By Judith Tovey
When the alarm rings she slowly gets out of bed,
turns on the shower and under the steady stream
of warm water, she gently scrubs her body with a
deodorant soap. Next, she shampoos her tinted hair.
Rinsing the shampoo, she applies a good amount of
hair conditioner and lets it penetrate while she pops
the top on the shaving cream and shaves her legs.
The shower finished, she towel dries and spreads on
an even coat of body lotion and a dusting of powder
over her skin. She sprays the scented deodorant on,
brushes her teeth, then rinses and gargles with
mouthwash. She combs setting gel through her hair
then blows it dry and spritzes with hairspray.
Sitting at her vanity, she carefully applies a thin film
of moisturizer over her face to reduce the fine lines.
Today, she will wear foundation and a little blush. And,
better add some eye shadow for today's special meeting
and a little eye liner and a stroke of mascara.
A dab of lipstick, a poof of perfume and a little
sunscreen on her arms and she is set for the day.
She looks radiant and healthy but her looks are killing
What have these product brands exposed her to
in a matter of minutes?
The deodorant soap has a pH of 9, which removes the
protective acid mantle of the skin making it more
alkaline and therefore, more vulnerable to penetration. It contains
ammonia, formaldehyde and phenol, which are
known carcinogens and triclocarban, which is under
suspicion of being a cancer-causing agent with daily
Her shampoo contains cocamide DEA, which is
associated with carcinogenic nitrosamines and sodium
lauryl sulfate, a known mutagen.
The hair tint contains quaternium-15, which releases
carcinogenic formaldehyde and the carcinogen,
phenylenediamine. The shaving cream contains a-
pinene, a chemical that damages the immune system.
Her body lotion contains mineral oil, which, as a
cosmetic grade petroleum product, includes the
contaminant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PHAs)
known as xenoestrogens that can mimic estrogen in
The dusting powder contains talc, a substance like
asbestos. When talc was combined with a common
air pollutant, benzo(a)pyrene, it induced tumors in 80% of the animals
tested. Many scientists believe talc should be placed
on the "known carcinogens" list.
The antiperspirant has aluminum, which is being tested
in connection to Alzheimer's.
The toothpaste contains saccharin and FD&C Blue#1,
which are carcinogens. It also contains
resorcinol, which can cause a blood disorder
(methemoglobinemia), convulsions and death.
The mouthwash contains 27% ethanol, which is
suspected of causing esophageal cancer. It also
contains phenol, which can cause fatal poisonings
through skin absorption.
The hairspray contains polyvinylpyrrolidine (PVP) and
reports show that it may cause harm if the particles
are inhaled. Modest intravenous doses fed to rats
The moisturizer contains phenol carbolic acid, which
can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions,
coma and death as a result of respiratory failure. It
also contains PEG-40, which contains dangerous levels
of dioxin and propylene glycol, which studies show c
an negatively alter brain waves and cause liver and
Her blush contains FD&C Red #3, which caused human
breast cells to grow, mimics the effect of natural
estrogen at the molecular level and damages the
genetic material of human breast cells.
The eye shadow contains iron oxide, which although
deemed safe by the FDA for use in the eye area, is a
suspected carcinogen, teratogen or toxin.
The eyeliner, contains ascorbyl palmitate, and studies
suggest that the palmitates are to be considered
carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic.
The mascara may be contaminated with bacteria. It
also contains polyvinylpyrrolide (PVP), a carcinogen.
The lipstick contains paraffin, which is a mixture of
hydrocarbons and is derived from petroleum. It is
known to be contaminated with the carcinogens,
benzo-a-pyrene and benzo-b-fluroanthene.
The perfume contains toluene, a suspected potent
carcinogen that was found in every fragrance tested,
and benzaldehyde, which is a central nervous system
depressant that may cause kidney damage.
The sunscreen contains padimate O and the
preservative, BNPD, which together create the
carcinogenic nitrosamine, NMPABAO.
According to recent conservative estimates, three personal care products
are applied daily to infants and children, men use ten personal care
products daily, and women use six cosmetics and thirteen personal
care products each day.
Some products, particularly hand soaps,
are used on several occasions each day. Assuming that the
mainstream products used by most women each contain only two
carcinogens, this would amount to over 40 different avoidable
carcinogenic exposures daily. It is unthinkable that women would
knowingly inflict such exposure on themselves if they routinely used
products were labeled with explicit warnings of cancer risks. It is
unthinkable that the Food and Drug Administration remains silent
and recklessly abdicates regulatory responsibility and that the
cancer establishment remains disinterested and fails to advise
Congress and consumers of these avoidable risks.
What can be done? Read the
manufacturer's warning labels on your personal care products!
Cancer is at an all-time high. Many ingredients were
given special exemption from bans when the Food,
Drug and Cosmetic Act was passed in 1938. The FDA
can't order them removed from the market even if
proven harmful. Chemicals that we put on our bodies
every day are slowly being added to the list of proven
carcinogens. Read your labels.