Wallet Guide

2-butoxyethanol: (Cleaning ingredient) Red blood cell damage, liver damage

Aluminum: (Cosmetic colourant, antiperspirant) Neurotoxicity, skin irritation

Benzaklonium Chloride / Benzethonium Chloride: (Cleaning ingredient) Skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, allergies

BHT: (Moisturizers, cosmetics, food) Endocrine disruptor, cancer

* Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): (Nail polish) Endocrine disruptor, organ system toxicity

* Diethanolamine (DEA): (Body and hair care) Skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, organ system toxicity

Dimethicone / Siloxanes: (Everything) Endocrine disruptor

* DMDM hydantoin: (Everything) Formaldehyde releaser

* Formaldehyde: (Nail polish) Cancer

Glycol Ethers: (Cleaning ingredient) Liver and kidney damage, neurological and blood defects

* Hydroquinone: (Moisturizers and toners) Organ system toxicity

Mineral Oil: (Everything) Derived from petrolatum, organ system toxicity

* P-phenylenediamine: (Hair dye, shampoo) Irritation, organ system toxicity

* Parabens: (Cosmetics) Endocrine disruptor

Petrolatum: (Moisturizers, hair care) Cancer

Phenylmethane: Alternative form of toluene

Polyethylene Glycol / Propylene Glycol (PEG): (Moisturizers and other creams) Toxic to genetic materials, penetration enhancer

Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate: (Everything) May be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, cancer

Talc: (Cosmetics) May be contaminated with asbestos, organ system toxicity

* Toluene: (Nail polish) Irritation, organ system toxicity

* Triclosan: (Toothpaste, body wash, shampoo) Irritation, endocrine disruptor

* Urea: (Moisturizers, cosmetics, shampoo) Formaldehyde releaser


Starred: Avoid at all costs

Not starred: Less supported research; avoid if possible

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