Get To Know Your Ingredients: Formaldehyde


Formaldehyde is an organic compound recently recognized by the EPA as a carcinogen.  It permeates through inhalation.  Formaldehyde is linked to lung cancers, Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia, and myeloid leukemia.  The EPA also links formaldehyde to cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; reproductive and developmental toxicity; asthma; neurologic and behavioral toxicity; and immunological toxicity.

Formaldehyde has been banned for use in cosmetics in Sweden and Japan.

This month, senate legislation on formaldehyde levels in wood is likely be executed to assimilate standards already enforced in the State of California.  Regulations on other products may soon follow.

  • Formaldehyde may be found in vaccines, nail lacquers, nail treatments, eyelash glue, hair products, wrinkle-resistant fabrics, wood adhesives, carpet adhesives, composite wood products, pill casings, automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, smog, facial tissues, paper towels, paper napkins, and paint.
  • Imidazolidinyl urea and Hydantoin (DMHM), commonly found in hair products, are preservatives that release formaldehyde.

Get to know what your products contain. You can limit your formaldehyde intake.


  1. So scary!