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Inga Tritt founded The Original Little Sprout® in 2003 and Original Sprout in 2007. The name Little Sprout was inspired by the birth of her daughter Maya. Inga was born in Germany and grew up in Montecito, California. Her love of nature, art and architecture led to a successful career as a master stylist. Wanting to be a full time mum led her to selling her salons & spas and moving to the country, where she now lives with her family.


Our founder delighted in her newborn daughter’s thick hair. Wanting to use the safest bath products led to her trying natural baby shampoos. To her surprise, all the shampoos wreaked havoc on her daughter’s hair and sensitive skin. To remedy the problem, Inga created the first of it’s kind; ultra moisturizing, natural baby bath & styling products. The benefits of being a master stylist with professional experience & a mother with real life experience culminated into Original Sprout, a globally trusted natural family brand.


Parents trust Original Sprouts superior performance & worry-free ingredients. Cancer & early puberty can be linked to hormone disruption, hence no natural or synthetic hormone disrupters such as soy; yam, tea tree, lavender, parabens, titanium dioxide, formaldehyde or nano-particles are used in our formulas. In addition products are free of insect attracting honey or soda fragrances.


Original Sprout uses fragrances & essential oils that are approved by California’s Safe Cosmetics Program & the European Cosmetics Directive. By creating safe fragrances smelling good is worry-free! Our fragrances are free of ingredients linked to cancer concerns such as phthalates, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, styrene toluene, chlorobenzene, glycol ethers & musk.


Staying healthy & beautiful is easy with Original Sprout. Women trust & enjoy our superior, prevention based formulas. Each product is made specifically without estrogen disrupting or contaminated ingredients. Certified green & clean fragrances are standard for added health benefits. Always healthy, always beautiful with Original Sprout.


Original Sprout is adamantly against animal testing and is proud to support Peta in the ethical treatment of animals. All products are vegan, and lanolin, used in the Baby hair Balm, is from wool so the sheep are not harmed.


Original Sprout is environmentally responsible. Company cars run on biodiesel and recycling is standard. Recycled shipping boxes are commonly used and skylights are in the fulfillment center for reduced energy consumption. Recyclable number two plastic is used in product production, for added consumer and environmental protection. Original Sprout will continue to strive to implement the latest technology in alternative energy, which directly contributes to cleaner air, water and a better future for our children.




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Baby Names

Baby Names…

Exotic Names & Meanings

Aaarti – worship; divine fire in ritual
Aafreen – encouragement
Abani – earth
Abha – lustre; shine
Abhaya – fearless
Abhilasha – desire
Aboil – the name of a flower
Achala – constant
Adarsh – ideal
Adhira – lightning
Adishree – exalted
Aditi – mother of gods
Adrika – celestial
Aghanashini – destroyer of sins
Agrata – leadership
Agrima – leadership
Ahalya – wife of Rishi Gautam; a woman who was saved by Lord Rama
Ahladita – in happy mood
Aishani – Goddess Durga
Aishwarya – wealth
Ajala – the earth
Ajanta – a famous Buddist cave
Akhila – complete
Akriti – diagram
Akshaya – indestructible
Akshita – seen
Akuti – princess
Alaka – a girl with a lovely hair
Alaknanda – flawless
Alisha – protected by God
Alka – a girl with a lovely hair
Almas – a diamond
Alopa – faultless
Alpa – little
Alpana – a decorative design
Amala – the pure one
Amba – Parvati
Ambika – Goddess Parvati
Ambu – water
Ambuda – cloud
Ambuja – born of a Lotus; Goddess Lakshmi
Ambuja – lotus
Amita – limitless
Amla – the pure one
Amoda – happiness
Amodini – joyful
Amrapali – famous courtesan who became a evotee of Buddha
Amrita – nectar
Amritkala – nectarine art
Amrusha – sudden
Amshula – sunny
Amulya – priceless
Anagha – sinless
Anahita – graceful
Anala – fiery
Anamika – ring-finger
Anandamayi – full of joy
Anandi – jovial
Anandini – joyful
Anandita – happy
Ananya – matchless
Anarghya – priceless
Anasooya – wife of Rishi Atri
Anasuya – wife of Rishi Atri
Anchal – the decorative end of a sari
Anchita – honoured; worshipped
Angana – an suspicious or handsome woman
Angarika – a flame-coloured flower-Palash or Flame of the Forest
Anika – Goddess Durga
Anindita – beautiful
Anisha – uninterrupted
Anita – grace
Anjali – offering
Anjana – mother of Hanuman
Anju – one who lives in heart
Anjushree – dear to one’s heart
Anjushri – dear to one’s heart
Ankita – conqueress; empress; one with auspicious marks
Annapurna – Goddess Parvati; generous with food
Anoushka – lightning
Anshula – sunny
Antara – the second note in Hindustani classical music
Anuhya – something unexpected – in a pleasant way – and valuable
Anumati – consent
Anupama – unique; unparalleled
Anuprabha – brightness
Anuradha – a bright star
Anuragini – beloved
Anurati – consent
Anusha – beautiful morning; a star
Anushka – lightning
Anushri – pretty
Anuva – knowldege
Anwesha – quest
Apala – name of a learned woman of the past
Aparijita – undefeated; name of a flower
Aparna – Goddess Parvati
Apsara – celestial maiden
Apurva; Apoorva – unique
Aradhana – worship
Arati – worship; divine fire in ritual
Archa – worship
Archan – worship
Archana – worship
Archisha – a ray of light
Archita – one who is worshipped
Arpana – surrendered
Arpita – dedicated
Arshia – heavenly
Aruna – dawn
Arundhati – a star
Aruni – dawn
Arunima – glow of dawn
Asavari – name of a raga or melody
Ascharya – Surprise
Aseema – limitless
Asgari – devotee
Asha – hope; aspiration
Ashakiran – ray of hope
Ashalata – creeper of hope
Ashavari – name of a raaga
Ashima – limitless
Ashis – benediction
Ashna – friend
Ashwini – name of a star
Asita – the river Yamuna
Aslesha – a star
Asmita – pride
Atasi – a blue flower
Atmaja – daughter
Atreyi – name of a river
Avani – Earth
Avanti(ancient Malwa; Ujjain
Avantika – princess of Ujjain
Ayesha – daughter of the Prophet
Ayushmati – one who has a long life
Aziza – a friend
Bageshri – name of a raaga
Bahula – a star
Baidehi – Sita
Baijayanthi – garland of Lord Vishnu
Baisakhi – of the month Baishakh
Baishali – an ancient city
Bakul – the name of a flower
Bakula – Nagakeshar flower
Bala – girl
Ballari – creeper
Banamala – forests
Banani – forests
Bandana – worship
Bandhula – charming
Bandhura – pretty
Banhi – fire
Banhishikha – flame
Banita – woman
Bansari – flute
Barnali – Dispersion of seven colors
Barsha – rain
Baruna – wife of the Lord of the sea
Baruni – Goddess Durga
Basabi – wife of Lord Indra
Basanti – of spring
Bela – a flower-jasmine
Beli – a flower-jasmine
Benazir – incomparable
Bhadra – gentle
Bhagirathi – the river Ganga
Bhagwanti – lucky
Bhagya – lucky
Bhagyalakshmi – goddess of wealth
Bhagyashree – fortunate
Bhagyawati – fortunate
Bhairavi – a melody in classical music
Bhakti – devotion
Bhamini – woman
Bhanuja – river Yamuna
Bhanumati – full of lustre
Bhanupriya – beloved of the sun
Bharani – Name of a celestial star
Bharati – Goddess Saraswati
Bhargavi – Goddess Parvati
Bhavana – feelings; sentiments
Bhavini – Goddess Parvati
Bhavna – meditation; thinking
Bhilangana – a river
Bhoomi – the earth
Bhoomika – the earth
Bhuvana – the earth
Bimala – pure
Bina – a musical instrument
Binata – the wife of Sage Kashyap
Bindiya – drop; point
Bindu – a drop
Binodini – handsome; beautiful Radha
Bipasha – a river; Beas
Bishakha – a star
Bratati – creeper
Brinda – the basil plant; Radha
Bulbul – a songbird
Bulbuli – a songbird
Cauvery – same as Cavery- name of a river
Chadna – love
Chaitali – born in the month of Chaitra
Chaitaly – name of an ancient city
Chaitan – consciousness
Chakori – a bird enamoured of the moon
Chakrika – Lakshmi
Chameli – a creeper with flowers
Chameli – jasmine
Champa – a flower
Champabati – the capital
Champakali – a bud of champa
Chanchala – restless
Chandana – parrot
Chandana – sandal wood
Chandani – a river
Chandanika – diminutive
Chandika – diminutive of Chandana
Chandni – moonlit
Chandrabali – Krishna;s girl-friend
Chandrabhaga – river Chenab
Chandrakala – moonbeams
Chandraki – peacock
Chandrakin – a peacock
Chandraleksha – a ray of the moon
Chandrani – wife of the moon
Chandrika – moonlight
Chandrima – the moon
Changuna – a good woman
Chapala – restless; lighting
Charita – good
Charu – beautiful; attractive
Charulata – beautiful creeper
Charulekha – beautiful picture
Charumati – beautiful
Charuprabha – beautiful
Charusheela – a jewel
Charvi – a beautiful woman
Chatura – clever
Chhabi – picture
Chhavvi – image; radiance
Chhaya – shadow
Chimayi – blissful
Chinmayi – blissful
Chintan; Chintana; Chintanika – meditation
Chiti – love
Chitkala – knowledge
Chitra – picture; a stat; name of a river
Chitragandha – a fragrant material
Chitralekha – as beautiful as a picture
Chitrali – a row of pictures
Chitramala – series of pictures
Chitrangada – one of Arjuna’s wives
Chitrani – river Ganga
Chitrarekha – picture
Chitrita – picturesque
Daksha – the earth; Sati; wife of Shiva
Dakshata – skill
Dakshayani – Goddess Durga
Damayanti – Nala’s wife
Damini – lightning
Darika – maiden
Darpana – a mirror
Darshana – sight
Darshwana – pure of heart
Daya – kindness; mercy; pity
Dayamayee – kind
Dayanita – tender
Dayita – beloved
Deeba – silk
Deepa – a lamp
Deepabali – row of lamps
Deepali – collection of lamps
Deepamala – row of lamps
Deepanwita – lit by lamps
Deepaprabha – fully lighted
Deepashikha – flame
Deepavali – row of lamps
Deepika – a lamp
Deepta – shining
Deepti – flame; lustre
Deeptikana – a beam of light
Deeptimoyee – lustrous
Devahuti – daughter of Manu
Devak – divine
Devaki – mother of Krishna
Devangana – celestial maiden
Devasree – divine beauty
Devi – goddess
Devika – mother of Krishna
Devyani – daughter of Shukraacharya
Dhanashri – a raga
Dhanishta – a star
Dhanya – great
Dhanyata – success; fulfilment
Dhara – constant flow
Dharani – the earth
Dharini – earth
Dharitri – the earth
Dhatri – earth
Dhriti – courage; morale
Dhvani – sound;voice
Dhwani – sound;voice
Diksha – initiation
Dilber – lover
Dilshad – happy
Disha – direction
Diti – wife of the sage Kashyap
Divya – divine lustre
Doyel – a songbrid
Draupadi – wife of the Pandavas
Dristi – eyesight
Dulari – dear
Durba – sacred grass
Durga – succour; the Goddess
Durva – sacred grass
Dwipavati – river
Ecchumati – a river
Ekaparana – wife of Himalaya
Ekata – unity
Ekavali – single-string
Ekta – unity
Ektaa – unity
Ela – earth
Enakshi – dear-eyed
Esha – desire
Eshana – search
Eshita – one who desires
Faiza – gain
Fajyaz – artistic
Falguni – born in Falgun; a Hindu month
Farha – happiness
Faria – a caravan
Farida – turquoise
Fatima – prophet Mohammad’s daughter
Fawiza – successful
Firoza – turquoise
Foolan – flowering
Foolwati – delicated as a flower
Fulki – spark
Fullara – wife of Kalketu
Gajagamini – majestic- like an elephant’s walk
Gajra – a string of flowers
Gandhali – fragrance of flowers
Ganga – sacred river of India
Gangika – river Ganga
Gangotri – sacred river of India
Gargi – an ancient scholar
Gatita – a river
Gauhar – a pearl
Gaura – a fair woman
Gauri – a fair woman; parvati
Gaurika – a young girl
Gautami – wife a sage Gautam; river Godavari
Gayatri – the chant of salvation; Goddess Durga
Gazala – a deer
Geena – silvery
Geeta – holy book of the Hindus
Geeti – a song
Geetika – a little song
Girija – born of a mountain; Goddess Parvati
Gitanjali – an offering of songs
Godavari – sacred river of India
Gomati – name of a river
Gool – a flower
Gopa – Gautama’s wife
Gopi – a cowherd; cowherd woman
Gopika – a cowherd; cowherd woman
Gorochana – Goddess Parvati
Govindi – a devotee of Lord krishna
Gulab – rose
Gunjana – buzzing of a bee
Gunwanti – virtuous
Gurjari – a raga
Gyanada – Goddess Saraswati
Habiba – beloved
Hafiza – protected
Haimavati – Parvati; Lord Shiva’s wife
Hamsa – swan
Hanima – a wave
Hansa – swan
Hansika – swan
Hansini – swan
Harathi – Divine fire in puja ritual
Harimanti – born in the season of hemanta
Harinakshi – doe-eyed
Harini – deer
Haripriya – consort of Lord Vishnu; lakshmi
Harita – green
Harsha – happiness
Harsha – happiness
Harshada – giver of joy
Harshini – joyous
Hasina – beautiful
Hasita – happy
Hasumati – happy
Heera – diamond
Hema – golden
Hemangi – golden body
Hemangini – girl with golden body
Hemanti – early winter
Hemavati – golden Parvati
Hemlata – golden creeper
Hena – a flower
Hetal – friendly
Hima – snow
Himagouri – Parvati
Himani – snow
Hina – henna
Hindola – a raga
Hiral – lustrous
Hiranmayi – golden girl
Hirkani – small diamond
Hita – lovable
Hiya – heart
Hoor – a celestical
Husna – beautiful
Iha – the earth
Ihina – enthusiasm
Ikshu – sugarcane
Ila – earth; daughter of Manu
Ina – mother
Inayat – kindness
Indira – Goddess Lakshmi
Indira – Lakshmi
Indrakshi – one with beautiful eyes
Indrani – wife of Lord Indra
Indrasena – daughter of King Nala
Indrayani – the name of a sacred river
Indu – moon
Induja – narmada river
Induja – Narmada river
Indukala – moonlight
Induleksh – the moon
Induma – moon
Indumati – the full moon
Indumukhi – with moonlike face
Ipsa – desire
Ipsita – desired
Ira – earth; muse
Iravati – the river Ravi
Isha – one who protects
Ishana – rich
Ishani – Parvati; wife of Lord Shiva
Ishika – pain brush
Ishita – mastery; wealth
Ishrat – affection
Ishwari – goddess
Ivy – a creeper
Jabeen – forehead
Jagadamba – mother of the universe
Jagriti – vigilance
Jahanara – queen of the world
Jaheel – lake
Jahnavi – Ganga river
Jaishree – honour of victory
Jaisudha – nectar of victory
Jaiwanti – victory
Jalabala – a river
Jaladhija – Lakshmi
Jalaja – lotus
Jamini – night
Jamna – Indian River
Jamuna – holy river
Janaki – wife of Lord Rama; Sita
Janani – Mother
Janhavi – river Ganga
Jasoda – mother of Lord krishna
Jasodhara – mother of Lord Buddha
Jaya – victory
Jayalakshmi – the goddess of victory
Jayalalita – victorious goddess Durga
Jayamala – garland of victory
Jayani – a sakti of Ganesha
Jayanti – victorious
Jayantika – Goddess Durga; Parvati
Jayaprada – giver of victory
Jayashree – the goddess of victory
Jayashri – goddess of victory
Jayati – victorious
Jayita – victories
Jeeval – full of life
Jeevana – life
Jeevankala – art of life
Jeevanlata – creeper of life
Jeevika – water
Jetashri – a raga
Jharna – a stream
Jhilmil – sparkling
Jhinuk – oyster
Jigya – curiosity to know
Joel – God
Joshita – pleased
Jowaki – a firefly
Juhi – a flower
Jui – a flower
Juily – a flower
Jyoti – flame; lamp
Jyotibala – splendour
Jyotika – light; a flame
Jyotirmoyee – lustrous
Jyotishmati – lustrous
Jyotsna – moonlight
Kadambari – Goddess
Kadambini – an array of clouds
Kaishori – Goddess Parvati
Kajal – eyeliner
Kajjali – kohl
Kakali – chiping of birds
Kala – art
Kalanidhi – treasure of art
Kalavati – artistic
Kalavati – Parvati; artist
Kali – a bud; Parvati
Kalika – a bud
Kalindi – the river Yamuna
Kalindi – Yamuna river
Kallol – large waves; gurgling of water
Kalpana – imagination
Kalpita – the imagined
Kalyani – auspicious
Kalyani – blissful; fortunate
Kamakshi – name of Goddess Lakshmi or Parvati; one with loving eyes
Kamala – Goddess
Kamalakshi – one whose eyes are beautiful like lotuses
Kamalika – lotus
Kamalini – lotus
Kamalkali – the bud of a lotus
Kamana – desire
Kamini – a beautiful woman
Kamna – desire
Kana – an atom
Kanak – gold
Kanaka – gold
Kanakabati – a fairy-tale
Kanaklata – golden creeper
Kanakpriya – lover of gold
Kanan – forest
Kananbala – nympth of the forest
Kanchan – gold
Kanchana – gold
Kanchi – a waistband
Kanika – an atom
Kankana – a bracelet
Kanta – a beautiful
Kanti – lustre
Kapila – name of the celestial cow
Kapotakshi – eyes like a pigeon’s
Karabi – a flower
Karishma – Miracle
Karuna – compassion; mercy
Karunamayi – merciful
Kashi – Varanasi; the holy city
Kashmira – from Kashmir
Kasturi – musk
Katyayani – Goddess Parvati
Kaumudi – moonlight
Kaushalya – mother of Rama
Kaveri – a river
Kavita – a poem
Keertana – hymn; a song in praise of god
Kesar – pollen; lion
Kesari – saffron; a lion
Keshi – a woman with beautiful hari
Keshika – a woman with beautiful hair
Keshini – one with beautiful hair
Ketaki – a cream coloured flower
Ketana – home
Keya – a monsoon flower
Khyati – fame
Kimaya – divine
Kiran – ray of light
Kiranmala – a garland of light
Kirtana – praise
Kirti – fame
Kishori – a young girl
Kokila – cuckoo; nightingale
Komal – tender
Komala – delicate
Koyel – the cuckoo
Krandasi – the sky and the earth
Kranti – revolution
Kripa – mercy
Krishna – Draupadi
Krishnaa – Draupadi
Krishnakali – a flower
Kriti – A work of art
Krittika – the Plaids
Krupa – grace; favour
Kshama – forgiveness
Kshanika – momentary
Kumari – unmarried
Kumkum – vermilion
Kumud – lotus
Kumudini – a lotus
Kunda – name of a flower
Kundanika – golden girl
Kunjal – cuckoo; nightingale
Kunjalata – forest creeper
Kunjana – forest girl
Kuntal – hair
Kuntala – a woman with luxurious hair
Kunti – the mother of the Pandavas
Kurangi – deer
Kushala – safe; happy; expert
Kusum – a flower
Kusuma – flower
Kusumanjali – flower offering
Kusumavati – flowering
Kusumita – blossomed
Kusumlata – flowering creeper
Laabha – profit
Laalamani – ruby
Laasya – name of a dance
Labangalata – a flowering creeper
Laboni – grace
Lajja – modesty
Lajjawati – a sensitive plant; modest woman
Lajwanti – a sensitive woman
Lajwati – modest
Laksha – white rose
Lakshana – one with auspicious signs on her; Duryodhana’s daughter
Lakshmi – goddess of wealth
Lakshmishree – fortunate
Lakshya – aim; destination
Lalan – nurturing
Lalana – a beautiful woman
Lali – darling girl
Lalima – redness
Lalita – elegant; beautiful
Lalitamohana – attractive; beautiful
Lalitha – elegant; beautiful
Lata – creeper; vine
Latakara – mass of creepers
Latangi – a creeper
Latha – a creeper
Latika – small creeper
Lavali – clove
Lavanya – grace
Leela – divine play
Leelamayee – playful
Leelavati – playful; goddess Durga
Leena – devoted
Lekha – writing
Lekha – writing; picture
Lily – a flower
Lipi – script
Lipika – short letter
Lochan – eye; eyes
Lochana – eye; eyes
Lola – Goddess Lakshmi
Lona – beauty; pretty
Lopa – wife of sage
Lopamudra – wife of sage Agastya
Maanasa – mind
Maanika – ruby
Madhavi – a creeper with beautiful flowers; springtime
Madhavilata – a flowering creeper
Madhu – honey
Madhubala – sweet girl
Madhuchanda – pleasing metrical composition
Madhuksara – one who showers honey
Madhulata – lovely creeper
Madhulekha – beautiful
Madhulika – honey
Madhumalati – a flowering creeper
Madhumati – full of honey
Madhunisha – pleasant night
Madhur – sweet
Madhura – sweet
Madhuri – sweetness
Madhurima – sweetness
Madhushri – the spring
Madirakshi – woman with intozicating eyes
Magana – engrossed
Mahadevi – Goddess Parvati
Mahagauri – Goddess Durga
Mahajabeen – beautiful
Mahalakshmi – Goddess Lakshmi
Mahamaya – Goddess Durga
Mahasweta – Goddess Saraswati
Mahati – great; name of a raaga
Mahi – the earth
Mahijuba – a hostess
Mahika – the earth
Mahima – greatness
Mahua – an intoxicating flower
Maina – a bird
Maithili – sita
Maitreya – the name of a sage
Maitreyi – name of a woman scholar
Maitri – friendship
Makshi – honeybee
Mala – necklace; garland
Malashree – an early evening melody
Malati – Jasmine
Malavika – princess of Malawa
Malaya – a creeper
Malina – dark
Malini – florist; a river
Mallika – jasmine
Malti – small fragrant flower
Mamata – affection
Manali – a bird
Manana – meditation
Manasi – a lady
Manda – a river
Mandakini – a river
Mandakranta – a Sanskrit metre
Mandaraa – coral tree
Mandarmalika – a garland of celestial
Mandira – cymbals; home
Mangala – auspicious
Mangla – auspicious
Manideepa – a lamp of precious stones
Manik – gem
Manikuntala – one whose hair is like gems
Manimala – a string of pearls
Manimekhala – a girdle of gems
Manini – a lady
Manisha – goddess of the mind; desire
Manjari – the sacred basil; blossom
Manjira – ankle-bells
Manjistha – extremely
Manju – snow; dew drops
Manjubala – a sweet girl
Manjula – melodious
Manjulika – a sweet girl
Manjusha – treasure chest
Manjushri – sweet lustre
Manjusri – Saraswati
Manjyot – light of the mind
Manmayi – jealous; Sri Radha
Manorama – beautiful
Manoranjana – entertaining; pleasing
Manushri – Lakshmi
Marala – swan
Marichi – name of a star
Marisa – mother of Daksa
Markandeya – a devotee to Lord Shiva
Matangi – Durga
Mausumi – beauty; monsoon wind
Maya – illusion
Mayuka – peahen
Mayukhi – peahen
Mayura – illusion
Mayuri – peahen
Medha – intellect; Goddess Saraswati
Medini – the earth
Meena – precious blue stone
Meenakshi – a woman wilth beautiful eyes
Meera – a devotee of Krishna
Megha – cloud
Meghamala – array of clouds
Meghana – cloud
Mehal – cloud
Mehbooba – beloved
Meher – benevolence
Mehrunissa – benevolent
Mehul – cloud; rain
Mekhala – girdle
Mena – wife of the Himalayas
Menaka – a celestial dancer
Minal – a precious stone
Minati – prayer
Mirium – wished-for child
Mita – a friend
Mitali – friendship
Mohana – attractive; charming
