If Looks Could Kill – Actually They Do

Most people put a minimum of at least five if not somewhere more likely of between eight and 15 different lotions and potions on their body each day. The skin is one of the most direct paths of chemicals into the bloodstream. Do you know what you are putting into your bloodstream every day? And don’t trust labels like “natural” or “organic” because they have to be certified and may contain numerous toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

Well, how do you know the truth behind a label? Here is a short list of ingredients to check for. This is a great list to print out and stick in your purse or wallet and carry with you to check when you are shopping. If a product contains one of these ingredients, I say put it back on the shelf. These chemicals are mutagenic, toxic, carcinogenic, cause birth defects, promote allergies, or cause heart, kidney or liver dysfunction – just to name a few, but not even close to all, of the problems they cause.


Diazolidinyl urea

Parabens (Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben)


Propylene glycol

Petrolatum / mineral oil

Triethanolamine (TEA)

Coal Tar – D&C colors or FD&C colors

Synthetic fragrance

2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol)

Phthalates [diethyl phthalate (DEP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP)]

Lead – often in hair dyes that mask gray hair – may be listed as lead acetate, but if it is not listed, will include one of these similarly phrased warnings: “Do not use near open wounds”, “Do not use to color mustaches”, or “ Wash hands thoroughly after use”.

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