The dirty dozen.
One of the best ways to make small changes in your home is to be aware
of what ingredients to avoid. Here is a list of twelve ingredients that are
best to be avoided.
1. BHA and BHT are endocrine disruptors and carcinogens and are used
mainly in cosmetics as preservatives.
2. Coal tar dyes are carcinogens and have a heavy metal toxicity; they are
commonly found in processed foods, lipstick, hair dyes.
3. DEA-related ingredients are also carcinogens; they are found in creamy
or foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos.
4. Dibutyl phthalates are endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive
toxicant; they are commonly used in nail care products.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are carcinogens; they are used
in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives.
6. Parabens are endocrine disruptors and they may interfere with male
reproduction; they are used in cosmetics as preservatives.
7. Parfum/Fragrance are carcinogens, and can cause neurotoxicity,
allergies and skin sensitivities; they are used in variety of cosmetics to
add aroma. Companies do not have to disclose the ingredients due to
8. PEG compounds can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which may be
a carcinogen; this ingredient is commonly used as the base for cosmetic
9. Petrolatum is also a carcinogen it is used in hair products for shine,
and as the moisture barrier in lip balms/sticks.
10. Siloxanes are also endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive
toxicant; they are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth & moisten.
11. Sodium laureth sulfates are carcinogens; they are used in foaming
cosmetics, shampoos, cleansers, and bubble bath.
12. Triclosans are also endocrine disruptors, and can cause antibiotic
resistance; they are found in toothpastes, cleansers, and antiperspirants.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s
endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive,
neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. According
to the Environmental Working Group, “There is no end to the tricks
that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production
of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating
hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone
signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential
nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that
So when you look at so many of the problems that people are dealing
with - reproductive, sexual confusion, thyroid, and cancer - can you
see how all of these chemicals in products used every day could be
contributing to so many problems?
It's time to stop using products that contain toxins and step up to
safer products that will work better for you. Time to make the switch
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