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Below you will find a list of 28 of the most dangerous chemicals found in our beauty care products. If you need more info below this list is the same list with            definitions in the same order. and at the very bottom a message box where you may ask questions and leave comments if you'd like.
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  1. Paraben
  2. DEA, MEA, TEA, COCAMIDE DEA & LAURIMIDE DEA
  3. Didutyl Phthalate or DBP/ DEP
  4. BHA Butylated Hydroyanisole or BHT Butylated Hydroxytolene
  5. Coal tar dyes Paraphenylenediamine 
  6. Formaldyhyde
  7. Fragrance or Parfum or DEP Phthalates
  8. PEG's 
  9. Petroleum
  10. Mineral oil
  11. Siloxanes or PDMS, D4, D5
  12. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  13. Triclosan
  14. Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenszone & Octyl Methoxycinnamate
  15. Aluminum 
  16. Heavy metals
  17. Talc
  18. Stearic acid/ Magnesium Stearate 
  19. Isopropyl Palmitate
  20. Steareth -21
  21. Polysorbate 80
  22. Dimethicone
  23. Imidazolidinyl Urea
  24. Tocopheryl Acetate
  25. Kaolin
  26. Cetearyl Alcohol
  27. Ceteareth 20
  28. Magnesium Aluminum Silicate/ Aluminum Silicate
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Chemical name: PARABEN
Used in:most beauty products
Purpose:preservative; fragrance
The Problem:is naturally found in very low amounts in some foods like barley, strawberries, ect.., and get metabolized making them non toxic; the synthetic form created from petro- chemicals for cosmetics bi passes the metabolic process leaving them toxic, proof of that is in the high levels found in human urine and breast cancer tissue.
Restrictions:no restrictions from the U.S.A 
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Chemical nameDEA, MEA, TEA, COCAMIDE DEA, LAURIMIDE DEA
Used in:creamy foaming beauty products
Purpose:makes products creamy and sudsy, also adjust pH
The Problem: Causes mild skin irritation, liver cancer, pre-cancerous changes in the skin and thyroid.
Restrictions:no restrictions from the U.S.A
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Chemical name: DIBUTYL PHTHALATE OR DBP/ DEP
Used in:nail products, hairsprays, and plastic products  
Purpose:used as fragrance(when use in recipe as fragrance they don,t have to disclose the ingredient because its protected as trade secret)an din plastics to make them flexable. 
The Problem:when absorbed through the skin it ENHANCES other chemicals to cause genetic mutations, reduces sperm count and causes developmental defects on unborn children, may cause health problems such as liver and kidney failure inyoung children when sucking or chewing on products made with DEP 
Restrictions:no restrictions from the U.S.A
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Chemical name: BHA, BUTYLATED, HYDROXYANISOLE & BHT BUTYLATED, HYDROXYTOLUENE  
Used in:beauty care products, widely used in food 
Purpose:preservative  
The Problem:possible human carcinogen; interferes with hormone function; in other mamals causes liver. thyroid, kidney problems, disrupts lung function and blood circulation, and can promote tumor growth 
Restrictions:no restrictions from the U.S.A
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Chemical name:COAL TAR DYES PARAPHENYLENEDIAMINE FD&C OR D&C OR CI
Used in:hair dye, foods, candy, drugs,  
Purpose: add pigment
The Problem:the mixture of many chemicals derived from petroleum is a known carcinogen, conatins low levels of heavy metals with aluminum substrate
heavy metals + aluminum = brain toxin
linked to tumors by U.S National Cancer Institute, increase risk of hodgkins lymphoma.     
Restrictions:no restrictions exist
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Chemical name: FORMALDEHYDE DMDM HYDRATION, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, QUATERIUM
Used in:hair products, nail products, 
Purpose:used as a preservative
The Problem:these types are a concern because the slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde.
Restrictions:no restrictions from the U.S.A
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Chemical name: SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE AND PARFUM DEP, PHTHALATES
Used in:used inmost beauty and home care products 
Purpose:to produce a pleasant scent 
The Problem:some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrance, most that have not been tested for toxicity alone or in combination, used even in unscented products, the chemical mixture can trigger allergies,asthma, and migraines in 3 out of 4 people, in labortory some fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity among other adverse health effects.Some ingredients don't add fragrnace but enhances perfuming agents.  
DEP- makes scents linger
PHTHALATES- cheap versitile reproductive toxin and may interfere with hormone function.
Restrictions:no restrictions from the U.S.A

