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    You shouldn’t need a Ph.D in chemistry to choose safe cosmetics and personal care products. That’s why we enlisted the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics scientists to make shopping for safe products easier for you.

    To use our “red lists,” avoid the chemicals of concern for each product category: shampoo, conditioner, creams, sunscreen, color cosmetics, hair color and skin lighteners.

     

    Red List:

    Shampoo
    – Ethanolamines (Cocamide DEA and others)
    – Parabens (e.g., Butylparaben)
    – UV filters (Octinoxate, Oxybenzone)
    – Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin)
    – Sodium Laureth Sulfate and other -eth compounds with can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide

    Conditioner
    – Ethanolamines (Cocamide DEA and others)
    – Parabens (e.g., Butylparaben)
    – Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin)
    – Sodium Laureth Sulfate and other -eth compounds with can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide
    – Hydrogenated cottonseed oil, which can be contaminated with arsenic
    – Nonoxynols, which can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide

    Moisturizer/anti-aging creams
    – Polyacrylamide, acrylamide contamination
    – PTFE, PFOA contamination
    – Placental extracts (Can contain progesterone or estrogen)
    – UV filters (Octinoxate, oxybenzone, homosalate)
    – Petrolatum, PAH contamination

    Sunscreens
    – Benzophenone
    – Homosalate
    – Octinoxate
    – Oxybenzone
    – Padimate O
    – Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

    Blush, Eye Shadow, and Face Powders
    – Titanium dioxide
    – Carbon black
    – PTFE
    – Talc
    – BHA
    – Silica
    – Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea)

    Hair Color
    – Resorcinol
    – P-Phenlyenediamine
    – Toluene
    – Lead acetate
    – Ethanolamines (Cocamide DEA and others

    Skin Lighteners
    – Butylated hydroxytoluene: BTH*
    – Ceteareth-20 (1,4-dioxane contamination)
    – DMDM hydantoin (Formaldehyde releaser)
    – Padimate O (Nitrosamine contamination)
    – Hydroquinone

    Source: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/red-list/