What's In It For You?

If you think the FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food supply, you’ll be equally appalled at its regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products. The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products.


What’s in your lotion?

  • Parabens-Widely used preservatives that possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer
  • Synthetic Colors-If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children.
  • Fragrance-This particular category is pretty scary, because what does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” According to the Environment Working Group Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

  • Phthalates - A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls and reproductive birth defects in males and females.
  • Triclosan - Widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor-especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Triclosan can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate -This surfactant can be found in more than 90% of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products).  SLSs are known to be skin, lung and eye irritants. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment.

  • Formaldehyde - Used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen  and has been linked to occupational related cancers. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows and nail polish treatments.
  • Toluene - A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve pain and paint thinner. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.