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Warning Cosmetics – How safe is your bathroom




Bathrooms are dangerous places, everyone knows that!!
Many accidents occur such as slipping, drowning, electrocution …. BUT there’s another more insidious problem involving the Personal Care/ cosmetics you and your family use every day, and these are no accident.

Are you concerned about your family’s health?

•Would you let them use potentially harmful ingredients on their skin?
•What about motor vehicle engine degreasers, brake fluid and anti-freeze solution?

Do they sound like the sort of things that belong in your personal care and skin care products?

Like most people your answer is going to be NO!
Brake fluid and anti-freeze are definitely not things we want on our family’s skin, especially our children’s Yet you may inadvertently be doing that very thing.

In fact, unless you are aware of these issues, you most probably are!


Many shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, in fact most personal care products in your bathroom, contain ingredients that pose potential health hazards as they contain known carcinogens ( cancer causing substances).

If you are concerned read on to learn more about how to protect your family’s health .


1.SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE: ( SLS): one of the most commonly used foaming agents found in most cosmetics , shampoos, personal care products and bubble baths. Also used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreaser. (See below for toxicity/health dangers, a known carcinogen)

2.PROPYLENE GLYCOL: petrochemical solvent used as a humectant. A humectant is a substance that helps retain moisture content. It prevents things from drying out. Used in anti-freeze, brake and hydraulic fluid and pet food. Also in many cosmetics and personal care items ( See below for toxicity/health dangers, a known carcinogen)

3.ALCOHOL: High alcohol content particularly in mouthwashes, should be avoided. A 1991 survey of people with mouth, tongue, or throat cancers suggests the use of high-alcohol ( more than 25%) mouthwash contributes to increased risk of these tumours. Alcohol in high % is also found in most French and American branded perfumes and fragrances.

4.FLUORIDE: found in toothpaste and dental care products. Poison to humans when ingested over long periods, as it accumulates in our body tissues. If a child swallows a tube of fluoride toothpaste, it is so toxic they will have to pump his/her stomach.

5.TALC: is associated with increase in ovarian cancer and respiratory illness. Talc should never be used on babies both because of it’s carcinogen and acute respiratory distress it can cause from inhalation

6. FORMALDEHYDE: used mainly as a preservative in thousands of cosmetics. It is known to cause eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, asthma attacks, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, nose bleeds, headaches dizziness and most likely cancer.

7.DIETHANOLAMINE( DEA) TRIETHEOLAMINE(TEA) MONOETANOLAMINE(MEA) are readily absorbed through the skin and accumulate in organs. DEA, TEA & MEA are skin and eye irritants. When found in products containing nitrates they can chemically convert to form nitrosamines which are known carcinogens ( Samuel S Epstein MD Co- Author of the Safe Shoppers Bible one of the world’s renowned experts on the causes and prevention of cancer.

8.TOLUENE: A very common solvent found in nail enamels, spray cans, hair sprays, hair gels, perfumes and fragrances. It triggers asthma attacks and can cause asthma in previously healthy people. Is also a neurotoxin ( adverse nervous system effects). Can cause liver damage and be an endocrine disrupter.

9.ALUMINIUM: Found in antiperspirants. Links to alzheimer’s disease continue to be explored and debated. It was been identified as a neurotoxin which can actively interfere with many chemical reactions in the brain.

10.PEG: LAURETH ( ethoxylated) may contain dioxane which are known carcinogens , estrogen mimic, and endocrine disrupter.

11.HAIR DYES (Hydroxyanisole and Phenylenediamine)”DY(E)ING YOUNG” Regular and long-term use of hair dyes can cause cancer. A report published in the January 2 1994 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that women who used black hair dyes for more then 20 years had a significantly increased risk of dying from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

The study was carried out by M J Thun M.D. and colleagues at the American Cancer Society and the F.D.A. Another report published as a abstract in the October 15,1993 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that men and women who used permanent or semi-permanent hair dyes for 16 or more years had an increased risk for leukaemia.

Dale Sandler, Ph.D., and colleagues at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences( NIEHS) compared hair dye use among 615 leukaemia patients and 630 without the disease.

