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Detox Series - List of Toxic Ingredients

June F

Posted on September 08 2016

Gone are the days when I used to blindly pick up a product at the store for my home or buy a beauty product for its image and packaging. When I started to seriously take a look at the ingredients list of everything I was buying many moons ago I ended up throwing out almost every beauty product and household product in my house.

Reading ingredient lists has become part of my life. With the launch of Love Organic Beauty, the testing and researching of products is a daily event as it has become a mission to educate and bring more awareness to this segment of the wellness world. If you are new to starting your journey of wellness, start with your personal care products. The skin is your largest organ and absorbs whatever you put on it directly into your bloodstream. It does not have an opportunity to go through the liver (like our food) to become detoxified. When it comes to ingredients in your products, if you cannot pronounce it, question it. Toxic ingredients are known to be endocrine disruptors and linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, organ toxicity and neuro-toxicity.

Start simple and don't get overwhelmed! You can even clean your entire house with a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water.  And you can receive a 20% discount on our entire site by using the code DETOX.

Listed below are some of the most common toxic ingredients that I do my best to stay away from:

BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) - preservative found in face, hair, body and cosmetic products.

Butoxyethanol - fragrance additive.

DEA, MEA, TEA, ETA - commonly found in hair products, foundation and mascara.

Formaldehyde - found in nail polish and removers, eyelash glue and hair-straightening products.

Fragrance - when a product adds "fragrance' to the list of ingredients this is usually a composition of multiple toxic chemicals from parabens, toluenes, pthalates and more.

Hydroquinone - a skin lightener commonly found in beauty products classified as 'brightening'.

Lead - this is commonly found in lipsticks but not even added to the ingredients list as it is considered a contaminant and not an ingredient.

Mercury - commonly found in mascara and eye drops.

Methoxyethanol - commonly found in "anti-aging" products.

Mineral oil or petroleum or petrolatum - found in oils, cleansers, lip balm, lip gloss, lipsticks, moisturizers, foundations, shampoos and conditioners.

Oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, octisalate, nanoparticles - commonly found in sunscreens.

Parabens - a preservative.

PEG or polyethylene glycol - commonly found in hair products, foundation and moisturizers.

Polysorbates - an emulsifier found in hair and face body products.

Propylene Glycol - same ingredient used in in anti-freeze and commonly found in baby wipes, toothpaste and deodorant.

Pthalate - plasticizing chemicals used to make products such as lipstick more pliable or to make fragrances adhere and last longer on the skin.

Resorcinol - found in hair products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate SLS or Sodium Laureth Sulfate SLES - a formal industrial degreaser which is put in products to create foam and bubbles.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate - found in products that foam or sud such as shampoo, conditioner, cleansers and exfoliators.

Toluene - commonly found in hair dye and nail polish.

Triclosan - commonly found in "antibacterial" products and antiperspirants.

Personal care and beauty products are not highly regulated by the FDA. The EU has banned 1,400 chemicals used in personal care products. The US has only banned 11. So it's up to us to educate ourselves and think before we put something on our skin.