10 GMO ingredients that may be in your body care products

Sneaky gmos..

Not only are they in our non-organic food & cotton clothes, but they’ve gone and snuck into our body care products, too. Last year I did a post on how to avoid them in your food (check it out here: http://thelotusroot.com/how-to-easily-avoid-gmos/)

Also as promised, this is part 1 in my series on how to navigate the beauty + personal care aisles, which will be spread out throughout the rest of the year. Feel free to submit any question you want answered about this topic here


*If they’re not listed as organic or non-gmo, they’re most likely genetically modified.*

1. Glycerin – Can be made from gmo soy – but can also be made from non-gmo coconut or palm oils (Just note that palm oil has its own problems – more on that later)

2. Lecithin – Usually made from gmo corn

3. Vitamin E – Most likely made from gmo soy

4. Xanthan gum – Used in moisturizers, lotions, etc. – can be made from gmo corn or soy

5. Decyl Glucoside – If listed as being made from Sugar Beets (Which are 100% gmo. Non gmo sugar beets have been banned by the sugar beet industry) – You may see this in your favorite natural shampoo

6. Corn starch  – or anything else made with corn

7. Canola oil – You will find this cheap filler oil in many of the so called natural lip balms out there

8. Soy oil ( ditto )

9. Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (or anything else made with soy)

10. Lauric acid ( can be made from canola or coconuts – conscious companies will most likely let you know what source it’s from)

Honorable mentions:

Alcohol. Most likely made from gmo corn

Cotton swabs, tampons, etc:  Made with gmo cotton unless organic

The trick is to try to make sure these ingredients are listed as organic, non-gmo, or avoid them all together if you can.

Sometimes, you have no choice but to use a product (or enjoy some food) that may have something in it that you don’t like. Just do your best, be vigilant, and be careful about the items you leave on your skin. In my products, I’ve committed to using 100% non-gmo ingredients, which are organic whenever possible.
Awareness is key – the more that people become as savvy about their body/skin care as they are about their food (and the more we vote with our dollars),
the more that companies will be forced to use better ingredients.

P.S: People all over the world will be marching against Monsanto tomorrow:  http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/p/blog-page_5.html
Will another march cause Monsanto to stop doing its eviiil deeds? Very doubtful. Will it be an opportunity for like-minded people to get together and help spread the word so we can ban this stuff for good? Signs point to yes. :)

See you there?


March Against Monsanto NYC 2013, Photo by Liz Davison

Photo © Liz Davison, 2013 (More here)

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