First and foremost, I don’t judge a beauty product with how well it lathers or how good it smells. Second, you don’t need a biochemistry degree to understand the ingredients on the back of any cosmetic product that you use. I can’t insist enough as to how important it is to decipher the meaning of all those ingredients, if you are going to use the cosmetics on your skin.
Though it is important to ascertain whether the products that you are exposing yourself to are safe for use or not, it is also equally important to understand that there is no exhaustive test to determine the toxicity of the combined products that you use on daily basis.
As a simple mean to break up the ingredients on the products one must keep in mind the main culprits that can cause more harm than good to you.
This small list (selective not exhaustive) is a golden rule of the ingredients that you must avoid in your skin care products:
- SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate):
This ingredient has crept into our lives as we have moved away from the use of soaps towards detergents (shower gels and body washes) and several other things. SLS is a detergent commonly found in body washes, shampoos, moisturisers, hair colors, shaving creams etc. It’s main purpose is to help make foam or the ability for the cream to spread further. So if your face wash is making too much lather and you associate cleaning of your face with products that make too much lather then you have skin care routine figured out all wrong.
Have you noticed that most of your cosmetic products have a huge shelf life? Paraben is a preservative that extends these products’ expiry dates. You can easily spot them in your ingredient list as Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Polypropylparaben and Isobutylparaben. A number of studies have revealed Parabens to have been intact in the breast tissue of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They also have a Hormone disrupting behaviour.
- Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) and Petrolatum Liquidium
I think I have been fooled by this ingredient for a very long time now. On the first look ‘mineral oil’ as a word in itself sounds something good. It sounds like something that I would be ok to use on my skin, but the truth is FAR more different. Mineral oil is a petrochemical derived from Crude Oil! Sure your skin will feel smooth post it’s usage but this will clog your skin pores and stop your skin from breathing naturally and outcome is that your sweat and bacteria will get trapped beneath this oil.
- AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
I will simply tell you how it works, since it’s an acid, it does what it’s supposed to do best, it burns your skin and the glow you thus receive is because of the mild irritation your skin goes through, post which your skin tries to heal itself causing it to thicken/ firms it’s layers. This ingredient is commonly found in anti ageing creams or wrinkle reducing creams. Now you are the better judge of whether you want to use an ingredient that your skin actually does not like. The FDA has also warned consumers that AHAs can increase sensitivity to the sun.
So I am on a mission to make sure that the products that I am using are safe to use. With so many skin care products coming out daily, I have just recently started trying to bridge the gap by removing my ignorance and finding what my skin truly needs.
When I received a beautifully packed hamper of various products from Kronokare that clearly mentioned itself to be Paraben and SLS free, and not tested on animals, it naturally got me excited! To begin with I was also happy to see that the contents are stored in an Amber colored plastic bottle that will protect the ingredients from the harmful effects of UV Rays and blue light. Such bottles can help enhance the shelf life of the products. All these bottles also come with a cute little personalized poem on each of their bottles.
Before even deciding whether I wanted to go ahead with using Kronokare on my skin, I step by step began to dissect the ingredients of the Kronokare products that now lie in a dark and cool cabinet inside my bathroom.
Following are the products that I reviewed, however if you would like to explore more of Kronokare’s product range then do check here on their website.They provide free delivery on orders above Rs. 1000/- they also have an easy return policy. What’s more? They also give free samples with your order!
Product 1: Review of KRONOKARE Caribbean Ginger Fabulous Fix Body Lotion (Paraben and SLS Free with Natural extracts of Ginger and Lemon), 220ML for Rs. 345
Zingiber Officinale: Safe to use.
Iso Propyl Maristate: A generally safe ingredient at recommended concentrations.
Mineral oil: Moderate concerns.
Glycerin: Overall it is safe to use.
Emulsifying wax: Moderate concerns.
Bees Wax: Safe.
Imid Urea (Preservative) : Moderately hazardous. This can cause allergies.
2-Phenoxyethanol (Preservative): Moderately hazardous. This can result in irritation. Restriction applied on concentration in Japan.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone (Preservative): Moderately hazardous. This can result in irritation.
EDTA: Generally safe ingredient. This may result in irritation.
Color, distilled water and Citrus Limonum: Can’t comment
I would most definitely prefer a low risk product for my skin, but with most of the ingredients listed on the bottle to be in the moderate risk category, I decided to try this product any way and was satisfied with it for moisturizing purposes.
If you decide to try it out, you can do so by purchasing a smaller bottle of 60 ML which is PRESENTLY available at a heavy discount here.
Be careful to not use the products around your eyes. Patch test is highly recommended to ascertain whether it causes any irritation or allergies for your particular skin type. It should be used sparsely and with caution as it may trigger acne inflammation. A practical tip while purchasing a skin moisturizer is to make sure that you avoid ingredients such as Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol.
It is worth noting that products which are fit to be used for adults may not be safe for Children.
