How Toxic Is Makeup? | Dangerous Ingredients in Deodorant

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toxic toiletriesHow Toxic Is Makeup and What the Dangerous Ingredients in Deodorant and Other Bathroom Products Are

We are most definitely going to answer the question of how toxic is makeup, and find out what the dangerous ingredients in deodorant and other hygiene and cosmetic products But we will also address some other things as well, including directing you to a site that will show you how to make your own homemade natural health and beauty supplies.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:


  • How Toxic Is Makeup
  • Toxic Toiletries
  • A List of Dangerous Ingredients in Deodorant
  • Read the Labels!
  • Shampoos, Conditioners and Cosmetics All Contain a Plethora of Toxic Ingredients
  • Healthy Cosmetics
  • Make Your Own All Natural Health and Beauty Supplies

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You are in danger from head to toe, and increasing the damage daily. Our world has come to rely heavily on hair products, deodorant, bath products, and makeup and most of us are completely unaware that we are poisoning ourselves slowly, bit by bit.

Toxic Toiletries

There are over 10,000 chemical ingredients including carcinogens, in our soaps, shampoos, and other related products. One of the more chemical-laced ones is deodorant. These items, either antiperspirant or regular deodorant, clog the skin follicles, causing you to not sweat as much as your body requires for natural cleansing and detoxifying. They also release large amounts of chemicals into our poor, unsuspecting bodies.

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A List of Just a Few Toxins Hiding in Your Deodorant:

1. Aluminum. This has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels, causing a much higher risk for breast and prostrate cancer.

2. Parabens. One of the most harmful additives, these bad boys are used as preservatives but also
mess with estrogen, thereby causing the same problems as aluminum.

3. Steareths. These additives produce carcinogens and dioxanes. Nuff said.

4. Triclosan. Even though the FDA has classified this as a pesticide it continues to be used in most brand name deodorants (and some toothpaste, until very recently). Combined with water it creates a carcinogen gas called chloroform. You know, that stuff you keep in your bag with a rag, for people you might find yourself stuck with somewhere who like the sound of their own voice way too much, and just say everything that is completely devoid of intelligence, and nothing else, incessantly…?

5. Propylene Glycol. With daily use this chemical can cause damage to the central nervous system,
heart, and liver. It can be harmful at a percentage of 2% and still most deodorants contain a dose of 50%.


6. MEA, TEA and DEA. The real names are very hard to spell and pronounce so this is what they are usually referred to. They seep into your skin, affecting your liver and kidneys.

Read the label on your deodorant
Mr. Death looks more adorable here than… deathy.

Read the Labels!

So here’s the deal. Read the labels before buying, just as you should for your food products.
Also, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database to see their list of safety and health precautions. Or simply do like the pioneer women and make your own deodorant.

There are recipes online on several sites, and we will add a website at the end of this article.

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Next on the list is body products such as creams, moisturizers, shampoo and conditioner.

Body washes and creams can contain a whole array of toxins and, since they stay on the skin, they should be used very discriminately.

Natural body creams or balms are much better.

The list of items to avoid with face moisturizers are fragrance, silicones, chemical preservatives,
and some alcohols. Look for non-toxic formulations that are backed by science and full of quality natural ingredients.

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Shampoos, Conditioners and Cosmetics All Contain a Plethora of Toxic Ingredients:

  • Sulfates. These nasties are actually chemical detergents. They are very effective at removing
    dirt and oil but are harsh on the hair and scalp and strip away the natural moisture in your hair.
  • Parabens. See above under deodorants.
  • Fragrance. Bad hombres. The term fragrance allows manufacturers to avoid the issue of including a list of ingredients used to create said good smells. In reality there are more than 3000 chemicals used by these companies to make up shampoos and conditioners.
  • Triclosan. See above under deodorants.
  • Polyethylene Glycol. Again, see above under deodorant. Finding a pattern here?
  • Formaldehyde. Often not listed in the ingredient lists this one is tricky and the manufacturers are just plain sneaky. They put in a bunch of chemicals that work together to make formaldehyde which is a known skin sensitizer, allergen, and carcinogen. Some of these formaldehyde cocktail ingredients are DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, Methenamine, Quaternium 15, Bronopol, and Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. Whew. Try saying that sentence really fast.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate. This is commonly used in foundation and concealer and can cause skin irritation, canker sores, eye damage, and toxic are your household products
  • Retinol products. People
    love them for their anti-aging properties but alas what is little
    known is that in sunlight they morph into carcinogens. Save these
    babies for nighttime use only and steer clear of them in your
  • Petroleum Distillates.
    Mascara is where these guys usually reside and may cause contact dermatitis, which is an itchy rash.
  • Phthalates. These hang out in color cosmetics and are linked to Endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.
  • Lead. 61% of lipsticks contain lead and we all know what a no-no lead is. There is no safe
    level of lead exposure. It is a neurotoxin linked to learning, language, and behavioral problems and causes reproductive and hormonal issues in both women and men.

