As it happens, non-toxic self care is not only healthier, but also can be a lot less expensive than using manufacturers offerings. I prefer to avoid those anyway, because even if you painstakingly select a product from a reputable small manufacturer with known safe ingredients, the product’s ingredients can and may change without any notice. Mega-corp tries not to let the word get out when they buy out a green” competitor – they’re buying that good reputation and they don’t want to spoil it. But then they feel free to change the ingredients to make it less expensive...often making it more toxic at the same time.
Many of the ingredients they are likely to put in to reduce cost without hampering effectiveness are linked to cancer, birth defects, reproductive disorders, heart disease, liver disease and lung disease. Several are also endocrine disruptors.
Butyl Acetate: keeps nail polish from chipping
Butylate Hydroxytoluene: prevents colors from fading and changing too quickly
Coal Tar: dissolves dead skin cells and controls itching used in shampoo and hair dye
Cocamide/Lauramide DEA: causes foaming in shampoo and bath products
Formaldehyde: disinfectant and preservative in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo,
Diazolidinyl Urea: helps the disinfectants (like formaldehyde) work
Ethyl Acetate: liquid in nail polish, mascara, tooth whitening, perfume
Parabens: preservatives that don't allow bacteria to grow in your cosmetics
Petrolateum (Petroleum): makes lipsticks shine, creams smooth, and softens skin
Treithanolamine: keeps cosmetics from clumping
Triclosan: prevents bacteria from growing in your cosmetics, soaps, or deodorants
Toluene: liquid part of nail polish and hair dye makes it stick and look glossy
Talc: absorbs moisture and prevents powders like eye shadow, blush, deodorant from clumping
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: helps the cosmetics stick to your skin
Propylene glycol: keeps products from melting when it is too hot or freezing when it is too cold
Phthalates: keeps color and scents dissolved in the nail polish, perfume, hair spray and others
I focused on the top most used 15 cosmetics, which include:
Body wash/soap, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, toner, acne cream, body lotion, face moisturizer, sun screen, hair de-tangler/conditioner, deodorant, and toothpaste.
Skin Deep Cosmetics databse: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/
Campaign for safe cosmetics: http://www.safecosmetics.org/
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics DIY recipes http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=233#face
Eden Organic Beauty Recipes http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/browse.php?categories_id=4