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1. Acrylamide: (#10 High Hazard)
Used in industrial applications, it is used in waste water treatment, dyes and ore processing. It is linked to cancer and there have been studies recently (2007 / 2008) showing this to be the case. It is found in moisturizers, facial cleansers, facial moisturizers/treatments, conditioners/shampoos, body wash/cleansers, styling gel/lotions, hair color and bleaching products, antiperspirant/deodorants, around-eye creams, acne treatments, exfoliant/scrubs, sunscreens/tanning oils, foundations, mascara's, foot treatments, anti-aging, sunless tanners, skin fades/lighteners, after shaves, perfumes, relaxers, eye liners, concealers, hair sprays, styling mousse/foams, anti-itch/rash creams, body firming lotions, toothpastes, body sprays, lip gloss, bar soaps, hair-loss treatments, depilatory's, bath oils/salts/soaks, pain/wound treatment, shaving creams, liquid hand soaps, bubble baths, colognes, and baby lotions.


2. Acrylic Acid: (#7-9 High Hazard)
respiratory toxin for humans; causes asthma, severe skin burns, and allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes renal and kiddney damage in animals; causes blood tumors and skin tumors in animals. Found in nail products, body and face creams and lotions, used to create a moisturizer with a “lighter” feel on the skin.  Because the initial amount needed is small, many skin care companies do not put it on their labels.


3. Aluminum (chlorides, oxides, laureth sulfate, and persulfate): (#4 Moderate Hazard)
Lung sensitizer used in products that may be inhaled lung sensitizer - can instigate immune system response that can include asthma attacks or other problems with the lungs and airways.  Neurotoxicity hazards, Cardiovascular or blood toxicity hazards, Respiratory toxicity hazards.  Reproductive or developmental toxin, thought to possible present risks to human reproduction and development, linked to potential for reduced fertility or reduced chance for a healthy, full-term pregnancy.  Aluminum also mimics the action of human hormones and triggers various receptors associated with the sex hormone estrogen. In products such as antiperspirant deodorants.


4. Amyl Acetate: neurotoxin: (#1 Low Hazard)
A volatile solvent, amyl acetate is found in banana oil and is also produced synthetically. In high concentrations, amyl acetate is a neurotoxin implicated in central nervous system depression.  Therefore, you should avoid excessive use of cleaners with volatile substances like amyl acetate. If you do use such cleaners, be sure to work in well ventilated areas. eye and lung irritant; lung allergen.  Used as "banana scent" in many products, manufacturers in the beauty industry sometimes market this as a "natural" ingredient because it is found in banana oil, but it is toxic. Found in many nail products and fragrances.

5. Benzalkonium Chloride: (#7 High Hazard)
Immune system, lung, and skin toxicant. Can cause allergic reactions, and can trigger asthma.  It is also restricted in Canada and Japan. Found in disinfectants, antiseptics, hand wash, hand sanitizers, household cleaners, shave creams and gels.

6. Benzyl Alcohol: (#6-8 Moderate to High Hazard)
Strong neurotoxin, and can cause allergic reactions. Lung irritant, causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin, liver damage, coma, and death in animalsFound in baby toiletries, mascaras, hair dyes and many other skin care products.

7. Benzoyl Peroxide: (#7 High Hazard)
Frequently used in acne products, facial cleansers/treatments/moisturizers/toners/astringents, scrubs/exfoliants, bar soaps, nail glue, scar treatments, and shaving creams. The MSDS states: “Facilitates action of known carcinogens. Possible tumor promoter. May act as mutagen; produces DNA damage in human and other mammalian cells in some concentrations. Also, toxic by inhalation. May be harmful if swallowed and in contact with skin. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.”


8. Boric Acid: (#7 High Hazard)
Strong reproductive toxin. Potent endocrine disruptor. unsafe for use on Infants and Injured or damaged skin. Boric acid has caused death and birth defects in animals and is banned in Canada and Japan. Found in douching products, creams, lotions and bath, hair and skin products.

9. Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-l,3-diol): (#10 High Hazard)
One of the strongest lung, and skin toxicants. Bronopol is a endocrine disruptor. It forms carcinogenic nitrosamine, can cause allergic reactions, and contact dermatitis. This is an environmental contaminant, and is poisonous to wildlife. Can be found in many products such as baby bath soap, nail polish and hair dyes.

10. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): (#10 High Hazard)
Human carcinogen, causes brain and liver tumors in animals at low doses. Also a endocrine disruptor, causes allergic contact dermatitis and skin depigmentation. Banned in Euroopean Union and is a persistent environmental toxin. Found in lots of cosmetics, makeup removers, body oils, lotions, antifungal, vaginal, and hemroid oitments, baby products, rash creams, and many more.

11. Butylated Hydroxy toluene (BHT): (#7-9 High Hazard)
Endocrine disruptor, skin and lung toxicant at low doses. Causes death, liver and stomach cancers, thrommbosis, fibrosis, and liver and brain damage in animals. Strong skin and eye irritant. Found in many cosmetics and beauty products such as lipstick, self tanners, lotions, and shaving creams.

