Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Did you know that cosmetics and personal care products are the leading reason for calls to poison control centers in the United States?
Every day, one out of every 13 US women, and one out of every 23 men, is exposed to cosmetic ingredients that are known or probable human carcinogens, according to the Environmental Working Group. The average woman uses 12 different beauty products daily, and the average teenager uses 17. Through our personal care routines alone, not to mention through our food, plastics, and indoor and outdoor air, we are getting multiple doses of the same chemicals, such as phthalates, and a mixture of different chemicals that make have harmful interactions in our bodies.
Don’t panic. Take matters into your own hands by choosing products with plant-derived, essential oil preservatives that inhibit bacteria growth. These include aloe vera, citrus seed extract, clove oil, grapeseed, lavender, rosemary and witch hazel; avoid products with synthetics: Parabens, propylene glycol and phenoxyethanol are very allergenic and also linked to cancer.