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Chemical name: PEG'S PETROLEUM BASED COMPOUNDS 
Used in:conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, laxitives etc... 
Purpose:thickener, solvent, softener, moisture carrier 
The Problem:can be contaminated with the carcinogen (cancer encourager) 1,4 dioxine, in some uncertified "natural" and "organic" products, show some evidence of genotoxicity if used on broken skin can cause systemic toxicity, PEG'S function as " penetration enhancer" allowing greater absorption of the product including other harmful ingredients.
Restrictions: no restrictions exist

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Chemical name: PETROLATUM, MINERAL OIL, PETROLEUM, 
Used in: hair products, make up, skin care, drugs
Purpose:to lock in moisture in a variety of moisturizers and in hair care products to make your hair shine.
The Problem:petroleum products can be contaminated with PAH'S, POLYCRYLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS, that are cancer causing impurities.  
Restrictions:no restriction from the U.S.A

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Chemical name: MINERAL OILS
Used in:  baby products, lotions, soaps, and make up
Purpose:preservative and assist in maintaining moisture
The Problem:can affect liver function and immune health, clogs pores and interferes with skins ability to remove toxins, and slows cells development causing ageing.
Restrictions:The U.S. Registry of toxic effects of chemical substances classifies mineral oil as both carcinogenic and tumorigenic.

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Chemical name:SILOXANES OR SILICONE BASED COMPOUNDS, PDMS, D4, D5
Used in:moisturizers, make up, hair products, medical implants, rain repellant products
Purpose: to soften, smooth, moisten, makes products dry quickly and deodorant cream slide more easily 
The Problem:can interfere with hormone function and cause liver damage, has been classified as an endocrine disruptor, reproductive toxin, may cause uterine tumors, harm to immune system, can influence neurotransmitters inthe nervous system.  
Restrictions:  no restrictions exist

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Chemical name: SODIUM LAURYL SULFATES (SLS), SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES) 
Used in: shampoo, cleansers, bubble bath, house cleaning products, 
Purpose:to make bubbles and foam
The Problem: can be contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane, SLS may cause liver damage,damage and severely irritaes skin, eyes, respiratory tract, linked to depression, laboured breathing, and diarrhea.
causes layers of skin to seperate damagingthe skins immune sytsem, stays in your system up to 5 days and it may enter and ,aintain residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs, an dbrain, can contain carcinogen ethylene oxide, may interfere with human development, does not easily degrade so it remains in the environment long after its rinsed down the drain.       
Restrictions:no restrictions exist

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Chemical name: TRICLOSAN
Used in:antibacterial products including toothpaste, deodorants, cleansers, laundry soap, linens, mattresses
Purpose: preservative, antibacterial agent
The Problem:interferes with hormone function, has been identified in 75% of 2,517 people ages 6 and up tested, reacts to cancer causing dioxane, builds up in the environment when rinsed down the drain, is used in small amounts in many products creating system build up.   
Restrictions:no restrictions exist

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Chemical name: RETINYL PALMITATE, OCYBENZONE, 
OCTYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, 
Used in:sun screens
Purpose:protect from the sun
The Problem:when in contact with sunlight reactions occur between active ingredients and the epidermis, causes inflimation, dermalogical effects, allergis reactions, and is a photogenotoxin (DNA)
OCYBENZONE- attacks DNA cells
OCTYL METHPXYCINNAMATE- worse yet!, immunotoxicity, reproductive toxin, organ system toxicity especially in the liver, creates free radicals
RETINYL PALMITATE- speeds development of skin lesions and tumors.
Restrictions: no restrictions exist    