12. Butylene Glycol: (#1 Low Hazard)
Skin, lung, and eye irritant. Environmental toxin. Found in moisturizers, and creams for the face and body.

13. Butylparaben: (#5 Moderate Hazard)
Skin and eye irritant. Endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer, environmental contaminant.  Causes decreased sperm count, testes abnormalities and other reproductive organs in animals. Found in many beauty products, and cosmetics such as shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, cleansing gels, personal lubricants, topical treatments, salon tanning solutions, and toothpaste.

14. Calcium Fluoride: (#6 Moderate Hazard)
Neurotoxic to humans, leads to bone weakness, and causes birth abnormalities and depression in animalsFound in medicines, soaps, deodorants, nail products, mouthwash and many other teeth cleaning products.

15. Ceteareth (with any numeral following it): (#9 High Hazard)
Unsafe for use on broken skin, eye and lung irritant, and may be contaminated with l,4-Dioxane. Found in many acne treatments, face washes, bath products and moiturizers.

16. Cetrimonium Chloride: (#3 Moderate Hazard)
Skin and eye sensitizer that can include itchhing, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering. Known as a hormone disruptor, causes cell mutations and lung cancer in animal studies. Found in hair conditioners and body moisturizers.

17. Cetyl Alcohol: (#1 Low Hazard)
Skin and eye irritant in humans Found in cosmetics, hair, nail, and skin care and facial products.

18. Chloroacetamide: (#10 High Hazard)
Strong skin, eye, and lung irritant toxic if inhaled. Known to cause paralysis, goiter, and birth defects in animals. Banned in Canada. Found in shampoo's, hair styling products and dyes, acne treatments, sunscreens, body washes, and household cleaners.

19. Coal Tar: (#10 High Hazard)
Known human carcinogen, Causes lung and urinary tract cancer. Potent skin irritant, causes multiple cancers in animals, and banned in most countries including Canada and European Union. This toxic ingredient is still used in antiidandruff shampoos, hair treatments and dyes, soaps, also used to form colors in products.

20. Cocamide DEA (Ethanolamide of Coconut Acid): (#6-8 Moderate to High Hazard)
Strong human skin toxicant and suspected carcinogen. Causes irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs in humans. Also known to cause liver and bladder cancer in animals. Studies also show that DEAs (including cocamide DEA) directly inhibits fetal brain development in laboratory studies by blocking the absorption of choline, a nutrient required for brain development and maintenance.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have discovered that when DEA was applied to the skin of pregnant mice at concentrations similar to those found in shampoos, the fetuses showed inhibited cell growth and increased cell death in an area of the brain responsible for memory - the hippocampus. It is used to thicken the shampoo, a body wash, or a facial cleanser and give it a nice goopy consistency.

21. D&C Red 30 Lake: (#4-5 Moderate Hazard)
Strong nervous system toxicant, used as an aluminum compound, disrupts endocrine system and linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Persistent wildlife contaminant. Found in many cosmetics and beauty products.

22. D&C Violet 2: (#1-6 Low to Moderate Hazard)
Coal tar dye. Skin and eye irritant, long-time use of coal tar hair dye is linked to bladder cancer. Found in many cosmetics and beauty products.

23. Dibutyl Phthalate: (#10 High Hazard)
Neurotoxicant. Linked to impaired fertility, uriinary abnormalities, breast, and ovarian cancers. Contaminates wildlife. DBP in 37 popular nail polishes, top coats, and hardeners, including products by L’Oréal, Maybelline,  Oil of Olay, and CoverGirl (Table 1).  Patents proposing to use DBP in a broad range of beauty and personal care products, including shampoos and conditioners, lotions, hair growth formulations, antiperspirants, and sunscreen. Even patents relating to gum, candy, and pharmaceuticals taken orally propose DBP as an ingredient.

24. Diethanolamine (DEA): (#7-8 High Hazard)
Linked to brain abnormalities in animals, and may be contaminated with carcinogen lA-Dioxane. A foaming agent widely used in personal care products such as shampoos, hair dyes, and bath products. These products generally contain 1 to 5 percent DEA or DEA-related ingredients. DEA can also be found in some pesticide formulations, as a so-called inert ingredient. This agent comes from coconuts. Products containing DEA may be contaminated with nitrosamines, some of which may cause cancer, if the product contains nitrites as a preservative. Nitrosamines may accidentally contaminate DEA-containing products as well.

25. Dimeticone (Dimethicone): (#2-3 Low to Moderate Hazard)
This is a petroleum derivative, and an environmental toxicant. Found in many beauty products, also in hair lice removers.

