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Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics  

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

Carcinogens in skincare products
The following list of chemicals is a guide to enable you to check the skincare products that you purchase

Direct Carcinogens

Benzyl Acetate
Butyl Benzylphthalate
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHA)
Butylated Hydroxytuoluene* (BHT)
"Coal Tar Dyes" (and Lakes) D & C Red2, 3,
4, 8, 9, 10, 17, 19 & 33, Green 5, Orange 17,
FD & C Blue, 1, 2 & 4, Green 3, Red 4 & 40,
Yellow 5 & 6
Crystalline Silica
Diethanolamine (DEA)
Dioctyl Adipate
Disperse Blue 1, Disperse Yellow

Methylene Chloride
Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone
p-Phenylenediamine (Following Oxidation)

Endocrine (Hormonal) Disruptors


  • methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl (also know as hydroxylmethyl benzoates); many studies have shown the parabens get absorbed into the blood stream & disrupt the hormonal system. They may be associated with breast cancer.
  • methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl (hydroxylmethyl benzoates)

Methy-paraben, Ethyl-paraben,  Propy-paraben, Butyl-paraben, Benzophenone-3, Butyl-Benzyl Phthalate, Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (B-MDM), Dibutyl Phthalate, Diethyl Phthalate, Homosalate (HMS), Methyl-benzylidene Camphor (4-MBC), Octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA), Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), Resorcinol.

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

2-bromo 2-nitropropane-1, 2-diol, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM-Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Metheneamine, Quatemium-15, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.

Ingredients that could react with other ingredients in a cosmetic product to form potentially harmful substances.
Triethanolamine (TEA), Diethanolamine (DEA), Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Nitrosamines are the potential by-products of reactions between these ingredients and other ingredients. Nitrosamines are potent carcinogens.

Ingredients that are made from petroleum.
BHT, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, EDTA, Paraffin Peg-8, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Triclosan.

Ingredients that are made by treating natural ingredients with petroleum derivatives or synthetics.
Hydroxyethylcellulose, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate-20, Emulsifying Wax.

Ingredients that are generally considered to be harsh on the skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, can be made solely from natural sources, but is a very aggressive detergent.

Synthetic colors
FD & C Blue 1, FD & C Red 40, FD & C Yellow 5.

Synthetic fragrances
Lillial, Vanillyl Butyl, EtherParfum*, * Typically, Synthetic Unless Noted.

Synthetic preservatives
Chlorphenesin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Dmdm Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylchlo-roisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Synthetic polymers and other synthetic ingredients
Carbomer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Pvp/Va Copolymer, Sodium Acrylate, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene.