12 Toxic Ingredients You Need to be Avoiding.


While getting a facial the other day (the key to good skin), my facialist + I got into a heated discussion about which beauty products to use. Because here’s the deal: sometimes organic products aren’t as clean as conventional products created in a lab. And sometimes the efficacy of organic products isn’t as good as conventional ones.

Gasp!! Are you so surprised this is coming out of my mouth?

I know I know. But it’s true. Even though I wish we could all be organic everything, it’s just not realistic. That’s why you have to find a happy medium, for YOU.


So yes, I use a lot of all natural skincare products. But I get tear trough fillers. I use a lot of clean beauty cosmetics. But I still use Becca’s undereye brightening cream. And when it comes to skincare you need to REALLY work, like an anti-aging serum or a refining eye cream, I go straight to brands that are Botanical x Laboratory hybrids. This means that scientists, in a lab, have extracted + used just the parts of the plants + fruits that are needed for the right effect. And they’ve mixed these ingredients with jusssst the right amount of agents to make sure those effects last.

Now don’t get me wrong. Yes, I want to prolong aging for as long as I can + that’s why I go to the hybrids for my skincare needs. But I still make sure I’m not increasing my risk of cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, etc. I REALLY curate my skincare regimen (even though I’m still trying new products for you Babes all the time) by ALWAYS reading ingredients lists + doing my due diligence of research before I use a product.


So what do I look for + how do I know which ingredients are bad for you?

That’s what I’d like to talk to you about! Because I’m a believer of Botanics with a Scientific Twist, I ALWAYS look for 12 specific ingredients. And if I see them, I RUN. Fast. Because these ingredients are extremely toxic + the side effects are NOT worth it. It’s not worth looking young but being sick, you know? So, here are the TOXIC 12. The 12 ingredients you should ALWAYS steer clear of…


Introducing, The Dirty Dozen:


Usage: mainly in nail products as a solvent for dyes, as well as an unlisted fragrance in cosmetics (go here to see how these ‘unlisted fragrances’ are basically killing us slowly)

Effects: developmental defects, infertility, later-life breast cancer. This toxin is banned in Europe but of course, it’s still approved in the USA


Usage: foaming agent or detergent in shampoo, cleansers + household products. Anything that bubbles or lathers

Effects: cell toxicity, skin eye + lung irritation


Usage: preservative, antifungal agent + antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments + other cosmetics. 75-90% of cosmetics contain this toxin!

Effects: BREAST CANCER. The reason I’m putting this in all caps is because parabens are everywhere + they’re v. easily absorbed by our skin, making this toxin extremely harmful. Also, it’s estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg of parabens DAILY.


Usage: preservatives found primarily in baby bath soap, cosmetics, nail polish, eyelash adhesive + hair dyes

Effects: immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation + it as a KNOWN, RECOGNIZED HUMAN CARCINOGEN


Usage: synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks, moisturizers + as food preservatives

Effects: allergic reactions, problems with liver, thyroid + kidneys, blood coagulation impairment. Plus, endocrine disruption (hormones), immune system toxicity + may promote tumor growth. Both toxins are suspected carcinogens


Usage: in cosmetics + shampoos for coloring

Effects: a recognized human carcinogen. DO NOT USE LIPSTICKS THAT CONTAIN THIS TOXIN


Usage: to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy

Effects: skin + eye irritation, endocrine disruptor, liver cancer + depletes the body of choline which is needed for fetal brain development


Usage: used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Approximately 3000 chemicals are used in ‘fragrances’ + are not required to be listed on ingredients lists, making ‘fragrance’ a catchall term. Basically, companies can put whatever they want in ‘fragrances’, including all toxicities. All they have to list on the ingredients list is ‘fragrance’.

Effects: allergies, migraines, asthema, endocrine disruption, obesity + reproductive + developmental harm


Usage: thickeners, solvents, softeners + moisture-carriers in cosmetics. IE any product that has a cream base

Effects: nervous system toxicity, developmental problems + can open the skin’s pores, allowing harmful ingredients to penetrate more deeply


Usage: mineral oil jelly in moisturizers to lock moisture into the skin + in hair products to make your hair shiny

Effects: ANTICIPATED CARCINOGEN. Europe restricts its use in their beauty industry. USA has zero restriction


Usage: in hair products to make them dry quickly + in deodorants to make them slide on easily

Effects: endocrine disrupter, may impair human fertility, cause uterine tumors + harm the reproductive + immune systems


Usage: in deodorants, cleansers + hand sanitizers as a preservative + anti-bacterial agent. Also in laundry detergent + facial tissues

Effects: CLASSIFIED AS A PESTICIDE. Endocrine disruptor, thyroid problems + causes bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents


I know this is total brain overload. So, I’ve made this handy dandy chart for you to keep. Screenshot + save in your phone. That way, while you’re shopping for beauty products or going through your makeup bag, you can easily refer to this chart. Easy breezy.


It’s really pretty easy to regulate your products, as long as you have this chart to see you through. Once you start reading ingredient labels + paying attention to what you’re putting onto your skin + hair, you’ll never turn back. It’ll become habit. And a GREAT habit at that.

Please share this chart with every Babe you know. Let’s spread awareness together!

Here’s to staying healthy, one beauty product at a time X

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