Phenol, 1,4 Dioxane and Formaldyhyde Oh My!

Below are a three chemicals typically found in main stream personal care products.   I want none of these in the lotions potions I apply to my body.  What alarms me most is the fact that kids and baby products are completely loaded with this stuff.

Let me know if having all three of these in one post is too much information OK ?

Last year  I posted each one seperately.

When you make a cake from scratch the ingredients are sitting on your counter. You know what everything is, where it came from.  When you make a cake from a box it might be easier. I mean you just open and pour. Gosh,  add an egg and call it cake.  But what are all those  very long words listed on the box.  Shouldn’t a cake just be ingredients and not chemicals?

Chemicals in personal care products  can burn the skin, cause liver damage, be considered explosive, or pickle me.   See more specific information below:

Phenol is an extremely caustic chemical that burns the skin. Absorption of phenol through the lungs or skin can cause: central nervous system damage, pneumonia, respiratory tract infection, heart-rate irregularities, skin irritation, kidney and liver damage, numbness, vomiting, and can be fatal

Phenol is a very common chemical and is regularly found in the following common products: air fresheners, aftershave, bronchial mists, chloroseptic throat spray, deodorants, feminine powders & sprays, hair spray, decongestants, mouthwash, aspirin, solvents, acne medications, antiseptics, calamine lotions, cleaning products, detergents, furniture polish, hair setting lotions, lice shampoo, polishes, cold capsules, all-purpose cleaners, aerosol disinfectants, anti-itching lotions , carnex , cosmetics, disinfectant cleaners, hand lotions, lip balms, sunscreen and lotions, insecticides, cough syrups, just to name a few…

above sourced from Toxic Household Chemical Facts And Statistics



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Product label misrepresentation occurs every day. Here is another example.  This was sent to me via an email last fall:
Seventh Generation, Method, and other leading personal care and cleaning brands may soon face lawsuits if they do not strike the word “organic” from their labels and marketing efforts by September 1, according to the Organic Consumers Association, which found a carcinogenic ingredient in many products.

The OCA analyzed over 100 organic cosmetic, personal care, and household cleaning products and found that almost 50% of them have detectable levels of 1,4-dioxane, an ingredient known to cause cancer in lab animals, . None of the manufacturers disclose this information on their labels, even though some had levels 1,000 times what is deemed acceptable.

Note:  OCA is a non-profit consumer advocacy group, not a government agency.

What is 1,4 -dioxane anywho? It’s a surfactant and sudsing agent used in all kinds of products. It’s an ether. When it’s distilled  and concentrated it becomes explosive. It’s known in addition to being carcinogenic, to irritate the eyes and respiratory tract, cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys, workers exposure to it – accidental and all – has resulted in death.

gee workers working with it die — lovely.

BEST part, ready for this?? 1,4-Dioxane, like any solvent, contaminates ground water supplies and is resistant to the naturally occurring biodegradation process!

How is this ingrediant even viable in a product labeled “GREEN”  or something good for the environment?

Seventh Generation posts it’s response to the labeling issue  here

It’s one thing to dispute labeling between organic and natural.

My issue with ANY of these companies is them having toxic ingrediants in their products at all.

At any level, safe levels of toxins means diddly squat to me.

Toxins are toxins.  There should be no toxins.

I certainly can’t run around saying that Method or Seventh Generation products are toxic, but if an ingredient like 1,4-dioxane is in their stuff it makes me really happy that I don’t advocate or purchase anything by these two companies.

In my mind I also now question that these products are truly biodegradable.

Isn’t that part of the whole point of green in the first place?

I remember I use to buy a particular laundry powder that said it was phosphate free, I later heard it had safe levels of phosphates or negligable amounts and I thought how can a label say free of phosphates if it isn’t??
That’s just plain misleading.

Boy am I glad I use this laundry product line instead. You can too!


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Formaldehyde is a highly toxic substance. It is a known cancer-causing agent. It damages the neurological connectors in the body. It is an irritant to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and may cause: skin reactions, ear infections, headaches , depression, asthma, joint pain, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea, disorientation , phlebitis , fatigue, vomiting, sleep disturbances, laryngitis

One in five people are sensitive to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly found in: drugs, mouthwash, hairspray, cosmetics, cleaning products , perfumes , waxes, hair setting lotions, shampoo, air fresheners, fungicides, fingernail polish, floor polishes, dry cleaning solvents, toothpaste, laundry spray starch, Anti-perspirants, just to name a few…

Due to the increase in toxic buildup in our bodies, including the toxic buildup of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to. Bodies now start to decompose within 7 to 10 days after death. During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese bodies started to decompose within 24 to 48 hours. However, Americans didn’t start to decompose for 4 to 5 days. Twice as much formaldehyde was needed to embalm a person 20 years ago compared to today.

How many of these names would you have recognized as formaldehyde? Formalin, Methanal, Methyl Aldehyde, Methylene Oxide, Oxymethylene, Bfv*, Fannoform*, Formol*, Fyde*, Karsan*, Methaldehyde, Formalith*, Methylene Glycol, Ivalon*, Oxomethane, Formalin 40, Formalin, Formic Aldehyde, Hoch, Paraform, Lysoform*, Morbocid, Trioxane, Polyoxmethylene,
* denotes trade name

Warning labels on containers refer only to toxic hazards from ingestion; however, only 10% of health problems from chemicals are caused by ingestion.  90% are caused by the inhalation of vapors and absorption of particles.

above sourced from Toxic Household Chemical Facts And Statistics


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Whats a MOM to do?  You can choose personal care products that are NOT harmful to your children
Always Safe, Always Gentle, Always Healthy
Watch this delightful video to learn more

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