100 Toxic Ingredients

This list is copied from The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Makeup, and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel.

The author generously encourages the reader to share her list with as many people as possible.  I hope it helps you to be more informed about the ingredients in the products that you use!

Please note that this is just the FIRST QUARTER of the list.  I hope to have the rest up soon!

100 Toxic Ingredients

1. Acrylic Acid: respiratory toxin for humans; causes asthma severe skin burns, and allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes renal and kidney damage in animals; causes blood tumors and skin tumors in animals

2. Aluminum (pure aluminum powder): Strong human neurotoxicant; causes irritation of eyes, skin, and lungs; endocrine disruptor; linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer; causes birth disorders in animals

3. Aluminium Chloride: Nose and lung irritant; causes liver and bladder abnormalities in animals; causes brain disorders in anmals; humane endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminum compounds are neurotoxic to humans

4. Aluminium Hydrochloride: endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminum compounds are neurotoxic to humans

5. Aluminium Oxide: strong nose and lung irritant; causes skin cancer in animals; endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminum compounds are neurotoxic to humans

6. Ammonium Laureth Sulfate: causes skin irritation; water contaminant; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane

7. Ammonium Persulfate: strong eye, respiratory system, and skin irritant; can trigger asthma; restricted in cosmetics

8. Amyl Acetate: neurotoxin; eye and lung irritant; lung allergen

9. Benzalkonium Chloride: immune system, lung, and skin toxicant; can trigger asthma; restricted in Canada and Japan

10. Benzyl Alcohol: strong neurotoxicant; can cause allergic reaction in lungs; causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; causes liver damage, coma, and death in animals

11. Boric Acid: strong reproductive toxin; potent endocrine disruptor; unsafe for use on infants and injured or damaged skin; causes death and birth defects in animals; banned in Canada and Japan

12. Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol): one of the strongest lung and skin toxicants; endocrine disruptor; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine; causes allergic contact dermatitis; environmental contaminant; poisonous to wildlife

13. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): human carcinogen; causes brain and liver tumors in animals at low doses; endocrine disruptor; causes allergic contact dermatitis and skin depigmentation; banned in European Union; persistent environmental toxin

14. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): endocrine disruptor, skin and lung toxicant at low doses; causes death, liver and stomach cancers, thrombosis, fibrosis, and liver and brain damage in animals; strong skin and eye irritant

15. Butylene Glycol: skin, lung, and eye irritant; environmental toxin

16. Butylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant

17. Calcium Fluoride: neurotoxic to humans; leads to bone weakness; causes birth abnormalities and depression in animals

18. Ceteareth (with any numeral following it): unsafe for use on broken skin; eye and lung irritant; may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane

19. Cetrimonium Chloride: skin and eye sensitizer that can include itching burning, scaling, hives and blistering; causes cell mutations and lung cancer in animal studies

20. Cetyl Alcohol: skin and eye irritant in humans

21. Chloroacetamide: strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; toxic if inhaled; causes paralysis, goiter, and birth defects in animals; banned in Canada

22. Coal Tar: known human carcinogen; causes lung and urinary tract cancer; potent skin irritant; causes multiple cancers in animals; banned in most countries including Canada and European Union; still used in anti-dandruff shampoos in the US

23. Cocamide DEA (Ethanolamide of Coconut Acid): strong human skin toxicant and suspected carcinogen; causes irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs in humans; causes liver and bladder cancer in animals

24. D&C Red 30 Lake: strong nervous system toxicant; as an aluminum compound, disrupts endocrine system and linked to breast and ovarian cancer; persistent wildlife contaminant

25. D&C Violet 2: coal tar dye; skin and eye irritant; long-time use of coal tar hair dye is linked to bladder cancer


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