Toxic Chemicals in Beauty Products

As the biggest organ in the body, our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it. This proves that it's not only important what we put in our body - it's also important what we put on our body.

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman uses 12 different beauty products a day, containing approximately 170 ingredients. Many of these ingredients are preservatives, carcinogens, and synthetic fragrances that have been linked to hormonal issues, allergies and cancers.

Here's a small sampling of dangerous chemicals found in commercial beauty products. Hope this is motivation to GO NATURAL NOW!

Chemical Name What is it found in? Why is it toxic?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)/
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Shampoo, bubble bath, shower gel, mascara A detergent used in car washes, engine degreasers, and floor cleaners, which is also found in 90% of “foaming” skin care products. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, skin irritation, depression and respiratory damage. SLS can combine with other chemicals in the body to form nitrosamines - an extremely dangerous carcinogen.
Parabens Make-up, body wash, shampoo, face cleaners, deodorant Parabens are popularly used as preservatives in a wide array of beauty care products and food products. While most people believe this is preventing mold on their products, it's actually causing way more harm to the body. Parabens mimic estrogen hormones that have been linked to breast cancer.
Fragrance Perfumes, colognes, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers An ambiguous term that was created to protect a company's trademark(ie: secret formula), so they legally do not need to divulge their ingredients. Hundreds of toxic chemicals are hidden under the “fragrance” label, many of which have been linked to headaches, allergic reactions, hyperactivity and other behavioral abnormalities.
Phthalates Nail polish, perfume, eye shadow, hair spray, liquid soap Phthalates increase the flexibility and softness of plastics, frequently found in polyvinyl PVC and beauty products. They are hormone disrupting chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer, fertility problems, and reproductive birth defects. Phthalates can be found hidden in fragrances (a company's “secret formula”).
Synthetic Colors Hair dyes, make-up, toothpaste Labeled as D&C in beauty products (ex: D&C Green 6), synthetic colors are derived from coal tar and make cosmetics look pretty. However, synthetic colors come with several serious health risks, such as skin irritation, respiratory toxicity and ADHD. The European Union classifies synthetic colors as human carcinogens and banned their use entirely.
Propylene Glycol (PG) Deodorant, moisturizers, sunscreen, mascara Despite the fact that the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves and goggles when working with PG solutions, this chemical is used as a skin conditioning agent in many beauty products. PG has been linked to causing dermatitis, hives, and other skin conditions.
Triclosan Antibacterial soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, body wash With a chemical structure similar to Agent Orange, Triclosan can be found in pesticides, mattresses, insulation, and beauty products. While the chemical may prevent the growth of bacteria, Triclosan is also disrupting reproductive & thyroid hormones, irritating skin, and causing allergies. Additionally, recent studies have found that Triclosan is making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.