KORA. Burn Baby Burn.

Thanks to Calpurnia for the heads up.

KORA contains potentially harmful chemicals as we all know. Take a look at the ingredients for her Soothing Day & Night Cream:

Direct link.

I’ve underlined the ingredients I know to be harmful. Here is the proof:

Benzyl Alcohol (scroll down to “Cancer Causing Chemicals and Agents In Personal Care Products”):


Dehydroacetic Acid:


Lactic Acid:


I found these 3 ingredients in the first thing I looked at on her KORA site so there may be many other potentially harmful ingredients in others but you get the idea. Miranda advises people with sensitive skin to use her products yet the links I have provided warn against using such chemicals. Didn’t she say she was going to use her KORA products on her baby? Wow, I certainly would not use cancer causing chemicals on my baby. Shame on you Miranda, shame on you!

ETA: Oh yes, she did say it and both have the Benzyl Alcohol in.

~ by Kerrazy Lies on October 15, 2010.

11 Responses to “KORA. Burn Baby Burn.”

  1. If she’s going to use it for the baby she’s more stupid as proven.
    Not to mention you should use NOTHING for a newborn.

  2. According to this:

    “Benzyl alcohol, which is an antimicrobial, is found in nature – in plants (e.g. green/black tea) and some edible fruits. The metabolism of benzyl alcohol by human/animal body is well established.
    It is known to be metabolised to benzoic acid then further modified and excreted in the urine. Extensive research has been done to examine the toxicity of benzyl alcohol and benzoic acid, givng data for acute, short-term and long-term toxicity, carcinogenicity, genotoxicity and developmental toxicity.

    In light of this data the European Commission (SCF/CS/ADD/FLAV/78) considered benzyl alcohol acceptable as a food ingredient when used at low doses. EU cosmetic directive allows it in cosmetic products with no restrictions in the type of use nor any conditions or warnings that need go on the product label, there is just a maximum authorized concentration of 1%. The Soil Association, the UK’s organic standards organisation, permits its use in organic products, as does the new EU organic standard COSMOS.”

    So, this is permitted in organic products, in very low concentration, as Miranda herself explained on her Facebook this substance is present in very low concentration.

    The same is for Dehydroacetic Acid, that you can find, just to name one exaample, also in the products of this other organic products:

    And just to let you know, Lactic Acid is one of the main components of Ringer’s lactate or lactated Ringer’s solution. This intravenous fluid consists of sodium and potassium cations, with lactate and chloride anions, in solution with distilled water in concentration so as to be isotonic compared to human blood. It is most commonly used for fluid resuscitation after blood loss due to trauma, surgery, or a burn injury.
    Also, Lactic acid has gained importance in the detergents industry the last decade. It is a good descaler, soap-scum remover, and a registered anti-bacterial agent. An economically beneficial as well as environmentally beneficial trend toward safer and natural ingredients has also contributed.

    So, there is no harm in having these components in kORA or any other organic products.

    • Mayrayn, while it is found in fruits etc it is obviously an irritant to sensitive skin as people have tried and tested it and proven it. Fruits are natural but I wouldnt rub them on my skin. You could say a lemon is natural and the acids in the lemon are natural acids but they would dry my skin out and bleach it. It doesnt matter how “natural” something is, it doesnt mean it can be applied to skin/sensitive skin.

      Buttercup is a natural plant but it can kill you. The pips in apples can kill you if consumed in a high amount and would people who make smoothies and such things think about this? Vitamin A is natural but it can irriate and burn sensitive skin.

      Case in point, these acids/chemicals are still an irritant to eczema/sensitive skin as this is proven yet Miranda is recommending these products to people with such afflictions. Benzyl acid is natural but it is also made in a lab. Also, the wikipedia link you gave regarding the Lactic acid, if you looked up Benzyl Aclohol you would have noticed this…

      “Benzyl alcohol is used as a bacteriostatic preservative at low concentration in intravenous medications. It is oxidized rapidly in healthy individuals to benzoic acid, conjugated with glycine in the liver, and excreted as hippuric acid. High concentrations can result in toxic effects including respiratory failure, vasodilation, hypotension, convulsions, and paralysis. Newborns, especially if critically ill, may not metabolize benzyl alcohol as readily as adults. Reports in the early 1980s of sixteen neonatal deaths associated with the use of saline flush solutions containing benzyl alcohol preservative led to recommendations to avoid its use in neonates”

      …so thanks for the links you gave and now that confirms she shouldn’t be using this crap on her baby!

