Are there toxic chemicals in your cosmetics?
Use our mobile shoppers guide to audit your bathroom and shop for products without harmful ingredients.

BHA & BHT

In moisturizer, makeup, etc. May cause cancer and interfere with hormone function. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Coal tar dyes

Look for P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE in hair dyes, and colours identified as “C.I.” followed by five digits in other products. Potential to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.

DEA, MEA & TEA

In creamy and foaming products such as moisturizer, shampoo. Can react to form cancer-causing nitrosamines. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Dibutyl phthalate

In nail products. Toxic to reproduction and may interfere with hormone function. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Look for DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, or QUARTERNIUM-15. Widely used in hair products, moisturizers, etc. Formaldehyde causes cancer.

Parabens

Widely used in makeup, moisturizers, etc. May interfere with hormone function. Associated with breast cancer.

Parfum (a.k.a Fragrance)

Widely used even in some products marketed as “unscented” (often the last ingredient). Mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.

PEG compounds

Widely used in conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, etc. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.

Petrolatum

In hair products, lip balm/lipstick, skin care products. Petroleum products can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.

Cyclomethicone & siloxanes

Widely used in moisturizer, makeup, hair products, etc. May interfere with hormone function and damage the liver. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

SLES & SLS

In products that foam such as shampoo, cleansers, bubble bath. SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Triclosan

In “anti-bacterial” products such as toothpaste, soaps, hand sanitizers. May interfere with hormone function and contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.