Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Sample of Harmful Personal Care Products You (Probably) Use

I've retired the use of my over-the-counter/shelf personal care products this morning. Why? Do you know the ingredients of the personal care products you use? I was shocked to learn that majority of the ingredients in two of the three products I use are toxic? I was also shocked that the same products we're using can cause cancer. I've listed them all below just in case you wanted to know what the ingredients are of your favorite shampoo or facial wash. 

Thanks to Google, I've learned a lot from this experience and I hope you will buy products that I am personally endorsing because they are not only environmentally friendly but they're also 100% Free from Harmful Chemcals that other hygiene products contain.

Would you like to know what this product I'm using? 

The following list shows what products have these toxic properties and you may want to pay more attention to what product you're using.

Ponds Perfect Care Facial Wash (Unilever)

Stearic Acid - Stearic acid is useful as an ingredient in making candles, plastics, dietary supplements, oil pastels and cosmetics, and for softening rubber.

Propylene Glycol - As a solvent used in mixing photographic chemicals, such as film developers

PEG-6000 Distearate - About PEG-STEARATES: Polymers of ethylene oxide used as humectants, solvents, binders, emulsion stabilizers, and viscosity increasing agents in cosmetics.

Polyquaternium-39 - Terpolymer of Acrylic Acid, Acrylamide and Diallyldimethylammonium Chloride (Teripolymer = resin (plastic); Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel 

Imidazolinidyl Urea - Imidazolidinyl urea is an antimicrobial preservative used in cosmetics; Human skin toxicant - strong evidence

Hectorite - Hectorite is a rare soft, greasy, white clay mineral

Trisodium EDTA - One or more animal studies show kidney or renal system effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)

Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (Proctor and Gamble)

Magnesium Sulfate - Carcinogen - 

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate - This ingredient is an ammonium salt of ethoxylated lauryl sulfate, a surfactant that contains PEG (polyethylene glycol) in its structure. May be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. 

Sodium Benzoate - One or more animal studies show brain, nervous system, or behavioral effects at moderate doses - 

Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide - Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel - 

Methylchloroisothiazolinone - is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions; carcinogen - 

Methylisothiazolinone - Human skin toxicant - strong evidence, Known human immune system toxicant

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