Did you know?
In the world of skincare and body cosmetics there have been many ingredients that end up doing harm to your body despite the label’s claims.
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Many companies use harmful ingredients to cut cost and yet still advertise their products as being safe! We recommend checking the label of your cosmetics with this list to see just how often harmful ingredients show up. You won’t find any of the the following ingredients in anything we make.
- Alcohol – found in mouthwash, cleansers, and toothpaste. It will cause a burning sensation if rubbed over a fresh wound such as made after shaving mishaps.
- Formaldehyde – a suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin. It can be fatal if swallowed and has been found to cause cancer, spasms, edema, destruction to mucous membrane tissue, and chemical pneumonitis. It is found in deodorants, hair spray, nail polish and more.
- Aluminum – a metal that is used in some cosmetic brands which can lead to Alzheimer’s, lung disease, breast cancer and more.
- Artificial colorants – (Bone black aka d&c black #3, fd&c yellow #5, etc) used throughout many soap and skincare products that contain carcinogens and heavy metals like lead acetate.
- Benzene – high levels of inhalation can cause tremors, rapid heart rate, and even death. Found in detergents, pesticide, and adhesives.
- BHA and BTC – carcinogenic used commonly in many body products despite being banned in many countries.
- Triethanolamine (TEA) – found often in skin moisturizers, shampoos, shaving creams, sunscreen and more. It has been found to cause contact allergic reactions, tumors, and has environmental hazards that are toxic to aquatic life.
- Diethanolamine (DEA) – used commonly in conjunction with TEA, is also a skin irritant and shares many of the same qualities.
- Dimethicone aka Polydimethylsiloxane – a nonbiodegradable silicon based organic polymer used in cosmetics such as shampoos and skin lotions are sometimes advertised as “skin protection”. It acts as an emollient which seals the surface of the skin while trapping potentially harmful bacteria and toxins below.
- Elastin – found in body lotions and facial creams. Harmful by not allowing skin moisture in or out.
- Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, heptylparaben, etc.) – chemical preservatives commonly found in everything from shampoo, lotion, spray on sunscreen, to toothpaste. Parabens are commonly linked to allergies and cause increased estrogen which is linked to breast cancer. Methylparaben has even been shown to increase skin aging and damage DNA.
- Petrolatum – derived from crude oil. Common amongst skincare items, does not allow the skin to breath and has been banned from use in the EU unless the manufacturer can prove that it is without any impurities.
- Propylene glycol – used frequently in anti-freeze, nail polish, deodorant, and adhesives. This chemical can cause allergic reactions and it also has negative effects on the environment. It exerts high amounts of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) during degradation in surface waters, consuming the oxygen needed for aquatic life.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – used as a foaming agent in many shampoos and cleaning agents. Irritates skin on the face with prolonged exposure by young adults. It can also exacerbate chronic skin hypersensitivity.
If the ingredients lists any of the above it may be wise to avoid it altogether. Synthetic ingredients are primarily used to save on production costs or to achieve short lived results that can be followed with dire effects. Many are toxic, contain carcinogens, and can cause allergic reactions.
There are many more chemicals found in ordinary soap that are damaging to both humans and our environment. We hope this list has helped assist you in your future soap encounters. You can thank us later!