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PEG (Polyethlyne Glycol)

Created by ethoxylating Propylene Glycol. Dangerous levele of dioxin have been found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process. PEGs are in everything including personal care, baby care and sunscreen lotion.

Triclosan

Synthetic antibacterial ingredient. EPA registers it as a pesticide, posing risks to human health and environment. Classified as a chlorophenol, chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans.

Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol

Petroleum plastics. PG is so toxic it requires safety clothing and disposal by burying. Direct contact with skin causes brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea

Used as preservatives and can release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a sensitizer and a proven carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep.

Phthlates

Used as a preservative and can release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a sensitizer and a proven carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Used in car wash liquid, floor cleaners, engine cleaners and 90% of foaming personal care products i.e. bubble baths, body washes, shampoos etc as well as skin care creams and more. A known skin and eye irritant and enhances allergic response to other toxins and allergens. Known to cause eye damage, depression, breathing problems, diarrhea, skin irritation & death.

Benzyl Alcohol and Isopropyl Alcohol

Both can irritate the skin. They are used as fragrance ingredients as well as preservatives, solvents and anti-foaming agents for lotions, sunscreens, hand sanitizers, sunscreens, and baby wipes. There is also evidence that these two alcohols are neurotoxic.

Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl)

This is a preservative that is not always labeled. Used in skin care products and deodorants, has been found that is able to mimic estrogen hormones and has been found in breast tumors. Also may contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalance and early puberty

1,4-Dioxane

Classified as a probable carcinogen. It is a contaminant found in shampoos, body wash, children’s bath products and other cosmetics with suds. 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant and not an ingredient, therefore it does not appear on ingredient labels.

Fragrance

An ambiguous term where many toxic chemicals are hidden under, including synthetic fragrances containing phthalates – a plasticizing material used in polyvinyl chloride PVC which can damagethe endocrine system.

FD&C Colour& Pigments

Synthetic colours from coal tar contain heavy metal salts which deposit toxins in skin causing skin sensitivity / irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen and deaths. Studies have shown almost all are carcinogenic.

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) TEA Triethanolamine.

A foam booster which is an eye irritant and causes contact dermatitis. High absorption through skin and accumulates in organs including the brain.