Originally published in our Summer 2011 newsletter
Below is a list of the most prevalent ingredients found in many “natural” body-care products and their effects on the human body.
Please read labels carefully!
Also called BPA. Often used in moisturizers and makeup as antioxidants and preservatives. Associated with tumor growth and hormone dysfunction. Also harms wildlife when it finds its way into the environment.
2. Coal Tar Dyes
Appears as “p-phenylenediamine” or colours listed as “Cl” followed by five digits. Common in hair dyes and linked to cancer. Also contains heavy metals which are toxic.
Diethanolamine makes products soapy or sudsy but irritates skin. May be toxic to immune and nervous systems.
4. Dibutyl phthalate
Found in nail polish. Enhances genetic mutations via other chemicals.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing Agents
Irritate skin and eyes, and harm marine life when flushed into water systems. Examples are DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.
Fragrances are considered “trade secrets” and may contain toxic chemicals.
Preservative in makeup; linked to breast cancer & hormone disruption.
8. PEG compounds
Polyethylene glycol compounds open skin pores, allows harmful chemicals to penetrate. Often found in creams and is linked to cancer.
Aka mineral oil jelly, this chemical caracinogen is common in moisturizers.
Used to soften, smooth and moisten. Can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs.
11. Sodium Laurel Sulphate
Creates foam (found in shampoos & conditioners) & may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, both of which cause cancer.
Found in antiperspirants, deodorants, cleansers and hand sanitizers as a preservative and anti-bacterial agent. Interferes with hormone function.