Yesterday, in the post “The Harmful Preservative Lurking in Practically Everything” I talked about Methylisothiazolinone. It is just one of the many harsh chemicals that are commonly found in our bath, beauty, and cleaning products.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily and a man 6 products with 85 ingredients. Many of these ingredients are neurotoxins, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and irritants. Using Bubble & Bee Organic’s “Chemical of the Day” database and EWG’s “Top Tips for Safer Products,” I identified the most alarming and common ingredients lurking in your shampoo, conditioner, lotions, facial creams, deodorants, and the like.
Boric Acid and Sodium Borate: testicular damage in animals, decreased sperm count and libido in humans
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): caused liver damage and stomach cancer in animal studies, interferes with reproductive system development and thyroid levels in humans
Cocamide DEA: blood, liver, kidney, skin, and neurotoxin
Cyclohexylamine: human immune system toxin, adversely effects the brain and respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and nervous systems
DMDM Hydantoin: eye, lung, and skin irritant
Fragrance: companies not required to disclose what is in their “fragrance;” hidden chemicals could include irritants or hormone disruptors
Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, and Benzisothiazolinone: causes allergic contact dermatitis, neurotoxin
Parabens: endocrine disruptor, reproductive and developmental disorders, breast cancer
PEG-40 Castor Oil: skin irritant, may contain carcinogens
Phthalates: male reproductive system damage
Propylene Glycol: immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxin, and skin toxin
Selenium Sulfide: specifically in dandruff shampoos; carcinogen, may cause cancer, toxic to respiratory, nervous, and reproductive systems; use tea tree oil shampoos instead
Toluene: impairs fetal development, immune system toxicity, link to malignant lymphoma
Think about the purpose of the products that contain these chemicals – to penetrate the skin. Every day our bodies soak up these toxic chemicals through lotions, creams, and deodorants. Even some of the so-called “organic” bath and body lines use a few of these ingredients. That is why it is so important to read labels. If you are really ambitious, you can make your own soaps, lotions, and shampoos at home. Do you have a homemade beauty product recipe that you would like to recommend to readers? If so, post the link in the comment section.
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