Toxic Cosmetics

Toxic cosmetics

Toxic cosmetics.By Manashantii

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Anything you put on your skin, becomes absorbed through your pores and then enters your bloodstream,your heart pumps your blood along with the absorbed products to your organs
such as your bladder, kidneys, ovaries etc… the products /chemicals build up in your system.

Petroleum and parabens can disrupt the body’s endocrine activity by mimicking oestrogen and in some cases, cause cancer.Deodorants that contain aluminium have been linked with alzheimers disease and also other ingredients have been found in breast tumours  of   breast cancer patients.

“When autopsies were done on women with relaxer perms they discovered that the chemicals had gotten into their brain tissue”.Page 123 of Tenderheaded-A comb-bending collection of hair stories.Edited by Juliette Harris and Pamela Johnson.Today we use up to 60% more chemicals than our grandparents used.

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Household detergents.

Household detergents.

All detergents contain molecules that attract water at one end and grease at the other.This is how they help to wash away dirt from your clothes.

Non ecological washing powders contain detergents made from petrochemicals derived from oil as well as lots of other chemicals, including perfumes, bleaches and enzymes.Currently there is no legal requirement for all these ingredients to be biodegradable,so large amounts of chemicals and additives end up being washed into our rivers and streams, where they can affect wildlife.This is why you should buy ecological washing powder.

12 ugly truths behind the myth of cosmetics safety.

Read “Unmasked:12 ugly truths behind the myth of cosmetics safety” writtten by EWG skindeep

household  cleaning products, make-up  and  cosmetics
such as lotions,shower gel,bubble bath, and relaxers etc  are

Do buy biodynamic,organic,fairtrade,vegan.

Avoid these chemicals:- mercury,aluminium,propylene glycol,petroleum,

petrolatum,mineral oil,
sulphates,(sodium lauryl sulphate,sodium laureth sulphate etc..)
liquid paraffin,phthalates,talc,methylisothiazolinone,BHT,
Ethanolamines=Monoethanolamines,(MEA) Diethanolamine,(DEA)
Triethanolamine (TEA)

Carbomer,ethanol,Benzaldehyde,Benzyl acetate,Benzophenones ,
EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid),DIA (Diethanolamine),

Imidazolidinyl Urea,Diazolidinyl urea.

Avoid these animal ingredients:- beeswax,collagen,gelatin(e),animal keratin,chitin,
bone char sugar,whey…

To summarise everything in this article I will say this
“When buying cosmetics and household products buy organic and vegan with few preservatives,(better yet,no preservatives) buy it from a health food store or a whole food store and ask a shop assistant to help you buy a cosmetic product.Read the ingredients and learn what they are.Buy cosmetics with a few ingredients as it is better and makes it easier to detect allergies.

I recommend products on my afro,curly hair and dreadlocks page. “

Petroleum-based pomades or hair preparations are not good
for (afro) hair,since they are very difficult to wash out.They do not
break down in hot water.They coat the cuticle,preventing it from
opening during any cleansing regimen.The weight of these products will
clog the pores in the scalp ,inhibit natural flaking and cleansing,and
cause the sebaceous glands to malfunction.
All of these effects will
lead to horrific dandruff and scalp problems.

Petroleum and parabens can be absorbed by the skin and
can disrupt the body’s endocrine activity by mimicking oestrogen. The
American Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) and The Cosmetic
Ingredient review,an organisation that assesses the ingredient safety
of cosmetics also think it is safe.

I agree with safe cosmetics and EWG (environmental working group) that it is important to educate others and you are better safe than sorry,so personally I use biodynamic,organic, fairtrade, and vegan cosmetics.

Natural oils break down
easily and they don’t cause build up on the body,scalp,hair or (dread)loc(k)s.

Do not
under any circumstances use beeswax to start your (dread)loc(k)s.
Beeswax  will hold  your  locs together  but 

will be next  to  impossible wash out when it’s time to
cleanse your hair.It will leave your locs looking very dull, in
addition to attracting and holding dust and debris.

Examples of carcinogen chemicals in cosmetics.Definitions not written by Manashantii.

Examples of carcinogen chemicals in cosmetics.Definitions not written by Manashantii.

Here is an example of an afro hair product  a  hair moisturiser (product number1) I will not name the brand or product name.

