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Research into Chemicals

Bringing Natural balance to a chemical world.

Research & development conducted by The Essentially Yours institute.

When we began formulating natural products in the late 90’s, most of the beauty industry didn’t believe in natural products. The word ‘organic’ hadn’t reached the lips of many skin care consumers. But, today the market is flooded with “organic brands” and so called “natural brands”. Although this is the step in the right direction, it’s also one of the biggest grey areas in the skin care world.

Some brands claim to be highly natural, and yet in their products only 3 or 4% of the formulation ingredients are actually from natural sources. The rest of the formulation is made of harsh chemical ingredients, which makes using it a pointless exercise as the harsh chemicals will affect the natural ingredients doing their job effectively.

Many skin care formulations especially organic ones aren’t that clever, most of them contain gimmicky or exotic ingredients because they sound nice, using ingredients like bees wax or Shea butter is a copout and not a truly effective ingredient to use within skincare....this is not what great natural products are effective for!

A natural formulation should replace the harsh chemical ingredients, things like parabens, alcohols, pegs and petro-chemicals which have an adverse affect.

A truly natural formulation will be many times more effective as its synthetic chemical counterpart and produce better results. This is what makes Natural Elements so unique. Our products are TRULY natural and don’t contain harsh chemical ingredients having been “tailored made” to deliver outstanding results.

‘But aren’t there other natural ranges on the market?’ commonly a lot of marketed natural ranges are not totally natural, but only contain 5%, 4% or even 1% natural ingredients using synthetic perfumes to give a natural smell but is made up of artificial chemicals (SIMPLE, NIVEA PURE & NATURAL, Olay, Clinique in fact 99% of well known brands are said to contain chemical ingredients)

Many other natural / organic ranges can be very natural but the formulations were created for smell or for gimmick reasons…not for an effect!

That’s why we’re different again: it’s not just about using natural ingredients it’s also about how you use those ingredients and the way they are formulated together. As the saying goes ‘you can over bake a cake with too many ingredients’

The Naked truth about skincare

In today’s fast-paced world we are bombarded with images and adverts of ‘miracle’ products that will provide us with beautiful, supple, radiant and youthful skin. We buy into these products, putting our trust into the manufacturers, believing that they will give us the skin we’ve always wanted. And why wouldn’t we?

The adverts show beautiful, glowing skin, (with air brushed photos, how many times has L’oreal been told to remove them by the advertising standards ?.. we have lost count!) and the women in them tell us we too can look like this if only we spend our money on their products. Some of us spend hundreds of pounds a year on products like these, trusting that they will deliver the promises of the marketing slogans.

But what if the very products we were using to make us look and feel more beautiful were doing the opposite; damaging our skin and causing more fine lines and wrinkles? Or worsening our spots/ psoriasis/ rosacea? What if the true key to beauty lay in nature itself?

And what if you really could have beautiful skin within a matter of weeks (and in some cases visible results within days) by using all-natural products to feed your skin and finally give it what it wants and needs?
We want to give you the truth about skincare products. The Essentially yours team is made up of its own chemists, formulators, cosmetic scientists and Cosmetologist Dermatologists who develop and create the range, so we thought you might want to hear it from the horse’s mouth…

This is what we learned.

ANTI AGEING (there all the same)

This is particularly true if you are using the ‘big brands’ like Lancôme, dermlogica, Claire’s, Boots, Olay and even Simple, NIVEA, Clinique and Loreal. In fact, 99.9% of all skincare is the same including the very expensive high-end brands. How is the consumer meant to know this? All you need to do is turn the bottles around and read the label to see just how much the ingredients from one brand to the next are identical.

The same chemicals used over and over again are often petro chemicals, synthetics, colours and perfumes, even bases of horrid industrial chemicals. You may be thinking ‘why is this bad?’ To give just one example, petrochemicals and their by-products such as dioxin are known to cause an array of serious health problems, including cancers and endocrine disruption.

Of the more than 75,000 chemicals registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, only a fraction have gone through complete testing to find out whether they might cause problems for human health.
Many that are produced in enormous quantities have never been tested at all. Usually, it takes dramatic episodes of workplace injuries or wildlife poisonings, combined with rigorous scientific proof of harm and public outcry, before the government will act to restrict or ban any chemical. And that is no accident.
The current regulatory system allows synthetic chemicals into our lives unless proven beyond doubt to be dangerous and even then that can be decades before they realise.

