TOP 8 NASTIES TO AVOID
The higher up on the ingredients list, the higher the percentage used. To ensure products are more natural than others, check they have little or none of these ingredients.
1 PARABENS AND PHENOXYETHANOL Parabens are often listed as methyl, butyl, propyl and ethyl parabens, and are the most commonly used preservatives. Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative, which is commonly used in “parabenfree” products. 2 PETROLEUM BY-PRODUCTS/ PETROCHEMICALS These are derived from the same substance as motor oil! Examples include petrolatum, paraffin, glycol, butylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, polybutene, triclosan, polyethylene and mineral oil. 3 DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE), MEA (MONOETHANOLAMINE) AND TEA (TRIETHANOLAMINE) These chemicals are what make the suds – best to avoid. 4 SYNTHETIC COLOURS AND FRAGRANCES Sometimes labelled as “FD & C” followed by a number. Some synthetic fragrances contain phthalates, which can cause skin sensitivity. 5 PROPYLENE GLYCOL AND POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) Chemicals used to thicken products; they can cause dry skin and rashes. 6 UREA (IMIDAZOLIDINYL) AND DMDM HYDANTOIN These release formaldehyde, which is known to cause headaches. 7 SLS (SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE) AND SLES (SODIUM LAURETH SULPHATE) Used to make products foam, they can often cause rashes. 8 CARBOMER Made from acrylic acid, this is a gelling agent – safer, more natural gelling agents are xanthan, guar and sclerotium gums.