Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Bathroom Personal Care Products

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Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Bathroom Personal Care Products

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Checklist of Toxic Products

If you are serious about clean living then ensure you don’t buy products with harmful ingredients

Below is a list of 12 ingredients you can memorise to ensure you don’t poison your body and disrupt your endocrine system (hormones that effect your fertility).

This information is valuable for men, women and children.

On the top of my list is:

1. Sodium laureth sulfate

Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulcate).

The natural alternative to a frothing agent is coconut! There are now lots of products in the market labelled with “NO SLS’s” so it is getting easier to look after yourself and your family.

2. BHA and BHT

Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

3. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number

In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).

Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Read more »

4. DEA-related ingredients

Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicalsMEA and TEA. Read more »

5. Dibutyl phthalate

Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

6. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly releases small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. Read more »

7. Parabens

Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. Read more »

8. Parfum ( fragrance)

Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

9. PEG compounds

Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol). Read more »

10. Petrolatum

Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Read more »

11. Siloxanes

Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and proven to be toxic to the reproductive system (cyclotetrasiloxane).  Read more »

12. Triclosan

Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter (meaning it creates hormone imbalances) and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

 

A lot of these toxic products are not only harmful for you, the systems of your body and your wellbeing but are also harmful to the environment: to the fish, other wildlife and because governments recycle our water these toxins get re-used over and over again.

As mentioned above, there are so many wonderful products on the market (not available in supermarkets or mainstream chemist chains), namely in health food stores and online.

Want extra help or support?

Leave your question in the comment box below!

 

Fiona Kacz-Boulton is a Fertility Specialist

Fiona Kacz-Boulton Fertility Specialist

(An expert in her field since 2007) and leader in fertility yoga – inspiring people to evolve on their conscious journey to parenthood.

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Other Topics Worth Reading:

  1. Personal Care Products And Drinking Water Destroying FertilityRead here
  2. Avoid Toxins for Fertility – Read here
  3. Detoxifying for Fertility – Read here
  4. Balancing Hormones for Fertility: Balance Menstrual Cycles Too – Read more

10 comments

  • Janette Lima says:

    This is fascinating stuff. I really like the Personal Care Products And Drinking Water Destroying Fertility article too!

    Love this site, it’s so informative.

    Thanks again Fiona 🙂

  • Bella McNash says:

    There are so many chemicals to avoid!
    Thank God you have told me about this.
    Thanks for all your help Fiona 🙂

  • Noted!
    Thank you (y)

  • Elizabeth H says:

    I really like my products and dont particularly want to change… How bad is it going to effect my fertility if I keep using these products?
    Please help…
    (Thank you)

    • Hi Elizabeth

      When you put things on your skin, be it new clothes that have not been washed or toxic deodorants with aluminium in them; body washes with SLS’s in them; moisturising creams with EDTA… It all gets absorbed straight into your blood stream, with no filtration (which usually occurs in the liver when ingested). Toxins send our bodies into over-drive to heal and re-balance the effects of them.

      Let’s look at EDTA, it is really common in body creams, face creams, hand creams and some supplements – yet, according to WEBMD and numerous other sites “EDTA can cause abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low blood pressure, skin problems, and fever. It is UNSAFE to use more than 3 grams of EDTA per day, or to take it longer than 5 to 7 days. Too much can cause kidney damage, dangerously low calcium levels, and death.”

      So, if your body is under pressure to re-balance, how can you expect it to perform well when it comes to fertility?

      Remember, fertility is the first thing that is turned OFF when the body is in distress.

      Honestly, I recommend this moisturiser which you can use on your face, body, hands and as a deodorant – http://awakeningfertility.com/all-products/body-care/msm-hydrating-moisturising-milk-with-colloidal-silver-and-gold/ I have it made specifically for my clients. It is in a glass jar so you don’t absorb toxins from plastics, especially xeno-oestrogens which mimic oestrogen and they accumulate in the liver, negatively impacting your hormones. (Which you DONT want when trying to conceive).

      Take care of your body, learn to love it and nurture it so it works better. (I promise).

      Namaste

      Fiona

    • Hi Elizabeth

      Feel free to book a complimentary 30 minute session with me via this link – http://awakeningfertility.com/consultation/

      I can run through the ingredients you have in your fav products and see if they are harmful and give you the choice. It is all about education. Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Namaste

      Fiona

  • Belinda Stevens says:

    This is a mind blowing article, I like what you wrote to Elizabeth.
    Thanks for this info!
    Bel 🙂

  • Sharon Green says:

    Hi Fiona
    I have this face scrub and the 2nd ingredient is polythylene. It is mainly plant based ingredients but this one is not. Is this safe to use?
    Thanks
    Sharon

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