Toxin Spotlight: Aluminum?

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The science surrounding the ingredients previously covered in my Toxin Spotlight series has been relatively conclusive: avoid these toxins at all costs. From this post forward, the ingredients I will be discussing are less conclusive. I will present the information that I know in the best way that I can so that you may ultimately …


Toxin Spotlight: Formaldehyde

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What It Is Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients--including the more commonly used DMDM hydantoin and urea--most often serve as preservatives in personal care products. They specifically prevent bacteria growth and allow products to last for an (unnecessarily) long amount of time. Where It's Found While straight formaldehyde is generally only found in nail products, the formaldehyde-releasing …

Toxin Spotlight: Diethanolamine (DEA)

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What It Is Diethanolamine (DEA) and its compounds--along with related but less commonly used ingredients such as¬†monoethanolamide (MEA) and¬†triethanolamine (TEA)--are used to give personal care products a creamy or sudsy texture. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster due to its ability to neutralize acidic ingredients. Where It's Found DEA is primarily found in skin …