Red Alert List
So I’ve been reading more in my gorgeously green book..and there is a list of Red Alert ingredients that came from the Environmental Working Group that we should be avoiding completely..
1. COAL TAR – Used in dandruff shampoos and anti-itch cream, coal tar is a known carcinogen. Coal tar-based dyes such as FD&C Blue 1, which are in toothpastes, and FD&C Green 3, which is used in mouthwash, should be avoided.
2.FRAGRANCE -This word is used to mask many different ingredients such as phthalates, which disrupts the endocrine system and could cause reproductive and developmental harm.
3.HYDROQUINONE – Commonly found in skin lighteners and facial moisturizers, it is a neurotoxin (yikes, here is the definition of neurotoxin from dictionary.com: a neurotoxic substance, as rattlesnake venom or the poison of a black widow spider) and is allergenic.
4. ALUMINUM – Often used in eye shadow as a color additive and also in deodorants, it is listed as carcinogenic, toxic, and mutagenic (definition:capable of inducing mutation or increasing its rate)
5. TRICLOSAN – This chemical is used in almost all antibacterial products, including soap, toothpaste, and cosmetics. Triclosan is often contaminated with dioxins, which re highly carcinogenic and can also weaken your immune system, decrease fertility, and cause birth defects.
6. P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE – This is a chemical that has give a bad name to regular hair dye. It can damage your nervous system, cause lung irritation, and cuase sever allergic reactions. It’s also listed as 1,4 Benzenediamine; p-Phenyldiamine and 4-Phenylenediamine.
7. LEAD AND MERCURY – Lead could appear in toothpaste a naturally occurring contaminant of hydrated silica. It is a nerotoxin that also appears as lead acetate in men’s hair dye. Mercury is found in a cosmetic preservative called thimerosol.
The author also lists:
Orange Alert Ingredients that can create the formation of carcinogenic chemicals called nitrosamines (definition: Any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula R2NNO or RNHNO, present in various foods and other products and found to be carcinogenic in laboratory animals) and are strongly suggested to be avoided.
I know its overwhelming..and maybe lengthy to read..but what kind of friend/relative would i be if i didn’t share this with you.
Big fat smooch!
by Nancy Hafter at Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 9:12 AM
This is a most helpful list! I have been trying to buy most items at Whole Foods hoping that they don’t contain any of these red alert items…xoxo