Recently the news has been a buzz on the dangerous chemicals found in common makeup products. Some products banned in Europe for their poisonous ingredients are still available and commonly bought in the United States! Why are big makeup companies allowed to add chemicals to their products that can hurt you? So what ingredients should you look out for and avoid at all costs? We are here to help!
Phthatale family or di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ehtylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
Can result in: endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCS) and carcinogen linked to birth defects; premature breast developments; lowered sperm counts; testicular injury; damage to reproductive organs; lung, liver and kidney cancer
Why used: makes plastic soft and malleable.
Found in: nail polish, hair-straighteners and sprays, body lotions, and deodorants.
Banned in: Europe
Lauryl sulfate(SLS), Sodium laureth sulfate(SLES)
Can result in: suspected carcinogen linked kidney and liver damage; nervous system disruption; damage to eyes leading to cataracts; eczema and dermatitis, known to inflame skin layers.
Why used: foaming agent and emulsifier.
Found in: toothpaste, shampoo, bath salts, body and shower gels.
Banned in: Europe and Central America
Paraben preservatives or alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl)
Can result in: hormone disrupter, estrogenic (mimics natural estrogens that leads to cancer); linked to breast cancer; skin rashes.
Why used: germicide and preservative.
Found in: conditioners, hair styling gels, nail creams, foundations, concealers, mascara, facial masks, skin creams, and deodorants, sunscreen, hair-colouring.
Banned in: Japan and Sweden. Under review in the UK.
Formaldehyde family or Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin , Quaternium-15, Nitropropane-1, Formalin , Methanal , Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicid acid, Oxymethylene
Can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.
Why used: disinfectant, germicide, fungicide, defoamer and preservative, cheap and mixes easily with water.
Found in: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, liquid antiseptic hand wash, skin lotions, bubble bath, hair care products, antiperspirants, nail polishes, talcs; mascara, mouthwash, make-up remover.
Banned in: Europe
Amine family Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), amonoethanolamine (MEA)
Can result in: hormone disrupter; carcinogen linked to liver and kidney cancer; irritant to hair and skin; corrosive to eyes; causes contact dermatitis; react with other chemicals to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Why used: emulsifier, pH adjuster, and preservative, foaming agent added to coconut oils.
Found in: shampoos, soaps, hairsprays, sunscreens, foundations, concealers, eyeliner, talc, face powders, shaving creams, hair colouring products (women and men), hair sprays.
Banned in: Currently under review in the USA, UK and Europe
Propylene / Butylene Glycol (PG)
Side Effect: linked to possible brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities respiratory and throat irritation, central nervous system depression, pulmonary oedema, brain damage, hypoglycaemia, skin rashes and dermatitis, neuro-toxin that weakens protein and cellular structure.
Why: cheap substitute for glycerine, Humectant (retains moisture).
Found in: deodorants, body lotions, body washes, hair conditioner, hair gel, creams, hand-wipes, lipsticks.
Banned in: Europe
Find out if your makeup is safe or hazardous to your health using this database!
For example, I typed in the mascara I often use – Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara. It had a Moderate Hazard rating and is toxic to your reproductive system! Crazy. I was disappointed that most of the products I use weren’t in the database, but it seems like a good idea if they add more products to it.
This definitely opens my eyes to the dangers of products we use every day! For a while now I have been wanting to change out all of my health and beauty products to organic and safer products. It is just hard when they aren’t always offered or are expensive.
Before you buy a new product, check the ingredients for the toxins above.
What do you think? Will you make the leap to more organic products or do you think the risks aren’t really there?
Some information courtesy of Green Living Online.