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The following information is an small list of some of the yukky things that go into everday products. I have also started to do chemical breakdowns of commonly used products with the potentially dangerous chemicals highlighted. These will be products that are presented as safe, essential and better for you. Make no mistake - the manufacturer is fully aware of the truth. They are also fully aware of the blind innocence of the average consumer.

fish scales 


animal fat


insect wings

bone ash

crushed beetles

engine degreaser




 hair conditioner

  shampoo, conditioner, skin cream, lipstick

  shampoo, toothpaste, cosmetics, bubble bath

  mascara, hairspray, eyeliners


  lipstick, red food colouring

  shampoo, conditioner, skin cream, cosmetics

  cosmetics, hair dyes, air freshner, deodorants


JOHNSONS BABY SHAMPOO made by Johnson & Johnson Pacific



polysorbate 20


sodium lauryl sulphate





PEG-150 disterate


lauryl betaine





citric acid


fragrance F
fragrance D
fragrance C



red no. 4


Harmless but this shampoo  is no less than 65% water.


It's real name is polyoxethylene sorbitan monolaurate and it is an emulsifier, used to dissolve fat with water. Toxicity trials by the British Industrial Biological Research Association found it to be a skin irritant.


Sodium lauryl sulphate and its partner sodium laureth sulphate apparently contribute towards liver and kidney damage.  Sodium lauryl sulphate in particular is supposed to combine with meat preservatives in the bloodstream, forming carcinogenic compounds.


A 'mild' nonionic surfecant used to make the shampoo thicker and the foam bigger.


Classed as a humecant which is designed to stop things drying out but on the human skin it will suck moisture out. Glycerin is used in a wide range of products from food to cosmetics. If ingested it causes headaches, dizziness, vomiting, thirst, nausea, diarrhea and cardiac arrhythmia. It is also a human mutagen.


Polyethelene Glycol. Its a detergent and a thickener. Often contaminated with 1,4 Dioxane, a carcinogen.


An amphoteric surfecant. Generally non-toxic.


Safety data by the University of Oxford found this irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory system.


Both these chemicals are used as a broad spectrum preservative. Moderately toxic when applied to the skin, they are skin irritants and skin cell mutagens.


Citric acid can be found most commonly in any citric fruit. It is used in shampoos as a preservative and a pH adjuster - if the shampoo is slightly acidic it will make the hair feel smoother and look shinier.


Fragrances in shampoos can have hundreds of chemicals in them and are the leading cause of contact dermatitis. The majority of them also have methylene chloride as a major ingredient which is a conformed carcinogen.


Not allowed in the US. Causes chest 'heaviness'.

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