spring clean your personal care products and take control of your health and your future!
about 5 years ago i went on a mission to stop using cleaners with harsh chemicals. i figured if i practically needed a hazmat mask to clean the shower because the chemicals in the cleaners would pretty much ‘take my breathe away’, and not in a good way, it was time to make a change.
this process also introduced me to pure therapeutic essential oils (natural plant oils). you can check out my recipe for my natural household cleaner here. i also detoxed my laundry routine, you can find out all about it here.
ever have one of those AH-HAH moments, the moment you realize you’ve been oblivious to something that now seems so obvious..? i had one of these ah-hah moments a few weeks ago while reading an article about every day personal care products.
did you know..
26 Seconds…. is all it takes for the chemicals in skin, hair, personal care products to enter your bloodstream!
i had no idea! ..and many people still don’t realize the toxic health effects these products (shampoo, conditioner, lotions, deodorant, toothpaste, hand sanitizers, cosmetics, etc) have in our lives.
i make healthy choices when eating, no processed foods, no GMO’s, no nitrates, no nitrites, low sodium, etc. i read each and every label on every food product i purchase, why was i not doing this with my personal care products..?? i believe i rationalized this because my thinking was, if i’m ingesting something surely it needs to be a healthy choice, not thinking about the toxic chemicals i apply directly to the largest organ i have, my skin, every single day.
after you read this article, please take a few seconds to share this article with your friends, family and those you care about. this article was a labor of love dedicated to my friends and family, to warn them, to give them insight into the nasty toxic chemicals they are likely using every day on themselves and their children.
first let me say, these senseless chemicals offer absolutely NO benefit to your body. many are added as chemical preservatives to give products a longer shelf life, they are added so your favorite shampoo lathers excessively, or your favorite lotion stays creamy. all the while setting you up for toxic chemical affects, such as cancers, alzheimer’s, hormone and endocrine disruption, damage to kidneys, liver, and central nervous system, to name just a few.
..and before you say, i can’t afford healthy choices, think again. i am actually saving money, using fewer products and even mixing a few of my own with just a few ingredients.
let’s get to it..
i created a handy PDF ‘Whats Inside Always Counts‘ listing the toxic ingredients to avoid on your next shopping trip. feel free to save, print, and share!
you’ll likely find this is your antibacterial soaps, body washes, toothpastes and some cosmetics. it may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys.
AFFECTS: alters hormone regulation, thyroid, contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and contributes to MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
a chemical used as a preservative and germicide, found in most skin-care products, lotions, creams, and deodorants. the most common parabens used in cosmetic products are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben, stay away from anything that has “paraben” in any part of the word!
AFFECTS: found in breast cancer tumors, paragons are banned in Japan, Sweden, and being reviewed in the United Kingdom.
Phthalates are chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and other fragrance preparations.
Phthalates used in cosmetic products have been dibutylphthalate (DBP), used as a plasticizer in products such as nail polishes (to reduce cracking by making them less brittle); dimethylphthalate (DMP), used in hair sprays (to help avoid stiffness by allowing them to form a flexible film on the hair); and diethylphthalate (DEP), used as a solvent and fixative in fragrances. [um, no thank you!]
AFFECTS: carcinogen – linked to birth defects, lowered sperm count, lung, liver, and kidney cancer. damage to reproductive organs – hormone disrupting chemicals linked to early puberty in girls
Already banned in Europe.
FRAGRANCE or PARFUM
“fragrance” found in soaps, cleaners, perfumes, lotions, shampoos. “fragrance” may include phthalates, neurotoxins, and synthetic musks. fragrance is one of the top 5 allergens in the world. now you know why many health care offices ask you to avoid fragrances when visiting their offices.
it’s best to stay away from any product that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient, it is likely a Phthalate (see above), the most common chemical used as “fragrance” is diethyl phthalate or DEP.
