February 7, 2010

TIA : Truth in Advertising Plagues My World

Holy CRAP. . . . . . I was flipping channels and heard “ARGAN OIL” on the screen. Halted, backed up and saw that Home Shopping Network - one of those TV shopping shows was hawking some ARGAN OIL product. This lady said that they have sold 9 million of these little plastic capsules that you squeeze and oil comes out. . . she was screaming , “there is 25% ARGAN OIL” in these…and she had 50+ ladies on there that swore they looked like they did from using this magical mystical ARGAN oil, its called “Signature Club A Precious Argan Oil Night Caps” Do you know the stuff? I’d never heard of it before. As soon as I heard her say there was 25% ARGAN OIL, I wanted to see what the other 75% was…I had a very good idea. . . but I wanted to be sure. Here is the exact list taken off their website:
Cyclopentasiloxane / Dimethicone Crosspolymer / Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil / C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate / Trimethylsiloxysilicate / Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride / Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax / Methyl Methacrylate / Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer / Zea Mays (Corn) Oil / Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil / BHT / Centella Asiatica Extract / Myristoyl Pentapeptide 8 / Myristoyl Tentrapeptide 8
Argania Spinosa : is Argan Oil - - - it is 3rd and it is 25%, which means the other 2 are the highest percentage of ingredients in the capsules. There is a “right” way to label Personal Care Products. You wouldn’t believe the rules written that have to do with “HOW TO LABEL” Cosmetic products. Remember I formulate products, I studied intently for 2 years, most categories of products are formulated the exact same way, there is no "new" technology as far as mixing the products. The “ingredients” might be new & innovative but the process of mixing them together is basic simple cosmetic chemistry and the same for every company. How products gain advantages is by having better, new, innovative ingredients.74329521
There is not even any whipping of this product which can be involved in a lotion or creame, plus the heating and cooling of ingredients, meaning certain ingredients need to be certain temperatures at certain times when making an emulsion. That ‘can’ be a pressure cooker of an experience when making 'emulsions', but this…both of these are super simple – your kids could mix these together.
Its a mathematical formula, pure and simple. So most likely the formula for her little oil capsules looks something like this (remember this is a very educated ‘guess’)
Signature Club A Precious Argan Oil Night Caps
( seen on HSN)
  • Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone)……………33%
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer (Silicone)….28%
  • Argan Oil ………………………………..…..25%
  • C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Ester)………….. 3%
  • Trimethylsiloxysilicate ………………… 1.5%
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride ………… 1.5%
  • Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax ……. 1%
  • Methyl Methacrylate ………………… 1%
  • Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer 1%
  • Zea Mays (Corn) Oil …………………… 1%
  • Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil ………… 1%
  • BHT ………………………………………..1%
  • Centella Asiatica Extract …………… 1%
  • Myristoyl Pentapeptide 8 ……………… .5%
  • Myristoyl Tentrapeptide 8 …………… .5%
5 out of 17 ingredients are natural – earth grown – organic oils. The rest . . . ? Well The first 2 are pure silicone straight up….I worked with these oils…back when I first started and didn’t have a clue what was what, and didn’t really care what I used just as long as it worked. The cylomethicone is the "light" silicone, feels the most like vegetable oil ....but Dimethicone is the thick heavy one feels really yucky. All I used to care about until I learned Cosmetic Chemistry was if it worked or not...if it did, I liked it. Many of you might be the same way. I mean we can only be ‘so’ diligent about keeping up with the latest trends of what’s IN and what's “good for your hair or skin or heart,etc. ” & whats BAD for your hair or skin or heart . . .good for you / bad for you . . I mean you truly can drive yourself CRAZY if you listen to it all. Which is why I tell you all I AM NOT A FANATIC. So if that is what you are looking for..............wrong Blog. Remember: common sense, boys and girls.
In California I was raised to watch out for everything good and bad health wise, and eating was always a topic I watched to make sure I didn’t put crap in my system, but when they started CHANGING crap……one year red wine would be good for you and the next year it was bad for you. . . . well, to me things needed to slow down and STOP. I began to quit the merry-go-round…..I don’t jump on new Fads anymore, it doesn’t matter. All those years I was a vegetarian for 14 years in the 70’s and 80’s and look at me I got a serious illness anyway. So, I’m just not too gun-ho about health trends any longer . I definitely don’t worry about it anymore, all that BS. That’s what I feel the difference is between my readers and my writing. I used to be how you are following the rules to the “T” . . . but that is not practical, not easy, nor is reasonable. So when one of you gets all bent out of shape because I have conditioners in my store when I say DON’T use a Conditioner. Remember this. Remember there is no 'one ' answer for hair. There are general rules, but exceptions to them.
OMG - - - OMG . . . .They just ANNOUNCED they have sold 9 million of these bottles of GLOP
You know I don’t like to do this (pick someone or some product and just tear them apart – even though plenty of people do it to me….Beauty Brains, etc. . . ) I just feel it is bad for my Health to focus on “bad things” . Or to have 'bad' energy in my life at all . As I have aged, I have finally learned how to reign myself in and not ‘go-off” on people, when I am wronged….which is a huge improvement on myself. Being a redhead and 100% Irish, well - - you can imagine - - I’m sure. But this lady and her products just spoke to me and the numbers of products this lady has sold is just crazy, under the pretense it is good for your skin.
