Formaldehyde And Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/formaldehyde/Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs) are used in many personal care products, particularly in shampoos and liquid baby soaps. These chemicals, which help prevent microbes from growing in water-based products, can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to cancer and allergic skin reactions. FOUND IN: Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, color cosmetics. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:...Read More »

Phthalates

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/phthalates/Pronounced THAL-ates, these chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer, have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products.  FOUND IN: Color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL:  phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance WHAT ARE PHTHALATES? Phthalates share a similar chemical structure and...Read More »

Procter & Gamble

http://www.safecosmetics.org/take-action/campaigns/procter-gamble/Procter & Gamble .sturdy { font-size: 14px; } We launched the Cosmetics without Cancer Campaign to tell the giant multinational cosmetic companies to get cancer-causing chemicals out of their cosmetic products now! We consulted a number of cosmetic databases like Think Dirty and SkinDeep to investigate the presence of carcinogens in products sold by six of the world’s biggest cosmetic companies – Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Revlon, Estee Lauder, Avon and...Read More »

Acrylates

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/2978/Acrylates (ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, and methyl methacrylate) are ingredients found in artificial nail products. We are mainly exposed to these chemicals through inhalation or skin contact. Despite evidence of adverse skin, eye, and throat reactions to these chemicals, they continue to be used in nail products. FOUND IN: Artificial Nail Products (Acrylic Nails, Nail Enhancing Polishes) WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: ethyl acrylate: Acrylic acid ethyl ester, ethyl propenoate, EA;...Read More »