You may not find it surprising, then, that more and more is being written about the chemicals in skincare being prematurely ageing, massively irritating to skin and even cancerous.

Even brands or products claiming to be ‘natural’ or containing ‘natural ingredients’ are often conning the consumer. Alluring and perhaps often reassuring ‘natural’ ingredients often include Vitamin E or C, aloe vera, almond oil or citrus extracts, to name a few, but these may as well not be listed at all because they will invariably make up around 1% of the total ingredients – which is like adding a drop of whiskey to a pint of water and calling it a cocktail!

You may be aware that there is currently a trend of putting things like chemicals mimicking snake venom or bee venom into products – perhaps the latest celebrity ‘craze’. This is all marketing and hype, and products such as these offer little or very short term results (i.e. an hour or so) and may cause long-term damage, interfering with your central nervous system.

Additionally, you may have been given misleading information on animal testing.

Many chemicals which are tested on animals end up in skincare products, having not been tested as a finished product. There is an ingredient in many brands (one which is being heralded as the alternative to Botox) which there is no safety data about regarding its effect on humans.

Many cancer charities who are raising issues about harmful chemicals and damage say it is simply not good enough that we don’t know how safe it is. What we do know is that when injected into rabbit’s eyes it has a toxic effect. How can an ingredient like this be heralded as safe? These are the companies we are trusting to improve our skin!

Here at essentially yours, we don’t use harsh chemicals so there’s no premature ageing, stress on the skin, or potential cancer links. The raw materials are not tested on animals, and our ingredients are derived from nature, utilising the endless benefits that the natural world has to offer our skin. In addition to this, our products offer you the long-term benefit of protection from free radicals and UVA light and our vital oils and cellulose bases totally protect you from that damage.

Our formulations contain the actives to stimulate collagen in the skin, even plumping and building up the skin which is just what is needed as you get older.
Unlike when you see the words ‘pro collagen’ on a bottle (pure marketing as you can’t put collagen into the skin but you can stimulate its production) our products can deliver their claims.

Consumers also need to be careful of the other end of the spectrum – the 100% natural/organic products. These products, although made with the right intention, are in fact very poorly made. The people who make them are not well trained, nothing like the scientific team at essentially yours who conduct their research and formulating work at complex pharmaceutical levels. The 100% natural/organic formulators use bases from bees wax/shea butter/coco butter and that’s absolutely no use at all (other than it being natural) because these bases can’t carry a water molecule.

To explain, that’s like being in the desert and being given honey – it’s water you need and so does the skin. These formulators use the heavy bases of shea and wax because they can’t make the vital oils and water molecule blend, due to a lack of knowledge and training. It’s like asking a car mechanic to build a rocket – an entirely different knowledge zone.

Rise of the chemicals!

Like the Kraken from clash of the titans, the god’s released an atrocious sea monster on the innocent people of Greece. Today we face a similar monstrosity coming from our ocean’s…. chemical pollution!

Recent studies have alerted us to the effects of plastics and chemicals being released into the seas around the world, affecting the food chain to devastating results. The problem doesn’t stop there; chemicals have begun to affect our health by overexposure in our daily skin care routines with products containing high levels of chemicals, abusing our skin and causing widespread health issues in our population. The combination of the pollution of our oceans affecting our food chain and waters, to the over use of chemicals in products used routinely in our homes, has the potential to become a major health risk for the future.

The bombardment of harsh chemicals is on the rise and slowly increasing our risks to cancers and major skin aliments. Unless the tide is turned soon we could be facing an epidemic. We need to cut down on many areas where chemicals are being used.

Companies like us have been battling to turn the tide in the wave of petro-chemicals for over 15 years. We predicted these results in the early stages many years ago but were considered to be heretics of the cosmetic industry and scare mongers, the same people who called us scare mongers also claimed chemicals were not harmful to people or to our environment, but are actually in fact…. good for you!

Today, the facts speak for themselves; Chemicals are destroying the eco system within our oceans and destroying the cells in our bodies causing skin issues and in some cases…. cancerous cells. Essentially yours have developed skin care ranges using natural plant extracts and essential oils to combat the tide in the chemical frontline in skin care and attempting to help the environment - and our oceans - at the same time.