I just wanted to make as many people as possible aware of what she is truly selling. The ingredients are on the product – yes I realize that. . . but truthfully do you, the public, really understand that it is what I have displayed up above. That when she says 25% Argan Oil, “WHAT – IN – THE - HELL is in the rest of the bottle that is “oil...like” ? We are back to that same topic I always end up at when I am just slamming on my key board and I feel sorry for my laptops keys ;-) …..TIA: Truth In Advertising. Its just not fair. . . although I would like to hear from you in the comments section belowvdd ? Have you bought this product? If so did you know what was in it? Do you really care what is in it? or if you haven’t bought this lady’s Argan Oil products yet, would you knowing this ? ? Honestly, I just want to know the truth , how all of you feel about this ? Now that I have shown you in black and white how a formula like this really looks, do you care what's in it prior to purchasing? Are you going to buy it? If so, why ? ?
We will be coming out with my new face oil drops this week, I have been playing around with it for months. . . but just was leery of making the jump into “skin”. I mean there are a dozen or so different types of Personal Care Board Licenses here in California. I had the choice of going for any of them at the time and decided to go for the MOTHER LODE the Cosmetology license, but, even though comedians make fun of us - - it was a worthwhile license to hold. It covers nails – skin & hair….while the others cover smaller subjects – So I feel privileged in
r e p r e s e n t i n g ;-)
Oh My Lord they just showed the Eye Serum . . . for around your eyes. . . ARE YOU KIDDING ME ? ? ? ?
Dab a few drops around your eyes…..but holy crap. . . . look at the ingredients on this one:
Signature Club A's Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Eye Serum
24 ingredients in this 1 OZ . bottle that sells for $26.50! , wow I certainly hope I never hear complaints about my pricing. . . do you know what a grand deal GLEAM is ?
In my book Silicone’s and Esters are “fillers”. When an “oil” is needed, cosmetic manufacturers who don’t really care about you or your skin or hair … use them. They are cheap and ‘’feel” like an oil.
1OZ. of garbage in a blue plastic Genie bottle is higher priced than our PURE as the driven snow organic virgin natural oils… in side of a clean / crisp glass bottle. Just blows me away – the difference in the two.413134
Signature Club A's Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Eye Serum
  • Poly-isobutene <<<< * * *
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate
  • Tridecyl Trimellitate
  • Hydrogenated Polyisobutene
  • Tridecyl Stearate
  • Mineral Oil <<<<< ** **
  • Dicaprate
  • Isohexadecane
  • Glycerin
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract
  • 1,2 - Hexanediol
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Carbomer
  • Ethylene Propylene
  • Styrene Copolymer
  • Butylene
  • Ethylene Styrene Copolymer.
This?????????This is disastrous. . . absolutely horrific. Some of these I’m not exactly sure of, I’d have to look them up, but it doesn’t matter……….why ? ? ? ?
Remember, the ingredients are listed in the order of what percentage they are in the product, its a law. So when you become a big company like this, even though when you were small you might now have followed the law exactly, NOW IS THE time to straighten up and FLY RIGHT! ! ! Everyone in the Cosmetic manufacturing business knows this. So Her number one ingredient is in the 30-40-50% range, for an anhydrous (water-free) product that is about the norm.
Poly-isobutene is an ingredient that I purchased in order to begin formulating and experimenting with Lip Glosses. You know when they starting producing lip glosses for the celeb culture that were just out-of-this-world shiny ?? ? I looked into what in the world was in them that was making them so shiny . . . Isobutene was the ingredient that kept coming up . In DIOR, Prescriptives, Chanel, MAC….all the top lip glosses Poly-isobutene was the first ingredient listed. So GGGGGGGGGreat you are putting lip gloss crap around the delicate area of the eye. Well isn’t that just a piece of cake !83080700
I received this tub that weighed a ton, opened it up and it was the weirdest , most hideous substance I had ever seen.. it was a Clear, Hard, JELLO-Jelly like substance that just shimmey – ed when you shook it. You could not scoop it up with a spoon, it was impossible to work with…JUST IMPOSSIBLE. I made a couple little lip glosses and yep that was the ingredient that made such miraculous shine, but when you see these ingredients in their raw form, it truly scares you off of them. Just doesn’t seem like so many of them should be put on the parts of the body they have found for them. {anything for a buck – is how I see it}
What else ? ? ? Mineral oil in the eye serum ? ? ? MINERAL OIL ? ? ? ? ? that crap is so nasty, I won’t even let my feet touch that stuff….it doesn’t absorb into the skin and has the consistency of liquid plastic. Its interesting these 2 ingredients she chose for her products, both are used for making RUBBER! If I were making a product and wanted a filler, there are others to choose from. For instance Coconut oil. While that may not sound like a decent filler to you, it is. The world has plenty of coconuts, so coconut oil is very inexpensive..Its a wonderful filler and has plenty of good qualities as well.
But for her to put Poly-isobutene and Mineral Oil in her eye Serum and ask you to put it around your eyes. . . its criminal if you ask me. I’m just so upset by this, I just think it is soooooooooooo wrong.
LOOK how far down the ARGAN oil is. . . more than the half way down,that means the percentage is most likely 5% - 10 % . . . maybe less…even. Sunflower Oil is second, but to say all that she is about ARGAN OIL and then for this to be the truth. . I couldn’t live with myself…..not when she is selling 9 million of these, she claims. She needs to be doing the right thing when you are affecting so many people ( in my humble opinion)
I am telling you from my own experience, that the only reason she is doing it this way is so she can make more money off of every single customer. Without total regard for TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, she is BS’ing the customer to think they are getting a healthy decent product. She could make a very decent profit by using the REAL OILS and eliminating the silicones. 85274390
Guess I will introduce “GLASS” the new ‘facial moisturizer this week. I’ve been playing around with it for months about 10 of us have ….everyone loves it. One girl I had to tweek it for. .. but otherwise people have gradually made the change – and like it . No harm i trying is.
I have Glass & Glisten
Glisten is for super Dry skin
Glass is for Normal Skin ( face)
the Post I WAS working on will be posted tomorrow night I just HAD to get that off my chest,
THANKS for listening!
Killer Chemist
8 comments on "TIA : Truth in Advertising Plagues My World"
  1. Hey Kc

