While products such as cleaners, disinfectants, soaps, creams, lotions, make-up and shampoos may make our lives more comfortable and have for many become an integral part of daily life, the
ingredient lists of these products are so long and complicated that for most of the actual chemical composition of what we use routinely is unknown to us. What is known however, is that
these products contain a number of substances which are harmful not only to us but to our environment.
Which ingredients can be harmful?
solvents in cleaning products and air fresheners raise the VOC level indoors and may cause headaches, tiredness and general feelings of unwellness when present in high
synthetic conservatives such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, parabenes, triclosan or MDGN (Methyl dibromo glutaro nitril) are known skin irritants, they can
cause allergies, cancer and in combination with other chemicals may produce toxins in our body
aluminum in cosmetics, skin creams (including sunscreen for kids!), disinfectants, antiperspirants and certain medications may cause certain food intolerances and
at worst, may predispose to Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer.
perfumes may cause allergies
paraffin oils contain carcinogenic polycyclic hydrocarbons
personal care products especially in Asian countries, often contain whitening agents which can be strong irritants