26. Dioxin: (#10 High Hazard)
Used as a solvent in a wide range (50%) of personal care products such as antiperspirants/deodorants, moisturizers/ointments, acne treatments, antibacterial sprays, foot treatments, and face cleansers.The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, which is a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant and easily absorbed through the skin. Look for "myreth", "oleth", "laureth", "ceteareth", any other "eth", "PEG", "polyethylene", "polyethylene glycol", "polyoxyethylene" or "oxynol" on labelling. Often contained in antibacterial ingredients like triclosan, emulsifiers, PEGs and ethoxylated cleansers like Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Dioxin causes cancer, reduced immunity, nervous system disorders, miscarriages and birth deformity. It’s a hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects measured in the parts per trillion–one drop in 300 Olympic-size swimming pools! Our bodies have no defense against its damage. Most visible example was Yushchenko, the Ukrainian President, who suffered from dioxin poisoning and looked old overnight.

27. Direct Black 38: (#7-8 High Hazard)
Diethanolamine-containing dye that is a confirmed human carcinogen. Strong evidence of causing bladder cancer, may harm unborn child, and known to cause liver and kidney cancer in animals. Banned in European Union. This toxic ingredient is used for color, and is found in many beauty products and hair dyes.

28. DMDM Hydantoin: (#7-9 High Hazard)
Contains carcinogenic formaldehyde.  This toxic ingredient is a skin, eye, and lung irritant, and is an environmental toxicant. Found in baby wipes, body washes, cosmetics, diaper rash creams, hair dyes and styling products, hand soaps, pet care products,  polishes, shampoos/conditioners, shaving creams, and lotions.

29. EDTA (Disodium EDTA) (ethylene diamine tetreacetic acid): (#2-3 Low to Moderate Hazard)
A synthetic chemical that removes metals or mineral ions from a solution. Used as a preservative. Can be irritating to the skin. This penetration enhancer is a neurotoxin linked to brain damage in animals, caused liver changes and endocrine damage in animals. Also caused fetal death and birth abnormalities in animals. This toxic ingredient is made from formaldehyde. Found in baby food, and found in almost all category beauty products.

30. Ethylparaben: (#3 Moderate Hazard)
Skin and eye irritant, endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer, and environmental contaminantFound in deodorants, antiperspirant deodorant, and moisturizers.

31. Eugenol: (#7-9 High Hazard)
Endocrine disruptor, skin, eye, and lung irritant, and consumer allergen. Causes death, coma, insomnia, convulsions, pulmonary edema, and liver cancer in animals. Found in perfumes, moisturizers, body powders, body wash/cleansers, bath oils/salts/soaks, colognes, sunless tanners, antiperspirant/deodorants, facial moisturizers/treatments, anti-aging products, toothpastes, blushes, and body firming lotions.

32. Ext. D&C Violet 2: (#1-6 Low to Moderate Hazard)
This coal tar dye is a strong skin irritant, long-time use of coal tar dyes is linked to increased risk of bladder cancer. Supposed to be restricted in cosmetics, but this chemical is still widely used in many skin care products such as: perfumes, shampoos, body wash/cleansers, and moisturizers!

33. FD&C Blue 1:
Derived from coal tar, linked to allergies and hyperactivity disorders. Used in many beauty products such as: perfumes, shampoos, body wash/cleansers, and moisturizers!

34. FD&C Green 3:
Causes sarcomas and bone marrow hyperplasia in animals. Not studied for safety in humans, and prohibited in European Union. Found in allot of eye shadows and a few other skin care products for use of color.

35. FD&C Yellow 5 (EI04, Tartrazine):
Causes severe allergic and intollerance reactions, especially among asthmatics and those with an aspirin intolerance; linked to thyroid tumors, chromosomal damage, hives, and hyperactivity in humans. Found in hair removers, lotions, conditioners/shampoos, and many more cosmetics, eye shadows, blushes, and other skin care products and foods.

36. FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake:
Aluminum compounds are neurootoxic to humans. Used in many cosmetics, moisturizers, shampoos/conditioners, deodorants, and many more.

37. FD&C Yellow 6:
Human skin and eye irritant. This chemical causes coma, convulsions, testicular damage, and changes in leukocytes in animals. Cannot be used in eye cosmetics but still found in many. Used in lotions, conditioners/shampoos, and many more beauty products.

38. Fig (Ficus Carica) Extract:
Immune system toxin. This cannot be used as fragrance ingredient due to potential carcinogenicity. Banned in Euroopean Union but allowed in the US as fragrance ingredient in shampoos and body washes.

39. Formaldehyde:
Known human carcinogen linked to leukemia, pancreeatic, skin, liver, and lung cancer. Also a strong skin, eye, and lung irritant. Can irritate human liver (causes cirrhosis), stomach, kidneys, and bladder, can cause skin burns, trigger asthma hazardous air pollutant, environmental toxin, and has been banned in Canada and Japan. Contained in products such as nail polish, baby products, sun blocks, toothpastes, hand soaps, hair relaxers, baby wipes, body washes, shampoos, and lotions.

40. Formaldehyde Resin:
Contains formaldehyde and carries same risks. Also can trigger allergic reaction in the skin or lungs. Found in some skin care products and nail polishes.

