There’s Formaldehyde In My What??

Just the word formaldehyde gives me the creeps. It just sounds like something deadly and ironically it’s a fluid that’s used to embalm bodies for open casket funerals. Believe it or not formaldehyde is in A LOT of things that we use on a daily basis and I am learning about new products almost every month that has this chemical in it. Just in case you do not know and I looked it up just to make sure I was passing along the right info, Formaldehyde is a preservation fluid that replaces the blood so that your loved one looks a little more real for the big send off.  I also found out that it is known to cause cancer and no one wants the big C so let’s be more mindful of the things we put in and on our bodies You can find formaldehyde under different names such as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (most commonly known as bronopol), and sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate.

I found that you can get great deal of contact with this chemical from just getting ready for a girls night out. Lotions, nail polish, nail polish removers, hair products (Brazilian Blow Out) and it is even on some fabrics of clothing. So let’s be aware of these things and this is the purpose of this blog to educate on why natural is better for US. I have said it over and over, I am not 100% natural but as I learn better I can do and share better. I have a nice collection of nailpolish so Im not happy about what I have found out but hey I rather know the truth.  We shouldn’t have to suffer the pain of cancer all over the wrong bottle of nail polish and lotion. I know we like to be fab and we like our products but you can still be gorgeous and healthy!

Some of us are more sensitive than others so I found a list of reactions to exposure to formaldehyde so if you feel any of things after using certain products maybe you should check the label.

Breathing formaldehyde may cause:

  • burning stinging or itching sensations
  • a sore throat
  • teary eyes
  • blocked sinuses
  • runny nose
  • Sneezing.

For more info on this visit these websites that I have gathered my information from. I focussed on beauty products just to stay on topic of my blog but this stuff can be found all over your house so check your labels!


What’s really in this bottle?

Ok So I’m a little late with this list that I should have posted from day one. Over the counter products are harmful for several reasons. A friend of mine gave me a list of the 8 most harmful chemicals we find in our OTC products and why they are so harmful. I found a similar list on another blog and I am going to post the list for your information and our common understanding. Keep this list with you. Look at some of the products you have and just be aware. I am not completly chemical free but I know what I am buying and you should too.

1. Propylene Glycol – This is a cheap, synthetic petrochemical used as a emulsifying base in creams and lotions to make the skin look smooth, but ultimately it ages the skin faster. The Material Safety Data Sheet tells you to avoid skin contact with it because it’s a skin irritant! It can denature the skin’s protein, leading to poor, saggy skin. It can be absorbed through your skin and potentially cause allergic reactions, and liver and kidney damage.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – This harsh, caustic detergent is used because it’s cheap and suds well. It’s used as an engine degreaser and garage floor cleaner but you’ll also find it in shampoo, soap, facial cleanser, etc. Research shows that SLS has a degenerative effect on the cell membranes and denatures protein such as in hair or skin.
This can damage skin or hair, leading to aged skin and poor hair. SLS can corrode hair follicles and inhibit hair growth, contributing to hair loss. SLS has the potential to cause cataracts (through skin absorption, even without direct eye contact). SLS can denature the protein of the eyes and delay the healing time of the eyes. From skin contact, SLS can be absorbed into your circulation and concentrate in your organs, such as your heart, liver or brain. This is potentially dangerous since SLS is a mutagen, capable of changing the information in the genetic material of your cell and organs.
3. Mineral Oil – This cheap, petroleum-based oil clogs the skin’s pores and enlarges them, leading to poor, saggy skin. It decreases the ability of the skin cells to exchange nutrients and waste products. Those allergic to petroleum products may develop skin irritations.
4. Fragrance – When the word “fragrance” is listed on a label, it means a synthetic fragrance made in a test tube from any of over 200 synthetic chemicals. These “fragrance” chemicals, which can bio-accumulate in your organs, can cause many symptoms, such as headaches, lung problems, skin irritation, dizziness, memory impairment, rash, and more. They are very cheap, toxic imitations of real herbal scents.
5. Parabens (Propyl, Methyl, Butyl, or Ethyl) – These cheap preservatives are used to inhibit microbial growth in skin care or hair products even though they are known to be highly toxic. They have caused many allergic and skin reactions.
6. Imidazolidinyl and Diazolidinyl Urea – These are the most commonly used preservatives after the parabens. They are an established cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology) and release formaldehyde (a toxic chemical).
7. Synthetic Colors – Synthetic colors are used in skin cream or shampoo to make it colorful. Avoid them at all costs, along with hair dyes (with the exception of some henna products). They can cause allergy, skin and nerve problems. Synthetic colors are labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a number and color.
8. Triethanolamine (TEA) – Often used in the base of a product and to adjust the pH. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and can be toxic if absorbed into the body over time.

What You don’t know can hurt you