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- BHA and BHT:
Endocrine system-disrupting preservatives also linked to cancer.
- DEA/MEA/TEA: (diethanolamine):
Can create carcinogenic nitrosamines when mixed with preservatives.
- Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:
(DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15 and Bronopol, a.k.a.2-bromo-2-nitropro- pane-1,3-diol
- Oxybenzone (BP-3/ benzophenone) and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate):
Two sunscreen chemicals that may disrupt our hormone system and that can trigger allergic reactions.
- Palm oil:
(or anything with “palm” or “palmate” in its name, like sodium palmate): Avoid unless it’s fair trade/organic
Estrogenic preservatives also tied to damage to male reproductive system.
Laced with phthalates and other hormone disruptors and sensitizers. Note: some natural Euro brands with “parfums” are made with natural essential oils (it should say so on the label)
(polyethylene glycol compounds, and anything with “-eth” in its name). These are often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.
- Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates: Green your bodycare by avoiding these petrochemicals
In all permanent hair dyes. Can also be called p-Aminoaniline; 1,4-benzenediamine;
p-benzenediamine CI 76060; p-Diaminobenzene; 1,4-phenylenedia- mine; 1,4-diaminobenzene In all permanent hair dyes. Linked to some cancers.
Hormone-disrupting family of chemicals hidden behind the word “fragrance,” but you can look for the phrase “phthalate free.”
- Retinyl palmitate:
Keep this one out of the sun as it seems to speed up carcinogenic effect of UV rays in mice.
Pass on cyclo- or “-methicone.” Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and cyclopentasiloxane (D5) are
eco toxic siloxanes (silicone based polymers). Cyclomethicone is a mix of D4, D5 and D6 siloxanes.
- Sodium laureth sulphate:
Foaming agent in soaps and shampoos often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.
Suspected thyroid disruptor and may contribute to antibacterial resistance.