Monday, July 4, 2011

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Review

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One of my favorite memories of my dad involves a yellowed, tattered piece of paper tacked to his cork board at work that read, Hope Springs Eternal. I won't bore you with the details. Just suffice to say that phrase and all that surrounded it on the day I discovered it left a big impact on me.

A very savvy businesswoman behind the philosophy brand had a different take on the whole hope idea and cleverly put her hope in a jar. Several years back when retail was my therapy of choice the whole philosophy brand cutesy shtick appealed to my imagination and I took the bait.  My review of the product's long term efficacy can be summed up in a word, "meh".

But it's too hot and still to be out in the garden this afternoon so let's look into hope in a jar using Skin Deep's database.  Here's goes...
BioTech Research Laboratories | philosophy hope in a jar 
                                         therapeutic moisturizer for dry sensitive skin
Data: Limited
Health ConcernMODERATE
Product Typefacial moisturizer / treatment
Made byphilosophy by BioTech Research Laboratories
Data last updatedAugust 2007
 how to read the score
water, glycerin, oryza sativa bran oil (rice), c12-15 alkyl benzoate, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, octyldodecanol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, lecithin, retinyl palmitate, arachidyl propionate, ethyl linoleate, ethyl linolenate, oleic acid, citric acid, lavandula angustifolia oil, salvia officinalis oil, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben
Health concerns of ingredients
About the ratings
Overall Hazardyes
Developmental & reproductive toxicityyes
Allergies & immunotoxicityyes
Use restrictionsyes

Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Data gaps, Enhanced skin absorption

...So now you know. 
Happy Independence Day & Happy Independence  
         from toxic chemicals today and everyday!