It is a harsh reality to grasp, but some of the world’s favorite brands use toxic, life threatening chemicals that somehow have been approved for general consumption.

As conscious consumers, it is your right to know what these chemicals are and where to look for them. Below are 5 common toxins found in your everyday products.

You'll want to check your home for these ingredients and do your best to eliminate them!

household toxins to be aware of

 

#1. Phthalates

Phthalates are plasticizers that allow for plastic products to be more flexible and durable. When your skin comes in constant contact with these plastics the phthalates begin to absorb into your pores.

Hair & body brands use phthalates to make fragrances last longer and for your skin to absorb substances quicker. When you use products that contain phthalates you open yourself to potential health complications. 

“The animal studies suggest there is a potential for the phthalates to impact birth outcomes, including gestational age and birthweight, fertility (lower sperm production), and anatomical abnormalities related to the male genitalia.” - DR. MAIDA GALVEZ, PEDIATRICIAN.

 

sources of Phthalates

Phthalates are commonly found in the following household products:

•Soaps
•Lotions
•Deodorant
•Detergents
•Pharmaceuticals
•Toys
•Electronics
•Food Packaging
•Baby Food
•Vinyl Wood Flooring
•Nail Polish
•Hair Sprays

 

“The most widely used phthalates are di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), diisodecyl phthalate, and diisononyl phthalate.” - SafeCosmetics.Org

Be sure to check for phthalates in your home, as you can see, they are commonly used in consumer goods.

 

#2. Parabens

Parabens are preservatives that are used in products that contain water. They work to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that affect the hormonal systems of all organisms that they come in contact with. It does this through it's ability to mimic estrogen.

“Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.” - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

 

sources of parabens in your home

Parabens are commonly found in the following:

•Shampoo & Conditioner
•Soaps
•Facial Cleansers & Scrubs
•Lotions
•Foods & Beverages
•Cosmetics

 

The most commonly used parabens are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben, according to the FDA. Look for these names on the labels of products that you use.

 

#3. BPA

BPA or Bisphenol A is a pretty well know chemical that is used in the packaging of hundreds of everyday plastic and canned products; from lotion bottles to meat & produce. What people may not know is that BPA is a synthetic estrogen that is also an endocrine-disrupting. It is thought to have the same health implications as parabens & phthalates.

BPA has also been linked to asthma, obesity, and breast cancer. More companies are becoming aware and are making changes, but the responsibility will always fall on the consumer to become wiser when out shopping.

“If you use plastic dinnerware and reheat food in it, you are poisoning yourself. The microwaves heat your food up, which heats the plastic up and makes it degrade. When it degrades, additives like BPA leach into your food.” - Dr. Tanei Ricks, PhD Organic Chemistry

 

sources of BPA in your house 

BPA is commonly found in the following:

•Canned Foods
•Plastic Dinnerware & Utensils
•CD's & DVD's
•Electronics
•Receipt Paper
•Soda Cans

 

 Look for bottles that are BPA-free. If a product is BPA-free it will usually say so on the label. If there is no info on the label about it being BPA-free, then it probably contains BPA, not good!

 

#4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is a very common chemical used in skin and body care products, mainly to create foam when lathered. SLS is similar to Phthalates in that it is used to penetrate the skin quicker which can serve to be a major issue when coupled with other toxic chemicals that are in the product.

While there has been debates about the safety of SLS and ALS (Ammonium Laurel Sulfate), we encourage our readers to still be aware of the potential dangers that come with consuming these chemicals.

According to Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate consumption has been linked to irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes. 

sources of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is commonly found in the following:

•Shampoos
•Toothpastes
•Mouthwashes
•Body Wash
•Soaps
•Detergents

 

#5. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is another commonly preserving chemical mainly known for its use in embalming. What many people may not know is that Formaldehyde was considered a Cancer causing agent by the National Cancer Institute.

An even lesser known fact that not only is Formaldehyde used in products like shampoos, lotions, and deodorant; it is also used in the construction of many homes in the forms of glue, plywood, and insulation.

Consumption of Formaldehyde can result in low testosterone, impotency, irritation, and even death.

Formaldehyde is commonly found in the following:

•Soap Bars
•Lotions
•Hair & Nail Products
•Toothpaste
•Cosmetics
•Shampoos
•Tobacco

 

sources of formaldehyde in your home.

“Formaldehyde is an irritant compound, which can elicit adverse respiratory responses in children and adults. After acute inhalation, irritation of eyes, nose and throat are observed in different patients. Exposure to high concentration (>120 mg mm-3) of FA vapour caused hypersalivation, acute dyspnea, vomiting, vascular spasm, convulsion and finally death.” - National Institutes of Health

 

The most commonly used forms Formaldehyde in everyday products are

•Formalin
•Methanal
•Oxymethyline
•Urea
•1,3-Dioxetane
•Quaternium 15
•Methylaldehyde
•Methylene Oxide
•Formic Aldehyde
•Oxomethane Formalin
•Phenol Formaldehyde

 

A great way to reduce your exposure to formaldehyde is to keep plants in your home. Plants can bind up toxins and neutralize them. Read our article on the best plants to purify your home!

It is extremely important to do your part in avoiding these toxins and the products that contain them. The first course of action should be to eliminate as many of these products from your home as soon as possible.

Follow up by being a more conscious consumer when you shop your local markets. Always read the ingredients before purchasing your goods to make sure they are safe to consume.

Start replacing your everyday products with brands that pride themselves on offering goods that are healthy for you.

Lola & Doe is doing their part in being a company you can trust to provide nothing but the very best Organic & All Natural ingredients that nurture and heal the skin.

To learn more about Organic & All Natural alternatives, check out our Organic Network 

 

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Drew and  Avería Morton are the founders of Lola & Doe, an organic skincare brand focused on providing premium natural skincare solutions. Their products are free of harmful chemicals and safe for your whole family.