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Chemicals to Avoid

The Top 4 Chemicals To Avoid In Your Personal Care

Mineral oil – (also known as Liquid Paraffin or Liquidum Parrafinum)

Mineral oil is a common petroleum derivative (refined crude oil) petrochemical containing neurotoxins which are toxic to your nervous system. Mineral oil has absolutely no nutritional value. It is a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent) and yet the cosmetic industry still uses them in products. 

A study released by the Cancer Prevention Coalition in June 2002 contained the following: ‘Cancer and health experts just concluded reviews that indicate mainstream cosmetics and personal hygiene products including lotions, soaps and shampoos, pose the highest risk exposures to the general public. This risk is higher than smoking. 98% of personal care products sold in the United States contain mineral oil and other petrochemicals. John Hopkins University named mineral oil in cosmetics and moisturizers as the number two cause of aging. The first being direct exposure to the sun.

Mineral Oil acts like a film on the surface of the skin, nothing good can penetrate the skin and nothing toxic or needing to be expelled can come out. It is likened to having a cling wrap on your skin, it just can’t breathe.

Mineral oil is the cheapest ‘filler’ in lotions, as it is cheaper for the manufacturers of this by-product to have it bought by cosmetic companies than it is to have it removed from the manufacturing site.

SLS’S – Sodium Lauryl Sulphate 

This inexpensive detergent is probably the most dangerous ingredient used in skin and hair-care products. In the cleaning industry, SLS is used in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. 

Another extremely serious problem is the connection of SLS with nitrate contamination. SLS reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitrosamines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogens.

SLS’s are known to disrupt the protective layer of oil on the skin's surface and open it up to bacteria. This is why most people with acne skin can worsen, as this layer is disrupted and the skin cannot heal or fight the bacteria on the surface of the skin. 

SLS's are found in most products that foam such as Toothpaste, shampoo, foaming cleansers, body washes, etc.

Start becoming your own best educator and read the ingredients on the label of your products and start becoming aware of the ingredients to avoid. Obviously, anything with a number in it is not from the natural world.


Breast cancer has been on the rise for over half a century. Only 5-10% of breast cancer isogeneic, leaving up to 90% from the environment and lifestyle. Studies indicate that deodorants / antiperspirants play a major role in the increase of breast cancer cases. Parabens are used as preservatives in many thousands of cosmetics. Parabens are absorbed through the skin and can then be stored in the body. Once parabens are in the body it affects the hormonal system by mimicking estrogen, the hormone that promotes cell growth. The promotion of cell growth, linking parabens with breast cancer. Parabens have actually been detected in human breast cancer tumours. 

Many people ask us at Vanessa Megan about the difference between Antiperspirants and deodorants. There is quite a significant difference for those who do not know. Antiperspirants stop you from sweating, the body’s natural way of expelling and unwanted toxins. By using an antiperspirant you are stopping the natural body flow, we recommend to avoid antiperspirants. Deodorants are personal hygiene products that reduce the amount of bacteria that causes body odour in the underarm area. Deodorants still allow you to sweat naturally. I have noticed that once the body is filled with good food, regular exercise that the natural odour produced by the body is sweet and has a significantly less odour than before. 

At Vanessa Megan, we know that deodorants are the hardest personal hygiene product to change when wanting to go natural. That is why we spent many, many months formulating our deodorant. We are 100% satisfied with the outcome and so are all of our customers. So much so, that we have testimonials across the board from office workers right through to yoga teachers who are constantly on the move. We do not use any chemicals or parabens in our products nor do we use any alcohol, so the products won’t dry your precious skin.


Whenever you see ingredients such as PEG-6, PEG-150 and other similar ingredients on cosmetic and personal care product labels, these are all immediate members of the PEG family or close chemical cousins. Polyethylene glycol compounds have not received a lot of attention from consumer watchdog groups. They should. Cosmetic manufacturers who rely on them extensively are getting away with what we believe to be a conspiracy of negligence to increase consumer cancer risks, including women's risk of breast cancer. 

PEG compounds also appear to be highly toxic to persons with damaged skin. In spite of these known contaminants, PEG compounds remain commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products.

A fantastic website to help define chemicals and their risk in personal care is ‘skin Deep’ Database. Their website is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep