Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products: David Suzuki’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

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The David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) has compiled a list of toxic chemicals to avoid in personal care products.  

Research has shown that “one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers, and surfactants.” (DSF)

You’ll notice that Formaldehyde has made the list. Please note that this chemical, a known human carcinogen, is widely used in permanent press fabric.  

Here’s who made the list:

BHA or BHT // Siloxanes // DEA // Dibutyl Phthalate // Formaldehyde-releasing Preservatives // Fragrance or Parfum // Coal Tar Dyes // Parabens // PEG compounds (e.g., PEG-60) // Petrolatum // Sodium Laureth Sulfate // Triclosan

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Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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One thought on “Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products: David Suzuki’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

  1. Terri Johnson

    I see BHT on the Dirty Dozen list. I also see BHT as an ingredient in almost all packaged breakfast cereals which are something of a staple in kids diets these days. Is it the same chemical and if so shouldn’t all kinds of alarm bells be going off?

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