Monday, March 9, 2009

Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer | Natural Cleaning Product Reviews

Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer, 93 % natural ingredients, has a stronger fragrance than their Hydrate Daily Moisturizer, reviewed in my last post, composed of the botanicals aloe vera, mint leaf, and white tea extracts.

For the first few seconds after application, the aroma is slightly chemical-like, perhaps because they apparently did not use the botanicals in their essential oil form; later the aroma of the botanical ingredients is a nice combination that lingers, particularly the white tea extract mingling with the mint leaf. It is refreshing aromatherapy!

Approximately 1/4 of the last 12 ingredients listed on Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer are listed on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database as having a moderate toxicity rating. None were listed as a high toxicity rating.

Therefore, of the 7% non-natural ingredients, mostly listed in those last 12 ingredients, only 25% have toxicity concerns in a moderate range. This is a great improvement from the Jergens original formula which had a couple of kinds of parabens which were considered moderate to high toxicity rating.

Paraben-Free and No Animal Testing
Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer is also paraben-free. "Parabens," according to the Chicago Tribune, "have been considered a cheap and indispensable way to inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds in personal-care products such as shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and sunscreens.

"Parabens are why products can survive the three-month boat trip from China, sit on store or warehouse shelves for years or be exposed to extreme temperatures. But studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells. Estrogenic activity in the body is associated with certain forms of breast cancer."

Also, Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer, and all Jergens products, have not been tested on animals and have no animal by-products in them.

The "natural" ingredients include aloe vera to comfort, soften, and rejuvenate. Also, included are mint leaf to cool and refreshen and white tea, which possesses astringent and antioxidant properties. They also have soybean oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and the extracts of rosemary, cucumber, and sage.

Click here to see Jergens complete ingredient list, which is very user-friendly describing what each ingredient does, except they do not mention any risks like the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database outlines.

My Experience In Using Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer
Compared to Jergens Naturals Hydrate, reviewed last post, I like it better. The aroma lingered longer and stronger and I particularly like the White Tea fragrance. It is subtle and exotic. I felt that it worked just as well as the Hydrate, even though the Hydrate seems to be designed for "deeper moisturizing".

Thumbs Up! And Thumbs to the Side!

I am very pleased that Jergens is moving toward green, healthy ingredients--but I want more as a consumer, I want to see all the ingredients to be non-toxic and non-dangerous. I did buy this product, I would probably purchase it again, if there wasn't an even more natural choice. I'd say B+ for Jergens Naturals Refresh Daily Moisturizer.

Homemaking Tips
I want to share my experience in changing over from chemical-laden cosmetics to all-natural ones. I have been avoiding any or most ingredients that are unnatural or unhealthy for a while now--in my cosmetics, my cleaning products, and my food choices and my sense of smell is definitely stronger now!

It has been as if my sense of smell had been over-chemicalized from a lifetime of pollutants! And now it has been rejuvenated. Also, my skin is much more sensitive to alcohols in cosmetics; I can tell right away if a product has an alcohol in it.

Try changing over as much as possible to all natural products--organic and/or plant-based cosmetics, cleaners, and foods.

An easy way to do this is read the ingredient list on the bottles, boxes, and cans--if you don't recognize or can't pronounce an ingredient, it is probably an unnatural chemical that you should avoid!

Also, be an informed consumer, keep reading my blog and other "green" informative sites. : )

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