Thursday, January 14, 2016

EOS Lip Balm Class Action Lawsuit - Blistering, Bleeding, Chemical Burns

Another heavily celebrity endorsed product is receiving consumer backlash in the form of a class action lawsuit. EOS Lip Balm. Users are claiming they have experienced everything from dry lips to chemical burns to long term loss of lip color.

Personally, I used EOS in Passionfruit for a week in 2011. I remember it very clearly because I thought the balm smelled fantastic. It went on smoothly and I thought I had a winner. By the end of the second day, I noticed my lips felt tight. Must not be using enough lip balm. The third day, my lips felt rough. Four days into using the EOS lip balm and the skin started peeling off my lips. I finally came to my sense and stopped using the EOS. My lips continued to suffer despite emergency applications of oil lip rescue products. They eventually cracked and started bleeding. It took a month for my lips to heal themselves. I've always taken very good care of my lips and have never experienced anything like my reaction to EOS before or since. I currently use lip balm from 100% Pure.

According to the EOS website, this is the current ingredients list for their standard lip balms. Nothing really jumps out at me except for the Linalool. Perhaps reactions to the fruit acids?

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax (Cire D'abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Natural Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract*, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract*, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract*, Linalool**. *Organic. **Component of Natural Flavor. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

EOS Class Action Lawsuit - Customer Injuries - Geragos & Geragos

More photos and user discussion on the Buzzfeed link.
Read the lawsuit details EOS Class Action Lawsuit Filing.

EOS Class Action Lawsuit - Kim Kardashian Product Endorsement

EOS Class Action Lawsuit - Britney Spears Endorsement
EOS Class Action Lawsuit - Miley Cyrus Endorsement

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WEN Hair Care Users Sue Over Hair Loss

WEN Hair Care Lawsuit - Ingredients Cause Balding
Wen Hair Care Products Lawsuit
Chaz Dean and his WEN Hair care line are at the center of a class action lawsuit brought by 200 former users of his products. They claim they suffered substantial hair loss after using the WEN hair care system. While my first instinct is to point my finger and give a few "I told you so's", I feel genuinely sorry for these poor people. They bought into the hype and the celebrity endorsements after being pounded by years of WEN Hair infomercials. I have read hair loss horror stories about WEN for several years and always wondered if the damage was that severe, why no one ever took legal action. Looks like that time has come.

200 Women Sue WEN Hair Care

WEN took down the actual ingredients list from their website a couple years ago. Here is the ingredients listing from one of their products. No wonder people are losing their hair. Not only are there extremely harsh and irritating ingredients listed, people rub this into their scalp, smothering the skin and hair follicles. Suffocating your scalp with anything is going to cause major hair trauma.

Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal.C960

This list comes from the Almost Exactly blog. You should read the discussion people are having regarding hair loss and these products. It's pretty scary stuff. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Jessica Alba and The Honest Company Sued

The Honest Company Logo

This time last month, Jessica Alba and The Honest Company were taking internet heat for their sunscreen which received multiple complaints of protection failures. Now, she and her company are facing a class action lawsuit for misleading consumers by claiming the products are all natural.

Don't worry about Jessica, her company is currently worth $1.7 billion. However, YOU as a consumer need to read and understand the ingredients in the products that you use. Even if you purchase an old stand-by, be sure to check out the label. It will save you some unpleasant surprises.
In court documents obtained by UPI, the plaintiff, Jonathan D. Rubin who is bringing the lawsuit against Honest individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated, accuses the product line of deceptively labeling their products as effective and containing natural ingredients.
Rubin and his lawyers single out the company's line of Honest Hand Soap, Honest Dish Soap, Honest Diapers and Honest Multi - Surface Cleaner as containing unnatural and toxic ingredients such as Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Polycrylate. Read more.