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7 Toxic Substances Which Shouldn't Be In Your Cosmetics

It's not literally late to awake. On 5th June 2019, I posted a picture on my instagram profile themed on environment's day. I captioned the picture with all the baby steps I'm taking these days to conserve environment. One of those which aroused the curiosity of most of my readers was 'how can I survive without using deodorants?' 
This is not a shocking idea. Deodorant is not something necessary for survival. You can survive very well without deodorant, very well.
Six or seven years back, a classmate of mine got a severe skin inflammation on his right hand because he continuously sprayed deodorant on that area to complete a dare given to him by his neighborhood friends while playing 'the truth and dare game'.
Isn't it absurd? You're feeding your skin with something so toxic.
I don't find people who put strong deodorants attractive or desirable and I mean it. Two years back, a friend of mine gathered a whim to wear a strong smelled deodorant. It might prove to be pleasing to others, but I'm never impressed. Whenever he met or hanged around me, it was unbearable; but I didn't say anything, because, it could prove to be an insult.
Scientists have predicted that Deodorants have CFCs (ChloroFluoroCarbons) in them which play a big role in environmental degradation.
As a child, I used to hide the spray nozzles of deodorants because I didn't like them.
What I've noticed is that men's personal care products are more stuffed with toxic chemicals that women's.

Do Your Own Research

In order to be safe, make a habit of doing your own research. You should know what you're consuming. And, in this scientific age, consumption is not just related to what you put in your mouth but the ingestion through your skin, eyes, ears and nose as well. You can't blame any particular brand for any negligence. Your ignorance is the one to be blamed. All the brands which are successful even after manufacturing toxic products are because of the support of people.
Whenever, you go to any market for shopping, make sure you read all the ingredients and contents.
So, I've done my own research at my own level and I'm sharing the outcome with you, through the CASRNs to enable you to carry out the research yourself. I've simplified the language used by many health department sites.
Let me discuss with you 7 Toxic substances which shouldn't be in your cosmetics. 

1. Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane

CASRN (Chemical Abstracts Services Registration Number) : 541-02-6
 It is normally found in many deodorants and shaving creams.
Hazards: It is characterized by European Union as a substance of very high concern (SVHC). Substances which cause cancer, are mutagenic (lead to gene mutation) or cause reproductive problems are put under this criterion. This concept is also abbreviated as CMR. All such substances were banned in European Union from 1st January 2015. 
It has PBT (Persistent, Bioaccumulative and toxic substances) composition which means that this substance is not easily degradable and is toxic to the environment.

2. Hydroxyethylcellulose

CASRN : 9004-62-0
Hazards: Its inhalation can cause chemical pneumonitis. Intake can cause digestive problems.

3. Diethyl Phthalate

CASRN: 84-66-2
Hazards: It can cause hepatic (liver) and reproductive problems.

4. Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (PHMB)

CASRN: 27083-27-8
Hazards: It is also classified as CMR by EU just like in point 1.

5. Brilliant Blue FCF

CI (Colour Index): 42090
Hazards: This is basically a blue colored dye used in cosmetics. It can be directly absorbed in the bloodstream. It can lead to gene mutation.

6. Parfum (Fragrance)

CASRN: Not applicable as it is a mixture of many chemicals.
Hazards: If you ever find either Parfum or Fragrance written in the ingredients of any personal care products, then don't take it lightly as it's not just a perfume poured into the solution. Indeed, it's a code word to represent a mixture of 3000 unrevealed chemicals out of which 900 are reported to be toxic. What could be the reason, that the list is not directly disclosed.

7. Isopropyl Myristate

CASRN: 110-27-0
Hazards: It's not a CMR but it can cause clogged pores and acne along with itchiness and irritation.

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