Here at Essentially Yours we have been using natural plant extracts and essential oils to combat the tide in the chemical laced products on offer in today’s market, so we can offer products that are healthier, naturally more effective and totally eco-friendly (from recycled packaging to organically farmed ingredients). We don’t abuse the environment by manufacturing products that can damage the world’s oceans or pollute our soil.

Skin cancer at epidemic levels...because of chemicals??

Cancer rates climbing year on year and were not talking about lung cancer. Can you get cancer from things you put on your skin? The skin absorbs anything placed on the surface…even chemicals!
(Independent study conducting in America over studies showing alarming links between cancers and chemicals used in average household products)

Big corporations should care more….

U. S. Food and Drug Administration have confirmed that criminal penalties could be levied against the Johnson & Johnson’s division. It is responsible for a huge recall of paediatric medications.

The agency is mulling additional actions against the Company for its non-compliance which may include seizures, injunction or criminal penalties. The news was confirmed by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, FDA's Principal Deputy Commissioner. The evidence collected so far indicated a lot of problems with the Company.

Due to flaws in manufacturing and quality-control procedures, more than 136 million bottles of liquid children's drugs, including Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl were recalled on April 30. It is alleged that these medicines may have been full of inactive ingredients that failed testing, bits of metal or too much active ingredient.

This is not the first time such a recall has been ordered. This has prompted the lawmakers to question the Company’s integrity. It is also responsible for delaying reporting of problems to the FDA. The agency has referred that latest case to FDA’s office of criminal investigation. This unit works closely with the Justice Department.

Senators feel that the actions of the Company reveal that it is deceptive, dishonest and willing to put the health of children at risk. Health experts also feel that despite being such a big Company, it failed to act responsibly and enforce strict quality control.

If you would like a free pack of information about what harsh chemicals to avoid and why - please email your home address to


There is significant evidence that chemicals in everyday sun cream (spf) could be causing skin cancer (and certainly a major skin irritation to many people).

10 years ago we were the first to talk about parbens in breast cancer, We were dismissed as scaremongers’ they wouldn't make products with them if they were dangerous'.

Many people are now aware of them through the press and mass media, statistics show 30% of people have cut down on using products with parabens and breast cancer rates are dropping by nearly 30%.

‘Medical organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend the use of sunscreen because it prevents the squamous cell carcinoma and the basal cell carcinoma.[2] However, the use of sunscreens is controversial for various reasons. Many do not block UVA radiation, which does not cause sunburn but can increase the rate of melanoma, another kind of skin cancer, so people using sunscreens may be getting too much UVA without realizing it. Additionally, sunscreens block UVB, and if used consistently this can cause a deficiency of vitamin D' sourced Wikipedia.

in 99.9% of sunscreens for SPF protection contains 'Titanium dioxide' Including most natural and organic brands!

titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ''possibly carcinogen to humans''... This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*.

We prefer natural vital oils for the best defence, because as a plant and vegetable ingredient it comes from a natural source and is very good for you. In fact the journal of investigative dermatology in 2003 said you should use antioxidants instead of SPF sun creams because they don’t stop the free radical damage...Antioxidants do! (Free radicals contribute to cancer cells).
SPF's use reflective particles in the product to reflect the sun, these particles are said to be harmful in them and 99% of the time they also sit in chemicals which are linked with cancer as well.

We can’t offer you an official SPF in our products but we provide a sun defence in the form of vital oils which protect you from the very damaging UVA light, which is the cause of skin cancer and ageing the skin. Normal SPF's don't protect you from UVA.

Did you know for example that you are absorbing UVA rays even in the shade, so using our products with natural oils which protect against free radical damage and UVA damage is a very healthy thing to do, even if your not directly in the sun ( our creams and oils are full of such natural oils). Our products won't stop the burn but they will stop you from the ageing effects of the sun and the long term (cancerous) effects from UVA light.

- Skin changes that were thought to be due to normal ageing, are actually caused by exposure to UVA radiation.

- UVC radiation is mostly absorbed by the ozone layer and has little affect on the skin. But this radiation can be found in artificial sources such as mercury lamps and germicidal lamps which of course are used in many treatments.

- UVB affects the outer layer of skin and is responsible for sunburns. UVB does not penetrate glass.

- UVA Radiation on the other hand was once thought to have a little effect on skin damage, but new studies are showing that UVA is the biggest major contributor to skin damage including premature ageing of the skin, UVA penetrates deeper into the skin. The intensity of UVA radiation is such it’s the main source of damaging free radicals and is also not filtered by glass so even driving in the car can bring on the dangers of skin cancer including pigmentation on one side of the face nearest a side window.

