Good when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Pledge Closes

To me, “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics” has grown to something as far away to understand like planet Mars. A thing to know is that The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics is a part of the political lobbying process by the Environmental Working Group (EWG); professional lobbyists who – what at many times is being said – rely on misinformation, disinformation or even lies in order to SCARE consumers. The basis of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is the Skin Deep database. After 7 years they suddenly decided to stop.
On their web site they invite you to “visit SkinDeep; the world’s largest database of chemicals in cosmetics” but it does not give true indication of the safety or toxicity. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics misleads consumers because the ONLY way to ensure the safety of cosmetic products is to carry out safety assessment based on existing knowledge.
I am very happy to report that The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics stops their Skin Deep database by September this year.

Their safety rating system from 0 (low hazard ingredients) to 10 (high hazard ingredients with many natural ingredients included) is something I disagree with many times, and that even harms the name of impeccable brands like the Paul Penders, known for using SAFE ingredients for over 40 years.
And even though natural ingredients can have a hazardous impact when used for long time in massive volumes, SkinDeep’s database makes indiscriminate suggestions that some natural ingredients in cosmetics are linked to cancer and other terrible diseases. And there is no such thing that SkinDeep takes into account the actual minor contents in the cosmetics product which are tested in independent labs on health safety!
More and more professionals in the cosmetic industry as well as scientists outside the industry criticize their rating system. They say that the conclusions of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are not based on valid scientific evidence. And they don’t pay heed to the relationship between hazard and risk.
Let me give you 2 examples of what we think is bad.


  • “Biodynamic® lemon peel oil has invigorating properties and also serves as a purifying disinfectant. With no risky antiperspirants such as aluminum salts, your body’s natural detoxification process is supported while bacteria that cause unpleasant odors are neutralized.”.

To me, Weleda is a wonderful natural cosmetics company from Switzerland that I highly respect. They use great ingredients for their natural citrus deodorant. The philosophy of Weleda products are based on teachings of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. However, this excellent product is rated by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at high hazard level with Weleda’s ingredients in this product linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies/immunotoxicity

Other concerns from them for the ingredients used are:

  • Neurotoxicity
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Occupational hazards

Now, let’s be honest here. Who in the world would want to buy a natural deodorant from an otherwise impeccable, one-hundred year old, pure natural cosmetics company that -without any doubt- Weleda is…. but their products suggested is linked to cancer and a host of terrible heath issues? Sorry to Weleda, because you guys deserve MUCH better!!!

Same devastating news as Weleda is given to several of our Paul Penders Natural Cosmetics as well!!
Paul Penders produces for 40 years natural cosmetics that even recently were awarded by few magazines in USA and UK. They are used by consumers in some 15 countries. These include popular products like: Rescue Blemish Away, Natural Moisture Foundation, Citrus Fruit Exfoliant and Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner. These contain impeccable and safe natural ingredients including 22 certified organic herbs, natural plant oils and much more.
But The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rates these products as being a possible health hazard because of few ingredients, for example: a FOOD emulsifier OK’d by the FDA but according to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rated as a high health hazard. And salicylic acid produced from the bark of the willow tree used in Citrus Fruit Exfoliant is a high health hazard as well. This popular product was the first natural exfoliant products on the market, introduced by our company 15 years ago in California.
Even we use only a fraction of these ingredients (i.e. less than 1/10th of one percent) in our final product formulation, still The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rates these products as being “moderate to high health hazard”. Therefore, our products are linked to cancer and more terrible diseases (same as the above excellent Weleda product).
Should this unfair Scare-Tactic not stop?
OK, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has become a powerful organization in the US with their fingers in politics and high-end people. But I don’t care and wrote them few times to demand to have all Paul Penders products taken off their SkinDeep database. Why? Because consumers start to think that they could get sick of using our natural products. But The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics responded and simply refuses to do so.
Therefore I have an attorney in California now looking into the matter. I even consider – together with few friends natural cosmetic manufacturers – a lawsuit against The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics when they will not comply with my request.
Is The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ rating system a joke or a nightmare? Or simply business??

How Stress Affects the Skin

Stress isn’t just an unpleasant emotion: it’s the cause of a complex set of physiological changes in the body that can result in everything from dull, lifeless skin to acne flares, premature wrinkling and an increased risk of heart disease.

