Go to your bathroom and check RIGHT NOW! We think you will be VERY SURPRISED…
These are some of the dangerous chemicals that people in our society are using every day and are not being told about how dangerous they are. You will want to avoid them to enjoy good health. They can cause cancer, nervous system damage, birth defects, and much more. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health listed 884 dangerous chemicals, and according to The Safe Shoppers Bible, 400 have been identified in human tissue. “The greater the exposure, the greater the risk!” This is a PARTIAL LIST of some of the most commonly used chemicals in the personal care industry. See if your shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, toothpaste, lotions, household cleaners, etc. contain any of the chemicals on the list. I can bet you the products you are currently using contain some, if not all, of the dangerous chemicals on this list below.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)- (Engine Degreaser! In many personal care products, and most shampoos). Well-known as a skin and scalp irritant, easily absorbed in eyes, brain, and liver… may have harmful long term effects, possible carcinogen, could retard healing… causes cataracts in adults and keeps children’s eyes from developing properly.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)- (in many personal care products and many shampoos) Both SLS and SLES are potential carcinogens and may form dioxane when interacting with other chemicals. Clinical studies show both of these chemicals causing hair loss.
Propylene Glycol- (Industrial Antifreeze! In many personal care products, and most shampoos and many conditioners). The Material Safety Date Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact… strong irritant, can cause hair loss, cataracts, liver abnormalities and kidney damage. This is called a “humectant” in cosmetics.
Aluminum- (in antiperspirants–deodorants, antacids, and antiseptics) Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Cocomide DEA or DEA- (many products… up to 600) A known carcinogen.
Sodium Fluoride- (in toothpaste) Can cause death when ingested… lots of research… potential carcinogen.
Mineral Oil- Comes from crude oil (petroleum) used in the industry as a metal cutting fluid. May suffocate the skin by forming an oil film. Healthy skin needs to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. This process should not be inhibited. Holding large amounts of moisture in the skin can “flood” the biology, and may result in immature, unhealthy, sensitive skin that dries out easily. Studies show those who work around this ingredient have a greater chance of being diagnosed with cancer.
Petroleum- Same properties as Mineral Oil. Industrially, it is used as a grease component. Bentonite or Kaolin- (in cosmetics and facial masks) May suffocate the skin, stopping the release of toxins. Used by fire departments to suffocate forest fires.
Glycerin- When applied to the skin, it draws moisture from inside the skin, and holds it on the surface for a better “feel”. Dries the skin from the inside out. This can age you quickly.
Collagen- (skin care) May suffocate the skin. Most derived from cow hides and ground up chicken feet. Most products are useless.
Flavors/Fragrances (artificial)- Synthetic chemicals used to enhance aroma and taste in personal care products… some are potentially carcinogenic and may cause brain damage.
Colors (coal tar dyes)- (in cosmetics) May cause eye damage, potential carcinogen, can have lead and arsenic in the formation… possible link to lymphoma.
Laureth (ethoxylated), or PEG- (in soaps and shampoos) May contain Dioxane (potential carcinogen), estrogen mimic, endocrine disrupter.
Dioxins- Potential carcinogen, possible transfer of dioxin to product from container contamination and/or when SLS goes through the process of ethoxylation… This process makes the product more mild, but dioxin can form. Anytime you see a capital “E” in the product line, this process has taken place (possible link to Vietnam Veterans and cancer epidemic, due to dioxin in agent orange).
Bar Soaps- Made from animal fat and lye. May let bacteria feed and grow in it. May corrode & dry the skin.
Toluene- (in nail polish) Irritant to skin and respiratory tract. It may cause liver damage… endocrine disrupter… potential carcinogen and can cause birth defects.
Formaldehyde- (in many cosmetics and personal care products) A toxic irritant, known carcinogen (causes cancer), used as a preservative.
Benzoic or Benzyl- (in cosmetics) Potential carcinogen, endocrine disrupters, birth defects.
Fluorocarbons- (used a propellants in hairsprays and deodorants) May produce upper respiratory tract irritation.
Lanolin- (in cosmetics and lotions) This lotion can cause allergic reactions and skin rash.
Talc- (in cosmetics and many personal care products) Chemically similar to asbestos. Talc has been shown to cause uteral and ovarian cancer.
“Did you know fluoride in your toothpaste could actually kill you and/or your children?” Children have died from swallowing toothpaste. That’s why there’s a warning label now. Check your toothpaste box. It probably says, “Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, contact a poison control center immediately!”
“Is it possible you are actually using Engine Degreaser or Garage Floor Cleaner to wash your hair and brush your teeth with?” You are if there’s Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate (SLS or SLES) in your shampoo and toothpaste because that’s exactly what those ingredients are! But it gets worse. SLS & SLES are carcinogenic, can cause children’s eyes to develop abnormally, cataracts and even hair loss! Also, check your bubble baths, shaving creams, facial/body cleansers and more for SLS or SLES.
“Could you be accidentally rubbing antifreeze and/or brake fluid all over your children and yourself?” You are if there is Propylene Glycol in your moisturizers, hair conditioners, wrinkle creams, baby wipes, lotions, etc. Look at a container of Prestone Antifreeze. It says “Propylene Glycol”. If your cat drinks it, it will die. So what’s it doing to you? Well, for one, it’s been proven to cause liver and kidney damage. Even though we put it on the skin, it gets into the body and blood. Just like a “nicotine patch” you put on the skin to stop smoking. It works by getting nicotine into the blood.
“Women… are you using products that actually age and wrinkle your skin (face & body) more rapidly?” You are if you’re using moisturizers that contain mineral oil, elastin, collagen, glycerin or petroleum (and also foundations that contain forms of clay). These ingredients have a high molecular weight. They suffocate the skin by keeping oxygen out and toxins in. Two ingredients in cosmetics, bentonite and kaolin, are actually used by fire departments to suffocate fires! Also, blush can contain talc, and eye mascara can contain coal tar… both can cause cancer! Talc is also in baby powders and other powders which are linked to ovarian cancer. Some eye shadows can cause cataracts and permanently impaired vision.
“Could the underarm deodorant you’re using be linked to Alzheimer’s disease & breast cancer?” It could if it has aluminum in it.
“Can the Mouthwash you’re using be linked to Oral/Throat Cancer?” Children die every month from drinking it.
“Are you using a mineral supplement that contains 5 toxic poisons?” (Arsenic, Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Aluminum)
“Did you know that CBS recently did an entire news special on a cancer causing ingredient called DEA?” It’s in most every brand of shampoo, bubble bath, and shaving cream we’ve inspected… but it doesn’t have to be… So why is it there?
Also, Beware of These Misleading but Frequently Used Cosmetic Terms:
Hypoallergenic Products- Personal care products formulated with fewer ingredients that could trigger an “allergic response”. The prefix “hypo-” means “less than”, and the word hypoallergenic tells the consumer that the manufacturer believes the product has fewer allergens than other products. There are no federal regulations or guidelines defining allergens. For the consumer, this term as applied to cosmetics or personal care products is Often Inconclusive.
Natural Cosmetics or Natural Personal Care Products – No artificial ingredients, pure, or from nature. There is NO LEGAL definition for “natural”, which is why you see it everywhere. A chemist’s definition of organic simply requires that the molecule contain carbon. There are no guidelines surrounding what can or cannot be inside a “natural” product. Most cosemetics and personal care products labeled “natural” still contain preservatives, coloring agents, and other ingredients that really are very unnatural. The term “natural” is more meaningful when accompanied by the words “safe” and “effective”. (Poison Ivy is “natural”).