ARBONNE Ingredients Report

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  1. I am investigating Arbonne product ingredients and came across your site. I’m wondering what products contain the ingredients you list above as a report of Arbonne ingredients?

  2. Are you asking what other products on the market contain the same ingredients as Arbonne? I encourage everyone to read the labels of the products they are considering. To recognise and avoid chemicals in cosmetics, sign up for my free reports at You will receive the first report on ‘Ingredients’ immediately and the report on ‘Contaminants in Cosmetics’ 2 days after. A report each week will follow so you are not overwhelmed by information. I hope you enjoy them and they make it easier for you to choose chemical free products.

  3. Arbonne now posts all ingredients on their web site and have made an effort to take the harmful ones out of their product lines. The ones left that I am concerned about are butylene glycol and a couple others. Limonene can be made from petroleum products but is also rendered from the peels of citrus fruit. If a product does not contain petroleum products, it should be the fruit derived ingredient, shouldn’t it? PEGs can also be derived from coconut… where does this leave consumers? Use nothing, trust no one? Even I am confused and I have a biochem degree! :oP

  4. Since consumers are becoming aware of unhealthy chemicals in skin care products, manufacturers are either attempting to remove them or put up smoke screens. You are correct to be extremely cautious with a product containing Butylene glycol.
    With regards to Limonene, how can we be sure which one it is? The petroleum or the citrus peel one?
    Any chemical derived from a natural ingredient has been synthesized and is no longer natural and unlikely to be safe. A PEG, or polyethylene glycol has been ‘ethoxylated’ resulting in a chemical that be contaminated with Nitrosamines, the most potent of carcinogens.
    e.g. Cocomide DEA (from coconut) is a surfactant used to dissolve oil and grease and hold them in suspension so they can be rinsed away. The coconut oil has undergone processing with Diethanolamine, which produce Nitrosamines during manufacture and storage.
    To be absolutely certain of products that have no chemicals, choose those that are certified organic … the entire product, not just a few ingredients. See

  5. 1,3 Butylene Glycol is a highly effective solvent. It inhibits the drying out of cosmetics and prevents the crystallization of insoluble components. Butylene Glycol aids in solubilising aqueous insoluble ingredients and stabilizes volatile compounds such as fragrances and fixing them in the cosmetic formulation.
    1,3 Butylene Glycol contributes to the preservation of cosmetics against spoiling, it has a very good distribution coefficient and thus leads to better efficacy of preservatives mixed into formulation.
    Butylene Glycol has an anti‐microbial effects itself.
    The recommended usage level of Butylene Glycol is 1,0% to 10,0%.
    Toxicological Data
    The Expert Panel released the Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Butylene Glycol stating that it is safe as presently used in cosmetic products.
    A CIR (cosmetic ingredient review) report is available.

  6. Propylene/Butylene Glycol
    Propylene & Butylene glycol (PG) is a petroleum derivative. It penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs. PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying them in the ground. Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than in most industrial applications.
    From Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):
    Health Hazard Acute And Chronic
    INHALATION: May cause respiratory and throat Irritation, central nervous system depression, blood and kidney disorders. May cause Nystagmus, Lymphocytosis.
    SKIN: Irritation and dermatitis, absorption.
    EYES: Irritation and conjunctivitis.
    INGESTION: Pulmonary oedema, brain damage, hypoglycaemia, intravascular hemolysis. Death may occur.

    The CIR is an industry based review panel … cosmetic manufacturers review the ingredients they wish to use and deem them safe!
    What ever way you look at it, this is an undesirable ingredient. The body is adept at removing toxins, but daily accumulation from numerous applications of several products containing the same toxic ingredient can cause dire consequences.

  7. The below is not an attack nor an “arguement” starter, but me generating possible doubts to your statements trying to come upon an accepted theory. Proof is in the pudding :)

    To be honest, even if your claims are 50% correct; how can your readers take your advice seriously?

    You work for a company that sells health and beauty products, so anything you post is obviously going to be putting down your competition and trying to promote your own…

    In regards to polyethylene glycol (PEG) PLEASE provide a link to the MSDS that states the above in your comments section!!! I searched through about 20 MSDS from many different sites and they all were nearly identical very low rish of hazard and they ONLY stated hazards for emergency situations – I could imagine spilling “a lot” of liquid on yourself, or maybe drinking cup fulls. Handling instructions even indicated gloves are not needed! No organ toxicity, etc. So please provide a link for the MSDS that you obtained the above info from, I would love to read it myself.

    You even state (the products) “may be contaminated” – but can prove that they are in fact, and not just possibly?

