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Apr092010

Vaseline Sheer Infusion

A beautiful commercial that's so inspiring it almost gives you chills, doesn't it?  Well, let's take a look at Vaseline Sheer Infusion and see exactly what they're "infusing" in to your body's largest organ.

Water is the first ingredient.  The product is probably 70 to 80 percent water.  Sure, it's going to give you a nice hydrating feeling when you first put it on, but most of that water will evaporate, and cause you to feel like you need more lotion.  Additionally, because of the water, they have to use lots of preservatives to keep the formula from growing mold and bacteria. 

Fragrance  In the middle of the list is "parfum."  Because it's in the middle of the list, we can tell it contains a high amount of synthetic fragrance.   "Fragrance" or "parfum" can be a combination of a number of over 3000 chemicals, so you really don't know what chemicals you're dealing with.  The largest concern with "fragrance" is that it can contain high amounts of estrogen-mimicking compounds called phlalates.  In addition to throwing off the body's delicate hormonal balance, many phlalate compounds are suspected or known carcinogens.   

Phenoxyethanol a preservative that's potentially an estrogen mimicker. 

PEG-12 Short for polyethylene glycol, PEG is an ethoxylated compound, meaning it was synthesized using the known carcinogen ethylene oxide.  Products containing PEGs can contain traces of this chemical and its carcinogenic by-product, 1,4-dioxane. 

Methylparaben and Propylparaben are known estrogen mimickers that can disrupt hormone function in the body and are being studied for their link to breast and other reproductive cancers. 

Full ingredients list:

Agua. Glycerin, Isopropylmyristate, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Tapioca Starch, Dimethicone, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Water/Eau Minerale, Parfum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-12, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

The bottom line is that no matter how many millions of marketing dollars they put behind it, no matter how nice the product may feel on your skin, Vaseline Sheer Infusion is a chemical cocktail of potentially estrogen-mimicking compounds with compounds that may have traces of carcinogens. 

Because all water-based lotions have the problem of needing preservatives, we recommend natural or certified organic lotions with no water, such as these:

Bubble & Bee Organic Body Butta

Trillium Organics Organic Body Butter

Nature's Shea  (Shea butters only, not their liquid lotions)

Oracle Organics

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Thanks Stephanie. Great site!

Tue, April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrdang

Thanks for the great info, Stephanie! I had a question about the Nature's Shea site--the shea butters had only 2 ingredients which are great and didn't include water, but the other products they sold--lotions, creams, facial care, had a large list of ingredients. Are these products you would recommend as well, or were you referring specifically to the shea butters?
Thanks!

Mon, January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Ew, yeah, they must have added those since I posted that. In their liquid lotion, they have ethoxylated compounds galore. I had meant their whipped shea butters...but maybe I should remove that from the listing or make a note of it so I don't steer people towards some nasties!

Mon, January 24, 2011 | Registered Commenter[Stephanie Greenwood]

Just wondering, how much are you getting for advertising
Bubble & Bee Organic Body Butta

Trillium Organics Organic Body Butter

Nature's Shea (Shea butters only, not their liquid lotions)

Oracle Organics

I love the product and have been using it for ages, nothing else i have tried comes close to how this product makes my skin feel.

Wed, June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheer Infusion user

@Sheer infusion user--We actually don't accept payment for advertising on this site.

Tue, June 30, 2015 | Registered Commenter[Stephanie Greenwood]

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