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The following list of chemicals is a guide to enable you to check products that you wish to buy, so you can make your own qualified judgement. Remember, many sales people DO NOT KNOW about these and will simply repeat their brand training, so it is up to you to check the product yourself.

Direct carcinogens (directly cause cancer)
Butyl Benzyphthalate Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) “Coal Tar Dyes” (and lakes) D & C Red 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 17, 19 & 33, Green 5, Orange 17, FD & C Blue 1, 2 & 4, Green 3, Red 4 & 40, Yellow 5 & 6 Crystalline Silica Diaminophenol Diethanolamine (DEA) Doictyl Adipate Disperse Blue 1, Disperse Yellow 3 (clourants) Fluoride Formaldehyde Glutaral Hydroquinone Methylene Chloride Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone Nitrophenylenediamine p-Phenylenediamine (following oxidation) Phenyl-p-phenylenediamine Saccharin Talc (only in loose form, particularly around genitalia)

These are hidden carcinogens contaminating other chemicals such as dioxane, a highly potent carcinogen.

1,4-Dioxane. In Ethoxylated Alcohols, including PEGs, Oleths, Polysorbates, Nonoxynol. Arsenic and Lead. In Coal Tar Dyes, Polyvinyl Acetate, PEGs (polyethylene glycols). DDT and related Pesticides. In Lanolin, Quarterniums. Diethanolamine (DEA). In DEA Cocamide/ Lauramide condensates, Quaterniums. Ethylene Oxide. In Ethoxylated Alcohols, including PEGs, Oleths, Polysorbates, Nonoxynol. Formaldehyde. In Polyoxymethylene Urea.
Nitrosamine Precursors

Nitrosamines are highly carcinogenic. Nitrosamine precursors interact with other chemicals in the product to form nitrosamines.

Bromonitrodioxane 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol Diethanolamine (DEA) DEA-Cocamide, Lauramide and Oleamide condensates DEA-MEA/Acetate DEA-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Metheneamine Morpholine Padimate-O Pyroglumatic Acid Triethanolamine (TEA) TEA-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Formaldehyde Precursors

Formaldehyde is highly toxic, neurotoxic, genotoxic and carcinogenic. Formaldehyde precursors react with other chemicals in the product to release formaldehyde (used to preserve dead bodies).

2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,2-Diol Diazolidonyl Urea DMDM-Hydantoin Imidazolidinyl Urea Metheneamine Quaternium-15 Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Endocrine (Hormonal) Disruptors

Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl also known as hydroxy methyl benzoates). Three university studies have shown that parabens get absorbed into the blood-stream and disrupt the hormonal system. They may be associated with breast cancer.

Benzophenone Butyl Benzyl Phthalate Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (B-MDM) Dibutyl Phthalate Diethyl Phthalate Homosalate (HMS) Methyl-benzylidene Camphor (4-MDC) Octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA) Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) Resorcinol
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