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    Tuesday
    Jun102014

    Selenium Sulfide

    Today's Chemical:
    Selenium Sulfide

    EWG Risk Score:
    8

    What is it?
    This selenium compound is used as a hair conditioning and anti-dandruff agent.

    What type of products is it found in?
    Shampoos and conditioners


    Why is it a risk?

    • Selenium sulfide is a suspected carcinogen. (Source)(Source)
    • Considered by OSHA to be a hazardous material. (Source)
    • Respiratory toxin / dust breathing hazard. (Source)
    • Some selenium compounds have been found to be reproductive toxins, that may affect fertility in women and development of fetuses. (Source
    • "Repeated exposure can cause pallor, nervousness, and mood changes." (Source)
    • May cause damage to liver and kidneys. (Source
    Tuesday
    Jun102014

    cetrimonium bromide 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

    Tuesday
    Jun102014

    stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl laurylglucosides 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

    Saturday
    May102014

    Sodium Laureth Sulfate

    Today's Chemical:

    UPDATED: 5/10/14

    Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)



    EWG Risk Score:

    3

    What is it:
    A widely used detergent and surfactant.  It can be derived from coconut oil or petroleum by-products.  It is commonly used as an industrial degreaser.

    Why is it a risk?
     

    • Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ethoxylated compound. When it's created, it's processed with ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen. Traces of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane (another known carcinogen) can be found in the detergent. (Source)
    • Sodium laureth sulfate is a known eye and skin irritant. (Source)
    • SLES is found to be a penetration enhancer (Source)
    Thursday
    Apr102014

    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

    Today's Chemical:

    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

    EWG Skin Deep Hazard Score:

    4

    What is it:

    Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is a synthetic surfactant used as a detergent, skin conditioning agent and emulsifier. 

    What are its risks:

    • Under certain conditions, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate can break down and form carcinogenic nitrosamines. (Source)
    • The Cosmetics Ingredient Review Board advises that it should not be used at more than a 5% concentration, and should only be used in wash-off products.
    • Can be a contact allergen. (source)

    Steph's Opinion:

    Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate has the same initials as sodium lauryl sulfate, and the same risks.