Ingredient Watch List

Avoid these culprits you when buying products for your body

Common Moisturizers

Look out for common moisturizers such as mineral oil, petrolatum and ceresin (wax) (better known as Vaseline, petroleum jelly, or paraffin jelly).

Ingredients

The following ingredients can be toxic to your body:

  • Alkyloamides
  • Aluminum
  • Alcohol
  • Aminomethyl Propanol
  • Butylated hydroxianisole (BHA)/Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Ceteareths
  • Color “FD&C Blue 1 and FD&C Green 3 are carcinogenic, and FD&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5, and FC&C Yellow 6
  • DEA – Diethanolamides
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Distearyldimonium Chloride
  • Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer
  • Farnesol
  • Fragrance
  • Glyceryl Oleat
  • Glycols: propylene glycol; glycerin; ethylene glycol; carbitol; diethylene glycol
  • Lanolin
  • Laureths
  • Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • MEA – Monoethanolamides
  • MIPA – Monoisopropanolamides
  • Oxybenzone
  • PEG or Ethoxylated
  • Petro-products
  • Polyacrylamide
  • Polyethylene
  • Preservatives
  • Parabens
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment and Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment
  • Silicone derived emollients
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Talc
  • TEA – Triethanolamides
  • Triethanolamine

Parabens
Concern: Endocrine disruption
Propyl paraben
Isopropyl paraben
Butyl paraben
Isobutyl paraben

Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-like chemicals
Concern: cancer, sensitization
Formaldehyde
Methylene glycol

Formaldehyde releasers
Concern: Contact dermatitis
DMDM hydantoin
Imidazolidinyl urea
Diazolidinyl urea
Quaternium-15
Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)
5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane
(sodium) Hydroxymethylglycinate
Polyoxymethylene urea
Methenamine
Glyoxal

Isothiazolinones
Concern: Contact dermatitis
Methylchlorylisothiazolinone
Methylisothiazolinone
Benzoisothiazolinone

Retinyl Palmitate/Retinoids
Concern: phototoxicity

Lead acetate
Concern: cancer, reproductive/developmental toxicity
Triclosan

Triclocarban
Concern: endocrine disruption, ecotoxicity

Toluene
Concern: reproductive and developmental toxicity, respiratory irritation

Phenacetin
Concern: cancer

Thimerosal
Concern: developmental neurotoxicity

Ethanolamines
Concern: asthma, for DEA cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity.
Monoethanolamine
Diethanolamine
Triethanolamine

2-butoxyethanol
Concern: respiratory and hematopoietic toxicity

Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC)
Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3)
Concern: endocrine disruption

Hydroquinone
Concern: suspected carcinogen, kidney damage in animals

Styrene
Concern: cancer
Triphenyl phosphate
Concern: endocrine disruption

Cocamide DEA
Concern: cancer (prop 65 listed, concern likely due to DEA contamination)

BHA
BHT
Concern: cancer and developmental effects in animals

Propyl gallate
Concern: incomplete data on reproductive toxicity, some evidence of
endocrine disruption

Carbon black
Concern: cancer, contamination with petrochemicals such as PAHs

Nitro- and polycyclic musks
Concern: endocrine disruption

Musk xylene
Musk ketone
Musk ambrette (synthetic)
Galaxolide
Tonalide
Phantolide
Celestolide
Traseolide
Versalide
Cashmeran

Animal-derived ingredients
Concern: animal welfare
Emu oil
Equine oil
Mink oil

Bithionol
Concern: photosensitization

Chloroform
Concern: cancer

Halogenated salicylanilides
di-, tri-, metabromsalan and tetrachlorosalicylanilide
Concern: dermal toxicity

Hexachlorophene
Concern: neurotoxicity

Mercury compounds
Concern: neurotoxicity

Methylene chloride
Concern: cancer

Vinyl chloride
Concern: cancer
Zirconium-containing complexes
Concern: respiratory and dermal toxicity

Phthalates 
Concern: Endocrine disruption/developmental/repro toxicity
Dibutyl phthalate
Dimethyl phthalate
Butylbenzyl phthalate
Diethyl phthalate