I found a quite useful information through Nezza Natural, eco-friendly local company in Victoria, BC. They create 100% natural body, bath and home care products with as many organic ingredients as possible, they claim.
Now, their in their website, they introduced the ingredient to avoid and I thought it might come in handy for you!
Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl parabens):
Commonly used as a preservative to extend the shelf life products. They are widely used in cosmetics and body care. They can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations but more importantly have been proven to be hormone mimicking and can disrupt natural levels of estrogen. These synthetic substances have been linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and lowered sperm counts. Very toxic.
Sulfates/Sulphates (SLS, Sodium Laurel, Ammonium Laureth, Ammonium Lauryl, TEA Lauryl, etc):
Sulfates are inexpensive synthetic detergents that are used as foaming agents in many products including shampoo, liquid soaps, and toothpaste. It is known to cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss and many allergic reactions. Make sure you check ingredients for this extremely common ingredient and avoid it!
Petrochemicals (Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Paraffin, Propylene Glycol):
These are substances which are derived from petrochemicals. They are the base of many personal care products. Commonly found in lip balm, deodorant, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and baby care. These are shown to be estrogen mimicking substances which are linked to cancers, allergic reactions, and skin irritation. They do not add any skin care benefit, instead they clog pores and smother the skin. These substances also cause major environmental concern by polluting waters and harming marine life.
Holly Oil (Paraffinum liquidum):
Commonly said to be derived from the ‘Holly leaf’, it is NOT A PLANT BASED OIL! It is a manmade petroleum based oil that is manufactured in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. The main ingredient is called ‘Paraffinum liquidum’ which is a fancy name for mineral oil. It is so popular because it is inexpensive and does not go rancid. When using Holly oil for massage it is like coating your body in plastic – it smothers and clogs pores, causes dermatitis and severe allergic reactions.
If you come across a product that is bright red, green or blue you should be hesitant to put it on your skin or in your home. Synthetic colours are used in many personal care products to make them attractive but should be avoided entirely. You will recognize them on labels as codes such as FD&C Red No.6. These synthetic colourings have been tested in clinical settings and have been shown to be linked to allergies, general toxicity, childhood illnesses and various types of cancer. Red No.3 is a proven carcinogen and has been banned in the cosmetic industry because it may cause genetic damage.