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Makeup Primer, Arbonne, and my Cosmetics Quest (Part 2 of 2)

This post is a continuation. To read Part 1, click here.  

As I was telling you in my post yesterday, I went to an Arbonne party. I had fun. I tried stuff. I bought stuff.

Arbonne is different from a number of other products on the shelves of my drugstore because they are formulated without:

  • Parabens
  • Formaldehyde donating preservatives
  • The following petroleum-based ingredients:
    • Benzene
    • Mineral Oil
    • Petrolatum
    • Phthalates
    • Toluene
  • PABA

However, what I didn’t do was my own research and label-reading before the party. And it turns out, this would have been a smart thing for me to have done because, although products were passed around the room for us to sample, the ingredients are not listed on the product itself — only on the exterior packaging.

But, like I mentioned yesterday, I happily (naively?) went ahead and ordered two products. These products arrived to my house only a couple of days later and I was particularly pleased with how great the makeup primer was. And then I read the label on the box and felt a tad confused. I didn’t recognize most of the ingredients, let alone know how to pronounce them.

ingredients in arbonne makeup primer

So I started doing some research on the internet …

And honestly, I had a hard time. I spent hours — HOURS! — diligently seeking out these ingredients so that I could look terribly clever so that I could share the research findings with you, my dear readers. But after all that time, I could only find partial information, which you can see noted beside the items in bold below.

Ingredients (as noted on Arbonne Makeup Primer package)

  • Cyclopentasiloxane (“one or more animal studies shows tumor formation at moderate doses,” source is EWG)
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer (I don’t know what the “crosspolymer” means here, but Dimethicone on its own is expected to be toxic or harmful for organ systems according to Environment Canada Domestic Substance List, says EWC)
  • Cyclohexasiloxane (“classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and associated with environmental toxicity. Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlife. One or more animal studies show endocrine disruption at moderate doses. Changes in liver and fatty liver degeneration observed,” source is Colorful Canary)
  • HDI/Trimethylol Hexylactone Crosspolymer
  • C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (suspected to be an environmental toxin, according to EWG)
  • Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Equisetum Arvense Extract
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract
  • Silica
  • Tribehenin (“considered a low hazard ingredient by the Cosmetics Database, which notes that it can be a penetration enhancer and assist other chemicals in reaching lower levels of the skin,” source is Truth in Aging)
  • Ceramide-2
  • PEG-10 (Receives a moderate hazard rating on EWG’s Skin Deep database, due to contaminate risk with 1,4-Dioxane, a banned ingredient due to strong evidence of its link to cancer.)
  • Rapeseed Sterol
  • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate (strong evidence that this is a “human irritant” and considered an “uncertain environmental toxin with uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative,” source EWG)
  • Silica Dimenthyl Silyate
  • Butylene Glucol
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (“Although HA and its various formations have been used in skincare products and cosmetics for some time, there have been no published clinical studies on its topical application,” source is Truth in Aging)
  • Caprylyl Gylcol
  • Hexylene Glycol (classified as an irritant by the European Union, source EWG)
  • Phenoxyethanol (“harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin and that it can cause reproductive damage. There are several animal studies that demonstrate that it is toxic – with effects on the brain and the nervous system – at moderate concentrations” – source is Be Beauty Smart)
  • Mica
  • Tin Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
  • Iron Oxides (CI 77491)

In desperation, I reached out to Gillian Deacon, author of There’s Lead in Your Lipstick.

Here is my email to her:

Thanks for responding to my tweet re Arbonne! I met you a couple of weeks back at Terra20 and have been really digging my teeth into your book. 

Not long ago, I attended an Arbonne party and came home with a product called Makeup Primer. It is like heaven on a stick … really awesome and makes my face look 10 years younger (okay, not really. but it is still good.) However, I am trying to decipher the ingredient list and having a heck of time trying to find any information on many of the “chemical”-sounding ones. 

For those that I have found info on, I’ve bolded them and inserted a source in parenthesis. For the others, I’ve come up empty. If you happen to have other sources for ingredient info, I’d really appreciate a point in the right direction. 

I really appreciated Gillian taking the time to respond to me. And here is her answer to my email:

thanks for getting in touch. you are not the first reader who has asked me about arbonne, it is a popular product line. the trouble is, it is not *actually* all-natural bodycare. of course it’s excellent that the products are paraben and phthalate-free—that puts them way ahead of most drugstore brands. however, do not confuse that with completely chemical-free products.
 
while the company does use lots of promising language—”vegan”, “no animal testing”, “free of harmful ingredients”—those claims are unfortunately not backed up by the product ingredient lists. remember that the government standards which companies like arbonne claim to meet are incredibly lax and based on outdated science. (read the introductory chapter in “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick” for a refresher on greenwash and shoddy safety standards.)
 
if you look at the ingredient lists on many arbonne products, you will still see several synthetic ingredients. in short, i am not a fan. there are so many other companies out there making better products that are truly free of petrochemicals, and not just posing as green.
 
good luck on your search for safer products. I hope you enjoy the book!
arbonne ingredient policy

So there you have it my friends. Arbonne is better than most, but perhaps not as toxin-free as its marketing materials would suggest.

Have you bought any products that you were surprised or disappointed to find were not as “green” as you thought? I’m pretty bummed out about my miracle makeup primer, that’s for sure. 

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Comments

  1. Pamela Tourigny says:

    Yup. I recently found a vial of EccoBella mascara purchased at a health food store a while back and was surprised to see it contains parabens, among other things.  EccoBella was one of the only semi-regularly available “natural” brands I could find until recently. Obviously that’s not a problem now!  :)  It is truly shocking how…terrible….most common products are, in terms of toxic ingredients.

    • Coffee with Julie says:

      Yes, the whole “chemical body burden” of all these products we use, and that they are not regulated carefully by government bodies, is extremely concerning. In Deacon’s book, she notes “Health Canada approves approximately 1000 chemicals and polymers each year that manufacturers and importers want to introduce [...] mak[ing] it virtually impossible to keep track of their cumulative effects and interrelations.”

  2. Marianne Ferguson says:

    Thanks for all your due diligence, I found this post very illuminating.  I find this all so overwhelming trying to find good natural products, it almost makes me want to give up and either go a) with all the mainstream chemical products or b) completely natural and makeup free, dang how I look…. :-)  I guess, I shall press on with trying to find better options, thanks for the inspiration!

    • Coffee with Julie says:

      Thanks so much for your kind comments. I also find it totally overwhelming and it is way too time consuming to read labels like I did for this post. I think the only solution is to find a source that you can trust … like Terra20 or Nayla Naturals. Also, in Deacon’s book, she concludes each chapter with a “Where Can I Find This Stuff” list, which makes a handy reference. 

  3. Thanks for the article.  It is often tough for consumers to weed through the greening of products to get the full truth.  I think next week’s Market Place on CBC is all about this.  I plan on checking it out.  They did a similar show last year.

  4. Yes, the consumer is now the voice … but in some ways that is distorting the marketplace further, with the “green washing” that takes place in response to consumer demand for greener products. 

  5. Well, now that’s a tough question! I’ve been using that makeup primer every day … I just can’t help it :)

  6. Is there such a thing as a makeup primer in your cosmetics department because I can no longer live without makeup primer!! (See my answer above to Sarah!) 

  7. Kerry Bee says:

    Just stumbled across this post today, so i thought i’d share how I’ve come to view Arbonne. I have used all kinds of products, from ridiculously expensive, to health food store brands, to my own homemade concoctions. At the first Arbonne party I attended, the consultant was very honest in pointing out that Arbonne does not claim to be 100% natural or 100% organic, but that they post their ingredient policy very clearly in the front of their catalog. So what they say they don’t use, they don’t… but in their ingredient list (available on their Consultant website) they very clearly state which ingredients come from plants, nuts, seeds, etc, and which ingredients come from science. Since I had already signed up as a consultant to get the discount, I spent months researching, too! My final thoughts were that this is a “middle of the road” brand…. they do use a lot of fabulous botanical ingredients, but they also use what gets us the results that we as consumers expect! I have often “switched back” to other mainstream brands or health store brands…and then immediately switched back to Arbonne again! I finally decided that it’s a compromise I am happy to make!
    I do have to say I think it’s cool that they continue to update throughout the years so that 90% of their product packaging is recyclable now. Also that they are the first direct sales company to have certified UPS carbon neutral shipments. I don’t think any company can ever be 100% perfect, but I have to say I’m very pleased with this one!

    • Hi Kerry, I am very late responding to your comment! My sincere apologies. I really appreciate it when people take the time to read and leave a comment. I think you are bang-on: this is a “middle of the road” brand — not totally toxic, but not totally non-toxic either. It’s definitely better than the other products I’ve been using to date! My makeup primer has now run out and I am very torn on what I will do next!

  8. Kerry Bee says:

    P.S. and your right… that primer freaking ROCKS! I will never stop using it! LOL!!!

  9. Be sure to ask your consultant for a complete print off of ingredients, this is available through them so you can see what is in the product and the purpose of it as well. Also check out this link for more information http://social.arbonne.com/2012/08/16/ingredients-inquiries-concerns-arbonnes-stance/ about the ingredients as well.

  10. If you’re using a good skin care line, you don’t need primer. Your skin will look great without. I am an organic skin care formulator and can see that this product is mostly petroleum. I wouldn’t put it on my face if I was paid. Also, this line is ridiculously overpriced due to their distribution method.

    • Liz, you are incorrect. Arbonne doesn’t use ANY petroleum or petroleum derived ingredients in ANY of their products. Which do you think are petroleum based? I’ll be happy to provide you with the details of those ingredients.

      Also, saying if you use a high quality skin care line means you don’t need a primer is false. Would you simply not prime your living room wall when painting because you have a high quality paint? I don’t think so. Primer gives a fantastic base for your makeup to adhere to and to help it stay true to colour longer, and it also absorbs oil throughout the day to help avoid the shiny face at the end if the day.

    • Also, your comment on being ridiculously overpriced shows a lack of knowledge about both the packaging of Arbonne’s products, as well as the ways to save. There are several ways to save, but the best part is that because of the air-controlled pumps, one pump is enough and will last an average consumer (with the primer specifically) 6-9 months. So, even at full price, once you work it out to monthly cost, its less than most department store brands and every drug store brand I’ve ever seen.

    • Alexandra says:

      I’m sorry Liz but you are wrong. Arbonne does not use any petroleum products and never will. It is comletely against the ingreidient policy. Arbonne follows the European health standards which bans the use of pertroleum in any way in skin care products.
      As for the cost of the products due to the distribution, you’re wrong again. One of the main reasons the founder of this company chose to hire independent consultants was to keep the cost down for the customers and to be able to reward the consultants who work really hard to promote and sell Arbonne products. The items go from the manufacturer to the customer, which not only keeps costs down but also helps the environment. Just for some perspective, the highest retail price is $110 the next highest item is about $102 and from there it goes down significantly (also remember that most full size bottles will last 3-6 months). These products if sold in a store would have to retail probably 3x that amount because of the qulity of the ingredients and all the middle men that would need to be paid as well. Think advertizing, aquiring and maintaing property for stores, store employees getting an hourly wage, etc.. Also, the quality of the product would suffer if they were sold in stores because it would need more preservatives to be able to have a longer shelf life.
      I think it’s amazing that this company started with 10 consultants in 1 country and has grown to thousands all over the world. The founder wanted to give women the chance to create their own futures by making them consultants with unlimited earning potential. This company is amazing on so many levels and I’m so glad to be a part of it!

  11. I was introduced to Restorative Day Creme this year by my daughter who attended a party. It is great. I used the first container and read the ingredients on the second. Wow! I am 70 years young and feel that all the chemicals are going to do me will not be as harmful as to a young person. I was glad to see someone else had done all the grunt work of finding out what these chemicals are.
    Hopefully I will be able to return this product.

  12. I am so glad you wrote this and that I came across it from a friend’s post. I too was told of Arbonne’s all natural ingredients and went to a friends house where there was a rep who just kept saying things like the product formulator’s background is blah blah and will only use natural products blah blah, its in the disclosure statement etc etc. I did see results from the product as they are potent and I took home samples but as soon as I looked up the ingredients and asked my friend for some of the boxes so I could read them I recoiled in disgust. How can they say they are natural!? I wish more people (women) were not being misled. I hope your blog on this goes far and wide, best of luck to you :)

    • Alexandra says:

      Sonnie, I’m a consultant and I can tell you Arbonne does not claim to be “all natural”, EVER.
      Personally, I have never told anyone that the products are all natural and I never will. I actually correct people when they say, Oh I’ve heard of Arbonne, they’re all natural right?
      My sponsor and every consultant I know knows this too. The company always makes the claim of being botanically based, which the products are, however, there is some science involved. Is Arbonne harmful to your health? No. In fact, I know of people who had very poor health and even cancer patients who stopped using drugstore brands with truly harmful ingredients and switched to Arbonne and their toxicity levels decreased! Immensely! I’m not claiming Arbonne to be a cure by any means but it is a much safer alternative to many other brands which will certainly harm your health.

