM DIOXIDE. 0.9
Cancer: Possible Link
Yes, Caress body wash contains POLYQUATERNIUM-10, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE.0.7
Reproductive Toxins
Yes, ETIDRONIC ACID. 0.7
Safety Violation
Yes, COCAMIDE MEA, EXT DC VIOLET 20.5
Penetration Agents
Yes Caress body wash contains 2 ingredients - TETRASODIUM EDTA, PROPYLENE GLYCOL. These may increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern.0.4
Untested Chemicals
Yes, 12 ingredients - have not been assessed for safety in cosmetics.
MICA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, GUANINE, EXT DC VIOLET 2, PEG-5 COCAMIDE, ETIDRONIC ACID, AMMONIUM SULFATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCERIN.
0.3
Harmful Toxins
Yes, Caress body wash contains POLYQUATERNIUM-10, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE.0.5
Animal Tested
Yes, the chemicals in Caress body wash that have been assessed for safety are animal tested. This is a requirement of the C.I.R.0.3
Fragrance/
Allergen
Yes.0.2
Propylene Glycol
Yes.0.2
EXT DC
Violet 2
Yes.0.2
Misleading Advertising
No.0.0
Total Score 4.9

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Directions For Use:
Caress Shimmering Body Wash
Score
Shake before use. Massage onto damp skin.
Default
Natural
Toxic
Total
5.0
0.0+
4.9 -
0.1

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Ingredients As Listed on Package
Caress Shimmering Body Wash
Water, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Ammonium Sulfate, FRAGRANCE, Cocomide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, GLYCERIN, PEG-5 Cocamide, Polyquaternium 10, Carbomer, Methylcellulose, Diisopropanolamine, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, Benzophenone-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, EXT DC VIOLET 2 (CI 60730), Guanine (Cl 175170), Mica (Cl 70019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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