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AKACommon useKnown Issue
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1,4-dioxaneSodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and olethNot listed on ingredient labels, found in products that create suds, such as shampoo and liquid soapcontaminant linked to cancer, Banned/found unsafe for use in cosmetics in Canada
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Acrylatesethyl acrylate: Acrylic acid ethyl ester, ethyl propenoate, EA; ethyl methacrylate: ethyl methacrylate, ethyl ester, methacrylic acid, ethyl ester, ethyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate, EMA; methyl methacrylate: Methacrylate monomer, Methyl ester of methacrylic acid, methyl-2-methyl-2-propenoate, MMAfound in artificial nail productsHealth concerns include cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, cellular and neurological damage and irritation.
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Benzophenoneingredients containing the word benzophenone (for example benzophenone-2), BP# (for example BP2), oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium used in cosmetics such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. Cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity,
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Benzoyl Peroxidepimple-zapping productsit’s been linked with the promotion of tumor growth
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Butylated CompoundsBHA, BHTLip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams Endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer,
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Carbon BlackCarbon black, D & C Black No. 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black, and thermal black Eyeliner, mascara, nail polish, eye shadow, brush-on-brow, lipstick, blushers, rouge, makeup, and foundationCancer (possible), Organ system toxicity
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Coal TarCoal tar solution, tar, coal, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, coal tar solution USP, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, KC 261, lavatar, picis carbonis, naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate, benzin B70, petroleum benzin [3,4] -Shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, hair dyes, and lotions Cancer, organ system toxicity
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dibutyl phthalatenail polishUnfortunately, this category of chemicals is not always disclosed on labeling as it’s included under ‘fragrances’ as mentioned above.
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diethyl phthalateperfumes and lotionsUnfortunately, this category of chemicals is not always disclosed on labeling as it’s included under ‘fragrances’ as mentioned above.
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dimethyl phthalatehair sprayUnfortunately, this category of chemicals is not always disclosed on labeling as it’s included under ‘fragrances’ as mentioned above.
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DMDM (dimethyl-dimethyl) Hydantiona preservative in shampoos, conditioners, skin products, moisturizers, nail and eyelash glues and other cosmeticsconcerns that this chemical releases formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, chronic fatigue and dizziness
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EthanolaminesDEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) ; Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate [2] in soaps, shampoos, lotions, shaving creams, paraffin and waxes as well as numerous cosmeticsrestricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects, Cancer, environmental concerns (bioaccumulation), organ system toxicity
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FD&C Color PigmentsThe acronym stands for ‘Food, Drug, and Cosmetics’, and you will also find D&C (Drug and Cosmetics) labels. They’ll usually be listed as a color followed by a number e.g. FD&C Red 40shampoos, toothpastes, body washes, baby products, deodorants, lotions, creams, and moremade from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin, Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic
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Formaldehydeformaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol), DMDM hydantoin, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, glyoxalNail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics. carcinogen
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HomosalateHomomenthyl salicylate, HMS, HS; 3,3,5-trimethyl-cyclohexyl-salicylate Sunscreen, Skin Care Products with Sun ProtectionEndocrine disruption
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Hydroquinonetocopheryl acetateA skin-lightening agentlinked to increased risk of skin cancer, weakening the elastin and collagen of skin
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Lead And Other Heavy MetalsLead acetate, chromium, thimerosal, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, sodium hexametaphosphate. Note: products that contain contaminant metals will not list them on ingredient labels Lip products, whitening toothpaste, eyeliner, nail color, foundations, sunscreens, eye shadows, blush, concealer, moisturizers, eye dropsCancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, environmental concerns
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MethylisothiazolinoneMITcommon antibacterial preservative in Shampoo, conditioner, hair color, body wash, lotion, sunscreen, mascara, shaving cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo, hairspray, makeup remover, liquid soaps and detergents.
neurotoxic properties, brain cell damage, MIT during neural development increased the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities,
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Mineral Oilthe mineral oil used in our cosmetics is actually derived from petroleum and is found in baby oil and Vaseline (which are actually purely mineral oil) amongst other products.While many say it is perfectly safe, other sources say it coats the skin, clogs pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. These actions all increase the risk of acne and other skin conditions. There is also evidence to suggest that cosmetics are a source of mineral oil contamination in women with researchers even stating that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body.
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Nail polish removersIsopropyl Acetone: Methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), hexone, 2-pentanone; Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK): 2-butanone, 3-butanone, acetone; N-Methyl-Pyrrolidone (NMP): n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone Irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs; organ toxicity and cancer.
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NitrosaminesDEA or TEA can indicate the possible presence of nitrosaminesNearly every kind of personal care productCancer, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity
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OctinoxateOctinoxate,o methoxycinnamate (OMC), parsol, parsol MCX, parsol MOX, escalol, 2-ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate Hair color products and shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, skin creams Endocrine disruption
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Oxybenzoneactive ingredient in quite a few of the sunscreen productlinked to skin irritation and allergies, hormone disruption and low birth weights in baby girls.
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PABAPABA, OD-PABA, padimate O, 4-aminobenzoic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid, Et-PABA, 2-ethylhexyl ester, p-carboxyaniline SunscreensEndocrine disruption
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Parabensbenzylparaben
butyiparaben
propylparaben
methylparaben
ethylparaben
isobutylparaben
prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics industryhave often been found in breast cancer tumors, interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife
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PetroleumPetrolatum
Xylene
Toluene
Mineral oil
Liquid paraffin Petroleum Jelly, Paraffin Oil, and White Petrolatum (refined and safe for use).

Cancer. The primary concern with petrolatum is the potential contamination with PAHs. ,contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen
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PhthalatesBzBP, DBP, DEP, DMP, or diethyl, dibutyl, or benzylbutyl phthalateThey’re often found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. fragrances, perfumes, deodorants and lotions
have been found to act as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children.
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Resorcinolbleaches , hair color productsknown skin irritant, disrupt healthy thyroid function
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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)used in 90% of personal care products – particularly those that foam, as that’s one of their primary functions.There are nearly 16,000 studies in the PubMed science library relating to the toxicity of this chemical so clearly there are concerns within the scientific community. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and even death. Also, when combined with other chemicals in the manufacturing process, SLS can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens.

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Synthetic Fragrancesperfumes, baby care products, air fresheners and laundry detergents. the average fragrance product contains 14 chemicals that are not disclosed on the label (along with another 15 that are).more than 95% of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals such as benzene derivatives and aldehydes. They also commonly contain parabens, phthalates and synthetic musks that can disrupt hormones, cause reproductive problems and are even linked to cancer.
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Toluenemethylbenzene, toluol or antisal 1a,phenylmethaneToluene is a clear liquid which is usually found in nail products and hair bleaches or dyes.a potent neurotoxin that can impair breathing and causes nausea. In studies, toluene has been associated with toxicity to the immune system and a possible link to blood cancer. It’s also believed to be linked with disruption to the immune and endocrine systems and abnormal fetal development.
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Triclosanpopular ingredient in just about any product claiming antibacterial properties. cosmetics and other productsboth a hormone and thyroid disruptor, flagged as a risk to both human health and the environment. animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation and other studies have raised concerns that triclosan contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Research has also shown that triclosan may interfere with fetal development in pregnant women, and has been linked with allergies, weight gain, inflammatory responses and thyroid disfunction.

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