Top 5: Toxic ingredients to avoid in cosmetics

We’re hearing more and more about the toxic ingredients found in our cosmetics. But what are they really? Can we really continue to use our favorite cream without risking poisoning our bodies?

Read the list of toxic ingredients and have it with you when you buy your cosmetics. By understanding the list of ingredients, you make sure to be an informed consumer!

To help you in this mission, we’ve created a TOP 5 list of ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics. Write them down!


Also known as benzylparaben, butyiparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben and isobutylparaben

Parabens are synthetic preservatives, mainly used to prevent and reduce the appearance of bacteria and mold. Parabens penetrate the skin barrier, and the latest scientific research proves that they disrupt the hormonal system and pose a risk to fertility, as well as increasing the risk of cancer and skin irritation. To be avoided at all costs. Period.


Triclosan was originally used as a pesticide. As a very powerful antibacterial agent, it does its job very well. However, triclosan causes a lot of skin irritation and potentially disrupts thyroid function and hormones. What’s more, triclosan bioaccumulates in the environment. Another ingredient to reject.


Also known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol and sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate.


Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen. It is rarely listed under “Formaldehyde” in the ingredients list. Please note the other names.


These “plastic” agents are known to deregulate the endocrine system, but are found just about everywhere: toys, plastic tableware, menstrual pads… Unfortunately, this ingredient isn’t always listed on the ingredients list, but, hint hint, it’s often found under “fragrances” in the list. Always buy cosmetics with essential oils as fragrance only.


Methylisothiazolinone is an antibacterial agent that causes severe skin irritation, as well as being neurotoxic. It is most frequently found in cosmetics as a replacement for parabens. Avoid, even in small quantities.


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