The Damaging Effects
UVA radiation can cause skin damage including wrinkles, lowered immunity against infection, ageing and cancer. Many of the possible mechanisms for UV skin damage are collagen breakdown, free radicals lowering DNA repair, and breaking down the immune system.

Collagen Breakdown
In the stratum corneum and lower skin layers UV radiation causes collagen to break down quicker than with just normal ageing, it cause damage to collagen fibers and abnormal elastin. When this sun-induced elastin occurs, enzymes called metalloproteinases are created. Usually, metalloproteinases repairs sun-injured skin by manufacturing collagen... These results in the skin building imperfect layers over and over thus wrinkles, lines and thickness occurs. The best way is to protect the skin from such damage in the first place

Free Radicals
UV radiation is the major creators of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules. which must seek other molecules for another electron thus the secondary molecule loses its electron , it must then find another electron repeating the process. This process damages cells. Free radical damage causes wrinkles that break down in collagen. They cause cancer by changing the DNA of the cell.

You body also suffers from Immune system failure ie uva light cause certain chemicals to be released which slows the immune system to work properly thus cell death occurs and make cells become cancerous
There is a following that certain chemicals and especially alcohols on the skin speed up the process of cell and skin fiber breakdown so using our natural products not only help prevent this but do not expose the skin to such trauma.

Skin ageing and damage is preventable by using free radical inhibitors or mopping up of free radicals on the skin, the two best for doing this are vital oils for protection and now cellulose gels for mopping up .... all of which you would be extensively using when you use our products, but we have to say not when using most other ranges including many natural organic ones.

After sun......the time to repair!
the last thing you should do is put petro chemicals on after being in the sun, as the chemical ingredients will become a damaging free radical by stripping your natural oils and hydration levels. Allow time to repair the skin naturally.

Bad ingredients

Also known as Dimethylketone, 2-Propanone, Beta-Ketopropane
. Inhalation of moderate to high amounts, even for a short time results in entry of acetone into bloodstream where it is carried to all other organs. Nose, throat, lung and eye irritant, headaches, confusion, increased pulse rate, effects on blood, nausea, vomiting and unconsciousness, coma. Shortens the menstrual cycle in women. Effects of long-term exposure include kidney, liver and nerve damage, increased birth defects, metabolic changes and coma. Found in nail polish remover.
Found in many nail care products. Known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals.
Implicated in oral cancer. Found in mouthwash, astringent, toothpaste, cleansers.
Alkyl-phenol Ethoxylades
May reduce sperm count. Found in shampoo and bubble bath.
Destroys skin cells and leaves skin more susceptible to damage from the environment and skin cancer. Actually ends up aging skin. Found in anti-aging facial creams and lotions.
Central nervous system damage and linked to Alzheimers. Found in antiperspirant deodorants.
Ammonium Glycolate
A photosensitizer with potential to increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer by intensifying UV exposures in deep skin layers. This sensitizer can instigate immune system response that includes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. It is also a penetration enhancer which alters the skins’ structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, thus increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream. Found in body products.
Ammonium Persulfate
Found in hair color and bleaching kit sensitizer - can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin, lung sensitizer - can instigate immune system response that can include asthma attacks or other problems with the lungs and airways.
Immune system toxin, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant, classified as toxic in one or more government assessments.
Genetically Modified, synthetic sugar substitute. People report dizziness, headaches and even seizures. Scientists believe it can alter behavior due to altered brain function. Long term effects of this genetically modified organism on human health has not been studied or tested. Found as a sweetener in foods and some body products, such as shaving gel.

