I decided that since many of you aren't a part of BlogFrog, I would upload the forum discussion topic as a post on here. This in information is incredibly useful and I think very important to anyone trying to live a healthier life and to have a smaller impact on the planet.
Canadian author Adria Vasil has written a couple fantastic books, two of which are called Ecoholic and Ecoholic Home. Adria talks about controversial ingredients found in most of our common beauty products. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and absorbs everything! You need to know what you're putting on it. Here is the list.
#1 Diethanolamine (DEA): A suspected carcinogen commin in shampoos, body wash and makeup. Cocamide DEA, MEA and TEA may be contaminated with DEA
#2 Formaldehyde: You might not see it on your ingredient list, but this carcinogen is found in imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin and quaternium-15. Formaldehyde can evaporate into the air when the product is wet.
#3 Parabens: All types of parabens (methyl, ethyl, etc) have been found to be estrogenic - meaning they mimic female hormones. Parabens have been found in breast tumour samples but haven't been conclusively linked to cancer.
#4 Petrolatum: Comes from non-renewable crude oil, kind of like tanking up at the pump. Not breathable. Mineral oil is also petroleum-based.
#5 Phenylenediamine (PPD): Also goes by the name of P-diaminobenzene. Found in all permanent dyes, especially darker shades, it has been tied to increases in bladder cancer in long-term frequent users.
#6 Phthalates: You'll rarely see this controversial family of hormone disrupters listed on labels. It's often tuceked away under the ingredient "fragrance".
#7 Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS): Skin irritants; laureth is less irritating than lauryl, but can still case dryness. Found not to cause cancer after much suspicion, but not everyone's convinced.
#8 Talc: A powder found in everything fromeye shadow and blush to baby powder and deodorant. Any talc that's contaminated with asbestos fibres is a recognized carcinogen. The U.S. Department of Health's National Institutes of Health (NIH) voted to have talc (even non-asbestos-tainted stuff) categorized as a probably carcinogen, but it was voted down by another government body.
#9 Toluene: this powerful solvent is found in nail polishes. Long-term exposure affects the nervous system, liver and kidneys. It can also contribute to smog, making it an all-round bad guy.
#10 Triclosan: An antibacterial chemical used in everything. It's building up in our rivers and sewage sludge and can turn into carcinogenic dioxins when exposed to sunlight in water. It has been found in breast milk and has been banned by U.K. supermarkets.
Here is a fantastic site for checking how safe your cosmetics are, what's in them and which brands produce healthier products: Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database. And remember - your cosmetics all have a list of ingredients. Just like reading labels on food products, you need to read the labels on your beauty products.