Toxic Tuesday Ingredient Focus: Saccharin
1.29.13
WHAT IS IT? Saccharin is a petroleum-based sugar substitute derived from coal-tar. Saccharin is used in tabletop sweeteners, baked goods, jams, chewing gum, canned fruit, candy, dessert toppings and salad dressings. It also is used in cosmetic products, vitamins and pharmaceuticals. More commonly, it is found in many lip balms and toothpastes.

HEALTH RISKS: Saccharin is a known carcinogen and can cause allergic reactions such as headaches, breathing difficulties and skin eruptions. Ironically, lip balms containing petrolatum actually have an adverse effect. Instead of soaking in and moisturizing the skin, it forms a barrier on the skin, coating it, instead of moisturizing it, making lips chapped and increasing the need to apply more frequently.

ALTERNATIVE: Try a product like L’Occitane’s Pure Shea Butter that truly soaks into the skin without adding to your chemical load. What is your favorite all-natural body balm?

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  1. Could you please add your reference? Studies that proved this statement? Thanks.

    Zanna | 01.31.2013 | Reply
  2. Good info. I still can’t believe companies continue to put petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly) in products that we put in and on our bodies. When it forms a barrier on the skin, it actually prevents nutrients (like water and vitamins) from being absorbed through the skin. It’s like waxing up a surf board!

    • Unbelievable, huh? Thank you for reading, CJ!

      The Chalkboard | 04.11.2013 | Reply

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