The effects of stress on the skin begin with adrenaline. When confronted with a stressful situation, the body produces this “fight or flight” hormone. Adrenaline prepares the body for action in emergency situations, boosting the supply of oxygen and energy-giving glucose to the brain and muscles. At the same time, however, adrenaline re-directs blood flow away from the skin, thereby decreasing the skin’s supply of oxygen.
When this happens repeatedly, such as through the chronic stress induced by ongoing tension at home or at work, the skin doesn’t receive the nourishment it needs. This can result in dull skin tone, loss of elasticity and overactive sebaceous (oil) glands, leading to acne breakouts. Over prolonged periods, stressed skin often shows signs of early wrinkling and discoloration when internal regenerative processes break down. Stress also slows the skin’s rate of cellular turnover, so it takes longer for fresh, new skin cells to reach the skin’s surface.
Aside from eliminating the source of stress, easy ways to mitigate its effects include reducing caffeine intake, increasing consumption of antioxidants and supplementing skin care regimens.

Like stress, caffeine elevates adrenaline levels by altering the chemistry of the brain. It does this by inhibiting the action of adenosine.
Stress can also weaken the immune system and inhibit the important work of antioxidants, which slow the creation of damaging free radicals in the body. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules responsible for everything from killing harmful bacteria to increasing the risk of cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and skin problems. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can help boost the body’s ability to prevent free radical damage, countering the effects of stress.

Perhaps the easiest way, though, to reduce the effects of stress on the skin is to boost the skin’s nutrient levels from the outside in. Topical products containing antioxidants enhance the skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin. Two of the most important of the skin’s building blocks, collagen and elastin are necessary to help prevent the development of wrinkles. As levels of these substances decline with age and stress, skin develops wrinkles and other imperfections more quickly.
While wrinkle-filling injections can temporarily supplement collagen levels, some researchers believe that topically applying collagen to the skin might help it make more collagen on its own. This would have a “filling” effect similar to the wrinkle injections – but without the needle.


To read more about skin care products that can help counteract the effects of stress, please click here.
Yoga Exercises for Young Looking, Less Stressed Skin
Simply stretching the facial muscles just twice a day can tighten sagging skin and reduce wrinkles and release stress as well! Yoga taught a simple way to achieve a healthy looking appearance as well. In 5 to 10 minutes each day, these simple exercises will release tension in the facial muscles and guaranteed to make you look younger!

Cancer from Vitamin A in Your Sunscreen?

We like to let you decide whether you believe there is too much hype, self-interest, manipulation or scare tactics involved in cosmetics today? With also the organic certification confusion going on, we believe one must look carefully to all sides; not let fanatics getting their way but also not the giant cosmetic industry players who become more powerful these days and get themselves even involved in regulation matters as well. Let us know what you think?

Cancer from Vitamin A in Your Sunscreen?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in their annual sunscreen report states that retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A) in sunscreens is linked to skin cancer and tumor growth. The FDA was implicated that risks with retinyl palmitate and skin damage was something they were aware of yet failed to warn the public about.

Here some highlights you must know:

  • The safety and efficacy of registered sunscreen products have been tested by regulatory authorities throughout the world. There is also an extensive body of research supporting the safety and efficacy of sunscreen actives.
  • Daily use of sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater is recommended by the FDA and the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
  • Sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and must undergo pre-market approval that involves rigorous scientific assessments according to FDA standards.

EWG’s sunscreen assertions

  • EWG’s statements against sunscreens are in conflict with scientific and FDA safety assessments of sunscreens. This includes scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe, Canada and several other countries.
  • According to the Personal Care Products Council, the EWG has its own method for calculating how much protection a sunscreen provides based on scientific methodology that has proven to be inaccurate and unreliable by sunscreen experts around the world.

Is vitamin A going to give you cancer?

  • Retinyl palmitate is approved by the FDA as a food additive, as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug and a prescription drug. To achieve premarket approval the FDA requires extensive and rigorous testing.
  • Retinyl palmitate has been shown to offer sun protection and is a potent antioxidant.
  • In vitro (test tube) research showed that pure vitamin A (retinol) has a mutagenic effect on cultured skin cells but the studies did not involve the use of a sunscreen.
  • Vitamin A is an antioxidant that breaks down in the presence of sunlight generating by-products that can potentially cause damage. This is how antioxidants work to protect your skin from the greater source of damage, which is sunlight—and it’s precisely why daily sunscreen use is essential!

Conflict of Interest?

The EWG recommends a very small percentage of sunscreens only available from links from their site.

Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 contains an organic herbal extract while sun protection comes from ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamat (occurring naturally in balsam and cinnamon leaves), titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), vitamin E and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate).
Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 was thoroughly tested even by the Korean FDA and scientifically proven to provide safe broad spectrum protection from harmful sun rays.

Organic Shampoo with a dangerous chemical

Dubai Municipality has banned 17 shampoos whose samples have been found in lab tests to be containing carcinogenic (cancer-causing) material.


The 17 shampoos are from five brands from China, India and Iran and have been found to contain a high percentage of Dioxane 1.4, which is carcinogenic (cancer-causing), if used on a long term basis. Continue reading “Organic Shampoo with a dangerous chemical”