Mohini – enchantress
Mohisha – intellect
Mridula – tendreness
Mriganayani – doe-eyed
Mrinal – lotus
Mrinali – lotus
Mrinalini – lotus
Mrinalini – stem of lotus
Mrinmayi – of the earth
Mudra – expression
Mudrika – ring
Mugdha – spellbound
Mukta – liberated; pearl
Mukti – freedom from life and death
Mukula – bud
Mukulita – bud
Muniya – name of a bird
Mythili – sita
Mythily – Seeta
Naaz – pride
Nachni – dancer; suggestive look
Nadira – pinnacle
Nagina – jewel
Naina – name of a goddess
Naiya – water or boat
Najma – sorry
Nalini – lotus
Namita – humble
Namrata – modesty
Nanda – joyful
Nandana – daughter
Nandika – Lakshmi
Nandini – bringer of joy; Ganga; daughter
Nandita – happy
Narayani – Goddess Lakshmi
Narmada – a river
Narois – flower
Nartan – dance
Naseen – cool breeze
Natun – new
Nauka – boat
Navaneeta – butter
Naveena – new
Nayana – eyes
Nayantara – iris
Nazima – song
Neeharika – dew drops
Neela – blue
Neelabja – blue lotus
Neelakshi – blue eyed
Neelam – sapphire
Neelanjana – blue
Neelkamal – blue lotus
Neepa – name of a flower
Neeraja – lotus flower
Neeta – upright
Neeti – good behaviour
Neha – rain
Nehal – rainy; handsome
Netra – eyes
Netravati – beautifuleyed
Nidhi – treasure
Nidra – sleep
Niharika – nebula Nikhita – sharp
Nilasha – blueness
Nilaya – home
Nileen – surrendered
Nilima – blue
Niloufer – a celestial
Nina – lovely-eyed
Nipa – one who watches over
Niral – calm
Niranjana – a river; Goddess Durga; full moon
Nirmala – clean; virtuous
Nirmayi – without blemish
Nirupa – a decree; command
Nirupama – unique; uncomparable
Nisha – night
Nisha – night
Nishithini – night
Nishtha – devotion
Nishtha – faith
Nita – moral
Niti – morality
Nitya – constant
Nityapriya – ever pleasing
Nivedita – one dedicated to service
Nivedita – surrendered
Nivritti – nonattachment
Niyati – fate
Noopur – anklet
Noor – light
Noorjehan – light of the world
Nupura – anklet
Nusrat – help
Nutan – new
Ojal – vision
Ojaswini – lustrous
Omana – a woman
Padma – Goddess Lakshmi
Padma – Lotus
Padmaja – Lakshmi
Padmajai – Born from lotus; Lakshmi
Padmakali – lotus bud
Padmal – lotus
Padmalaya – lake of lotuses
Padmalochana – lotuseyed
Padmavati – Goddess Lakshmi
Padmini – lotus
Pakhi – bird
Pakshi – bird
Pallavi – new leaves
Pallavi – New leaves
Pallavini – with new leaves
Panchali – Draupadi’s name
Pankaja Lotus
Panna – emerald
Parama – the best
Parameshwari – Goddess Durga
Paramita – wisdom
Parbarti – surrender
Pari – fairy
Paridhi – realm
Parinita – Expert
Parnal – leafy
Parnashri – leafy beauty
Parni – leafy
Parnik – creeper
Parnika – A small leaf; parvati
Parthivi – Sita
Parul – name of a flower
Parvani – full moon; a festival or special day
Parvati – Durga
Parveen – star
Patmanjari – a raga
Patralekha – a name from ancient epics
Pavana – Holy; sacred
Pavani – Hanuman
Payal – anklet
Payal – Foot ornament
Payoja – lotus
Phiroza – turquoise
Phoolan – flower
Pia – beloved
Piki – cuckoo
Pingala – Lakshmi
Pival – a tree
Piyali – a tree
Pooja – worship
Poonam – Full moon
Poorbi – eastern
Poornima – Full moon
Poorvi – classical melody
Poushali – of the month Poush
Prabha – lustrous
Prabhati – of the morning
Prachi – Morning
Pradeepta – glowing
Pragati – Progress
Pragya – Prowess
Pragya – wisdom
Pragyaparamita – wise
Pragyawati – a wise woman
Prama – knowledge of truth
Pramada – woman
Pramila – one of Arjuna’s wives
Pramiti – knowledge of truth
Pranati – prayer
Prapti – gain
Prarthana – prayer
Prashansa – prasie
Prashanti – peace
Pratibha – Talent
Pratigya – Pledge; vow
Pratima – Icon; idol; statue
Pratishtha – preeminence
Preeti – love
Prem – love
Prema – Love
Premala – loving
Prerana – Inspiration
Preyasi – beloved
Prita – dear one
Pritha – Kunti; mother of Pandavas
Priti – Love
Pritika – dear one
Pritikana – an atom of love
Pritilata – a creeper of love
Priya – beloved
Priyadarshini – Delightful to look at
Priyal – beloved
Priyam – beloved
Priyamvada – sweet spoken
Priyanka – Beautiful act; symbol or body
Puja – worship
Pujita – worshipped
Puloma – wife of the sage Bhrigu
Punam – full moon
Punarnava – a star
Punita – pure
Punita Pure; holy
Punthali – A doll
Purnima – Full moon
Purva – East
Purvaja – elder sister
Pushpa – flower
Pushpanjali – flower offering
Pushpita – decorated with flowers
Pusti – Nourishment; endorsement
Putul – doll
Quarrtulain – God’s mercy
Quasar – meteor
Raakhi – symbol of protection;full moon in the Sravan month
Rabia – famous; godly
Rachana – creation
Rachita – created
Rachna – construction; arrangement
Radha – Krishna’s lover; prosperity
Radhika – Radha
Ragini – a melody
Rajalakshmi – Goddess lakshmi
Rajani – night
Rajanigandha – night blossoming scented flower
Rajata – silver
Rajdulari – dear princess
Rajeshwari – goddess Parvati
Rajhans – swan
Rajkumari – princess
Rajnandhini – princess
Rajshri – sage-like king
Raka – full moon
Rakhi – thread of brother-sister bonding
Raksha – protection
Rama – Goddess Lakshmi
Ramani – beautiful girl
Ramani – woman
Rambha – celestial dancer
Rameshwari – Parvati
Ramita – pleasing
Ramya – beautiful
Rangana – a flower
Rani – Queen; Princess
Ranita – tinkling
Ranjana – delightful
Ranjini – pleasing
Ranjita – adorned
Rashi – collection
Rashmi – a ray of light
Rashmika – ray of light
Rasika – connosseur
Rasna – the tongue
Rati – most beautiful lady; wife of cupid
Ratna – gem
Ratnabala – jewelled
Ratnabali – string of pearls
Ratnajyouti – lustrous jewel
Ratnalekha – splendour of jewels
Ratnali – a jewelled
Ratnamala – string of pearls
Ratnangi – jewel-bodied
Ratnaprabha – lustrous jewel
Ratnapriya – lover of jewels
Ratnavali – a bunch of gems
Raviprabha – light of the sun
Rekha – line
Renu – atom
Renuka – mother of Parasurma; the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Renuka – wife of Jamadagni rishi
Resham – silk
Reshma – silken
Reshmi – silken
Reva – a star
Revati – a star
Richa – verses of Sanskrit
Riddhi – good fortune
Riju – innocent
Rijuta – innocence
Rishika – saintly
Riti – memory; well being
Ritu – season
Rohini – a star
Roma – Lakshmi
Roshan – bright
Roshni – brightness
Rubaina – bright
Ruchi – lustre; beauty
Ruchira – beautiful
Rudrani – a wife of Shiva – Rudra
Rudrapriya – Goddess Durga
Rujuta – honesty; sincerity
Rukma – golden
Rukmini – consort of Lord Krishna
Ruksana – brilliant
Ruma – wife a Sugriva
Rupa – beauty
Rupali – beautiful; pretty
Rupashi – beautiful
Rupashri – beautiful
Sachi – wife of Lord Indra
Sachita – Consciousness
Sadaf – pearl
Sadgati – liberation
Sadguna – good virtues
Sadhan – fulfulment
Sadhana – worship
Sadhika – achiever
Sadhvi – virtuous woman
Sadiqua – kindly
Saeeda – priestly
Safia – chaste
Sagarika – wave; born in the ocean
Saguna – possessed of good qualities
Saguna – Virtuous
Sahana – Patience
Saheli – friend
Sahiba – the lady
Sahila – guide
Sai – a flower
Sajala – clouds
Sajni – beloved
Sakhi – friend
Sakina – friend
Salena – the moon
Salila – Water
Salima – happy
Salma – peace
Samata – equality
Sameena – happy
Samhita – a vedic omposition
Samidha – an offering for a sacred fire
Samiksha – Analysis
Samit – collected
Samita – collected
Sampada – wealthy
Sampatti – wealth
Sampriti – attachement
Sana – praise; prayer
Sananda – happy
Sanchali – movement
Sanchaya – collection
Sanchita – collection
Sandhaya – collection
Sandhya – dusk; twilight
Sangita – Music
Saniya – moment
Sanjana – gentle
Sanjivani – immortality
Sanjukta – Union
Sanjula – beautiful
Sanjushree – beautiful
Sankul – full of
Sannidhi – nearness
Sanskriti – culture
Santawana – consolation
Santayani – of the evening
Sanvali – dusky
Sanwari – dusky
Sanyakta – joined; united
Sanyukta – Union
Saparna – leafy
Saphala – Successful
Sapna – Dream
Sarada – Goddess Saraswati
Sarakshi – good sight
Sarala – straight; honest
Sarama – wife of Bibhisan
Saranya – surrendered
Sarasa – Swan
Sarasi – lake
Sarasvati – goddess of learning
Saraswati – goddess of learning
Saravati – river
Sarayu – a holy river
Sarbani – Goddess Durga
Sarika – parrot
Sarit – river
Sarita – River
Sarjana – creative; creation
Saroj – lotus
Saroja – Lotus
Sarojini – lotus
Saruprani – beautiful woman
Saryu – River Sharayu
Sashi – Moon
Sasmita – smiling
Sati – chaste woman
Satya – truth
Satyaki – one who is truthful
Satyarupa – truth; personified
Satyavati – truthful
Saudamini – lightning
Saumya – Mild
Savarna – Daughter of the Ocean
Savita – Sun
Savitashri – lustre of the sun
Savitri – a river; Goddess Saraswati
Sawini – a river
Sayeeda – leader
Seema – boundary
Seemanti – parting line
Seemantini – woman
Seerat – inner beauty; fame
Sejal – river water
Selma – fair
Semanti – a white rose
Serena – quiet
Sevati – white rose
Sevita – cherished
Shabab – beauty
Shabalini – a mossy
Shabana – decorated
Shabari – a tribal devotee of Lord Rama
Shabnum – sew
Shachi – wife of Lord Indra
Shagufta – flowering
Shaheena – tender
Shaila – Rock; mountain
Shaili – style
Shakambari – Goddess Parvati
Shakeel – handsome
Shakeela – beautiful
Shakti – Goddess Durga; power
Shakuntala – brought up by birds
Shalaka – Goddess Parvati
Shalin – silk-cottom tree
Shalini – modest
Shalini – Modesty
Shalmali – silk-cottom tree
Shama – a flame
Shambhavi – Goddess Parvati
Shameena – beautiful
Shamim – fire
Shamita – peacemaker
Shampa – lightning
Shankari – Goddess Parvati
Shankhamala – a fairytale princess
Shanta – Peaceful
Shantala – Goddess Parvati
Shanti – Peace
Sharada – Goddess of learning; Saraswati
Sharadini – autumn
Sharanya – surrender
Sharika – Goddess Durga
Sharmila – Modest
Sharmistha – wife of Yayat
Sharmistha – Wife of Yayati
Sharvani – Goddess Parvati
Sharvari – the night
Shashi – the moon
Shashibala – the moon
Shashirekha – moon’s ray
Shaswati – eternal
Shatarupa – Lord Shiva
Sheela – cool
Sheetal – Cool
Shefali – a flower
Shefalika – a flower
Shejali – a fruit
Shekhar – Lord Shiva
Shevanti – a flower
Shibani – Goddess Durga
Shikha – Flame
Shilavati(a river
Shilpa – Rock
Shilpita – well- proportioned
Shinjini – anklebells
Shipra – a river
Shirin – sweet
Shishirkana – particles of dew
Shiuli – a flower
Shivangi – beautiful
Shivani – Goddess Parvati
Shobha – Attractive
Shobha – splendour
Shobhana – splendid
Shobhita – splendid
Shobhna – Ornamental; shining
Shorashi – young woman
Shrabana – a star
Shraddha – veneration
Shradhdha – Faith; trust
Shravana – a star
Shravani – month of Shravan
Shravanti – name from Buddhist literature
Shravasti – ancient Indian city
Shree – Goddess Lakshmi
Shreela – beautiful
Shreemayi – fortunate
Shreeparna – tree
Shreya – Auspicious
Shreyashi – good
Shri – lustre
Shridevi – goddess
Shridula – blessing
Shrigauri – goddess Parvati
Shrigeeta – sacred Geeta
Shrijani – creative
Shrikirti – lustrous fame
Shrikumari – lustrious
Shrilata – lustrious creeper
Shrilekha – lustrious essay
Shrimati – Goddess lakshmi; fortunate
Shrimayi – fortunate
Shrivalli – Goddess Lakshmi
Shruti – Expert in Vedas
Shruti – hearing; Veidc text
Shubha – Auspicious
Shubhada – giver of luck
Shubhangi – handsome
Shubhra – white; the Ganga
Shuchismita – one who has a pure smile
Shuchita – purity
Shukla – Goddess Saraswati
Shukti – pearl-oyster
Shulka – Goddess Saraswati
Shweta – white
Shyama – dark as cloud; Goddess kali
Shyamal – dusky
Shyamala – dusky
Shyamali – dusky
Shyamalika – dusky
Shyamalima – dusky
Shyamangi – dark-complexioned
Shyamari – dusky
Shyamasri – dusky
Shyamlata – a creeper with dusky leaves
Shyla – Goddess parvati
Sibani – goddess parvati
Siddheshwari – Lord Shiva
Siddhi – Achievement
Siddhima – achievement
Sikata – sand
Sikta – wet
Simran – remembrance
Simrit – remembered
Sindhu – ocean; river
Sinsapa – Ashok tree
Sita – wife of Lord Rama
Sitara – a star
Siya – Sita
Smaram – remembrance
Smita – smiling
Smrita – remembered
Smriti – memory
Sneh – Love
Sneha – affection
Snehal – friendly
Snehalata – creeper of love
Snigdha – Smooth; tender
Sohalia – moon glow
Sohni – beautiful
Soma – moon ray
Somalakshmi – lustre of the moon
Somansh – half moon
Somatra – Excelling the moon/font>
Sona – Gold
Sonakshi – golden eyed
Sonal – golden
Sonali – golden
Sonia – Golden
Sonika – golden
Soorat – beauty
Soumya – handsome
Sourabhi – fragrance; the celestial cow
Sreedevi – Goddess Lakshmi
Sridevi – Goddess Lakshmi
Sristi – creation
Stavita – praised
Stuti – praise
Subarna – of the colour of gold
Subhadra – source of great welfare
Subhaga – fortunate person
Subhagya – lucky
Subhashini – well-spoken
Subhuja – Auspicious Apsara
Subrata – devoted to what is right
Suchandra – beautiful
Sucharita – of good character
Sucheta – with a beautiful mind
Suchi – radiant
Suchira – tasteful
Suchita – Beautiful
Suchitra – Beautiful image
Sudakshima – wife of king Dilip
Sudarshana – handsome
Sudeepa – bright
Sudeepta – bright
Sudeshna – wife of king Virata
Sudevi – Wife of Krishna
Sudha – Nectar
Sudhamayi – full of nectar
Sudhira – calm
Sudipta – bright
Sudipti – brightness
Sugita – beautifully sung
Sugouri – Goddess Parvati
Suhag – love
Suhaila – moon-glow
Suhasini – ever-smiling
Suhina – beautiful
Suhrita – well-disposed
Sujala – affectionate
Sujata – good caste
Sujaya – victory
Sukanya – comely
Sukeshi – with beautiful hari
Sukriti – good deed
Suksma – Fine
Sukumari – soft; meritorious
Sulabha – easy; natural
Sulakshana – well brought up
Sulalita – very pleasing
Sulekh – beautifullY
Suloch – one with beautiful eyes
Sulochana – one with beautiful eyes
Sultana – queen
Sumana – Good natured
Sumanolata – flowery
Sumati – wisdom
Sumedha – wise
Sumita – a good friend
Sumitra – mother of Lakshmana
Sunanda – very pleasing
Sunandini – happy
Sunandita – happy
Sunayana – a woman with lovely eyes
Sunayani – a woman with lovely eyes
Sundari – beautiful
Sundha – character in Ramayana
Suneeti – mother of Dhruva
Sunetra – beautiful eyes
Sunila – blue
Sunita – Good morals
Suniti – good principles
Suparna – leafy
Suprabha – radiant
Supriti – true love
Supriya – Beloved
Surabhi – Wish-yielding cow; fragrance
Suraksha – protection
Surama – very pleasing
Suranjana – pleasing
Suravinda – A beautiful Yaksa
Surekha – beautifully drawn
Surina – goddess
Surotama – Auspicious Apsara
Suruchi – good taste
Surupa – Beautiful
Suryakanti – sun’s rays
Sushama – beauty
Sushanti – peace
Sushila – well behaved
Sushma – Beautiful woman
Sushmita – Good smile
Sushobhana – beautiful
Susita – white
Susmita – smiling
Sutanuka – beautiful
Sutapa – seeker of God
Suvarna – golden
Suvarnaprabha – lustre of gold
Suvarnarekha – ray of gold
Suvarnmala – gold necklace
Swagata – welcome
Swaha – wife of Agni; lord of the fire
Swapna – dreamlike; dream
Swapnali – dreamlike
Swapnasundari – girl of dreams
Swarnalata – lustrous
Swarupa – truth
Swasti – a star
Swati – a star
Sweta Fair complexioned
Tabassum – a flower
Tamali – a tree with very dark bark
Tamalika – belonging to a place full of Tamal
Tamanna – desire
Tamasa – a river; darkness
Tamasi – night
Tambura – a musical instrument
Tanaya – son
Tanika – rope
Tanima – slenderness
Tanmaya – absorbed
Tannishtha – dedicated
Tanseem – salute of paradise
Tanu – body
Tanuja – daughter
Tanuka – slender
Tanushri – beautiful
Tanushri – beauty
Tanvi – a delicate girl
Tapani – the river Godavari
Tapasi – a female ascetic
Tapati – the sun’s daughter
Tapi – name of a river
Tapti – a river
Tara – star; wife of Lord Brihaspati
Taraka – star
Tarakeshwari – Goddess Parvati
Tarakini – starry night
Tarala – honeybee
Tarana – music like
Tarangini – a river
Tarannum – melody
Tarika – starlet
Tarini – Goddess Parvati
Tarjani – the first finger
Taru – tree
Tarulata – creeper
Taruni – young girl
Tarunika – young girl
Tarunima – youth
Tatini – river
Teertha – place of pilgrimage
Teesta – a river
Tehzeeb – elegance Tejal – lustrous
Teja – radiant
Tejaswi – lustrous
Tejaswini – lustrous
Thumri – light classical melody
Tilaka – a kind of necklace
Tilottama – a celestial maiden
Timila – a musical
Titiksha – forgiveness
Toral – a folk heroine
Tridhara – the river Ganga
Triguna – maya or illusion; Goddess Durga
Triguni – the three dimensions
Trikaya – three dimentional
Trilochana – Lord Shiva
Trinayani – Goddess Durga
Trinetra – Goddess Durga
Triparna – leaf of sacred Bael
Tripta – satisfied
Tripti – satisfaction
Tripurasundari – Goddess Parvati
Tripuri – Goddess Paravati
Trisha – thirst
Trishala – mother of Lord Mahavir
Trishna – thirst
Triveni – confluence of three sacred rivers
Triyama – night
Trupti – satiatedness
Trusha – thirst
Tuhina – snow
Tulasi – the sacred basil
Tulika – brush
Tusharkana – a particle of snow
Tusti – peace; happiness
Udaya – dawn
Udita – one who has risen
Uditi – rising
Ujas – bright
Ujjala – bright
Ujjanini – an ancient city
Ujjwala – bright; lustrous
Ujwala – bright
Ulka – meteor
Ulupi – wife of Arjuna; the Pandava prince
Uma – Goddess Parvati
Uma – Parvati
Umika – Goddess Parvati
Umrao – noble
Unnati – progress
Upala – sandy shore
Upama – simile
Upasana – veneration
Ura – the heart
Urja – energy
Urmi – wave
Urmil – wife of Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s brother
Urmila – wife of Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s brother
Urmimala – garland of waves
Urna – cover
Urshita – firm
Urvashi – a celestial maiden
Urvasi – most beautiful of Apsaras
Urvi – earth
Usha – dawn; sun rise
Ushakiran – rays of morning sun
Ushakiran – the first rays
Ushashi – morning
Ushma – eat
Usri – a river
Utpala – lotus
Utpalini – lotus pond
Utsa – spring
Uttara – daughter of king Virata
Vagdevi – Goddess Sarawati
Vahini – flowing
Vaidehi – name of Sita
Vaijayanti – a garland of Lord Vishnu
Vaijayantimala – a garland of Lord Vishnu
Vaishali – an ancient city of India
Vaishali – name of an ancient city
Vaishavi – Goddess Parvati
Vaishnodevi – Goddess Parvati
Vajra – diamond
Vallari – Goddess Parvati; creeper
Valli – creeper Vama – woman
Vallika – creeper
Vanadurga – Goddess Parvati
Vanaja – a forest girl
Vanamala – garland of forests
Vanani – forest
Vandana – salute
Vandana – worship
Vanhi – fire
Vanhishikha – flame
Vani – muse; Goddess Saraswati
Vanita – woman
Vanmala – wildflower garland
Varada – Goddess Lakshmi
Varana – a river
Vari – water; sea
Varija – lotus
Varsha – rain
Varuna – wife of the lord of the sea; name of a river
Varuni – a goddess
Varuni – wife of the lord of the sea; Goddess Durga Vasanti
Vasanta – spring
Vasavi – wife of Indra
Vasudha – the earth
Vasudhara – Earth
Vasumati – unequalled splendour
Vasundhara – the earth