41. Formaldehyde Solution (Formalin):
Neurotoxin in humans and animals. Restricted in Canada and European Union. Known human carrcinogen linked to leukemia, nasal and nasopharyngeal, pancreatic, skin, liver, bladder, and lung cancer, strong skin, eye, and lung irritant. Known to irritate human liver (causes cirrhosis), stomach, kidneys, and bladder, can cause skin burns, trigger asthma, and is a hazardous air pollutant, and environnmental toxin. Banned in Canada and Japan! Contained in products such as sun blocks, toothpastes, hand soaps, hair relaxers, baby wipes, body washes, shampoos, lotions and many more.

42. Glyceryl Stearate:
Weak skin, eye, and lung irritant. Found in moisturizers, cleansers, masques, lip balms, hand creams, and pain reliever ointments.

43. Hydroquinone:
Eye, lung, and nervous system toxin; can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; suspected liver and stommach carcinogen; causes liver cancer, and DNA and ovary mutations in animals; restricted in Canada. Found in beauty products such as bleaching creams, soaps,

44. Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate:
Contains Diethanolamine, can affect thyroid function, gastrointestinal and liver toxicant, cannot be used in aerosols, and known to cause allergic contact dermatitis. Restricted in Japan. Found in moisturizers, shampoos, facial cleansers, styling gels/lotions, facial moisturizers/treatments, conditioners, sunscreens/tanning oils, body wash/cleansers, anti-aging products, lip balm/treatments, makeup removers, exfoliants/scrubs, foot treatments, around-eye creams, acne treatments, eye shadows, bubble baths, baby wipes, sunless tanners, styling mousse/foams, shaving creams, after shaves, diaper creams, hair-loss treatments, anti-itch/rash creams, body firming lotions, baby sunscreens, brow liners, bath oils/salts/soaks, hair sprays, powders, baby soaps, foundations, pain/wound treatments, hormonal creams, bronzers/highlighters, bar soaps, hair color and bleach, relaxers.

45. Imidazolidinyl Urea (Uric Acid):
Skin sensitizer that can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin, or severe respiratory reaction. Used in these types of products: Moisturizers, shampoos, facial cleansers, styling gels/lotions, facial moisturizers/treatments, conditioners, sunscreens/tanning oils, body wash/cleansers, anti-aging products, lip balm/treatments, makeup removers, exfoliants/scrubs, foot treatments, around-eye creams, acne treatments, eye shadows, bubble baths, baby wipes, sunless tanners, styling mousse/foams, shaving creams, after shaves, diaper creams, hair-loss treatments, anti-itch/rash creams, body firming lotions, baby sunscreens, brow liners, bath oils/salts/soaks, hair sprays, powders, baby soaps, foundations, pain/wound treatments, hormonal creams, bronzers/highlighters, bar soaps, hair color and bleach, relaxers, nail treatments, ;ubricant/spermicides, glitters, insect repellents, hair growth inhibitors, antiperspirant/deodorants, polish removers, redness/rosacea treatments, varicose/spider vein treatments.

46. Isobutylparaben:
Skin and eye irritant, endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Environmental contaminant. Found in cosmetics, deodorants, antiperspirant deodorant, and moisturizers.

47. Isoparaffin:
Petroleum derivative, environmental toxin, mildly irritating, also produces kidney damage in animals. Found in bath products, cosmetics, shampoos/conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, toners, shaving creams, and many more skin and hair products.

48. Isopropyl Alcohol (SD-40):
Human neurotoxin, petroleum derivative, skin, eye, and lung irritant. Vapors cause drowsiness, dizziness,  causes skin dehydration, and may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin! Isopropyl alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics.

49. Lactic acid:
Strong skin and eye irritant, can cause skin burns, and causes changes in liver, brain, and blood in animals. Also known to cause mutations and birth defects in animals, and is restricted in Canada. Found in facial cleansers, facial moisturizers/treatments, moisturizers, conditioners, exfoliants/scrubs, sunless tanners, acne treatments, shampoos, relaxers, foot treatments, around-eye creams, styling gels/lotions, anti-aging products, skin faders/lighteners, sunscreens/tanning oils, nail treatments, lubricants/spermicides, lip balms/treatments, body washes/cleansers, anti-itch/rash creams, after shaves, hair sprays, body firming lotions, diaper creams, pain/wound treatments, liquid hand soaps, antiperspirants/deodorants (Men's), varicose/spider vein treatments, eye makeups, blushes, hair-loss treatments, shaving creams, body oils, after sun products, feminine moisturizers, styling mousse/foams, foundations, bar soaps, and bath oils/salts/soaks.

