I recently viewed ingredient labels for numerous companies suggested by the readers of my Facebook page in order to find out which ones are TRULY safe (over 100 companies reviewed thus far, less than 1/3 have made my approved list). While I found numerous products I would never use, nor recommend, one line especially stood out—Arbonne. I discovered many lines using Retinyl Palmitate in adult skin care (EWG lists its use in 6,861 products), especially in wrinkle creams, age-defying serums, etc. However, not one company I reviewed is using it in a baby line, except Arbonne. Arbonne’s motto is “Pure, Safe, Beneficial”, and many families trust companies to provide safe products, and are not familiar with reading labels. What is the purpose of this petition? To get as many signatures as possible to let Arbonne know that we DO CARE what is being lathered on children. Even if we would never use these products ourselves, it’s my feeling that no child should be subjected to this ingredient. Arbonne uses numerous ingredients of concern, but none more-so than Retinyl Palmitate, in my opinion. Will they remove it if this petition gets hundreds of thousands of signatures? Not necessarily. It’s my hope that the circulation of this petition will at least generate awareness about this ingredient, and Arbonne’s use of it in its baby products!
Arbonne does not publish any ingredient labels on their website, you have to acquire them through a consultant, which a mama on my page did for me. Take a look at their baby lotion & shampoo: Baby lotion ingredients, marketed for babies with extremely sensitive skin, to massage over entire body: water, glycerin, cetyl lactate, glyceryl stearate, isopropyl palmitate, sorbitan stearate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) butter, polysorbate 61, dimethicone, stearic acid, aloe bardadensis leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, prunus persica (peach) fruit extract, plantago major leaf extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, hydrogenated lechitin, tocopherol, panthenol, citric acid, oleic acid, stearoxytrimethylsilane, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, carbomer, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, butylene glycol, hexylene glycol, disodium EDTA, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cedrus atlantica bark oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamont) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, dipteryx odorata seed extract, citrus reticulate (tangerine) leaf oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil, limonene, geraniol.(http://www.arbonnemarketing.com/PK/dl/pk/851_us_eng.pdf.) The baby shampoo has an equally concerning ingredient list (also containing retinyl palmitate), here’s a link to that: http://www.arbonnemarketing.com/PK/dl/pk/850_us_eng.pdf.
I started with an email to Arbonne expressing my concerns over their use of Retinyl Palmitate in their baby line. EWG lists concerns such as “known human reproductive toxicant, one or more animal studies show reproductive effects at low doses, produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease, one or more animal studies show tumor formation at very low doses, among other concerns (to view their full report see following link: (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705545/RETINYL_PALMITATE_%28VITAMIN_A_PALMITATE%29/#). My email to Arbonne follows: “I am writing to express my concern over Arbonne’s use of Retinyl Palmitate in its baby product line (lotion & shampoo). I am neither a scientist nor a chemist, I am a mama who reads a lot of labels, and shares what I find on my FB page. Since I’m not a chemist, I turn to the database maintained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to help me determine which ingredients are safe. I recently reviewed ingredient lists from 70 companies as a project for my Facebook page, mainly looking at baby shampoo/lotion, as this is a very frequently used item by families. While your products contain many ingredients of great concern to me, none are more concerning than Retinyl Palmitate, which EWG scores at an 8/10, or a ‘High Hazard’. To my knowledge, yours in the only line I reviewed which contains Retinyl Palmitate in the baby line. I came across numerous adult lines that contain it, mainly in age-defying serums, wrinkle-creams, etc. If you’re not familiar with the concerns associated with this ingredient, here’s what EWG has as a summary: “Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). When exposed to UV light, retinol compounds break down and produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and cause gene mutations, a precursor to cancer. Recently available data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. FDA also raised a concern that extensive, daily skin application of vitamin A creams may build up in the woman’s body a high enough level of Vitamin A that may be toxic to the developing fetus.”
Can you please tell me how this ingredient could possibly be considered pure, safe, or beneficial (your slogan) to a newborn/infant/child?!
Can you also please tell me what purpose this ingredient serves in a baby product?
I will be sharing your response with the families on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eco-friendly-babyfamily-products-MADE-in-the-USA/397517646930548?sk=info”
Their response, a form letter, stated that they place no credibility in EWG; “it is important to understand that there is a lot of misleading information on the web. Second, at Arbonne, we work closely with our suppliers, on a daily basis, to ensure the highest purity without safety concerns”. They also stated “Retinyl Palmitate is used in the ABC Sunscreen as a Skin Conditioning Agent”, not acknowledging its use in the baby lotion/shampoo. EWG links to 1,564 studies in PubMed citing the concerns over usage of this ingredient. They can discredit it all they want, and point to the fact that the FDA approves its use, but that’s not acceptable to me, and I hope you also find in unacceptable. PLEASE, sign & share this petition, and help me send a message to Arbonne that this ingredient has no place in baby shampoo or lotion. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME & SUPPORT!!!