Deionized water,mineral oil (parafinum liquidum), Isopropyl myristate,Propylene glycol,Lanolin,PEG-30,

Dipolyhydroxy stearate,Beeswax,(Cera Alba),Panthenol,Provitamin B5, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Magnesium sulfate,PEG-40, Sorbitan peroleate,Ethylhexyl dimethyl PABA, Sodium borate,Methylparaben,

Imidazolidinyl urea,Propylparaben,Fragrance (Parfum) #5463

There is nothing natural about this product.The vitamins are synthetic.

Now I suggest you google search the  ingredients and what they do,do a search saying what is Isopropyl myristate etc…

Here is product number 2 a  well known baby lotion.

Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum,Propylene Glycol,Glycol Stearate,C11-13
Isoparaffin,Polysorbate 20,Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose,Benzyl
Alcohol,Panthenol,Diethylhexyl sodium sulfosuccinate,Carbomer,Sodium



Chemical Ingredients.Definitions not written by Manashantii.

Chemical Ingredients.Definitions not written by Manashantii.

Here is an example of an afro hair product I will not name the brand or product name.

Product number 1=afro hair oil moisturiser.

1.Deionized water is similar to distilled water in that it is useful for scientific experiments where the presence of impurities may be undesirable. Deionized water is very often used as an “ingredient” in many cosmetics and pharmaceuticals where it is sometimes referred to as “aqua” on product ingredient labels. This use again owes to its lack of potential for causing undesired chemical reactions due to impurities.

2.Mineral oil is also known as liquid paraffin.A waxy white or colorless solid hydrocarbon mixture used to make candles, wax paper, lubricants, and sealing materials.

3.Isopropyl myristate is the ester of isopropyl alcohol and myristic acid.Isopropyl myristate is used in cosmetic and topical medicinal preparations where good absorption  through the skin is desired.Moreover,it occurs in technical fats.Isopropyl is derived from propane,a gaseous and flammable component of petroleum.Myristic acid, is a fatty acid, can be derived from most vegetable and animal fatty acids,but most especially from nutmeg(Myristica Fragrans),palm seed fats,milk fat and sperm whale (Physeter catodon) fat.

In its pure form, Isopropyl myristate is flammable; it re-acts with strong oxidizing agents;it is not a known carcinogen or teratogen.It is not known to be poisonous to swallow.Isopropyl myristate is a known irritant of eyes,skin and respiratory systems.

4.Propylene Glycol =A substance used to improve the spreadability of a product that can worsen acne.

5.Ethylene glycol and propylene glycol are clear liquids used in antifreeze and deicing solutions. Exposure to large amounts of ethylene glycol can damage the kidneys, heart, and nervous system. Propylene glycol is generally regarded as safe for use in food.

You can be exposed to propylene glycol by eating food products, using cosmetics, or taking medicine that contains it. If you work in an industry that uses ethylene glycol or propylene glycol, you could be exposed by breathing or touching these substances.

How can ethylene glycol and propylene glycol affect my health?
Eating or drinking very large amounts of ethylene glycol can result in death, while large amounts can result in nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and heart and kidney problems.

Female animals that ate large amounts of ethylene glycol had babies with birth defects, while male animals had reduced sperm counts. However, these effects were seen at very high levels and would not be expected in people exposed to lower levels at hazardous waste sites.

Ethylene glycol affects the body’s chemistry by increasing the amount of acid, resulting in metabolic problems. Similar to ethylene glycol, propylene glycol increases the amount of acid in the body. However, larger amounts of propylene glycol are needed to cause this effect.

Propylene Glycol is not a carcinogen.

6.Lanolin= Lanolin is wool fat.

Lanolin =a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool : a mixture of fatty acids and esters
 (n.) Lanolin=an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep

Lanolin is an allergy causing product.


 Lanolin allergy (from BBC health)

I have a strange rash in patches on my arms and body which my doctor thinks could be an allergy to lanolin. I need to have patch tests to check this. What are these tests and what will I have to do if I am allergic to lanolin? By Les

Lanolin (also known as wool fat) is a chemical found in wool – it comes from the sebum or skin grease which the sheep makes and secretes on to its wool.

