The Top Body Care Ingredients to Shelve for Good!
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- BHA and BHT:
Preservatives with links to cancer. BHA is the worst of the two and has to come with a cancer warning in California.
- DEA/MEA/TEA: (diethanolamine):
Can create carcinogenic nitrosamines when mixed with preservatives. Cocamide DEA has to come with a cancer warning in California.
- Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:
(DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15 and Bronopol, a.k.a.2-bromo-2-nitropro- pane-1,3-diol
- Oxybenzone (BP-3/ benzophenone) and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate):
Two sunscreen chemicals that may disrupt our hormone system and that can trigger allergic reactions.
- Palm oil:
(or anything with “palm” or “palmate” in its name, like sodium palmate): Avoid unless it’s fair trade/organic
Estrogenic preservatives. Butyl and propyl parabens are banned from children’s items in Denmark thanks to their endocrine disrupting p0tential.
Potentially laced with phthalates and other hormone disruptors and sensitizers. Note: some natural Euro brands with “parfums” are made with natural essential oils (it should say so on the label)
(polyethylene glycol compounds, and anything with “-eth” in its name). These are often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.
- Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates:
Green your bodycare by avoiding these petrochemicals
In all permanent hair dyes. Can also be called p-Aminoaniline; 1,4-benzenediamine;
p-benzenediamine CI 76060; p-Diaminobenzene; 1,4-phenylenedia- mine; 1,4-diaminobenzene
In all permanent hair dyes. Linked to some cancers.
Hormone-disrupting family of chemicals hidden behind the word “fragrance,” but you can look for the phrase “phthalate free.” Also used as a plastic softener, common in vinyl/PVC. Several phthalates have been banned from children’s toys and childcare items in North America, but not from children’s bodycare.
- Retinyl palmitate:
Keep this one out of the sun as it seems to speed up carcinogenic effect of UV rays in mice.
Pass on cyclo- or “-methicone.” Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and cyclopentasiloxane (D5) are
eco toxic siloxanes (silicone based polymers). Cyclomethicone is a mix of D4, D5 and D6 siloxanes.
- Sodium laureth sulphate:
Foaming agent in soaps and shampoos often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.
Suspected thyroid disruptor. Health Canada is poised to declare this ingredient officially toxic to the environment.