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From time-to-time, we may request information from you through contests or sweepstakes. Participation in these contests or sweepstakes is completely voluntary and the user has a choice whether or not to participate. Information requested may include contact information (such as name, address and phone number). Contact information gathered from contests and sweepstakes will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. We use a third party to pick the contests and sweepstakes winners (please see the Information sharing and disclosure section for details on third parties). Demographic information such as the users birthdate may be requested, this is used to validate the age of the contestant when the rules of the contest specify a minimum age requirement. Users who enter the contest may also choose to receive marketing communications from Original Sprout. The user may elect to “opt-out” of this communication at the bottom of each email or by visiting the Requesting removal of your information section of this policy.

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Gift Certificates are available for purchase from In accordance with California law, there is no additional fee for a gift certificate, beyond the denomination chosen. Anybody purchasing a gift certificate has the option to either store the balance of the gift certificate in his / her account, or send all or any portion of the gift certificate to another individual via email. Any individual seeking a refund for a gift certificate should contact our customer service department at

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If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

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Samples: Free samples that complement your order are included (subject to availability). Interested in trying a particular product? Please note it in the comments section during checkout; if available, it will be included with your order.

Pricing: Original Sprout reserves the right to changes prices without notice and correct any typographical errors.

Shipping charges are not subject to refund.

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International Distributors

European Union DistributorMonday - Thursday 9.30-4.30
Friday 9.30 - 2.00
Tel 01489 781979
Fax 01489 660049

Marketing: Caroline Ivory
Tel 01489 781979
Mobile 07921 903442

Head of Sales:Robert Mukherjee
Tel 01489 781979
Mobile 07834 192950
Customer Services:
Tel 01489 781979
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126 Avenue Jean Jaures

94200 Ivry Seine 


Phone: +-33-1 53 63 14 45


Le CurlShop

182 Avenue D’italie


Paris 75013


Phone: 06-37-10 37 75





Dancing Scessors

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102 Tatoiou

Nea Erithrea


Phone: 21-08001779





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c/o Blomenhauser ANS 

Mellombølgen 135 C 1157



Phone: 0047 97 74 00 74





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Calle Lope de Vega n14

León 24002


+34 639 116 299


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Calle Alcala 91




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272 South Lambert Road




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12 Sneyd Street


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5 Castle Street



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5 Mayfair House 

Festival Place


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Unit 5, Cowley Road



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118 High StreetPetersborough


01733 898177


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67 Scott Street


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125 Essex Road



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73 Nutley Lane




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19 Portobello Green

281 Portobello Road

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London W10 5TZ

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147 Watling Street




01923 856780


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Market Street


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 40 Merton Road 


SW19 1EH

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61a Downing Street




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Westfield London Shopping Centre

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W12 7GB

020 87432754


UK Ltd


Upper Avenue Family Hairdressing

7 Augusta Place

Leamington Spa


CV32 5EL

01926 429979


 Vanilla Rooms

18 Bursledon Road

Hedge End 


SO30 0BP

01489 787545


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181 Kingston Road

South Wimbledon


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Original Sprout Founder and Master Stylist, Inga Tritt, to Share Styling Tips on Soliel Moon Frye’s Web Show “Her Say”

SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (July 7, 2011) – Inga Tritt, master stylist, mother, and founder of Original Sprout, a line of natural, non-toxic hair and skin care products, will talk about Original Sprout and demonstrate time saving, easy styling tips for children and families on Soliel Moon Frye’s daily web series, Her Say. The show will air live to millions of subscribers on Monday, July 11 at 1 p.m. PST.

Soliel was introduced to Original Sprout by mutual friend, Josh Brolin. When Soliel and Inga’s husband, David (Sprout’s Director of Sales) met, they realized the serendipity of their meeting—both Soliel and Inga are mompreneurs who are doing positive work for families worldwide. Soliel and Inga will be sharing styling tips that make getting ready fun and effortless for the whole family.

Moon Frye started Her Say from her own social media site, Her Say speaks to women who want fun, inspiring, uplifting tips and dialog on living life to the fullest. Featuring everything from lighthearted celebrity banter to interesting discussions on family, the show is broadcast daily to a diverse subscriber base of over a million. Original Sprout will be very well received by the entire Her Say audience. It is a company that prides itself on making peoples’ lives easier by providing hair and skin care products that are both safe and high-performance. They have been bringing this Worry-Free Luxury™ to families for nearly a decade. On the show, Inga will give a general overview of the Original Sprout story and do a segment on childrens’ hair styles made easy.

