One of the hottest products in skincare is EOS “Evolution of Smooth” lip balm. Very popular and trendy with spokespeople like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears the brand has used clever marketing and packaging to sell millions of lip balm containers in recent years. Being so popular the brand has recently been hit with some seriously bad publicity following a lawsuit alleging the product caused severe skin irritation to users mouths.
As reported by TMZ the lip balm alleged caused reactions on users lips and surrounding skin.
The lawsuit seeks class action status. Without delving into the case itself we at Go-Nayked.com believe this is a perfect example of the mantra we have been preaching for a while. Just because something is advertised as natural or organic does not necessarily mean it is good for you. CNBC, also reporting on this story, had the following:
“Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. Anthrax is natural but not safe,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Organic refers to food—not skin care products—and no agency regulates whether beauty products are organic, he said.”
Poison Ivy is the perfect example of a natural and organic product that you do not want rubbing on your skin! While EOS is not using Poison Ivy in its products it is using ingredients that could potentially be irritating to some; sell enough of it and someone somewhere will have issues.
How to Deal with Problems
It starts with the stuff inside… the ingredients. Read the label and understand what is on the inside. Surprisingly the push towards more natural and organic products is causing more reactions in people. Suddenly product manufacturers trying to get a leg up on the competition are including ingredients that until now have not been used in wide circulation.
Become the Guinea Pig
We hate to point it out but you are forced in some cases to become the tester of the products. In skin care, unlike food, the laws are a bit looser allowing companies to stretch the boundaries of what they included. For the vast majority this is not a big deal but in the off chance you are sensitive to the product you sure will find out soon enough.
How to Recognize Problems Early
At Go-Nayked.com we do a lot of research about every product we list in our store. If there is a history of reported problems we will research the problems further, see if it has been rectified, or make a note on the product description about the potential issue. Whenever you begin using a new product, whether natural or not, use care the first few times to apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area of your body. Just like an allergy test at the doctor the best spot for cosmetics is to apply a small dab to the inside of your fore-arm.
Go-Nayked.com has yet to add any EOS products to our products list. What do you think about that? We do have a number of approved lip balms listed and invite you to give those products a try. In the world of natural and organic you need to be careful, use common sense, and test any new products to make sure you do not react to them. Go-Nayked.com is your ace in the hole helping you find great products from great companies.
Have you had any negative side effects from natural or organic products? We want to hear from you in the comment section below.