Commonly Found Personal Care Toxins

Personal Care Toxins

People are concerned about toxic chemicals in their personal care products, below is a small list of the personal care toxins found in the products you are using everyday.

Toxins applied to your skin are found in your blood stream within 26 seconds. Make life easier by knowing what’s in your products and what to avoid.

The average woman applies up to twelve personal care products to their skin daily. The average man up to six. This adds up to 168 unique ingredients a day.

One way that to check the products you use for personal care toxins is by scanning the barcodes on the Think Dirty App.  After using the app on products I have used for years, I couldn’t believe the number of toxins I was putting on my skin!

To prevent the absorption and ingestion of toxins I have started making my own personal care products and you can to by checking back often and following these recipes. I only use Young Living Essential Oils because of their Seed to Seal promise.

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Checklist for the most common personal care toxins you should avoid:
  • Coal Tar: A known carcinogen used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, some lotions, creams and facial products. It can also be listed as a color plus number, i.e. FD&C Red No. 6.
  • DEA/TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, shaving creams, and soap.
  • Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.” Often found in body washes, baby wash and shampoos.
  • Fragrance/Parfum: A term that may contain any number of over 3400 ingredients-including phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.
  • Mineral oil: Petroleum Product that’s used in baby oil and moisturizers. It creates a film that impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins.
  • Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many shampoos, moisturizer, shaving creams, facial lotions etc. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.
  • Paraphenylenediamine (PPD): Used in hair products- toxic to skin and immune system.
  • Phthalates: Found in moisturizers and other products under “fragrance.” Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer.
  • Placental extract: Often used in some skin and hair products, and linked to endocrine disruption.
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Penetration enhancer that is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.
  • Talc: Found in baby powder. Similar to asbestos in composition, Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.
  • Toluene: Labeled as fragrance. Often used in nail and hair products. Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development.
  • Triclosan: Found in antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption.