Petroleum-derived foaming agents in shampoo, body wash, hand wash and laundry detergent which can cause skin irritation, rashes and allergic reactions with links to organ toxicity and hormone disruption.
Look for: Sulphates
Artificial colours can be found in personal care products and are derived from petroleum, coal tar or heavy metals. Can increase the risk of irritation, blocked pores, breakouts and sensitivity.
Look for: Synthetic or artificial colours
A preservative found in ‘natural’ products such as baby wipes, mouthwash, hand cream, makeup and cleaning products - reported to cause mild (sometimes severe) irritation of the skin.
Look for: Methylisothiazolinone,
Used in a wide range of products as ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. Derived from petrochemicals and known to cause skin irritation along with serious illness such as asthma, fertility issues and hormonal interference.
Look for: Fragrance or parfum
A well-known environmental toxin used for its
anti-bacterial properties, often found in antiseptic cream, hand sanitiser, hand wash and toothpaste. Linked to skin irritation and interference with
Look for: Triclosan
Used in personal care products such as shampoo, body wash and soap to make the ingredients softer on the skin. During their creation, products are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane - a well known human carcinogen.
Look for: PEG & ingredients ending in ‘-eth’
A synthetic preservative used to extend shelf-life in cosmetic products. Very toxic in high doses with the potential to cause damage to brain cells and the
Look for: Phenoxyethanol
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds are used in fabric softener to make garments more plush. Known to trigger asthma attacks and are thought to interfere with our reproductive system.
Look for: Products advertised as
Found in personal care products such as lipstick,
foundation, hair care and sunscreen to give a ‘silky feel’. Shown to be detrimental to the environment, cause breakouts in the skin and dullness in the hair.
Look for: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane or
Found in personal care products such as nail polish and shampoo to help synthetic fragrance last longer. A well known endocrine disruptor, linked to obesity, birth defects, fertility issues and asthma.
Look for: Fragrance or ‘...phthalate’
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