It should be no surprise to consumers by now that if there is a way to make a product cheaper, faster and more easily mass-produced people will cut corners to get the job done. One quick cut companies take advantage of is by adding a bunch of useless, no good filler ingredients to products with some even being dangerous. We want to empower the consumer by exposing the truth. You have the right to know. It’s a matter of your health and nothing is more important. According to the Organic Consumer Association here is a list of the ten top offenders.
PVP/VA Copolymer - A petroleum-derived chemical that is known to become toxic if inhaled. Damage can occur to the lungs. This toxin can be found in hair color and in both skin and nail products.
Stearalkonium Chloride - Initially used as an anti-static agent, Stearalkonium Chloride can now be commonly found in conditioners and products that promise to maintain hairs softness, however, it has been shown a toxin that sets off allergic reactions.
Petrolatum and Mineral Oil - Once these two emollients get into your system they are there for good. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Women’s Health reported: researchers removed fat from 142 women who were undergoing C-sections, and collected milk samples from the post-delivery. Shockingly, the research revealed they found that both the fat and the milk were contaminated with the mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons. "Certain components of mineral oil are toxic, and any that does get into the system does not metabolize,” said Dr. Ray Peat.
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea – These two gross preservatives are included in cosmetic ingredients to kill bacteria growth as well as preserve. The only problem is Diazolidinyl Urea releases formaldehyde at just over 10°. These chemicals are toxic.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, Ethyl Paraben – Widely used to extend shelf life, these parabens are known to cause allergic reactions as well as skin rashes.
Propylene Glycol – In its synthetic petrochemical mix, it is used as a humectant, which in turn has been known to cause toxic and allergic reactions.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Well this is scary, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or better known as SLS, is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam. According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.
Synthetic Fragrances - Anytime you see the word fragrance listed as an ingredient on one of your favorite products realize this could mean almost anything. Here’s why: fragrances are regulated by the FDA and companies are not required to list ingredients used to make up a fragrance. The Cancer Prevention Coalition sounded the alarm on this subject, warning consumers that simply being exposed to these so-called fragrance ingredients has the potential to cause hormonal disruptions and even cancer.
Triethanolamine - Triethanolamine is often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt, which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA can cause many allergic reactions and if continually absorbed into the body over a period of time has the potential to become toxic.
Synthetic Colors – Synthetic colors may sound harmless but nothing could be further from the truth. In a summary of studies on food dyes from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), it is easy to see the dangers. "The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens … Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply." CSPI further reported, “In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes (and Yellow 5 tested alone) cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.”
In conclusion, the seriousness of this matter cannot be denied. The results are in and the truth is sobering. Horrific synthetics flood the market today and sadly there is potentially life-altering consequences. Become educated, read labels and don’t hesitate to take a stand and demand more for yourself and your family. Remember knowledge is power.
Organic Consumer Association, 2017. Top Ten Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid. November 17, 2017 https://www.organicconsumers.org/old_articles/bodycare/toxic_cosmetics.php
Share Guide, 2007. Cosmetics: The Good, the bad, and the ugly. January 2007. http://www.shareguide.com/cosmetics.html
Beauty Editor, 2014. 5 Reasons to Avoid Petroleum and Mineral Oil in Your Skincare. October 16 2014. https://beautyeditor.ca/2014/10/16/petroleum-mineral-oil-skin-products
Livestrong, 2017. Dangers of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Oct 03, 2017. https://www.livestrong.com/article/174367-dangers-of-sodium-lauryl-sulfate/
Green Living Ideas, Cancer Prevention Coalition: Perfumes Contain Toxic Ingredients http://greenlivingideas.com/2010/07/21/cancer-prevention-coalition-perfumes-toxic-ingredients/
Mercola, 2011. Are You or Your Family Eating Toxic Food Dyes? February 24, 2011. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/24/are-you-or-your-family-eating-toxic-food-dyes.aspx
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