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Peek behind your shower curtain for the 'Dirty Dozen'

We asked people to pull back the shower curtain and look for the “Dirty Dozen” lurking in their soaps and shampoos, and althoughwe’re unable to recommend brands, check the ingredient list of yourproduct. Chances are it contains petrolatum, one of our “Dirty Dozen.”

I recently saw you on TV talking about toxins in personal care products. Was Vaseline included in your list of products to avoid?
Susan, Vancouver

The David Suzuki Foundation compiled the results of our survey of the toxic ingredients found in the cosmetics of Canadians.


We asked people to pull back the shower curtain and look for the “Dirty Dozen” lurking in their soaps and shampoos, and although we’re unable to recommend brands, check the ingredient list of your product. Chances are it contains petrolatum, one of our “Dirty Dozen.”


Petrolatum is found in many hair care products, lip balms, and skin care products. It’s also known as mineral oil jelly, and it’s used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin, and in hair care products to make hair shine.


But this petrochemical can be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.


The European Union considers it a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. Download our wallet-sized Sustainable Shopper’s Guide at davidsuzuki.org so you can avoid petrolatum and the other eleven toxic ingredients commonly found in your soap, shampoo, and deodorant.







Lindsay Coulter gives you the straight goods on living green. Send your questions to queenofgreen@metronews.ca. For more great tips, visit The David Suzuki Foundation at davidsuzuki.org.

 
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