The researchers found that those who had used any type of hair dye had a 50% increased risk of developing leukaemia compared with people who never dyed their hair. Most of the risk shown in the NIEHS study was associated with permanent and semi-permanent dyes, which increased risk by 60% and 40 % respectively.

According to the study, long-term users who used hair dyes for 16 or more years, were 2.5 times more likely to develop leukaemia than those who never used hair dyes. Another study from Italy published in 1994 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, also suggested that leukaemia might be associated with the use of hair dyes.

The investigators obtained information on hair dye use from 634 individuals with leukaemia and 1161 controls. For both men and women, relative risks were slightly elevated for users of dark dyes. Among men, the greatest risk ( about 2 fold) was for a 90% risk for acute lymphomatic leukaemia and 70% risk for acute myeloid leukaemia.

Women who used hair dyes more frequently had greater risks for these types of leukaemia than less frequent users. A Greek study, published in 1994 as an abstract in the American Journal of Epidemiology, reported a 2 fold increase in the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with the use of hair-colouring products.

Long-term users of black hair-colouring products had an almost 5-fold increase in risk. A study by Anastasia Tzonou. D.M. Sc., and colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School, reported in the Sept 30 1993 issue of the International Journal of Cancer, suggested that regular use of hair dyes might increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

12. AHAs ( Alpha Hydroxy Acid): are used in most Anti-Ageing Creams Many users suffer severe allergic reactions or skin irritations The independent (15.11.95) quoted Graham Ross solicitor for claimants in a proposed case against leading cosmetic companies.

That certain Anti-aging creams made by Clinique and Elizabeth Arden have been prominent among the treatments alleged to have produced irritation. In 1994, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 35 adverse reaction reports for AHA-containing products, and this represented 44% of adverse reactions to skincare products reported to the FDA for that year. AHAs are actually chemical acids.

Some, such as glycolic, lactic, citric and malic, occur naturally in fruits and other foods hence the term ” fruit acids”. The acids used most often in cosmetics are glycolic and lactic acids. Cream containing AHAs are used to “exfoliate the skin” and are generally said to be able to increase the skin’s cell turnover rate, reducing the depth of fine lines and promote water retention in the newly emerging cells.

They work by sloughing off the top layer of the dead skin cells to expose brighter, fresher new cells beneath. According to the FDA , little is known about the overall safety of AHAs when used as chemical exfoliants because this is a relatively new application.

” But since chemical exfoliation exerts an effect on the skin, by causing the outer layer to come off, AHA containing cosmetics have the potential to cause adverse reactions in some users, and sometimes these reactions can be quite serious” warns the FDA in a recent report transmitted through the internet.


The latest news is that the FDA is now gathering experts to evaluate lingering concerns about the acids- including whether they increase sensitivity to sun rays that can cause wrinkles and even cancer ( Malay Mail 27.12.96) The cancer threat is reportedly an issue which has been a concern to dermatologists.

According to the Here’s Health article, ” if a cream can stimulate skin to replicate and replace old cells by new, it could also potentially create cancerous cells” These concerns have also been expressed by a leading New Zealand trichologist .


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate( SLS)

This ingredient causes a major concern because it is so widely used. It is found in over 90% of all foam producing products ie cosmetics, shampoos, personal care products and bubble baths.

There is a great deal of controversy about how toxic it actually is. Yet there are literally hundreds of scientific studies highlighting its toxicity. The reason it is so widely used, is because it is a cheap foaming agent.

These concerns are made repeatedly in the information on SLS: Readily penetrates the skin. SLS can accumulate in our body tissue. It can penetrate into the eyes, brain, kidneys etc, through our skin. SLS can damage the immune system causing separation of skin layers and severe irritation of the skin.

On the scalp, long term exposure to SLS can cause hair loss due to corrosion of hair follicles. Animal studies show SLS could retard healing and children’s eyes from developing properly. Children under six are particularly vulnerable to improper eye development.

Associated with development of cataracts even with indirect contact. In toothpaste SLS causes microscopic damage to the mouth tissues, which can lead to an increase in gum disease.

It is also linked to reoccurring mouth ulcers. Carcinogenic nitrates can form when SLS interacts with nitrogen bearing agents which are common in personal care products. SLS is actually used in clinical studies to irritate and sensitise skin tissue.

Do you find this disturbing ?

