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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
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)
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