what you won't find in bodygoodies

What We Don't Use in Our Products is Just as Important as What We Do Use.

Even though some of the ingredients on your cosmetic and skin care labels claim to be naturally-derived, that does not mean SAFE. You will not find a single one of these ingredients in any bodygoodies products. Ever. We have highlighted here some of the most commonly used ingredients that still somehow manage to end up on packages of products that claim to be natural. Although some may be from natural sources, that doesnt mean they are good for you. 

Glossary of Chemicals & Synthetics we do not use @ bodygoodies

These are only 44 of the over 1,000 toxic ingredients found in personal care products:

  • chemical AHA (alpha hydroxy acid): skin is exfoliated chemically instead of mechanically via abrasion, dries and increases skin aging. Supposed to be anti-wrinkle, found in many skin and hair care products. Used as a solvent originally in cleaning compounds and for tanning leather. A smooth finish is developed by stripping the outer layer of the skin, irritated skin can puff up.
  • Acetamide MEA: used in lipsticks and cream blusher to retain moisture, causes adverse reactions, carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic.
  • Alkyl-phenol-ethoxylades: mimics estrogen. Used in shampoo, carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic. Causes adverse reactions. Reduces sperm count.
  • Ammonium laureth sulphate: found in hair and bubble bath products. Laureth contains ether that is listed as carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
  • Aluminum: used as color additive in cosmetics, especially eyeshadow. Listed as carcinogenic, toxic and mutagenic.
  • Bentonite: used in facial mask, makeup, face powder. Supposed to draw out toxins and claimed to be non-toxic, but rats died when injected with it.
  • Benzene: found combined with other chemicals in many personal care products and is a known bone-marrow poison. Carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
  • Coal Tar: many kinds of shampoo designed to treat dandruff and flaky scalp contain it. Disguised with names FD, FDC or FD&C color. Coal tar causes potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, fatigue, nervousness, headaches, nausea, lack of concentration, cancer.
  • Cocamide DEA: nitrosamines can form in all cosmetic ingredients containing amines and amino derivatives with nitrogen compounds. When DEA is applied to skin, known carinogens can form.
  • Cocomide DEA: mostly found in shampoo. Contains nitrosamines that are known carcinogens causing allergic reactions and contact dermatitis.
  • Cocomidopropyl Betaine: used in shampoo in combination with other surfactants. Synthetic. Causes eyelid dermatitis.
  • Carbomer 934, 940, 941, 960, 961 C: as thickener, stabilizer in creams, toothpaste, eye makeup, bathing products. May cause eye irritation.
  • DEA (diethanolamine): a synthetic solvent, detergent and humectant widely used in brake fluid, industrial degreasers and antifreeze. Mostly used in liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner. Can be harmful for the liver, kidneys and pancreas. May cause cancer in various organs. Irritates skin, eyes, mucous membranes. Found also in hair dye, lotions, cream, bubble bath, liquid dishwashing detergent and laundry soap. Health risk especially to infants and young children. Forms nitrosamines known to be carcinogens. Causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis. Hazardous and toxic.
  • Dioform: many toothpastes and other tooth whiteners contain it. Damages your teeth enamel weakening their protective shell.
  • Disodium EDTA: may contain dangerous levles of ethylene oxide and/or dixane, both potent toxins. A manufacturing byproduct. Also used as chelating agent. Carcinogenic.
  • Hydantoin DMDM: causes dermatitis. Acts as a preservative and may release formaldehyde and is a suspected carcinogen. Rats develop cancer when injected with this chemical.
  • Elastin: supposed to improve the elasticity of the skin when applied externally; however, there is no proof.
  • FDC-n (FD&C): various different colors. Some are simply irritants while others are strong carcinogens.
  • Fluoride: Hazardous chemical. Researchers linked it to cancer years ago. No one is listening. Fluoridated toothpaste is especially dangerous to young children who tend to swallow it after brushing their teeth. Supposed to stop tooth decay. Scientists are now linking flouride to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions, can lead to Crohn's disease. A manufacturing toxic by-product.
