2019 - Chemicals In Consumer Products


#1

I usually check labels when I buy stuff, but yesterday I quickly chose a shampoo when they didn’t have my usual. Then later I looked at the label. It has methylisothiazolinone. I hadn’t heard of it and googled it. It turns out it is a major allergen and a British study showed 10% of the population has a skin reaction, some serious. Here’s an article about the allergies caused by this chemical: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/business/allergy-trigger-found-in-many-personal-care-items-comes-under-greater-scrutiny.html?emc=edit_th_20150124&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68634180&_r=0

Here’s a youtube BBC segment on it: https://youtu.be/28hyTi56MTo

I also found a website https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
That lets you search by chemical or product name for cosmetic and skin care products including things like sunscreen, mouthwash, and toothpaste in addition to lotions, shampoos, and makeup.
It rates each product based on all of the individual ingredients and those individual ingredients are evaulated as well. Each chemical compound/ingredient has a list of scientific references to back up what they have said, as well as a list of which countries or regions have banned or restricted a chemical compound’s use in products.


#2

I just sent my DIL a link to a Consumer Reports article on heavy metals (including arsenic and lead, among others) found in fruit juices purchased across the U.S.A. Noticed some famous brands were the worst. There’s a link in the article to how they tested/rated each product. Interesting and disturbing at the same time. :worried:
Edit: Here’s the link. (I forgot to included it before submitting the post… Duh!)

https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/arsenic-and-lead-are-in-your-fruit-juice-what-you-need-to-know/


#3

So 10% of their customers are going to react badly to the product? Doesn’t sound like good business to me.


#4

You literally have to stand in the store and look some of the ingredients up on your phone. … …but wait there are apps for that…(below) that you can scan the bar code…the website you mentioned @Kateg also has an app…EWG. Think Dirty - Shop safer app will show you exactly what “dirty ingredients” are in that product and suggest cleaner alternatives.

I’ve gone back to “basics”, they are simple, one ingredient, or homemade without the chance of harmful chemicals.


#5

Thanks for telling us about the app. I had been typing ingredients into the search bar. The bar code scan is much better!


#6

Just looked that one up as I’d not heard of it either… the section that scared me was the bit that read "It is a cytotoxin that may affect different types of cells." :scream:

A useful link, thank you! I’ve bookmarked that one for future reference.

Same here. I decided a couple of years ago (maybe longer) to try to reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals wherever possible. Not always easy to do, but it’s happening slowly in my household.
Parabens, pthalates are a definite no-no if I can find a way of avoiding them.


#7

Another thing that doesn’t belong in food or anything else is titanium dioxide, one of (if not the most) abundant compound on earth. It is a pure white powder that was originally used to make white paint. Now you find it in food stuffs like yogurt and even white Life Savers ( i.e.: peppermint, wintergreen). The problem is that is that is nano-particles. Once you ingest these nano-particles, they collect in your body - especially in certain organs - and build up. It is nearly impossible to rid yourself of them. As they build up in your organs, that puts stress on them which can cause them to function at a reduced level and/or fail. The reason for using titanium dioxide? It’s dirt cheap and makes these products look appealing because of the whiteness. You may want to check out your toothpaste also! Some contain this compound also.


#8

@Jim7 and anyone else with kids under teen years, be especially cautious with foods. We’re here to protect our kids, not poison them. For girls, watch out for hormone enriched products, like milk --> cheese.


#9

And all of those chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. And that goes for adults as well as children. The chemical (toxic) world we now live in.

Yesterday I saw a cartoon drawing of a tree at the edge of a forest. An artist comes along and sees the tree as elaborately shaped furniture. A carpenter comes along and sees the tree as lumber. A woodsman comes along and sees the tree as firewood. Finally a young boy comes along and sees the tree as… a tree and admires its beauty and the wildlife living within it!

Edit: I guess I should have put that tree cartoon comment in Random Thoughts. But then I would have had to spend more time doing that. I still have to clean my printer heads before I go to bed. :tired_face: