by MPD
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As Ecorazzi reported earlier, Brad Pitt has teamed up with Kiehl’s Since 1851 to create a biodegradable body cleanser that would benefit JPF Eco Systems — a charitable foundation created with Pitt to support global environmental initiatives. And by benefit we mean that every penny of every sale goe toward the organization. Totally impressive!

While we were excited that it was made from environmentally conscious, biodegradable ingredients and packaged in 100% post consumer recycled bottle, the National Post dug a bit deeper and found a few not-so-hot things about the product.

The good news is that all the ingredients are biodegradable and able to break down within 28 days. However biodegradable soap isn’t actually biodegradable when it ends up in a body of water, because it requires soil for it to break down properly.

While the bottle is made from post-consumer recycled plastic, the pump isn’t and the chain has yet to offer an in-store refill option.

Finally, and perhaps worse, the body cleanser contains such preservatives as potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate, which can form into the carcinogen benzene if it comes in contact with acids, and also isoeugenol, which is currently listed as a “high hazard” ingredient on the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database. Hmmmm.

So what now? Do the positives outweigh the negatives? I can’t decide, you guys. Leave me a comment and help me make up my mind. Thanks!

  • jamie lynn

    i was really disappointed last year when i purchased some kiehl’s mens items online for my husband and when they arrived they were FULL of parabens, dimethicone, etc. From what i had read on websites and magazines, i was led to believe they were a “natural” company–not true. i don’t plan to buy kiehl’s again–i’ll stick with burt’s bees now, thanks very much.

  • http://BrainyBlonde.com erin

    i didn’t want to say anything before because i figured kiehl’s was trying to do the right thing, but , over the years, i’ve found these products anything but “healthy” as jamie pointed out many have parabens and other possible cancer causing ingredients. i work in the eco beauty industry and would never recommend kiehl’s. feel free to look it up on one of the many non profit groups that tests carcinogens in the products and it does not rate well. even burt’s bees’ tends to rate much better.

    sad but true :(

  • hil

    Labelling is a tricky business. I used to be a chemist that worked on food labels as well as work in retail for a large scale “natural” cosmetic line. The thing about labels, especially that of a cosmetic product is that the regualtions are quite loose. Many companies will change their fomulas to reduce the amount of chemical preservatives to avoid having to list it on the label. If natural food based ingredients are used, and it is a product that is produced on a large scale, and no preservatives are listed on the label this makes me skeptical. I don’t know much about Kiel’s formulations, but it may be that they are using a level of those ingredients that is below what the FDA requires but they choose to list it anyway in order to fully disclose their ingredients. Paraben free in cosmetics often means the same thing as fat free in foods, it does not mean there are no parabens at all, it just means that there may not be enough of them to require the company to place them on the label. If something is made from food grade ingredients and wasn’t refridgerated when you purchased it, be skeptical that preservative free is truly preservative free.

  • Nicole

    Meh I will stick with my Canadian “Green Beaver” products! I think Kiehls is just greenwashing in my opinion!

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  • happyapple

    so sad, & deceiving. Most people believe the label and never look further into it.
    Don’t do it!

  • http://www.teensforsafecosmetics.com hannah

    even if a company is making an effort it’s not worth it if the product isn’t totally clean because so many other companies have clean so why shouldn’t Kiehls?

  • http://www.teensforsafecosmetics.com hannah

    check out http://www.teensforsafecosmetics.org for all you want to know about truly Eco skincare and makeup!