From Embalm to Skin Balm

May 29, 2008

What are you really putting on your skin?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas found in a wide variety of products, from detergents, disinfectants, sanitizers, and aerosol paint to everyday personal care products. That’s right- you read it correctly. Formaldehyde is not just used to scrub floors, clean toilets, and embalm the dead, it is also an ingredient in a number of shampoos, cosmetics, antiperspirants, and hairsprays. Worst of all, because the chemical is formed by a secondary reaction after the product is packaged, none of the products that contain it actually list formaldehyde in their ingredients.

Exposure to formaldehyde has been known to cause burning eyes, irritatedRegusafe® Danger Signs - Formaldehyde skin, and even long-term respiratory problems such as acute asthma. In addition, OSHA now counts formaldehyde as a carcinogen, and the EPA considers it to be a potential risk of cancer. Despite this, many people use it every day. Even one spritz of hairspray releases formaldehyde gas which becomes trapped in your home, where you continue to breathe it for hours.

Not only do you come into contact with formaldehyde when you use it in your home, you also breathe it as you walk down the street. Volatile organic compound (VOC)  emissions- including formaldehyde- from vehicles, factories, and products have many officials concerned about risks to public health and the environment. In 2006, the Air Resources Board (ARB) in California even released a statement regulating the amount of VOCs that can be included in consumer products. The release suggested that these chemicals can be reduced and replaced, providing a safer and healthier environment for everyone.

Despite the well-known danger, many products still contain formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals. The best thing to do is to be aware of the products you are using and find safer alternatives. Trivani can provide that alternative with a full line of hair care, skin care, and personal care products that are completely free of formaldehyde. All of these products have been tested and declared officially formaldehyde-free–a rare thing in the world of personal care.

Trivani products contain no formaldehyde, and they have been carefully formulated to ensure that no formaldehyde is produced as a secondary interaction. And since Trivani has dedicated itself to avoiding any other potentially harmful ingredients- and to be completely honest about our formulas and packaging- you can be assured that Trivani will continue to develop the safest and healthiest products possible for you and your family.


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