Content tagged “toxics”

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  • FAQs about chemicals in cosmetics

    What can consumers do to encourage cosmetic manufacturers to switch to less toxic ingredients? What do I do with my old cosmetic products that I no longer want? How can I read labels better and choose the safest products? More »

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  • Triclosan

    Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. More »

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  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate

    Sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes referred to as SLS) is used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap. More »

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  • Petrolatum

    Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly (i.e. petroleum jelly). It is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers and also in hair care products to make your hair shine. More »

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  • Parabens

    Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won't find that listed on the label. An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens. More »

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  • Coal Tar Dyes

    Coal tar-derived colours are used extensively in cosmetics, generally identified by a five-digit Colour Index (C.I.) number. P-phenylenediamine is a particular coal tar dye used in many hair dyes. Darker hair dyes tend to contain more phenylenediamine than lighter colours. More »

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  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

    Formaldehyde-releasing agents are used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetics. Other industrial applications of formaldehyde include production of resins used in wood products, vinyl flooring and other plastics, permanent-press fabric, and toilet bowl cleaners. More »

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