Inhalation of high levels can cause headaches, rapid heart rate, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness and death. Hodgkin’s and Lymphomas result from inhalation. Used in detergents, drugs, pesticides and adhesives.
Benzoic Acid
Inhalation affects nervous system and is moderately toxic by ingestion. Severe eye and skin irritant. Used as a food preservative and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
Benzoic / Benzyl / Benzene
Contains carcinogens, endocrine disruptor, may cause birth defects. Found in shower gels, shampoos, bubble bath.
Banned in other countries, these two preservatives are considered carcinogenic but remain in U.S. manufactured foods that contain oil as they retard rancidity. Found in foods and body products.
May break down into formaldehyde, may form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Found in body products.
Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin. Found in body products.
Causes cancer in animals. Used in cosmetics, inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis.
Coal Tar Dyes – (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.)
Even though their carcinogenicity has recently been proven, the 1938 Act includes a specific exemption for them. Severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Found in bubble bath, hair dye, dandruff shampoo, toothpaste and foods.
Formerly the active ingredient in rat poison. A carcinogenic ingredient used in the manufacturing of deodorants, shampoos, skin fresheners and perfumes.
D&C Yellow 11
Found in: Lip gloss, polish remover, nail polish, bath oil/salts/soak, body spray, mositurizer, lipstick, styling gel/lotion, bar soap, after sun products, cologne, nail treatment. Color safe for external use only, found in ingested products, Color not approved for use around eyes, in eye products
DEA: Diethanolamine
A chemical used as a wetting or thickening agent in shampoos, soaps, hairsprays and sunscreens, blocks absorption of the nutrient choline, which is essential to brain development in a fetus.
Found in some mascaras's suspected as a cause of cancer in humans, based on studies of human populations or laboratory animals.
Hydroabietyl Alcohol
Found in styling gel/lotions. Unsafe for use in cosmetics according to the fragrance industry's International Fragrance Association.
TEA: Tea, Triethanolamine
MEA: Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide DEA, Oleamide DEA
NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine) forms when DEA reacts with nitrosating agents or the actual addition of nitrite as a preservative. As there is no way to determine if NDEA has been formed, it is imperative to avoid all products containing DEA as it is a known carcinogen. Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser.
TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects (although still in use in the U.S.)
Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer. Found in shampoos, skin cream, bubble bath, shaving gel, conditioner, lotions.
An additive that tastes like butter causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn workers’ lung. Found in foods, especially microwave popcorn.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
A chemical used to keep nail polish from chipping, has been connected to cancer in lab animals as well as long-term fertility issues in newborn boys. Banned in Europe, but still in use in the U.S. Found in nail polish.
A silicone emollient, which coats the skin not allowing toxins out. May promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. Found in lotions and creams.
Damage and weaken tooth enamel allowing more staining and discoloration to take place. Found in tooth whitening products.
Disodium EDTA
Harmful if swallowed or inhaled, causes irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Found in cosmetics.
Suffocates skin by not allowing moisture in or out. Found in facial creams and body lotions.
May contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Accumulates in body and contributes to bone disease. Carcinogenic. Found in toothpastes.
Suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin, it may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, inhaled or swallowed. Can cause spasms, edema, chemical pneumonitis and is extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane, this chemical is found in many nail care products. Known to cause cancers in humans and experimental animals. Found in baby shampoo, bubble bath, deodorants, perfume, cologne, hair dye, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair spray, nail polish.
Fragrances (Synthetic)
Some perfumes / fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals. Some, such as methylene chloride are carcinogenic. Some cause brain damage or are neurotoxins. Avoid unless you can be sure they are not carcinogenic.
Glycolic Acid
Penetration enhancer which alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream, skin or sense organs. As a sensitizer it can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. Toxicant, neurotoxin, kidney toxicant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant. Found in creams, lotions, cosmetics.
GMO/Genetically Modified Organism
Plants, animals or foods that have been genetically modified, genetically engineered or BT/Biotechnology modified. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. Minimal testing shows that animals fed GMO feed, refuse to eat it. When force-fed the feed (corn, soy, tomatoes etc.) the animals developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. Almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products due to insufficient testing.
Hydrogenated/Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been radically changed by high heat. Trans fats are poison: just like arsenic. Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat!
