Friday, January 21, 2011

The Dirty Dozen-Beauty Edition

Chemicals to Ban From Your Cosmetics

It’s getting harder and harder to shop for cosmetics.  I have always tried to buy the most ‘natural cosmetic products available but after multiple bouts with severe hives on my face and neck (another one just this week).  I decided to do some extensive research.  The products I was buying were suppose to be safe and/or ‘au natural’.  Now I know, that doesn’t mean organic but at least it shouldn’t have nasty chemicals in it, right?  Wrong!  I went to and found out some very surprising information.  Some of the products I use, don’t have such a great rating on the nasty list.  For example, I checked my L’Oreal Natural Mascara and it was rated in the middle danger zone, that is not acceptable to me…. for a 80% organic product.  I want my numbers to be 1-2, out of the 10.

I also wanted to share with you this list of the Cosmetic Dirty Dozen chemicals:

“Their “dirty dozen” list of toxic chemicals includes carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors that are all found in every day cosmetics (and all are seriously worth avoiding). Check out the list, below, and compare notes with the ingredients list on your favorite products:

1. BHA and BHT — Used in moisturizers and makeup, these preservatives may cause cancer, are suspected endocrine disruptors, and are harmful to fish and other wildlife.

2. Coal tar dyes (p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “Cl” followed by 5 digits) — Used in hair dyes and cosmetics, these dyes are potential carcinogens and can be contaminated with heavy metals, which are toxic to the nervous system.

3. DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA — Used in creamy and foaming products, like moisturizers and shampoos, DEAs can react to form nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer.

4. Dibutyl phthalate — Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products, this is a suspected endocrine disruptor and reprodutive toxin.

5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate) — Found in cosmetics, these slowly release cancer-causing formaldehyde in small amounts.

6. Paraben, methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben — Used as preservates, parabens are suspected endocrine disruptors and can interfere with male reproductive fuctions.

7. Parfum — Artificial fragrances used in all kinds of cosmetics can trigger allergic reactions, asthma, and some are linked to cancer. Some are even linked to neurotoxicity (do you need to smell good that badly?).

8. PEGs — Used as a cream base for some cosmetics, these can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is linked to cancer.

9. Petrolatum — Used in hair products, lip balms, moisturizers, and lipsticks, this petroleum product can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.

10. Siloxanes (cyclotetrasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane and cyclomethicone) — Used to soften, smooth and moisten, these appear in a variety of cosmetics and are suspected endocrine disruptors and reproductive toxins. They’re also harmful to fish and wildlife.

11. Sodium laureth sulfate — Used in foaming cosmetics like shampoos, cleansers, and even toothpaste, this can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is linked to cancer.

12. Triclosan — This antibacterial agent is a suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacterial strains.”

via No More Dirty Looks


  1. I guess I need to go and check my cosmetics...thanks for the heads up!

  2. You have really researched this! I'm sure suffering with a case of the hives from bad cosmetics....would make me research and watch what I put on my skin too.

    I'll have to check on my 'stuff'....

    Hope your staying nice and's even cold here in Texas.

  3. It is time for me to replace my makeup soon..I will definitely check it out...or go with out...but we still need moisturizers etc. If you find something good let us know...

  4. i´m down to just using sweet almond oil... thanks for the link!
    and thanks for your visit!

  5. and to think, we wash our faces so that our skin will be clean before we put this crap on our face! uuggh!


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