    You also state that PEG is used to remove barnacles – is this truth? Or is it used as a coating to prevent barnacles from growing… while still slightly concerning, two completely different arguments and statements. AND is it that the combination of PEG and other ingredients cause this? Chemical reactions of create different actions/reaction that can be way different than their original components. Hydrogen and Oxygen and two drastically different components than H2O… What concentrations of PEG are in cosmetics and what concentration is in the solution to prevent the barnacles from attaching to boats?

    We all have heard horror stories of chemicals in food products – but those claims have most of the time showed that you would need to consume thousand of gallons, hundreds of pounds of food to bring those amounts of chemicals to dangerous levels.

    So while yes we should all be concerned with what we put on your bodies, we should not be subjected to propaganda from scare-mongers and people trying to get consumers to leave one company and migrate to another company.

    And lastly – and all in jest – while I am concerned what I put on or in my body ( I do use Arbonne products, as well as many products from big box stores – skin/hair/deodorants/suncare) I am more concerned with what I breathe in. Every been behind a 1970’s diesel volvo, or a bus while in bumper-to-bumper traffic? I am more concerned with that! I am concerned with the possible black mold I am breathing in from an old air conditioning unit… :)

    Just my two cents!

  8. Thanks , Michael, but I don’t work for any company. I chose to independently represent a company that produces products with ingredients, supreme in their purity and effectiveness.
    My readers are free to choose for themselves. I stated from the outset that my review was prompted by customer queries. If you wish to see it as ‘putting down the competition’ then that is your right. It does not concern me one way or the other.
    My experience of more that 40 years in an industry that is largely smoke and mirrors leaves me tired of hearing the empty promises and unattainable results consumers expect.
    I have dealt with a few in the past, in the main, they prey on the insecurities of women and their desire to appear ageless, in marketing strategies that promote unrealistic expectations.
    In regards to PEGs: look for an MSDS for ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are the contaminants in PEG’s. It is accepted that PEGs can be contaminated with both of these toxins. The only way to be sure they are clear is to vacuum extract the PEG during the manufacturing process, which is the onus of the manufacturer. No manufacturer is going to admit that PEGs are toxic. Just like tobacco companies never admitted cigarettes are toxic, but we know they are contaminated with benzene and dozens of other toxins.
    Further information on PEGs can be found at on the skindeep database.
    Plus it is a matter of accumulation. Most women use more than nine personal care products daily. I am sure you can do the math if there are 2 or more PEGs in most of those products.
    And lastly, also in jest, some situations are difficult to avoid: heavy traffic being one of them if you live in a city. But we can lessen the toxins we are exposed to by cleaning that mould with vinegar, not toxic cleaning products, eating organic food where possible, choosing to filter drinking water and last, but no means least, avoiding unnecessary chemicals in our personal care products. ☺

  9. Hi Karen,

    I was given Arbonne samples to try and I must admit my face/skin looks and feels amazing but reading this makes me concerned. (I got here to research arbonne a bit) why does it work? although your reporting it’s hazardous to health why does my skin look so great? Help! I normally use enfuselle Shaklee products & although I think their good my skin doesnt seem as nice as w/ the arbonne I just tried but plump & smooth w/ a price?
    Thanks so much!

  10. Hi Shawn, you will find, if you check out the ingredients, that most moisturisers contain glycerine. This is covered in the first paragraph of the report. The skin is plumped when moisture is drawn from the deeper layers and held on the surface by a silicone or oil. The skin does feel smooth, but will become dehydrated in the long term.The silicone acts like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins.
    I have not done any reports on the products you mention, but if you access my free reports, you will be in a better position to demystify the ingredients lists of all products. This is the reason I promote certified organic products. There are no chemical ingredients, just potent, pure essential extracts from plants that nourish and protect your skin from dehydration. Hope this helps, good luck, Karen

  11. After reading your posting, I’m still confused. Are all the ingredients you describe above in Arbonne products? Or are these examples of ingredients that are in many common cosmetic products? (I hesitate to use the word “chemicals”, since essentially every substance in our world is made up of chemicals of one kind or another. Even organic skin care products can be broken down into chemicals, though presumably when you refer to “chemicals” you mean “toxic substances”.)

  12. Hi Barbara, yes, all these ingredients are in the Arbonne products I reviewed. Maybe I should have clarified “synthetic” chemicals, but I thought you would get the drift :-) as, although there are individuals who suffer allergic reactions to natural, or non-synthetic substances, this was not the issue of the ingredients in these skin care products. In August, Johnson & Johnson announced they were voluntarily removing from their products by 2015, ingredients that can be contaminated with carcinogens formaldehyde and 1,4dioxane. This highlights the fact that manufacturers knowingly include ingredients that are toxic! I just think “why take the risk?” when there are skin care products available to nourish and protect the skin and personal care products that do the job they were made for without the inclusion of questionable ingredients.

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