Ingredients to Avoid When Buying Beauty Products

You can avoid harmful chemicals and audit your bathroom cupboard using this list of harmful ingredients:

BHA and BHT

In moisturizer, makeup and food packaging as a preservative. May cause cancer and interfere with hormone function. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Coal Tar Dyes

In hair dyes (mainly dark colors) and used to pave roads and seal roofing, look for P-Phenylenediamine and colors identified as CI followed by 5 digits in other products. Ex. CI7500. Potential to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals. On hotlist as a caution disclaimer and must be written on dye label.

Cyclomethicone and Siloxanes

In moisturizer, make-up, hair products and as a sealant around tub and sinks. May interfere with hormone function and damage the liver. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

DEA, MEA, and TEA (diethanolamine, mono, tri)

In creamy and foaming products such as moisturizer and shampoo. Can react to form cancer-causing nitrosamines. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Dibutyl Phthalates

Found in fingernail polish, plastic toys, and building materials. Toxic to human reproduction and may interfere with hormone function. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Formaldehyde

Widely used in hair products, moisturizers, vinyl flooring, wrinkle-free shirts, and carpets, etc. Formaldehyde causes cancer according to the US Department of Health.

Parabens

Widely used in makeup and moisturizers to prevent bacterial growth. May interfere with hormone function and is associated with breast cancer.

Parfum/ Fragrance

Widely used even in some products marked as unscented. A mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.

PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)

Widely used in conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, and some pharmaceuticals, etc. It can be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane which may cause cancer.

Petrolatum

In hair products, lip balm, lipstick and skincare products. By product of the petroleum industry. It can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.

Triclosan

In “Anti-Bacterial” products such as toothpaste, soaps, hand sanitizers. May interfere with hormone function and contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

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