  • Formaldehyde: due to its bad name, it is sometimes hidden under the name DMDM hydantoin or MDM hydantion. Tradename is Formalin. Released by diazolidinyl urea. Causes dermatitis, adverse effects, is very toxic when swallowed or inhaled, skin irritant, very toxic, a suspected carcinogen and linked to cancer.
  • Glycols (group): causes delayed contact allergy. Used as humectant (emulsifier/moisturizer) in most cases as a cheap glycerine substitute. Propylene glycol did cause liver abnormalitites and kidney damage in laboratory animals. Diethylene glycol and carbitol are considered toxic. Ethylene glycol is a suspected bladder carcinogen. Glycols are carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and cause adverse reactions.
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea: causes dermatitis. If heated to higher temperatures, it produces formaldehyde.
  • Lauramide DEA: nitrosamines can form in all cosmetic ingredients containing amines and amino derivatives with nitrogen compounds and nitrosamines are known carcinogens.
  • Methyl Chloroisothiazolinine: carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
  • Paba (p-aminobenzoic acid): causes photo sensitivity and contact dermatitis. A common sunscreen agent.
  • Parabens: trademark for butyl, ethyl, germa, methyl, propyl paraben. Causes dermatitis. Used as a preservative in a variety of personal care products especially cream and lotion. Allergic reactions. Petroleum based.
  • PEG (4-200): abbreviation for polyethylene glycol, polyoxethylene, polygocol, polyether glycol. A manufacturing by-product. Dangerous levels of the toxin dioxane has been found in this product.
  • Phosphoric acid: as an inorganic phosphate acid it is very disruptive to the skin if used in high concentrations.
  • Phenoxyethanol: causes allergic reactions.
  • Polysorbate-n (20-85): causes contact sensitivity and irritation.
  • Polyquaternium: followed by any number; they are carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and cause adverse reactions. Induced contact dermatitis, causes fatal drug allergy (anaphylactic shock), may cause increased sensitivity to muscle relaxants.
  • Propylene Glycol: found in most shampoo and conditioners. Derived from petroleum products. Also used in anti-freeze, de-icer, latex, paint, and laundry detergent. Can cause irritation of nasal and respiratory passages and if ingested; can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Research also shows it is mutagenic, causes cardiac arrest. Japanese studies show it damages cell DNA (genetic code). Strongly degreases and dries skin.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Causes skin irritation and dermatitis. Used mainly in shampoo and conditioners. Has ether added and is toxic.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: An ingredient in 90% of commercially available shampoo and conditioner. Corrodes hair follicle and impedes hair growth. Is found in car wash soap, engine degreaser, toothpaste, cream, lotion, and garage floor cleaners. Penetrates your eyes, brain, liver and remains there for long-term. Degenerates cell membranes and can change the genetic information (mutagenic) in cells and damage the immune system. May cause blindness and lead to cataracts. Eyes cannot heal properly. Retards the healing process.
  • Sodium Cyanide: carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
  • Sodium Oleth Sulfate: may contain dangerous levels of ethylene oxide and/or dioxane, both potent toxins.
  • Sodium PCA (NAPCA): conditioner for skin and hair; synthetic version can seriously dry the skin can cause allergic reactions.
  • Styrene Monomer: carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
  • Dimethylamine: secondary amines cause allergic dermatitis. Carcinogenc properties.
  • Stearamidopropyl Tetrasodium EDTA: nitrosamines can form in all cosmetic ingredients containing amines and amino derivatives with nitrogen compounds. Nitrosamines are known carcinogens.
  • Talc: hazardous. Toxic by inhalation. Some talc found to contain amphibole particle distribution typical to asbestos, which is cancer-causing (carcingenic).
  • Toluene: used as a solvent in cosmetics, especially nail polish and dyes. Also in pharmaceuticals and gasoline as a blending agent.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA): causes severe facial dermatitis, irritation and sensitivity. Used as pH adjuster. Reacts with stearic acid to form oil in water emulsions (typically lotions). May contain nitrosamines, known carcinogens.

Descriptive Words

  • Carcinogen (Carcinogenic): known to be cancer causing.
  • Humectant: a product that helps the skin retain moisture. Vegetable glycerine is a humectant.
  • Mutagenic: changes genetic code, the building blocks of cells.
  • Toxic: poisonous, either short-term or long-term.