  13. Thank you for this post. I am also appalled at Arbonne’s marketing. I do think that they have some good products, however I do not agree with misleading consumers with the ‘all natural’ angle and not providing the ingredient list on their website, etc.

    What was a huge turn off for me was when an Arbonne rep messaged me with ‘I know you have 2 little ones so have you heard about the Johnson and Johnson cancer causing ingredients in their baby products?’ Firstly, I did not appreciate a ‘scare tactic’ being used to lure me into purchasing Arbonne (I told her that I wasn’t concerned because everything causes cancer nowadays) and secondly, their ingredient list for their baby products (I did find it online – I’d link it, but it’s bookmarked on my computer.. And I’m typing this on my phone) is no where near natural. One of the ingredients that caught my eye was Sodium Benzoate (in their baby lotion). As my career is in the environmental field (soil, water contamination), the ‘benzo’ part of that chemical name caught my eye because I know of other toxic compounds that have Benzo in its chemical name (benzene, benzoapyrene, etc). So with minor research, I found this chemical to be safe HOWEVER when mixed with citric acid (which is also on the ingredient list for their baby lotion), it converts the chemical to benzene. (http://m.wisegeek.com/what-is-sodium-benzoate.htm).

    Needless to say, I’m unimpressed with arbonne on the way the market themselves. I do like the products, however I will never buy them as I don’t respect the company.

  14. To Lesley,

    Arbonne does not market itself to be all natural, and I am sorry if someone misrepresented it that way to you. They do have the top botanical chemist in the market, who owns the most patents in the industry (all publicly available information. Arbonne does take the best from nature and science to make great products.

    Johnson and Johnson have gone public about their baby products that contain formaldehyde producing products, and say they will eliminate them eventually. They only sell the formaldehyde products to countries that don’t ban them (USA, CANADA, CHINA, etc) and have different forumlations for countries that ban them (EU).

  15. If you want a really great company, go with http://www.janeiredale.com. You can also purchase through their link if you are in Canada. They list all the ingredients online. You can also contact them via a personal shopper and on Facebook. Check them out! :)
    Rest assured, I’m not a consultant as they don’t have that system. I am really into great skincare makeup too!

    • Sorry, but Jane Iredale is not a step up. Just because the company markets to spas and salons and calls itself a “professional” line doesn’t negate the problematic ingredients in their products.
      I’ve done the research. Ingredient selection and how ingredients are mixed is important.

  16. Hi,

    I was concerned about this too but over the last 8 months of studying toxicology and clinical aromatherapy, and speaking to arbonne and outside chemists directly I have found out the following…
    Arbonne is petrochemical free (lead in lipstick author mentioned petrochemicals)
    they are lead free

    PEGS, you mentioned 1,4 dioxane is a banned ingredient and Arbonne tests parts per million of purity.

    EWG and EWC reports are as you stated moderate doses (where as products are mild use and Arbonne very low seeing the small amount that you actually use), and refer to ingestion not topical. EWG gives extreme negative points if there is unsupported or untested data. This means they could say something is bad when it actually isn’t. Phenoxyethanol is not a harmful ingredient.

    Synthetic ingredients are not all bad. Just like natural ingredients aren’t always good (petrochemicals, lemon extract and bergamot when exposed to sun, castor seed before extraction, lemolene and linalool after oxygen exposure, etc). These are easily poisonous to the touch.

    I have had cellular tests and health tests done before using arbonne, i switched when I was diagnosed to a condition. I started using arbonne and living the lifestyle the promote and I got better. Not saying Arbonne cured me but it has helped. It is not a toxic brand in my opinion.

  17. Arbonne is basically a legal pyramid selling scheme. They use high priced products with lots of dodgy claims to suck you in and at the party we went to the rep spent more time telling us how much money she could make and if we signed up we could too (with a cut for her)
    Check the website for business info.
    AVOID even if just for the moral aspect.
    Funny it’s not available in shops….

