12 Toxic Ingredients In Beauty Products


I Love Beauty Products!

My day only begins after I go through a detailed ritual of self grooming which involves a number of beauty products. My morning ritual typically consists of:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Hairspray
  • Cosmetics: cover-up, lipstick, mascara, etc.

So, I attempted to read the ingredients list of my favorite beauty products and frankly, it was like trying to read Latin. That is because the ingredients lists of most beauty products are written in Latin in order to disguise the true nature of the ingredients used.

Do You Read The Labels of Your Beauty Products?

Do you read the ingredients listed on the back of your cosmetics or other beauty products?

Do you know what those unpronounceable ingredients are?

Many of the ingredients that make up our beauty products are known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and are used in beauty products simply because they are cheap!

List of Harmful Ingredients Found in Beauty Products

The following are just some of the synthetic chemicals found in everyday beauty products that have been identified by scientific studies to be harmful to our health.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)

Often described as being “derived from coconuts” to disguise their toxic nature, these chemicals are commonly used in shampoos, toothpaste, foaming facial and body cleansers and bubble baths.

SLS and ALS can cause severe skin irritation, and are easily absorbed into the body, building up in the brain, heart, lungs and liver, leading to potential long term health problems. SLS and ALS may also cause cataracts, and prevent children’s eyes from developing properly. When used in toothpastes, these chemicals are known to contribute to the breakout of canker sores.

Paraben Preservatives

Parabens are widely used in cosmetics, deodorants, skin care and baby products to prolong their shelf life. They are known to be highly toxic and have caused rashes and allergic reactions.

Recent scientific studies in the UK found a strong link between the use of parabens and the increasing rate of breast cancer in women. Researchers found a high concentration of parabens in 90% of breast tumors tested.

Propylene Glycol

Found in many beauty creams, cosmetics and cleansers, Propylene Glycol can cause skin rashes and contact dermatitis, and has been shown to cause damage to the kidneys and liver.

Isopropyl Alcohol

Alcohol is used as a solvent in many skin care products. It causes skin irritation and strips the skin of its natural acid mantle, promoting the growth of bacteria, molds and viruses. It may also cause premature skin aging due to skin dehydration.

DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) MEA (Monoethanolamine)

These substances are harsh solvents and detergents that are used in cosmetics and face and body creams as emollients.

These substances can cause allergic reactions. Long term use of DEA-based products (such as Cocamide DEA) have been linked to an increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancer.


A common ingredient in antiperspirants and deodorants, aluminum deposits in the brain have been linked to the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mineral Oil

Derived from petroleum (crude oil), mineral oil is a main ingredient of face and body creams and cosmetics. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil!

It coats the skin like a plastic film, clogging pores and stopping the skin from eliminating toxins, which can lead to acne and other skin disorders. Other petroleum based ingredients include paraffin wax, paraffin oil and petrolatum.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Used as a thickener in skin care products and cosmetics, PEGs interfere with the skin’s natural moisture balance, causing an increase in aging and leaving the skin vulnerable to bacteria.


Talc is a soft mineral used in talcum powders and cosmetic powders including baby powder.

Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder to the genital area is linked to a three-to-four fold increase in the development of ovarian cancer.

Inhaling cosmetic powders containing talc may also be harmful to long term health.

Photo courtesy of: AngryJulieMonday


Paulin Soleyman
Paulin Soleyman is the founder and editor of The Underground Bootcamp. Her goal is to help everyday people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives by sharing all that she knows about healthy living, nutrition, and fitness.
Paulin Soleyman


  1. Mark says

    Since these chemicals are found in almost all the commercial products sold, how does one go about replacing them?

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