The Forbidden List

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wellness journey. We believe that less is more. With fewer toxins

in your body, the more health you will enjoy. We promise to

provide products that are safe, effective, and transparent;

products that are good for your beautiful body, inside & out.

 

***Learn more about these harmful ingredients from EWG | Safe Cosmetics |

 

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1, 4-dioxane

What it's used for: a by product of ethoxylation that dilutes the harshness of other chemicals.

Concerns: organ system toxicity, cancer, irritant

Found In: products that make suds: shampoos, soaps, bubble bath, hair relaxers, etc.

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Aluminum Zircomium

What it's used for: a heavy metal used to block sweat glands. An antiperspirant agent

Concerns: organ system toxicity, neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, irritant

Found In: antiperspirants


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BHA/BHT

What it's used for: a preservative. A hormone disruptor that acts like the hormone estrogen.

Concerns: immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity,  carcinogen. reproductive toxicity

Found In: cosmetics, bath & body products, skin-care products



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Butoxyethanol

What it's used for: an ether alcohol used to decrease the viscosity of a product.  Also used as a solvent and additive to fragrance. Some of the aliases include,  2-BUTOXY- ETHANOL; 2-BUTOXYETHANOL; BUTYL GLYCOL; ETHANOL, 2-BUTOXY-; ETHANOL

Concerns: organ system toxicity, cancer, irritant

Found In: cosmetics, hair products, bath & body products

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Coal Tar Dyes

What it's used for: an active ingredient in OTC drug products. Biocides used to kill lice and gets rid of dandruff

Concerns: allergen, immunotoxicity, carcinogen, organ system toxicity

Found In: hair products-hair dyes, shampoos, scalp treatments, lotions, soaps, cosmetics



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Dimethicone

What it's used for: a.k.a. polymethylsiloxane, is an anti-foaming agent, skin conditioner, skin lubricant

Concerns: organ system toxicity, irritant, allergens

Found In: bath & body products, skin-care products

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Ethanolamines

What it's used for: DEA: an emulsifier |  TEA: fragrance, Ph adjuster, emulsifier  MEA

Concerns: carcinogen, organ system toxicity

Found In:  bath & body products, hair dyes, cosmetics

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Ethylenediaminetetraacetic

What it's used for: EDTA is a chelating agent used  to bind and decrease the amount of metal ions in products

Concerns: irritation, organ system toxicity,

Found In: bath & body products, cosmetics, hair dyes, skin care products

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Formaldehyde

What it's used for: a preservative

Concerns: immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, skin irritant, carcinogen. reproductive toxicity

Found In: bath & body products, eyelash glue, nail polishes

** Other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: DMDM Hydantion, IMIDAZolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, 1-4 Dioxane, methenamine

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Fragrance

What it's used for: giving the product it's distinct smell

Concerns: immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, skin irritant, carcinogen. reproductive toxicity

Found In: bath & body products, eyelash glue, nail polishes


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Heavy Metals

What it's used for: heavy metals include, MERCURY (preservative antimicrobial), LEAD, IRON, ARSENIC, CHROMIUM.

Concerns: organ system toxicity, reproductive toxicity, irritant, carcinogen, endocrine disruptor, environmental hazzard

Found In: eye drops, cosmetics, whitening toothpaste, sunscreen, moisturizers

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Hydroquinone

What it's used for: skin lightner, bleaching the skin that decreases melanin production in the skin cells

Concerns: organ toxicity, skin irritant, carcinogen

Found In:  some cosmetics, skin lightning creams


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Methylisothiazolinone/Methylchloroisothiazolinone

What it's used for: preservative

Concerns: Organ System toxicity, neurotoxicity,  irritant, allergen

Found In: cosmetics, hair products, hair color, body products, sunscreen

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Mineral Oil

What it's used for: skin moisturizer

Concerns: Allergen, carcinogen, organ toxicity

Found In:  bath & body products, skin-care products, cosmetics


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Nanomaterials

What it's used for: preservatives, UV filters, stabilizer

Concerns: reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity

Found In: deodorants, toothpastes, shampoos, lotions, foundation, anti-aging creams, and nail polish

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Parabens

What it's used for: a preservative and a hormone disruptor that mimics the hormone estrogen

Concerns: immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, skin irritant, carcinogen. reproductive toxicity

Found In: bath & body products, oral care products, personal care products, cosmetics


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Phthalates

What it's used for: a plasticizer used to moisturize and soften the skin, blend ingredients and create flexibility

Concerns: carcinogen, reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruptor, developmental toxicity,

Found In:  nail polish (with dibutyl phathalate), personal care products, fragrances, hair spray


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Polysorbates

What it's used for:  are ethoxylated ingredients ( polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80 etc. ) and are used as emulsifier, denaturant, fragrance ingredient, surfactant

Concerns: organ system toxicity, carcinogen

Found In: bath & body products, hair products, skin-care products

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Propanol

What it's used for: is an alcohol/antiseptic. Used to decrease viscocity anti-forming, solvent, fragrance ingredient,

Concerns: Organ system toxicity, Irritant, endocrine disruptor, carcinogen

Found In: bath & body products, hair products, skin-care products, oral care, deodorant, nail polish, makeup

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Proplyene Glycol

What it's used for: a.k.a. anti-freeze, changes the structure of the skin to allow ingredients to penetrate the skin.

Concerns: neurotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity

Found In: cosmetics, food, moisturizers



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Rescorcinol

What it's used for:  denaturant, hair colorant, fragrance ingredient, acne treatment

Concerns: Organ System toxicity, reproductive toxicity, allergen, endocrine disruptor

Found In: hair products

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Retinyl Palmitate

What it's used for:  a combination of palmitic acid and vitamin used as a skin conditioner

Concerns: developmental toxicity, carcinogen

Found In: bath & body products, hair products, skin-care products

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Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

What it's used for: a cleansing agent/surfactant, denaturant that creates a lather to increase effectiveness of cleansers

Concerns: organ system toxicity, irritant, hormone disruptor

Found In: bath & body products, shampoo, mouth wash, toothpaste



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Talc

What it's used for: to absorb moisture, smooth or soften products, prevent caking, and make makeup opaque

Concerns: organ system toxicity, carcinogen, irritation

Found In: Baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eye shadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants and face masks.


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Toluene

What it's used for:  solvent

Concerns: Organ System toxicity, neurotoxicity, development & reproductive toxicity, irritant

Found In: nail polish, nail treatments, hair dyes