The harm of shampoos, deodorants, and fragrances.
Much of the controversy surrounding the dangers of make-up and cosmetics involves chemicals such as parabens.
Parabens are a group of widely used preservatives added to food and cosmetics, and an extremely common ingredient in underarm deodorants and anti-perspirants.
Avoid deodorants and anti-perspirants that contain parabens and aluminium.
These chemicals demonstrate a hormonal effect in studies on animals and cells and are known to play a part in the onset and progression of cancer.
- 26 healthy male volunteers applied cosmetic creams containing parabens, the substances were detected in their bloodstreams within one hour.
Parabens are included in many consumer items, but chronic exposure to parabens can result from repeated use of personal care products that contain them, like with deodorants and anti-perspirants.
*These products have been linked to breast cancer because they are applied close to the breast, where they could adhere to DNA and encourage the development of damaged cells. When you shave some of the protective outer layers of skin are stripped away, and this provides an easier route for chemicals to enter the body.
In many underarm products there are aluminium salts, making up to 25% of the product.
Research has shown that aluminium can bind to oestrogen receptors in the breast, also mimicking the effect of oestrogens.
- A survey of 437 women diagnosed with breast cancer found that those who frequently used anti-antiperspirants along with shaving their underarms from an early age were diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age, too.
There are organic deodorants available, (I just purchased mine off Amazon) which do NOT contain parabens or aluminium.
There are many reasons to avoid shampoo.
Going “no-poo” can give straight hair back its natural fullness and body, and curly/wavy hair any curls and waves that were being shampooed out. Most shampoos contain harsh, drying sulfates that are extremely damaging for curly hair that I will describe after this. There are often foaming agents that make curly hair frizzy and uncooperative. Using conditioner or another replacement in place of shampoo will cleanse the hair just as effectively without stripping it of moisture.
Go for organic conditioners! Skip shampooing all together.
Washing your hair is probably something you take for granted. Whether you do it every day, a few times a week, or less often, you've probably never wondered if you didn't have to use shampoo and conditioner. However, you may find that not using shampoo has many benefits.
Most people in our country wash their hair several times a week at least and often every day, when in reality washing every day or every other day is unnecessary, or at least it could be. Because we’ve being washing this frequently for years, our hair has become accustomed to producing oil to compensate for the frequent washing. It will need some time to readjust.
Shampoo is full of unnecessary and pH altering chemicals, not to mention harsh detergents. Additionally, lots of shampoo also costs a fair amount of money, which can add up if you're washing your hair each day.
If just conditioning your hair isn’t enough for you, look up ways to wash your hair with baking soda in vinegar, or any of the many other alternatives to shampoo. It might sound weird but it really works!
Shampoo is an unnecessary habit when it comes to washing your hair, and not only that but it is bad for the environment.
Certain ingredients in shampoo, detergents and other cleaning agents help form a suspected cancer-causing contaminant in water.
The last thing you need is one more contaminant in your water, but that is exactly what is happening within the complex chemical reactions that takes place at your local water processing plant.
Seemingly harmless consumer products, like your shampoo, are contributing to the formation of mysterious cancer-causing substances called nitrosamines.
There is an enormous amount of evidence that nitrosamines cause cancer in humans. In fact, nitrosamines are one of the most potent chemical carcinogens in tobacco products, and are generally regarded as linking the use of tobacco with cancer.
In addition to tobacco and cured meats, nitrosamines are also found in:
- Rubber products and rubber manufacturing plants
- Metal and chemical industries
- Cosmetics, personal care products and detergents
In addition to cancer, nitrosamines are associated with multiple organ toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and biochemical or cellular changes.
Nitrosamines are so toxic, both Canada and the European Union have banned them from cosmetics.
In 1996, the FDA asked American cosmetic makers to voluntarily remove ingredients that could form nitrosamines. In spite of this suggestion, one in every 10 products contains ingredients that can combine with others to form these dangerous carcinogens.
You simply can't depend on wastewater treatment technology as a solution to this problem.
The answer must begin with lifestyle changes.
The products you use every day in your home have a profound impact on the environment and ultimately your health, either directly or indirectly.
The majority of commercial shampoos have several chemicals you don't want on your body or in your water supply, like:
Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
SLS is used in automobile shops as a degreasing agent... do you really want it in your hair?
1,4-dioxane is believed to be carcinogenic to humans, toxic to your brain and central nervous system, kidneys and liver. It's also a leading groundwater contaminant.
Dioxane has been a known carcinogen since 1978. A 2008 study by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found that many brands of shampoos, body washes and lotions contained 1,4-dioxane, including so-called "natural" and "organic" brands.
Dioxane is an increasing threat to water supplies across the country and is of growing concern to the Environmental Protection Agency due to the fact that it can't be filtered out, and it doesn't biodegrade.
And this is only two of the very, very many chemicals that I’ve decided to describe that are in your shampoos.
I caution against wearing any synthetic perfume or cologne, as they're almost always loaded with chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and more.
Although the US FDA actually has direct authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, they don’t.
Many of the chemicals in perfume are the same chemicals in cigarette smoke, and yet there is no regulation of the fragrance industry.
Many people are "bothered" by perfumes - developing headaches, sinus problems, and even asthma from exposures. Many have gotten sick or even disabled from wearing (or being exposed to) fragrances and using other scented products. Fragrances are now used in almost every cleaning, laundry, and personal-care product on the market!
*These chemicals go directly into the bloodstream when applied to our skin and are also absorbed into the skin from our clothing. We also inhale the chemical fumes, which then go straight to our brains where they can do major harm.
Unfortunately, determining what's actually in any given fragrance can be virtually impossible. Thousands of different fragrance chemicals can be used to produce different aromas, and each branded scent is protected as a trade secret, so the full list of ingredients does not need to be listed on the label.
Both phthalates and synthetic polycyclic musk fragrances have been found in the breast milk of American mothers, which has raised increasing concerns about their safety.
Among them are the endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates, and synthetic musk. Synthetic musk fragrances can be particularly tricky, because they're frequently not listed on the label. But if a product smells good, it most likely contains a synthetic musk.
The effects of phthalates on your endocrine system are very disturbing. For instance, animal studies on certain phthalates have shown these chemicals may cause:
- Reproductive and developmental harm
- Organ damage
- Immune suppression
- Endocrine disruption
Though it’s nice to smell fruity, or like whatever fragrance you prefer, is it worth all of these things listed above?