Is your lemongrass skin care product missing a key ingredient?
Have you ever felt duped? Imagine going to a bakery and ordering a chocolate chip cookie only to bite into it and realize that it didn't contain any chocolate chips at all. Or chocolate of any kind - just something that SMELLED like chocolate. Wouldn't you feel let down?
The same thing happens day in and day out in the health and beauty niche. A product may have a certain name that tricks you into thinking the product is what it is called. Today, we are looking at ingredients found in LEMONGRASS products. Would you believe that some of these products actually contain NO lemongrass at all?
Here are the ingredients in Nivea Lemongrass Shower Gel:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum | Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Trisodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Lactose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Sulfate, Benzophenone-4, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Citral, CI 77492, CI 10316, CI 42090
What's in it?
Did you know that there is not any lemongrass in the above product? This product contains artificial fragrance instead of lemongrass essential oil. Nivea also uses a harsh surfactant called Sodium Laureth Sulfate. There are synthetic plasticizing agents found in nail and false eyelash adhesive (Acylates Copolymer), many hydrogenated oils, multiple parabens, and phenoxyethanol.
By contrast, here are the ingredients in Seed Lemongrass Body Wash:
Water (Aqua), Coco-glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Lactalyte, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycol Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil
What's in it?
In Seed Lemongrass Body Wash, we use 100% pure lemongrass essential oil to scent the product naturally. We use gentle, sulfate-free surfactants, soothing aloe vera, shea butter, grape seed oil, and antioxidant Vitamin E.
Next up is Thymes Tupelo Lemongrass Body Lotion. Here are the ingredients:
Water, Cetyl Palmitate¹, Fragrance, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol¹, Tridecyl Stearate¹, Glyceryl Stearate², Stearic Acid¹, Ceteareth-20¹, Chrysanthemum Flower Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Honey, Squalane², Glycerin², Vitamin E², Dimethicone³, Shea Butter, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7¹, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
What's in it?
The above lotion features NO LEMONGRASS. It is called Lemongrass lotion. It does, however, contain artificial fragrance. In fact, it is the third ingredient on the list. You will also find sodium hydroxide (lye) and Polyacrylamide, which is a synthetic polymer.
By contrast, here are the ingredients in Seed Lemongrass Body Lotion:
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Tapioca Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil
What's in it?
Seed Lemongrass Body Lotion features sunflower seed, grape seed, aloe, shea butter, coconut oil, polyphenol-rich green tea, and more. Of course, it also contains 100% pure lemongrass essential oil.
Lemongrass products should contain REAL lemongrass, don't you agree? Be an informed consumer. Read the labels and know what is in your products. The skin is your body's largest organ, so it makes sense to feed it better ingredients that offer real benefits.
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I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.