Ingredients in Personal Care Products

A short time ago I posted about the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics and the necessity of becoming  more aware of what’s in the products you use. It’s recommended that you switch to products that don’t contain harmful ingredients.

Ah, this in only possible when you know what these harmful ingredients are. My friends at the Environmental Working Group put together a list with hints on how to read the labels on products.

EWG.org recommends that you avoid words (starting at the end of the word):

    • Words ending in “paraben”
    • DMDM hydantoin
    • Imidazolidinyl urea
    • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
    • Methylisothiazolinone
    • Triclosan
    • Triclocarban
    • Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)
  • Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
  • Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”

The article is here: Know the ingredients in your personal care products

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