The European Union has banned 1,300 ingredients in personal care products while the United States has banned a paltry 30. The US Food and Drug Administration does not actively regulate the personal care or cosmetics industry, so unfortunately consumers have to take matters into their own hands.
Parabens are the most common preservatives used in the United States. Methylparaben and propylparaben appear in up to 90 percent of products, including shampoo, conditioner, body washes, lotions and sunscreens. Parabens have estrogen-like properties and have been linked to breast cancer.
(PC) are found in almost all conventional beauty products in one way or another. You might want avoid petroleum in your products for countless reasons both environmental and health-related. Here is a list of the most common petrochemicals you can find in beauty products:
- benzene butyl words (e.g., butylene glycol)
- DEA (diethanolamine) -eth words (e.g., laureth)
- MEA (ethanolamine) methyl words (ex. methylparaben)
- mineral oil paraffin wax
- PEG (polyethylene glycol) petroleum jelly phenoxyethanol propyl words (ex. propylene glycol) toluene
Phthlates are used to give flexibility to plastic, and serve the same function in personal care items and cosmetics. They also help extend the scent of perfume. The most common phthalates found in products are diethyl phthalate (DEP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
4. Propylene Glycol
Used as antifreeze and engine coolant, propylene glycol is also one of the most widely used ingredients in personal care products. You can find it in makeup, sunscreen, baby products, deodorants, aftershave, creams, and mouthwash. It is a preservative, humectant and solvent. It has been linked to eye, skin, and lung irritation as well as organ-system toxicity.
5. Synthetic Fragrance