Manufacturers extract it from wool using a special process. It’s then used in many cosmetics (such as glossy lipsticks), skin creams and medicinal creams because it’s a good emollient. It helps to keep human skin smooth and soft, which can be very helpful for dry and cracked skin, especially in conditions such as eczema.

It’s also used in many household and office products, including furniture polish, leather treatments, paper and printing ink, and shoe polish.

Patch testing

Patch testing is a very simple way to check for an allergy to chemicals which come into contact with your skin. It’s been used for over a century.

You’ll usually be tested with a range of substances which people are commonly allergic to, as well as anything which seems relevant to your particular story of symptoms. This will include lanolin, but also many other chemicals. You may also be invited to bring in for testing anything which you suspect could be causing your problems, such as products which you use regularly on your skin.

The procedure varies but usually the suspect substances are applied underneath small aluminium discs which are taped to the skin (usually on your back). After a couple of days the discs are removed and the skin examined for a reaction. You may need to go back for more testing.

Coping with a lanolin allergy

The basic principle is to find out what products containing lanolin you may be coming into contact with – and then avoid them.

This will mean looking closely at ingredient labels of many creams, potions and lotions that you buy, trying to link worsening of symptoms to contact with something, and perhaps even scouring the internet, or contacting manufacturers, to check whether lanolin has been used in the making of a product. Your doctor should be able to give you more advice, and your local contact dermatitis clinic may have a list of lanolin sources.

This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in December 2005.

7.Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate.

Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate is Oleic Acid ……..


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8.Beeswax (Cera Alba) .Beeswax is natural wax derived from honey bee hives.


9.Panthenol = A vitamin B complex that can add strength and body to hair by filling in cracks on the shaft, thereby firming up the fiber. This is Synthetic.

Panthenol is the alcohol form of pantothenic acid, more familiar as Vitamin B5. In a living cell, panthenol is converted to pantothenic acid, which then becomes an important part of the compound “Coenzyme A”, which is important in cellular metabolism.

Panthenol – A non-toxic, non-irritating vitamin B5, this plant-derived ingredient is added to skin care  preparations where improved absorption of various nutrients is desirable.

Panthenol is Alcohol form of  vitamin B. See Pantothenic acid.
Also called  vitamin B5, and often touted as being effective for acne.

 Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5, is an antioxidant water-soluble vitamin needed to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Specifically, it is part of coenzyme-A (CoASH) in the metabolism and transfer of carbon chains. It is contained in whole grain cereals, legumes, eggs, meat, royal jelly and many other foods.

10.Vitamin E Tocopherol used as an antioxidant in cosmetics.Tocopherol is another name for the fat-soluble vitamin E, which aids in the skin reproduction process. This is synthetic.

11.Magnesium sulfate.Commonly known as Epsom salt.
Magnesium sulfate is one of the stronger drugs given through In Vitro to stop or slow labor.The active ingredient in most laxative wafers. A medication used to treat convulsions, poisoning from certain chemicals, and inflammation.

12.PEG 40 Sorbitan peroleate =Sorbitan ester ethoxylates such as PEG 40 Sorbitan peroleate.Oleic Acid =mildy irritating to the skin.

To be continued later.

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13.Ethylhexyl dimethyl PABA

Ethyl acetate fat solvent action produces drying and cracking of skin.

To be continued later.

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14.Sodium borate. Sodium borate is also known as Borax.Is a preservative.

A hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7·10H2O, an ore of boron, that is used as a cleaning compound.In this case it is for the above.

An anhydrous sodium borate used in the manufacture of glass and various ceramics.

borax or sodium tetraborate decahydrate, chemical compound, Na2B4O7·10H2O; sp. gr. 1.73; slightly soluble in cold water; very soluble in hot water; insoluble in acids. Borax is a colorless, monoclinic crystalline salt; it also occurs as a white powder. It readily effloresces, especially on heating. It loses all water of hydration when heated above 320°C and fuses when heated above 740°C; a “borax bead” so formed is used in chemical analysis (see bead test).
Bead test is a test to identify the metal constituents of a mineral in which a bead covered with the mineral is heated in a flame and cooled to observe its characteristic color and other properties.

