Chapstick lip balm is a highly toxic skin care product. This product's
official name is ChapStick Classic Lip Balm. The parent company Wyeth is a 61.3 billion dollar pharmaceutical corporation.
While not related to their ChapStick brand Wyeth took a hit when their own drugs increased the risk of ovarian cancer in women. This according to The Journal of American Medical Association in a 2002 high profile study.
This is something you should be aware of before you place too much faith in the ChapStick brand.
There is nothing positive about this product according to the ingredient label. The Chapstick lip balm does not meet any natural ingredient parameter.
It is not certified organic and it uses synthetic chemicals that have been tested on animals. The company outsource's animal testers so as not to get their hands dirty.
The fact that it is not certified organic - obviously - means that
there is a possibility the product contains G.M.O - genetically modified
organisms - and pesticides.
The Chapstick lip balm is big on image but low on safety. Mega
corporations like Wyeth need to be held to a higher standard. Wyeth
spends millions in marketing but it seems nothing on research into
Many of the ingredients never even tested
for safety according to the C.I.R. - Cosmetic Ingredient Review. The
chemicals that are certified by the C.I.R have been tested on animals.
Known Cancer causing Agents
Not surprisingly ChapStick Classic Lip Balm scores in 8 of 12 toxic parameters. Chapstick lip balm contains one carcinogen - Saccharin. Definitely NOT the kind of chemical you want to be using on your lips!
This product also contains one other toxic ingredient - PETROLATUM- that has been linked to breast cancer and other health concerns. See below for more information on Petrolatum.
Also present is a penetration enhancer - Padimate O.
This agent works to infiltrate the lip/skin membrane - i.e. penetration
enhancer - and in doing so increase exposures to the carcinogen listed
Chapstick lip balm
contains 11 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in
cosmetic formulas by the C.I.R. These chemicals are:Saccharin, MINERAL OIL,
Camphor, White Wax, Saccharin, Flavors, Carnuba Wax, Arachadyl
Propionate, 2-octyldodecanol, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, Wax
Paraffin, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake
The biggest controversy in the lip balm world is
manufacturers using petroleum derivatives in their
products. However this is not a new thing, this
practice has been going on for decades.
The recent move by the EU to outlaw petroleum in
lip balm has added fuel to the debate. From a
common sense perspective the risks of putting
petroleum on your lips is not rocket science.
Petrolatum, the ingredient used in Chapstick lip
balm has been linked to breast cancer. In spite of
this ChapStick does not warn their customers in
any of their literature. This also applies to
Wyeth on their website.
My advice is this, DO NOT
use this addictive - yes that's right - lip balm
under any circumstances. Chapstick lip balm is
hazardous to your health and lips.
If you use ChapStick Classic Lip Balm now I strongly urge you to get rid of it immediately.
Corporations like these are particularly devious
in how they cloak their toxic products in
attractive window dressing. Please do no be fooled
by the pretty packaging and celebrity endorsements.
One final thing
...Think long and hard before filling the coffers
of a mega corp that KNOWINGLY uses toxic ingredients in their skin care product lines.
Take your hard earned money elsewhere and maybe in
time Wyeth in time will learn not to put their
customer's health at risk. If you use or continue
to use this product you may suffer a myriad of
health effects in the long term, according to the
F.D.A. toxic grades.
There are legitimate alternatives to toxic
products like these. You can make your own lip
balm products using natural ingredients.
Or, if you are someone who likes the peace of mind
that your natural skin care products are
certified organic I would refer you to the top rating Miessence natural lip balm. The Miessence brand contains no synthetic chemicals.
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