Caramel color: Caramel color is a food coloring used to make soft drinks and a majority of processed foods a brownish color. The food coloring is created by heating or burning a carbohydrate and mixing it with an acid or alkali (ammonia, sulfites). The source of carbohydrate can come from sugar, barley, lactose, corn or wheat. Since the source of the carbohydrate is not known, anyone with food allergies should avoid caramel coloring due to possible allergic reactions.
When the carbohydrate is mixed with ammonia, a chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI) is produced. Previous studies of 4-Mel have found that the long-term exposure to the chemical caused lung, liver and thyroid cancer in mice, according to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. These findings led California to add 4-Mel to the list of potentially hazardous chemicals and therefore limiting the exposure levels of 4-Mel in products sold in the state.
Fragrance is used to make products smell better and to cover the scent of other ingredients, which may have strong chemical scents. They disrupt hormone activity, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin (Formaldehyde). Formaldehyde derivatives are preservatives used to help prevent bacterial growth. These chemicals are linked to allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, and can trigger asthma. Overall, they can weaken the immune system and leave you susceptible to other diseases.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
LPG is composed of three gases, butane, propane, and isobutane that act as the propellant in the dry shampoo. These colorless, odorless gasses can give you headaches, mood swings, nausea.
MSG – Monosodium Glutamate. Glutamate is a naturally occurring amino acid that our body needs and uses. When the glutamate is synthetically manipulated and processed, it creates a form that is not naturally found in nature. This form, MSG, can cause health issues such as headaches, fibromyalgia, fatigue, upset stomach, and flushing. Some people are more sensitive to MSG than others but regular consumption over time can lead to side effects for those who are not.
MSG is used as an ingredient to enhance the flavor of foods. It is found primarily in processed foods, frozen meals and canned goods to make them taste fresher and smell better. MSG will never be found in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed meats.
Manufacturers are required to label foods that contain MSG, however; MSG can be snuck in by being labeled other names such as:
Autolyzed Yeast extract
Vegetable Protein Extract
Parabens. Parabens are used to preserve and prevent bacteria and mold growth in cosmetic products. They possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. In fact, biopsies of breast tumors have shown traces of the chemical. Phthalates can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
Permethrin. Occur in the seed cases of the perennial plant pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium), which has long been grown commercially to supply the insecticide. Exposure leads to wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, and irritation of the airways. Highly toxic to honey bees.
Petrolatum. Petroleum as the jelly used for beauty products. Originally, petroleum was discovered hanging out on the bottom of oil rigs and although refined, it potentially can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that have been linked to several cancers, including skin, lung, bladder, liver and certain digestive system cancers.
Phthalates. These chemicals are some of the most widely used in the U.S. Phthalates increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The derivatives of phthalates are often used in cosmetics, deodorants, body washes, hair sprays and moisturizers. They are known to be Endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These particular sulfates are responsible for the foaming action in cleaning supplies and soaps. SLS and SLES are in 90% of commercial beauty products. SLS’s are known to cause organ toxicity over time, irritate eyes and contaminate developmental and reproductive processes.
Synthetic colors. Yellow #5, Blue #1, and Red #40 are three of the most popular FDA-permitted dyes. These dyes are not limited to food and can be found in nearly every product with color. Synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources and are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Union considers synthetic colors a human carcinogen and has banned it from being used.
Talc acts as an absorbent in dry shampoo; it’s a magnesium silicate that may contain asbestos fibers, increasing the risk of respiratory toxicity and cancer.
Triclosan. Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that’s a known Endocrine disruptor and a skin irritant. Endocrine disruptor is a term used when chemicals interfere with your body’s delicate hormone system. These disruptions can cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. Triclosan can also be found in toothpaste, antibacterial soaps, and deodorants.
Turpentine oil. Toxic if swallowed. Used as a paint solvent, turpentine also is an ingredient in Vicks VapoRub.