We see natural skin care education as a key
to our strength and viability as a sensitive
skin, hair and body care product company.
We believe consumers should be informed to
enable them to make the best choices about
organic skin care.
We have discovered that knowing what NOT to
put on your face, body and hair is as important
and perhaps more important than what you do.
Since there is so much confusion in the market
place, we have made a list of the most dangerous
and damaging ingredients commonly used in the
face, body and hair care industry.
Some of these ingredients you can not pronounce
unless you are a chemist and many of these are
listed on products using a different name, but
we will continue to update this list to keep
you informed of these damaging, allergenic,
and many times carcinogenic pollutants to your
body and the environment.
Some of these ingredients are more dangerous
then others, but we believe NONE of these
ingredients should be applied to your face,
hair or body under any circumstances and you
should avoid them at all cost.
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Women absorb from skin, hair and body care products
via the skin over 4.35 pounds of the following acidic
1. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea –
These are the most commonly used preservatives
after the parabens. They are well established
as a primary cause of contact dermatitis
(American Academy of Dermatology). These
ingredients are derived from ANIMAL urine.
2. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben –
These are preservatives, or commonly known
used as inhibitors of microbial growth,
which extends the shelf life of products.
Parabens are widely used even though they
are known to be toxic. Parabens have been
known to cause many allergic reactions and
skin rashes. Methyl paraben combines benzoic
acid with the methyl group of chemicals and
is highly toxic.
3. Petrolatum – Petrolatum is mineral oil
jelly, and mineral oil causes a lot of
problems when used on the skin-it can produce
photosensitivity (i.e., promotes sun damage),
and it tends to interfere with the body’s
own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading
to dry skin and chapping, hence creating
what the product is intended to prevent.
4. Propylene Glycol – Propylene Glycol is
a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol,
which are both “natural”. Usually it is a
synthetic petrochemical mix used as a
humectant. Propylene glycol been known to
cause allergic and toxic reactions and alcohols
are drying to the skin and toxic.
5. PVP/VA Copolymer – A petroleum-derived
chemical used in hair sprays, wave sets and
other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic,
since particles may contribute to foreign
bodies in the lungs of sensitive persons.
6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – This synthetic
substance is used in shampoos for its
detergent and foam-building abilities.
It causes eye irritations, skin rashes,
hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff,
and allergic reactions. It is frequently
disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with
the parenthetic explanation “comes from
coconut”. SLS is a detergent that poses
serious health threats. Used in garage
floor cleaners and engine degreasers.
Research indicates that exposure to SLS
can result in eye damage, depression,
labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin
irritation, and even death! Eyes may not
develop properly if exposed to SLS. SLS
can be transformed into nitrosamines, a
potent class of carcinogens. Your body
can retain SLS for up to five days and
maintain residual levels in the heart,
liver, lungs, and brain.
7. Stearalkonium Chloride – A chemical used
in hair conditioners and creams, which
causes allergic reactions because it is
highly toxic. Stearalkonium chloride was
developed by the fabric industry as a
fabric softener, and is a lot cheaper
and easier to use in hair conditioning
formulas than proteins or herbals, which
do help hair health.
8. Synthetic Colors – The synthetic colors
used to supposedly make a cosmetic “pretty”
should be avoided at all costs, along with
hair dyes. They will be labeled as FD&C or
D&C, followed by a color and a number.
Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6.
Synthetic colors are believed to be
cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic has
them in it, don’t use the cosmetic. FD&C
Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue #1 are synthetic
colors from coal tar that deposits toxins
onto the skin, causing skin irritation.
Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen
in the body and death.
9. Synthetic Fragrances – The synthetic
fragrances used in cosmetics can have
as many as 200 ingredients. There is no
way to know what the chemicals are, since
on the label it will simply say “Fragrance”.
Some of the problems caused by these
chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash,
hyper-pigmentation, violent coughing,
vomiting, skin irritation, and the list
goes on. Advice: Don’t buy a cosmetic
that has the word “Fragrance” on the
10. Triethanolamine (TEA) – Often used
in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used
with many fatty acids to convert acid to
salt (stearate), which then becomes the
base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic
reactions including eye problems, dryness
of hair and skin, and could be toxic if
absorbed into the body over a long
period of time.
11. Saccharomyces Magnesium Ferment –
an acid from a yeast which causes
damage to the insulin producing beta
cells and pancreatic cancer.
12. Butylene Glycol – an acid that may
be narcotic and cause asphyxiation.
13. Aqua Biomin Saccharomyces/Magnesium
Ferment – This is a yeast and an acid that
causes diabetes and other topical yeast
infections that can lead to a host of
14. DMDM Hydantoin – releases a powerful
acid and neuro toxin formaldehyde which
causes joint pain, skin reactions,
allergies, depression, headaches,
chest pains, ear infections, chronic
fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.
Exposure also irritates the respiratory
system, triggers heart palpitations or
asthma, and aggravates coughs. Other
side effects are a weakened immune
system and cancer.
15. Cocomidopropyl Hydroxysultaine –
has added chemicals in the processing of
the coconut oil which are carcinogenic.
16. Tea lauryl sulfate – is hormone
disrupting chemical that can form cancer-causing
nitrates. This ingredient is restricted in
Europe due to the carcinogenic effects.
Repeated applications can result in liver
and kidney cancer.
17. Lactic Acid – This is a cancer causing
agent. An acid found around all cancerous
18. Alcohol – Alcohol is a free radical and
can cause dryness and flaking of the skin.
Also very drying and are known to cause
allergeric reactions and skin irritation.
19. Hydroquinone – This ingredient is
commonly used in skin whitening products.
It is also commonly used in plastics
manufacturing and is a highly toxic
chemical. This ingredient should not
be used on humans or animals. Hydroquinone
is a well known carcinogen and is known
as a liver, blood, lung and respiratory,
reproductive organ and skin toxicant.
20. Ethyl Acetate – This is a highly toxic
chemical and is used in cosmetics. This
is also used in paint remover products,
including nail polish remover. Do not
put this ingredient on your body,
especially your face.
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