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!!! Red Alert !!! Harmful and Hazardous Chemicals in L'Occitane Cinnamon Orange Soap

Updated on February 29, 2016
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Debarati is a trained Micro Expressionist, a former student of Criminal Psychology and Quantum Physics & currently a Forex Trader.

A little investigation reveals the truth about the presence of highly harmful chemicals in soaps
A little investigation reveals the truth about the presence of highly harmful chemicals in soaps | Source

Reference From EWG

The more I am investigating and researching about L'Occitane products, the more horrifying things are coming out of the dark hole! First, L'Occitane sold me a highly hazardous product called L'Occitane Shea Butter Cinnamon Orange Soap which gave me nasty rashes and damaged my skin severely (its been 6 months when I am updating it, a white spot still remained in my arm), then they lied to me over and over again and lastly, a lawyer of L'Occitane closed the case without my consent just because they didn't have answer to my valid questions.

ITS BEEN MORE THAN 6 MONTHS AND L'OCCITANE STILL HASN'T APOLOGIZED TO ME. SINCE I BELIEVE THAT MY BROWSER ACTIVITIES ARE BEING CONSTANTLY MONITORED BY A GROUP OF FISHY PEOPLE (IF NOT ANYONE ELSE, MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW WHO THEY CAN BE), I WILL TRY TO UNMASK THIS FRAUD COMPANY AS MUCH AS I CAN AND AS LONG AS I CAN. PLEASE READ AND SHARE MY OTHER HUBPAGES AND YOU WILL CLEARLY COME TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF ILLEGAL TRADE PRACTICE L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE GET INTO ON A DAILY BASIS.

Please also Read 'THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF L'OCCITANE'S CLAIMS AND A FEW RAISED QUESTION WHICH CAN NEVER BE ANSWERED BY THE PEOPLE WHO WASTED THEIR MINDS IN WRITING IT.'

Now, lets talk about what I wanted to tell you all! While going through the reviews of a particular L’Occitane perfume on Amazon, I came across a gentleman’s comment where he informed the general public that he discovered a hazardous chemical in the perfume which scored 7 on EWG scale.

Then after seeking help from Google, I understood what EWG is and what that score meant and how hazardous that chemical was. I’ll briefly describe everything to you so that you can read the EWG report too AND IF YOU EVER BUY A PRODUCT, PLEASE BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU VISIT EWG'S SKIN DEEP DATABASE AND SEE THE SCORES. A LITTLE AWARENESS CAN SAVE YOU FROM MANY DANGERS.

EWG (Environmental Working Group) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

I have extracted data of hazardous chemicals for only L'Occitane Shea Butter Cinnamon Orange Soap from EWG because I had a horrible experience with it.

To read in detail about all possible hazardous chemicals present in L’Occitane products please visit EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database site to read the report on L’Occitane. Please read it thoroughly to come to an informed decision as to whether you should buy a L’Occitane product or not. To understand the report we must take into account an understanding of Hazard Score Key ratings of EWG.

Here is the Hazard Score Key of EWG.

EWG Hazard Score Key

The scale on which EWG measures how hazardous a chemical is. Chemicals falling in the category of 7-10 is highly toxic and/or hazardous
The scale on which EWG measures how hazardous a chemical is. Chemicals falling in the category of 7-10 is highly toxic and/or hazardous | Source

The List of Hazardous Chemicals

Any chemical falling under 7-10 rating means that the said chemical is highly hazardous. Its prolonged application might lead to either cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity or allergies and immunotoxicity. The report claims of EWG is backed up with data sources available from authoritative scientific literature and EWG has provided respective references at the bottom of each report on any given particular chemical.

And now I’d like to come to L’Occitane’s Cinnamon Orange Soap with which I’ve had a horrible experience. During my email exchanges with L’Occitane via Resolver UK, I had complained about rashes appearing on my skin due to L’Occitane Cinnamon Orange soap’s application, to which the Customer Services manager replied, “Regarding your reaction to the soap, all of our products have undergone a thorough and strict series of tests and controls before they are made commercially available, in order to verify its skin tolerance. Although rare, a skin reaction or intolerance is unfortunately always a possibility. It is usually related to an individual's level of sensitivity, and can be caused by one or several product components. The mechanisms that provoke a reaction are very complex, and only dermatological tests would be able to determine the cause of the reaction.

These reactions, whilst upsetting for the recipient, are unique and individual to the product user and are not due to a fault with the product. It is for this reason that we would not normally compensate, however as we value our customers we instead offer an alternative or a refund.

I’d like to highlight two important fragments from the above paragraph.

(1) “Regarding your reaction to the soap, all of our products have undergone a thorough and strict series of tests and controls before they are made commercially available…”

AND

(2) “These reactions, whilst upsetting for the recipient, are unique and individual to the product user and are not due to a fault with the product.”

The following findings reveal that L’Occitane products do not go through a strict series of tests and controls and that their product certainly has a fault.