Why take the unnecessary risk?

Propylene Glycol

Once again a very common ingredient in personal care products with no therapeutic benefits and some very real concerns surrounding it. Why is it used?

Because it makes the skin feel smooth. Readily absorbed through the skin and scalp. Propylene Glycol accumulates in the heart, liver and kidneys ( causing abnormalities and damage) and weakens the immune system.

Studies show Propylene Glycol is capable of producing both primary irritant skin reactions and allergic sensitisation including contact dermatitis. It inhibits skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage.

Significant number of reactions and primary irritant to the skin, even in LOW levels of concentration. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warn users to avoid contact with skin. There are literally hundreds of ingredients which have concerns, both major and minor, surrounding them.

Below is a list of 20 ingredients often referred to as

Most can easily be replaced with safe alternatives.
These ingredients have the potential to be carcinogenic to humans
and have often proved to have been so to animals:

•BHA* Butalayted Hydroxianisole: preservative .
•BHT* Butalayted Hydroxytoluene: preservative.
•2-bromo 2-nitrpropane-1,3 diol ( Bronopel or BNDP)* in cosmetics
•Hydroxyanisole * used in permanent hair dyes.
•Methylene Chloride * ( hairsprays) Nervous system poison.
•Phenylenediamine * ( hair dyes) can cause blindness
•Saccharin * sweetener found in toothpastes etc may cause brain tumours
•Phenol * disinfectant in cosmetics

The following ingredients block the pores and tend to suffocate the skin contributing to acne:

•Animal Fat ( tallow) found in soap. May cause eczema and can be breeding   ground for bacteria.
•Bentonite /Koalin
•Mineral oil

Ironically , these ingredients can damage and irritate the skin,the very thing they are supposed to be improving:

•AHA Alpha Hydroxy Acid
•Lanolin, pesticide contaminants
•SLES Sodium Laureth Sulfate
•Ethyl & Methyl methacrylate* found in sculptured nail applications and can cause severe nerve damage.
•Ether* used as solvent. Skin irritant, inhaling can cause nervous system damage.
•Quatenium* preservative releases formaldehyde.

These items taken with permission from ” Dangerous Beauty, Cosmetics and Personal Care”, Peter Dingle and Toni Brown. (1999) Dr Dingle states that these ingredients are some of the ones which should be totally avoided, because they have the potential to cause multiple and serious adverse effects to your health.

· Don’t make the mistake of judging the safety of the product by the price tag. Both the cheapest and the most expensive products may contain harmful ingredients.

Basically we can say, it it’s in your bathroom CHECK IT!! Especially where children are involved.

The best thing you can do for you and your family is to find a Manufacturer genuinely committed to making safe products and avoid all known toxic ingredients.

We have the power to make informed choices.

Why are cancer rates soaring to one in three?
There are so many harmful chemicals in our present environment that we can not realistically hope to eliminate them all, but we have control over some.

We don’t as yet have all the information regarding many of these chemicals. But we do have sufficient information about ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Propylene Glycol, from animal and human studies, to conclude that they are not good for us.

It is important to remember that these chemicals accumulate in the body. Exposure today may not result in health problems for years.

-Why expose yourself and family needlessly, day after day, year after year?
-How many symptoms have to appear for you to do something?

Take preventative Action NOW!


These people have experienced first hand the damaging effect of our personal CARE PRODUCTS.

I had experienced psoriasis for 20 years, receiving relief only with cortisone cream. When I went to visit Australia I left my toiletry bag at home.

I had to use my nephew’s products. I was amazed that my skin felt clean and free from itching for the first time in years. I later found that their products were free from some very potentially harmful ingredients.

I used to think I was using the best and safest product, but now I know better. Now that I know that there’s an alternative available from companies committed to making products free of these damaging ingredients, I’ll never change and also have not needed to use cortisone treatment again.
Rosemary, New Zealand

Having a dermatologist in the family I knew that bubble baths could cause problems. I gave in one day and bought some for my young daughter.

Her skin became itchy and she developed some eczema. I have learnt my lesson and avoid those products now that I know irritate her, and her skins stays fine. Sally, Brisbane Australia

I always had thick, luxuriant hair that people were often complimenting me on. I was dismayed to find it was gradually thinning, losing its lustre and becoming burnt out.

