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What Is Really In Our Cosmetics ?

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posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:27 AM
What Is Really In Our Cosmetics ?

What is this project ? - This project is named "What Is Really In Our Cosmetics ?"

What are the goals ? - The goals of this project are too inform people of the chemicals they are washing/spraying/scrubing on to our bodys. I shall also inform you of non-chemical methods of general hygiene.

What level project is this ? - Level 1, lasting no longer than 1 week.

Who are the members taking part in this project ? - ProTo Fire Fox.

Hello every body, my name is ProTo Fire Fox. You may be aware of my presence here on this marvalous site because of my last project, 'What Is Really In Our Food ?'. Ive decided to move from food to cosmetics to try to inform you of what you are doing to your body.

I hope you are going to like the following posts.

ProTo Fire Fox.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:35 AM
Lets start this project off.

Cosmetic products can be categorized into 10 main types of cosmetics, they are skin creams, lotions, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye & face make up prducts, permanent waves, hair dyes, toothpastes and deodorants. They all contain dangerous chemicals that are harming your body for sure. I wont look at the non-popular brands, im going to head straight for the jugular.

Some of the chemicals we can find in our cosmetics are...

Found In Common Deodrent Type:

Isobutane, Propane, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Stearate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool.

Found In Common Anti Spot Wash:

Glycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Salicylic Acid, Lauryl Polyglucose, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxycetyl Hydroxycetyl Dimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Pnenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Tridecth-9, Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazaolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 42090.

Found In Common Tooth Paste:

Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, PEG-12, Aroma, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Cocamindopropyl Betaine, Sodium Saccharin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Fluorise, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Menthol, Glycerin, Limonene, CI 42090, CI 77891.

Im not going to lie to get my point out there, alot of those chemicals are okie, no bad effects at all but there are 6 dangerous chemicals in there, atleast 1 in each.

So whats in my deodorant ?

That would be Isobutane and Propylene - Glycol

Whats in the common anti spot wash ?

Well i can see 3 things you dont want, how about Glycerin , Sodium Hydroxide and Disodium EDTA

Ok, so i can see those arnt very good, what about my tooth paste ? What could be in that ?

Well how about a whole lot of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ?

All infomation found at This site.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:48 AM
Cancer Causing Chemical Found In Baby Bath Products.

A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children's bath products and adults' personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's lenient recommended maximum.

So now, this would mean that the giant companies arnt just targeting me and you, there targeting children, infact no, there targeting the youngest fo the young, babys. It is disgusting. So should we have any remorse for these giant companies that happly send these chemicals to babys.

Disney Clean as Can Bee Hair & Body Wash (Water Jel Technologies)
Disney Pixar Cars Piston Cup Bubble Bath (MZB Personal Care)
Gerber Grins & Giggles Gentle & Mild Aloe Vera Baby Shampoo
Hello Kitty Bubble Bath (Kid Care
Huggies Baby Wash Shea Butter
Huggies Natural Care Baby Wash Extra Gentle and Tear Free
Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash (Johnson & Johnson)
Johnson's Kids Tigger Bath Bubbles (Johnson & Johnson)
Johnson's Kids Shampoo Watermelon Explosion (Johnson & Johnson)
Lil' Bratz Mild Bubble Bath (Kid Care)
L'Oreal Kids Orange Mango Smoothie Shampoo
Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath Gentle Formula with Aloe
Rite-Aid Tearless Baby Shampoo
Scooby-Doo Mild Bubble Bath (Kid care)
Sesame Street Wet Wild Watermelon Bubble Bath (The Village Company)

There the brands that unleased this evil like a bunch of locuts onto a field of corn. Can you forgive a companie that poisons your children ?

All infomtaion gathered from Here.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:49 AM
So theres dangerous chemicals in our cosmetics, but what cosemtics are the worst ?

We can all see that baby bath products are some thing to avoid, but what else should we avoid. That would be, Lynx, the big famous deodrant, it contains propylene-glycol and isobutane. Both very dangerous, and mentioned already in my past posts. Anti-spot washs are also most dangerous, as well as some tooth pastes. Some Olay products are bad as well. Basiclly every cosemtic product has a massive chance of having some dangerous chemicals within them.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:54 AM
Authoritys On Cosmetics In Which Countrys.