Borax is widely and diversely used, e.g., as a mild antiseptic, a cleansing agent, a water softener, a corrosion inhibitor for antifreeze, a flux for silver soldering, and in the manufacture of enamels, shellacs, heat-resistant glass (e.g., Pyrex), fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals. It is sometimes used as a preservative but is toxic if consumed in large doses. Naturally occurring borax (sometimes called tincal) is found in large deposits in the W United States (Borax Lake in Death Valley, Calif.; Nevada; and Oregon) and in the Tibet region of China. Borax can also be obtained from borate minerals such as kernite, colemanite, or ulexite.



Methylparaben =Derived from the palm leaf. It is a food grade preservative used to ensure shelf life and hygienic stability. It is non-toxic and non-irritating and is effective against a wide range of bacteria and fungi.

Methylparaben is a preservative and a fungicide. It is used in cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants and shampoos in concentrations of about 0.2%, but is also food-approved by the FDA.
It is water soluble. 
Parabens are used as preservatives in many thousands of cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical products to which the human population is exposed. Although recent reports of the oestrogenic properties of parabens have challenged current concepts of their toxicity in these consumer products, the question remains as to whether any of the parabens can accumulate intact in the body from the long-term, low-dose levels to which humans are exposed. Initial studies reported here show that parabens can be extracted from human breast tissue and detected by thin-layer chromatography. More detailed studies enabled identification and measurement of mean concentrations of individual parabens in samples of 20 human breast tumours by high-pressure liquid chromatography followed by tandem mass spectrometry. The mean concentration of parabens in these 20 human breast tumours was found to be 20.6 ± 4.2 ng g-1 tissue. Comparison of individual parabens showed that methylparaben was present at the highest level (with a mean value of 12.8 ± 2.2 ng g-1 tissue) and represents 62% of the total paraben recovered in the extractions. These studies demonstrate that parabens can be found intact in the human breast and this should open the way technically for more detailed information to be obtained on body burdens of parabens and in particular whether body burdens are different in cancer from those in normal tissues. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.



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16.Imidazolidinyl urea
Imidazolidinyl urea is a toxic and allergenic preservative which have been linked to increasing  oestrogen levels in women and is implicated in the rising of breast cancer. imidazolidinylurea-allergy.html

17.Propylparaben  an antifungal agent, closely related to butyl paraben, ethylparaben, and methylparaben used as a preservative in pharmaceutical preparations. Propylparaben – a preservative.
Proteins – derived from synthetic and natural sources such as collagen, milk,Keratin, and silk, these are found in hair conditioners and hair spritzers.

Propylparaben =A preservative derived from PABA that is widely used in cosmetics. Its fungicidal and antibacterial abilities help prevent yeast and mold. Nontoxic and nonirritating at .05 of 1 percent.

Propylparaben- Common cosmetic preservative that is anti -fungal and anti -microbial. Less water soluble than Methylparaben. Protovanol – A concentrated form of vanilla used as a natural tanning accelerator. Requires heat and light to drive it. 

18.Fragrance (Parfum) # 5463 = is probably a synthetic perfume.
It may contain phthalates that have been linked to birth defects.Phthalates are toxic gender bending chemicals.

Other  ingredients:

Mercury=possible human carcinogen.Possible human reproductive or developmental toxin.Found in some eye drops,ointment and deodourants.

Lead acetate=Known human reproductive or developmental  toxin.Prohibited for use in cosmetics in the European union.Found in some hair dyes and cleansers.

Formaldehyde=Known human carcinogen.Found in some nail treatments.

Toluene=Possible human reproductive or developmental toxin.May contain harmful impurities or  breakdown products.Found in some nail polish.

Petroleum distillates=possible human carcinogen.May contain harmful impurities or  breakdown products.Prohibited for use in cosmetics in the European union.Found in  some mascara perfume foundation lipstick and lip balm.

Ethylacrylate=unsafe according to international fragrance association.Possible human carcinogen.Skin sensitiser found in some mascara.

Coal tar=Known human carcinogen.Prohibited for use in cosmetics in the European union.May contain harmful impurities or breakdown products.Found in dandruff shampoos,anti-itch creams,and hair dyes.

Dibutyl Phthalate=Prohibited for use in cosmetics in the European union.Possible human reproductive or developmental toxin.Endocrine disruptor.Found in some nail polish,perfume and hair spray.