When I found out about the harsh ingredients, some even dangerous to our health, in even very expensive shampoos etc, I changed brands. My hair is now back to its former state and I am getting the compliments again.

I look back at old photos and feel angry that my hair looked so terrible for such an unnecessary reason. I am extremely grateful I found an alternative .My hair is manageable at all times.

The health of my family and myself is very important to me . I now have peace of mind.
Gordana, Melbourne Australia

For many years I suffered with extreme dermatitis on my arms, legs and face. My hands were so bad that the knuckles would bleed when I made a fist. After trying many creams, lotions, pills and diets to no avail, I had really lost hope.

About 2 months ago I was made aware that ordinary shampoos, soaps etc that I had been using may actually contain ingredients that were toxic. I switched brands and was amazed at the results.

Within weeks my skin and, in particular, my hands were better than they had been in many years. Now my skin looks fine, but I am very careful about the things I use on my skin. I will always be grateful for that information.
Scott, New Zealand.

For many years my gums had been deteriorating. They were receding quite dramatically and bleeding a lot. The roots of my teeth were becoming exposed and I had resigned myself to losing my teeth at an early age.

I found out that products were available that did not contain SLS or other potentially harmful ingredients. When I began using these personal products the change in my gums was dramatic.

The bleeding has stopped and the gums have changed from red to a healthy pink. I also feel the gums are gradually growing back. It seems incredible that other toothpastes were actually contributing to the problem. I’m very grateful I’ve found an alternative.
Paul, Caboolture Australia.

How is it possible THAT this is happening?

Trusting in authorities ‘ looking after us’ is not going to help us in the long run it’s like believing in the tooth fairy. We need to WAKE UP and take personal responsibility for your own health.

Look at how the authorities worldwide have looked after us with Tobacco and Asbestos and how they are looking after us with AIDs and Cancer Drugs .

The legislation regarding these products is incomplete and does not protect you from the use or misuse of these chemicals.

The public does not have access to basic information on the health effects of these chemicals ( most adverse health reports are hidden for decades, while thousands or millions die from the damaging effects of these chemicals as did with tobacco/asbestos reports for decades )

Big multinationals and consequently governments are driven by self interest :

Profits , Greed and Ego.

They will do what they can get away with legally to maximise profits They use these harmful ingredients because they’re cheap and they can, and will until legislators either ban them or require honest labelling.

In the USA labelling regulations are stricter than the joint Australian / New Zealand labelling laws.

Here is what is required in the USA on a typical label for toothpaste you can buy in Australia/ New Zealand.

Children 2-6 years; use only a pea sized amount and supervise child’s brushing and rinsing ( to minimize swallowing) Under 2 yrs ask your dentist or physician. WARNING; Keep out of reach of children under 6 yrs of age. In case of accidental ingestion seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately

You have to wonder why such a product is allowed to be sold at all in the U.S.A or any where in the world , It doesn’t sound a very safe thing to put into your mouth does it?









Check your bathroom with the above lists Now, and when you find any product containing the above mentioned ingredients THROW them OUT NOW .


Today is the day to improve your health and find alternative products

Email jenni
at HSD Wellness or phone 0800 400 900
for more information on Safe alternatives.


The above was taken from the following books and for Further Information read them:

“TOXIC TIMEBOMB Bathroom Secrets Exposed”
Beinformed Production P/L

“Exposed ” and the Consumer Association of Penang, Malaysia “Cosmetics & Personal Care Products More Dangers & Side-Effects” Guide ISBN 983-104-093-7

Bathrooms The Inside Story. Beinformed

Dingle P & Brown T. 99 Dangerous Beauty , Cosmetics and Personal Care.

Steinman,David & Epstein, Samuel S. 1995. MacMillan. The SAFE Shoppers Bible.

Winter, Ruth.M.S 1994 Consumer Dictionary of Cosmetics Ingredients .

Beinformed productions Books , News-letters, Health Brochures
Tapes and Videos’
Available from  HSDWellness  Call Jenni  0800 400 900

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S.A. or the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for educational purposes only. No information or product described herein should be relied upon implicitly to diagnose , treat, cure or prevent diseases . Please make your own conclusion or consult your health profession

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