Regarding Ingredients used in the Neways Products, from Product Specialist Daniel Weight
[Prod. Spec.] Even Tom Sr. has weighed in on this issue. He states that "they cannot do any harm unless injected under the skins, as the clinical trials condemning parabens showed. Still because of the controversy we are removing them, even though they are harmless in a topical application." In regards to estrogenic effects he states "Their estrogenic effect is weak also...1/400th of that of estrogen." As a final comment, he states "Essentially the paraben issue is much [ado] about nothing."
Octyl Methoxycinnamate (carcinogenic, a "gender bender"-interfering with sexual development and causing genetic damage)
[Prod. Spec.] Everyone always refers to a study done back in the 1990's where OMC was only tested on female rats by putting large amounts in their feed. Further studies showed that OMC did not absorb well after dermal application when placed in a lipophilic cosmetic lotion base. All of our cosmetics have lipophilic ingredients. In 2004 a study was done with humans using sunscreens with OMC applied to the whole body. No hormonal effects were detected. So even if you could extrapolate rat data to humans (which you can't) you would have to eat the cosmetic products in very large amounts (rather than putting them on your skin) in order to have any estrogenic effects from them.
Sodium Hydroxide (lye/caustic soda)
[Prod. Spec.] Used in our Hand Dishwashing soap as a pH adjuster. Very small amounts are needed. We have never had any complaints of irritation from using this product--even straight from the bottle. We use it that way every day. If you are still concerned, use gloves. Our Research & Development have shared the following with us:
"Certain ingredients are only chemically stable in products if the pH (acid/base) is adjusted to the ideal pH. This is especially true of paraben preservatives used in Household cleaningproducts. In addition, the parabens work as preservatives better in certain pH ranges. Often the amount of acid or base needed to adjust the pH is only drops per 100 gallons of product. The MSDS of these caustic substances are not reflective of just how safe they are after being diluted in hundreds of gallons of product. Literally, they are safer than water in these applications because they adjust the pH of the product to a neutral pH for the skin, thus decreasing the likelihood of skin irritation. There simply is no basis for criticizing the use of pH adjusters."
Fragrance/Flavor (chemical concoctions with "who-knows-what" in them)
[Prod. Spec.] Neways realizes that there are people out there who are very sensitive to some fragrances. As such we strive to use fragrances in as few products as possible.Occasionally, however, the blend of ingredients in a product results in an odor that is less than pleasant. When confronted with a situation such as this we have several options. We can leave the product un-scented, and tell the customer that the malodor is a normal condition, and that if they find it intolerable, they can always blend a favorite essential oil into the product. But this could result in complaints that one has to purchase two products just to be able to use one.Another option we can use is to blend just enough of a natural fragrance into the product to improve the aroma, but still in a small enough amount that the scent will not be too powerful for most sensitive individuals.When we do use fragrances, we use only those which come from natural sources, such as essential oils, botanical, and floral extracts.
When Neways uses flavors, we know what they are. We never use artificial flavorings in any product.
Cetyl Dimethicone (Kills aquatic life, unknown toxic effects on humans; health concern regarding anaphylactic shock reactions)
[Prod. Spec.] True, no toxic effects have been seen in humans as a result of this particular ingredient. Dimethicones come in many types. Neways only uses the safest of these skin conditioning and moisturizing ingredients. These are silicone-based ingredients that add "slip and feel" to the formula, helping the skin to feel smoother and more moist. You will sometimes hear these called "lubricating agents". Certain chemical ring structures can add "film forming" and "occlusive" effects to a lotion, which may have the effect of blocking the pores, but Neways does not use these types of dimethicones.
Tocopheryl Acetate (carcinogen)
[Prod. Spec.] We have found no research that would indicate that this would be carcinogenic.
