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10 Toxic Skin Care Ingredients

Our products work with your skin. No chemical cocktail is necessary to produce results that work and feel good, so we chose to be chemical free and let those endocrine disrupters be.

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With Cancer as prevalent as it is these days, it's at personal mission to choose a lifestyle that is chemical free, from the food we eat, to the products we put on our skin.


You would think that the skin care industry has the best in mind for your health and happiness, but they don't when it comes to profits. They do produce results, usually though, they result in side effects and long term issues that out weigh the problem they are trying to eliminate. At Bodelevy Botanicals, we choose to use only pure and whole ingredients.


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10 Toxic Skincare Ingredients:


1. 1,4 Dioxane

Other names: 1,4 dioxane, sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and PEG. What it's in: Cleansers, soaps, and shampoos, as well as products that create suds. The issue: Can cause cancer and birth defects.

Where it's regulated: Banned Canada, PEG banned inn E.U.


2. Benzophene

Other Names: Benzophenone, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium, and ingredients containing the word benzophenone. What it's in: Lip treatments, foundations, moisturizers, and fragrances. The Issue: Can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation, and ecotoxicity. Where it's regulated: Restricted in E.U. and U.S.


3. BHA

Other Name: Butylated hydroxyanisole. Where it's found: Lip treatments, color cosmetics, and fragrances (we stay away from anything that has an ingredient "fragrance" The Issue: Can cause endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, and irritation. Where it's regulated: Banned in E.U.


4. Ethanolamine Compounds

Other Name: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearmide MEA, and TEA-lauryl sulfate. Where it's found: Moisturizers, shaving creams, color cosmetics, and fragrances. The Issue: Can cause cancer, bioaccumulation, and organ system toxicity. Where it's regulated: DEA banned in E.U.


5. Formaldehyde

Other Name: Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxyethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. Where it's found: Soaps, body wash, and color cosmetics. The Issue: Can cause cancer, skin irritation, and sensitization. Where it's regulated: Banned in Japan and Sweden, restricted in E.U. and Canada.


6. Hydroquinone

Other Name: Hydroquinone or tocopheryl acetate. Where it's found: Cleansers, skin lighteners, and moisturizers. The Issue: Can cause cancer, organ-system toxicity,and respiratory tract irritation. Where it's regulated: Banned in E.U., restricted in Canada and U.S.


7. Parabens

Also Known As: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, and ingredients ending in –paraben. Found in: Cleansers, moisturizers, body washes, and body scrubs. The Health Debate: Can cause endocrine disruption, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity. Regulations: Some forms banned in Denmark.


8. Phenoxyethanol

Also Known As: Phenoxyethanol, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Euxyl K 400 (mixture of Phenoxyethanol and 1, 2-dibromo-2, 4-dicyanobutane), and PhE. Found In: Moisturizers, lip treatments, color cosmetics, hand lotion, body washes and soaps. The Health Debate: Can cause allergies and nervous system effects. Regulations: Restricted in E.U.


9. Phthalates

Also Known As: Phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance. Found in: Color cosmetics, moisturizers, and body washes. The Health Debate: Can cause endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer. Regulations: Some forms banned in E.U.


10. Polyacrylamides

Also Known As: Polyacrylamide, acrylamide, polyacrylate, polyquaternium, and acrylate. Found In: Moisturizers, anti-aging products, color cosmetics, and body lotions. The Health Debate: Can Cause reproductive and developmental toxicity (when Polyacrylamide breaks down into a acrylamide, which is a carcinogen). Regulations: Banned in E.U.


Now that you know better, do better, support brands that keep these ingredients out of their products. Go check your bathroom to see what bottles need to be emptied and recycled.


As always, we love you and we are so happy to be here with you!


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