UK Authority:

The UK has become one of the first countries in the EU to issue draft proposals on enforcing the bloc's new chemicals controls law, due to add to the regulatory cost burden faced by industry.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) is now the leading authority in the U.K looking over the shoulder of the cosmetic industry. The Chemical game is a great game to get into if your out for money and hurting people.

The EU chemicals industry employs around 1.7m people directly plus another 3m indirectly. It generates around £238bn per year, resulting in a trade surplus of around £25bn. In the UK, it is worth £49bn per year with a trade surplus of £4.3bn.

US Authority:

The US direct authority on chemicals in Cosmetics is the FDA, the FDA allows phthalates to be placed into cosmetic products. Phthalates are thought to effect reproductive systems, but his was thought by the NTP (National Toxicology Program) back in 1998. They said the chances were slim to nill, well sure isnt slim still to high ?

FDA continues to monitor consumers' potential exposure to phthalates from the use of cosmetic products.

So they are going to continue monitoring some thing that they say there sure isnt harmful, o it was another research project carryed out in 2001 that said that they were not harmful, so 1998 harmful, 2001 not harmful, those are the FDA's thoughts on Phthalates, yet they still monitor them ? maybe these guys just dont have a clue.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:54 AM
One major bad point about this is that our own goverment knows about all of this, yet they still allow us to be poisoned for lack of a better term. This isnt a single political thing, in the UK its not only the Labour party that does this, its every party. You carnt esape this poison. Unlike food, you carnt buy a type of cosmetic that is 'organic' instead you have to go back to the olden days and wash your self with things you would throw up on.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:56 AM

Assemblywoman Judy Chu believes some shampoos, deodorants and other everyday cosmetics are hazardous to your health.

Standing behind a lineup of beauty products Wednesday at the state Capitol, Chu said two ingredients - called phthalates - can lead to cancer, infertility and birth defects.

The European Union banned phthalates from cosmetics last year, and Chu, D-Monterey Park, wants to do the same in California. She submitted legislation Wednesday - AB 908 - that would prevent the sale and manufacture of products containing the chemical used to make nail polish flexible and keep skin moisturizer soft.

Judy Chu then carrys on to say that why should a women of child bearing age should still wash in these cancering causing cemicals that are found in nearly all cosmeics for women, why should they expose them selves to chemiclas that can make birth defects. The chemical comapnies arnt just hurting the women of today, there effecting the women of tommorrow by birth defects.

Chu tried to enact a phthalate ban last year, but her proposal was defeated when the Legislature's moderate Democrats would not support the plan. Her initial bill was blocked a year ago in the Assembly Health Committee.

Judy has a much better chance now because the European Union ban will help push state lawmakers to follow suit.But can this really be garneteed ? or if just prayed for ? is the US going to relise that the EU has banned these because they are deadly, but is the US going to listen to the EU. Ill let you decided that one.

The Infomation Was Found Here.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 06:58 AM

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that 884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics are known to be toxic.13 In fact, many of the ingredients used in personal care products are the very same harsh chemical toxins used in Industry.

Sodium laurel sulphate and similarly, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) are common detergents that are used in most shampoos, bubble baths, shower gels and other cleansers. SLS is also used to clean garage floors and to degrease engines. Dr K. Green has researched into the use of SLS, and found alarming results: the eyes readily absorb SLS, destroying delicate tissues there. This uptake is also greater in younger mammals.14 In short, it permanently impairs the normal functioning of eyes. Is it any wonder that so many children wear spectacles these days? In addition to these findings, the American Journal of Toxicology has found that SLS irritates skin tissue, corrodes hair follicles, and impairs the ability to grow hair. It also enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain.15 Many sufferers of scalp complaints have eased their conditions simply by using a SLS-free shampoo.

Another such chemical is propylene glycol. Its industrial use is as anti-freeze, but it is also included in hair conditioners, deodorants, cosmetics, body lotions, skin creams and toothpaste. Increasingly, it is being added to human and pet foods because it acts as a humectant, helping to retain moisture. When used in skin creams it glides on smoothly, drawing moisture to the outer layers of the skin, giving the appearance of moisturising the skin.

Industrial alcohol is a major ingredient in mouthwash. The National Cancer Institute of America has found that mouthwashes with an alcohol content of 25% or higher have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. The alcohol acts as a solvent in the mouth, making the skin tissues more vulnerable to carcinogens. Also, men had a 60% higher risk and women a 90% higher risk of these cancers compared to those not using mouthwash.

