Carcinogens in Organic Skin Care

Organic skincare scrutinized by The Organic Organic Consumers Association


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Carcinogenic Ingredients in Your Skincare Products?

I buy organic whenever I can. It matters to me that the food I eat and the products I use in my home and on my body are the purest available. In the interest of informing others who might have similar interests, I am posting information on a new report on carcinogens in organic skin care and beauty products:

I’ve used some of the organic skincare and hair products brands that are listed in this report on carcinogens in organic skincare report presented by the Organic Consumers Association. I’ve used JASON Pure Natural & Organic, which is on the list for containing a carcinogen called 1,4-Dioxane. I’ve also used Kiss My Face and Nature’s Gate, which apparently contain 1,4-Dioxane as well.

What is 1,4-Dioxane and why do some organic beauty care manufacturers using it?

1,4-Dioxane is a by-product created when companies create their products through a money-saving process called Ethoxylation, to reduce the harshness of some ingredients. Ethoxylation results in the production of an ingredient called Ethylene Oxide which then offsprings the byproduct that is in the news, the carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane. This ingredient is listed as a known carcinogen and is additionally suspected of being toxic to the kidneys, the respiratory system and the neurosystem.

Which organic products do not contain this carcinogen?
You can see the full list on the website. I was happy to see one of my favorites, Dr. Bronners, was on the carcinogen-free list. A few others were
Aubrey Organics, Terressentials and the Nourish brand Sensibility Soaps.

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