Chemicals to Avoid

We realize there is a vast selection of harmful ingredients out there, more or less dangerous than others. Still, to help you start purchasing with a more informed mind, we chose to provide you with a short list of ingredients to avoid when selecting a product:

 

Ammonia is known to damage eyes, skin, and the respiratory system; it is often used in the kitchen, bathroom, and floor cleaning products. 

 

Benzene is found in paint, varnish, glue, and building materials, and it can impact bone marrow and affect red blood cells.

 

BHA + BHT are seen in cosmetics like lipstick and moisturizers; they can cause allergic reactions, disrupt the endocrine system, and are possible carcinogens.

 

Bleach found in cleaning and laundry products is very corrosive and can irritate the skin, eyes, lungs, and sensitive mucus layers.

 

BPA (Bisphenol A) has possible health effects on the brain and prostate gland; often found in water bottles, medical devices, and canned food and drinks—BPA is theorized to disrupt hormones and has possibly been linked to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

 

Dyes are made up of synthetic chemicals and can contain coal tar, arsenic, and lead; these dyes don’t add to the effectiveness of a product and often can pose a severe health risk. 

 

Formaldehyde is considered very dangerous and often found in bubble baths, certain cleaning products, air fresheners, and body washes; it is carcinogenic and seen in building materials—not something you want in your skincare!

 

Methylisothiazolinone + Methylchloroisothiazolinone are used in skin care products as preservatives; they irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs and cause many skin allergies.

 

Parabens are common in shampoos, face cleansers, body washes, and lotions; they are part of a family of chemicals that can alter hormone function in the body, specifically known as endocrine disruption.

 

Phthalates are used to soften PVC and act as a solvent in many cosmetics; they can damage the kidneys, liver, reproductive system, and lungs.

 

Siloxanes in personal care products like deodorant and shampoo are possible carcinogens and known hormone disruptors; they don’t break down when washed away and can cause dangerous buildup in aquatic ecosystems. 

 

Sodium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth Sulfate can cause flaking, canker sores, itching, and other skin irritations; these are ingredients used for foaming in shampoos and cosmetics.

 

Synthetic Fragrances can be full of hundreds to thousands of chemicals known to cause hormone disruption and allergic reactions; many synthetic fragrances are not regulated because they are classified as “trade secrets” by companies.

 

Triclosan found in products like toothpaste and hand soap are known endocrine disruptors and can contribute to an increase of antibiotic-resistant germs.