50. Lanolin:
Strong skin irritant and toxicant, and can cause allergic reaction in the lungs. Advertisers have found that the words "contains Lanolin" help to sell a product and have promoted it as being able to "penetrate the skin better than other oils," although there is little scientific proof of this. Lanolin has been found to be a common skin sensitizer causing allergic contact skin rashes. Lanolin usually contains pesticides and dioxins, known carcinogens, used on sheep and wool.  The best way to know if the lanolin in a personal care product is free of insecticide is to look for a certified organic product. Uncontaminated lanolin is perfectly safe, although it can cause contact dermatitis in some people. Lanolin oil, a more refined product, has been found to have little insecticide residue. Purified lanolin oil is a healthy product, as long as you aren't allergic to it.  Lanolin is a moisturizer found in many body, face and hair care products.


51. Laureth-7 (Polyethylene Glycol Ether of Lauryl Alcohol):
Irritant, and may be contaminated with carcinogen l,4-Dioxane. Laureth-7 is used as an emulsifier and surfactant in the formulation of a variety of bath, eye, facial, hair, cleansing and sunscreen products, as well as cuticle softeners, deodorants and moisturizing products.

52. Lead Acetate:
Possible human carcinogen, neurotoxin, skin and eye irritant, and environmental toxin. Banned in the European Union and Canada. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, (CSC) lead acetate is one of the most dangerous chemicals found in skin care. Used mostly in hair dyes, but sometimes found in cleansers, lead is "a known reproductive and developmental toxin," which is linked to infertility, reproductive organ cancers and birth defects, and developmental delays. Even further, the Cosmetic Database reports that lead acetate is also a known carcinogen, allergen and neurotoxin, potentially causing damage to the central nervous system.

53. Lecithin:
Can irritate lungs in aerosol form, potent asthma trigger, and forms carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds if mixed with nitro sating agents. Found in facial moisturizers/treatments, exfoliants/scrubs, sunless tanners, around-eye creams, anti-aging, powders, sunscreens/tanning oils, eye makeups, blushes, foundations, concealers, brozers/highlighters, body firming lotions, and oil controllers.

54. Manganese Sulfate:
Strong human neurotoxin, harmful during proolonged exposure or inhalation, causes convulsions, DNA mutations, and protein loss in animals. Also toxic to wildlife. Found in beauty products, food and supplements.

55. Methenamine:
Strong skin, eye, nose, lung irritant, can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. May be contaminated with carcinogenic l,4-Dioxane. Cannot be used in aerosol cosmetics.  Made from ammonia and formaldehyde and is considered a culprit in skin irritations. These are derived from petroleum and coal. These chemicals coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and decreasing the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. These toxins accumulate and can cause acne and other disorders of the skin. They also induce premature aging by slowing cellular development. Found in beauty products such as shampoos and conditioners.

56. Methyl Methacrylate:
Strong neurotoxin, strong eye, lung irritant, causes asthma, skin burns, and causes cancer and stomach bleeding in animals. Also a hazardous air pollutant, and banned in Canada and recently in the US. Found in many nail products!

57. Methylparaben:
Skin and eye irritant, endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer, and environmental contaminant. British researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. This chemical is found in numerous categories of beauty products!

58. Mineral Oil (Liquid Petrolatum):
Causes blood and skin cancer formations in animals, eye and skin irritant, derived from petroleum, and nonnbiodegradable environmental toxin. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH's (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Also found in moisturizers, lip glosses, facial moisturizers/treatments, foundations, relaxers, concealers, facial cleansers, depilatory's, sunscreens/tanning oils, styling gels/lotions, hair colors and bleaching, blushes, and lip balms/treatments.

59. Monoethanolamine (MEA):
Skin and eye irritant at low doses, and can be irritating to the respiratory tract.  Also known to instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.  Can form carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds, on the skin or in the body after absorption, if mixed with amines. Found in facial moisturizers/treatments, and shampoos.

60. Nonoxynol (ethoxylated alkyl phenol):
Endocrine disruptor; skin and lung irritant; causes liver damage in animals; may be contaminated with l,4-Dioxane. Found in conditioners, styling gels/lotions, shaving creams (Men's), hair-loss treatments, dandruff/scalp treatments, exfoliants/scrubs, skin fading/lighteners, mascara's, relaxers, and hair color and bleaching.

61. Octoxynol (10, 11, 13,40):
Strong skin and eye toxin that can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. Also known to contain carrcinogen l,4-Dioxane, and causes cancer of reproductive organs in animals. Found in conditioners, personal cleansing, styling gels/lotions, shampoos, sunless tanners, facial cleansers, styling mousse/foams, hair color and bleaching, nail treatments, antiperspirants/deodorants, moisturizers, feminine powder/deodorants, skin fading/lighteners, depilatory's, body washes/cleansers, facial moisturizers/treatments, hair sprays, acne treatments, anti-itch/rash creams, anti-aging, and cuticle treatments.

62. Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-4):
Strong photo-allergen, endocrine disruptor, produces free radicals that can increase skin aging, and also environmental toxicant. Found in sunscreen products, cosmetics, and some hair products.

