Did you know with all of the personal care products you use every day, you could be putting toxins into your body up to 25 times a day?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

  • can be found in many toothpastes, shampoos and facial cleansers
  • causes products to lather and foam
  • eye and skin irritant, environmental toxin


  • can be found in many sunscreens
  • acts as an ultraviolet light absorber
  • associated with mammalian cell mutation (potentially cancerous)

Alkylphenol Ethoxylates

Found to reduce sperm count


PABA and PABA Esters:

  • can be found in lipstick, products with SPF, lip balm, skin fading/lightener, conditioner, facial moisturizer/treatment, moisturizer, styling gel/lotion
  • acts as an ultraviolet light absorber and filter
  • releases reactive oxygen radicals that can damage DNA, potentially leading to cancer and/or cardiovascular disease, causes allergic reactions in some people, associated with weak endocrine disruption, suspected to be an environmental toxin

Cinnamates, also seen as Octyl Methoxycinnamate (OMC):

  • can be found in sunscreens and lip balms
  • acts as an ultraviolet light absorber, reduces the appearance of scars
  • disrupts endocrine activity (especially reproductive glands)

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA):

  • can be found in foundation, sunscreen SPF 15 and above, hair color and bleaching, moisturizer, anti-itch cream, anti-fungal treatment
  • acts as a pH adjuster
  • known to be a human respiratory and immune system toxicant, skin irritant

Paraben Preservatives (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl, isobutyl):

  • can be found in facial moisturizer/treatment, anti-aging moisturizer, facial cleanser, sunscreen SPF 15 and above, conditioner, eye shadow, hair color and bleaching, foundation, shampoo
  • acts as a preservative and a fragrance ingredient
  • can interfere with gene expression (cellular level changes), strong evidence for causing endocrine disruption and skin irritation
  • Have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes
Polyethylene Glycol (also listed as PEG):
  • can be found in facial moisturizer/treatment, hair color and bleaching, anti-aging moisturizer, facial cleanser, conditioner, shampoo, styling gel/lotion, body wash/cleanser, antiperspirant/deodorant, toothpastes
  • used as a lubricant, solvent, dispersant (binds to water and keeps gums uniformly distributed), and humectant (helps to retain moisture)
  • potentially toxic to some organ systems (non-reproductive), not safe for use on injured or damaged skin

Phthalates (listed under fragrance, if not named):

  • can be found in nail polish, nail treatment, cuticle treatment
  • used as plasticizers to increase products’ flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity, used as lubricants and gelling agents
  • potentially cause endocrine disruption, cumulative effects have been associated with breast cancer, biodegradation of phthalates cause high concentrations indoors and outdoors
  • This has been linked to damage of the organs -- kidneys, lungs, and liver -- as well as the reproductive system.

Benzophone, more commonly known as Oxybenzone:
  • can be found in many sunscreens
  • acts as an ultraviolet light absorber and filter
  • can cause significant photoallergenic effects, can interfere with cellular signaling to cause mutations and cell death (implicated in cardiovascular disease), toxic to wildlife and the environment

Formaldehyde Derivatives:

  • can be found in nail polishes and treatments, styling gels and lotions
  • used as a disinfectant and preservative
  • known human immune and respiratory system toxicant and skin toxicant, known human carcinogen, possible cardiovascular toxicant, suspected to be an environmental toxin

Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea

  • These are widely used preservatives. The American Academy of Dermatology has found them to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals contains a good antifungal agent, and they must be combined with other preservatives. Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic.


  • The label of "Fragrances" can mask a multitude of toxic, synthetic chemicals, many of which suppress the immune system, are endocrine disruptors, and cause cancer. When looking for scented products, make sure it's scented by essential oils -- which are expensive; therefore, companies usually list what essential oils are contained in the product without reverting to the generic term "Fragrances".
  • The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply read "fragrance." Some problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation—the list goes on. Advice: Don't buy a cosmetic that has the word "fragrance" on the ingredients label.

Isopropanol/Isopropyl Alcohol
  • This is a skin irritant that causes flushing, pulse rate fluctuations, dizziness, headaches, and nausea.



  • Possible human carcinogen. PossIble human reproductive or developmental toxin. Found in some eye drops and ointment.

Methylisothiazoline, or MIT

  • This can cause skin and eye irritation and is known to cause neurological damage.


  • Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for its emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.

Propylene Glycol

  • Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural. Usually it is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant. It has been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) or PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels, beware—these are related synthetics. Although exposure to high levels of Propylene Glycol is known to cause serious and potentially irreversible health conditions, the chemical industry tell us that "small" quantities or low level exposure of Propylene Glycol is "safe" to use on the skin and in food. According to the safety data sheets of industrial chemical manufacturers, chemicals such as Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol will cause serious health conditions, including liver and heart damage and damage to the central nervous system if sufficient is absorbed by the body.

PVP/VA Copolymer

  • A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, styling aids and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since inhaled particles can damage the lungs of sensitive persons.

Stearalkonium Chloride

  • A quaternary ammonium compound used in hair conditioners and creams. Developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, it is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which are beneficial to the hair. Causes allergic reactions. Toxic.

Synthetic Colors

  • Used to make cosmetics "pretty," synthetic colors, along with synthetic hair dyes, should be avoided at all costs. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Many synthetic colors can be carcinogenic. If a cosmetic contains them, don't use it.

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