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    There are tens of thousands of chemicals in our everyday personal care products, many of which pose serious health threats.  Xenoestrogens, respiratory toxins, neurotoxins.  We do our own independent research on every chemical that we post so you have the latest information available.

    Monday
    Sep292014

    Methylisothiazolinone

    Today's Chemical:

    Methylisothiazolinone

    EWG Risk Score:

    6

    What is it?

    Methylisothiazolinone  is a synthetic cosmetic preservative.

    Why is it a risk?

    • Methylisothiazolinone is a known neurotoxin.  In 2004, the European Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products Intended for Consumers (SCCNFP) suggested that companies limit the maximum concentration to 0.01% (100 ppm).  However, US companies are not required to follow this guideline.
    • It is known to be absorbed through skin.  A study at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine concluded that "Prolonged exposure to low levels of MIT and related compounds may have damaging consequences to the developing nervous system." 
    • Is a developmental toxin.  (Source
    • Is a known contact allergen.  (Source)

    Steph's Opinion:

    Although concentrations of this ingredient are typically very low in a formulation, I personally suggest avoiding this ingredient. 

    Monday
    Aug252014

    Trolamine

    Trolamine is another name for Triethanolamine, or TEA, which you can read about here.

    Monday
    Aug252014

    Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

    No data available for this ingredient. It is, however, a quaternary ammonium compound, a class of chemicals used commonly in conditioners and other hair products to impart "slip." You can read about this class of chemicals here

    Wednesday
    Aug132014

    Potassium Sorbate

    EWG Risk Score:

    3

    What is it?

    Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid and is used as a preservative in cosmetic items as well as food. 

    What are its risks:

    • Potassium sorbate can cause allergic reaction in repeated high amounts or in certain individuals. (Source)
    • Can be a skin or eye irritant when used in high concentrations.
    • Found to be genotoxic to human lymphocytes. In other words, it has been found to alter or destroy the DNA within human white blood cells. (Source)
    • Derived from petroleum (Source) This itself doesn't make it harmful, unless there are impurities that are not filtered out in processing (polyaromatic hydrocarbons.) 

    Steph's Opinion: 

    Potassium sorbate has longbeen considered one of the "safer" options when it comes to preservatives, with the biggest risk it was thought to carry being potential for allergy. However, with new information shedding light on its genotoxicity, it is now on my "avoid" list.  

    Tuesday
    Aug052014

    Benzisothiazolinone

    Today's Chemical:

    Benzisothiazolinone

    EWG Risk Score:

    3-4

    What is it?

    Beznisothiazolinone is used in cosmetic items as a preservative. It is used on an industrial level as a biocide on buildings (to kill fungus on roofs and buildings) as well as a preservative in paints and cleaning products. 

    What type of products is it found in?

    Hand wash, sunblock, air freshener

    What are its risks?

    • Has been found that when used in air freshener products, benzisothiazolinone is cytotoxic to lung cells, creating free radical damage to these cells. (Source)
    • Exposure can lead to allergic contact dermatitis and skin sensitization. (Source)
    • The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (EU) has advised that it not be used in personal care items due to lack of data as well as its potential for skin sensitization. (Source)
    • Animal studies have observed reproductive effects when administered orally at high doses. (Concentrations in household/personal care products are thought not to be high enough to have an effect on human reproduction, however.) (Source)