      The wiki link you gave regarding Lactic Acid says that Lactic Acid is used in detergents and descalers (soap scum removers).. imagine how harsh that is and on a baby’s skin also. You have been most helpful 🙂

    • Hi Mayfrayn,

      Thing is hun, is that she is saying these things are for SENSITIVE SKINS, benzyl alcohol and lactic acid are known irritants to sensitive skins- that is a fact, and they irritate people with eczema too- people with normal skin I am sure those products are fine, but she is wrong to market the products at people with sensitive skin and eczema.

      If she would admit that these ingredients could be harsh for most ppl with eczema and sensitive skins then that would be the right thing to do.

      Obviously she shouldnt be putting these products on her babies for the reasons given.

      Miranda doesnt know everything she proclaims, she said the other day that white spots on the nails are to do with calcium, that is in fact untrue and is to do with banging the nail or zinc deficiency.

      Again on healthy, thicker skins those ingredients (if you dont mind the cancer scares lol) would be fine no doubt.

    • Think Id rather trust a site with actual sufferers of eczema saying whats bad for their skin than a site that probably have no experience.

  3. That is just wrong. If Benzyl alcohol can irritate and worsen an adults sensitive and eczema skin, then imagine what it could do to a babies!! And that isn’t even getting into the cancer debate about this chemical.

    Exactly chocolover, you don’t use anything for a newborn baby!

  4. The key is that she says it’s certified and it’s not. As the owner she should know if her products have a label or not. What a way to run a company. Sad.

  5. Oh, deary deary me, Miranda. When will she ever learn? If you put something on the internet that can be easily proven wrong, then it will be. Your BS will also forever be on the interwebs and Little Miss Thick Shit needs to learn this.

  6. Well, everything can be dangerous for sensitive skin, or even normal skin, if you are allergic to some elements. But, as you said, it depends by the concentration of the substances. You are talking about these substancies in high concentration and I’m totally sure that, if you give a look to what everyone of us use daily for their skin, you can find all these ingredients and even worse in them.
    The point is that you can’t accuse a product easily, if you don’t have people using THAT product and having problems and even in that case, it can depends from the sensiility of that specific person and the product cn be used by every other person.
    If you think of the vaccinations, some has killed people who were alllergic or sensitive to some components, but they saved all the others. Of course, this is an extreme example.
    The point is that the ingredients you are talking about are all permitted in low concentration and they are used as conservants, because you have to stabilize a cream and you can’t conserve it without anything as conservant. For example, if you give a look to this cream:
    recommended for eczema and with a lot of testimonials that it works, you can see that it contains Triethanolamine, that has caused occasionally allergic reactions. So, it all depends how you read something and what your sources are. Ok Kora site there are a lot of testimonials for her products, and they used them, so it means that the products are good for those people. And don’t tell me that those testimonials are fake, or payed please, because you can’t tell this.

    • I have read testimonials about KORA from people who said it irritated their skin, I will try and find them at some point.

      I came up with facts, you came up with facts, it all depends what you want to believe and if this was being said about any other skincare range, I don’t think you would be here, so in other words, all this has to do with Miranda, not KORA! Also, do you really think the KORA site are going to publish negative testimonials? Dream on, no one does that! If you also read the testimonials on the Amazon link you gave me – look at all the “it irratated my skin”,”the cream hurt my son” comments. 22 people gave it 1 out of 5. I think that speaks for itself. Obviously there is something in the cream that is irritating their skin… I wonder what! Like I said, a lot of companies do use such chemicals in their creams, not just KORA but, as you can see, there are still people who can’t use the cream because it burns them.

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