Toxic Ingredient/Danger List

Paraben preservatives

(methyl-, propyl-, butyl- and ethyl-)

Widely used even though they are known to be toxic. Have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Highly toxic.


Silicone derive emollients:

Dimethicone; Dimethicone Copolyol; Cyclomethicone

known tumour promoters; accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. Occlusive so they do not allow the skin to breathe.


Propylene/Butylene Glycol (anti-freeze)


-Commonly used to make extracts from herbs.

PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats; The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying them in the ground; Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.


Ethoxylated surfactants:

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) compounds; polyethylene; polyethylene glycol ; polyoxyethylene; -eth;   -oxynol-

  • As part of the manufacturing process the toxic chemical 1,4-dioxane, a potent carcinogen, is generated.
  • Increases the appearance of aging.



FD&C Colour Pigments

  • Contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation.
  • carcinogenic



  • Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic.
  • Symptoms reported to the USA FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and irritability


  • Mineral Oil; Liquidum paraffinum ; Paraffin oil; Paraffin wax; Petrolatum

Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores.

  • Interferes with elimination of toxins, promoting acne
  • Causes premature aging.
  • Can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH’s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).


Anionic Surfactants:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES)
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
  • Potassium Coco Hydrolysed Collagen
  • TEA (Triethanolamine) Lauryl Sulfate
  • TEA (Triethanolamine) Laureth Sulfate
  • Lauryl or Cocoyl Sarcosine
  • Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
  • Disodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate



-may be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.


-They are used in car washes, as garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal-care products that foam.



Nitrosating Agents:

  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
  • Cocoyl Sarcosine
  • DEA compounds
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydrolysed Animal Protein
  • Lauryl Sarcosine
  • MEA compounds
  • Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • TEA compounds


-Nitrosamines have been determined to form cancer in laboratory animals.


-MEA, DEA & TEA are restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects