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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.

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. 

Monday
Mar312014

Steareth-20

Today's Chemical:
Steareth-20

EWG Risk Score:

3

What is it?
Cleaning agent, thickener, emulsifier. Found in: Deodorants, lotions, cleaners, salad dressings.

Why is it a risk?
Steareth-20 is also known as polyoxyethylene 20 stearyl ether. It's created by reacting innocuous stearic acid with carcinogenic ethylene oxide, traces of which and its carcinogenic by-product 1,4-dioxane can remain in the product. (Read what the FDA says about it here).