Hidden dangers in cosmetics products

Every day we are advised to lead healthier lifestyles by eating and exercising, however we often neglect our skin, the biggest organ of the human body and use products that often contain harmful ingredients, many of which are linked to serious illness such as cancer.

At pure body butters we are concerned for health and well-being, we believe in pure products, free from synthetic or hazardous chemicals, so that you and your family, have total piece of mind when you use our products.

Buying tips:

1 – Always read the label of your products

2 –Avoid products with potentially hazardous ingredients

3 – Become informed about common cosmetic ingredients.

4 – Switch to organic or 100% natural products for complete confidence.

What’s in your product?

The best method to protect you and your family from products with harmful ingredients is awareness, always be selective, avoid products with potentially hazardous ingredients and think... ‘What you put on your body goes in your body’.

Our list below illustrates some of the most commonly used toxic ingredients found in personal care products and their effects. This is not a comprehensive list but it covers some of the most important chemicals that you should be aware of when shopping.

Common cosmetic toxic ingredients:

Triclosan - An antimicrobial agent present in soaps and wipes, linked to hormone disruption and liver problems.

Fragrance - Present in bath oils, soaps and perfume, effects on the body include allergies, skin reactions, hormone disruption, links to various cancers.

Formaldehyde - Found in gels and nail polishes. Known irritate the nose and throat, linked to skin sensitivity, asthma and even cancer.

Parabens – Common toxins, found in water based products, linked to skin irritation, infertility and breast cancer.

Phthalates – Found in many plastics eg: baby bottles, teethers, toys. Can disrupt the endocrine system, reduced sperm counts and have links to liver cancer.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): A foaming agent in soaps and shampoos, SLS and SLES are skin irritants and can enter the heart, brain and liver through the skin and accumulate in these organs.

Triethanolamine (TEA):  Used to balance PH, known to cause allergic reactions, is an eye irritant and can cause dry hair and skin. With consistent use, TEA is absorbed into the body and accumulates, where it can become toxic.

Phenylenediamine (PPD): An ingredient used in hair dyes (including eyelash dye), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has run studies that show a higher incidence of cancer among hairdressers and cosmetologists; they have the highest PPD exposure.

Other toxic chemicals to look out for are:

  • Nitrosamines
  • Lead and Other Heavy Metals
  • Hydroquinone
  • 1,4-dioxane
  • Toluene
  • Petrolatum aka Soft paraffin, Heavy liquid paraffin, Liquid paraffin, White petroleum jelly

Recommended websites:

If you would like to learn more about what your cosmetic and toiletry products contain then please visit the following sites for more information:

 The campaigning for safe cosmetics: www.safecosmetics.org 

 The Environmental Working Group : www.EWG.org 

The cosmetic database:  www.cosmeticsdatabase.com

The Women's Environmental Network: www.wen.org.uk/careful-beauty-explained