8 of the main toxic ingredients found in our cosmetics

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Many cosmetics today still use chemicals within their production because it’s so cheap to acquire these components. It’s claimed there are over 85,000 chemicals used in the cosmetics industry. However, as many discover, it’s not worth a few euro less when you realise what these chemicals are & what they can do to our skin & body.

Petroleum Distillates (Petroleum Jelly)

Found in hair relaxers, hair dyes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturisers, anti-ageing products, make-up, lip balms
– Derived from crude oil and are used in a variety of beauty products, particularly those which claim to moisturise and protect injured skin.

– Slows down the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on its surface.
– It has no nutrient value

– Encourages the skin to stop producing its own natural moisturising oils, leading to dryness and chapping. It therefore may exacerbate the very conditions you are trying to relieve.

Propylene Glycol (PEG or PPG)

Found in skin lotion, shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, soap, make-up.
– Main ingredient in anti-freeze (keeps temps in radiators from freezing or boiling) and is usually listed on cosmetic labels as PEG or PPG.
– Claim to hydrate skin, leaving it smooth and soft. However, both are considered toxins that cause skin rashes and persistent dry, flaky skin and eye irritation.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)

Found in shampoo, bubble bath, shower gel, cleansers.
– Used to produce foaming, removing oil from hair and skin.
– Despite being portrayed as the baddies of the beauty world by many non-chemical cosmetic companies, both SLS and SLES are proven to be safe cleansers – provided any contact with skin is brief and rinsing is thorough.


– Chemical preservatives

– Primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.

– Low cost

– Found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors.

– Slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer). No effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established, however.


  • Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds.
  • Even “unscented” products may contain masking fragrances, which are chemicals used to cover up the odor of other chemicals.

Colour Pigments

  • Synthetic colours made from coal tar.
  • Contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.


  • Biochemically engineered plant extracts which allows for certain traits to be added to an ingredient that would not naturally be attainable, eg. a specific protein.
  • As much as these are enhanced to add benefits to cosmetics & results, these components are not processed & broken down as they should be in the body & will have negative effects on the organs & systems.


Other than Toxic Chemicals, it’s important to be aware about the common practice of testing products on animals

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. Product testing is commonly performed on animals to measure the levels of skin irritancy, eye tissue damage, and toxicity caused by various substances used in the manufacture of cosmetics.

Natural cosmetic companies test directly onto skin due to the guaranteed purity of products. Animal testing does still occur in 100s of well known brands; it will be a constant battle to eradicate it.


Knowing that – would you like to try Natural Cosmetics that are efficient, affordable and absolutely Divine?

Phyt’s Naturo-Esthetique and Couleur Caramel Makeup both offer skincare treatments and cosmetics, certified organic and of 100% natural origin. Both companies have been founded on strong values and convictions:

  • Beauty and health go hand in hand
  • Vital need to reduce the impact of chemistry in our environment

They use Plant extract minerals, essential oils, marine and fruit extracts. All the ingredients are used at their purest form and all our products are labeled 100% natural and organic, to offer you the gift of using the greatest quality skincare where your skin keeps pace with inner balance and health.


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