Cyclomethicone=a volatile silicone oil used in hair and skin care products to impart shine and/or silkiness. A silicone that provides a silky, smooth feel as an emollient, and delivers fragrance well.

Dimethicone= an organic silicone, used as a skin protectant and moisturizer. Well tolerated by even the most sensitive skins, dimethicone has a filming action on the skin surface which helps slow down moisture loss and further helps smooth fine lines.

This is copied from the ecologist online

Behind the label -Johnson’s baby softwash

• Detergent
Adverse effects
• Skin dryness
• Eye irritation
• Penetration
• Laureth
compounds can be
contaminated with
1,4 dioxane: a
carcinogen linked to
breast cancer.

• Detergent
Adverse effects
• Skin and eye irritation
• Penetration enhancer
• Can be contaminated with diethanolamine,
which when combined with formaldehyde
(released by other ingrdients during storage)
produces carcinogenic nitrosamines (see
polyquaternium 7).

• Multiple, including thickener solvent,
emulsifier and surfactant
Adverse effects
• Penetration enhancer
• Skin irritation
• Peg-14M is considered unsafe to use on
damaged skin
• Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane
and ethylene oxide, which are linked to breast

• Forms film on the
skin that gives the
impression of
Adverse effects
• Contact
• Formaldehyde
releaser, thus a
potential carcinogen
• It may be
contaminated with
acrylamide, a central
nervous system

• Preservative
Adverse effects
• Skin irritation
• Contact
• Contact allergies
• Eye irritation
• Penetration

• Lubricant
Adverse effects
• Skin dryness
• Can be
contaminated with
polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons (PAHs)
which studies link with
an increased risk of
breast cancer
• Penetration

• Film former
• Type of polyester
providing a superficial
feeling of
smoothness to the
Adverse effects
• Carcinogen, linked
to pancreatic cancer
• Contains
phthalates: oestrogen
mimics linked to
breast cancer.

• A pH adjuster
Adverse effects
• Skin and eye
• Also known as
lye, sodium
hydroxide is a
common component
of oven and drain

• Fragrance
Adverse effects
• Can contain
artificial musks, which
are hormonedisrupting,
and neurotoxic
• Triggers
asthmatic reactions
• Nervous system
reactions, such as
headaches, mood
swings, depression,
forgetfulness and
irritation are common.

• Preservatives
Adverse effects
• Skin irritation
• Parabens are
oestrogen mimics:
butylparaben is the
most oestrogenic,
followed by
ethylparaben and

Here is product number 2.

1.Aqua is probably deionized water or distilled water. 
2.Paraffinum Liquidum=is liquid paraffin a petrochemical

Any of various light hydrocarbon oils, especially a distillate of petroleum.
A refined distillate of petroleum, used as a laxative and in cosmetics.
3.Propylene Glycol=Ideally from vegetable glycerine & grain alcohol. In general cosmetics, most used are of synthetic nature. Avoid any formula exceeding 5% of usage.
.( a first cousin to anti freeze) This compound causes the fatal destruction of red blood cells. This compound is used to maintain the right texture and moisture and to tie up the water content, thus inhibiting bacterial growth, it is added to some “chewy” foods to keep them moist.

A sweet colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze and in brake fluid and also as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care items although it can be absorbed through the skin with harmful effects

One of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics. Most common moisture carrying vehicle other than water. Permeates skin better than glycerin, but causes more sensitivity reactions

Propylene glycol (C3H8O2; CAS no. 57-55-6) is a chemical compound, usually a tasteless, odorless, and colorless clear oily liquid that is hygroscopic and miscible with water.

Glycol Stearate=Stearic acid also called octadecanoic acid is one of the many useful types of saturated fatty acids that comes from many animal and vegetable fats and oils. It is a waxy solid, and its chemical formula is CH3(CH2)16COOH. Its name comes from the Greek word, stear, which means tallow. Its IUPAC name is octadecanoic acid.
An emollient and an emulsifier used in lotions and shampoos to achieve a pearling effect.
Emulsifying and spreading agent.

