Alcohol in Astringents, Toners, and Other Cosmetics

Many of the alcohols found in cosmetics are highly toxic, and by reading this guide you will be able to identify on product labels those chemicals to avoid.

Most often the alcohol used in cosmetics is ethanol. Ethanol can be made by the fermentation of sugar or starch or b the hydration of ethylene, an acrylate copolymer (with very toxic synthetic plastic resins, according to Aubrey Hampton of Aubrey Organics). Alcohols marked SD and CD (such as SD Alcohol 40) are “specially denatured” and “completely denatured,” respectively. Chemicals are added to make them poisonous to drink, and these chemicals to avoid, even if the alcohol itself is a natural grain alcohol. Many of the poisons added are neurotoxic; they are often ingredients such as gasoline, acetone, formaldehyde, pine tar, and even kerosene. Isopropyl alcohol is synthetic.

Although it is difficult to find products – especially toners and astringents – without synthetic alcohols, if you read labels you will see that they do exist, and they will more than likely be pure and plant based.

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Halee M.
Halee M.2 years ago

As scary as it sounds, rubbing alcohol is the best skin cleaner in the world though it strips the natural oils along with dirt and bacteria.
Personally, I use it once a week after cleansing to remove any residue of dirt and make-up.
You'll be surprised how non-cleansing your high end cleansers and toners really are!
My suggestion is to apply the product with cotton once per week and quickly rehydrate with a super moisturizer such as E45 cream.
I'm 50 and a wrinkle has never visited my face. Yet.

Magda V.
Past Member 2 years ago


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Horrible for the skin...It dries it out!

Vicki P.
Victoria P.3 years ago


Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago

thank you :)

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Only use a toner with NO alcohol!!! And yes, a toner is the most misunderstood product in your skin care regime, as if used am & pm prior to your serum and day/night cream, you are exfoliating gently each day as we shed dead skin cells daily. Thus removing them is the only way you can expect your serum and moisturizer to penetrate the skin and achieve the desired results. If your serum & moisturizer are laying on a bed of dry dead skin cells, then it cannot penetrate to do the job. Which is to rehydrate the skin!

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

are these toxins used to make fake leather?