Make Up Safety

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DMDM hydantoin and Imidazolidinyl urea toxic contaminants

Fragrance and dyes, allergies, cancer, nervous system

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone - allergies, nervous system

Parabens or “-paraben” hormone effects

“PEG” and “-eth” toxic contaminants

Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate –  skin damage, toxic contaminants

Triclosan and triclocarban thyroid and environmental concerns

Triethanolamine (TEA) allergies, toxic contaminants

With no required safety testing, cosmetics companies can use almost any chemical
they want, regardless of risks.  Make sure you read the labels before you decide to purchase.


Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA, and BHA acids

Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene; all dark permanent hair dyes

Liquid hand soaps with triclosan

Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde

Skin lighteners

For more information on this list, visit and the Environmental Working Group.

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