Product Review : Consonant Skincare

If you follow my blog you know how I feel about green washing, all natural & organic claims, and the like. I have once again come across a company green washing their products.

My cousins beautiful wife posted how excited she is about her new skin care products from Consonant Skincare; her pic was of products like, "Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Moisturizer". Being in Canada, and knowing they are stricter on cosmetic regulations, I was excited she found a skin care line, and as excited to learn about their ingredients. That excitement quickly turned to disgust.

The company freely offers their ingredients on their product pages, which is great for those of us whom actually know what ingredients to avoid. Not so great for those whom have no idea what ingredients are actually going to hurt their skin (and overall) health, in the long run. All the list does for them is give them warm fuzzies when they see all the organic & natural ingredients in that list. Makes it easy to skip over the icky stuff in that ingredient list.

Well enough of my ramble, lets get to the facts.

Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Moisturizer by Consonant Skincare

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil* (Grape Seed Oil), Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Cassia Olea Europea Seed Oil* (Olive Oil), Persea Gratissima Seed Oil* (Avocado Oil), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil* (Borage Oil), Oenothera Biennis Seed Oil* (Primrose Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Linum Usitatissimum* (Flaxseed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil* (Jojoba Oil), Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Algae*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract* (Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus Extract* Cucumber), Rosemarinus Officinalis Extract*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Alpha Bisabolol, Malileuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree Oil), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

*Certified organic oils and extracts
100% Natural
(copy & pasted from their web page)
I am going to go through the ingredients I have issue with.
1) Glyceryl Stearate : this can be sourced from animals = NO!
Chose products & ingredients that have the "Cruelty Free" Certification/Label/Partnership.
I also wonder why, if a company is going to chose a Glyceryl Stearate, why they would not chose SE as that reduces the number of other non-essential ingredients they need in their product, and in turn reduces possibility of more harmful/toxic ingredients in our products.
2) Tocopheryl Acetate : The basics of this ingredient is that rates it a Yellow 3 = NO!
One of their highest concerns is that this ingredient can be contaminated with a seriously bad bugger of toxic ingredient, Hydroquinone.
Next (which I consider as high a concern) is the fact this ingredient has been shown to produce tumors in animal studies at high doses. I know what you are thinking, "They use safe doses in this product." Yes. True enough. But how many products are you using with this ingredient? And are you applying this product more than once a day? You are now in the toxic zone. This is the problem. Every manufacturer uses what the FDA allows, never considering that most to all of their products (never mind the others on the market that we buy, and use) contain the same ingredient(s), which then make their products toxic to us, animals, and the environment.
It is a known human skin toxicant and allergen.
It is a (suspected) environmental toxin.
3) Glycerin : they do not tell you if it is sourced from animal or vegetable sources, which in combo with not being Cruelty Free, tells me the product is sourced from animals = NO!
Also, is it a petroleum derivative?
Restricted use in cosmetic products (like lotions) is recommended.
4) Cetyl Alcohol : This one is hard for me to hate. Why? Because even the most all natural, non toxic, cruelty free products have some form of this ingredient in it.
My issue with this ingredient is that it is another suspected environmental toxin. My theory; If it is toxic for environment, it is not going to turn out to be uber healthy for us either lol Now, at least with a company like Pure Haven Essentials, for example, they have gone through the process to become a Cruelty Free Business, so you know animals are not being hurt in the process of sourcing & making our product ingredients. But companies like Consonant, you do not know, and ingredients like Cetyl Alcohol should be something you try to avoid, though as I mentioned before, some version of it will be found in cosmetic (among other) products.  (Pure Haven Essentials uses Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbital Olivate.)
5) Lactoperoxidase : Comes from dairy - avoid if you have dairy issues, or are vegan.
Not much is known about this ingredient thus far.
6) Glucose Oxidase : Can come from insects and/or fungi. If vegan, avoid this ingredient, unless stated that it is plant based.
"The glucose oxidase enzyme also known as notatin is an oxido-reductase that catalyses the oxidation of glucose to hydrogen peroxide and D-glucono-δ-lactone. This enzyme is produced by certain species of fungi and insects and displays antibacterial activity when oxygen and glucose are present." (Wiki)
7) Lecithin : I do not how this ingredient made it into a Canadian product!
See the write up.
8) Citric Acid : This another that is hard for me to hate, but there is no need for it in a supposed all natural and organic skin care line. Why are they not using citrus essential oils and similar instead? My other issue is, is it 100% naturally sourced, or is there synthetics in there? (Like synthetic vitamins with citric acid in them.) It's use is restricted in cosmetics (in Canada), so be very careful how many of your products contain this ingredient. You can land up in harmful levels, just like we discussed earlier with Tocopheryl Acetate.
Out of 29 ingredients, they have 8 (and a couple I did not discuss as they could go either way) that are considered harmful, toxic, or the like. That is a lot for a supposed Organic product!
And if this one product is like this, most to all of their products will have the same issue with ingredients.
This may be an effective product, but I would not purchase it due to the ingredients they chose to use.
I stand by the Pure Haven Essentials Line - my skin loves it! And I am not the only one that feels this way. Check out the Pure Haven Essentials Facebook Page for customer reviews, testimonials, and the like.  
Let us compare this Consonant Skincare Product ingredient list to the Pure Haven Essentials (Facial Skin) Moisturizer Ingredient List:
aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) juice, water (purified), cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, royal jelly extract, oryza sativa (rice bran) oil, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed oil, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, rosa damascena (organic rose) flower distillate, camellia sinensis (organic green tea) extract, citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange) essential oil, citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) essential oil, medica limonum (organic lemon) essential oil, persea gratissima (organic avocado) oil, cocos nucifera (organic coconut) oil.
The only 2 ingredients that could be questioned are: Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate. The only issue I have with Cetearyl & Sorbitan Olivate is that there is literally no data on it. If you look into what it is made out of, there are some known concerns & issues. This comment goes back to when we discussed Cetyl Alcohol. These ingredients are necessary for binding the other ingredients in the product together. At Pure Haven Essentials "we" strive to do good. With that, if "we" find out that ingredients we use are designated harmful or toxic, as a company, we will discontinue use of that ingredient, and in turn discontinue the product, until we find a safe alternative. Most companies do not do this. This is one of the reasons you will see items temporarily discontinued from the Pure Haven Essentials Website; "we" are constantly re-engineering our products so they are the safest & most effective.
So there you have it. My review of Consonant Skincare, with a little extra thrown in because that is how I roll (haha)
Would love to hear your feedback/comments!
Until next time,
Live. Laugh. Love.


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