    • Ed, do you work in a typical company? Does your company have front line staff? And some Supervisors? Managers? Then the VPs? Then a CEO? Draw it out, you work in a legal pyramid! You better get out!

      Seriously, pyramid is actually a legitimate marketing method. It has been for centuries. The problem was some groups in the 70s and 80s who did not sell products and only moved money, which was illegal.

      Some of the top businessmen in the world, including Warren Buffet and Donald Trump, fully support network marketing as a way to earn millions. It is a brilliant distribution system that allows more money to go into R & D, as well as paying people for sharing with their friends. Do your research.

      If Arbonne was available in shops it would cost 3 -4 x more because they would have to pay advertisers, warehousers, shippers, retailers, etc.

  18. Wow! You are my new resource on eco stuf and makeup. I am blown away by this. I never looked past the label or the claim on this brand at all. I am also scared of my makeup now. You are a great blogger and a smart researcher and how fab that Gil got back to you. My mind has been altered by this post. Thanks!

  19. I love it how so many people claim they know it all!!! Please don’t take advice from anonymous internet bloggers … would you take medical advice from someone on the Internet who has obviously an axe to grind? Or would you consult a doctor, who has proven he is good at his job? Why would you treat your future any differently?
    Type “Harrods”, “Virgin Atlantic” into Google /trip advisor. You’ll see all the uncomplimentary blogs / rip-offs there too … but we know these companies are top drawer, so we use them regardless. Arbonne is up there with the best.
    And Pyramid scheme! please!!! You clearly do not even know what this word means.. Pyramid schemes are illegal and would not be allowed to trade in most countries. Arbonne is an honoured member of the Direct Selling Association, the governing body for direct sales/network marketing companies. Pyramids don’t have products. A ‘Pyramid’ scheme is actually a normal J.O.B,, you know when you have a CEO at the top, supervisors underneath then managers and no one can get to the top.. In Arbonne anyone can go to the top.. you can overtake your sponsor. Its the most honest and rewarding business out there.

    • Um … are you referring to me when you say “anonymous internet bloggers”? I’m not anonymous. And, what “axe to grind” could I possibly have? I have no affiliations with Arbonne. I’d bet money that you are one of their reps though.

  20. Anonymous in the sense that we really don’t know the people posting on the internet and we take their word as true. Personally I would put my trust in a man that has more than 25 years of skin care and consumer product development experience. Who has effectively organised a diverse, multidisciplinary process integrating botanical research, perfumery, formulation, regulatory, consumer insight testing and green technologies into product development and who has over 20 U.S. and international patents. You get to sit down with this formulator at our conferences and talk to him about ANYTHING. What other Company allows you to do that?? Yes i am a rep, ambassador, consultant whatever you choose to label me as. Proud as can be, forever will be! :)

  21. Sure, your choice. I’d rather put my faith in a writer and researcher (i.e. Gillian Deacon, as quoted in this post) than a corporation that exists to create profits (as all corporations, by definition, do).

  22. Writer and researcher? so not formulator? So does she know then when certain products are formulated together it actually changes their structure??
    Our products are safe, we can claim that with clarity. Why would we put it in our motto if it were not true. Arbonne combines the purest of nature with the safest of science to give beneficial results.

  23. I’m getting the distinct impression that you haven’t even read my post. I never said Arbonne’s products were not safe.

  24. Totally depends on what you are looking for in skincare. Yes there are other safe products out there with less ingredients but they are not as active and do not give the same result. Our results speak for themselves. Ever noticed our consultants all have great skin.
    Best of luck in your search for your perfect product.

  25. Julie-
    We need people to question things and not blindly accept them, and I’m glad that you do this, and do your research!

    I think part of the problem is that we just don’t have a strong regulatory body which governs the cosmetics industry. Our standards are much different than those in Europe. Arbonne may say that their products are formulated in Europe, but that means squat when they are made in the US. I can’t comment on the US cosmetics regulations, and I know that we are getting better at removing harmful chemicals, but a lot of these chemicals in the face primer aren’t natural in any way, shape, or form.

    It’s really a case of over promise and under-deliver, sadly, and the sales force often has second hand information- it’s like broken telephone. It’s sadly about getting the Mercedes more than it is about selling a genuinely good product. I think it happens all too often in MLM organizations…

    Thanks for taking a scientific approach to this.

