Toxins In Skincare Info

Toxins In Skincare Info

“Consumers receive little guidance from product manufacturers, whose advertising and labeling are too often misleading and not objective sources of information. Government also offer little guidance. Indeed, while many local, state, and federal government agencies are entrusted with protection of the public health, most have failed to assure consumers that they are being adequately protected, or that they are being provided with full, if any, label disclosure of Carcinogenic (cancer-causing), neurotoxic (causing damage to the nervous system),or teratogenic (birth defect-causing) chemicals in their household products.” RALPH NADER; Consumer Advocate, Forwarded from The Safe Shoppers Bible.


For all the Readers

 I bring you this information, based on my research, for your health, so hopefully you can make your own informed decisions instead of not being aware of what’s out there or figuring that if it’s in the health food store, it must be good, or because it says,’natural’ or ‘organic’ or ‘plant based’, means there aren’t cancer causing substances in there. You have to read the ingredients or they will try to trick you. It’s the perfect scam, sell an item advertised for dry skin, that causes dry skin and your ensuring your customers keep coming back.


I want my customers to come back because my formulation worked and their interested in what other formulas may work. The oils speak for themselves. Each product is handmade, with love & the finest ingredients available, organic, never genetically modified. No animal by- products or anything tested on animals is used in our preparations. Microwaves are never used for melting oils.


Being a Reiki Master, I infuse all of my products with universal, healing energy & light (Reiki), so they may heal, strengthen or calm with the highest potential. I welcome you on the path of empowerment, pure bodycare & prevention.

 - Michele Wildflower


LIST OF TOXINS TO BEWARE OF... look for these ingredients in your medicine chest~


Benzyl Alcohol
Benzyl alcohol is used as a general solvent for inks, paints, lacquers, and epoxy resin coatings.

 Derivative: a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.

 Hazard: Irritating the upper respiratory tract, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, CNS depression, and death in severe cases due to respiratory failure.


Butaine-Butylene Glycol

Derivative: propellant

 Hazard: when ingested may cause depression, vomiting, drowsiness, coma, respiratory failure, convulsions, renal damage, kidney failure and death.


Cetyl Alcohol
A synthetic oleochemical often derived from coconut in products labeled as “natural.”

 Derivative: animal, vegetable or petrochemical derived

 Hazard: Skin, eye and respiratory irritant.


Dehydroacetic Acid
Used in glue and cleaning solutions.

 Derivative: a synthetic preservative.

 Hazard: Classified as toxic or harmful. Linked to toxicity of one or more biological systems in the body (cardiovascular, stomach, digestive tract, respiratory systems, etc.) through labratory studies or studies of people.


Denatured Alcohol

 Derivative: Denatured alcohol is a mixture of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) with a denaturing agent.

 Hazard: Linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, health ef- fects that can range from infertility to reproductive organ cancer to birth defects and developmental delays in children. One or more animal studies show sense organ effects at very low doses. Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful. One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results. One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at high doses. One or more animal studies show skin irritation at low doses. This chemical was deemed a moderate human health priority and was flagged by CEPA for further attention. DNA damage.


Diazolidinyl Urea

Derivative: urine, (whose urine is it?) contains formaldehyde Hazard: Established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology). a carcinogenic chemical, is toxic by inhalation, a strong irritant, and causes contact dermatitis. See Formaldehyde From Material Safety Data Sheet


Diethanolamine (DEA), Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA

Derivative: Derivative ingredients may appear as cocamide DEA or lauromide DEA.

Hazard: highly toxic and has been proven to cause cancer when applied to the skin of rats. And yet, this ingredient, and its deriva- tives, is permitted to be used in cosmetic products at limited levels.


synthetic chemical of the silicone family

 Derivative: created using petrochemically-derived methanol - a toxic alcohol used in making cellophane.

 Hazard: Researchers have investigated silicon materials/com- pounds in association with several different illnesses: lupus, sclero- derma, A.D.D. and cancer. Some researchers speculate that silicon may be linked to allergies, fibrocysts and irritable bowel syndrome.


Methylparaben found in 20 breast tumors!

