Harmful Chemicals in Beauty Products


When is the last time you took a real good look at what was in the products you use to bath with? How about ladies this is for you the make-up you put on? Ladies and gentlemen what about the perfume(cologne) you use? Has anyone stop and ask what are these ingredients in this product; most people have no idea what they are putting on their person.

Back some 30 years ago, manufacturers had to put labels on their product to let people know what was inside their products. Come forward 30 years, with the entire health problems in the world, it’s more important now than ever before to know exactly what we are putting on and in our bodies.

We will start with:

Aluminum: If you use conventional body care products, you are rubbing this on your armpits everyday—unless you like sweating. According to the National Cancer Institute, while findings are inconclusive, there are links between the aluminum in deodorants and breast cancer.

Propylene glycol, a man-made chemical often used in beauty products for its ability to lock in humidity, is found in hand sanitizers, moisturizers and baby products—meaning those products you are applying on your face and body use the same chemical as hydraulic fluid!

Dibutyl phthalate can be found in nail polish, shampoo, deodorant and other unknown products. Dibutyl phthalate is used to make some cosmetics have that enticing, sometimes overwhelming, smell. But because it is just fragrance, companies are not required to list it; it’s their “secret ingredient” per se. Maybe they don’t tell us because they don’t want us to know that it can cause developmental defects and even trigger asthma, which is a big deal seeing as there are more than 300 million people with asthma in the world!

Distearyldimonium Chloride

From Wikipedia

Dimethyldioctadecylammonium chloride, or distearyldimonium chloride, is a quaternary ammonium salt consisting of a nitrogen atom substituted with two methyl groups and two octadecyl groups. The long-chain hydrocarbon groups combined with the ionic nature of the amine group enables it to act as a surfactant or a detergent.

In household products, it may be found as an ingredient in fabric softeners, cosmetics, and hair conditioners in which it is added primarily for its antistatic effects. It is also used in organic synthesis as a phase transfer catalyst to increase reaction rates in a two-phase organic-water system.

Assorted cosmetics and tools

Assorted cosmetics and tools (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

February 24, 2000

Various products have been promoted in the skin care market as thigh and stomach slimmers. Some advertising claims also promise the reduction of “cellulite”, waffly looking or orange-peel type skin caused by fatty deposits.

Aminophylline, an approved prescription drug used in the treatment of asthma, is an ingredient used in many of these thigh cream products that marketers claim will dissolve the fat and smooth the skin. Since some individuals suffer from allergic reactions to ethylenediamine, a component of aminophylline, the FDA is concerned about the use of this ingredient in cosmetics.

Consumers need to be aware of this potential for developing an allergic reaction and carefully read product labels and follow directions. Persons who suffer from asthma may wish to avoid these products so that they don’t develop a sensitization (become allergic) to aminophylline.

Drugs, unlike cosmetics, alter the structure or function of the body and are subject to an intensive review and approval process by FDA before their release to the public. Thigh creams may more appropriately be classified as drugs under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act since removal or reduction of cellulite affects the “structure or function” of the body.


Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the USA FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and irritability.

Isopropyl Palmitate
A fatty acid from palm oil combined with synthetic alcohol. Industry tests on rabbits indicate the chemical can cause skin irritation and dermatitis. Also shown to be comedogenic (acne promoting)

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (triethanolamine)


Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. Dr. Samuel Epstein (Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois) says that repeated skin applications . . . of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.

See Nitrosating agents

From Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):
Health Hazard Acute And Chronic: Product is severely irritating to body tissues and possibly corrosive to the eyes.

Explanation Carcinogenicity: Amines react with nitrosating agents to form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.



Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder in the genital area is associated with a three-to-fourfold increase in the development of ovarian cancer.

There are almost some 99,000 or more product that are sold to us the consumer every day. If you knew that it was poison why would you use it? I really thought that medication was bad enough but when these companies cannot kill you with medications they will place these chemicals in products we have to use every day.

There are a few sites you can go to for more information:


Please your live may depend on it !!!!!!!!!!!

‘Dirty Dozen’ cosmetic chemicals to avoid

Dermatology products

This is a brief summary : According to David Suzuki Foundation Some of the ingredients in beauty products aren’t that pretty. U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.  Read more at





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