Jessie James Decker (JJD) is a woman of many trades, and there are many aspects of her life and character I admire. I have been a fan of her’s since 2008 when I heard her single “Blue Jeans” from her self-titled debut album, Jessie (maiden name) James in both “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Sorority Wars”. Since then, she has continued her pursuit and production of her own original music; gone on to marry, start a family, and creatively direct the production of her own hair, lip kit, and clothing lines. Finally, she has collaborated with the ladies of Fave 4 (hair care) to produce her own body care line, a.k.a Bless Your Body (BYB) ($24).
I’m proud to see JJD come out with her own health conscious body care system; being a person who deals with spells of eczema and skin sensitivity, I was more than happy to pay the $32.93 (with shipping and tax). I always hesitate to use anything with fragrance because of my hypersensitivity, which spans from heightened hearing, touch sensitivity, and more, but this seemed like an opportunity too good to pass up. My hopes in buying Jessie’s wash, was to finally have a smell-good, feel-good girly goody to pamper myself with besides my unscented, free-and-clear Dr. Bronner’s soap. It didn’t take much convincing for me to click the seller’s link and put in my credit card for this product, especially after reading an earlier tweet from JJD:
So one would assume that all of the ingredients would be on the up and up, but we all know what happens when you assume… Granted I believe that these products were in the works ample time before the aforementioned post, so her new philosophies may not have influenced the product design, but after the fact, may she reconsider some of the ingredients chosen. Since the (full) ingredients lists are not posted on the Fave 4 website, I e-mailed their very responsive sales team and received the lists (below) within an hour of my original e-mail. According to JJD’s Instagram, the BYB products Sulfate, Gluten, Paraben, and Cruelty-Free, but further research may prove that the products may not be considered Vegan. I am sure that if the product was indeed vegan the company would adamantly advertise it as such, seeing as it is a popular seller’s tag.
For all intents and purposes, I will test out the wash for a couple of weeks and give a full review in the coming weeks. In the mean time, please do what you will with the following information; cross-referencing the Environment Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and the (400) Whole Food’s Premium Body Care Unacceptable Ingredients; I highlighted concerning ingredients so y’all can use the EWG search engine link (above) to read what it says for yourselves. Please note that all ingredients highlighted scored above a 2-rating by the EWG standards.
(Wash) Ingredients List:
Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, PEG-150 Distearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyquaternium‐10, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, DL Panthenol, Glycol Distearate, Lauruth-4, Nymphaea Caerulea Leaf Cell Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Keratein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Quercus Petraea Fruit Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylchloroisothiazolinone*, Methylisothiazolinone*, Disodium EDTA.
(Lotion) Ingredients List:
Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Isopropyl Palmitate**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aluminium Starch Octylsuccinate, Ricinus Communis (Castor)Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Allantoin**, DL Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolum (Honeysuckle) Extract, Astragalus Membranous Root Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Honey Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT*/***.
*Pinged strong concern via both sites
**products that may be derived from Animals, but can also be derived from plant products, but have not been specified.
***(BHT) butylated hydroxytoluene
Fragrance may be artificial.
P.S. This post is in no way made to persuade you for against this product, brand, or creator. I am not a professional whistle blower, so my purpose in writing this isn’t to call anyone out but to allow everyone who views this post the equal opportunity to educate themselves on their product usage, and to provide y’all with the same opportunity as myself, to obtain available information in order to make more informed and consented purchases. Also, ingredients are listed in order of prominence and with further consideration of the EWG’s note that,”actual health risks, if any, will vary based on the level of exposure to the ingredient and individual susceptibility.” These products may be very acceptable for use, it will all depend on your comfortability with said ingredients and what you are willing to allow in/on your body.