Dissecting Ingredients in Popular Body Care Products

Screen Shot 2018-12-05 at 7.44.27 AMLet’s dig deeper into some popular body care products.  All information included in this post is thanks to EWG website.  This is such an awesome site if you have concerns about any product you are using.  They have information on basically everything.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, yikes!  These ingredients are horrible and kinda scary.  What do we do?

BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE – this is the 6th ingredient!

Known human toxicant or allergen

PPG-5-Ceteth-20 is a polyoxypropylene

About TETRASODIUM EDTA: EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product.

BISAMINO PEG/ PPG-41/ 3 AMINOETHYL PG-PROPYL DIMETHICONE: Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone is a siloxane polymer. Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

BIS-PEG-12 DIMETHICONE: Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone is Dimethicone (q.v.) end-blocked with an average of 12 moles ofethylene oxide. Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

SODIUM GLYCOLATEViolation of industry recommendations – Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions – Allowable pH limits

Methylisothiazolinone – is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.


Concern Reference
Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies Nordic Council of Ministers (Nordic Allergy Project)
Human skin toxicant or allergen Рmoderate evidence Lundov MD, T Krongaard, T L Menn̩ & J D Johansen
One or more human case studies show significant skin or allergenic effects Chang MW, Nakrani R
Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies National Library of Medicine HazMap

LIMONENE: Limonene is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally ocurring in the rind of citrus fruit. Upon storage and exposure to sunlight and air, limonene degrades to various oxidation products which act as skin and respiratory irritants and sensitizers. Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Occupational hazards

Parfum: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

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