C11-13 Isoparaffin=An alkane in organic chemistry is a saturated hydrocarbon without cycles, that is, an acyclic hydrocarbon in which the molecule has the maximum possible number of hydrogen atoms and so has no double bonds. Alkanes are also often known as paraffins, or collectively as the paraffin series; these terms, however, are also used to apply only to alkanes whose carbon atoms form a single, unbranched chain; when this is done, branched-chain alkanes are called isoparaffins. …

An alkane is an acyclic saturated hydrocarbon. In other words, an alkane is a long chain of carbon linked together by single bonds. Alkanes are aliphatic compounds.

The general formula for alkanes is CnH2n+2; the simplest possible alkane is therefore methane, CH4. The next simplest is ethane, C2H6; the series continues indefinitely. Each carbon atom in an alkane has sp³ hybridization. Alkanes are also known as paraffins, or collectively as the paraffin series. These terms also used for alkanes whose carbon atoms form a single, unbranched chain. Such branched-chain alkanes are called isoparafins . Nearly all alkanes are combustible.

Polysorbate 20= (Emulsifier) – Widely used emulsifier, a vicious oily liquid derived from lauric acid. Lauric acid is a common constituent of coconut oil. Polysorbate 20 is a nonionic surfactant, meaning it has no electrical charge. A surfactant is a wetting (surface active) agent that lowers the water surface tension permitting it to penetrate more easily.

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose=  Propylene glycol ether of  methylcellulose.               

An ether of methyl cellulose that occurs as a white, combustible, water-soluble powder. Its many uses include applications as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and thickener in foods, and as an ophthalmic lubricant.

Benzyl Alcohol =The alcohol used in combination with hyaluronic acid (HA) to produce HYAFF ® . Benzyl alcohol is linked to HA by a chemical process called esterification. Benzyl alcohol is generally regarded as safe.

Benzyl alcohol, also known as phenylmethanol, is a clear, colorless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic odor. It melts at 15 °C and boils at 205 °C. Benzyl alcohol has a good solvency, low toxicity and low vapor pressure. It is soluble in water and readily soluble in alcohol and ether. Benzyl alcohol is prepared by the hydrolysis of benzyl chloride in the presence of soda ash. It reacts with acids (acetic, benzoic, and sebacic acids) to form esters and other compounds.

Panthenol=A vitamin B complex that can add strength and body to hair by filling in cracks on the shaft, thereby firming up the fiber.

Diethylhexyl sodiu(pan·the·nol) (pan¢th[scAlso known as vitamin B5, acts as a penetrating moisturizer. hwa]-nol) [USP] the alcohol derivative of pantothenic acid; it is converted in the body to pantothenic acid, a member of the B-complex vitamins. Called also pantothenyl alcohol and pantothenol. The term is sometimes used to refer to the D(+) form of panthenol; see dexpanthenol.
m sulfosuccinate.

Aids detangling. Provides volume, control and shine. Papilla – The hair’s factory. Parfum – The most concentrated and most fragrant scent and therefore the most expensive. Patch Test – A test performed (usually with a hair dye or other potential allergen) on the skin 24 hours before its use to determine sensitivity. Permanently – Completely changing the natural colour of the hair. PH: (pH: percentage of hydrogen) – Used to measure acidity in cosmetic preparations. PVP – Seals and adds shine. …

Carbomer=a plant derivative used as a thickening and suspending agent, emulsion stabilizer
White powder that reacts with fatty particles forming thick and stable emulsions. It is mostly used as thickener and as gelling agent, like a wax.Carbomers (polyacrylic acid) are synthetic polymers used as thickening agents in cosmetic products.

Chloroxylenol=An antiseptic solution that is very good at fighting bacteria, yeasts and fungi infections.Popular antiseptic used in body piercing.

Parfum=synthetic perfume


Product number 3 = A Calcium hydroxide hair relaxer.

Water=probably deionized water.Water that has been treated to remove the dissolved ions. Commonly, filtration through a combination of anionic and cationic charged resins is used.
Ions have been removed from the water so they will not interfere in chemical reactions.Water which has been specifically treated to remove minerals.
mineral oil= A clear, odorless oil derived from petroleum that is widely used in cosmetics because it is inexpensive and rarely causes allergic reactions. It can, however, induce acne lesions.
White oils are colorless, odorless, tasteless mixtures of saturated paraffinic and naphthenic hydrocarbons that span a viscosity range of 50-370 SUS at 100F. These nearly chemically inert oils are virtually free of nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen and aromatic hydrocarbons. They are common ingredients in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, textiles and foods.

