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What do StriVectin Neck Cream and wood sealant have in common?

Reviewed by Marta June 24, 2008 2 Comments
I don't know about you, but discovering that a wood sealant and a neck cream have an ingredient in common doesn't make me want to take up carpentry in a hurry. It does make me think twice about putting the cream anywhere near my swan-like. Strivectin's new Neck Cream includes Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, which also shows up in a patent for a solution that "reduces edge swelling on wooden panels". Still, it may not be a bad thing; wood needs TLC too, surely.

The Cosmetic Database, put together by the Environmental Working Group, doesn't like disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate one bit. It associates it with developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and irritation. Animal studies in the 1970s showed "sense organ effects" at low doses. However, I couldn't find anything more recent to corroborate this.


It turns up a lot in soaps and laundry detergent. Unilever describes it as an 'optical brightener', something that absorbs light to make it look whiter (optical brighteners have replaced 'blue' in washing powder to achieve that whiter-whites effect). It is also in Amatokin Eye Cream, which is made by the same group of companies as StriVectin.
  • August 6, 2008

    by Crystal

    <p>Most chemical ingredients in cosmetics cause some kind of damages when a huge quantity is tested on animals in the lab. And guess what. The chemicals (including Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate) were not originally developed for cosmetic industry. They have been already used in many chemical industries including food processing. So dont give customers false warnings.</p>

  • August 6, 2008

    by Beyourpal

    <p>This is a stupid comment . The chemical was mentioned in one patent for wood panels. Do you know how many chemicals (ex NaCl Salt!! you use/eat everyday are used in many industrial applications? It does not mean anything. </p>

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