I try to blog only about the positive and added benefits in each of the products featured on this site.  However, I’m a firm believer that all consumers should make an informed purchase decision.  Even if the products are at the right price and have immense popularity, it’s important to also ensure that these products are not going to cause irreversible problems in the future.  Read below for some common chemicals and ingredients that you should check to protect yourself and stay ageless as long as possible.

  • Benzene – high cancer risk; organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); irritation of skin, eyes, or lungs; neurotoxicity
  • Benzalkonium chloride – severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies, especially dangerous for people with asthma or skin conditions like eczema
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) – skin depigmentation; liver damage, stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels in animal studies
  • Formaldehyde – cancer causing
  • Fragrance -can contain hormone disruptors; cancer causing, allergenic
  • Hydroquinone – causes ochronosis; causes tumor development in animal studies
  • Mineral Oil – mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum
  • DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea – toxic contaminants
  • Methylisothiazolinone & methylchloroisothiazolinone – common irritants, sensitizers and causes of contact allergy; may be neurotoxic
  • Oxybenzone – irritation, sensitization and allergies; may disrupt the hormone system
  • Parabens (Propyl, Isopropyl, Butyl, and Isobutylparabens) – may cause breast cancer tumors; propyl and butyl paraben and isopropyl and isobutylparabens may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders
  • PEG/Ceteareth/Polyethylene compounds (“-eth”) – contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is probably human carcinogen
  • Petroleum distillates – commonly found in mascara; may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. They are produced in oil refineries at the same time as automobile fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstocks.
  • Phthalates linked to male reproductive system disorders, “fragrance” usually indicates a chemical mixture that may contain phthalates.
  • Resorcinol – skin irritant; toxic to the immune system and frequent cause of hair dye allergy; can disrupt normal thyroid function in animal studies
  • Retinyl palmitate and retinol (Vitamin A): excessive amounts can cause severe birth defects; when applied to sun-exposed skin like in sunscreens, lip products and daytime moisturizers, can produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and cause skin cancer; retinyl palmitate applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight speeds the development of skin tumors and lesions
  • Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate – skin damage; toxic contaminants
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) – allergies, toxic contaminants
  • Toluene – neurotoxicant that acts as an irritant; impairs breathing and causes nausea; may impair fetal development; toxicity to the immune system; may be linked to malignant lymphoma
  • Triclosan & Triclocarban: very toxic to the aquatic environment; disrupts thyroid function and reproductive hormones; overuse may promote the development of bacterial resistance

2 thoughts on “Ingredients

  1. Laura says:

    Very important to get this kind of info out there! Thank you for sharing…and also finding a way to stay positive at the same time :-) ~Laura

  2. oneoklock says:

    I am glad that I found your blog – it’s nice that you focus on the positive! And, I am thrilled that you have this list of ingredients that I can refer my readers to. Keep up the great work! Oh, my blog is: Thanks, Donna

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