Behind the label

My “ behind the label” view

In the search for toiletries, cosmetics, household products & nutritional supplements without potentially harmful ingredients,

I have gleaned quite a dossier of information.         

What we think are “safe products” aren’t always what they seem.

We, as consumers, have a right to know and have safe products that don’t expose us to harmful chemicals.

The problem is not the simple chemicals used in personal care products, but the fact that there are hundreds more chemical compounds of which we should be aware, as their combined effects are so little understood.

Did you know that

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a strong and harsh detergent used in industry as a degreaser and a powerful wetting and foaming agent widely used in many of the day-to-day personal care products solely because it is cheap and is added to create foam.

It has a low molecular weight and so is easily absorbed by the body.

It builds up in the heart, liver and brain and can cause major problems in these areas.

It causes skin to flake and to separate and causes roughness on the skin.

It causes dysfunction of the biological systems of the skin.


  • Formaldehyde is an embalming agent .The International Agency for the research on cancer classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen. Found in some nail preparations & cleaning agents
  • Propylene Glycol A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze.

In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humescent, this causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water.                                                                   

The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

  • Phthalates There is evidence that certain phthalates act as endocrine disruptors. This means they may mimic or behave like hormones and can interfere with the normal hormonal activity in our bodies. This can lead to physical abnormalities, fertility problems and certain types of cancer. A plasticiser used to increase flexibility, used in  certain cosmetics nail polishes & plastic bottles
  • Aluminium readily absorbed into the skin, is deposited in the bones & central nervous system. Found in many deodorants.
  • Mineral oil forms an oily film over the skin not only does it lock in moisture but also toxins and waste products produced by the body.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) used in some cosmetics, eye gels, skin lotions & shaving foam, is an eye irritant and can cause liver & kidney damage.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) organic compound used in cosmetics & shampoos to create a creamy texture & foaming action- is thought to increase the risk of cancer & can impair foetal brain development & miscarriages.
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene BHT organic compound used as an antioxidant food additive (E321) as well as in cosmetics & pharmaceuticals. It has been banned in some countries because it is thought to cause some cancers but could cure others.
  • Talc is a natural mineral, used in make up and in talcum powder, but because of its fine texture when it can be inhaled & has been linked to lung cancers as well as ovarian cancers & skin cancers.

All this information is readily available on the internet but not forthcoming from the mainstream companies who prefer to keep it from us. These chemical compounds are often given other names so they are not easily identified on the list of ingredients.

It is said that the average woman exposes herself to approximately 175 chemicals each day.(Daily Mail Sept 5th 2006)

It is little wonder that we suffer from headaches, depressions, anxiety, panic attacks, eczema, skin irritations, hormone problems, kidney damage as well as cancer?

Even when chemicals do not directly cause cancer, they may do so indirectly by adding to the cumulative stress on our immune systems

The skin is the largest human organ & whatever we put on our skin is readily absorbed & stored cumulatively in our bodies.

Isn’t it about time that we looked at what we use and give our bodies a chance?

Wouldn’t it be an idea if we started using toxin free products to give our body more energy to help combat the free radicals that bombard our bodies everyday?

Also, it is not only the women who are exposed, as more and more male cosmetics & personal care products hit the market.

It is no longer a gender problem, but a human problem.

 which each one of us needs to address.

If you would like information regarding safe products to create a healthy home, contact me through the “contact page”

I have enclosed a video, which is an independent view of the exposure to potentially harmful elements in our everyday products,  which I invite you to watch.

About Maggie Pascoe

By helping enough people achieve what they want to achieve, you will achieve your goals !l My aim is to help people get what they want in life, to improve their health & life & have the same satisfaction by helping others.


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