D&C/FD&C Colours (tartrazine; coal tar dyes, causes multiple health problems...linked with Cancer, Obesity, and Hyperactivity in children to name a few)
[Prod. Spec.] Neways does not use coal tar colors. There are many different kinds of pigments and coloring agents available. Those labeled with an FD&C number are approved for use in both foods, drugs, and cosmetics. Those with only a D&C designation are approved for use in just drugs and cosmetics.Neways does not feel that laked coloring agents are harmful. The very process used to lake these colors renders them insoluble.Neways chooses the very safest natural, and synthetic coloring agents available. You may notice that different oxides are used to derive different color pigments in our cosmetics. They comprise the smallest percentage in the formulas and are of too large a molecular weight to penetrate the skin. Color pigments must be large enough to reflect light, otherwise we would not see the color at all. If the pigment molecule is large enough to reflect light, it is too large to enter the skin and therefore, are believed to be harmless. There are many naturally derived pigments; many of which are banned from use in cosmetics because of allergic reactions and their toxic nature. If we are using certain safe, synthetic pigments, it is because there is not at this time a better, more universally accepted option based on referenced research . Our cosmetics are approved for use in Japan, which is commonly the most stringent of governments for cosmetic ingredients approval. Please see the following from Neways Research & Development:
Safety of Synthetic Colorants
Background:“Coal tar dye” use began in the mid-nineteenth century, when the dyes were actually derived from coal tar itself.Today, the colorants are not extracted from actual coal tar, which is known to be a carcinogen.Instead, synthetic dyes and pigments are created from purified raw materials.This process dramatically reduces the risk of unwanted and dangerous residual compounds in the final colorant product.Modern-day pigments and dyes are now referred to in terms of their certification (FD&C, D&C), as the term “coal tar dyes” is no longer an accurate description. The term “laked” refers to a dye that has been rendered insoluble through a process in which a metal salt, such as aluminum or calcium, is attached to the dye molecule.Once insoluble, these laked pigments show a very low tendency for harmful biological activity.1,2
Neways uses only the safest laked pigments.They are used when a non-FD&C color is not available, or natural colors are not stable enough to maintain the desired color.Some desired colors, such as the brilliant reds and pinks (lipsticks, blush), may not be achieved naturally.For consistent, stable coloring in a red or pink, a certified, laked pigment is used as a coloring agent.
FDA Regulations and Certification:Today, the FDA closely scrutinizes dye and pigment production, and all colorants are subject to strict regulations.3Carcinogenicity, oral toxicity, skin toxicity, sensitization, and skin irritation safety must be demonstrated for colors intended for use in food, drug or cosmetic products.1,3,4If a colorant does not fulfill these requirements, it cannot be used for these purposes.Out of the hundreds of dyes and pigments that exist, only a handful are distinguished by the strict FD&C or D&C certification. The FD&C and D&C colors must be approved for initial inclusion in the Code of Federal Regulations as certified coloring agents.1,2
Conclusion: Every dye and pigment used as a food, drug or cosmetic goes through an intense screening process.Each approved coloring agent must be certified for its prescribed application.Beyond that, each batch produced must pass specified tests, which include carcinogenicity testing.1,2,3Of the colors used at Neways, all have demonstrated a safe history of use.Neways is always looking for alternative natural colors for use in their cosmetics that will provide the same level of safety and consistency. Had these alternatives been found, Neways would be using them.
121 CFR 74.1333
2Fairbanks VF, Blue Gods, Blue Oil, and Blue People. Mayo Clin Proc. 1994; 69:889-92.
3Hart RW, et al, Final report of the color additive scientific review panel. Risk Anal. 1986; 6:117-154.
4Muzzal JM, et al, Mutagenicity test of dyes used in cosmetics with the salmonella/microsome test. Mutat Res. 1979; 67:1-8.
Chlorine Dioxide (Ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds-in 6 out of 8 ranking systems!!)
[Prod. Spec.] Neways does not use chlorine dioxide. We use stabilized chlorine dioxide (sodium chlorite).
Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide is the safest most effective oral care agent available for use in dental care products, and has about the same toxicity as water. Because of this it is extremely mild and safe to use on the delicate tissues that line the oral cavity* . Stabilized ClO2 helps to break down the food films on which oral bacteria live, and it's marvelous for supporting healthy gums* . Stabilized ClO2 is also an excellent deodorizing oral care agent, which is not toxic and may also support against bad breath* .
As to whether stabilized chlorine dioxide is the same chemical as chlorine you have to be careful not to "compare apples with oranges".
The chemical structure of different chemical molecules, for one thing, is not the same, and in chemistry, just one molecule out of place, different or missing will make it a different compound entirely with different properties and effects. In the spelling of chemical names just one letter off would make it a different compound as well.
In chemistry, you have to be very careful not to compare apples to oranges. To be the same chemical, the names must be spelled exactly the same. If it is just one letter off, or if there’s a different word added, it will be a different compound entirely with different properties.
Neways is very careful to be sure that the ingredients we use are safe. Whether it’s cosmetics, dental care, or nutritional products, Neways strives to use the best ingredients to produce the best products.
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