INGREDIENTS THAT SHOULD NOT BE IN YOUR SHAMPOO
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FD&C Blue No.1
coal tar dye; carcinogen; FD&C Colors are colors considered safe by the FDA for use in food, drugs and cosmetics; most of the colors are derived from coal tar and must be certified by the FDA not to contain more than 10ppm of lead and arsenic; Certification does not address any harmful effects these colors may have on the body; most coal tar colors are potential carcinogens, can contain carcinogenic contaminants, and cause allergic reactions. We are against using them and consider them unsafe ingredients.
. 2 Petrolatum
Petroleum derivitative; may contain carcinogenic contaminants; may cause acne.
3. Mineral oil
Petroleum derivative; photo toxin; eye and skin irritant; may cause birth defects; potential carcinogen; can contain carcinogenic contaminants.
4. Sodium lauryl sulfate
Used in most shampoos, toothpaste, laundry detergent, dish detergent, & body washes. Can causes urinary tract infections, dry skin, hair & scalp, allergies, hair loss, eczema; skin irritant; mutagen; CIR panel says safe as used in “rinse off” products, up to 1% concentration in “leave-on products.” We are against Sulfates of any kind.
5.Sodium laureth sulfate
Used in most shampoos. skin ans eye irritant; can be contaminated with dangerous levels of toxins; contains ammonium salts
It is a binder, plasticizing ingredient and solvent in cosmetics. Polyethylene is a product of petroleum gas or dehydration of alcohol. Caused cancer in rats in laboratory studies. Ingestion of large oral doses has produced kidney and liver damage.
Used in many cosmetics. Skin irritant, may cause formation of carcinogens in products containing nitrogen compounds; CIR panel says safe up to 10% concentrations in products that do not contain nitrosating agents.
Used in many cosmetics. mucous membrane, eye and skin irritant; absorbedthrough skin; carcinogen in mice; can cause formation of carcinogens with nitrogen containing compounds; may contain nitrosamine contaminants not listed on label; CIR says safe up to 5% concentration in rinse off products only.
9. Sodium oleth sulfate
Used in many shampoos & can be contaminated with dangerous levels of toxins; contains ammonium salts; see ammonia, ethoxylated alcohols.
10. Sodium coceth sulfate
Skin irritant, may cause allergies and hypersensitivity. Can cause rashes.
Used in many cosmetics & as a preservative; skin irritant; strong allergen; toxic& suspected carcinogen.
12. Magnesium laureth sulfate
used in shampoos & may contain toxic byproducts; contains ammonium salts; see ammonia, ethoxylated alcohols.
best to avoid all cosmetics containing ammonia or ammonium salts.
13. Disodium EDTA
Used in many cosmetics & may cause formation of carcinogens in products containing nitrogen compounds; mucous membrane, eye and skin irritant, may cause asthma, kidney damage.
14. Sodium hydroxide
Used in hair straighteners/relaxers. It is a severe eye and skin irritant; corrosive; mutagen.
15. Hydantoin DMDM
A preservative/emulsifier derived from formaldehyde, a known carcinogencommonly used in children's conditioners & detanglers.
What's Going On?
In the regular formula of Johnson's Baby Shampoo it lists water, cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate and sodium trideceth sulfate. Citric acid, PEG-150 distearate, polyquaternium-10, fragrance and tetrasodium EDTA are also ingredients. The last three ingredients ingredients are quaternium-15, yellow 10 and orange 4.
Baby shampoo should be safe, not toxic. So why can it contain carcinogens? Our new ad campaign exposes the ugly truth about the cosmetics industry.
In January 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released product tests that found the chemical 1,4-dioxane in nearly two dozen popular baby soaps, bubble baths and shampoos, including Sesame Street character brands and even the iconic "pure and gentle" Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo. None of the products listed 1,4-dioxane on the label.
Why do products contain this nasty chemical? 1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a dirty petrochemical process called "ethyoxylation," which involves adding ethylene oxide (a known breast carcinogen) to other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. For example, sodium laurel sulfate – notoriously harsh on the skin – is often converted to the gentler chemical sodium laureth sulfate by adding ethylene oxide (the "eth" denotes ethoxylation), which causes 1,4-dioxane contamination.
Sodium laureth sulfate is just one common example. More than 56 cosmetics ingredients are associated with the contaminant 1,4-dioxane.
Even many natural brands contain 1,4-dioxane. Product tests released in March 2008 found the synthetic carcinogen in 46 out of 100 "natural" or "organic" products tested.
The good news: many companies in the natural products industry are quitting the ethoxylation habit. New standards such as the Whole Foods Premium Body Care Seal do not allow ethoxylation, and many companies have been quietly reformulating to replace chemicals such as sodium laureth sulfate that are associated with 1,4-dioxane.
1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen and probable human carcinogen, according to the EPA. As with many chemicals of concern used in cosmetics, the companies do not disagree that the chemical is toxic. However, they argue that it's "just a little bit" of 1,4-dioxane in the baby shampoo. Unfortunately, the same baby may be exposed to 1,4-dioxane from the bubble bath, the shampoo, the body wash and many other sources in the same day.
What You Can Do
Avoid using products that list ingredients that may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, including sodium myreth sulfate, PEG compounds and chemicals that include the clauses "xynol," "ceteareth" and "oleth."
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Body lotion should be safe. Not toxic.
Our 2002 report, Not Too Pretty, found hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates in nearly three-fourths of the 72 products tested, even though none listed phthalates on the labels. Phthalates are used in soft, flexible plastics and are a frequent component of fragrances used in air fresheners, detergents, cleaning products - and cosmetics. A significant loophole in the law allows phthalates (and other chemicals) to be added to fragrances without disclosure to consumers. Because fragrance occurs in nearly every conceivable product, including lotions, soaps, cleansers and hair care products, phthalates are common
A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that every one of the 289 people tested had dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in his or her body. In particular, women aged 20 to 40 (squarely in their childbearing years) had the highest levels of DBP. The CDC scientists speculated these high levels could come from personal care products and cosmetics, among other things.
Two decades of research suggest that phthalates disrupt the hormonal systems during fetal development. Phthalate exposure in human mothers has been associated with a shortened distance between the anus and genitals in male babies, characteristic of female sex in both humans and animals.
Further research in humans shows a relationship between exposure to various phthalates and low sperm counts, damaged sperm, testicular atrophy, undescended testicles and birth defects of the penis such as hypospadias. Researchers suggest that these de-masculinizing effects emerge because phthalates act like estrogens in the body by binding to hormone receptors on cells.
What You Can Do
Choose products with no added synthetic fragrance. Look for products without the word "fragrance" on the label, or choose products that use "natural fragrance" or essential oils.
Potentially harmful ingredients in personal products include:
Potential toxins in everyday products - some of the ingredients used are just cheap petroleum product based fillers, some are the same as used in engine degreasers and antifreeze, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer's disease, some may suffocate the skin's breathing surface, some dry up the skin and help in aging the skin, others may cause harm on the eyes or in the brain, among other potential problems (including being a carcinogen that can cause cancer).