Hidden toxins in your Beauty Products

If you’ve been following me for a bit, this Blog post may seem familiar to you. With this being such an important topic, I decided to move it over to my new space here. I also realized how I left you all wondering “Now what?” So I’ve taken some time to revamp this post and add some positive information as well.

We should be able to grab our favorite beauty products off of the shelf and not have to worry about what it contains don’t you agree? Unfortunately, we live in a world where big companies are more focused on quantity over quality. I’ve seen a lot of new “natural” small business’ doing the same thing, which is really disappointing.

Hidden toxins in your beauty products

DID YOU KNOW that unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe” this classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and rarely has the customers best interests at heart.

We take the time to read the ingredients in our food, so why shouldn’t we apply that to our beauty products also? I’ve applied a rule when buying food that I’ve also used with other products I buy.

Hidden toxinsIf I can’t pronounce it I usually don’t buy it! Which is a great rule, right? This isn’t always easy to abide by when the FDA requires that the proper scientific term is used to identify food ingredients, even though they may be unfamiliar to consumers. When you see an ingredient that says something like polysorbjfkdjsfkdjsfkldsjfkdsjfsl (Exaggerating) You’re like, hmmm? Well, I’d like to share a few ingredients that are hidden in your beauty products that are considered TOXIC. Our skin is our biggest organ, and we need to be mindful of what we put on our skin. Granted the frequency with which you apply it, or the concentration of active ingredients in the product determines how much your body will absorb. Your basal body temperature is elevated at night which increases the number of ingredients your body absorbs. Example: If you’re applying lotion 20x’s a day especially in the winter time or a thick layer before bed, your body will be absorbing more than someone who rarely uses lotion. This is why we need to be aware of the ingredients in our bath & body products.

Hidden toxins

Without further ado, here’s a small example of some ingredients to be aware of.

Dimethicone: A man-made silicon-based polymer that could actually make your skin drier than it already is. This ingredient traps everything which could lead to even more breakouts. It is commonly found in shampoo, conditioner, cream, lotion, foundation, or makeup primer.

Phenoxyethanol: A paraben, also under the names (ethylene glycol, & monophenyl ether) Causes contact dermatitis. Causes reproductive & developmental complications. This ingredient has been banned in Japan. Commonly found in lotions, soap bars or shaving creams.

Formaldehyde: Hidden under the names of Quaternium-15 is a quaternary ammonium salt. It is most commonly used as part of what is usually a large “cocktail” of preservatives in personal and skin care products that require a long shelf life. Has been identified as a potential immune irritant. DMDM HydantoinThis is another preservative. Ureas are a family of preservatives that also rely on the slow release of formaldehyde to keep products on the shelf longer. Skin and tissue irritants. Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromophenol) Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation, and cancer in humans. Commonly found in skin care lotions, eye makeup, facial makeup, shampoos, and baby products. 

Tetrasodium EDTA– This is a chelating agent which leeches toxins into the body for a long time & is usually paired with other toxic chemicals. Studies suggest that Tetrasodium EDTA may contribute to the development of cancer. A known cytotoxic and genotoxic & causes organ system toxicity. Commonly found in skin care and cleaning products, personal cleanliness products, bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners, hair dyes, hair bleaches, and many other products. 

DioxinsDioxins will not be listed on a label, but are often contained in antibacterial agents such as triclosan, PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate. Dioxins are also found in non-organic tampons, as most conventional cotton is genetically engineered, sprayed with pesticides, and treated with bleach.
Currently, farm-raised salmon to contain PCB’s Dioxins. The highest levels of these compounds are found in some soils, sediments, and food, especially dairy products, meat, fish, and shellfish. Very low levels are found in plants, water, and air. Chlorinated dioxins are also formed through the bleaching of pulp and paper including cotton balls, facial tissue, toilet tissue, sanitary pads, and tampons.

Toluene Also known as benzene, methylbenzene, toluol, and phenylmethane. You may see it in nail polish or hair coloring products.

Triethanolamine-TEA is a fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, surfactant, and emulsifier. It’s found in soaps, hair care, lotions, makeup, perfumes, and sunscreens. The health concerns include cancer, organ system toxicity, allergic reactions, and bioaccumulation in the skin. Animal studies also show that even at low doses applied topically, it was linked with cell mutation.
Look for it under other names like DEA and MEA on the labels.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate SLS -This is a paraben also under the names Aquarex ME; Aquarex Methyl; Carsonol SLS; Dehydrag Sulfate GL Emulsion; Dodecyl Alcohol, Hydrogen Sulfate, Sodium Salt; Dodecyl Sulfate, Sodium Salt; Dodecyl Sodium Sulfate; Dreft; Duponal; Duponal WAQE; Duponol C; Duponol ME; Duponol WA; Duponol WAQ; Emal 10; Irium; Lanette Wax-S; Lauryl Sodium Sulfate; Lauryl Sulfate Sodium Salt; Maprofix 563; Maprofix NEU; Maprofix WAC; Maprofix WAC-LA; Monogen Y 100; NCI-C50191; Neutrazyme; Orvus WA Paste; Perklankrol ESD 60; Perlankroll; Quolac EX-UB; SDS; Sipex OP; Sipon PD; Sipon WD; Sodium Dodecylsulfate;  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Ether; Sodium N-Dodecylsulfate; Solsol Needles; Sepanol T 28; Stepanol ME; Stepanol ME Dry AW; Stepanol Methyl; Stepanol Methyl Dry AW; Sulfuric Acid, Monododecylester, Sodium Salt; Tarapon K 12; Texapon K 12; Trepenol WA WOW! Considered a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Commonly found in hair and personal care items, and is known as a cousin of sodium lauryl sulfate.

Parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-) a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics, including underarm deodorants. Parabens can mimic estrogen and have been detected in human breast cancer tissues. It is estimated that women are exposed to 50mg of parabens per day. They are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

Fragrance– THIS IS A BIG ONE! Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances. The catchall term “fragrance” may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm. In laboratory experiments, individual fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity. 
*If you choose to buy fragrance oils to make your own products, find a company that shows you the MSDS of each product they sell. I found some information from a well-known soap ingredient supplier and here are a few things it contained in the MSDS for its Lilac Fragrance ;  
Ecotoxicity effects-   Harmful to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.
Numerical measures of toxicity to Humans.
Information on the likely routes of exposure (inhalation, ingestion, skin and eye contact This product has not been subjected to toxicological testing but has been formulated with materials with established toxicological characteristics. Description of possible hazardous to health effects is based on the toxicological characteristics of one or more ingredients contained in this mixture.

These are just a few of the hidden toxins we have been exposed to in our beauty products. Deceivingly some of these ingredients are found in products that say “ALL NATURAL”. I personally would choose products that are USDA Certified Organic, that have been made by you or by someone you know and trust that contain natural preservatives. If you would like to do more research or have a product you’re not sure contains safe ingredients, visit the Safe Cosmetics site.

Hidden toxins in your beauty products

Whew! Are you EXHAUSTED yet? Because I know I am! It took me quite a few days to research for this post, mainly because I wanted to make sure I provided you all with great information that will not only inform you of the ingredients to keep an eye out for but to also provide you with some resources of companies and products that I trust and believe in.

Hidden toxins in your beauty products

A lot of companies are taking the initiative and jumping on the GO GREEN bandwagon realizing people don’t want toxins in their products. To me, this is a No Brainer. Also, there are so many products that you can make right in your own kitchen using all natural ingredients. I have been making all-natural herbal goodies in my kitchen for the last three decades, and there is no shortage of amazing recipes online. I personally love the Mountain Rose Herbs blog for recipes, and they offer the ingredients through their shop.

*One very important thing to note here is that your products do need a preservative whether you’re making them at home or to sell in your shop, especially if they contain water. Bacteria and mold are nothing to mess with! When I first started making my own products, I came across many recipes that suggested adding Vitamin E oil as a natural preservative. Vitamin E is a great additive to your products, but it simply doesn’t provide the action of preserving against bacteria and mold. I made this mistake once with some body butter years ago, I’ll never do that again. I found an excellent resource on Natural Preservatives that are certified by ECOCERT which is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. You can find this information on Hello Charlie’s blog.

I realize not everyone is a DIY addict like myself, and may not want to make their own Beauty products so here’s a list of brands that I personally recommend. I don’t receive any commission on the following products I just really believe in their products and their company ethics. Just keepin it real. 😉

  • Real Simple Soaps– She specializes in probiotic goat milk and goat kefir skin care formulations that are loaded with beneficial bacteria for your skins biome. With a wide variety of products ranging from Soap, Lotion, Oils, and Face Masks. All of her products are food-grade, premium, & organic. Gluten Free, Corn Free, Soy Free, no GMO’s, parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. No alcohol. Even the colors are from clays or made from scratch infusions of organic herbs and spices! No synthetic fragrances, No synthetic ingredients, No heavy metals, mica, dyes, pigments, cosmetic pigments or artificial ingredients!
  • Vital Herbals- Noelle is an Herbalist, an Eco-Conscious Mama, and an Organic farmer in Southern Maine. She grows and wildcrafts a majority of her ingredients and also offers guided Plant Walks. Having a wide array of products, she has something for everyone.
  • Wild Wood Apothecary– April is an Herbalist practicing the Wise Woman Tradition and wildcrafts in Northeast Oregon in the Blue Mountains. Her offerings are only available every few months in a huge shop update and sell out quickly! She carries a wide range of products from Herbal Tinctures, Body Butters, Eye Serums, & so much more. A compelling Storyteller who shares real-life trials and triumphs and well worth the follow.
  • After Glow Cosmetics– They were the first certified gluten-free makeup line on the market and offer a wide range of color cosmetics with pure organic and natural ingredients.
  • Ecco-Verde- This is an entire website listing all of the brands and products that are certified by EcoCert. To be certified through them the products must contain:
  1. Raw materials must be obtained from renewable, eco-friendly sources and carefully processed.
  2. The products must be free from GMOs (genetically modified organisms), parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicone, PEG, synthetic perfumes or dyes and animal products (except when naturally produced by the animal e.g. honey, milk, etc.).
  3. At least 95% of the total ingredients must stem from natural origin
  4. The packaging must be biodegradable or recyclable.

Thanks for sticking around till the end! If you’ve found any of the information I’ve shared valuable, please give me a like, follow or subscribe to my email list to be notified of future posts. Have a blessed day!


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