“We have been enjoying working with Soliel and her amazing team—they are inspirational. Soliel is the best. She makes everyone feel at home” says Inga. “It’s a pleasure sharing tips with her that really help families. She is gorgeous from inside out, an amazing mom and helps much needed causes. We are looking forward to doing the show!”

Original Sprout Founder Inga Tritt and her daughter Maya

Inga founded Original Sprout in 2003 when she couldn’t find shampoos that were safe for her daughter without wreaking havoc on her delicate hair and skin. With a savings she had earned as a successful stylist in southern California, she began the years of research that ultimately resulted in a line of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and skin care products that have a cult following of the who’s-who in green Hollywood, celebrity stylists and families worldwide.

Her Say is a daily web series hosted by Soleil Moon Frye (of Punky Brewster fame). The show features co-hosts from a variety of backgrounds and covers topics ranging from parenting and relationships to food and fashion.

For more information on Inga Tritt and Original Sprout please see To see more about “Her Say” and to watch episodes visit:

Original Sprout Voted Best Family Sunscreen by Hip Parenting Website,

Original Sprout’s Face & Body SPF was just voted “Best Sunscreen for the Family” by national hipster parenting website,

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Original Sprout’s Face & Body SPF was just voted “Best Sunscreen for the Family” by national hipster parenting website,

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and families everywhere are looking for an amazing sunscreen that provides safe, full-spectrum protection for their children and themselves. But which do they choose? With so much new information about the potential dangers of some mainstream sunscreen ingredients, how do parents know what’s best and safest for their family?

Well, according to, the award-winning online magazine, community, and resource for new progressive parents, Original Sprout’s Face & Body SPF is the “Best Sunscreen for the Family.” Babble editor and licensed esthetician, Stevee Curtis chose Original Sprout because it is safe, provides UVA & UVB protection and goes on clean. Also, it’s “biodegradable, contains no nano particles, and is formaldehyde-free, keratin-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.”

“I’m excited and grateful for Babble’s award for a couple of reasons,” says Original Sprout founder, Inga Tritt. “One, as a mom I created a company that makes safe, family friendly products that everyone enjoys! Two, I use our SPF everyday and love how young and healthy my skin looks and feels. I’m thrilled the millions of new parents that read Babble every month have found Original Sprout!”

Original Sprout Founder Inga Tritt and her daughter Maya

Original Sprout ( is a family-run company based in San Luis Obispo, California. Founded by mother and master stylist, Inga Tritt, the company provides family friendly, natural hair and skin care products for babies and adults. The products are sold worldwide and include ultra-moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, styling products, lotions, and an amazing SPF! was founded in 2006 and has become the go-to site for hip, progressive parents nationwide. It has received several awards and accolades, and was named one of the top websites of 2010 by Time. The site receives an average of 5 million unique visitors every month.

Original Sprout on the Oscars Red Carpet

David & Josh at the Oscars

Wanna know how Josh Brolin and David Vartabedian, our Director of Sales and husband of Original Sprout’s amazing founder, looked so dashing walking the red carpet at the Oscars? Aside from their rugged good looks, charming smiles and perfectly tailored suits, they had hair by Original Sprout, styled by celebrity stylist Lauren Cohen.

Yes, you heard correctly. David walked the red carpet at the Oscars! He enjoyed playing celebrity alongside longtime friend, Josh Brolin. At the awards show, they were seated with the crew from True Grit including the amazing Coen brothers, Jeff Bridges (and his wife and family), and Hailee Steinfeld (and her parents). If that wasn’t exciting enough, David sat right next to Jennifer Hudson! He enjoyed his 20 seconds of fame when Natalie Portman stood to receive her Oscar and the cameraman caught he and Josh clapping in their seats behind her.

After the awards, the entourage moved on to the Governor’s Ball where David rubbed elbows with Eli Wallach, and exchanged pleasantries with Jeff Bridges, Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz. He even had a chance to personally congratulate Melissa Leo, another longtime Original Sprout fan, who won best supporting actress for her role in The Fighter. Later, at the Vanity Fair party, he was introduced to Donald Trump, and took the opportunity to discuss how proud he is that Original Sprout is 100% made in the USA, a business perspective not lost on Mr. Trump.

David ended the night dancing alongside Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson, P. Diddy and Madonna at the Demi Moore/Madonna Party. And thanks to Original Sprout’s Natural Hair Balm, his hair still looked perfect after all that schmoozing!

Such a thrill to see Original Sprout on the red carpet! Thanks to all of you for your loyal support!

Original Sprout truly lives up to its motto of ‘Worry Free Luxury’

Hayley Marie Norman

Hallelujah! My vegan hair care prayers have been answered!

With my ridiculously curly, and often super dry, frizzy, and out of control head of hair, finding a decent hair care product has been a lifelong quest. After I switched to a cruelty free diet, I decided the rest of my life needed to follow suit, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find a decent hair care product that would work on this unruly head of hair. Well, I didn’t find a decent one. I found an excellent one! Original Sprout is the answer to my hair care woes. And with their motto being “Worry Free Luxury,” they are just that. Not only are their products 100% vegan and cruelty free, they are also totally free of any harmful additives.

Worry Free Luxury means no natural or synthetic ingredients associated with estrogen enhancement, hormone disruption, cancer & autism such as: Lavender or Tea Tree Oils, Citrus Oils, Clove, Soy, Phthalates, Dioxanes from Sulfates, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Acetaldehydes, Styrene, Toluene, Glycol Ethers, Ethylene Oxide, Musks, Nonylphenol, Mineral or Petroleum Oils, Triclosan, Eurethane, 1-2 Propylene Oxide, Placenta or Synthetic Colors.

I was so excited I bought some of their products for my friends and family to try, and whether their hair was as curly as mine or straight as a stick, thick, thin, long or short, everyone came back with raving reviews. Some of my favorite products are the Tahitian hair oil (which smells as good as it works), the natural shampoo, the leave in conditioner, and the scrumptious baby cream is by far the most amazing body cream I have ever used!!! It’s so good that I had to use three exclamation marks in that last sentence to really do my passion for this particular product justice.

– Hayley Marie Norman

Inga walks the red carpet with Josh Brolin at the premiere of The Tillman Story in Los Angeles

Inga & Josh on the Red Carpet

Inga Tritt, mother, Master Stylist, and founder of Original Sprout represented the company on the red carpet alongside Josh Brolin for the premiere of The Tillman Story in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, August 12. The Tillman Story, narrated by acclaimed actor Josh Brolin, details the life and death of pro football player Pat Tillman.

Brolin and his family use Original Sprout’s Worry-Free Luxury line of natural hair and skin care products. The products are experiencing a surge in demand and have received rave reviews from many of the top green beauty blogs. Sprout products also enjoy a following of celebrities and celebrity stylists and are being used on the sets of Burlesque, Wall St. II, CSI Las Vegas, and others.

The products were created by Inga Tritt after the birth of her daughter. As a master stylist with professional experience and a mother with real life experience, Inga was able to bridge the gap between safe ingredients and salon performance, creating a globally trusted brand like no other. Eco-conscious celebrities like Josh Brolin choose Original Sprout for its safe, regulated ingredients and high quality performance.

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Original Sprout products are featured in a host of beauty, fashion and parenting magazines throughout the world.

View the covers of recent magazines featuring Original Sprout or Original Sprout products.

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Original Sprout is proud to be used on the sets of:
  • Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Robert Patterson, Stephen Taylor, EE Bell, Mark Pvinelli, Hal Holbrooke

  • Secratariat with Diane Lane and celebrity stylist Beth Miller

  • The Descendants starring George Clooney, directed by Alexander Payne

  • Wall Street II with Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, and celebrity stylist Sacha Quarles

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  • Used on the set of Men In Black III by Celebrity Stylist Sacha Quarles.

  • Dolphin Tale 3D

  • Original Sprout Styling Collection was used throughout the making of No Country For Old Men

  • Celebrity Stylists Beth Miller & Kerry Mendenhall on Jonah Hex

  • Hawaii Five-0

  • Touch

  • Off the Map

  • Community

  • CSI Las Vegas with celebrity stylist Kerry Mendenhal

  • Hitchcock

  • I would really like to use your products on my clients after colour . What i have noticed most about the shampoo and conditioner is even after swimming and rinsing off my hair feels nourished. Also the health of my hair !!!! luster came back, as i said before about the fragrance its so soft and doesn’t linger , i am very sensitive to how kind your sprouts are on my hair.

    Jonathan Gale
  • Hancock actress Hayley Marie Norman

  • “My family is cleaner and cuter for using Original Sprout. I feel good using the products because they are so pure, gentle and eco-friendly. Thank you!”

    Diane Lane,
    Mom, Actress & Environmental Advocate
  • “Inga is truly someone to put all your trust in as she will care for you as only the best mothers will. It’s simply the right product for all occasions and all people. I’m very proud to know Inga and be involved in any way to support her quest to make this world a cleaner and more handsome place.”

    Josh Brolin
    Dad, Writer and Actor
  • “Thank you so much for the great products!

    Cindy Crawford, Presley & Kaia
  • “As a vegan I have always had to chose between supporting my politics vs. products that work. Who knew I could have both! Original Sprout is ethical & the products perform. In addition, the shampoo has relieved my little rescue dog’s severe dermatitis. So let’s review: VEGAN, CHECK, CONSCIOUS COMPANY, CHECK. And most amazingly, actually works? Check, Check, Check. I think I’m in love.”

    Jonathan Slavin
    Star of ABC’s Better Off Ted
  • “Dear Inga, Rowan is already a fan & will not let me brush her wet hair until I put on the “smooth stuff first.” Because of the detangler we now don’t fight about hair brushing or combing. Thank you!”

    Brooke Shields
    Mum & Actress
  • “Scrumptious is the perfect word to describe Original Sprout’s cream. I love the way it makes my skin feel -so scrumptious!”

    Marg Helgenberger
    CSI Vegas
  • “Thank you! Rowan & I take baths nightly and love your great bath products!”

    Debra Messing & Roman
  • “Original Sprout leaves hair ultra hydrated, clean & silky. We use the products on children & adults. It is our favorite organic line – we love it! Thank you Inga for all your efforts, they have culminated into the finest natural brand available, of which we can’t live without.”

    Colleen LaBaff
    LA Hair Artist
  • “I just wanted you to know the McDermott/Spelling family LOVE Original Sprouts. We’ve been using them for a while now, and are totally addicted to it. Thank You for a wonderful product.”

    Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling
  • “I’m in love with these products! Thank you so much for sending them along. The kids love then too!”

    Laura Dern
  • “The Balm & the Natural Hair Gel is the best product I’ve every used. I use Sprout on all my clients, it really performs. Thank you Inga, you are truly amazing.”

    Chris McMillan
    Celebrity Stylist
  • “My skin is smooth & soft with Sprout…. I’m delighted & allergy free!”


    Brenda Vaccaro
    Academy Award Winning Actress
  • “I try to leave the lightest footprint I can and Original Sprout is simply spectacular. It’s good for the whole planet and it’s good for me too.”

    Jorja Fox
    CSI Vegas
  • “No more excuse for parabens and chemicals when the makers of Original Sprout come up with such great eco-friendly products. Clean, healthy, effective and yummy smelling!”

    Caroline Dhavernas
    Off the Map
  • “Thank you for your superior performing products…we love them!”

    Beth Miller
    Celebrity Stylist
  • “The styling balm is my favorite product on the market. I have thick short hair & like to give it extreme texture. The Balm does just that WITHOUT a greasy, sticky, heavy look. In addition, it washes out without any build up. Am so over all the impure, unnatural products that I used in the past (due to causing acne along the hairline & face). Original Sprouts is acne free & Worry Free!”

    Joey Perla
    Wardrobe Stylist
  • “I have been using these products now for 2 months. I and everyone else that uses them is delighted by their natural ingredients leaving the hair feeling in great condition.”

    Martin Samuel
    Agent: Montana Artists
  • “I love the scrumptious baby cream! Expect a crush or two if you slather on this lovely fresh scent.”

    From the set of Off The Map in Hawaii Denise Hooper – Makeup Artist
  • “The Original Sprout balm is a real find …I use it daily myself…Not only does it really perform but it is also so gentle, natural and is fragrance free …”

    Art Luna
    Celebrity Stylist

    Angelina Jolie & Maddox
  • “Original Sprout Scrumptious Baby Cream is the solution to hydration without toxic chemicals. As a make-up artist & mum, I am concerned about ingredients…O.S. answered that concern with products that deliver! I love Worry-Free Luxury! I use the products on my adult clients & family.”

    Lizbeth Williamson
    LA Celebrity Makeup Artist
  • Dayna Devon & Emmy Reese

  • “It may just be the best thing you have used all year! Hair is left shiny and healthy, smells are pleasant, styling products can handle any trend and the body lotion is one of the best on the market.”