Petrolatum=Petrolatum is another word for petroleum jelly.Petrolatum is the wax byproduct of the heaviest lube oil, bright stock. Petrolatum wax consists of a natural mixture of microcrystalline wax and oil. It has good oil-holding capacity that when filtered and blended it becomes mineral jelly. When fully refined it becomes microcrystalline wax.

sodium cetearyl alcohol=To be continued.

and cetearyl alcohol= To be continued

Calcium Hydroxide= Calcium hydroxide is a chemical compound with the chemical formula Ca(OH)2. It is a colorless crystal or white powder, and is created when calcium oxide (called lime or quicklime, but unrelated to the citrus fruit (lime)) is with water. A traditional name for calcium hydroxide is slaked lime. It is also called hydrated lime. A caustic substance produced by heating limestone.
stearyl alcohol and ceteareth 20,Stearyl alcohol (also known as octadecyl alcohol or 1-octadecanol) is a substance prepared from stearic acid by the process of catalytic hydrogenation. It takes the form of white solid granules or flakes which are insoluble in water, with a melting point of 59°C and boiling point of 210°C. It has a wide range of uses as an ingredient in lubricants, resins, perfumes and cosmetics.It is used as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickner in ointments of various sorts, and is widely used as a hair coating in shampoos and hair conditioners.Its chemical formula is CH3(CH2)16OH. Highly purified emulsifying, antifoaming, lubricating, and viscosity agent derived from grain.An alcohol often used in creams to soften and smooth the skin. An emollient emulsifier.

Ceteareth 20
To be continued.

Olive oil.

lanolin oil,

propylene glycol,

PEG-40 Almond glycerides=Fats derived from almond oil. They are emollient, softening, smoothing, and soothing to rough irregular skin, and they help to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.

fragrance.Probably synthetic fragrance.

Product number 4= A sodium hydroxide relaxer.

Water =probably deionized water
mineral oil=White oils are colorless, odorless, tasteless mixtures of saturated paraffinic and naphthenic hydrocarbons that span a viscosity range of 50-370 SUS at 100F. These nearly chemically inert oils are virtually free of nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen and aromatic hydrocarbons. They are common ingredients in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, textiles and foods.A clear, odorless oil derived from petroleum that is widely used in cosmetics because it is inexpensive and rarely causes allergic reactions. It can, however, induce acne lesions.
A heavy oil derived from petroleum. Not recommended for use in body-care products because it leaves a nasty residue on skin and hair and if used internally has the ability to be absorbed and drag along oil-soluble vitamins and minerals from the body that are then excreted in the feces. Not recommended for babies or children.

cetearyl alcohol=An emulsifying wax derived from naturally occurring fatty acids from coconut oil, which forms a occlusive film to keep skin moisture from evaporating.
May be natural or artificial. It’s used in most lotions. A thickener and carrying agent for other ingredients.
Sodium hydroxide=(also lye, caustic soda, white caustic, soda lye) Sodium hydroxide is derived from the electrolysis of brine sea water as a co-product of chlorine. It is a strong, caustic substance and causes severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin and mucous membranes, as well as the mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach. Injury can be immediate. Blindness is reported in animals exposed to as little as 2% dilution for just one minute.
Chemical formula NaOH, sodium hydroxide was at one time used to develop positive photoresist but has fallen out of favor due to sodium contamination concerns. Sodium hydroxide is a strong base and is commonly sold as a 50% solution and has a density of 1.53Kg/L. Sodium hydroxide will burn skin or eyes.

(lye) Sodium hydroxide is a chemical that, when added to fats and water in the proper proportion and at the right temperature, will facilitate the creation of soap and glycerin that we all know and love as “a bar of soap.”
Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as caustic soda or lye, is a caustic metallic base used in industry (mostly as a strong chemical base) in the manufacture of paper, textiles, and detergents.


