Avoid These Potential Toxins In Personal Care Products

Our skin is capable of absorbing 80% of what we put on it. The average woman uses at least 12 products a day containing 168 unique ingredients.
The ingredients below are commonly found in personal care products and also are identified as potentially toxic by the Cosmetics Database.

  • Animal Fat
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Coal Tar Colors( FD&C, D&C colors)
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Petroleum and ByProducts
  • Phthalates
  • Placenta
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Talc

deirde-imus-bookThis information was sourced from a GREAT new book in Deidre Imus’ Green This! Series.
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    daria369 said,

    Very important list of things we should avoid in our personal care products, thanks for caring and sharing… 🙂

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    Thanks for this post. I’ve been aware of many of these potentially dangerous chemicals in personal care products for years and try my best to avoid them. It is, however, quite difficult if you:

    a) don’t live in a city with access to lots of specialist boutique shops and

    b) don’t much money.

    (b) is perhaps the worst thing about trying to avoid what some consider potentially harmful chemicals. Buying products without many of the chemicals mentioned in this post can be VERY expensive. Specialist stores cannot compete with large chain stores when it comes to bulk production and hence the products they produce are much more expensive. The chemical industry has also mastered the art of finding very cheap chemicals that “do the job” where are natural products tend to be premium because they cannot or should not go through the same industrial processes to make them presentable and usable by people.

    However, to counter all that I’ve said above, one of the things that I notice a lot of people around me don’t realise that you can resort to some very basic and simple chemicals we almost all have in our houses to do things like cleaning the kitchen worktop or bath/sink to unblocking the drain. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and a plethora of other “safe” products are already on our shelves, if only we all knew how affective they all are at cleaning and freshening up the house.

    Our gardens and fields are also FULL of free chemicals. Plants which contains a vast array of properties that do pretty much exactly what the products we buy in the stores do. It’s just a matter of reading up on what they all do and finding out how to turn them in to usable creams, lotions and other substances. The book shelves are FULL to the brim with books telling you how to convert your common garden flowers and plants in to creams and lotions. All it takes is a little effort, which sadly is lacking in many people in these “busy” times of ours.



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