The Dirty Dozen of Cosmetic Ingredients

Ok, so you know how there is already the ‘Dirty Dozen’ for foods? Well there is also a ‘Dirty Dozen’ for cosmetic ingredients! I had no idea that this even existed until a year ago when my daughter asked about putting on some of my lip gloss. So when I found out about the Dirty Dozen I started reading my beauty product labels and tossing the bad stuff. I stumbled across a website by a Canadian geneticist David Suzuki. Per his website,U.S. researchers reported that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products is industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.” I have linked his website below because it is a wealth of knowledge and a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about the Dirty Dozen of cosmetics. Start reading your labels people!

  1. BHA and BHT
  2. Coal tar dyes
  3. DEA
  4. Dibutyl phthalate
  5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  6. Parabens
  7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
  8. PEG compounds
  9. Petrolatum
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  12. Triclosan

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