Carcinogens in your household & beauty products

Listed on this page are ingredients that are either listed as different names (contaminants and percursors) or endocrine disrupters which are extremely harmful to your health, well being and hormonal system.


Quite often in our household products there are contaminants, these are hidden carcinogens contaminating other chemicals.  Examples are ingredients such as dioxane, a highly potent carcinogen.

  • 1,4 Dioxane: this is in ethoxylated alcohols including PEGs, oleths, polysorbates, nonxynol.
  • Arsenic and lead: In coal tar dyes, polyvinyl acetate, PEGs (polyehtylene glycols).
  • DDT and related pesticides: in lanolin, quarterniums.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA): In DEA cocomide/lauramide condensates, quarterniums.
  • Ethylene oxide: in ethoxylated alcohols, including PEGS, oleths, polysorbates and nonoxynol.
  • Formaldehyde: in polyoxymethylene urea.

Nitrosamine Precursors

Nitrosamines are highly carcinogenic. Nitrosamine precursors interact with other chemicals in the product to form Nitrosamines.

  • Bromonitrodioane
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • DEA-conacmide, lauramide and olemide condensates
  • DEA-MEA/Acetate
  • DEA-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Metheneamine
  • Morpholine
  • Padimate-O
  • Phroglumatic Acid
  • Triethanolmine (TEA)
  • TEA-Sodium lauryl Sulfate

Formaldehyde precursors

  • Diazolidonyl Urea
  • DMDM-hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Metheneamine
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium hydroxymethyglycinate

Endocrine (hormonal) Disruptors

  • Parabens (Methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl also known as hydroxy methyl benzoates.
  • Benzophenone
  • Butyl benzyl phthalate
  • Butyllated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • ButylmethoxydibenzoyImethane (B-MDM)
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Diethyl phthalate
  • Homosalate (HMS)
  • Methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MDC)
  • Octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA)
  • Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Resorcinol
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