The New Second Hand Smoke

The New Second Hand Smoke

You’ve probably heard by now: FRAGRANCE IS THE NEW SECOND HAND SMOKE. If you aren’t in the loop yet, it has become a norm that both private and public workplaces have implemented strict fragrance free policies.

Why? Is fragrance really that bad? I mean, it seems to be in EVERYTHING! From laundry detergent to sanitary pads, air fresheners, scented candles, household cleaners, and oh my! Did we mention personal care & beauty products?

Marinate in this shocking statistic for a minute: The average man uses 5 to 7 personal care products per day. The average woman uses 9 to 12, and the average teenage girl uses 17!

But before we list the top 6 reasons why fragrance is the new second hand smoke, we need to unapologetically brag, just a little

CLEANTAN® contains zero added fragrance -‘natural’ or synthetic - which is virtually unheard of in the sunless tanning industry!

Most - if not all - sunless tanners use perfumes or fragrances to mask their stinky, toxin filled formulations. You know that ever so familiar piña-colada/coconut scent? Yeah, well, there is a steep price to pay to smell like your favorite vacation cocktail.

Let’s lay down the facts. Number 5 will change your life!

1. Perfume ingredients are protected under the U.S. Fair Packaging and Label Act because they are considered trade secrets, and thus, do not need to be disclosed.

2. Even ‘natural’ fragrance such as essential oils are skin irritants (there are a few exceptions such as cardamom, German and Roman chamomile, and frankincense).

3. Today’s fragrances are 95 – 100% phthalates, or coal-tar derivatives, which are not sustainable and found to cause significant effects to the nervous system and immune system that include adult and child cancers, numerous neurological disorders, weakened immune system, autoimmunes, asthma, allergies, infertility, miscarriage, and child behavior disorders including learning disabilities, mental retardation, hyperactivity and ADD (attention deficit disorder).

4. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors; studies reveal a 6 point drop in IQ for children when their mothers were exposed to phthalates during their pregnancy. If you are pregnant, you would do well to stay away from all products with fragrances, phthalates or endocrine disruptors to protect your baby.

5. Ingredients found in fragrances, including phthalates, are considered “Obesogens” which means they CAN cause you to gain weight independent of what you eat or the activity you get. (Yikes! We will talk more about this in our next Blog: Are Your Beauty Products Making You FAT?!?!).

6. Phthalates can cause sperm damage, hyperpigmenation, headaches, dizziness, rash, violent coughing, vomiting, and skin irritation.

Are you pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down here? It takes some serious huevos for formulators to bare only their naked ingredients, unashamed of their true and natural scent. Here at CLEANTAN® USA, we have nothing to hide.  We are leading the sunless tanning industry into a new era, revolutionizing clean beauty, and exceeding your well-deserved high expectations.

Until next time…Think Dirty. Tan Clean®.







Is Deeper Penetration Really Better? You Might Be Surprised To Hear What We Found

Is Deeper Penetration Really Better? You Might Be Surprised To Hear What We Found

 Do we really want deeper penetration? That is the BIG question on the forefront of clean beauty. There is much ado regarding penetration enhancers in topical skincare that it can make even the ultra-savvy professionals (and, yes, we consider ourselves to be just that) go totally bananas! Let’s break it down to a few simple facts. 

Last week we focused on the potential dangers of dyes, namely that they are legally allowed to contain low levels of leadarsenic, and mercury, which we know are highly toxic and can cause a host of serious health issues (www.academic.oup.com).

We also charted the overwhelming use of known skin irritants in the beauty industry – many of which are penetration enhancers in and of themselves. The most common penetration enhancers include propylene glycol, alcohols, and dimethyl isosorbide (DMI). These harsh ingredients inadvertently drive other irritants such as fragrances, surfactants, and preservatives deeper into the skin. Are you seeing the vicious cycle yet?

Before we get too crazy, please know that we often want deeper skin penetration. As formulators, we intentionally include specific ingredients - often called active or performance ingredients - to penetrate so they can actually create the desired change it promises. After all, if certain ingredients couldn’t be absorbed by our body, skincare products would be worthless and a total waste of your hard earned money. 

So what’s the deal then? 

Let's be clear here: while we love the use of penetration enhancers in some skincare formulations, we don't believe they should be in sunless tanning products. Yes, we source the highest quality ingredients. Yes, our formulas are free of dyes, skin irritants, and fragrances. Yes, our tanner is chalk full of robust anti-agers, anti-pollutants, and other health defenders. Then why NOT use them?

Because CLEANTAN has re-engineered sunless tanning formulation and doesn’t need to take short cuts. After all, nobody loves a cheater.

Until next week…Think Dirty. Tan Clean.


Don't Buy Another Self Tanner Until You Read This!

Don't Buy Another Self Tanner Until You Read This!

We believe everyone should have healthy, non-toxic products that really work. In fact, that’s our official company Belief No.3. But what does that really mean? How do we really know a product is healthy? It all seems very overwhelming, and it is. But, it’s 2017 and while we pay attention to what goes in our bodies we may not understand the effects of what we put on our bodies – especially when it comes to sunless tanning.

While many self tanning brands like Vita Liberata, Fake Bake, St.Tropez, and Xen Tan all took a fair stab at healthier, organic, and vegan formulations, it was clear we still had a long way to go as an industry. That is, until CLEANTAN USA officially hit the market this year!

 Just check out this comparison chart!  We think it speaks for itself.


 What You Need to Know About Synthetic Dyes


The Health Factor: Okay, so we know both D&C dyes (dyes used for drugs and cosmetics) and FD&C dyes (dyes used for food, drugs, and cosmetics) are considered safe for use by the US Food and Drug Administration. We respect that. What you should know are the potential dangers dyes pose including cancer, developmental & reproductive toxicity, and allergic immunotoxicity (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/).  

The Environmental Factor:  Most FD&C dyes are coal-tar derivitives, which does not fall into our practice of sustainable manufacturing. Why is this? Because coal and petroleum are finite; they will run out eventually.

The Vegan Factor: Probably the most misleading thing about FDA approved dyes is that the end products cannot - in any way - be considered vegan. D&C and FD&C dye producers need to continuously test on animals because of their carcinogenic properties (www.peta.org). If that wasn’t enough, D&C colors are legally allowed twice as much toxic lead and arsenic as FD&C colors(www.accessdata.fda.gov).

It may also surprise you to learn that some dyes used are actually made from crushed insects (www.livescience.com). Yuck, right?

At the end of the day, the CLEANTAN team takes healthy, sustainable beauty serious. Does it cost additional time, money, and effort? You bet it does! But it's a worthwhile investment.

In the meantime…Think Dirty. Tan Clean.®