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