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What’s Lurking in Your Natural Cosmetics?

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What’s Lurking in Your Natural Cosmetics?

Most body care and cosmetics companies include highly toxic ingredients in their products.  But, more and more companies are touting their products as healthy alternatives to the chemical-laden brands.  I randomly selected two  products from a popular natural body care and cosmetics company to determine whether there were any nasty chemicals lurking there.  Here’s what I found (these toxins are common to many brands of products):

-Five different types of parabens—butyl-, ethyl-, isobutyl-, methyl-, and propyl- parabens.  These commonly-used preservatives are known toxins that irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract; and have been linked to many allergic reactions.  Doesn’t sound so bad?  Keep reading.

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-Butylene glycol—this petrochemical-derived substance penetrates the skin, where it can weaken protein and cellular structure.  Outside the beauty industry, it is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats, another way in which it is used.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers it toxic enough to warrant protective clothing, goggles, and gloves when handling it for industrial uses.  Yet it is used in higher concentrations in skin care products.  The EPA warns against skin contact that it claims can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.

-Yellow Dye #5 and Red Dye #4—these synthetic pigments are typically derived from coal-tar and can contain heavy metals.  In animal studies, they have been identified as carcinogens.

Learn about the nervous system toxin that is hiding in most cosmetics on page 2.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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9:23AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

helpful tips for what to watch out for

8:39AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

thanks for sharing

4:49PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thank you for info.

4:49PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thank you for info.

4:48PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thank you for info.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Never did bother with the toxic stuff and one has to be very careful of what one uses for a shampoo and soap or soap gels these days as well, then there is always the joys of what one is using for dish detergent!

1:41PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

good to know

8:44AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Thank you

8:55AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Parabens people!!! That is what is needed to preserve ANY product. If these preservatives were non existent in any of your so called "Paraben free" cosmetics, skin care or edible items, they would not last a fortnight! They would deteriorate in a matter of days. As each time you opened the jar you are allowing bacterium in the air as well as to whether your hands are themselves, contaminated with bacteria. So, if anyone one tries to tell you that their products are paraben free, they are flat out lying to you. Just as we are organic beings, your "so called natural products" must indicate that they to are organic. Thus the "natural" that all fear mongers would utilize to trick you into buying, are indeed those which are most in need of preservation!

3:23PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012


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