  26. When you have no scientific or medical background it is clearly just your point of view. Researching on the internet with ingredients when you do not understand their chemical composition is misleading.
    You need science to deliver certain results and ingredients isolated at certain levels are completely safe.

    • I couldn’t agree more. I’m not a medical or scientific expert. That’s why I consulted with sources such as the EWG and Gillian Deacon (both recognized and endorsed by David Suzuki and Environmental Defense). I’m doing the best I can as a consumer purchasing products in a mostly unregulated market.

      Vicki, I am going to assume that, like me, you are not a medical or scientific expert either, since you work as an Arbonne consultant? Repeating the words that a corporation feeds you is not research. If you would like to learn more about what some experts do say about chemicals in cosmetics, here is a radio interview that includes Dr. Meg Sears:
      http://www.terra20.com/style-beauty/9729/terra20s-panel-of-experts-tackle-chemicals-in-cosmetics-on-cfra/

  27. I am not repeating the words that the ‘corporation’ feeds me. I personally know two ex-formulators than use Arbonne. Of course they studied our ingredients fiercely before deciding to use them.
    Our products are green, natural, botanical but yes we have a tiny amount of ingredients with chemical composition that are required to take these amazing ingredients to where they are needed for exceptional results.
    Arbonne mixes Science and Nature. You get the best of both worlds – cutting edge skin care technology that is SAFE natural plant based technology. Our skin has a natural affinity to plants & accepts the ingredients down to the base of the dermis level of the skin. We have exceptionally high concentration of plants contained in each product – the FC5 hand cream alone has 52! (currently curing contact dermatitis on my hands).
    One of the best things about being a consultant is the feed back we get from clients. Our products quite simply change their skin. That’s why I am so passionate about our products. Yes the ‘mercedes’ in this business is a fab bonus, but once you start doing the business its really about changing people lives.
    I can appreciate your concern when seeing these words on packaging that you do not know what they are. As 90% of products on the market are terrible and have ingredients that are full of animal fats, petrochemicals, toxins. And shockingly 85% of what you’re paying for is the process it takes to actually get that pot of cream to you at the mall.
    So finding the perfect product can be a long journey. Thankfully I have found it. I do sincerely wish you the best in your search. Its just a shame you prejudged Arbonne so quickly.

  28. The cosmetics industry is horribly under-regulated. The Domestic Substances list went through a screening a few years ago because there were 5000+ chemicals on the market that have never been tested. They were basically categorized into several buckets of toxicity based on known chemistry, not lab testing.
    We need more stringent regulation on what goes into mass market products, I’m sure it’s hard to produce mass market cosmetics without using some sort of chemicals because you have to take shelf life into consideration. And all those things that you put into your formula- well, it’s gonna stink, so you have to mask with fragrance- which can mean just about anything.
    I guess the only way to go is what you are doing Julie- buy small batch products where the owner is genuinely concerned about the formulations.

    I’m heading to Terra-20 too. :) Thanks for the product reviews- I just read them. :)

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  40. Hello everyone. I read the responses regarding the Arbonne line, and I am here to add one very significant point: let us not confuse natural with found in nature, beneficial with having some benefits. Arbonne does not pretend to use only organic materials, nor does it state all its complexes are found within nature. Indeed, our job on this planet is to discover the synergistic capablities of natural ingredients. Do you only eat raw carrots? Or do you mix it with walnuts? Do you add lemon to your avocado? why? because you know you need to use a variety of ingredients in your diet to get the best results. The idea behind Arbonne is the same– science meets nature. So yes, some of the ingredients in the shampoo sound strange–but don’t confuse that with harmful. In fact, I’ve used numerous Arbonne products and I am amazed scientists can formulate such wonderul products. If the primer is addictive, it’s because it uses complexes that truly provide a wonderful canvas–not a canvas from mineral oil, but from polypeptides. Why do people insists a primer should be like eating a carrot? A primer is not, by any means, a cosmetic that is simple. In fact, it requires a scientists to uncover the best ingredients to achieve that effect. Do you want to seriously reconsider by touting “not found in nature”? Arbonne is specifically proud of its techonology. If you have an issue with that, then continue using carrot only cosmetics and see the poor results. But if you understand that the same way we have wonderful products in the market in different fields, be it medical advancements, nanotechnology etc, then be open to more than just stalks–be prepared for an incredible amusement park where man meets nature. It’s the future, pure and simple.

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