The Chemical Shit Storm In The Average Women’s Beauty Routine and What It Is Doing to Their Health
Over the last few years I have started making a few of my own home and beauty care products. I have made hydrating after shave bars, coconut sugar and coffee exfoliating scrubs, lib balms, salves, perfume roll ons, body sprays and home cleaning supplies. I am going to tell you a little bit about why I choose to use natural home and beauty care products and the importance of making your home a chemical free zone.
There are over 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products, as many as 1 in 8 of which are industrial chemicals. These toxic ingredients include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, pesticides and hormone disruptors.
60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. Our skin, after all, is our largest organ. It is believed that the average woman is exposed to 515 beauty related chemicals every day! This, unfortunately, isn’t even hard to believe, have you read the labels of your average beauty care products?
Skim over the products listed below to see ALL of the ingredients labelled on store bought beauty products. How many of these products are apart of your daily routine?
Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Parfum/Fragrance, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Quaternium-33, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Benzyl Benzoate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Linalool, Fumaric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propylsilanetriol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid (D184533/1) Us Pat./Brevet Américain: 6,294,160
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzoic Acid, Trideceth-6, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Cetrimonium Chloride, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Caramel, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hexyl Cinnamal, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Limonene, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Cereus Grandiflorus Flower Extract/Cactus Flower Extract, Glucose, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Tocopherol.
Aqua (Water), Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamide MEA, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Benzophenone-3, BHT, Glycerin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Coumarin, Lactic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caramel, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Mel (Honey), Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4).
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly.
Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Cyclodextrin, Petrolatum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Talc, Fragrance, Ozokerite, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine.
1059803 C Aqua/Water, Dimethyl Ether, Alcohol Denat., Polyester-5, Polyurethane-6, Peg-192 Apricot Kernel Glycerides, Peg-70 Mango Glycerides, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Limonene, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Linalool, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Citrus Medica Limonum Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glycerin, Amyl Cinnamal, Parfum/Fragrance. F.I.L. C35102/1.
Active: Salicylic Acid 2%. Inactive: Water, Alcohol Denat. (40%), Butylene Glycol, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Lactate, PEG/PPG-20/6 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Banzotriazoyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Green 5, Fragrance (963-027).
Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Prunus Persica Kernel Oil/Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil (Emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emulsifier), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d¿abeille (Emulsifier/Emollient), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus Persica Extract/Prunus Persica (Peach) Extract (Natural Additive), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colour), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colour).
Octinoxate 2.50%, Titanium Dioxide 1.00%Water / Aqua / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methoxy Amodimethicone / Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Laureth-7, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone / PEG-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone / PEG-10 Crosspolymer, PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbic Acid, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).
bronzer or blush
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Petrolatum, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Iron Oxides ( CI 77491, 77492, 77499 ).
Mica, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract/Oryza Sativa Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sorbic Acid, Poloxamer 338, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Water (Aqua), Styrene / Acrylates / Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, PVP, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Propylene Glycol, Barium Sulfate, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Panthenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. May Contain: DC Black #2 (CI 77266), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
1 Light: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Synthetic Japan Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopherol. May Contain: CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
lipstick and balm
Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C10 30 Cholesterol/Lanesterol Esters, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Paraffin, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Serica (Silk Powder), Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, BHT, Benzoic Acid, May Contain:, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470).
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone 1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, CI 77120, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), CI 77499, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red 6.
Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isostearyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexylene Glycol, PEG 4 Laurate, PEG 6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sucrose Cocoate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetate Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.
That right there is scary stuff! How is this chemical shit storm affecting our health? What is this repeated exposure doing to our bodies?
Ready your labels. Below is a list of the top ingredients to strictly avoid
not only are sulfates found in cosmetics but they are also found in household cleaners, detergents, and engine degreasers. It is believed to be carcinogenic and is a known skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant. It is also toxic to aquatic organisms
parabens - a popular preservative present in 75-90% of cosmetics
are known endocrine disruptor. An endocrine disruptor is a chemical that has been known to interfere with the endocrine (hormone) system. Parabens have been linked to increased skin aging, skin irritation, fertility issues in both men and women, cancer, and DNA damage
are derived from petroleum and are a known carcinogen
is used as a anti-caking agent. It has been linked to tumours in ovaries and lungs
is able to mimic estrogen and has been linked to breast cancer. There has also been a 50 year debate on whether or not repeated aluminum exposure is linked to Alzheimer's
a known endocrine disruptor, linked especially to the thyroid and reproductive hormones. It is also a known skin and eye irritant and is especially toxic to aquatic organisms
is used to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They are endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects.
is a eye, skin and lung irritant and a known liver and reproductive system toxin
is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin. It is also toxic to both the gastrointestinal tract and the liver
fragrances or parfum
only have to be listed as fragrance or parfum despite often being composed of anywhere from 10-300 chemical ingredients. Some of the synthetic chemicals used in the production of fragrances have been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities
colours - P-phenylenediamine or “CI” followed by a number
often derived from coal tar and petroleum. They are known carcinogens, skin irritant and are linked to children with ADHD
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) & BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluen) -
are other preservatives that also mess with your hormones. They have been known to interfere with reproductive system development, thyroid health and liver toxicity
Limiting what we come in contact with on a daily basis is increasingly important. The areas of our life where we have control over chemical exposure is with our:
food - buying local, spray free and organic whenever possible
cleaning products - natural, chemical free, un-scented or scented with essential oils
laundry detergents - natural, chemical free, un-scented or scented with essential oils
candles - bees wax or soy candles. Conventional candles are scented with ‘fragrance or perfume’ and made from petroleum
air fresheners - essential oil diffusers or homemade room sprays
deodorant - aluminum free, natural, chemical free, un-scented or scented with essential oils
beauty products - natural, chemical free, un-scented or scented with essential oils
food storage containers - opt out of using plastic, store your food in glass
gardening techniques - controlling weeds & pests naturally,
Check out the Think Dirty App. It allows you to scan the barcode of products to see just how dirty the items in your home may be.
Don’t fret, there are many great options out there that use awesome ingredients. Read your product labels and work towards making your home a chemical free zone.
There are companies that have a mission to provide women with clean and safe beauty products. I have been using Nude by Nature for a long time. I lived in Tasmania for 3 years and fell in love with the companies mission and products. They use 100% natural ingredients without the use of synthetics or preservatives.
When I moved back to Vancouver Island and found out they didn’t ship to Canada I was devastated. Luckily I had friends that sent me packages every year. The great news is, Nude by Nature is now selling their products at Shoppers Drug Mart. I no longer have to be a burden on my friends and I get to use awesome quality products that help to make me feel confident and beautiful without sacrificing my health.