63. Padimate 0 (Octyl Dimethyl PABA/PABA Ester):
Has estrogenic activity, releases free radicals that damage DNA when exposed to sunlight, causes allergic reactions and photoallegenic dermatitis, and restricted in Japan. Found in sunscreen products, cosmetics, and some hair products.

64. Para Amino Benzonic Acid (PABA):
Causes allergic dermatitis, photosensitive, produces free radicals that cause mutations, lead to cell death, may be implicated in cardiovascular disease, causes changes in blood components and muscle weakness in animals, and banned in Canada. Found in sunscreen products, cosmetics, and some hair products.

65. Parabens (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl):
Used as preservatives and aren’t always labeled “parabens.” They’re used in deodorants and antiperspirants and many more beauty products and have been found in breast cancer tumors. Parabens, as xenoestrogens (hormone disruptors), may contribute to sterility in male mice and humans. Estrogen-like activity causes hormone imbalance in females and early puberty. There are alternatives to parabens, but the downside is either they produce harmful carcinogenic activity further, or they are natural preservatives so don’t preserve the product for long enough, therefore buyers won’t use them.

66. Paraffin (Paraffmum Liquidum, Paraffin Petrolatum):
Petrochemical bleached with carcinogen acrolyn, releases carcinogens benzene and toluene upon heating, causes kidney or renal system tumor in animals, and is an environmental toxin. Found in products such as shampoos, soaps, moisturizers, shaving foam, wax furniture polish, hand treatments/waxes/dips, and ironically creams used to treat eczema.

67. PEG-I00 Stearate:
Polyethylene glycols are often contaminated with l,4-Dioxane. This is a suspected endocrine disruptor, linked to cancer in animals, and is a skin and eye irritant. PEG-100 Stearate is primarily used by the cosmetics and beauty care industry as an emollient, an emulsifier and a moisturizer. Commonly found in moisturizers/treatments, anti-aging products, sunscreens, around-eye creams, sunless tanners, exfoliants/scrubs,facial cleansers, and hand creams.

68. Petrolatum (Soft Paraffin, White Petrolatum, Petroleum Jelly):
Lung irritant upon inhalation, derived from petroleum, and is a nonable environmental toxin. Found in moisturizers/treatments, lipsticks, lip balms, lip gloss, facial moisturizers/treatments, styling gels/lotions, anti-aging, sunscreens, body wash/cleansers, and hair relaxers.

69. Phthalates:
Xenoestrogens are commonly found in many products, like nail polish, lipstick and perfumes, and is usually not listed on labels. Health effects include damage to liver/kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in girls and boys. Click here to read more about information about Phthalates...

70. Phenol:
Strong respiratory irritant, toxic by skin contact, causes skin burns, causes kidney damage and cyanosis in humans. Causes skin canncer, birth defects, and brain and nervous system damage in animals at very low doses. Environmental contaminant, and banned in Canada, restricted in Japan, and permitted in the US. Found in beauty products such as lip balms, sunscreens, oral pain relievers, anti-itch/rash creams, hemorrhoid creams, diaper creams, wound treatments, after sun products, dandruff/scalp treatments, and pain relievers.

71. Phenoxyethanol:
Endocrine disruptor, carcinogen in animals, and linked to allergic contact uritica and dermatitis in humans. Commonly found in facial moisturizer/treatments, moisturizers, anti-aging products, foundations, facial cleansers, mascara's, sunscreens, makeup, body wash/cleansers, and conditioners.

72. Picric Acid:
Human immune system toxicant, toxic by inhalation, skin contact, and ingestion, causes allergic reaction in the skin or lungs causes coma, convulsions, and body temperature increase in animals, and is banned in Canada and European Union. This is a bleaching agent found in hair dyes and skin lightning creams.

73. Placental Extract:
Endocrine disruptor containing estradiol and progesterone, and banned in Canada. Found in conditioners, facial moisturizers/treatments, toners/astringents, anti-aging, and masks.

74. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG):
Often contaminated with carcinogenic l,4-Dioxane, suspected endocrine disruptor, linked to cancer in animals, skin and eye irritant. Found in moisturizers, facial cleansers, facial moisturizers/treatments, conditioners/shampoos, body wash/cleansers, styling gel/lotions, hair color and bleaching products, antiperspirant/deodorants, around-eye creams, acne treatments, exfoliant/scrubs, sunscreens/tanning oils, foundations, mascara's, foot treatments, anti-aging, sunless tanners, skin fades/lighteners, after shaves, perfumes, relaxers, eye liners, concealers, hair sprays, styling mousse/foams, anti-itch/rash creams, body firming lotions, toothpastes, body sprays, lip gloss, bar soaps, hair-loss treatments, depilatory's, bath oils/salts/soaks, pain/wound treatment, shaving creams, liquid hand soaps, bubble baths, colognes, and baby lotions.

75. Polyethylene Terephthalate:
Causes cancer in animals, not studied for safety in humans. Commonly found in nail polish, lip gloss, eye shadows, lipsticks, hair color and bleaching, eye liners, glitter, blush, bronzers/highlighters, and lip balms.