A severely toxic and very powerful chemical. Banned in the United Kingdom, but still used in the U.S. Found in skin lightening products and hair dyes, this chemical alters the skins natural structure inhibiting the production of Melanin. Without natural protection, the skin is more susceptible to skin cancer. Prolonged use of Hydroquinone will thicken collagen fibers damaging the connective tissues. The result is rough blotchy skin leaving it with a spotty caviar appearance.
Used in cosmetics. Inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis.
Potential breast cancer risk. Itching, burning and blistering of skin. Found in body products.
Isoproponal/Isopropyl Alcohol
Moderately toxic chemical causing flushing, pulse rate decrease, blood pressure lowering, anesthesia, narcosis, headache, dizziness, mental depression, drowsiness, hallucinations, distorted perceptions, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting and coma. Used to clean/disinfect skin, lower temperatures. Found in some body products.
Kajoic Acid
A chemical that inhibits melanin production. Used in skin lightening products, it damages the skin and makes it more susceptible to cancer.
While lanolin itself is skin beneficial, it may contain carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, lindane, dieldrin and other neurotoxins. Can cause rashes. Found in body products.
Can dry and damage skin. Found in bars of soap.
Magnesium Stearate / Stearic Acid
May contain phosphatidyl choline which collapses cell membranes and selectively kills T-Cells which breaks down the immune system. An execeptant that is used to bind medicinal tablets and make them smooth it is also used in pharmaceuticals, foods, talcum powder, ammunition, and as a drying agent in paints.
Methylisothiazoline, or MIT
Causes neurological damage. Found in shampoo.
Methyl Methacrylate
May cause fingers and nails to inflame. Found in nail polish.
Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development of fetus, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching, burning and blistering of skin. A close cousin of benzoic acid: poisonous and moderately toxic it is found in body products.
Mineral Oil
A derivative of petroleum, this additive clogs pores, locks in toxins, suffocates and dries skin and inhibits your skins natural oil production further increasing dehydration. Causes testicular tumors in the fetus, deposits accumulate in the lymph nodes and prevent absorption of vitamin A from the intestines. Found in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation and creams.
Monosodium Glutamate/MSG
MSG is an excitotoxin, which causes nerve damage and allergic reactions. Found in hundreds of foods, often under other names.
Neotame is a reformulated aspartame that will require smaller amounts than aspartame to achieve the same sweetness. Neotame, like aspartame, contains aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and a methyl esther. Animal studies reveal aspartic acid and glutamic acid load on the same receptors in the brain, cause identical brain lesions and neuroendocrine disorders, and act in an additive fashion. People who are sensitive to processed free glutamic acid (MSG) experience similar reactions to aspartame, and people who are sensitive to aspartame experience similar reactions to MSG. People who currently react to MSG and/or aspartame should expect to react similarly to Neotame. Found in soft drinks, pharmaceuticals, processed foods of all kinds.
Nitrate – Nitrite
While nitrate itself is harmless; it is readily converted to nitrite. When nitrite combines with compounds called secondary amines, it forms nitrosamines: extremely powerful cancer-causing chemicals. The chemical reaction occurs most readily at the high temperatures of frying. Nitrite has long been suspected as being a cause of stomach cancer.
Extremely powerful, cancer-causing chemicals formed at high temperatures when the preservative nitrite combines with compounds called secondary amines.
While fat-free, this additive has a fatal side effect: it attaches to valuable nutrients and flushes them out of the body. Some of these nutrients, called carotenoids, appear to protect us from such diseases as lung cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Olestra replaces fats in ‘fat-free’ foods.
Padimate-O (PABA)
Nitrosamines, potent carcinogens, may form in products that contain Padimate-O. There is no way of knowing if they have formed. Found in cosmetics and sunscreens.
Possible carcinogen. Found in cosmetics and food.
PEG Stearates
Potentially contaminated with or breaking down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in cosmetics, creams and foods.
PEG (Polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, oxynol: any ethoxylated compound, including SLES)
May contain ¼-dioxane which is a possible carcinogen, estrogen mimic and endocrine disruptor. Can only be removed from a product through vacuum stripping during processing. Avoid all ethyoxylated products as a precaution. Found in foods and body products.
PEG-12 Distearate
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in creams, lotions, cosmetics and foods.
PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazards. Found in cosmetics, creams, lotions and foods.
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in foods, lotions, creams and cosmetics.
Petroleum (Petrolatum)
Suffocates skin and traps toxins in body, clogs pores. Found in lotions, skin creams, and body jelly.
Proven damage to liver, lungs, kidneys and reproductive system, especially forming testes. Also found in vinyl flooring, plastic wallpaper, and children’s toys. Accumulates in body. Found in perfume, hair spray, deodorant, nail polish, hair gel, mousse, body and hand lotion. Usually not listed on label! Banned in Europe but still used in the U.S.
