Toiletries and their ingredients

Toiletries and their ingredients

Did you ever try to count how many toiletries we use every day and how often for our personal hygiene?  Let’s count then: soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant and anti-perspirant.   Did you look into their ingredients’ list before buying these products?  Even if you did look through the ingredient list and were you able to understand all of them?

Let’s look into some ingredients used in these products which, according to the Breast Cancer UK, are the most hazardous chemicals, which can cause adverse health effects including breast cancer as they are absorbed by our skin and circulate in blood system, visiting all our vital organs.  This organisation works to tackle the environmental and chemical causes of breast cancer and it identified these endocrine-disrupting chemicals or carcinogens used in everyday cosmetics and toiletries manufacture, which may be linked to breast cancer:

  1. Parabens
  2. Phthalates
  3. Triclosan
  4. Synthetic musks
  5. Formaldehyde

In addition, watch out for these ingredients:

In soaps:

  1. Triclosan
  2. ETHANOLAMINES: Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA)

In shampoos, hair conditioners, body washes and scrubs:

  1. SILOXANES: Octamethyl-cyclotetrasiloxane
  2. ETHANOLAMINES: Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA)

In toothpastes:

  1. Triclosan

In deodorants and anti-perspirants:

  1. Triclosan
  2. Aluminium salts

For more recommendations from Breast Cancer UK, please visit:

Personal care products, containing these ingredients, should be replaced with products made of natural ingredients, which are readily available on a market, or you can make your own.

Toiletries with botanical extracts, essential oils and minerals with aromatic features will serve their purpose for your daily personal care needs.  All these natural ingredients will contribute to radiant and healthy looking skin and will help to detoxify your body.

Hair care products with birch leaf and bud extracts, rice extract, artichoke leaf extract, sage leaf extract, kiwi, carrot, golden jojoba and argan oil will help you to have strong and great looking hair.  Some of these ingredients even help to prevent hair-colour fading, resulting in healthy-looking, lustrous shiny hair.  These are only few natural ingredients used to manufacture hair care products and you can choose the right product depending on your needs.

Bathing time has to be relaxing not only for your skin but for your mind as well.  Do look for bathing products where lavender, rosemary, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, ginger, juniper berry or pine oils, turmeric root extract, birch leaf and bud extract, alfalfa extract and chicory root extract are in the ingredient list.  You will get a real feeling of freshness, as these natural ingredients will cleanse and calm your skin naturally, leaving it moist and radiant with a brighter look.

Shea butter is a very valuable ingredient in soap bars, hand washes and shower gel, as shea butter cleanses and moisturizes, with rich lather and leaves skin supple, soothed and infused with all of the rich, emollient benefits of shea butter.  Other useful ingredients for hand wash are aloe and jojoba oil.

Shaving cream with algae and aloe vera extracts moisturises to soothe and calm stressed skin.

Mint adds its freshness.  It is a beneficial ingredient for deodorants and toothpastes.

The unique odour fighting components of extracts of spearmint, white tea, lemongrass, sage and tea tree make the right ingredients for deodorants to feel fresh all day.

Mint toothpaste with white tea, ginger, grape pomegranate and cranberry extracts is a very good natural alternative to usual toothpastes, as it helps to clean, brighten and prevent plaque and tartar built up on teeth, using natural ingredients and minimising our exposure to chemicals.

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My next article will look into the ingredients used in cosmetic products.  Do your homework searching for the ingredients and we will be able to compare our lists.

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