Toxins in Body Wash???
Welcome to the next installment of Toxic Thursdays!
If this is the first Toxic Thursday post you have read, check out the posts on shampoo and lotions. Each Thursday, I am highlighting a potential source of toxins in our everyday lives, explain what health risks the potential toxins have been linked to and suggest healthier, safer alternatives. Today we are going to talk about body wash.
What toxins are in body wash?
Some of the most common toxins in body wash are:
|1.||EXT DC VIOLET 2||Banned for use in cosmetics.|
|2.||FDC YELLOW 6||Possible human carcinogen.|
||Possible human carcinogen.|
|4.||FDC YELLOW 6||Possible human carcinogen.|
||Reproductive system toxicity.|
|6.||SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE||Gastrointestinal toxicity.|
|8.||TOCOPHERYL ACETATE||Immune toxicant.|
|10.||DISODIUM EDTA||Penetration enhancer.|
What are these toxins and what have they been linked to?
1. Violet 2-a synthetic dye produced from petroleum or coal-tar sources. There is very little evidence it causes any immune toxicity.
2. Yellow 6- a synthetic dye made from petroleum. There is very little evidence it causes any immune toxicity.
3. Triethanolamine-strongly alkaline substance used as pH adjusting chemical. It can cause irritation in some individuals (source)
4. Parabens-see this post
5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate-see this post
6. Propylene Glycol-see this post
8. Tocopheryl acetate-see this post
9. Fragrance-has shown to induce acute toxicity in mice (source). It has also be linked to asthma, allergies and migraine headaches. Fragrance can accumulate in adipose (fat) tissue such as the breast and fragrance can actually be present in breast milk (source).
10. Disodium EDTA-see this post
What alternatives are there?
You can also make your own body wash. Some recipes are found here.
If you are interested in more of body scrub and exfoliator, this is very simple to make with ingredients you likely have at your home.
This website has some great recipes for bath scrubs.
Depending on how rough you want your scrub to be, you can use either salt or sugar.
Use salt as the base if you want a rough, exfoliating scrub. This which would be great for removing dead, flaky skin.
Use sugar as the base of the scrub for a smoother formula. You can add oatmeal to the sugar scrub to make it even gentler on your skin.
You can also add your favorite essential oils to scent the scrub and add additional health benefits.
Do you use body wash? Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your body wash?