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Healthy Cosmetics

I realize that these lists are probably overwhelming and hard to remember but it will be so much
healthier for you if you read the labels, do your research, and choose a reputable brand for your cosmetics. That being said I found an excellent site which assists you in that regard. It lists many
trustworthy and healthy cosmetic manufacturers. It explains which ones are exceptionally good for which products and even supplies pictures.

Now that we have made you fully aware of the dangers involved in looking, feeling, and smelling your best with regular products we sincerely hope that you will use your newfound label-reading knowledge in order to choose safer products.

Or dive right in and make your own at home. Have fun with it. Set aside a day, invite a few of your besties, and experiment. Don’t forget the wine and appies.

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To help you get started making your own homemade, all natural health and beauty products, we’ve found an excellent and informative site.

It not only helps with making your own health and beauty supplies, but also warns you about the ones not to be made yourself, in case you are a bit of a mad scientist, who is more mad than sssm…scientist.

It contains a plethora of other tips and tricks, DIY and otherwise.

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Have fun!


First of all, this is not an early Halloween post.

But we have answered the question that probably brought you here, which is how toxic is makeup, and what about other bathroom products?

Is it as bad as you thought?

We have also listed the toxins specifically in deodorants, shampoos/conditioners and cosmetics.

And we have provided a couple links to cool solutions, so you won’t end up laying there…

…dead in a vomit-filled bathtub with a headful of poison, and an empty shampoo bottle on the floor. With a lifetime of shame and regret still hovering, waiting for the meat wagon to show up.

I almost feel bad for making light, there.

I find people being daily poisoned to be anything but hilarious. In fact, the more I discover about the evil behind nearly everything on sale these days, the harder anger and dismay fight for dominion within me, and I feel I’m going to burst with something quite unlike anything resembling joy or love, or fruit-flavor. And I want to somehow just get off of this planet, immediately.

So please don’t be offended. I think humor opens some release valve in my spleen when I feel a particularly strong one of these urges to step off the world.


I came across this picture and couldn’t help it:shampoo overdose



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10 thoughts on “How Toxic Is Makeup? | Dangerous Ingredients in Deodorant”

  1. I have often heard of the toxic ingredients in makeup and cosmetics, as well as shampoos and lotions. I believe there is a website you can refer to to see how toxic a particular brand a cosmetic is. I have been there before, but do not remember the web address. You are not aware of what that web address is, are you? It is handy if you can check to see how safe a product is to use before you purchase it.

  2. Yes, people just assume it all must be good–they are selling it! I am amazed at what I never used to question! 

  3. Dangerous Ingredients Deodorant! This a powerful title, since I would have never consider to question about this. I guess we are often consumed by commercials and take for granted the things that are available on the shelves in the supermarket that I often don’t question the products, especially those that we are so familiar with……

  4. When I was young, my mom used to tell me that is better to be natural, and avoid using any makeup or too many different creams, after reading your article, I couldn’t help to think about my mom telling me that over and over again, thanks so much for sharing accurate information about how risky can be using all these products, and I hope more people join the club to stay natural, and only use products that won’t put people in risk. 

  5. Hi Lily, and thanks. Glad you found the article of value, and that you have switched over to the natural stuff. Cheers!

  6. I found your article hilarious and so important to read. I’ve been aware of the poisons in our daily products for a long time and have tried to move to natural products when I could find a suitable substitute. It isn’t always easy to find something that works but won’t kill you slowly. I don’t use commercial perfumes anymore only natural oils, natural face cream, and natural cleaning products. My husband is highly sensitive and it has made such a difference to his quality of life. I really liked your facts and your suggestions, thanks.

  7. Choosing a healthy makeup product is crucial as you don’t want o to add anything dangerous to your skin mainly people with allergies. I would recommend checking the ingredients of any product and seeing if you are allergic to any, this can save you big time. With pressure from regulators, most makeup products are beginning to ditch poisonous substances from their products.

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