Talk It Out Tuesday: Natural & Organic Cosmetics!

Talk It Out Tuesday: Natural & Organic Cosmetics!

posted on: 3.06.2012

I'm back with a new video, ya'll! For this edition of Talk It Out Tuesday, I'm curious to know what YOUR view on natural & organic cosmetics are. In my video, I mention a report that briefly discusses several ingredients that consumers should be aware about when purchasing new products. This report was called "Green Beauty" by Janna Palliser, and written for Science Scope Journal. I don't know where you can find this article on the Internet, as I found it through my university's online database. I got it through the Gale Science In Context database, for anyone who is interested.

After the jump, there is the list of ingredients I promised to type out for you guys, along with some other things I deem rather important as well. GO GO GO!

Phthalates- can be found in perfumes, personal care products that contain fragrance, and some nail polishes. The main chemicals used are dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), and diethyl phthalate (DEP). Exposure is linked to male reproductive disorders such as altered hormone levels in male infants and men.

DBP- A phthalate, women of childbearing age have the highest exposure, possibly due to the presence of DBP in nail polish and cosmetics. Most often found in nail polish, nail treatments, and cuticle treatments. DBP causes birth defects in lab animals (note: boo to testing on animals!) , primarily to male offspring, such as testicular atrophy, reduced sperm count, and defects in the structure of the penis. Other health concerns include hypospadias and testicular cancer.

Parabens- These are preservatives used in cosmetics to prevent microbial growth. The most common parabens found in products are methyl-, propyl-, benzyl-, and butylparaben. In the US, the FDA has deemed parabens to be safe under levels of 25%, however, parabens have estrogen-like properties (estrogen plays a role in breast cancer). Also, a study in 2004 detected parabens in breast tumors.

Toluene- Found in nail polish, nail treatment, and cuticle treatment. It is linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, and allergies/immunotoxicity. Other health concerns include organ-system toxicity (nonreproductive) and irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs). Toluene is rated a "10) (aka high hazard) on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic safety database.

Oxybenzone- Found in sunscreen with SPF 15 and greater (which also includes moisturizers and lip balms with SPF), facial moisturizer and treatment, lip balm, antiaging products, lipstick, and nail polish. Is linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, and allergies/immunotoxicity. Oxybenzone is said to be present in 97% of all Americans.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- Is a cleansing agent that has emulsifying and foaming properties. Used in toothpaste, tooth whitening products, shampoo, hair color and bleaching products, foundation, facial cleanser, body wash, etc. Many studies have determined various health concerns related to SLS, including links to cancer and developmental/reproductive toxicity.

Triclosan- Found in antibacterial hand soap, toothpaste, personal care products, antibacterial detergents, and cleaning products. Causes thyroid disruption in frogs at low levels in streams (human & frog thyroid signaling systems are nearly identical). In tap water and in lakes and streams, triclosan forms methyl triclosan and other chemicals linked to cancer and other health disorders. Also goes by the names of microban, irgasan DP-300, lexol 300, ster-zac, cloxifenolum, and biofresh.

1,4-dioxane- This is a known animal carcinogen, so many scientists believe it is a human carcinogen as well.

Lead- Found in many brands of lipstick. In adults, lead can cause reproductive problems, high blood pressure and hypertension, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain. In children, lead can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth, behavior, and learning problems, hearing problems, and headaches. Fun fact: The FDA hasn't set a limit for contaminants such as lead in cosmetic products.

Nanoparticles- Nano-titanium dioxide particles are used in cosmetics, sunscreens, and other personal care products. Nanoparticles can deeply penetrate cells and tissues, move through the body and brain, and cause biochemical damage. The exact health risks are unknown.

Formaldehyde- Found in nail treatments, nail polish, and styling gel/lotion. It is linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, and allergies/immunotoxicity. Has been found in baby bath products and is a known animal carcinogen.

Look up your cosmetics and beauty products on the Skin Deep website. The website also features lists of the best and safest products.

I hope this was informative and helpful to you! Tell me what you think in the comments below!


  1. I am all for organic products, the problem is, all the organic products I have tried are just not as good as non organic products when it comes to performance or color pay off.

  2. Organic products are the best, I totally agree.

  3. Yea, that's definitely a problem with organic products. They don't last very long! Which is very unfortunate.


Thanks for leaving a comment on Brikasia! Please do not promote your blog in the comment section, or ask for a follow-for-follow, or promote your giveaway, or anything else that is self-promotional. Thanks!

brikasia beauty blog All rights reserved Design by Blog Milk : Blogger