Parabens: Methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben;
The possibility of chemicals in antiperspirants being linked to cancer emerged years ago and has been the subject of several studies, notably by Dr Philippa Darbre from Reading University.

Derivative: hydraulic brake fluid-petroleum based

Hazard: Breast Cancer - Initial studies reported here show that parabens can be extracted from human breast tissue and detected by thin-layer chromatography. More detailed studies enabled identification and measurement of mean concentrations of individual parabens in samples of 20 human breast tumours by high-pressure liquid chromatography followed by tandem mass spectrometry. The mean concentration of parabens in these 20 human breast tumours was found to be 20.6 ± 4.2 ng g-1 tissue. Comparison of individual parabens showed that methylparaben was present at the highest level (with a mean value of 12.8 ± 2.2 ng g-1 tissue) and represents 62% of the total paraben recovered in the extractions. Journal of Applied Toxicology v.24, i.1, 1jan04

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Rashes immune system reactions, hives, acne, burning, scaling, blistering, endocrine/ hormone disruption


Mineral Oil, Petrolatum:
Dr. T. G. Randolph, an allergist, has found that this and many other cosmetic chemicals cause petrochemical hypersensitivity.

Derivative: An oil manufactured from crude oil, petroleum based

Hazard: Has tendency to dissolve the skin’s own natural oil and thereby increase dehydration, allergic reactions can become quite serious in time leading to arthritis, migraine, hyperkinesis, epilepsy and diabetes.


Propylene Glycol:
(PG)-Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and Ethylene Glycol (EG)

Derivative: petroleum based, found in Anti-freeze, Brake & Hydraulic Fluid, De-Icer, Paints & Coatings, Floor waxes

Hazard: weaken protein and cellular structure... In fact, PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. A published clinical review showed propylene glycol causes a significant number of reactions and was a primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentrations. The American Academy of Dermatologists, Inc; Jan. 1991 The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Propylene Glycol says: “May be harmful by ingestion or skin absorption. May cause eye irritation, skin irritation. Chronic exposure can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central nervous system depression. (“Toxicological profile for ethylene glycol and propylene glycol (update).” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), 1996. Atlanta, Ga; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.) Other side effects on animals exposed to PG include heart arrhythmia, stunted growth, decreased blood pressure, and even death. If you were to purchase a drum of this chemical from a manufacturer he is required to furnish you with a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and it may alarm you to find that this common, widely used humectant has a cautionary warning in its MSDS that reads, “If on skin: thoroughly wash with soap and water!” It’s no wonder propylene glycol has been linked to many severe health problems including contact dermatitis (irritation), auto toxicity, kidney damage and liver abnormalities. It has been shown to be toxic to human cells in cultures. (Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Jan. 1987) In fact, in tests conducted over the years propylene glycol has been shown to inhibit skin cells growth in human tests and cell respiration in animal tests. (J. Pharm. Belg. Nov/Dec 1989). It was found to cause skeletal muscular damage in rats and rabbits (Pharm Res Sept. 1989). It is reported to directly alter cell membranes (Human Reproduction, Feb 1990) to cause thickening of the skin (contact dermatitis, 1987) skin dehydration and chronic surface damage to skin ( Derm. Beruf Umwelt July/Aug, 1988) It was also shown to increase beta activity (changes found in anxiety states) when inhaled. (The Medical Post Sept 27, 1994.) Propylene glycol is a known irritant and sensitizer causing dryness, erythema (abnormal redness) and even blistering. (Safety Evaluation of a Barrier Cream, Contact Dermatitis, 17:10-12, 1987)


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
These synthetic substances are used in shampoos for their detergent and foam-building abilities.

Derivative: anionic detergent, used in garage floor cleaners

Hazard: Alters skin structure to allow chemical penetration into skin and bloodstream, acne, causes cataracts if gets in eyes, eye ir- ritations, skin rashes, hair loss, inhibit hair growth, scalp scurf simi- lar to dandruff and allergic reactions. These nitrates can enter the blood stream in large numbers from shampooing, bubble baths, bath and shower gels and facial cleansers. “They are frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation “comes from coconut.” Let’s save the coconut from defamation of character and NOT use products with sodium lauryl sulfate, etc.! (Hampton) Dr. David H. Fine, the chemist who uncovered NDELA contamination in cosmetics.



Synthetic Fragrance
Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand sepa- rate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic.

Derivative: synthetic, chemical based

Hazard: Symptoms reported to the USA FDA headaches, dizzi- ness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irri- tation, allergic rashes, skin discoloration. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and irritability.


Found in baby powder

Derivative: Some talc found to contain amphibole particle dis- tribution typical to asbestos (which is cancer causing).

Hazard: Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder in the genital area is associated with a three-to-four- fold increase in the development of ovarian cancer.


A strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical.

Derivative: derived from ammonia

Hazard: May cause allergic reactions, including eye problems, dryness of skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. Highly toxic. In Italy, at the University of Bo- logna, it was discovered that this chemical ingredient was the most frequent sensitizer among the common emulsifiers used in cosmetics.


Let’s remove as many chemicals from our daily diet as possible & try to bring a higher understanding of the life on the planet and its importance to our sustainability for generations to come.

It is up to us, none is regulating cosmetics and what goes into them.

YOU have to regulate what goes into your body.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.”

-David Beckham


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to raise awareness about toxins in cosmetics and their effects on our bodies and the planet. By making natural alternatives available in addition to educational resources, outreach programs and workshops, we can raise a level of awareness that will nurture and sustain our planet and ourselves.

Just say, ‘NO’ to petrochemicals on your skin!

We welcome you in our efforts for pure bodycare and thank you for your support.

Dedicated to creating conscious, informed consumers making wise, educated choices.


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  • An investigation of more than 1,700 children’s body care products found that 81 percent of those marked “gentle” or “hypoallergenic” contained allergens or skin and eye irritants.

  • More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union.

  • 61% of tested lipstick brands contain residues of lead.

  • Fragrance may include any of 3,163 different chemicals, none of which are required to be listed on labels.

  • A report found teenage girls’ bodies contained the same potentially hormone-altering chemicals found in many cosmetics.

  • Surveys show that on average, women use 12 products containing 168 ingredients every day, men use 6 products with 85 ingredients, and children are exposed to an average of 61 ingredients daily.


Resources and References Websites cals-Synthetics-To-Avoid-In-Personal-Care-Products.html



Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi The Complet A to Z Bodycare by Aubrey
Beauty to Die For, the cosmetic consequence by Judi Vance The Safe Shoppers Bible

Compiled by: Michele Wildflower, Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Cannabinoid Clinician

For: Nature’s Mysteries Apothecary, Westmore, VT 2007


**As you can see, I compiled this information quite awhile ago, in the form of a booklet that was given to customers with their purchase. I am including the information below although as of the moment of writing this, we do not currently have all of the following products in our Apothecary. Since the addition of CBD, we have discontinued many of the products and are slowly bringing them back into the Apothecary with the addition of CBD.**


Safer Alternatives

Nature’s Mysteries Apothecary is pleased to bring you a line of pure skin care. With over 100 different products being made and growing all the time, it is hard to list them all, but here is an attempt to mention as many as possible.

Organic Cremes, Salves, Massage Oils, Lotions, Lip Balm, Lip Tints: Face, Eye, Massage, Baby

Cremes: Twilight Face, Twinkle Eye, It’s About Thyme Foot, Tropical Rose Hand, Cellulite & Varicose Vein Diminishing

Facial Moisturizers: All Complexions, Dry/ Aging Skin, Oily
Skin, Blemished Floral Facial Toner, Hydrating Cleanser, Make-up Remover, Clay Mask

Facial Mists: Serenity Rose, Refreshing Rose/Lavender, Vanilla Rose, Spiritlifting

Exfoliating: Jasmine/Rose Facial Scrub, Rub & Scrub Ocean Lotion

Salves: Hand, Scar, Healing, Massage, Nail & Cuticle, Organic

Massage Oils: Tension Relieving, Sore Muscle, Sensuous Partner Rub, Emotion Balancing Facial, Evening Foot, Healing Hands, Scalp, Scalp with Sandalwood, Organic

Body Sprays: Lavender, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Citrus, Geranium

Perfume: Lavender, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Citrus, Geranium

Lotions: Skin Softening, Sumptuous Key Lime, Mister Chase’s Baby, Eczema, Organic

Hair Care: Frizz Tamer, Leave-In Conditioner, Hot Oil Treatment, Scalp Massages, Shampoo, Conditioner

Baby Care: Powder, Mister Chase’s Baby Lotion, Baby Bum Balm, Budding Belly Butter (for Expectant Mothers), Baby Massage, Earth Mother Massage

For Men: Aftershave, Aftershave Creme (for sensitive skin), Hand Salve, Scalp Massage

Lip Balms: Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, unflavored

Sun Care: Suntan Oil, Aftersun Head to Toe Moisturizer, Shadows Suncare

Deodorant: Sunflower Sage, Geranium Sage, Rose Sage


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Ingredients Used in Nature’s Mysteries Apothecary’s CBD Products

High in Anti-Oxidants Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins A, E, C

Free Radicals are damaged cells such as wrinkles, brown spots, premature aging, etc. If free radicals link up with healthy cells, they attach to them damaging them, causing a link of unhealthy cells. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals which are caused by the sun, pollut- ants in the environment, etc.

It is very important to apply anti-oxidants daily to protect your beautiful skin.

Organic Oils of;

almond, apricot kernel, borage, calendula, extra virgin coconut, evening primrose, flaxseed, hempseed, jojoba, rice bran, extra virgin olive, St. Johns Wort, rose hip seed, wheat germ, Vitamin E, safflower, arnica

Organic Butters of;

avocado, cocoa, shea, aloe

Organic Essential Oils;

lavender, ylang-ylang, rose, patchouli, sandalwood, frankincense, juniper, geranium, mint, sage, thyme, tea tree, cypress, lemon, lime, orange, rosemary, grapefruit, pine, roman chamomile, wintergreen, spearmint, lemongrass, bergamot, rosewood, hyssop

Organic Hydrosols;

orange blossom, rose, jasmine, cucumber, rosemary, green tea


Your products are the first that has not made my skin break out...your products ROCK!!!

- Jennifer Butler - Woodsville, NH


Every satisfied customer makes it all worthwhile~ Purity is Our Priority!


Your skin is your largest organ, absorbing 60% of whatever you rub on it.

No Regulations on SkinCare Products

Because there are no regulations on skincare products at the current time, many preservatives and synthetic oils and fragrances are used that are petroleum based and, or known to have a drying effect on the skin, cause brown spots, eczema, psoriasis, premature wrinkles, allergies, weaken the immune system, even cause cancer. There are other natural alternatives available however that do not dry out the skin, cause cancer or any of the other adverse effects of synthetic oils and petroleum based preservatives. Grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract. benzoin resin, citric acid, vitamin E oil, to name a few are natural preservatives derived from plants and trees that actually have antioxidant properties as well which are essential to healthy skin. Not to mention the necessary components for cellular regeneration. But because these ingredients are more expensive than the petroleum based ones, they are seldom chosen.


Just say, ‘No’ to Petrochemicals on your skin!

“The enormous vital energy that radiates from pure essential oils and the weakness of synthetic oils can be measured with a divining rod or Geiger counter. The results are similar to those shown in Kirlian photography and other related methods. A synthetic oil is a dead product. In the eyes of holistic practitioners, it should not be used for healing, strengthening , or health promoting purposes.”

- Susanne Fischer-Rizzi (Author of Complete Aromatherapy Handbook)


Humankind has been acquainted with Aromatherapy for over 5,000 years.

There are no harmful side effects from essential oils that are administered properly. In France, today, more than a thousand physicians use essential oils in their practices. Greatly supporting the skin, easily absorbed, essential oils can reach the organs to be treated through the connective and lymphatic tissues and the circulatory system. They were used to disinfect and heal in World War 11 by Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician. It wasn’t until the 19th century that chemically produced medication began to replace essential oils as healing agents.

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