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11 beauty products that may be ruining the planet

By: Julie Knapp on July 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m.
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Synthetic fragrances, whether in your perfume bottle or added to personal care products, contain a host of hidden hazards: Neurotoxins, phthalates (which are banned in Europe) and synthetic musks, which are toxic to marine life and are possible hormone disrupters. Plus, fragrances are one of the top five allergens. Opt for essential oil-based scents instead.