 Behentrimonium methosulfate=To be continued

PEG75=To be continued

 Lanolin=This is a type of low melting point wax derived from sheep. It has been widely used in waterproofing preparations for leather, but has some major disadvantages. a) It softens leather very easily, leading to deformation of walking boots and loss of support to the wearer. b) It is susceptible to microbial attack, leading to rotting of stitching and leather.
 A mixture of a yellow, oily substance obtained from sheep’s wool and purified water that is used as an emollient to treat dry skin. Lanolin is a common ingredient of bath oils and hand creams. It is also used to treat mild dermatits. Occasionally, lanolin can irritate the skin, or in some people, an allergic reation develops.
A natural extract of sheep wool used as a moisturizer that is a common cause of allergic reactions, but is rarely used in pure form. Obtained from the wax found on sheep’s wool, it is an excellent emollient, skin lubricant and protectant, capable of absorbing water in an amount equal to 50% of its weight. It is rich in cholesterol and other skin-friendly sterols.


Polyquaternium 6=To be continued.

Cocamidopropyl betaine=Artificial substance frequently referred to as a natural substance made “from coconuts” on the labels of shampoos. It’s a secondary surfactant, used in combination with other, stronger surfactants.
fragrance,propylene glycol=Synthetic preservative (also used as a less toxic version of automotive antifreeze). Cancer causing agent used in preserving dog food.One of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics. Most common moisture carrying vehicle other than water. Permeates skin better than glycerin, but causes more sensitivity reactions.A sweet colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze and in brake fluid and also as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care items although it can be absorbed through the skin with harmful effects.Ideally from vegetable glycerine & grain alcohol. In general cosmetics, most used are of synthetic nature. Avoid any formula exceeding 5% of usage.

Succinic acid,= a dicarboxylic acid (C4H6O4) active in metabolic processes denatonium benzoate=an alcohol denaturant, used as a pharmaceutic aid.Denatonium, usually available as denatonium benzoate (e.g. under the tradename Bitrex) and as denatonium saccharide, is the bitterest compound known. It was discovered in 1958 during research on local anesthetics. Dilutions of as little as ten parts per million are unbearably bitter to most humans. Denatonium salts are usually colorless and odorless solids but are often traded as solutions. They are used as aversive agents to prevent accidental ingestion. Denatonium is used in denatured alcohol, antifreeze,nail biting preventions, animal repellents, liquid soaps, and shampoos. It is not known to pose any long-term health risks although exposure may be irritating and unpleasant.
Denatonium is a quaternary ammonium cation. It is a compound of a salt with an inert anion like benzoate or saccharide. The structure of denatonium is related to the local anesthetic lidocaine, differing only by the addition of a benzyl group to the amino nitrogen.




Cetrimonium Bromide (cet·ri·mo·ni·um bro·mide) (set²r[ibreve]-mo¢ne-[schwa]m) a quaternary ammonium antiseptic and detergent composed of a mixture of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide with dodecyl- and hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium bromides, applied topically to the skin to cleanse wounds, as a preoperative disinfectant, and to treat seborrhea of the scalp; solutions are also used to cleanse utensils and store surgical instruments. Abbreviated CTBA. Called also cetrimide and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide.  Handmade cosmetics mostly veggie and vegan= No petrochemicals.  Handmade cosmetics mostly veggie and vegan= No petrochemicals Natural and organic cosmetics.No petrochemicals.  Handmade cosmetics suitable for all especially black skin and afro hair.No petrochemicals.Natural and organic.       Dr.Hauschka. biodynamic products.

AloeDent toothpaste

Kingfisher toothpaste


Tom’s of Maine


 Sarakan toothpaste

Burt’s Bees

Living nature

Higher nature

Aubrey organics




Google search ren cosmetics as I don’t have an address for them.

Ren cosmetics

Google search the following two:
12 Ugly Truths Behind the Myth of Cosmetic safety

Search for column called Daily life,then click on beauty.

search on the website write in the searchbox the following articles

Or click on the behind the label

Behind the label – Colgate toothpaste

Behind the label -Johnson’s baby softwash

Behind the label-Clearasil deep cleansing 3 in 1 wash

Are we being naiive about Nivea?

Clairol nice “n” easy hair dye

Radox herbal bath  with  juniper.

Behind the label-Skin cream

Behind the label-Oil of Olay

Behind the label-suncream

Purely cosmetic change.

Heavent scent.

Lip service.

Saving face

Cosmetic companies. re body shop

possibly re cosmetics: