Glossary of chemicals in everyday home and bodycare
DETERGENTS, FOAMING AND SPREADING AGENTS
also known as Cocamide DEA, DEA-Cetyl phosphate, DEA Oleth-3 phosphate, Stearamide MEA, Cocamide MEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide MEA, Oleamide DEA, TEA-Laurel Sulphate.
PRESERVATIVES, COLOURS and FRAGRANCES
Preservatives that inhibit microbial growth to extend shelf life of product. May cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and kill the intestinal flora so vital to the cleanliness of the intestines. They may damage health by inhibiting the vital action of natural enzymes in your cells. Recent research suggests parabens could act as a foreign hormone-like substance and cause a host of problems, including cancer.
Artificial colours labelled “FD and C” followed by a colour are coal-tar derivatives and not plant-based. FD and C Red No. 6 and Green No. 6 are suspected of causing cancer. Is synthetic colour really necessary in our bodycare products?
These may contain hundreds of chemicals. There is no way to know what they are as the label simply says ‘Fragrance’. Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rashes, violent coughing, vomiting and skin irritation. Fragrances draw from up to 5000 hydrocarbons. Some hydrocarbons are formaldehyde, styrene, toluene and phenol. Hydrocarbons can cause depression, exhaustion, anxiety, dizziness, headaches, trouble thinking clearly, diminished blood flow and brain damage. There are plenty of wonderful totally natural fragrances on the market that have positive effects on mind, body and soul and are infinitely more pleasurable and effective than their synthetic cousins.
OTHER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
This is commonly used in lip balms, hand and skin care products to form a COMPLETELY UNNATURAL moisture barrier. Petrolatum clogs skin, keeping it from taking in oxygen and releasing toxins. Petrolatum encourages acne and blocked pores and effectively stops the skin from breathing, slowing down normal cell development which in turn can age skin. Can cause sun sensitivity and chapping, (which are the very problems it is supposed to prevent). Petrolatum is completely unnecessary given the number of beautiful, natural oils and butters available that can achieve a better result in harmony with your body and its skin.
This is a strong skin irritant. A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In skin care products PG works as a humectant to retain the moisture content of the skin or cosmetic product by preventing the escape of moisture or water – again against the natural functioning of the skin. Material Safety Data (MSDS) warn users to avoid skin contact with PG as it can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption. Other effects may be gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting
Used in hair conditioners and creams. Causes allergic reactions. Was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener. It is very cheap, so manufacturers use it instead of proteins.
Skin Irritant. Has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Commonly found in anti-perspirants which are called anti-perspirant because they keep you from doing something rather important and natural for your bodies ability to balance itself – SWEAT. There is now evidence to suggest a link between breast cancer and the use of anti-perspirants.
Has been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. Produced by the fermentation of yeasts and carbohydrates. Alcohol may cause body tissues to be more vulnerable to carcinogens. Symptoms include flushing, dizziness, depression, nausea, headaches and coma.
Used as a preservative, germicide and fungicide. It is found in cosmetics and personal care products because other ingredients release formaldehyde when they break down. Highly suspected as a powerful carcinogenic and mutagenic; damages and inhibits repair of DNA. Banned in Sweden and Japan.
This is a formaldehyde donor. It is used as a preservative and anti-microbial and is also a severe cause of dermatitis.
a number of studies have shown this to be a carcinogen especially when applied regularly to the genital area
The latest rage in the arsenal of antibacterial chemicals. Triclosan is included in deodorants, cosmetics, lotions, creams, and toothpastes. It is registered as a pesticide. Triclosan is a chlorophenol; a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. Externally it can cause skin irritations. It is stored in the body fat and can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidneys and lungs.