Thentix Honey Lotion Moisturizer Ingredients: Good or Bad?
Today a customer contacted me asking if I'd heard anything about Thentix. I hadn't heard anything about them but did a quick check. Sure, it's got honey in it and some other nice ingredients, but after some digging the 'other' ingredients are displayed.
Natural Ingredients of Thentix Skin Lotion
- Pure Honey
- Aloe Vera
- Avocado Oil
- Extract of Calendula
- Ginseng Extract
- Grape Seed Oil
- Royal Jelly
- Vitamin E
- Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
- Vitamin A
- Sunflower Oil
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Not so Natural (and Toxic) Chemical Ingredients of Thentix Skin Lotion
- Cetyl Alcohol - A fatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener and carrying agent for other ingredients. Can be derived naturally, as in coconut fatty alcohol. It is not an irritant and is unrelated to SD alcohol or ethyl alcohol.
- Glycerol Sterate - Derived fro mthe glycerin and steric acid found in vegetables. It is used as an emulsifying agent in food and cosmetics.
- Stearic Acid - a naturally occurring plant-derived fatty acid. Stearic acid is used as an emulsifier in cosmentics and a lubricant.
- Stearyl Alcohol - A mixture of solid alcohols prepared from sperm whale oil. It is a thickening agent, an emolliant and a lubricant.
- Dimethicone - A slionane (silica) polymer compound that helps protect the skin, is extremely safe and lubricates the skin, giving it an extremely smooth feel. Also, a water binging agent.
- Triethanolamine - Used as a PH balancer in skin lotions, eye gels, moisturizers, shampoos, shaving foams, etc. It lowers the waters surface tension, permitting it to spread out and penetrate more easily. Costor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil - Derived from the Castor plant. It is water soluble and in this form it helps lessen spoilage due to oxidation in foods and cosmetics.
- DMDM Hydrantoin - Dimethylol Demethyl is used with hydantoin to form a preservative. Gives bactericide properties to lotions.
- Ethylhexylglycerin & Phenoxyethanol - are ingredients derived from plants and used as an anti bacterial agent against bacteria that are resistant to other anitseptics and also used as a topical treatment for wound infections
- Acryltes - specially designed for thickening. It is specifically designed to make dispersions in water less suseptiptible to lumping.
- BHT (Butylated hydroxytolene) - An antioxidant used to preserve fats and oils, especially in foods and cosmetics.
The main ingredients that are of concern are the Triethanolamine (TEA), Dimethicone, DMDM Hydrantoin and BHT.
- TEA: Can cause allergies, skin reactions. Known to increase tumor growth and harmful to the environment & wildlife. (Related are MEA and DEA)
- DMDM Hydrontoin: Formaldehyde releasing preservative. Releases formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen.
- Dimethicone: Suspected to be endocrine disruptor and toxic to reproductive system. Harmful to environment & wildlife. (Look for anything ending in "-cone" or "-methicone" for chemicals in this family.)
- BHT: Suspected to be an endocrine disruptor and may cause cancer. Harmful to environment & wildlife.
So is it good for you? Not really. Another case of 'green-washing'? Yup! How bad is it? Well, can't really make that call but now you have the knowledge that it's 'not as good as they say it is for you!"
One thing that leaves me curious too as I look at those ingredients is why the need for so many preservatives? Honey is natural preservative and if honey is present, there should be no need for so many other chemical and toxic preservatives. Unless of course there are so many other ingredients that interact with one another that you need more additives to stabilize the formula.
In any event, there are much more 'natural' lotions with less ingredients than Thentix and certainly, less toxic-than Thentix! Don't let the title " No Parabens - No Added Scent or Fragrance - No Propylene Glycol" fool you - those aren't the only chemical to look for!