76. Polysorbate 80:
May be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane, suspected endocrine disruptor, linked to cancer in animals, skin and eye irritant. This chemical is used in many hair and body products because it allows waters to mix with oils.

77. Potassium Persulfate:
Strong irritant to eyes, lungs, respiratory system, skin, and restricted for use in cosmeticsFound in hair color and bleaching, facial powders, bronzers/highlighters, and blush.

78. P-phenylenediamine:
Linked to bladder and prostate cancer, human neurotoxin, skin and lung irritant, causes liver cancer and birth defects in animals, and is a very strong environmental toxin. Found in many beauty products such as hair color and bleaching, styling gels/lotions, moisturizers, facial cleansers, facial moisturizers/treatments, conditioners/shampoos, body wash/cleansers, antiperspirant/deodorants, around-eye creams, acne treatments, exfoliant/scrubs, sunscreens/tanning oils, foot treatments, relaxers, eye liners, eye shadows, hair-loss treatments, pain/wound treatment, hormonal creams, shaving creams, and dandruff/scalp treatments.

79. PVP/VA Copolymer:
A petroleum-derived chemical that's used in hair styling products and some cosmetics such as mascara etc. Considered toxic since if inhaled, it can damage the lungs.

80. Propyl Acetate:
Skin, eye, nose, and lung irritant. Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). Found in nail polish, nail treatment, and polish removers.

81. Propylene Glycol (PG):
Can cause eye irritation and conjunctivitis, as well as upper respiratory tract irritation. Found in products such as hair color and bleaching, facial moisturizers/treatments, moisturizers, conditioners, anti-aging, shampoos, styling gels/lotions, facial cleansers, body wash/cleansers and foundations.

82. Propylparaben:
Skin and eye irritant, endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer, and environmental contaminant. Commonly found in facial moisturizers/treatments, moisturizers, foundations, lipsticks, anti-aging, eye shadows, mascaras, lip gloss, facial cleansers, sunscreens, and makeup.

83. Quaternium-7, 15,31,60:
Formaldehyde releasing, can cause skin and eye irritation, and is linked to several cancers (see Formaldehyde). Found in beauty products such as facial powders, mascaras, facial cleansers, baby shampoos, body wash/cleansers, foundations, eye shadows, baby soaps, blush, and conditioners.

84. Resorcinol (m-Hydroquinone, Euresol, 1,3-Benzenediol):
Strong skin irritant, linked to adenomas in animals, suspected to trigger skin cancer in humans, and environmental toxin. Found in hair color and bleaching, acne treatments, shampoos, anti-itch/rash creams, toners/astringents, facial cleansers, after shaves, conditioners, oil controllers, and pain relievers.

85. Saccharin:
Suspected human carcinogen, causes liver, kidney, and bladdder damage in animals, as well as reproductive damage and birth abnormalities. Found in lip balms, sunscreens, lip gloss, lipsticks, oral pain relievers, toothpastes, mouthwashes, tooth whitening products, wound treatments.

86. Silica:
Linked to esophageal cancer, renal disease, pulmonary fibrosis, mesothelioma, sarcoma, rheumatoid arthritis, bronchitis, strong nasal and lung irritant, wildlife toxicant, accumulates in human body. Found in foundations,  lipsticks, eye shadows, sunscreens, makeup, lip gloss, nail polish, facial moisturizers/treatments, mascara, facial powders, and concealers.

87. Sodium Laureth Sulfate:
Skin irritant, water contaminant, may also be conntaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane. Found in  shampoos/conditioners, body wash/cleansers, facial cleansers, hair color and bleaching, exfoliant/scrubs, liquid hand soaps, bubble baths, mascara, and dandruff/scalp treatments.

88. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:
Skin and eye irritant, may cause canker sores. Found in toothpastes, shampoos, hair color and bleaching, tooth whitening products, body wash/cleansers, facial cleansers, foundations, exfoliant/scrubs, moisturizers, and mouthwash.

89. Sodium Metabisulfite
:
Immune system toxicant, eye and skin irritant, emits toxic gas when in contact with acids, dangerous for asthmatics, causes stillbirth, muscle weakness, and brain degeneration in animals. Found in hair color and bleaching, skin fading/lighteners, facial moisturizers/treatments, anti-aging, sunless tanners, moisturizers, sunscreens, body wash/cleansers, moisturizers, facial cleanser.

90. Sodium Methylparaben:
Endocrine disruptor, causes mild brain dammage in animals, skin irritant causing itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering, causes depigmentation of skin, and banned for use in European Union. Found in shampoos/conditioners, facial moisturizers/treatments, anti-aging, body wash/cleansers, facial cleansers, masks, dandruff/scalp treatments, sunscreens, moisturizers, and styling gels/lotions.

91. Sodium Monofluorophosphate:
 Nervous system toxin, harmful if swallowed during teeth bleaching, causes convulsions, proteinuria, osteoporosis, and changes in DNA in animals, and restricted in Canada. Found in toothpastes, tooth whitening products, oral pain relievers, breath fresheners, and mouthwash.