Product 2: Review of KRONOKARE Caribbean Ginger Revive and Thrive Shower Gel (Paraben and SLS Free with Natural extracts of Ginger and Lemon) , 220ML for Rs. 325
Zingiber Officinale: Safe.
SLES: This is a distinctive cousin of SLS. Pat Thomas says in her book “Cleaning Yourself To Death” that “the difference between soap and detergent is rather like the difference between cotton and nylon. Soap and cotton are produced from natural products by a relatively small modification. However, detergents and nylon are produced entirely in a chemical factory.
Coco Di Ethanol Amide: High Risk. Can cause cancer and other allergies.
Coco Methanol Amide: Low to moderate risk depending upon usage.
Dimethicon Derivetive (DC8500): There seems to be a typo in the word ‘derivetive’ so if I assume Dimthicon to be a typo for Dimethicone , then it means it is use of silicone. It is moderately toxic and harmful.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone: Moderate risk.
EDTA: Generally safe ingredient.
Color, distilled water and Citrus Limonum: Can’t comment
For me if a product is claiming itself to be SLS free and then lets SLES creep in, is something that I wouldn’t be comfortable in trying. But then it’s got more to do with which poison would you prefer to choose as most of the products of our daily use will tend to have these common chemicals.
In case you would want to try this product for yourself, a smaller bottle is available at 20% discount here.
Product 3: Review of Kronokare Caribbean Ginger Sure to be Pure shampoo 60ml for Rs. 105
Ingredient list is not mentioned on the product. But the specifications on website say Zingiber Officinale, Citrus Limonum, Sodium Leuryl Ether Sulphate, Coco Di Ethanol Amide, Coco Mono Ethanol Amide, Dimethicon Derivetive (DC 8500), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Ethylene Diamin Tetra Acetic Acid, Colour, Distilled water.
Which are the same ingredients that they use for their Shower Gel. Are you comfortable washing your hair with your shower gel, which also has SLES?
In case you want to try this product, find it here.
Product 4: Review of Kronokare Caribbean Ginger Detox the locks hair conditioner, 60ml for Rs. 115
Ingredient list is not mentioned on the product. But the ingredients listed on the website specifications for this product are Zingiber Officinale, Citrus Limonum, Iso Propyl Maristate, Mineral Oil, Glycerine, Emulsifying Wax, Olive Oil, DC 245 Silicon Direvetive, DC 350 Silicon Derivetive, Imid Urea, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene Diamin Tetra Acetic Acid, Colour, Distilled water.
The ingredients are same as the body lotion reviewed above with addition of the following
Olive Oil: Safe
DC 245 Silicon Derivative and DC 350 Silicon derivative: Can’t comment.
The conditioner didn’t work for my frizzy hair in one wash but I am hopeful that it may have some gradual effect over the next few washes!
This product is highly affordable and can be purchased for Rs. 92, i.e. 20% discount, here.
Product 5: Review of Kronokare Caribbean Ginger Detox on the rocks Glycerine soap, 50gm for Rs. 85
Ingredient list is not mentioned on the product, however the specifications mentioned on the Kronokare official website are Zingiber Officinale, Citrus Limonum, Honey, Sunflower Oil, Sodium Leuryl Ether Sulphate, Coconut Oil, Coconut Fatty Acid, Hi Steric Acid, Glycerine, Caustic soda, Sorbitol, Butylated Hydroxyl Toulene Ethylene Di Amin Tetra Acid, Perfume, Colour, Distilled water.
Since this product again contains SLES, I didn’t use it.
This product can be purchased for Rs. 68, i.e. 20% discount, here.
Product 6 : Review of Kronokare The Real Deal Detoxifying Massage Oil, 60ml for Rs.196
The ingredient specifications mentioned on the Kronokare website for this product are
Sunflower Oil: Safe
Lavandual Augustifolia: Generally safe
Citrus Aurantium Bigaradia: Can’t comment
Tocopherol: Generally Safe
I enjoyed using this massage oil, considering that I am a fan of essential oils.
This is also available in a bigger bottle, but you can also try a smaller bottle here.
Product 7: Review of Kronokare The chill pill cooling massage oil
The ingredients on the Kronokare website mention Sunflower oil, Mentha Piperita, Cinnamomum Camphora, Tocopherol (Vitamin E Oil).
Sunflower Oil: Safe
Mentha Piperita: Generally Safe
Cinnamomum Camphora : Safe
Tocopherol: Generally Safe
This product is definitely a steal! I enjoyed it for the cooling effect that it gives. I love the fact that it is what it says it is! 100% natural!
The Chill Pill (60ml) can be purchased for Rs. 195 here.
All in all, choose the ingredients that you feel you are comfortable with and know whether they suit you or not. Some of the products from Kronokare are good and it does help to know at least all the Kronokare products are SLS and Paraben free. That in itself is a great step for you to consciously move towards a more informed you while choosing products. Kronokare’s happily packaged products can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Your wiser by the day faffer,