Incomplete Ingredient Lists... Is There Something to Hide?
A word about companies that don't provide complete ingredient lists. It
may be they have nothing to hide. They may truly believe that trade
secrets would be revealed by listing the ingredients. Unfortunately, we
can't be sure without complete disclosure, so we shy away from any
product that does not provide a complete ingredient list.
How do you know if it's a complete list? Well, often it can be hard.
Some companies will simply state under the ingredients "a proprietary
base" or "a proprietary blend of", and only state a few ingredients
that they feel are noteworthy or will help sell the product. Other
companies will list only the "active" ingredients, leaving you to
wonder about the rest. Still, a few companies have been sneaky enough
to list what looks like an entire ingredient list but in actuality it
is lacking some key ingredients that only a chemist would notice
missing: i.e. a key emulsifier to make the oil and water components
stay blended together.
A few of the companies that claim to be pure have not only kept their
ingredients a secret, but have also refused to sign the Compact for
Safe Cosmetics pact furthering the suspicion that they may have
something to hide.
When in doubt about a product's ingredients write
the manufacturer for a full disclosure or check with the Environmental
Working Group's Skin Deep database or go to www.safecosmetics.org for more information. The website
lists many skin care products' manufacturers and their ingredients and
also shows the safety information on particular ingredients. Smaller companies may have already signed the Truth in Labeling Pledge at www.naturalingredient.org.
To be a safe consumer we must be informed consumers. Taking the time to educate yourself, not just on skin care ingredients but in all products you buy for yourself and your family, will help send a message to companies that we are aware of what goes into these products and will no longer accept harmful chemicals in our world.