Your family’s trusted tooth paste, the shampoo and soap you use, your face cream, cleanser, baby lotion and even your hair gel, shaving cream or aftershave lotion, all of the residents of your bathroom cabinet may give you cancer. This news is shocking, but true, and is backed by research. What is particularly infuriating is that the ingredients that are found in these products that are linked to cancer do not have to be there, and yet, corporations continue to deliberately expose their customers to harmful products. It’s no wonder cancer rates are skyrocketing by the day. Currently, around one-third of the population of the world will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime, and more than one-fourth is expected to die from the disease.
As long as big corporations make their billions, exposing the masses to carcinogens it’s unlikely they’ll change their ways. This is why food labels contains information on the cholesterol, and the amount of so-called nutrients it consists, but not of the carcinogens. Cosmetics and other products that are common place in household bathrooms are only labelled for the major ingredients, but conveniently exclude those that contain carcinogenic contaminants or help form carcinogens. It’s time you learned about some of the toxic chemicals that are contained in these products that are harmful so that you and your family can avoid them.
Tooth Paste and Mouthwash
During any typical day, you normally start the day off by brushing your teeth with a toothpaste and gargle with a mouthwash. Use soap, a body scrub shower and a shampoo and moisturizer for your hair. The daily regimen concludes with a cologne, body spray, perfume or body spray. By the time you’re done and smelling nice, your body has absorbed no less than nine different chemical compounds that are known to cause cancer. And that’s not all. You will have also exposed your body to a group of chemicals that are often contaminated with carcinogenic by-products that react to form a carcinogen during storage or use.
A recent study checked the contents of 120 cosmetics and personal care products that are found in almost all households, and are used by men, women and children (including babies). The study found that the 120 products contained up to 50 cancer-causing agents, with ten of those ingredients being known human carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).
Diethanolamine also known as DEA, is used as a wetting agent in cosmetic products and has been found by the NTP to be a potent carcinogen. The NTP found during their research that repeated application to the skin of mice in a laboratory induced kidney and liver cancer. While the study was carried out in 1998, and the FDA soon after announced a review of the information and possible regulatory action, DEA-based detergents are commonly used in many cosmetics and toiletries, including bubble baths, skin lotions, shampoos, creams, hair dyes, dishwashing liquids and laundry soaps.
Triethanolamine also known as TEA also comes bound with other chemicals such as TEO sodium lauryl sulphate contained in coconut oil products, and are often used in cosmetics as a foam booster, to adjust the level of pH and to make the product thicker. Triethanolamine reacts with other ingredients of beauty products that are not disclosed on the label to form nitrosamines that are able to penetrate the skin and are carcinogenic. TEA and TEA-related ingredients are found in makeup remover and mascara.
BNPD also known as Bronopol, 3-diol and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 is a substance that is found in shampoos. The chemical is able to form nitrosamine when combined with DEA or TEA.
Also known as octyl dimethyl PABA, this chemical is found in cosmetics, more specifically in sunscreens. Although the formation of nitrosamines in products containing Padimate-O is not proved yet, consumers have been advised to avoid using any products that contain Padimate-O. According to Professor Samuel Epstein, a world-renowned authority on the causes and prevention of cancer, Padimate-O is often used by many of the world’s most renowned cosmetics brands, including Chanel.
Confirmed Cancer-Causing Ingredients
The following are some names of ingredients that have been shown to cause cancer almost certainly in people using cosmetic products that contain these ingredients:
Same Ingredient, Different Name
Going through the labels of the shampoo, conditioners, soaps, tooth paste, perfume, cologne, and deodorant you use is a daunting task, because that’s precisely how it’s meant to be. That’s because many manufacturers use these ingredients with different names or alpha numerals, such as:
What About Laundry Detergents?
There’s nothing like wearing clean and fresh smelling clothes to brighten your day. While having fresh and clean clothes is important for health, the catch-22 that is going to surprise you is that conventional detergents do more harm to our health than good.
During WWII, there was a shortage of fats and oils that were being used to make soap because they were being used to manufacture nitro glycerine for explosives. During that time, scientists were looking for a new cleaning agent, when they stumbled upon petroleum, which was being found everywhere by that time. Scientists also discovered that they could make many chemicals from petroleum and one of them was detergent, which soon became a staple in many households and was being used as an alternate to soap during WWII.
Petrochemicals that are made from petroleum are one of the ingredients that are found in laundry detergents, in the form of phthalates, NPEs, artificial colors, and that sweet smell we like while doing the laundry. That’s right! While shopping for a cleaning product, what’s the first thing you look for after the price, of course? It’s the smell of the product.
While you may think you’re making the choice between mountain rain and spring blossoms, what you are actually doing is choosing between formaldehyde and a carcinogen.
It is important to note that our skin is the largest organ of the body, and many of the cancer-causing chemicals that are used in products commonly found in the bathroom cabinet can easily penetrate the bloodstream, leading to cancer.