Polyethylene Glycol /PEG
Moderately toxic, eye irritant and possible carcinogen. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. Found in cosmetics, body products, foods, lotions.
Possible carcinogen. Found in lipstick, mascara, baby soap, eye shadow.
Used in cosmetics. Inhalation could cause chemical pneumonitis .
May contain harmful impurities or form toxic breakdown products linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in body products.
Potassium Bromate
An additive that increases the volume and crumb of bread, is banned worldwide except in the U.S. and Japan. Considered carcinogenic.
Propylene Glycol
Kidney damage, liver abnormalities, inhibits skin cell growth, damages cell membranes causing rashes, surface damage and dry skin.
Absorbed into blood stream and travels to all organs. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. It is derived from petroleum products. The Material Safety Data Sheets on propylene glycol warns against contact with eyes, skin and clothing. It also says inhalation can cause irritation of nasal passages, ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Research also shows that it alters cell membranes and causes cardiac arrest. Found in shaving gel, lotions, shampoo, conditioners, foods, deodorant.
Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazard. A close cousin of benzoic acid: poisonous and moderately toxic. Found in body products.
Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60 etc.
Toxic, causes skin rashes and allergic reactions. Formaldehyde releasers. Substantive evidence of casual relation to leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Found in body products.
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Potentially contaminated with or breaking down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in facial moisturizer, facial cleanser, facial treatments, skin fading and lightening products, anti-aging products, eye makeup remover, concealer, makeup remover, around eye cream, acne treatment, shampoo, conditioner, styling lotion and gel, styling mousse and foam, hair spray, hair relaxer, tanning oil and sunscreen, after tanning products, body cleanser and wash, body exfoliants, body firming lotion, baby soap, baby lotion, baby wipes, baby bubble bath, pain and wound products, hand sanitizer.
Makes meat look red rather than Sodium Nitrite
gray, and gives meat an overly long shelf life of months. Clinically proven to cause leukemia, brain tumors and other forms of cancer.
Contains several naturally occurring compounds that are toxic to humans and animals. Soy foods block calcium and can cause vitamin D deficiencies. One health agency estimates than 100 grams of soy protein provides the estrogenic equivalent of the pill. Processing and all modern soy foods contain MSG, which cause neurological problems. Soy products inhibit thyroid function, which may lead to fatigue and mental issues. Infants on soy formula are vulnerable to developing autoimmune thyroid disease when exposed to high amounts of isoflavones over time. These Isoflavones have been found to have serious health effects, including infertility, thyroid disease or liver disease, on a number of mammals. Long term feeding with soy formulas inhibits thyroid peroxidase to such an extent that long term elevated thyroid stimulating hormone levels can also raise the risk of thyroid cancer. It is said that two glasses of soy milk a day over the course of a month contains enough of the chemical to change the timing of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Only eat soy if it has been fermented: such as soy, misu and tamari and if it is labeled as organic or non-GMO.
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
Builds up in heart, lungs, brain and liver from skin contact and may cause damage to these organs. Corrodes hair follicles and may cause hair to fall out. Damages immune system. Contain endocrine disruptors and estrogen mimics. Impairs proper structural formation of young eyes. May contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. This is a detergent derived from coconut oil and may be labeled natural or even organic. Found in toothpaste, soap, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, facial cleansers.
SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
Ether mixtures may contain carcinogenic nitrosamines. Avoid ethoxylated compounds as a precaution. May form 1.4 dioxane, a potential carcinogen, endocrine disruptor and estrogen mimic. Allows other chemicals to penetrate skin more deeply and enter bloodstream. May cause hair loss when applied to scalp. Found in shampoo, toothpaste, bubble bath, body wash, soap.
Stearalkonium Chloride
Toxic and causes allergic reactions. Used in hair conditioners.
Can cause reactions in asthmatics, and lead to death. Sulphites are now banned on all foods except raw potatoes, wine and dried fruit.
Carcinogenic when inhaled, may result in fallopian tube fibrosis. Found in blush, condoms, baby powder, feminine powders, foot and body powders.
Poison to humans. Hallucinations, bone marrow changes, may cause liver and kidney damage and birth defects, endocrine disruptor and potential carcinogen linked to brain cancer. Irritates respiratory tract. Found in nail polish and cleaning products.
Found in a lot of antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste products, it can react with chlorine in the tap water to create Chloroform. This is a toxic chemical that can give you cancer. If you breathe enough chloroform, you will die. When you wash your hands with antibacterial soap that contains Triclosan, you are getting the fumes emitted from this chemical reaction.

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