Thursday, March 19, 2009

Toxic Stuff

We have heard of the "dirty dozen" for the foods that we eat. Well, there is a also a dirty dozen for cosmetics/skincare. Here are the 12 ingredients that professionals say to avoid:

1.) Coal tar is know to be a human carcinogen.
2.) Diethanolamine (DEA) is a possible hormone disruptor. It can also show up as a contaminant in cocamide DEA.
3.) Antibacterials such as triclosan have been detected in breast milk and can prevent the body from fighting off salmonella and e. coli.
4.) 1,4-dioxane is a possible human carinogen.
5.) Sulfates - skin irritants in many skin and hair products (Scandle is free of sulfates)
6.) Parabens have estrogenic effects on the body. (Scandle is free of parabens)
7.) Formaldehyde has multiple health effects on the body and is extremely toxic.
8.) Petroleum is a possible human carcinogen (Scandle is free of petroleums)
9.) Fragrance is an endocrine disruptor.
10.) Lead and mercury are neurotoxic and brain damaging
11.) Nanoparticles may penetrate through the skin and cause brain damage.
12.) Hydroquinone may cause cancer in lab animals.

Do you know of any toxic stuff found in beauty products not listed here? Comment and let us know!:-)


  1. All I knoiw is that when it comes to just about anything I prefer genuine natural beauty products

  2. Yes, any one knows an easy natural and (kind of) cheap way to make soaps or shampoos ? I am serious. I would do that but I am not sure how to do it. How can I make a moisturizer using avocado ? ;)?

  3. Hi Van,

    I would go to, they have a lot of all natural melt and pour bases for soaps and natural shampoos.

    As for your avacado moisturizer, here's a recipe I found browsing around:

    Steps to make avocado moisturizer:

    *take a medium size avocado
    *Take one teaspoon honey
    *Take one teaspoon lemon juice
    *Take 200 gram curd
    *Now mix honey and the pulp of the avocado and puree it (i.e. prepare it in a blender). Now add the lemon juice and curd to make stiff cream.
    *Now refrigerate if for 35 minutes and then take it out of refrigerator. Massage it on face and neck till the cream is totally absorbed by the skin.
    *Leave it on for overnight. This will result in giving luster to your skin.

    Hope that helps!