Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you:
You went to the bathroom for ‘number two’ but forget to take your phone with you. You looked around and… no magazines to be found. So, only option: reading the labels of the products displayed in your bathroom… This has happened to me many times and I hope I’m not the only one who does this? 😀
When reading the ingredients lists of all those products, there was not one thing I recognized. To me, it seemed more like the notes I took in chemistry class. And just like in chemistry class, I didn’t have a clue what I was reading.
So, as you may have guessed already, I’ll be explaining a thing or two about the chemicals in beauty products. You will not believe where these ingredients come from, but here is the disgusting truth:
Ever wondered why your shampoo or nail polish have that sparkling, shiny look? It’s because of this ingredient. I bet you’ve never wondered where it comes from (hey, neither have I up until recently). Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it doesn’t come from mermaids or unicorns. Try finding a bird, wait for it to poop and there you go; guanine! And no this is not a joke. This gross ingredient thanks it’s name to the Greek word ‘guano’, which literally means ‘bird poop’.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the Wikipedia page: GUANINE.
This ingredient comes from a disgusting oil, which was squeezed out of shark livers. Why on earth would they use this in beauty products? Well, this oil is known to be easily absorbed by the skin, without leaving your face feeling greasy.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the Wikipedia page: SQUALENE.
Ever had greasy hair? Yeah, me too. Well, the grease that builds up in your hair is called lanolin. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never collected those oils on my head and sold them to beauty companies so they could make some new products. Instead of human lanolin, they use (of course) animal lanolin. Sheep are kept in very hot conditions, so they produce more sweat and grease than they would normally. After shearing the sheep, they extract the lanolin from their skin. This process is not harmful, but the wool industry is. Once the sheep stop producing wool, they are killed.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the Wikipedia page: LANOLIN.
A commonly used synonym for this word is ‘FATTY ACIDS’, which I’ve found amongst the ingredients of some of my products multiple times. Now that I know where it comes from, I won’t ever purchase it again. Tallow is created by boiling down the carcass of animals. I know, disgusting.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the Wikipedia page: TALLOW.
When I discovered this one, I thought it was too crazy to be true but… it is true. Placenta is used to help tissue growth, which treats cellulite. Okay, maybe you don’t want cellulite, but do you want placenta on your body?
Don’t believe me? Here’s the Wikipedia page: PLACENTA.
This is probably the only word that doesn’t sound disgusting. Don’t be fooled by what you hear! If you boil down bones, skin and other parts of dead animals, you’ll be left with gelatin. People don’t only use this in beauty products… but also in their food! Stuff like this just blows my mind. I’ve eaten stuff with gelatin in it before, I never knew what if was made of. Inform yourselves.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the Wikipedia page: GELATIN.
These are only six of the horrible ingredients out there. I always wondered where all of those weird ingredients came from, but never took the time to actually do some research. A part of me is glad that I know now, but the other part is… shocked.
What is your favorite beauty brand? Mine is Lush because I won’t ever find disgusting ingredients like these ones in any of their products 🙂