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Clean Beauty Cheat Sheet
Clean Beauty Cheat Sheet

What to look out for when you're keeping your beauty routine clean.

What to look out for when you're keeping your beauty routine clean.

Hormone Disruptor
Hormone Disruptor
Carcinogen
Carcinogen
Birth Defects
Birth Defects
Neurotoxin
Neurotoxin
Infertility
Infertility
Organ System Toxicity
Organ System Toxicity
Harmful To Environment
Harmful To Environment
Irritation
Irritation
Allergen
Allergen
Top 10
Top 10

Ingredients to avoid

Phthalates

What to look for:

What to look for:

Phthalates or Fragrance

Phthalates or Fragrance

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

fragrance ingredient, to promote flexibility

fragrance ingredient, to promote flexibility

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

carcinogen, hormone disruption


Quaternium - 15

What to look for:

What to look for:

Formaldehyde releaser

Formaldehyde releaser

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, antistatic agent

preservative, antistatic agent

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity


Retinyl Palmitate

What to look for:

What to look for:

Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

skin conditioner

skin conditioner

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen, infertility


Oxybenzone

What to look for:

What to look for:

Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

sunscreen ingredient, UV filter, UV absorber

sunscreen ingredient, UV filter, UV absorber

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, organ system toxicity


fragrance

What to look for:

What to look for:

Fragrance

Fragrance

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

to mask or enhance odor

to mask or enhance odor

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen, harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, infertility, irritation, neurotoxin, organ system toxicity


Formaldehyde (+releasers)

What to look for:

What to look for:

DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane), Hydroxymethylglycinate

DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane), Hydroxymethylglycinate

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative

preservative

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity


Polyethylene Glycol

What to look for:

What to look for:

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

thickener, solvent, softener

thickener, solvent, softener

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity


Sulfates

What to look for:

What to look for:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off your skin)

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off your skin)

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen


Parabens

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, fragrance ingredients

preservative, fragrance ingredients

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, irritation


Mineral Oil or petroleum

What to look for:

What to look for:

Mineral oil, Petroleum

Mineral oil, Petroleum

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

conditioning, moisturizing

conditioning, moisturizing

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, organ system toxicity

Look closer and learn

Look closer and learn


hair
hair

Parabens

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, fragrance ingredients

preservative, fragrance ingredients

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, irritation


Fragrance

What to look for:

What to look for:

Fragrance

Fragrance

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

to mask or enhance odor

to mask or enhance odor

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen, harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, infertility, irritation, neurotoxin, organ system toxicity


sulfates

What to look for:

What to look for:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off your skin)

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off your skin)

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen


Cocamide DEA

What to look for:

What to look for:

Cocamide DEA

Cocamide DEA

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off of your skin)

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off of your skin)

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen


Methylisothiazolinone

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methylisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

Preservative

Preservative

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

irritation, neurotoxin


cosmetics
cosmetics

Propylene Glycol

What to look for:

What to look for:

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

thickener, solvent, softener

thickener, solvent, softener

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity


parabens

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, fragrance ingredients

preservative, fragrance ingredients

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, irritation


PEG Compounds

What to look for:

What to look for:

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

thickener, solvent, softener

thickener, solvent, softener

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity


Diazolidinyl Urea

What to look for:

What to look for:

Diazolidinyl urea or Imidazolidinyl urea

Diazolidinyl urea or Imidazolidinyl urea

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative

preservative

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

carcinogen, irritation, organ system toxicity


bht

What to look for:

What to look for:

BHT, Butylated hydroxytoluene

BHT, Butylated hydroxytoluene

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, fragrance ingredient

preservative, fragrance ingredient

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

irritation, organ system toxicity


cleansers
cleansers

Formaldehyde (+releasers)

What to look for:

What to look for:

DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane), Hydroxymethylglycinate

DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane), Hydroxymethylglycinate

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative

preservative

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity


Parabens

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, fragrance ingredients

preservative, fragrance ingredients

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, irritation


Phthalates

What to look for:

What to look for:

Phthalates or Fragrance

Phthalates or Fragrance

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

fragrance ingredient, to promote flexibility

fragrance ingredient, to promote flexibility

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

carcinogen, hormone disruption


Sulfates

What to look for:

What to look for:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off your skin)

foaming agent, surfactant (to get the gunk off your skin)

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen


Methylisothiazolinone

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methylisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

Preservative

Preservative

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

irritation, neurotoxin


moisturizers
moisturizers

Parabens

What to look for:

What to look for:

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Isopropylparaben, Propylparaben

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

preservative, fragrance ingredients

preservative, fragrance ingredients

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, irritation


fragrance

What to look for:

What to look for:

Fragrance

Fragrance

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

to mask or enhance odor

to mask or enhance odor

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen, harmful to the environment, hormone disruption, infertility, irritation, neurotoxin, organ system toxicity


Retinyl Palmitate

What to look for:

What to look for:

Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

skin conditioner

skin conditioner

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

birth defects, carcinogen, infertility


Mineral Oil or Petroleum

What to look for:

What to look for:

Mineral oil, Petroleum

Mineral oil, Petroleum

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

conditioning, moisturizing

conditioning, moisturizing

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, organ system toxicity


PEG Compounds

What to look for:

What to look for:

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

PEG, Polyethylene glycol

Why it's used:

Why it's used:

thickener, solvent, softener

thickener, solvent, softener

Why it's unhealthy:

Why its unhealthy:

harmful to the environment, irritation, organ system toxicity