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Reviewed and rejected: Billy Jealousy's Golden Gloves hand cream

Reviewed by Marta February 23, 2008 4 Comments
Billy Jealousy's products are "sharply tailored for the sophisticated bad boy", Yes, it really says that. And yes, its really nauseating and somehow so very 80s. Nevertheless, I have been looking for a hard working hand cream for guys and no-nonsense girls and I alighted on Billy Jealousy's Golden Gloves Therapeutic Hand Cream.

I should have given up with a sneer when I found out that Golden Gloves' key ingredient is Tahitian gardenia. That's for a sophisticated bad boy with mirrors on his ceiling. You don't even want to contemplate what aftershave he is wearing. Anyway, I plodded dutifully through the rest of ingredients. I hope sophisticated bad boy doesn't have sensitive skin.

For reasons known only to Billy (and, perhaps, to the 1,395 friends he has on his MySpace page - including Buffy Tyler, who looks every bit as one might imagine a Buffy Tyler to look), Golden Gloves includes sodium hydroxide. This is severely irritating even in very small concentrations. For good measure, there is also hydrogenated lecithin, which functions to ensure other ingredients really penetrate the skin.

Oh alright, here's the link to Billy's MySpace page (mind you come back to Truth In Aging).
  • February 24, 2008

    by marta

    <p>I can't say for sure. The link with Vitamin C does seem to be definitive. Here is a link to wikipedia <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_benzoate." rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_benzoate.</a> </p>

    <p>Several sodas were taken off the market in the UK because they had vitamin C and SB. But the examples and the concern seem to have been food-related.</p>

    <p>The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel considers it safe in cosmetics in concentrations up to 5% and in hair dye up to 10%.</p>

    <p>I'll keep poking around to see if I can find out more.</p>

  • February 24, 2008

    by Lori

    <p> Eek. does that mean that because the lotion also has vitamin C that it is creating a carcinogen? and what if this preservative is in shampoo?</p>

  • February 24, 2008

    by marta

    <p>Hi Lori<br />
    There are two preservatives in your cream. One is potassium sorbate that is a mild preservative used in food. The other is sodium benzoate and unfortunately it is much more controversial. There was a health scare about it in the UK last year because it is used in soft drinks/sodas. If mixed with an additive vitamin C it creates a carcinogen. But also it has been linked to aging (!) and diseases like Parkinson's because it destroys DNA. The FDA regulates the amount that can be used in food - thankfully. Without knowing how much is in your cream, it is difficult to advise you. Personally, I go by the adage "if in doubt, leave it out".<br />
    Sorry not to have better news.</p>

  • February 24, 2008

    by Lori

    <p>After reading this post I went and grabed my all-time favorite hand cream (I have three tubes in my house so that it is always close at hand) wondering what the ingredients were since I had not really looked before. JASON Natural E.F.A. hand and body lotion. When my now 15 year old was 6mo old for an unkown reason the skin at the back of his knee and crease of his elbows got red, dry and irritated. I came across this at the health store, and it worked miricles. I have used it faithful eversince. Most ingredients are Certified Organic and an 8 oz tube runs about $8.oo. I do not see any parabens.? What are the preservatives?<br />
    Here are the ingredients:<br />
    Purified water, Lavadula Angustifolia, green tea extract, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Glycerin(Vege), Octyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil),Glyceryl Stearate, Evening Primrose Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Gardenia Extract, Vitamin E, Dimethicone, Black current oil, Potassium Stearate, Borage Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Retinyl Palmitate, Natural Tocopherol, Vitamin B-5, Yucca extract, Natural Tocotrienol, Vitamin C, Octinoxate(suncreen), Potassium Carbomer, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Color, Essential Oil Blend. </p>

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