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Chemical name: ALUMINUM 

  • THE AVERAGE PERSON CONSUMES 3 POUNDS IN A LIFETIME EQUAL TO 229 SQUARE FEET OF ALUMINUM FOIL

Used in:deodorant, mostly antiperspirant, drinking water, and vaccinations, baking powders, feminine care products, cow's milk, soy milk, baby formula, antacids, aluminum foil, pots and pans. 
Purpose:temporarily plugs the pores to prevent sweating 
The Problem:forces toxins to flow back into the body, linked to alzheimers and brain disorders, possible breast cancer factor, and is a neurotoxin. 
Restrictions:no restrictions exist

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Chemical name: HEAVY METALS: LEAD, MERCURY, CADMIUM, ARSENIC, NICKEL, ECT...
Heavy metals can build up in the body over time and are known to cause varied health problems, which can include: cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss; mood swings; nerve, joint and muscle disorders; cardiovascular, skeletal, blood, immune system, kidney and renal problems; headaches; vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; lung damage; contact dermatitis; and brittle hair and hair loss. Many are suspected hormone disruptors and respiratory toxins, and for some like lead, there is no known safe blood level.

Used in:almost everything 
Purpose:
The Problem:
         * Seven of the eight metals of concern were found in 49 different face makeup items. On average, products contained two of the four metals of most concern and four of the eight metals of concern.
·         *Only one product, Annabelle Mineral Pigment Dust (Solar), was found to not contain a single metal of most concern. All products contained at least two metals of concern.
·         *Benefit Benetint Pocket Pal (Red Tint) contained the most metals of concern with seven of the eight metals detected.
·         *The Benefit Benetint lip gloss also contained the highest level of lead at 110ppm, over 10 times higher than the 10ppm limit set out in the Health Canada Draft Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics.
·         *Five products — one foundation, two mascaras, and two lipsticks/tints/glosses — contained the second-most metals of concern as six of the eight metals were found.
·         *None of the heavy metals were listed on the product label.

Lead: Lead is a neurotoxin that is found in cosmetics, plastics, batteries, gasoline, insecticides, pottery glaze, soldered pipes, and paint.  61 percent of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million. FDA found the highest lead levels in lipsticks made by three manufacturers: Procter & Gamble (Cover Girl brand), L’Oreal (L’Oreal, Body Shop and Maybelline brands) and Revlon. Yet FDA has thus far failed to take action to protect consumers. n the body, lead will either accumulate in tissues, especially bone, but also in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and lungs. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable because lead can cross the placenta with ease and enter the fetal brain. Lead can also be transferred to infants via breastfeeding and lead stored in bone serves source of fetal lead exposure.   even the lowest levels having shown to affect the fetus and the central nervous system in children. Small amounts are recognized as being hazardous to human health. Infants, toddlers, children, fetuses, and pregnant women are most susceptible to its chronic low-dose effects. Chronic low-level exposure may affect the kidneys, cardiovascular system, blood, immune system, and especially the central and peripheral nervous systems. Lead exposure has also been linked to miscarriage, hormonal changes, reduced fertility in men and women, menstrual irregularities, delays in puberty onset in girls, memory loss, mood swings, nerve, joint and muscle disorders, cardiovascular, skeletal, and kidney and renal problems.

Mercury: According to EWG’s Skin Deep database, it is a possible impurity in 1.9 per cent of products, including lip gloss, lip liner, eye liner, brow liner, moisturizer, mascara, baby lotion, lipstick, and eye shadow. Mercury has been found in skin lightening, anti-aging, antiseptic and anti-wrinkle products. Avoid all products containing mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric, mercurio, or mercury.\ Mercury is a neurotoxin.  Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences. It can cause damage to the kidneys and the nervous system, and can interfere with the development of the brain in unborn and young children.  It can also cause symptoms such as irritability, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, memory problems, depression, and numbness and tingling in hands, feet or around mouth.

Cadmium: Cadmium from body and hair creams can also be absorbed into the human body through dermal contact. It is mostly used to make nickel-cadmium batteries, but is also used in pigments, including those for ceramic glazes, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, and industrial coatings.   Cadmium is absorbed into the body, accumulating in the kidney and the liver, although it can be found in almost all adult tissues. The total amount absorbed by humans has been estimated to be between 0.2 and 0.5 µg/day, with Cadmium and cadmium compounds are considered to be “carcinogenic to humans” by the IARC and are considered “toxic” in Canada because their carcinogenicity and environmental effects. It and its compounds are also classified as known human carcinogens by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. 

Arsenic: Humans are mostly exposed to arsenic via food, but other sources include drinking water, soil, ambient air, house dust, and cigarette smoking. Arsenic was found at a maximum of 2.3 ppm in a study on its presence in 88 different colours of eye shadow, and has also been found in skin bleaching creams. Ingested arsenic compounds are readily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and distributed throughout the body, including to developing fetuses, and can mostly be found in the liver, kidneys, lungs, spleen, and skin within 24 hours.  Arsenic and its inorganic compounds are considered to be “carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and are considered “toxic” in Canada because of their carcinogenicity. In humans, the lethal dose is estimated to be between 50 to 300 mg (or 0.8 to 5 mg/kg-bw) of arsenic trioxide. The ingestion of drinking water with very high arsenic levels have been suggested to increase the risk of cancer in internal organs like the bladder, liver, and lungs. Long-term exposure via ingestion has also been associated with skin cancer, skin thickening or discolouration, decreased blood cell production, blood vessel damage, feet and hand numbness, nausea and diarrhea.  it may also impair the immune system. Long-term exposure through inhalation includes some of the skin effects, circulatory and peripheral nervous disorders, an increased risk of lung cancer, and a possible increase in the risk of gastrointestinal tract and the urinary system cancers. Long-term skin contact is not likely to lead to any serious internal effects.

Nickel: Nickel is naturally occurring and may be an essential element in humans. It is used in everything from metal coins and jewellery, to heat exchangers, eye shadow, batteries, and ceramic colouring, in addition to many other applications.  everyone is exposed to small amounts, mostly through food, although also through air, drinking water, soil, household dust, and skin contact with products containing it, including cosmetics. Fetal exposures can also occur and it can also be passed to breast-fed infants.  metallic nickel was not considered a concern for human health. However, metallic nickel and alloys have been classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans.  allergy to nickel is common and it can cause severe contact dermatitis, with it being one of the most common causes of such.       
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical Name: TALC 
Since 1980 several thousand infants died or became seriously ill after accidentally inhaling baby powder.
Used in:baby powder, face powder, deodorant, chalk, crayons, soap, body powder, paint, asphalt filler, food processing, antacids, garden pesticides.
Purpose:used for its anti moisture properties
The problem:Major known carcinogen major cause of ovarian cancer when use don the female genital area, can lodge in the lungs causing respiratory issues.
Restrictions:no restrictions exist

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Chemical Name: STEARIC ACID/ MAGNESIUM STEARATE
Used in:coating vitamins
Purpose:lubricant properties
The problem: liver toxin
Restrictions: no restrictions from U.S.A


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Chemical Name: ISOPROPYL PALMITATE
Used in:beauty care products
Purpose:thickens, emollient
The problem:causes acne, clogs pores
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical Name: STEARETH- 21 
Used in:beauty products
Purpose:emulsifier (keeps oil and water together)
The problem:contaiminated with known carcinogen 
1, 4dioxine 
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical Name: POLYSORBATE 80
Used in:cosmetics,vaccines, food processing
Purpose:emulsifier 
The problem:causes swelling, shortness of breath, nausea, heart attack, infertility  
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical Name: DIMETHICONE
Used in:beauty acre products
Purpose:maintain moisture
The problem:
That artificial coating on the outside of skin causes several issues:
  • ·         It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads
  • ·         The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
  • ·         Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant
  • ·         Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone
  • ·         On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical—bad for the environment
 
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical name: IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA
Used in:beauty products and brown baked food
Purpose:anitmicrobal preservative 
The problem:releases FORMALDEHYDE 
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical name: TOCOPHERYL ACETATE 
Used in:beauty care products
Purpose: skin conditioning
The problem:enhances tumor formation
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical name: KAOLIN
Used in: make up, skin care, paper manufacturing, medicine
Purpose:Naturally occurring clay mineral (silicate of aluminum) that is used in cosmetics for its absorbent properties.
The problem:constipation and if inhaled can cause lung problems
Restrictions:no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical Name: CETEARYL ALCOHOL 
Used in: beauty care products
Purpose: surfactant, emulsifier 
The problem:
Violation of industry recommendations - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin (only for products for use on damaged skin)
Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications
The carcinogen 1,4-dioxane contaminates up to 46% of personal care products tested (OCA 2008, EWG 2008). The chemical is an unwanted byproduct of an ingredient processing method called ethoxylation used to reduce the risk of skin irritation for petroleum-based ingredients. Though 1,4-dioxane can easily be removed from products before they are sold, its widespread presence in products indicates that many manufacturers fail to take this simple step.”
Being a penetration enhancer, Ceteareth-20 works to speed the passage of these chemicals directly into your bloodstream
Restrictions: no restrictions from U.S.A 
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Chemical name: CETEARETH 20
Used in:beauty products
Purpose: emulsifier, surfactant
The problem:may contain 1, 4dioxine 
Restrictions: no restrictions from U.S.A

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Chemical name: MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, ALUMINUM SILICATE
Used in: food, medicine, personal care
Purpose:anticakeing agent slip modifier
The problem:linked to alzheimers 
Aluminum-Aluminum is not a "heavy metal."  Aluminum is added as an emulsifying agent in many processed cheeses, especially those which are single-sliced. It is found in cake mixes, self-rising flour, prepared doughs, nondairy creamers, pickles and in some brands of baking powder. Aluminum lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient in many shampoos, while several anti dandruff shampoos, including Selsun-Blue, contain magnesium aluminum silicate. Aluminum is an active ingredient in most antiperspirants (aluminum chlorhydrate). However, since people have started becoming more aware of the dangers of aluminum, some "aluminum free" antiperspirants are now being advertised. Aluminum is readily absorbed by foods cooked in aluminum cookware. In a study conducted at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, tomatoes cooked in an aluminum pot had a two to four milligram increase in aluminum content per serving.8 Perhaps the most significant source of aluminum exposure comes from medications. Most antacid preparations, for example, may contain 200 milligrams or more of elemental aluminum in a single tablet! That's ten times more than the presumably acceptable 20 milligrams per day. [Note: When purchasing cookware, take a magnet with you to the store to help identify steel cookware. -ed.]  . Treated municipal water - Many municipal water supplies are treated with alum (aluminum sulfate) to get rid of murkiness. At least seven separate studies have shown that people drinking water high in alum are more likely to develop Alzheimer's than people drinking water low in alum. The worst part is that alum can combine with flouride in the blood to form aluminum fluoride. About 300,000,000 pounds of sodium fluoride, an industrial waste from aluminum refiners, is added to our water supply each year. (see Fluoridated Water) Aluminum researcher Elizabeth Jeffery has found evidence that flouride interferes with the body's ability to get rid of aluminum. 
Restrictions: no restrictions from U.S.A


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