Petroleum

As the oil continues to gush into the Gulf Coast and eradicate our eco-system, you now may be using less gasoline in your daily life in response to this epic, man-made tragedy.

Lessen dependency on oil by eliminating carcinogenic petroleum from your personal care regimen.

Yes, the same petroleum at the pump and its derivatives may be found in lip balm, lip stick, lip gloss, mascara, moisturizers, concealer, foundation, face powder, hair gel, body wash, eye shadow, paraffin treatments, petroleum jelly, cold/flu rubs, diaper cream, eye drops, anti-itch cream, wound ointment, pain relief ointment, dish soaps, laundry detergents,  fabric softeners, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, tampons, and sanitary pads.

The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 on the United States’ first oil rigs.  It would accumulate on rigs and cause the rigs to breakdown.  Along with causing the rigs to defect, the operators soon learned about its protective sealant properties on skin when applied to burns and cuts.  That discovery was then taken to New York and the rest is history.  The famous, clear tub with the blue label was born.

Ingredients discovered on oil rigs do not belong on skin.

 

Nor in our oceans

Heartbreaking images of once vibrant sea life now floating deceased or washed up on Gulf shores prove this point.

Petroleum is banned for cosmetic and personal care use in Europe.

Petroleum and its derivatives can be listed as:

PETROLEUM; PETROLATUM; MINERAL JELLY; PETROLATUM AMBER; PETROLATUM WHITE; PETROLEUM JELLY; YELLOW PETROLATUM; MINERAL GREASE (PETROLATUM); PARAFFIN; PETROLEUM WAX

Click here to view a map of petroleum’s toll on the body.

Get to know what your products contain.  You can ELIMINATE your petroleum intake.

 

 

 

Get To Know Your Ingredients: Toluene

Toluene

Can also be listed as:

BENZENE, METHYL-; METHYLBENZENE; TOLUOL; METHYL- BENZENE; BENZENE, METHYL; ANTISAL 1A; BENZENE, METHYL-; CP 25; METHACIDE; METHANE, PHENYL-; METHYLBENZENE

Toluene is a highly toxic solvent used to thin paints and is a chemical commonly found in nail care products. Toluene is easily inhaled and emanates a distinctive, sweet smell.

The European Union has banned toluene from use in cosmetics due to its harmful effects.  It is not banned in the United States.

Exposure to toluene can result in nausea, headaches, skin irritation, eye irritation, and respiratory problems.  Long term or increased exposure can result in birth defects, seizures, slower neurological responses, chest pain, vomiting, jaundice, muscle pain, liver damage, and kidney damage.

You can find toluene in many nail polishes, nail care products, gasoline, acrylic paints, adhesives, paint thinners, varnishes, glues, rubber cement, and shoe polish.

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

Get To Know Your Ingredients: Triethanolamine

Triethanolamine

Can also be listed as:

ETHANOL, 2,2′,2″-NITRILOTRIS-; 2,2′,2″-NITRILOTRIS [ETHANOL] ; TEA; TROLAMINE; 2,2′,2”-NITRILOTRIETHANOL; ETHANOL, 2,2 ,2 NITRILOTRIS; 2,2′,2”-NITRILOTRIETHANOL; ALKANOLAMINE 244; DALTOGEN; NITRILO-2,2′,2”-       TRIETHANOL; STEROLAMIDE

Triethanolamine (TEA) is an organic compound used as a PH balancer in personal care products and cosmetics. Triethanolamine (TEA) may convert into nitrosamines which are well-known carcinogens.

In addition to its carcinogen attributes, TEA is also an endocrine disruptor. TEA causes dermatitis, asthma, eye irritation, and skin blisters.

Triethanolamine (TEA) is a listed chemical on the armed weapons control agreement Chemical Weapons Convention. TEA can be used to make nitrogen mustards.

Over 1.2 billion pounds of TEA are created each year in the United States. You can find triethanolamine in moisturizers, skin cleansers, shaving cream, sunscreen, shampoos, styling gels, mascara, and detergents.

