methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, iso paraben, butyl paraben, hydroxy benzoate – paraben preservatives
jan/feb 2004 – journal of applied toxicology reported British researcher Phillippa Darbre analyzed 20 breast tumors and found the preservative in in all 20 breast tumor samples. absorbed through the skin, has been known to build up and bind to estrogen receptors, mimics estrogen (xeno estrogen) contributing to estrogen dominance. estrogen dominance has been shown to be a factor for breast cancer.
july 2002 archives of toxicology – Dr. S. Oishi reports adverse effects on newborn mammals. tests reveal damage to the male reproductive system in spermatogenesis stage of testes. these tests were at the acceptable daily intake of 0.1% or more.
resources: FDA, MSDS, Journal Of Applied Toxicology, Devita, Breast Cancer Action, Environmental Working Group/Skin Deep, health-report.co.uk
Propylene glycol – A humectant used to absorb or maintain moisture in products commonly used to create artificial smoke, anti freeze, solvents in pain and automatic brake fluid. MSDS reveal it can cause serious health conditions, including liver, heart damage and kidney abnormalities. Damage to the central nervous system if sufficiently absorbed as well as skin irritant.
Nat’l Toxicology Program 2000 shows evidence of carcinogen in mammary gland of both male and female test animals.
FDA has classified propylene glycol as an additive for food and is used as a solvent for food colors and flavors along with the cosmetic industry.
sodium laurel sulphate /SLS – a moisture agent used in de-greasers, detergents, lathering agent that remains in the system for up to 5 days.
absorption from the eye may extend long term effects of the brain, heart, and liver. may retard developmental properties in adolesence. skin irritant and cataracts / reacting ingredient may give way to carcinogens, dioxins, and nitrates in liquid soaps, cleansers and shampoos. possible contributor to baldness.
resources: EWG/ Skin Deep, FDA, MSDS, Simply Organic
petrolatums – mineral oil and petroleum jelly
common contaminants known as PAHs or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have been linked to breast cancer tissue according to researchers at Columbia University. women with breast cancer were 2.6 times more likely to contain elevated levels of PAHs bound to DNA adducts. [EWG Report, Skin deep] interferes with bodies own natural moisturizing mechanism. may lead to chapping and dry skin. often the very symptoms it is suppose to alleviate. [ Aubrey Hampton - Ten Ingredients To Avoid]