I was researching the web today for harmful ingredients and stumbled upon a website with a great list of harmful ingredients. It provides the weird names  we would find in conventional products and the type of product we would find it in. If you want to learn more about how they effect our bodies, there is a great book they offer called “A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients“. You can purchase one here. I have not read the book myself but it seems that it would have great info, based off what I see from the website. Very helpful information we should all be aware of.


The following is a breakdown of many of the items you will want to stay away from. 

  • Diethanolamine (DEA):
    Shampoos, body washes, bubble bath, and shaving cream.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) : Moisturizers, cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste, body oils, and washes.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) :
    Shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, and cleansers.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) :
    Shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, and cleansers.
  • Propylene Glycol:
    Primarily made for anti freeze for your car radiator, but surprisingly found in hand sanitizers, moisturizers, shaving creams, deodorants, and baby products.
  • Sodium Fluoride:
  • Alcohol:
    Mouthwash, toners, and baby products.
  • Talc:
    Baby powder, make-up, and foot preparations.
  • PABA:
    Originally found in sunscreens but as of late has been removed from many formulations. Still make sure your sunscreen always says Paba-Free.
  • PEG:
    Cosmetics, make-up, and shaving cream.
  • Artificial flavors:
    Many companies use these to make things taste better and more like you would expect (the reason why Sunny D orange juice always tastes the same no matter the season), as well as toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Artificial colors:
    Used in many processed foods as well as make-up, toothpaste, and shampoos.
  • Benzalkonium Chloride and Benzethonium Chloride:
    Synthetic germicides belonging to the large group of germicides known as “Quats, found in numerous household disinfectants, sanitizers including hand sanitizers and personal care products – long term use may affect immune system, cause asthma and should be especially avoided if you have COPD, or any other form of pulmonary disease.
  • Ether:
    Nail treatments, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • Coal Tars:
    Shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, soap, skin care and cosmetics.
  • Aluminum:
    Thankfully this is mostly just used in antiperspirants as larger concentrations of it have correlated to Alzheimer’s.
  • Acetone:
    Nail polish remover.
  • Formaldehyde:
    Antiperspirants, nail treatments, and perfumes. The most interesting thing about this chemical is that was used to embalm corpses in the past but even that industry has seen how toxic the use of it was and no longer uses it.
  • Fluorocarbons:
    Hair spray used to have a great deal more of them in it (the reason why it used to make you cough). Recently there has been a crack down on this.
  • Dioxins:
  • Petrolatum or Mineral Oil:
    Baby products, washes, and moisturizers.
  • Sodium Hydroxide:
    Soaps and detergents, is a caustic poison and very corrosive to skin.
  • Triclosan:
    Anti bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers and even toothpaste. Its use is so widespread that it is being linked to lowering the immune system and is now being detected in breast milk. (Overuse of hand sanitizers with Triclosan is not good for your children)


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