Infomation Found Here.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 07:04 AM
A few useful links.

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posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 07:10 AM
Whats bad for you.

A colourless, volatile, flammable liquid produced by the fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. Alcohol is used frequently as a solvent and is also found in beverages and medicine. As an ingredient in ingestible products, alcohol may cause body tissues to be more vulnerable to carcinogens. Mouthwashes with an alcohol content of 25% or more have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
An organic acid produced by anaerobic respiration. Skin care products containing AHA exfoliate not only damage skin cells, but the skin's protective barrier as well. Long term skin damage may result from its use.

A metallic element used extensively in the manufacture of aircraft components, prosthetic devises and as an ingredient in antiperspirants, antacids and antiseptics. Aluminium has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.

A toxic, colourless gas that is an irritant and a carcinogen. When combined with water, formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, fixative or preservative. Formaldehyde is found in many cosmetic products and conventional nail care systems.

A syrupy liquid that is chemically produced by combining water and fat. Glycerin is used as a solvent and plasticiser. Unless the humidity of air is over 65%, glycerin draws moisture from the lower layers of the skin and holds it on the surface, which dries the skin from the inside out.

Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin:
These formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and asthma. Can also weaken the immune system and can even cause cancer. Found in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.

Also known as octyl dimethyl, PABA is found mostly in sunscreens. Like DEA, a nitrosamine-forming agent. Theres concern that the energy absorbed by this sunscreen is then turned into free radicals, which may actually increase the risk of skin cancer.

A petroleum based grease that is used industrially as a grease component. Petrolatum exhibits many of the same potentially harmful properties as mineral oil.

Propylene Glycol:
A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In skin and hair products, propylene glycol works as a humecent, which is a substance that retains the moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warn users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS):
Harsh detergents and wetting agents used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and auto cleaning products. SLS is well-known in the scientific community as a common skin irritant. It is rapidly absorbed and retained in the eyes, brain, heart and liver, which may result in harmful long-term effects. SLS could retard healing, cause cataracts in adults, and prevent children's eyes from developing properly.

Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES):
SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may cause more drying. Both SLS and SLES may cause potentially carcinogenic formations of nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and cleansers by reacting with other ingredients. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 08:06 AM

A teenager from Oldham died from deodorant fumes because of his obsession with personal hygiene.

An inquest heard that 16-year-old Jonathan Capewell had 10 times the lethal dosage of propane and butane in his blood.

He became obsessed with smelling fresh and would cover his entire body in deodorant at least twice a day.

The schoolboy died after suffering a heart attack. It is believed the gases built up in his body following months of repeatedly spraying himself in the bedroom of his home.

Yer i know its rare to hear things like that, but two sparys a day, big sprays in admitance, but still two big sparys and he has a heart attack. Not good at all, now what that kid done was expose him self to 10x the safe amount of butane through deodrants in a short space of time. What you do is expose your self to 1000x the safe amount of butane but over a long long term, the point is the butane can still eb there, even if its a spray here and there. It will happen to you over a long period of time if you use deodrant alot.

Jonathan's mother Louise called for better warnings on aerosols.

Shes wrong. Simple as that, we dont need warnings, we need to get rid of these killing chemicals. I recently did a project called, what is in our Food, if youve read it you'll get what im about to say, shoudl we put warning lables up on bread ?

We need to warning people, that i agree, but what we really need to do is ban them, there to dangerous. Nearly every thing in this day and age has a cancer causing chemical in it, Tobaco unsafe ? not as much as bread and deodrant. Who ever thoguht that would make sence.

Article was found here.

Heads Up. its the big stink.

Come summer and you have people using deodorants to suppress odour and perspiration. But what they probably aren't aware of is that constant and indiscreet use of these can harm one's health. Deodorants are mostly combined with anti-perspirants - chemicals which attempt to prevent odour by sealing the pores on the skin and thus preventing perspiration. The sealing of pores hampers the elimination of liquid toxins. Normally, liquid toxins are eliminated through kidneys and skin. But when the skin is prevented from throwing out these toxins, it tends to become sluggish and in turn, the kidneys are overworked, leading to kidney disorders.

The big stink knows whats going on, its well worth a read. Big Stink.

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