Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Laureth Sulfate: These harsh derergents are used in shampoos for their cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, these synthetic ingredients can cause eye irritation, scalp irritaion, and tangled hair. SLS and SLES are used in car washed, as garage floor cleaners, and asengine degreasers.
Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl): These preservatives are used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend the shelf life of products. These chemicalpreservatices have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to be linked to breast cancer.
Propylene Glycol (PG) or Butylene Glycol (BG): Are derived from petroleum. They penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to carry extracts into formulas. PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats.Also used as a surfactant or wetting agent, PG is an active ingredient in industrial antifreeze.
Synthetic Colors and Dyes: Used to make cosmetics “pretty,” synthetic colors and dyes are labeled as FD&C or D&C followed by a color and a number. Green No. 6. Synthetic colors are made from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin, causing irritation. Animal Studies have shown almost all synthetic colors and dyes to be carcinogenic.
Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA): These ingredients are synthetic emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They are highly acidic and can cause allergic reactions, eyue irritation, and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are ammonia compounds wich are potent carcinogens.