Deadly Chemicals Found In Everyday Soaps

by , under Health and Safety

Did you know that most of the beauty and health products on the store shelves contain formaldehyde releasers and chemicals that act as endocrine disruptors and mimic estrogen? It’s true. Your favorite product could seriously be damaging your health.

Many people roll their eyes at the natural vs. traditional products debate.  We are all going to get cancer someday, they say.  Everything is toxic, they say, so why bother trying?  This resignation, giving oneself over to these toxic health and beauty product companies because we’re too lazy to make informed decisions in our lives, is unbearable.  Admittedly, I once shared this same attitude.  I blindly trusted the companies to provide safe products and the FDA to step in when they didn’t.  But when a serious health issue forced me to take a closer look at what I put in and on my body, I was shocked to learn that most of the products I use contain carcinogenic and hormone disrupting chemicals.

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MY HEALTH A BEAUTY PRODUCTS ARE DEADLY

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These products contain endocrine disruptors, known carcinogens, and neurotoxins.

Using the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® Cosemetics Database to research the products I use, I was shocked to find my favorite shampoo, Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Shampoo, contained five chemicals linked to 1,4 dioxane, a KNOWN carcinogen.   It also contained a chemical that is a neurotoxin and another similar chemical that mutates cells.   

The Infusium 23 conditioner from the same line was even worse.  Using the same database, I discovered propylparaben, an incredibly dangerous endocrine disruptor, was lurking in my bottle.  Even more troubling was the presence of DMDM Hydantoin, a chemical that releases formaldehyde over time to preserve the product so it lasts longer on the shelf.  Formaldehyde is a KNOWN carcinogen.  When you open the bottle of conditioner, you can actually smell the chemical puffing out.

This product contains 4 chemicals that are carcinogenic. Click the image to see the list.

I took this research a step further and looked up the ingredients in my son’s Johnson & Johnson baby wash and shampoo.  The baby wash also contains three chemicals linked to 1,4 dioxane, a KNOWN carcinogen, and quaternium-15, a formaldehyde realeaser.  As we know, formaldehyde is a KNOWN carcinogen.  The shampoo also contains these chemicals.

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FINDING A SOLUTION

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Terrified of the potential damage I was causing to myself and my child, I researched for safer alternatives.  That’s when I came across The Honest Company.  I had heard of them before and knew they were a leading company in safe, organic products.  I researched the ingredients for several of their products and was pleased to find they were all relatively safe!!

The Honest Company‘s line of health, beauty, and home products do not contain the dangerous chemicals found in my favorite Infusium products, and they are paraben and sulfate free. If you’ve ever been concerned about what’s in your products, head on over to The Honest Company and give them a try!

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BE INFORMED!

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You can also use the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® Cosemetics Database to research your favorite products to see just how dangerous (or safe) they really are: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

The database is simple to use and implements a color coded and 10 points scale to let you know where your product ranks: green means a product is safe, yellow is questionable, and red means you should run far away from it.

The Honest Company®   |   Environmental Working Group Skin Deep® Database

 

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