92. Sunscreen Chemicals:
 Avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, PABA are commonly used ingredients that are known free radical generators and are believed to damage DNA or lead to cancers.

93. Synthetic Colors and Pigments:
 Labeled as FD&C or D&C and followed by a number, these make products look pretty but can be carcinogenic. Colors like Blue 1 and Green 3 are carcinogenic. Synthetic colors from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in skin, causing skin sensitivity / irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen and death. Colors with FD & C pigments are made from coal tar, which is also banned in Europe and studies have shown that it is carcinogenic. Dove Body Wash, Clearasil Body Wash and Dark & Lovely are just 2 examples from the many thousand that have these color additives. Dyes are a common ingredient found in many beauty product catagories.

94. Synthetic Fragrances:

Labeled simply as "fragrance," there's no way to tell what chemicals are actually in the product. People can get headaches, dizziness, rashes, and respiratory problems from them. People may also experience hyper-pigmentation, which means this chemical may cause brown spots to form on your skin. Found in numerous fragrances, colognes, lotions and many more beauty product catagories.

95. Talc:
Even when it contains no asbestos, was proven fibrogenic (causes tissue injury and fibrosis), and skin and lung irritation. Found in eye shadows, foundations, facial powders, blush, sunscreens, makeup, concealers, bronzers/highlighters, antiperspirants/deodorants, mascara, eye liners.

96. Teflon:
Causes toxic pneumonitis and skin cancer in animals, but not studdied for safety in humans. Found in nail products.

97. Tetrasodium EDTA:
Contains formaldehyde, cytotoxic and genotoxic in animals, strong skin and lung irritant in humans, and most widespread poison to waterways. Found in shampoos, body wash/cleansers, facial moisturizers/treatments, hair color and bleaching, moisturizers, anti-aging, facial cleansers, foundations, bar soaps, and styling gels/lotions.

98. Thimerosal (Thiomersal, Merthiolate):
Strong toxin to skin, nervous, and immune system, mercury is linked to autism, causes cancer in animals, and environmental toxin. Found in mascara and other cosmetics.

99. ThioglycolicAcid:
Strong human skin irritant, causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, blistering of skin, lung allergen, restricted in cosmetics, and banned in Canada. Found in depilatory's, hair removal waxes, and shaving creams.

100. Toluene (Methylbenzene):
Skin and lung toxicant, accumulates in fat tissue, and soil contaminant. This highly toxic chemical is found in nail polish, nail treatments, and cuticle treatments.

101. Triclosan:
Endocrine disruptor, affects thyroid hormone-associated gene expression, caused fetal death in animals, strong skin irritant, and environmental toxicant. Commonly found in antiperspirant/deodorants,  liquid hand soaps, facial cleanser, body wash/cleansers, acne treatments, facial moisturizer/treatments, toothpastes, body sprays, eye shadows, and many more cosmetics. It’s a toxic pesticide that may be in your child’s toothpaste and toys, in your bed, kitchen counters and clothing. It’s supposed to kill germs, but is really no better than soap and water, and could harm your baby’s health. Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in many everyday products including liquid hand soap, dishwashing detergent, mattresses, shower curtains, bathtubs, and cutting boards. Federal agencies continue to allow its use despite the fact it may be toxic to the developing fetus and child, and pollutes mothers’ breast milk. For a study released today, Environmental Working Group (EWG) scientists dug through industry documents, independent studies, and government data, and found no evidence that triclosan’s widespread use gives consumers the increased germ-killing benefits the products promise. Still, it is touted by leading brands like Softsoap, Dial, and Bath & Body Works, and listed on the labels of almost half of 259 hand soaps.  Tufts University School of Medicine says triclosan is capable of forcing emergence of ’super bugs’ it cannot kill. Triclosan has been linked to cancer in lab animals, has been targeted for removal from some stores in Europe for its health and environmental risks, and the American Medical Association recommends against its use in the home. It is also linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt the thyroid hormone system. Thyroid hormones are essential to proper growth and development, particularly for brain growth in utero and during infancy.

102. Triethanolamine (TEA):
Causes lymphoid, kidney, renal tumors in animals, may be contaminated with carcinogen lA-Dioxane, and skin/eye irritant even when used in low doses. Found in facial moisturizers/treatments, moisturizers, mascara, anti-aging, sunscreens, facial cleansers, styling gels/lotions, foundations, around-eye creams, and exfoliant/scrubs.

103. Triphenyl Phosphate:
Human neurotoxin, skin, eye, lung irritant, causes tremors, depression, and diarrhea in animals. Found in nail polish, nail treatments, and lip gloss.

104. Xanthene (AKAI06, CI 45100):
Found unsafe for use in cosmetics in the US, causes cancer and various organ mutations in animals. Found in shampoos, hair dyes, lipsticks and cosmetics.