Recently there have been many companies that claim to be “100% natural” or “All organic” and often these claims are false. Here at Viñali, we want to make sure you stay educated of what chemicals are commonly found in beauty products in the list below!
Different types of chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, and phenols are used in a wide variety of consumer products.
- The three phthalates most commonly used in personal care products are:
– diethyl phthalate (DEP), which is found in scented products, including perfumes, deodorants, soaps, and shampoo
– di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP)
– di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), which are used in nail polish and cosmetics
Studies have shown those chemicals to have estrogenic and anti-androgenic impact, and also have found these phthalates to be associated with differences in behavior and allergic response in children.
- 2. The parabens commonly used in personal care products include methyl, ethyl, butyl, and propyl paraben, which are used as preservatives and antibacterial agents in cosmetics. Parabens have demonstrated weak estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity in studies although little is known about their health effects in humans.
- Two phenols are also commonly used in personal care products. Triclosan, an compound used in liquid soaps, acne cream, deodorants, shaving cream, and certain toothpastes, has been associated with alterations in thyroid hormone in studies.
BP-3, also known as oxybenzone, is used in sunscreens, lip balm, and other sun protection products and is suspected to act as a weak estrogen based on its association with increased uterine weight in studies and increased proliferation of human breast cancer cells in vitro.
Conclusion: These conclusion’s studies do not pretend to worry you as consumers. An average good consumer is the one that is reasonably well-informed, and reasonably observant and circumspect.
From VIÑALI, we want you to be that type of consumer, which approaches information and advertising with discernment, “reading between the lines”, seeking healthy products. With small habit changes in your life, you can significantly reduce personal exposure to potentially endocrine disruptor’s chemicals, linked with obesity, increased proliferation of human breast cancer and eventual behavior changes.
 . K.G. HARLEY et al., “Reducing Phthalate, Paraben, and Phenol Exposure from Personal Care Products in Adolescent Girls : Findings from the HERMOSA Intervention Study”, at University California Berkeley, published at Environmental Intervention Study on March 7, 2016, www.ehponline.org