The highly hazardous chemicals I found in L’Occitane Cinnamon Orange soap are listed below. Please visit EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and in the search field type in the respective chemical name to find more information from EWG on how hazardous that chemical is.

EWG Score of Hazardous Chemicals Present in L'Occitane Cinnamon Orange Soap

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Hazardous Chemicals  
Hazard Score Key  
Fragrance
8
Cinnamal
7
Cinnamyl Alcohol
7
Geraniol
7
Eugenol
7
Coumarin
7
Citral
7

Eco-Friendly Toxicity ???

Please watch the following video. In it, a lady has given thumbs down to L'Occitane brand and she has given enough reasons for it from her own investigation and research. She talks about how L'Occitane does not maintain a transparency with its customers by not providing details of the ingredients of their products on their websites. Furthermore, she points out harmful chemicals in L'Occitane products. You'll be surprised to see that L'Occitane claims to be eco-friendly while providing products containing hazardous and toxic chemicals.

Toxic Ingredients Alert! - L'Occitane en Provence

Let's get deeper into the various hazardous chemicals present in L'Occitane's Cinnamon Orange Soap
Let's get deeper into the various hazardous chemicals present in L'Occitane's Cinnamon Orange Soap | Source

References from Other Sources to Validate EWG’s Report

FRAGRANCE: Although the report from EWG was sufficient for me to realize how harmful L’Occitane’s Cinnamon Orange soap is, yet I wanted a second opinion. The EWG Report says that Fragrance or Parfum …on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

On checking with PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility) I found the following article on Fragrance - Chemical Fragrances: Potentially Harmful to Human Health. In this article it is clearly pointed out that, “Fragranced products are associated with numerous adverse health effects, such as migraines, asthma attacks, respiratory irritation and contact dermatitis.” The article further advises us to “Look for products without “fragrance” in the ingredients list. That one word could mean a hundred additional chemicals, including phthalates.

CINNAMAL: Also known as Cinnamaldehyde. The Chemical Datasheet of CAMEO Chemicals tells us that, “Symptoms of exposure to this compound may include inflammation and erosion of gastrointestinal mucous” and under acute/chronic hazards it says, “Exposure to this chemical may cause irritation of the skin, eyes, upper respiratory tract and mucous membranes.

CINNAMYL ALCOHOL: The Hazard Overview given by Chemical Land 21 informs us that Cinnamyl Alcohol “May cause respiratory tract irritation. May cause allergic skin reaction. Harmful if swallowed. Causes eye and skin irritation. Target organs: Blood, eyes, skin.

GERANIOL: Sigma-Aldrich’s Safety Data Sheet in its Hazards Identification section points out that Geraniol is a moderate skin irritant, a severe eye irritant, causes skin irritation, may cause an allergic skin reaction, causes serious eye damage etc. In the Potential Health Effects subsection it claims:

  • May be harmful if inhaled.
  • Causes respiratory tract irritation.
  • May be harmful if absorbed through skin.
  • Causes skin irritation.
  • Causes eye irritation.

EUGENOL: Again, the Chemical Datasheet of CAMEO Chemicals, under Symptoms of Health Hazard claims, “Inhalation of this compound can lead to bronchial irritation, dizziness, and rapid and shallow breathing. Skin contact may cause an inflammatory reaction on the skin. Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause allergic dermatitis. Eye contact may cause burns. Skin sensitization may also occur. Symptoms of exposure to this type of compound include intense irritation of all tissues, circulatory collapse, dysuria, hematuria, unconsciousness, tachycardia, pulmonary edema, bronchial pneumonia, abortion and irreversible renal damage.”

Further, under acute/chronic hazards it informs, “This compound may be harmful by ingestion or inhalation. It is a primary irritant and sensitizer. When heated to decomposition it emits acrid smoke, irritating fumes and toxic fumes of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

COUMARIN: The Chemical Datasheet of CAMEO Chemicals under Symptoms of Health Hazard claims, “Exposure to this compound may cause narcosis. It may also cause irritation and liver damage.” They have provided reference from a study conducted in 1992 by National Toxicology Program.

CITRAL: According to a Safety Assessment report by The Danish Environmental Protection Agency, “Testing in rabbits showed that citral was found skin irritating, but not eye irritating.” In the critical effects section the report says, “The critical effect of citral is assessed to be contactallergy. Because of the allergenic potential of citral, humans allergenic to the substance should avoid skin contact, as there is no lower limit for this adverse effect.”


Investigate a product's ingredients thoroughly before buying it
Investigate a product's ingredients thoroughly before buying it | Source

Be Cautious and Take Care

Imagine! The soap which caused rashes on my skin contains seven hazardous chemicals and the customer service manager has the audacity to write rubbish responses to its customers putting the blame indirectly on customers and not on the product. Watch Out! Buy L’Occitane products with care after thoroughly examining its constituents else it might pose a great hazard on your skin.

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