Product Review: ItWorks Wrap
I thought by now the ItWorks brand would have been exposed for the green-washing-company-that-takes-advantage-of-women's-lack-of-self-love that it is, and I would not have write anymore reviews on their products, but I still see posts for their wraps every, damn, day. meh lol
So here we go...
So here we go...
OK, so I would like to start by inquiring why Glucose is needed?
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: while it has low human toxicity concerns, there is limited data, and it IS a suspected environmental toxic.
Glycerin: this is an alcohol compound that can be sourced via plant or animal. It is a by-product of soap making, which commonly uses animal fat. "This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: A byproduct of soap manufacture (normally uses animal fat). In cosmetics, foods, mouthwashes, chewing gum, toothpastes, soaps, ointments, medicines, lubricants, transmission and brake fluid, and plastics. Derivatives: Glycerides, Glyceryls, Glycreth-26, Polyglycerol. Alternatives: vegetable glycerine is a byproduct of vegetable oil soap. Derivatives of seaweed, petroleum." What form of Glycerin is ItWorks using?
Alcohol Denatured: Why anyone would use this in a product is beyond me. Please see EWG info on the ingredient. This is Ethanol with a denaturing agent. No thank you! Highly toxic!
Stearic Acid: how was it sourced? "This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Fat from cows and sheep and from dogs and cats euthanized in animal shelters, etc. Most often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. Can be harsh, irritating. Used in cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, candles, hairspray, conditioners, deodorants, creams, chewing gum, food flavoring. Derivatives: Stearamide, Stearamine, Stearates, Stearic Hydrazide, Stearone, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearoyl Lactylic Acid, Stearyl Betaine, Stearyl Imidazoline. Alternatives: Stearic acid can be found in many vegetable fats, coconut." If they provide proof it is plant sourced, perfect! Until then, no thank you!
Stearyl Alcohol: There is limited data on this ingredient. It is a known skin irritant, a suspected environmental toxin, and is a compound that comes from Stearic Acid. "This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: A mixture of solid alcohols. Can be prepared from sperm whale oil. In medicines, creams, rinses, shampoos, etc. Derivatives: Stearamine Oxide, Stearyl Acetate, Stearyl Caprylate, Stearyl Citrate, Stearyldimethyl Amine, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Stearyl Octanoate, Stearyl Stearate. Alternatives: plant sources, vegetable stearic acid."
Cetearath 12: if you see this ingredient just step away from the product lol RED FLAG!!! See write up here.
UREA: this ingredient comes with a yellow (3) flag, from EWG.org. The concern is increased absorption of harmful & toxic ingredients/chemicals. As well, "This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. In deodorants, ammoniated dentifrices, mouthwashes, hair colorings, hand creams, lotions, shampoos, etc. Used to "brown" baked goods, such as pretzels. Derivatives: Imidazolidinyl Urea, Uric Acid. Alternatives: synthetics." If it were me, I just would not use any product with this ingredient in it.
Decyl Oleate: while not considered toxic, yet, there are environmental concerns. And if your product is supposedly all natural, why not use coconut oil (or similar) for skin conditioning?
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate: Any time you see Aluminum, especially if it does not specify "non-nanoparticle", run! Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, carcinogen, and bioaccumulates in our fat cells. This ingredient still has very little data, but studies have shown it to be a mild irritant (animal studies: rabbit), and, as mentioned already, the big, bad, A word.
Glyceryl Stearate: there is very limited data on this ingredient. Anytime this occurs, I avoid it. Why? Because many ingredients, like this, were considered safe once due to the fact there was limited data to show reason for concern. Years later, health consequences, and the ingredient is labeled a toxin. No info? Just do not use it.
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: "PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-30 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-40 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-78 Glyceryl Cocoate and PEG-80 Glyceryl Cocoate are polyethylene glycol ethers of Glyceryl Cocoate." Cosmetics Info Anytime you run into ethers, run! (Running is the theme with harmful/toxic ingredients lol) There is concern for enhanced skin absorption of toxic/harmful ingredients and chemicals, and there are contamination concerns. To learn more, see EWG.org.
Tocopheryl Acetate: this is another ingredients with contamination concerns, it is a human skin toxicant and irritant, a carcinogen, and is suspected to be persistent/bioaccumulative and an environmental toxin. Just say, "NO!", to this ingredient!
TEA-Hydroiodide & Methylsilanol mMnnuronate: so even though these are sourced from Kelp, I am going to go ahead and say avoid these until we actually have data on them. If they were using actual Kelp in their product, no problem! But this is a science labs version of the good stuff in Kelp, and anytime science steps in and messes with nature, things seem to go awray... Want the benefits of Kelp? Eat it, drink it, take kelp/seaweed supplements, but without sufficient evidence that an ingredient is safe, I say, walk away. And that applies to these ingredients, organic in nature, or not.
Menthol: is this derived from essential oils, or is it synthetic? Menthol can be a skin irritant for some. My reason for having issue with Menthol as an ingredient is that it is an alcohol base. Why not use peppermint (or similar) essential oil?
Panthenol: this ingredient has limited data, which for me is always a red flag, and as well, comes with warnings from PETA. "This ingredient may be derived from animals. From PETA's Caring Consumer: Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. In shampoos, supplements, emollients, etc. In foods. Derivative: Panthenyl. Alternatives: synthetics, plants." The problem with ItWorks products is that they claim to use all natural ingredients, but as we have seen here, many are harmful, synthesized, or they do not tell you the source so, who the hell knows. The company needs to be more transparent with their ingredients.
Phenooxyethanol: welp, this is another that comes with a Yellow (4) Label. According to online sources, there is limited data on this ingredient (red flag), and even with limited data, they already know there are concerns for: skin, eye, lung irritation, occupational hazards for those working with this ingredient (during "manufacturing"), organ system toxicity, among other concerns. (Side note: anytime you see Ethanol in an ingredient name, put the product back on the shelf.)
Retinyl Palmitate: "About RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE): Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. FDA, Norwegian and German health agencies have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations." read more here.
Triethanolamine: "Triethanolamine is an amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin)." Truth in Aging There are contamination concerns with this ingredients, as well as organ system toxicity, among other issues. You can find out more here.
Carbomer: "A series of synthetic polymers primarily made from acrylic acid. The come in the form of white, fluffy powders." Truth in Aging - that does not sound so all natural to me...
Caprylyl Glycol: there is very limited data on this ingredient in regards to safety... which is a red flag for me...
Sorbic Acid: this ingredient is another (EWG.org) Yellow (3) Label. It is a known human skin toxicant or allergen, and has been shown to cause organ system toxicity.
BHT: and another Yellow (6) Label. Concerns include, but are not limited to: skin, eye, lung irritant, organ system toxicity.
Limonene: let's keep this yellow theme going lol another Yellow (6) Label from EWG.org.Concerns: skin, eye, lung irritant, ecotoxicology, and occupational hazards. "Limonene is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally ocurring in the rind of citrus fruit. Upon storage and exposure to sunlight and air, limonene degrades to various oxidation products which act as skin and respiratory irritants and sensitizers."
Linalool: last, but not least, one more Yellow (5) Label. meh! Can you guess the concerns? Human system toxicant and allergen.
Well, there you have it, folks.
One more product we should just say, "NO!", to.
Until next time,
Live. Laugh. Love.
(and yes, the defining gel ingredients are as "bad".)