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Ingredients To Avoid On Your Organic Coils

If you want to be healthy, it's important to avoid chemicals that compromise your health.  This includes the stuff we rub into our skin, and goop into our hair.  Here's a list of ingredients you should avoid.

Coal tar

Coal tar is used in dandruff shampoo, anti-itch creams, and psoriasis medications.  Coal tar is a known human carcinogen.


1,4-dioxane is a byproduct often found in baby products.  It is not on labels because it is not an "intended ingredient."  So you must be aware of the other chemicals that often accompany 1,4-dioxane and avoid them (to avoid this).  It may occur in products that list ingredients such as PED, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, and sodium laureth sulfate.  It is a known animal carcinogen and probable human carcinogen.

Ethanolamines (DEA, TEA, MEA, ETA)

Ethanolamines are used in facial cleansers, relaxers, shampoos.  It can cause skin growths and rashes.  It can also cause cancer in lab animals.


Formaldehyde is used in keratin hair treatments, hair dye, baby lotions, and more.  It is typically a preservative, germicide, and is not always even listed on the label.  Is also known as formic aldehyde, methanal, methyl aldehyde, oxymethane, cormalin.  Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.


Fragrance can be anything, and since their composition is protected by trade-secret laws, you'd never know.  Often listed as 'parfum' or 'perfume' some contain over 500 chemicals at a time.  Some of the commonly used chemicals are neurotoxins, allergens, and bioaccumulate.


Hydroquinone is a skin lightener and is used in some skin creams, and bleaches.  There is some evidence that it causes cancer in lab animals.  Ingestion of small amounts can be fatal.


Metals, lead and mercury (thimerosal) are commonly used in lip-sticks to enhance color, and preservatives in make-up such as mascara.  These metals can be absorbed through the skin cause developmental delay, depression, miscarriages, and brain damage.


Nanoparticles are used in anti-aging creams.  They penetrate the skin and accumulate in the body.  The thing is, it's not listed on labels in the US or Canada (but in the EU all future products will indicate it's presence on the label).  Since the particles are very small, they penetrate the skin and cause cell damage in the body.  The effects include cancer, and gene damage.


Parabens are preservatives used in about 75-90% of all products on the market.  They are in everything.  They are listed as methyl/butyl/ethyl paraben.  Parabens mimic the hormone estrogen and have been found in breast tumor tissues.


Petroleum is extracted from crude oil by distillation.  Petroleum is different than petrolatum (Vaseline), which is less toxic.  Petroleum is used in skin creams and hair "oils" and hair grease.  Exposure increases your risk of developing problems with your connective tissue.  This could lead to fibromyalgia, enlarged hearts, body aches, etc.


p-Phenylenediamine is common in hair-dyes.  It is listed as 1,4-benzenediamine.  It causes rashes, nervous system, and airway problems.  Also there is a questionable association with bladder cancer.


Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative in "natural" products in their attempt to avoid parabens.  It causes reproductive and developmental toxicity.  FDA has issued a warning against putting these "natural" nipple creams as they are not safe for babies.

Phthalates - (DBP, DEHP, DMP, DEP, dibutyl ester, 1,2-benzenedicarboxylate) 

Phthalates are in fragrance commonly, nail polish, hair spray, and lotions.  Phthalates are hormone disruptors, possible carcinogens, impair fertility, and cause birth defects in male babies.

Propylene glycol - (PG, PEG, 1,2-propanediol)

Propylene glycol is a moisture sealer and is used in shampoo, baby wash, makeup. PEG is not that toxic, but is commonly contaminated with carcinogens such as 1,2-dioxane, lead, nickel, and arsenic.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate - (SLS)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is in most shampoos and soaps.  They are inexpensive, and effective.  It causes rashes, and are possibly endocrine disruptors.  Commonly contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.


Talc is in baby powder, makeup.  Women who use powder in their intimate areas seem to be more prone to ovarian cancer as demonstrated in several studies.


Toluene is a solvent used in nail products.  There is a risk of exposure to benzene which is derived from toluene.  And benzene is a toxin and causes leukemia.  Also, exposure to toluene seems to be associated with fetal loss.


Triclosan is an antimicrobial and is used in lots of products.  Regular exposure may cause resistant bacteria to emerge.  Also, it bioaccumulates and has been found in breast milk, and may even affect thyroid function.