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Did you know that over 80%* of all beauty products, and over 93%* of all hair care products available today are made with toxic chemical ingredients?

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, absorbing up to 60%** of what you put on it.

CARCINOGENS IN SKINCARE PRODUCTS

The following list of chemicals are a guide to enable you to check products that you buy. Remember: many sales people DO NOT KNOW about these so it is up to you to check for yourself in the product.

           

CHEMICAL CATEGORY OR INGREDIENT

FUNCTION

FOUND IN

PRIMARY CONCERN

PARABES
(ETHYL, METHYL-, ISOBUTYL-, PROPYL-,
AND BUTYL)

Preservative

Lotions, creams, foundations,
and more

Endocrine disruption, studies have shown the parabens get absored into the blood stream & disrupt the hormonal system. They may be associated with breast cancer.

METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE / METHYLCHLORO-ISOTHIAZ OLINONE (MIT,CMIT)

Preservative

Shampoo, conditioners, body washes, body lotions,
and more

Weaken immune system, Linked to skin allergies and eczema

PEG / PROPYLENE GLYCOL / 1,2-PROPYLENE GLYCOL

Humectant or Solvent

Extreacts,
body washes,
moisturizers,
cleansers,
and more

Enhances penetration, promotes skin irritation. Excessive absorption may lead to toxicity

SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLS)

Widely used surfactant

Bubble bath, soap, shampoo, and more

Lathering agent, strips the hair and skin of moisture, enhances penetration, may also be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane*.

MINERAL OIL / PETROLEUM, PARAFFIN

Cosmetic additives

Lotions, body oil, cosmetics,
and more

Block pores, promotes skin irritation, allergic reaction and contribute to dry skin and itching.

PHTHALATES
(DBP, DMP, DEP), ETHYL ACETATE

Plasticizing agent, fragrance ingredient, Solvent

Nail polish, bath salts, cleansers, lotions, and more

Skin, eyes, and lung irritation, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity

DEA / TEA / MEA

PH Adjuster, Surfactant

Lotions, soap, body washes, and more

Trigger dermatitis, nitrosamines.

COAL TAR DERIVATIVES (FD&C BLUE 1, FD&C RED 40, FD&C YELLOW 5, D&C DYES AND TOLUENE)

Dyes, toluene
is a solvent

Dyes in lotions, body washes, soaps. Toluene in hair dyes, nail polish

Potentially cancer causing. Coal tar ingredients are also frequently tested on animals due to their carcinogenic and toxic nature.

FORMALDEHYDE /FORMALDEHYDE DONORS
(DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, DMDM HYDANTOIN, QUATERNIUM-15, AND BRONOPOL)

Preservative

Moisturizers, cleansers, scrubs, and more

Highly toxic, neurotoxic, genotoxic & carcinogenic, which react with other chemicals in the product to release formaldehyde (used to preserve dead bodies).

HYDROQUINONE

Skin lightening chemical

Skin lightening products

Research links it to cancer

OCTOXYNOLS

Surfactant

Scrubs, cleansers, creams,
and more

Linked to cancer, developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, and possible 1, 4-Dioxane*** contamination.

BHA(BUTYLATED HYDROXY ANISOLE), BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXY TOLUENE)

Fragrance ingredient, antioxidant

Moisturizers, make-up, skin lightening products, and more

Linked to cancer, toxicity, and bioaccumulation.

Sources:

* Based on a comparison of ingredients listed and a review of the ingredients of 42,879 beauty products1 and 7201 hair care products2 on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database conducted in May 2009.

** Beautycounter Reveals Truth About Your Cosmetics...And It May Scare You, The Huffington Post by Chrisina Anderson

*** 1,4-Dioxane is a carcinogen created when ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide, a petrochemical intermediate. According to Environmental Working Group, there are approximately 56 chemicals that may contain this contaminant.

Table: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep, National Geographic Green GuideSM Created by Lisa Sykes,Sustainability Specialist, Universal Companies, The British Association of Dermatologists


       

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

AMALA, PRIMAVERA (by NaTrue)
LOVE IS MORE (by Austria Bio Garantie)
LITTLE BUTTERFLY, MADARA (by Ecocert)
OGAENICS (Mrs. One-A-Day Multivitamin-Komplex & B-Happy Vitamin B-Komplex)
SUSANNE KAUFMANN ESSENCE LINE
(by Austria Bio Garantie)

CERTIFIED NATURAL

TOMTOM (by BDIH)

NATURAL

ABEL
AMBUJA
ARGENTUM
AXIOLOGY
DE MAMIEL
ESSENCES NATURELLES CORSES
FRESH THERAPIES
KONJAC
NATURAGLACE
NUORI
POMMADE DIVINE
OGAENICS
SANS {CEUTICALS}
WHEY
RMS BEAUTY
(except Lip2cheek Smile, Beloved and Lip Shine Sacred: using artificial colorant to create)
SUSANNE KAUFMANN
(except Sun Protection using chemical sunscreen Polysilicone-15 for waterproof function)
KIWABI
(Less than 1% PEG-40/60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil as formula stabilizing ingredient)
MIMC
(Use Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer to maintain eye lash curl)

NOT MADE OF NATURAL INGREDIENTS, BUT FREE OF THE FOLLOWING HARSH CHEMICALS:

Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, Parabens and Xylene

JINSOON, RMS NAIL POLISH

 

 

 

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