Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A daily beauty routine full of chemicals? no more please.

I've made a list *alphabetically organized* of all of the chemicals listed in the book I am currently reading (read earlier post titled Gorgeously Green). I made this list because after reviewing all of my beauty products I have been using ever since I can remember...I have had multiple headaches and nearly given up trying to find which are unhealthy and which chemical names just sound deadly but are safe.

A. there are too many chemicals listed *don't know where to start!
B. Sometimes the print is tiny
C. simply looks like another language to me.

Anyways by having made the alphabetical list of the filthiness we use on a daily basis...it is much much easier to look up a chemical.

ALSO This website is your FRIEND:
Cosmetic Safety Database by Environmental Working Group
Simply type the name of a product you are looking for.
You will be able to find out just how safe your product is.

Also, my mom and I are currently making a list of common brand products that are safe to use (which I will share with you soon), -money does not have to be an issue when switching to safe products. Be careful for some of our most trusted brands are misleading (sometimes those really expensive products that we love and hate for they empty our wallets are very very very bad for you...money does not mean quality).Also one product from a brand may contain several red listed chemicals and another product from that same brand could be very safe to use. The packaging- Don't trust it. the words NATURAL, or a green bottle with lots of flowers and trees on it or the word organic written somewhere does not mean "hey, this product is okay!".. The truth to a product is in its ingredient list. Share this list with others, be aware that there are probably other chemicals that are dangerous so be sure to check out the Enviromental Working Group website and check on your products.
Good luck!

Be Wary of These Filthy Concoctions in Your Beauty Products

Red - High Alert

Orange- These chemicals can create a formation of carcinogenic chemicals called Nitrosamines.

* -Parabens (Chemical preservatives, estrogenic & disruptive to normal hormone function, increase of breast cancer.

+ -Phthalates (Synthetic chemicals can cause birth defects, productive impairment, hormone mimicking chemicals often hidden under “fragrance”.

# - Formaldehyde- Producing Preservatives, can cause joint discomfort, chest pains, chronic fatigue, these are cellular toxins.

**- Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) may cause contact dermatitis, used as preservatives.

~ - Cationic Surfactants (found in hair conditioners) allergenic & toxic

! – Silicone Derived Emollients, coat your skin like plastic wrap, can accumulate in your live/lymph nodes promoting tumor growth.

  • Alcohol
  • Aluminum
  • Acrylates
  • Benzalkonium Chloride**, ~
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Butyl- *
  • Carbomer 934, 940, 941, 960, 961C
  • Cetalkonium Chloride ~
  • Cetrimonium Bromide**
  • Cetrimonium Chloride ~
  • Coal Tar
  • Cocamide DEH
  • Cyclomethicone!
  • Diazolidinyl Urea#
  • Dibutyl + (Banned in Europe, why not the US?)
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Diethylhexyl+ (Banned in Europe)
  • Dimethicone!
  • Dimethicone Copolyol!
  • Ethyl- *
  • Fragrance+
  • Hydantoin #
  • Hydroquinone
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea#
  • Isobutyl-*
  • Isopropyl (SD-40)
  • Lauramide DEA
  • Lauryl Dimonium Hydrolyzed Collagen ~
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Methacrylates
  • Methyl- *
  • Mineral Oils (Petroleum, Liquid Paraffin, Petroleum jelly)
  • Phenonip
  • Phenoxyethanol*
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • P-Phenylenediamine
  • Propyl- *
  • Proyl-*
  • Quaternium-15 & 1-29 **
  • Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Stearalkonium Chloride ~
  • Talc
  • Tocopherol Acetate
  • Triclosan
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)


Crafty Green Poet said...

great post, very useful, I have finally found toiletries that i am happy with but it has been really difficult to find brands that aren't chock full of nasty ingredients. (Basically i now use Yaoh for hair products, Sarakan toothpaste and Neals' Yard for any other toiletries and i don't wear make up at all).

(Great blog btw, i found you via Best green Blogs)

lu-n-am said...

Thank you! I will have to look into the Yaoh, Sarakan, and Neal's Yard products...
thanks again for your comment~
-Lu :)

Anonymous said...

What a great blog, I love this, and will be following with lots of interest, and don't forget it is just as easy to make your own skincare products as well!

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