    I'm a uh, new to this hair business typa chick. I found your awesome blog and was flabbergasted(Never thought I'd use that damn word) at all the knowledge you have- scientific, granted, other than stupid media driven "knowledge" (I'm pretty sure America is trying to kill us with advertising..) I was wondering if I could e mail you some questions? unless I should just post em here..

    I'm young and naive to the hair world ha. But I need shizzloads of help, seriously, its terrible how my hair health just died lately. I used to have a bush of soft fluffy curls and now its like meehh, gone. And I'm just pushing 17. Hellloo, problem.

    I'd appreciate your help greatly -.- I always loved my hoards of curls and they're slipping from me..

    Thanks for your time,

  2. Mineral Oil?! Even I know that shouldn't be on your face, let alone on your EYES!
    You know what mineral oil can be used for?
    If you builde a PC in an airtight container, and fill it with mineral oil... voila! You have the newest rage in super computer cooling!
    And they're convincing women to pay that much to put that crap on their eyes?!
    This article really remind me of why I appreciate Dakota and KS so much. HONESTY! And of course the amazing products at even more amazing prices :)

  3. Thank you for sharing this information! I posted a link to this on my blog.. I previously posted a link to your entry on SLS, as I feel it is SO important for people to know how bad it is. I've been using Organix for a couple of months now, and finally my hair has become manageable.

    Last week, I was at my parent's house and I took a shower --but they only had this Paul Mitchell shampoo with SLS! After not using it for so long, I could feel it stripping my hair. Yes, it definitely took away the oil from my scalp, but it felt SO harsh and my hair felt so nasty afterward. Amazing that I could feel the difference from just 1 time using it!

  4. Hi!

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    I'm very interested in trying Thriven after getting to dab some on my hair from my friend but Paypal refuses to let me process the order. I tried emailing directly (it's only been 3 days though) and I you're busy. Is there any other way to order besides the main store? I just get an unencrypted buttons error that tells me to email you to finish the order. Thank you in the mean time and I'll be sending everyone I know your way!

  5. I'm so sorry there was a major glitch on the website. . . that is now fixed. . . I'm soooooo soooo sorry. . . please give it another try....

  6. I have emailed several, several times with no response ?? A few times last month and at least twice this month. It was in regards to a HHC and product question. Is there anyone that can answer my questions ?? If so, please tell me how to get a response ??

  7. I tried email directly and i you're busy. Is there any other way to order besides the man store.

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