Thursday, July 30, 2009

Reader Mail: Yes to Carrots - Not So Fast!

Wanted to share this e-mail from reader K. Take this as a warning about some of the reactions you can have when you use products with questionable ingredients. The Yes to Carrots brand seems fine, except for them using IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA. That's one of the dirty cousins. Aside from releasing Formaldehyde, it is also a known allergen. More here. Bottom line, if you are having any kind of skin issues, you need to pull out all of your products and read your labels. You could very well be causing your own misery.

"First I want to thank you for your blog! I found your blog two weeks ago while researching my one year old's skin problems. We were getting ready to leave for a family vacation, so in the rush I picked up the first paraben free lotion I came across at Rite Aid. It was the Yes to Carrots brand and we took it with us on vacation. Two days later my son and I both broke out in an awful itchy rash. I was shocked because I thought I was going in the right direction with the paraben free lotion. So I went back to your sight and read more and discovered that Yes to Carrots has a nasty cousin in it: Imidazolidnyl Urea. So I followed your link on it and realized that is exactly what was causing this rash on our arms. We have switched two days ago to Burt's Bees and the rash is already going away!

I was wondering if you would post something warning against using Yes to Carrots and the reaction that Imidazolidynl Urea can cause.

Thank you again for your wonderful blog!



  1. I was tempted to buy this product but somehow keep on putting it back to the shelf before I am about to pay it. Good thing I didn't buy this.. Thanks for the warning. I am pregnant right now and I am trying to be very careful about the products that I put on my body. If any of you guys have suggestions for baby products please let me know.. I always visit this website every week to check on new posts! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog.

  2. I actually have a friend who claim to be using "green" products and I get hooked into it but then I found your blog and began looking at the ingredients on their lotions, shampoos and other products and it contain parabens so I immediately withdraw from it (It's like a membership and you have to buy something every month from them. They're products are not cheap mind you)

  3. Hi I just used the yes to carrots body butter for dry skin.. blue veins appeared vividly over the areas i applied it.. i rang my friend who also uses the product to get her advice and she said she has become very "veiney" over the last few weeks but never made the connection with the yes to carrots can someone tell me how this could happen? is it that the product is too strong for my skin or allergic reaction?

  4. i have just tried yes to carrots. the nourishing day cleanser and the day cream. i am a very dry skin type but have always been good about moisturizing. i do not have sensitive skin. i have to say i have never been so tight and dry in my life after useing this product. even after chemical peels i have never flaked this bad. DONT USE IT

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