AFFECTS: (see Phthalate above)
SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLS) OR SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE (SLES)
Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). an inexpensive and effective foaming agent.
AFFECTS: according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a “moderate hazard” that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.
higher concentrations were responsible for severe irritation and even corrosion of the skin, rashes, and hair loss. the International Journal of Toxicology also provides a safety assessment of SLS and recommends concentration levels of no more than 1% in products with prolonged use. this is disturbing when you consider a number of cleaning products have levels of SLS as high as between 10-20% and in extreme cases over 30%.
VARIATIONS TO AVOID
SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl, reports the EWG.
related chemicals include sodium laureth sulfate, or SLES, which has a higher foaming ability and is slightly less irritating than SLS, according to Mercola.com. Ammonium lauryl sulfate, or ALS, is similar to SLS and poses similar risks.
banned in Europe and Canada.
found in cleaners, shampoos, lotions, deodorants, and toothpastes.
a synthetic liquid substance aka chemical compound used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. it is a solvent for food colors and flavors, and in the paint and plastics industries. [yuk!]
AFFECTS: linked to skin conditions, rashes, surface damage, kidney and lung damage.
BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)
chemicals found in moisturizer, makeup, etc. a carcinogen, may cause cancer and interfere with hormone function.
DEA, MEA and TEA
Ethanolamines are ammonia compounds used in cosmetics as emulsifiers or foaming agents. you’ll see these listed on the ingredient label as “MEA, DEA, & TEA,” abbreviations for monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, and triethanolamine.
The most serious concern about these ingredients is that they may increase risk for cancer, especially with repeated and prolonged use. found in over 600 home and care products (soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, detergents, and pharmaceuticals).
AFFECTS: the liver, kidney, blood, and central nervous system, linked with cancer.
VARIATIONS TO AVOID
Cocamide DEA, Cocamide MEA, DEA-Cetyl Phosphate, DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide MEA, Myristamide DEA, Oleamide DEA, Stearamide MEA, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Triethanolamine.
found in personal care products, detergents, paints, pesticides, and plastics. a chemical used in manufacturing antioxidants, lubricating oil additives, laundry and dish detergents, emulsifiers, and solubilizers
AFFECTS: a hormone, endocrine and xenoestrogen disrupter, and linked to breast cancer.
PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases. widely used in conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, etc.
AFFECTS: can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, and/or ethylene oxide, which may cause cancer, and affect the nervous system.
PETROLATUM OR PETROLEUM
Petrolatum is found in many hair care products, lip balms, soaps and skin care products, used as a barrier to lock moisture.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a U.S. non-profit organization that does environmental and safety studies, says there’s petrolatum in one out of every 14 cosmetic products on the market, including 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby lotions and oils.
AFFECTS: petrochemical can be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. considered a carcinogen and endocrine disruptor.
SILOXANES and CYCLOMETHICONE
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten.
AFFECTS: suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane).
METALS (lead, aluminum, arsenic, mercury, nickel, iron)
just say NO to metals! they are all linked to cancers, alzheimer disease, memory loss, toxicity, and are likely in products you use regularly, like the aluminum in your deodorant, your baking powder or your frying pan!
Look for DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE or QUARTERNIUM-15. widely used in hair products, moisturizers, cosmetics, etc.
AFFECTS: Formaldehyde causes cancer.
why use any of these ingredients when they offer absolutely NO benefit to your body, and they may lead to eventual harm..??
these are ingredients that you may be using on your children each and every day, i encourage you to read labels, you may think you’re to old to change, what about your children?
ask yourself…why are our children experiencing strokes, heart attacks, childhood cancers, health disorders, early puberty, allergies, and the list goes on, at such early ages?
the list of toxic ingredients could go on and on, i encourage you to do your research and make wise choices when it comes to the ingredients you allow in your homes, and into your body!
keep a look our for future posts with suggestions on personal care product substitutions.
a list of toxins to avoid on your next shopping trip. feel free to save, print and share the PDF.