Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Coal Tar Dyes

  • These are complex chemicals created during the incomplete combustion of coal.
  • They contain known carcinogens, such as toluene, benzene, naphthalene, anthracna and xylene that affect everybody from the elderly to babies.
  • It is also a known skin irritant. Coal tar dyes are used in products to make darker shades.
  • Found in: Dark hair dyes, shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, lotions, eyeliner, mascara.
  • Read the label for: “Coal tar solution, tar, coal, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, coal tar solution USP, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, KC 261, lavatar, picis carbonis, naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate, benzin B70, petroleum benzin [3,4]”

Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – BHAs

  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (not to be confused with the anti-ageing BHAs and AHAs) is used as a preservative and anti-oxidant in personal care products.
  • BHT’s are a toluene-based product also used as preservatives. Banned for use in cosmetics in the EU as a known endocrine disrupter, it can be reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen and a known reproductive and developmental toxin.
  • It is known to be most toxic to pregnant women and infants.
  • Found in: Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams
  • Read the label for: BHA and BHT
  • Problems associated with it: Organ-system toxicity, irritation, allergies and immunotoxicity