The skin you're in

This entry was posted on February 4, 2013 by McEvoy Ranch.

Since the skin is the body's largest organ, we believe that it's not just what you eat, but also what you wear. And just as we strive to create extra virgin olive oils of the highest quality and purity, we're equally committed to the integrity of ingredients as we formulate our 80 Acres Body Care line. Reflecting the natural elements at the ranch, our products are infused with vitamin-rich plant extracts and botanicals, never tested on animalsand 100% free of parabens and phthalates. What are parabens? Parabens are a group of inexpensive synthetic preservatives widely used in the cosmetic industry to increase shelf life and reduce bacteria growth. Until recently, they have been considered safe, but new studies have linked parabens to increased estrogen levels, increased risk of breast cancer, and targeted them as a leading causes of contact dermititis. When paraben-laced products are applied to the skin, they are absorbed into the body, often mistaken for estrogen, disrupting the endocrine system, causing health problems and sometimes cancer. Instead of parabens, we use a naturally-derived preservative in our 80 Acres lotions and washes derived from sage essential oil, called phenoxyethanol; for our olive oil-based lip and body balms, we use Vitamin E, which is not only a great natural preservative, but also a natural, antioxidant-rich moisturizer. What are phthalates? Phthalates(thal-ates) are chemicals used in many cosmentic products as fixatives for fragrances to slow evaporation, causing scents to last longer. Either absorbed through the skin or inhaled, phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system and cause hormonal imbalances, in addition to damaging the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems. The US Environmental Protection Agency has identified phthalates as both water and air pollutants, and the European Union has banned them for use in cosmetics since 2003. For detailed info on phthalates and other potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients, visit: www.safecosmetics.org. And for more info on our 80 Acres ingredients and product line, please visit our SHOP page.

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