    Alyson Black


  • “I have had a lot of celebrities in my chair that can’t find a good organic hair product line. Now I finally have something I seriously love to recommend. Original Sprout is by far the best organic product on the market, now a days you have to be careful, because the chemicals are so harmful & unnecessary. Thank you for making an amazing vegan line I’m proud to share with everybody”

    Michelle Rene




    “Our makeup artist, Denise Hooper, brought in your hand/body lotion and I AM HOOKED. It smells delicious and not too strong. We even have a joke about it on set because when we moisturize our hands and legs with it – everyone asks what that delicious smell is!? Plus, it’s the perfect amount of moisture. It does a great job without leaving you feeling greasy. The best part too is the natural, vegan ingredients which lets me know it’s safe and non-toxic. Thank you so much – I will always have it in my home and continue to use it!”

    Katie Lowes
  • Burlesque with Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristin Bell, and L.A. hair artist Colleen LaBaff


    American Gangster


  • “I love using the sulfate and paraben free products on my actors who are vegan. It gives them a great alternative product that is well received!”

    Sean Flanigan
    Department Head, R.I.P.D.



  • Californication L.A. hair artist Colleen LaBaff

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Health Studies

Study Ties Chemicals in Beauty Products to Women’s Diabetes Risk

But finding doesn’t prove that phthalates contribute to the disease
By Robert Preidt

Friday, July 13, 2012

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FRIDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) — Chemicals in beauty and personal care products may boost women’s risk of diabetes, a new study suggests, although the authors cautioned that the finding is far from conclusive.

Researchers found that elevated concentrations of chemicals called phthalates in women’s bodies are associated with an increased chance of developing diabetes. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly used in products such as soaps, nail polishes, hair sprays, perfumes and moisturizers.

The chemicals are also used in a number of other consumer products, such as electronics, toys and adhesives.

In this study, researchers analyzed concentrations of phthalates in the urine of 2,350 women from across the United States. They found that women with the highest levels of mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes as those with the lowest levels of the two chemicals.

Women with higher-than-average levels of mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate had about a 60 percent increased risk of diabetes, and those with moderately high levels of the chemicals mono-n-butyl phthalate and di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate had about a 70 percent increased risk of diabetes.

The study, published online July 13 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, was led by Tamarra James-Todd, a researcher in the division of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston.

“This is an important first step in exploring the connection between phthalates and diabetes,” James-Todd said in a hospital news release. “We know that in addition to being present in personal care products, phthalates also exist in certain types of medical devices and medication that is used to treat diabetes and this could also explain the higher level of phthalates in diabetic women. So overall, more research is needed.”

The researchers also cautioned that the women in the study “self-reported” their diabetes, a less than ideal method of conducting research. And while the study found a potential connection between phthalates and diabetes in women, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

SOURCE: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, news release, July 13, 2012


**See below for a recent update.** Less than a month after Johnson & Johnson ranked as the most trusted brand in America in Forbessurvey comes a report that could give consumers pause, calling the company out for removing chemicals of concern in its iconic baby shampoo in some countries, but not others. The product currently on shelves in the United States, Canada, and China still contains known carcinogens. In recent years, J&J baby shampoo has become the poster child for the need for chemical reform in the United States; nothing says we need tighter chemical regulation than toxic baby shampoo.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics came out with the news two years ago that Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby shampoo contained the formaldehyde-releasing preservative quaternium-15, as well as the chemical byproduct 1,4-dioxane. Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that “the presence of 1,4-dioxane, even as a trace contaminant, is cause for concern,” and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde to its list of known human carcinogens in June 2011.

In 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, along with 40 other organizations (including American Nurses Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) sent a letter to J&J outlining their concerns with the company’s products, particularly its baby shampoo. The American Nurses Association and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have since met several times with Johnson & Johnson executives to discuss the matter. The content of those discussions is confidential, but it seems as though if progress were being made, the organization would not have been sending around its latest report, under embargo, yesterday.

That report states that while J&J has removed the formaldehyde-releasing preservative from its baby shampoo in several countries, in the United States if you want carcinogen-free baby shampoo you need to pay double the price for the company’s “Natural” brand of baby shampoo.

We heard from allies across the globe that the formulations in their countries were different than those in the United States, and these are countries like Sweden, South Africa and Japan where the chemical is also not regulated,” says Lisa Archer, national coordinator for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics at Breast Cancer Fund. “That’s a double standard.”

When Johnson & Johnson caught wind of the report, they contacted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and got to work on a statement, indicating that they are in the process of phasing the formaldehyde-releasing preservative out of their baby products, worldwide.

The preservative technologies we use are safe and approved by authorities in the European Union and in the United States, as well as in China and India, and we have not seen any evidence of allergy in hundreds of millions of real life uses of these products,” the statement reads. “However, we know that some consumers are concerned about formaldehyde, which is why we offer many products without formaldehyde releasing preservatives, and are phasing out these types of preservatives in our baby products worldwide. We are no longer introducing new baby products that contain these types of preservatives. Over the past few years or so, we already have reduced the number of formulations globally with formaldehyde releaser preservatives by 33% and in the U.S. by over 60%.”

The statement also includes information about the company’s move to rid its products of 1,4-dioxane. “We have reformulated approximately 70% of our baby products with new cleansing formulations that keep trace levels of 1,4 dioxane at below reliably detectable levels,” it says.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics revised the release of their report, indicating Johnson & Johnson’s progress on the matter. Archer says the company’s statement is great news, particularly because J&J has been hesitant to publicly share anything it’s doing about toxics. “There are still questions to be answered, though,” she says. “What’s the timeline for phasing 1,4-dioxane and quaternium-15?”

There are also other, non-baby products in the company’s lines that are of concern, Archer notes, and additional chemicals of concern, beyond formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, in the company’s baby products (such as fragrance, which is protected by trade secret laws and could contain any number of potentially dangerous chemicals).

This is great news, and different from what we expected based on past interactions,” Archer says. “But it’s not over. We have to see how quickly they’re willing to make this shift and where.”


Update: On November 16th, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would remove quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives from all of its baby products worldwide within two years, and reduce 1,4 dioxane in all of its baby products to less than 4 parts per million (ppm). Long term, the company indicated it will replace the chemical process, called ethoxylation, that results in 1,4 dioxane contamination. Johnson & Johnson also announced that it has removed phthalates from all of its baby products worldwide. The announcement does not cover the company’s non-baby products (e.g. products in the Neutrogena and Aveeno lines).

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FDA Recalls Skin, Hair Products From India

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Swad Brand skin and hair products imported from India for religious purposes.

The FDA said the recalled 3.5-ounce packages include Abil, Gulal, Kanku, Kum Kum and Swad Brand Lagan Samagri Kits and Pooja Samagri Kits.

The recall by Raja Foods LLC of Skokie, Ill., was ordered because the products contain high levels of lead, posing a health risk.

The recalled products were distributed through Indian grocery stores in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

The FDA said although the products were not intended to be sold for food use, the labeling might be confusing and imply they could be used as food.


The Abil, Gulal, Kanku and Kum Kum products are distributed in plastic bags with a front label stating Swad Best Taste in Town Sindoor. The Lagan Samagri and Pooja Samagri products are distributed in plastic bins with similar labels.

External use of the product does not pose a health hazard, the FDA said.

Consumers are urged to return the products for a refund or contact the company at 800-800-7923 x 2860.



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Titanium Dioxide Classified as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans

Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”. Titanium dioxide accounts for 70% of the total production volume of pigments worldwide. It is widely used to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, plastics, papers, inks, foods, and toothpastes. It is also used in cosmetic and skin care products, and it is present in almost every sunblock, where it helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light.

With such widespread use of titanium dioxide, it is important to understand that the IARC conclusions are based on very specific evidence. This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*. The series of biological events or steps that produce the rat lung cancers (e.g. particle deposition, impaired lung clearance, cell injury, fibrosis, mutations and ultimately cancer) have also been seen in people working in dusty environments. Therefore, the observations of cancer in animals were considered, by IARC, as relevant to people doing jobs with exposures to titanium dioxide dust. For example, titanium dioxide production workers may be exposed to high dust concentrations during packing, milling, site cleaning and maintenance, if there are insufficient dust control measures in place. However, it should be noted that the human studies conducted so far do not suggest an association between occupational exposure to titanium dioxide and an increased risk for cancer.

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s hazard communication standard. The WHMIS Controlled Products Regulations require that chemicals, listed in Group 1 or Group 2 in the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risk of Chemicals to Humans, be classified under WHMIS Class D2A (carcinogenic). The classification decision on titanium dioxide has been published on the IARC website and in a summary article published in The Lancet

Representatives from Health Canada (National Office of WHMIS) recently consulted with the Quebec CSST and CCOHS (the two main agencies providing WHMIS classifications to the public) regarding the implications of the IARC decision to the WHMIS classification of titanium dioxide. It was agreed that titanium dioxide does now meet the criteria for WHMIS D2A (carcinogen) based on the information released by IARC to date, and that it is not necessary to wait for release of the full monograph.

Manufacturers and suppliers of titanium dioxide are advised to review and update their material safety data sheets and product labels based on this new information as soon as possible. Employers should review their occupational hygiene programs to ensure that exposure to titanium dioxide dust is eliminated or reduced to the minimum possible. Workers should be educated concerning this potential newly recognized risk to their health and trained in proper work procedures.

* Intratracheal administration is an exposure procedure that introduces the material directly into the lungs via the trachea, bypassing protective mechanisms in the respiratory system.


Persistent Contaminants Found in Purified Beeswax

Residues of the varroacides amitraz, chlordimeform, chlorfenvinphos, bromopropylate, coumaphos, tetradifon, acrinathrin, and fluvalinate, the organic microcontaminants 4,4′-DDE, 4,4′-TDE, PCB 153 and PCB 180, and the lipophilic pesticides lindane, chlorpyrifos and endosulfan have been determined by GC/MS in 52 beeswax samples. Recoveries on spiked samples ranged from 93 to 108% and determination limits varied from 4 to 65 µg/kg. Lindane (0.042-0.29 mg/kg), chlorfenvinphos (0.16-7.62 mg/kg), 4,4′-TDE (0.20 mg/kg), bromopropylate (0.041-0.12 mg/kg), tetradifon (0.032-0.58 mg/kg), acrinathrin (0.058-0.59 mg/kg), coumaphos (0.27-0.38 mg/kg), fluvalinate (0.064-5.10 mg/kg), endosulfan sulfate (0.12-0.37 mg/kg) and 3-phenoxybenzaldehyde, a degradation product of fluvalinate and acrinathrin (0.080-1.47 mg/kg), were the compounds detected in beeswax. Foundation beeswax sheets contained higher contaminant concentrations and a greater diversity of compounds in relation to comb beeswaxes. Repeated melting in boiling water of purified beeswax spiked with the contaminants did not substantially modify the content of most of the contaminants in beeswax, except for amitraz and chlordimeform, showing that the contaminants are stable and remain practically unchanged in the purified beeswax.

Source: Juan José Jiménez *, José Luis Bernal, María Jesús del Nozal, María Teresa Martín Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

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EPA Announces Chemicals of Concern

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a series of actions on four chemicals raising serious health or environmental concerns, including phthalates. For the first time, EPA intends to establish a “Chemicals of Concern” list and is beginning a process that may lead to regulations requiring significant risk reduction measures to protect human health and the environment. The agency’s actions represent its determination to use its authority under the existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the fullest extent possible, recognizing EPA’s strong belief that the 1976 law is both outdated and in need of reform.

In addition to phthalates, the chemicals EPA is addressing are short-chain chlorinated paraffins, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and perfluorinated chemicals, including PFOA. These chemicals are used in the manufacture of a wide array of products and have raised a range of health and environmental concerns.

The actions announced recently include:
  • Adding phthalates and PBDE chemicals to the concern list.
  • Beginning a process that could lead to risk reductions actions under section 6 of TSCA for several phthalates, short-chain chlorinated paraffins, and perfluorinated chemicals.
  • Reinforcing the DecaBDE phaseout – which will take place over three years – with requirements to ensure that any new uses of PBDEs are reviewed by EPA prior to returning to the market.


New report finds positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD symptoms

Phthalates are important components of many consumer products, including toys, cleaning materials, plastics, and personal care items. Studies to date on phthalates have been inconsistent, with some linking exposure to these chemicals to hormone disruptions, birth defects, asthma, and reproductive problems, while others have found no significant association between exposure and adverse effects.

A new report by Korean scientists, published by Elsevier in the November 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry, adds to the potentially alarming findings about phthalates. They measured urine phthalate concentrations and evaluated symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using teacher-reported symptoms and computerized tests that measured attention and impulsivity.

They found a significant positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD, meaning that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms and/or test scores.

Senior author Yun-Chul Hong, MD, PhD, explained that “these data represent the first documented association between phthalate exposure and ADHD symptoms in school-aged children.” John Krystal, MD, the Editor of Biological Psychiatry, also commented: “This emerging link between phthalates and symptoms of ADHD raises the concern that accidental environmental exposure to phthalates may be contributing to behavioral and cognitive problems in children. This concern calls for more definitive research.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Summary of their 2005 Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, state that “very limited scientific information is available on potential human health effects of phthalates at levels” found in the U.S. population. Although this study was performed in a Korean population, their levels of exposure are likely comparable to a U.S. population.

The current findings do not prove that phthalate exposure caused ADHD symptoms. However, these initial findings provide a rationale for further research on this association.

Source: Biological Psychiatry

Reduce fetal exposure to BPA and phthalates, experts say

With Health Canada recently banning plastic baby bottles made from bisphenol A and proposing to ban certain toys, questions arise about whether similar actions should be taken to safeguard pregnant women

Citing possible risks to young children, Health Canada recently banned plastic baby bottles made from bisphenol A and is proposing to ban toys containing six types of phthalates, best known as the rubber duck chemical.

Singling out babies and toddlers for special protection against harmful chemicals is a good idea because infants, with their rapidly growing bodies and unique exposure patterns, can be more vulnerable to dangerous chemicals than are most adults.

But a question has arisen about Health Canada’s actions: If young children shouldn’t come into contact with the two chemicals, what about pregnant women and their fetuses, which are even more susceptible to harmful compounds, especially those with hormonal impacts, like these man-made substances?

Bisphenol A is an estrogen mimic, meaning exposure gives an extra hit of the female hormone, while phthalates interfere with testosterone production, reducing levels of the crucial male hormone.

During fetal development, in particular, humans are extremely sensitive to sex hormones. Everything from genital development to brain organization is choreographed by specific levels of these hormones circulating in the womb at precise points in the pregnancy. If levels are skewed by synthetic chemicals, there is the risk of irreversible, life-long changes occurring.

“Pregnant women and the fetus are in fact the greatest target group for all of these chemicals,” says Frederick vom Saal, a professor at the University of Missouri and one of the leading researchers in the U.S. investigating bisphenol A, or BPA as it is also known.

Health Canada needs “to now take the next logical step” and consider wider restrictions on the chemicals to reduce exposures in pregnant women, contends Dr. vom Saal. The agency shouldn’t assume “that by just targeting protections for newborns they’ve done enough.”

Although Health Canada took action against the two chemicals to protect children, the most provocative research on both compounds has been done on pregnant rodents and on their pups during early neonatal life, the period that corresponds to the last part of gestation in humans. Because conducting experiments on pregnant women would be unethical, these animal laboratory tests are designed to flag possible harmful effects on people.

Such experiments have found dramatic results, including enlarged prostates, skewed mammary ducts that in women would translate into increased breast cancer risk, and the feminization of male genitals.

Safeguards for pregnant women are needed, agreesanother top researcher in the field, Shanna Swan, director of the Center for Reproductive Epidemiology at the University of Rochester’s school of medicine, and an authority on phthalates. While children are sensitive to the chemicals, they’re “not as sensitive as the fetus. There is no question about that,” says Dr. Swan.

Dr. Swan has published a study finding that women who have higher levels of phthalates during pregnancy give birth to boys with a slightly shorter distance from the start of their genitals to the anus, mirroring a discovery made in male rodents exposed to the chemical. In rodents, the shrinkage is viewed as feminizing the male genital tract, but the effect occurred at far higher doses than what is found in people exposed to the chemicals.

Nonetheless, because there is animal evidence of harm during gestation, Dr. Swan says “we should assume until proven otherwise that it’s reproductively toxic to humans.”

Health Canada said it is monitoring research on the chemicals, but it believes the weight of evidence does not yet warrant measures to reduce exposures by pregnant women.

“Health Canada will take appropriate action if a risk to human health is identified,” it said in an e-mailed response to questions.

But the federal agency has begun several studies on pregnant women and their babies to see whether the animal research is onto something, and has ordered up research to see if the genitals of newborns have been affected by their mothers’ exposure to the two chemicals.

Last month , for instance, it posted a notice indicating that it has asked a McMaster University researcher to study pregnant women to find out whether BPA affects the anogenital distance in their babies. It has a similar study on phthalates to try to duplicate Dr. Swan’s findings.

In human babies, as in rodent pups, males typically have a larger distance from the anus to the genitals than females, and it is likely that anything reducing the sex difference would be hormonal in nature.

The chemical industry said it welcomes the research and predicted its products will get a clean bill of health. “We are confident that the levels of bisphenol A that will be found will be extremely low and we think it’s unlikely that any health effects will be observed,” said Steven Hentges, spokesman for the American Chemistry Council.

The council also represents phthalate makers and has argued that the research showing effects on the genitals of boys is flawed.

It’s been relatively easy for Health Canada to introduce measures restricting infant exposure to phthalates and BPA by ordering them out of just a few products such as plastic baby bottles and toys. If it decides pregnant women need protection, it faces a much harder task because products containing the substances are ubiquitous.

“The ability of governments to actually tackle adult exposures is going to be extremely challenging,” Dr. vom Saal predicted.

Pregnant women wanting to reduce their exposure while the government researches the issue may have difficulty because many plastic products don’t disclose what they’re made from, although some polycarbonates containing BPA carry the plastic industry’s symbol of a triangle encasing the number seven, while polyvinyl chloride, which often contain phthalates, sometimes carries a triangle encasing the number three.

As well, there isn’t a full understanding of how humans are being exposed to the chemicals, but residues in food from packaging and processing equipment are suspected. Some researchers believe other sources might be important, such as breathing dust containing the chemicals or absorbing them through the skin, as people would do for compounds in cosmetics.

The uterus doesn’t offer protection against the compounds, which have been detected in the placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord blood, indicating that maternal exposure leads to fetal exposure.

The amounts of exposure in people are low, but according to some experts, they are still worrisome. Blood concentrations of bisphenol A are typically a couple of parts per billion, while phthalates measured in urine can be thousands of parts per billion. One part per billion is a tiny amount, the equivalent of one second of elapsed time over nearly 32 years.

But Dr. vom Saal cautioned that these concentrations are far higher than the natural amounts of estrogen in people, which are in the parts per trillion, and testosterone, in the parts per billion. He says that because people’s hormone systems are already operating at their natural levels, any alterations caused by phthalates and BPA should be a source of concern.

Health Canada studying effect of chemicals on infant genitals

Health Canada has quietly been studying a delicate topic: Whether or not the genitals of Canadian babies are being altered by their moms’ exposure to bisphenol A or phthalates during pregnancy.

The research will measure the distance between the start of a baby’s genitals and its anus, a space that on average is larger in boys than in girls. If the space is getting smaller, it means boys are being born less manly, and likely to have smaller penises and testicles.

The phthalate study is under way and will take up to five years to complete, while the bisphenol A research is just starting.

Phthalates, which are able to reduce levels of the male hormone, testosterone, are found in everything from polyvinyl chloride shower curtains to floor tiles, where they’re used to make plastics less brittle. They’re also added to cosmetics and perfumes to make the fragrance last longer.

Bisphenol A, an estrogen mimic, is the main ingredient in polycarbonate plastic products, including office water-cooler jugs, lenses for eyeglasses and the protective coatings on compact discs. It’s also in the epoxy liners found on the inside of most food and beverage cans, and in some carbonless paper register receipts.

All BPA is made by humans and isn’t found in nature, although there are some microbial sources of phthalates.

Scientists have known for years that dosing pregnant rodents with phthalates feminizes their male offspring, giving them female-like areolas and nipples, and smaller genital tracts. The amounts used to prompt the effects are far above what people are exposed to, but recently, researchers in the U.S. believe that they have detected slightly smaller genitals in boys born to mothers with higher-than-average phthalate exposure during pregnancy.

Bisphenol A has raised health concerns too, with tests in experimental animals leading to such conditions as early puberty, genital malformations and increased prostate growth, often at low doses given during fetal development.

The federal government is also testing several thousand Canadians for their BPA and phthalate levels, but the results are not yet available. Bio-monitoring in the U.S. has found that nearly everyone carries detectible amounts of the two chemicals. One survey conducted between 2003 and 2004 found about 93 per cent of Americans have bisphenol A in their bodies, and researchers looking for phthalates have found a similar percentage.

This resource was written by Martin Mittelstaedt Environment Reporter
Published on Thursday, Aug. 06, 2009 7:11PM EDT
Last updated on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 3:41AM EDT


Women’s Shampoos and Body Wash also Contaminated

WASHINGTON — A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children’s bath products and adults’ personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lenient recommended maximum. Laboratory tests released today revealed the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in products such as Hello Kitty Bubble Bath, Huggies Baby Wash, Johnson’s Baby Wash, Scooby-Doo Bubble Bath and Sesame Street Bubble Bath. The tests also found the carcinogen in Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo, Olay Complete Body Wash and many other personal care products. 1,4-Dioxane is a petroleum-derived contaminant considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a clear-cut animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. It is also on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected by the state to cause cancer or birth defects. Because it is a contaminant produced during manufacturing, the FDA does not require it to be listed as an ingredient on product labels.

“Regrettably, 1,4-Dioxane contamination is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., executive director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. “Because the FDA does not require cosmetics products to be approved as safe before they are sold, companies can put unlimited amounts of toxic chemicals in cosmetics.” Steinman said parents should be outraged that companies are willing to spend a significant amount of money on entertainment licensing agreements that entice children but won’t spend pennies to remove contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane. “Consumers who have young children, as I do, have the right to expect the highest purity in children’s products,” Steinman said. “I call on American consumers to say no to dangerous petrochemicals in their children’s cosmetic and personal care products.”

Baby & Children’s Consumer Products
  • 1,4-Dioxane concentration
  • Disney Clean as Can Bee Hair & Body Wash (Water Jel Technologies) 8.8 ppm
  • Disney Pixar Cars Piston Cup Bubble Bath (MZB Personal Care) 2.2 ppm
  • Gerber Grins & Giggles Gentle & Mild Aloe Vera Baby Shampoo 8.4 ppm
  • Hello Kitty Bubble Bath (Kid Care) 12 ppm*
  • Huggies Baby Wash Shea Butter 4.0 ppm
  • Huggies Natural Care Baby Wash Extra Gentle and Tear Free 4.2 ppm
  • Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash (Johnson & Johnson) 5.3 ppm to 6.1 ppm
  • Johnson’s Kids Tigger Bath Bubbles (Johnson & Johnson) 5.6 ppm to 7.9 ppm
  • Johnson’s Kids Shampoo Watermelon Explosion (Johnson & Johnson) 10 ppm*
  • Lil’ Bratz Mild Bubble Bath (Kid Care) 3.7 ppm
  • L’Oreal Kids Orange Mango Smoothie Shampoo 2.0 ppm
  • Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath Gentle Formula with Aloe 1.5 ppm
  • Rite-Aid Tearless Baby Shampoo 4.3 ppm
  • Scooby-Doo Mild Bubble Bath (Kid Care) 3.0 ppm
  • Sesame Street Wet Wild Watermelon Bubble Bath (The Village Company) 7.4 ppm
Adult Consumer Products
  • Clairol Herbal Essences Rainforest Flowers Shampoo 23 ppm*
  • Olay Complete Body Wash with Vitamins (normal skin) 23 ppm*
  • Suave Naturals Passion Flower 2.0 ppm
*Product was at or above FDA maximum

Oils Linked to Breast Growth in Boys

Bottles of oil

BOSTON — Lavender and tea tree oils found in some shampoos, soaps and lotions can temporarily leave boys with enlarged breasts in rare cases, apparently by disrupting their hormonal balance, a preliminary study suggests.

While advising parents to consider the possible risk, several hormone experts emphasized that the problem appears to happen infrequently and clears up when the oils are no longer used. None of those interviewed called for a ban on sales.

The study reported on the condition, gynecomastia, in three boys ages 4, 7 and 10. They all went back to normal when they stopped using skin lotions, hair gel, shampoo or soap with the natural oils.

It’s unclear how often this problem might crop up in other young children.

These plant oils, sometimes called “essential oils,” are added to many health-care products, usually for their scent. The oils are sometimes found in other household products or sold in purer forms. Tea tree oil is sometimes used in shampoos for head lice.

The suspected effect in this study is blamed on some chemical within the oils that the body processes like estrogen, the female hormone that promotes breast growth.

The findings were being reported Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The federally funded study came out of the University of Colorado and the environmental health branch of the National Institutes of Health. The findings were first released last year at a science meeting.

The three boys were brought to their doctors with overdeveloped breasts that looked like those of girls in early puberty. They were sore in one case. For each boy, doctors could tie the problem only to their use over several months of the natural-oil products.

The researchers suspected that the oils might be upsetting the boys’ hormonal balance. So they did a series of laboratory tests to check how these oils work within human cells. The oils appeared to mimic estrogen and block the male hormone androgen.

On product labels, the oils sometimes are listed by their scientific names: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil) and Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil). Such products do not require government approval to be sold unless they make specific health claims.

Marijuana and soy products also have been linked to gynecomastia.

Dr. Clifford Bloch, a hormone specialist in Greenwood Village, Colo., who treated the three boys, recommended that parents “be cautious” with such products, especially for prolonged use. “I would not give these products to my children,” he said in an interview.

Bloch said he also suspects the oil played a role in a handful of young girls he saw for a similar condition, including a 17-month-old whose parents were washing her bottles with a lavender-scented soap.

Others sounded less worried. “It takes very little estrogen to cause gynecomastia in a young child,” said Dr. Richard Auchus, a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center hormone expert who knew of the study findings. “If they’re getting it for a brief period of time, that really shouldn’t cause long-term problems.”

Also, the research did not pinpoint any specific estrogen-like compounds in the oils or look for them in a range of products. Chemist Steven Dentali, at the industry group American Herbal Products Association, said that warning people to avoid such oils “is premature without the additional basic research needed to bolster the case that the issue here is both real and significant.”

Gynecomastia is very common in boys during the hormonal changes of puberty. But it also occurs as a rare condition in younger boys, men, and girls before puberty.

Bloch, the study doctor, said it’s unknown if such oils could hurt women with estrogen-fed breast tumors.

The effect of phytoestrogens on breast cancer

Phytoestrogens are a group of chemicals found in plants that can act like the hormone estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone necessary for childbearing and is involved with bone and heart health in women. Higher exposure to estrogens over a lifetime is linked with increased breast cancer risk.

Working as estrogen mimics, phytoestrogens may either have the same effects as estrogen or block estrogen’s effects. Which effect the phytoestrogen produces can depend on the dose of the phytoestrogen. The phytoestrogen can act like estrogen at low doses but block estrogen at high doses. Estrogen activates a family of proteins called estrogen receptors. Recent studies have shown that phytoestrogens interact more with some members of the estrogen receptor family, but more information is needed about how these receptors work, especially in breast cancer. Finally, phytoestrogens acting as estrogen mimics may affect the production and/or the breakdown of estrogen by the body, as well as the levels of estrogen carried in the bloodstream.

Phytoestrogens – acting differently from estrogen – may affect communication pathways between cells, prevent the formation of blood vessels to tumors or alter processes involved in the processing of DNA for cell multiplication. Which of these effects occur is unknown. It is very possible that more than one of them may be working. Also, the effects in various parts of the body may be different. from Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer.

Soy Cancer Warnings

CANCER patients are being warned to avoid soy because it can accelerate the growth of tumours.

The Cancer Council NSW will issue guidelines today, warning about the dangers of high-soy diets and soy supplements for cancer patients and those people in remission from cancer. At particular risk are people suffering from hormone-dependent cancers, including breast and prostate cancer – the two most common types of cancer in Australia. Cancer survivors are also being urged to avoid high doses of soy, as they may be more vulnerable to a relapse. Research has found high consumption of soy products can also limit the effectiveness of conventional medicines used to treat the disease.

“There is evidence to suggest that women with existing breast cancer or past breast cancer should be cautious in consuming large quantities of soy foods or phyto-oestrogen supplements,” a position statement from the Cancer Council says. “Women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumour growth when taking soy products. “The Cancer Council does not support the use of health claims on food labels that suggest soy foods or phyto-oestrogens protect against the development of cancer.”

Health experts are particularly concerned that breast-cancer sufferers who take soy or phyto-oestrogen supplements could feed the disease and reduce the effectiveness of their treatment. Soy, which is present in soy beans, soy milk, tofu, tempeh and some breads, contains phyto-oestrogens that mimic the actions of hormones in the body. This means it may interfere with cancer drugs such as Tamoxifen, which works by suppressing the female hormone oestrogen. Men with prostate cancer are also being warned against high soy consumption, as phyto-oestrogens may imitate the male hormone androgen. Although the Cancer Council has warned against soy supplements, it believes an occasional intake of soy food is still safe for cancer patients.

Cancer Council nutritionist Kathy Chapman said soy supplements could contain dangerously high doses of phyto-oestrogens. “If you were a woman with breast cancer and thought, ‘I’m going to radically change my diet and have very large portions of soy at every meal’, it could be a problem,” Ms Chapman said. “For someone who has tofu once or twice a week and drinks a bit of soya milk, it’s not so much of a problem.”

Soy has earned a reputation as a natural “superfood” that cuts the risk of breast or prostate cancer, and is commonly included in women’s health supplements. This claim was based on findings that cancer rates were lower in Asia, where soy consumption is high. But soy would lower the risk of contracting cancer “only a little”, according to the Cancer Council. “While they may have a protective effect, there is also some evidence that phyto-oestrogens may stimulate the growth of existing hormone-dependent cancers,” the council’s statement said.

The risk of contracting other non-hormone-dependent cancers, including bowel cancer, would be unaffected by soy intake. The Cancer Council was prompted to investigate the issue after being inundated with questions about the role of soy in cancer patients’ diets. “We felt we were getting a lot of calls on our hotline about this topic,” Ms Chapman said.

Breast-cancer survivor Susie Musarra was surprised by the new evidence about soy. The Sydney mother of two was diagnosed five years ago. She followed a healthy diet, containing plenty of fruit and vegetable juices, during chemotherapy treatment. “It’s really confusing, because you get a lot of conflicting information about what to eat,” she said. “It’s good to have this advice, because it helps you make an informed decision – and the Cancer Council is a reputable source.”

Tea tree oil faces ban over health fear

Scientists say even small amounts could provoke rashes and allergies

Tea tree oil, the increasingly popular remedy for everything from spots to insect bites and vapour rubs, is under threat of being banned by the European Union. The EU has said that even small amounts of the undiluted oil could be unsafe and unstable after clinical trials found users risked rashes and allergies. Cosmetic products, such as shampoo and bath oils, that use the oil in concentrations of less than 1 per cent are safe. But the toiletries and cosmetics firms that produce the neat form of the natural remedy have been given until June to convince a panel of scientists that the oil is safe to sell to the public. The warnings follow revelations that boys have been warned against using oils or hair gels that contain tea tree oil after three cases of them growing breasts were reported.

Researchers in the US believe that the oils may have hormone-like properties that lead to gynaecomastia – the growth of breasts. When the boys stopped using the oils, the breasts disappeared. Writing in New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers say that the repeated use of such oils may disrupt hormonal function. It has also been revealed that tea tree oil in cosmetics and creams could increase the chances of catching ‘superbug’ infections in hospital. Exposure to low doses of the oil made pathogens such as MRSA, E.coli and salmonella more resistant to antibiotics.

‘Because essential oils are natural products, the public often assumes they must be safe,’ says Frances Fewell, director of the Institute for Complementary Medicine. ‘You should never apply any sort of essential oil directly to the skin without diluting it first in a suitable carrier oil. Tea tree oil has become very popular, and many people have started applying it directly to deal with acne and skin infections. In fact this is a very aggressive oil. The skin can dry out, blister or form a rash.’

In a strongly worded report, the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products has said it has serious concerns about the neat oil which, it found, is ‘a severe irritant’ to the skin and ‘degraded rapidly’ if exposed to air, light and heat. The SCCP said existing safety tests were inadequate and that even widely sold toiletries were of ‘questionable stability and were being sold without adequate proof of safety’. ‘The sparse data available suggest undiluted oil as a commercial product is not safe,’ the committee’s report said. ‘Our major concern is that toxic and risky chemicals become even more potent – up to three times as strong – if stored at room temperature, and exposed to light and air.’

‘Whether or not the SCCP will be reassured by whatever the toiletries and cosmetics firms give them in June, I’m not sure,’ said Christopher Flower, head of the British Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association. ‘They may have a view on whether it is still appropriate for the public to use it neat at all. They may well decide that, regardless of the industry’s presentations to them, the neat oil should not be used. Or they may simply say it should not be used frequently or over all of the body.’

Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted by passing steam through plants. The steam vaporises the volatile aromatic chemicals in the plant and these are then distilled. Not all essential oils, however, have gone through this process. ‘Essential oils are widely available under various forms of labelling and packaging, sometimes with insufficient regard for safety,’ says Sylvia Baker of the Aromatherapy Trade Council. ‘Many are of poor quality, and some are totally synthetic. There are companies that specialise in making nature-identical oils and then offering them as pure products. Others are bulked with cheaper oils and synthetics.’

The oil, which is derived from the Australian melaleuca tree and has been a traditional remedy among Australian Aboriginals for centuries, is famous for its antiseptic properties. Used by Australian troops for battlefield injuries in the First World War, it is now found in shower gels, toothpastes, mouthwash and face cleansers, to cure skin complaints, to treat cuts and burns, and as an insect and lice repellent.

Chemical Found in Soy Products Could Damage Sperm and Impair Fertility

The plant chemical GENISTEIN, which is found in soy products and legumes, could damage sperm and lead to fertility problems, according to a study presented on Wednesday at the… European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology’s annual conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Reuters reports. Lynn Fraser, a professor of reproductive biology at King’s College London, tested the chemical — which can mimic the effect of the female hormone estrogen — on human and mouse sperm (Reaney, Reuters, 6/21). Fraser found that human sperm were more than three times as likely to lose their acrosomes — caps that enable them to penetrate an egg at fertilization — an hour after genistein exposure than they were before exposure (Fleming, Daily Telegraph, 6/22). Although genistein affects sperm’s ability to penetrate an egg, a woman’s intake of genistein-containing foods likely has a greater effect on fertility than a man’s consumption, according to the researchers (Reuters, 6/21). Fraser said that women trying to become pregnant might be able to increase their chance of pregnancy by avoiding foods with high concentrations of genistein during ovulation (Roberts, BBC News, 6/21).

Could lavender and tea tree oil act as endocrine disruptors?


The lavender and tea tree oils found in some soaps, shampoos, hair gels and body lotions can produce enlarged breasts in boys, researchers report. These plant oils were linked to abnormal breast development in three boys, which was reversed when they stopped using them, write Dr Clifford Bloch of Pediatric Endocrine Associates in Colorado, and colleagues. They say their study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests these oils can act in ways similar to the hormone estrogen. “This report raises an issue of concern, since lavender oil and tea tree oil are sold over the counter in their ‘pure’ form and are present in an increasing number of commercial products, including shampoos, hair gels, soaps, and body lotions,” the researchers write. “Whether the oils elicit similar endocrine-disrupting effects in prepubertal girls, adolescent girls, or women is unknown.”

While it is very common for boys to develop temporary breast enlargement as they go through puberty, the condition is very rare in young boys. Doctors call the condition prepubertal gynaecomastia, and often find no explanation for it. The researchers found the condition in three otherwise healthy boys, aged 4, 7 and 10. “I got wind of it because I was given a clue by a patient,” Bloch says. That case involved the 4-year-old “who was using absolutely nothing on his skin except a lavender oil preparation that his mother had obtained from a homeopath. She used to rub it on his chest and body every night” because lavender, in complementary medicine circles, is said to have healing properties. Several months after the boy stopped getting the ‘healing balm’, his breasts returned to normal. Meanwhile, Bloch then began to see lavender crop up in other cases, including the 10-year-old, who was using a hair styling gel and shampoo that contained both lavender oil and tea tree oil. There was also a 7-year-old, who had been using lavender-scented soap and skin lotions. In laboratory tests, scientists at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) found that both substances can mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen. They can also block male hormones that control both masculine characteristics and inhibit the growth of breast tissue.

— ABC Science Online
February 08, 2007

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Hairdressers more prone to breast cancer

Hairdresser styling red-haired woman

Headteaching, pharmacy and hairdressing are three jobs carrying an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a Swedish study The survey, of more than a million women revealed these inexplicable patterns, also implicating systems analysts, beauticians and telephone operators as having a higher than normal risk.

Writing in the American Journal of Public Health, Dr Marina Pollan and Dr Per Gustavsson said that some of the statistical blips might be due to the career paths followed by white collar workers. The study’s authors speculated that exposure to chemicals used in the hair and beauty industry might contribute to the extra risk. Currently, one in 12 British women and one in eight US women will get the disease at some point in their lives.


Preservative chemicals found in samples of breast tumours probably came from underarm deodorants, UK scientists have claimed. Their analysis of 20 breast tumours found high concentrations of para-hydroxybenzoic acids (parabens) in 18 samples. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. The preservatives are used in many cosmetics and some foods to increase their shelf-life. “From this research it is not possible to say whether parabens actually caused these tumours, but they may certainly be associated with the overall rise in breast cancer cases,” says Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research. “Given that breast cancer is the largest killer of women and a very high percentage of young women use underarm deodorants, I think we should be carrying out properly funded, further investigations into parabens and where they are found in the body,” Harvey told New Scientist.