Oct 20, 2010

toxic


It can be overwhelming to think about buying "safe cosmetics". It's hard enough to read all of our food labels and try to keep the chemicals out let alone conquer the labels on your lipstick. Here is a list of toxic ingredients that you can scan the labels for the next time you are buying cosmetics.
6 Beauty Products to Avoid

  • Petrochemicals
    Examples include petroleum jelly, isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol (often used in skin astringents and perfumes or colognes).

  • Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates and other sulfate-based detergents
    Examples include sodium lauryl ether sulfate; sodium laureth sulphate; sodium lauryl ether sulphate (most commonly used in shampoos, shower gel, bubble bath)

  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, along with various ingredients formulated with PEGs and PGs
    Examples include ethylene glycol (used in firming lotions) and propylene glycol (found in everything from deodorant, mascara, baby powder, after shave and more).

  • Formaldehyde & paraben preservatives
    Examples include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben (found in sunscreen, shampoos, shaving gel, toothpaste and more)

  • Synthetic dyes
    Examples include anything with F&DC preceding it, usually followed by a color and a number. (F representing food, D&C representing drugs and cosmetics), other color additives, including caramel, lead acetate, manganese violet, and more.

  • Artificial fragrances
    Avoid most perfumes/colognes, which legally aren't required to list ingredients to protect their trade mark


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