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

Get to Know Your Ingredients: Triclosan

Triclosan

Can also be listed as:

5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) -; 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXY DIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) – PHENOL; PHENOL, 5CHLORO2 (2,4DICHLOROPHENOXY) ; 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXYDIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; CH 3565; IRGASAN; IRGASAN DP300; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) –

The FDA announced last week that it will review the safety of triclosan after the urging of Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey.  Triclosan is found in antibacterial products such as soap, hand sanitizer, clothing, shoes, deodorants, toothpaste, cutting boards, sponges, toys, and cosmetics. Studies have shown that triclosan is an endocrine disruptor and enables bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant.

Triclosan is so prominent, the CDC states that it is found in 75% of the population’s urine.  The American Medical Association advises against the use of antibacterial soap at home to prevent the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Antibacterial soap has been found no more effective than regular soap.

Triclosan is in drinking water and a large percentage of rivers.  The EPA does not regulate levels of triclosan in drinking water.

The European Union has a ban on triclosan for products that come in contact with food.

Triclosan is a listed ingredient in products.  Depending on the type of product, you can find it listed in the Drug Facts box or in the ingredient list.

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

Get to Know Your Ingredients: Phthalate

Phthalate

Can also be listed as:

DIETHYL PTHALATE, DIETHYLHEXYL PHTHALATE, DIBUTYL PHTHALATE, DIMETHYL PHTHALATE, BENZYL BUTYL PHTHALATE, DI-2-ETHYL HEXYL PHTHALATE, DIISODECYL PHTHALATE, DIISONONYL PHTHALATE, BENZYLBUTYLPHTHALATE, MONO-ETHYL-HEXYL-PHTHALATE, DBP, DEP, DEHP, BzBP, DMP

Phthalates are powerful, potent endocrine disruptors. In the past few years, consumers are becoming aware of the dangers of phthalates, due to the increasing amount of medical studies.  Evidence shows that phthalates are linked to the growing number of male babies developing deformed, small genitalia and undescended testes. In a study released this past January by Mount Sinai School of Medicine, it is also being linked to ADD/ADHD.  Phthalates lowers testosterone and estrogen levels in men.  Phthalates can shorten pregnancies and reduce sperm quality.

Phthalates are used in many plastics to make them soft and/or flexible.  They are commonly used to prolong the longevity of fragrance in personal care products, fragrances, and cosmetics. There are many types of phthalates and a good amount are banned from cosmetics and children’s toys in Europe.  As of 2009, the U.S. established some phthalates not exceed 0.1 percent in children’s toys.  You can also find phtalates in vinyl, medical devices, packaging, food products, baby bottles, and sex toys. Some hospitals are phasing out plastics in infant intensive care units.

Unfortunately, phthalates do not have to be listed as an ingredient on consumer products.  Some products do state “phthalates free”.  To avoid phthalates, choose fragrance-free products, stay away from plastics with the recycle codes 3 and 7, cut off plastic water/soda bottle use (especially if pregnant), purchase BPA/pthalate free baby bottlesremove plastic/vinyl shower curtains, replace plastic food storage containers with glass, stay away from canned foods (cans inner coating contains phthalates), dispose of old plastic toys (U.S. phthalate toy regulation started in 2009), and go green with your sex toys!

Visit EWG’s cosmetic database to see if your products contain pthalates.

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

Get to Know Your Ingredients: Methylparaben

Methylparaben

Can also be listed as:

BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-, METHYL ESTER; P-CARBOMRYHOXYPHENOL; 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, METHYL ESTER; P-METHOXYCARBONYLPHENOL; METHYL 4-HYDROXYBENZOATE; METHYL P-HYDROXYBENZOATE; METHYL PARAHYDROXYBENZOATE; METHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-; METHYL ESTER 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID; 4-HYDROXY- METHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID; METHYLPARABE

Methylparaben is a controversial agent.  Globally, it is considered safe for use in food and personal care products by government agencies. Results from studies in the past decade are showing that parabens are endocrine disrupters, meaning when absorbed into the body it mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts normal body functions.

While parabens haven’t been directly linked to cancer, suspicions are growing.  Traces of parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors. The American Cancer Society states that larger studies must be conducted to find out the effects of parabens on breast cancer.

Methylparaben is widely used.  You can find it in lotions, moisturizers, shampoo, conditioners, bar soap, etc.

Methylparabens are found in nature.  Natural parabens are not used in commercial products.  Parabens in cosmetics come from petroleum.

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