What's really in your bathroom?

Posted on September 15, 2006 by Sarmaad

Although people are becoming more aware of what we eat and try to substitute as much ORGANIC FOODS in our diets as possible, it is interesting to focus on another part of everyday life, THE BATHROOM.

Many personal care products contain ingredients that are toxic or less than safe to use. The scary part about all this is that we do not even realise it.

Below is a look at the ingredients that are used in common household products.

HAIR CARE
Shampoo/Conditioners SLS, SLES, Quaternium, Coal Tar, DEA, TEA, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Formaldehyde, Tallow, Isopropanol.

HAIR SPRAYS / STYLING PRODUCTS
DEA, BHA, TEA, Alcohols, Methylene Chloride, Toluene, Fluorocarbons. Watch out of products containing aerosols as they can penetrate into the lungs and bloodstream.

HAIR DYES
Phenylenediamine - Any contact with the eyes may cause blindness Coal tars - Know to be carcinogenic Hyroxyanisole - Affects the female reproductive system.

TOOTHPASTE
Fluoride, SLS Saccharin, Propylene Glycol, Triclosan, Artificial flavours and colours.

MOUTH WASH
Alcohol (in excess of 25% is linked to mouth, tongue and throat cancer).

ANTIPERSPIRANTS
Aluminum (possible links to Alzheimer's disease and cancer) Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Triclosan.

BABY PRODUCTS
Wipes and lotions Alcohol, BHA, Propylene Glycol, Talc, SLS, SLES.

Bubble Bath & Body Washes
SLS SLES, DEA, TEA, MEA, Quaternium, OEG, Alcohol, Fragrances.

HANDWASH
Triclosan, SOAP Tallow, Lye, some caustic soda in manufacturing (skin irritant and may lead to dermatitis and eczema).

SHAVING CREAM
SLS, Propylene Glycol, DEA, TEA, MEA, PEG.

SUNSCREEN
PABA, BHT Hydroxybenzoates, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM hydration (Preservatives) Dibenzoylmethanes (Possible cancer causing when heated).

NAIL TREATMENTS
Acetone, Acetonitrile (forms cyanide when swallowed) Formaldehyde, Toluene, Isopropanol, Pthalates.

SKIN CARE
Cosmetics & Make-Up
Propylene Glycol, DEA, TEA, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol or BNPD), BHA, Coal Tar, Formaldehyde, Glycerine, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, SLS, SLES, Petrolatum, PEG, Bentonite, Kaolin.
Talc is an ingredient frequently used in make-up. It blocks the pores of the skin and is associated with ovarian cancer. Talc is dangerous when inhaled, particularly to children.

See below to check the harmful affect of each chemical.

Acetone, Alcohol, Aluminium, BHA, BHT, Coal Tar Dyes, DEA, Fluoride, Formaldehyde, Hydroxyanisole, Lanolin, MEA, Methylene Chloride, Mineral Oil, PABA, PEG, Phenol, Phenylenediamine, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium Pthalates, Saccharin, SLS/SLES, Talc, Toluene, Triclosan, TEA.
Linked to CANCER in animals and/ or humans, or are often contaminated with carcinogens, or readily forms carcinogenic nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients.

Acetone, Alcohol, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Benzophenones, BHA, BHT, Collagen, Coal Tar Dyes, DEA, Dibenzolmethanes, Ethylene Oxide, Fluoride, Formaldehyde, Hydroxyanisole, Lanolin, MEA, Methylene Chloride, Mineral Oil, PABA, PEG, Phenol, Phenylenediamine, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium Pthalates, SLS/SLES, Toluene, Triclosan, TEA.
Skin/eye irritant, may cause allergic reaction.

Aluminium, BHA , BHT, DEA, Propylene Glycol, SLS/SLES, Triclosan Chemical Toxins accumulating in organs Acetone, Aluminium, BHA , BHT, DEA, Fluoride, Formaldehyde, Phenylenediamine, Toluene Known to cause Asthma.

BHT, Ethylene Oxide, Lanolin, Methylene Chloride, PEG, Phenylenediamine, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium Pthalates, Toluene.
Neurotoxin, damages the central nervous system or Teratogen, affecting the embryo.

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