5 Things To Avoid In Bath & Beauty Products December 03 2014

Chemical preservatives are a hot topic because they typically contain the ingredients people are most concerned about, and rightly so.  Your skin absorbs what it comes into contact with although the amount varies depending on many factors.  Because of this, it's extremely important to know what make up the products you're using on it everyday.

1.  Parabens - this is a group of chemical preservatives that are estrogen mimickers.  Estrogen disruption has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.

Most common parabens = butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben.

Found in:  synthetic fragrances, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions, shampoo/conditioner, scrubs, and most bath/beauty/body products that contain water.

2.  Formaldehyde - is used as a preservative in bath, beauty and body products.  Formaldehyde is considered a "probable human carcinogen" and can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people.

Found in:  nail polish, shampoos, liquid hand soaps, toothpaste, lotion, etc.

3.  Synthetic Colors - used to add color to bath, beauty and body products.  They are a suspected human carcinogen, a skin irritant, and are linked to ADHD in children.

To Identify:  look for FD&C or D&C {f=food, d=drug, and c=cosmetics} preceding a color and number {i.e. D&C Red27}.

Found in:  scrubs, soaps, bath products, cosmetics, lip balm, lotion, cream, etc.

4.  Phthalates - are chemical plasticizers widely used to soften plastics.  In bath, beauty and body products they are used to help lotions penetrate the skin and help fragrances last longer.  Phthalates are found in just about every aspect of our life including bath/body/beauty products, medications, packaging, toys, kitchen items, etc.  They are possible endocrine disrupters, probable human carcinogens and there is a possible link between phthalates and some cases of asthma.

Most common phthalates = DBP, DNOP, DiNP, DEP, BGzP, DEHP, DiDP, DnHP, DMP, DnOP, Bisphenol A {BPA}.

Found in:  some synthetic fragrances, shampoos, lotion, deodorants, nail polish, powders, etc.

5.  1, 4-Dioxane - assists products in creating lather or suds.  It is a known breast carcinogen as well as may create organ-system toxicity and/or irritation.

Most common seen as:  sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, and chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth, and oleth.

Found in:  shampoo, liquid soap, bubble bath, hair relaxers, etc.

**important to note:  according to safecosmetics.org, the FDA does not require 1,4-Dioxane to be listed as an ingredient on product labels because the chemical is a contaminant produced during manufacturing.**  Obviously, this makes it extremely difficult to avoid.


It's worth noting that our products are free of all of these ingredients.