Not sure where this came from, but its a nice summary!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
“…both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children’s eyes. Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate-contaminated food.” (American College of Toxicology)
“SLS stays in the body for up to five days…Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain. This poses serious questions regarding its potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste.” (American College of Toxicology)
“…in tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion and death.”
DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (monoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)
Look for names like Cocoamide DEA/MEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. Suspected carcinogen
Yep, that stuff that they use to preserve dead bodies – eww! Formaldehyde has been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are in almost all beauty products, from deodorants to nail polish. It may irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and allergies, trigger heart palpitations, as well as cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pains and aggravation of asthma, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep.
Look out for the following formaldehyde releasers: Paraformaldehyde, benzylhemiformal, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea,
Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin, sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate, and Methenamine
They interfere with hormone functions by mimicking estrogen, and can disrupt male reproductive functions. It has been estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg per day of parabens from cosmetics.
The most common parabens include: methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. Other chemicals in this class generally have “paraben” in their names (e.g., isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, etc.)
PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen (The International Agency for Research on Cancer). Can also harm the nervous system. 1,4-dioxane stays in the environment for long after it washes down the drain, further harming the Earth.
Related chemicals: propylene glycol and other chemicals containing the letters “eth” (e.g., polyETHylene glycol).
That’s enough to get you started, there’s too many names to learn anyway, I actually walked around with a sheet full of chemicals, and to my disappointment, only one or two brands were actually “natural” (e.g. The Organic Pharmacy), but there are still a few that are pretty good.
Also, I cant not mention the impact that beauty products and cleaning products have on the environment. All of those toxins get washed down the sink and go straight to the rivers and oceans, where they affect the local flora and fauna. And then we wonder why the local lake’s goldfish have mutated!! *sigh*
Here’s a list of beauty products I have personally used that I would recommend:
Avalon Organic – this is my favourite brand for shampoo and conditioner. They have lots of different smells and it’s the cleanest product I’ve found. Have a look here at shampoos: Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree. Conditioner here: Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree. They also do hand soaps etc.
Jason – not my favourite for hair products (their conditioner is absolutely useless) and it does have some junk inside, but I love their rose hand soap and body wash.