Triclosan and triclocarban are chlorinated aromatic compounds highly soluble in water. They are registered as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency since 1969, and used in personal care products and detergents, to name a few, as a means to slow down or stop the growth of bacteria, fungi and mildew. Research proves that thisContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – Triclosan”
Pronounced ‘thalates’, they are salts or esters of phthalic acid. Phthalates are used in a variety of personal care products as fragrances – to make them linger. They are also used as a lubricant in cosmetics. Commonly found in plastic food and drink containers they are also present in our food and water (from pesticidesContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Phthalates”
Clear colourless liquid used to dissolve other liquids in personal care products Petroleum distillates are a suspected human carcinogen. Found in: mascara, perfume, foundation, lipstick and lip balm Problems associated with it: Neurotoxicity
Polyethylene glycol is a family of petroleum compounds widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, moisture-carriers, solvents and softeners. As a penetration enhancer, it allows other harmful compounds often found in PEGs to be absorbed by our skin. This includes 1,4-dioxane which is a known carcinogen, as well as heavy metals such as lead, cobalt, iron,Continue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – PEG compounds”
An artificial preservative used in personal care products, Parabens are the reason sunscreens, deodorants, shampoos and conditioners do not ‘spoil’. Research has shown that it takes 26 seconds for our skin to absorb parabens into our bloodstream. Pregnant women and young children are most vulnerable to this family of synthetics. Problems associated with it: BreastContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Parabens”
Oxybenzone or benzophenone-3 (trade names Milestab 9, Eusolex 4360, Escalol 567, KAHSCREEN BZ-3) is an organic compound. It is a pale-yellow solid that is readily soluble in most organic solvents. Oxybenzone belongs to the class of aromatic ketones known as benzophenones. Studies have shown its high penetrative capacity as well as our bodies ability toContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Oxybenzone”
Lead acetate in some men’s hair dyes, can increase the body’s lead level. Lead is a potent neurotoxin, lead acetate has been banned in Canada and the European Union.
Used in some toilet bowl cleaners and deodorisers This corrosive chemical is highly toxic if inhaled. Inhalation of vapours may cause severe irritation of the respiratory system, coughing and difficulty breathing. It can also be a skin, mucous membrane and eye irritant.
A common solvent in paints, cleaning products, brake fluid and cosmetics, glycol ethers are known to shrink the testicles of rats exposed to it. Linked to the damage of fertility of unborn children, as well as reported cases of asthma and allergy in children exposed to it from the paint that coats their bedroom walls.Continue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Glycol Ethers”
Some cosmetics chemicals are designed to react with water in the bottle to generate a little formaldehyde, a preservative, to keep the product from growing mould and bacteria. But formaldehyde is a potent allergen which the World Health Organization consider carcinogenic. Formaldehyde releasers include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15. A 2010 studyContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Formaldehyde / Formaldehyde releasers”
These are pH-stabilizers and are used as emulsifiers and preservatives, in a host of personal care and household cleaning products. They have the ability to interact with nitrates in some products or the raw materials in products to form easily carcinogenic nitrosomes which are easily absorbed Found in: All-purpose household cleaning products, spot removes andContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Ethanolamine – MEA/DEA/TEA”
Ammonia & Ammonium compounds Used in a wide range of household cleaning products like window cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet cleaners, bathroom cleaners, multi-surface cleaners, glass cleaners, and stainless-steel cleaners, it is an inexpensive and effective cleaning chemical. It gives a sparkling, streak-free finish, removes soap scum and fungus and can disinfect household appliances while removingContinue reading “Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Ammonia & Ammonium compounds”