The list of harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products is based on information from the Skin Deep database compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

  • 1,4-DIOXANE
  • 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL
  • ACRYLAMIDE
  • ALCOHOL DENAT
  • ALUMINUM POWDER
  • AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL
  • AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE
  • BENZENE
  • BENZO[A]PYRENE
  • BENZYL ALCOHOL:
  • BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE
  • BUTYLENE GLYCOL
  • CETEARETH-20
  • CETETH-20
  • CHLOROFORM
  • CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) SEED EXTRACT
  • COAL TAR
  • COCAMIDE DEA
  • COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE
  • COLORANTS
  • CONDITIONING POLYMERS, Examples include polyquaternium-6, polyquaternium-7, and polyquaternium-11.
  • DIAZOLIDINYL UREA
  • DIBUTYL PHTHALATES (DBP)
  • DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA)
  • DIOXINS
  • DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE
  • DMDM HYDANTOIN
  • ETHYLENE OXIDE, a contaminant of ingredients such as Polysorbate-20, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Ceteth-20, Polysorbate-60, Laureth-7, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Steareth-21 and others
  • FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE
  • FIXATIVE POLYMERS, examples include polyimide-1, polyquaternium-11, and PVP/VA copolymers.
  • FORMALDEHYDE
  • HYDROGENATED PALM OIL
  • HYDROQUINONE
  • IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA
  • LAURAMIDE DEA
  • LEAD
  • MERCURY
  • METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE
  • NITROMETHANE
  • NITROSAMINES
  • OLEAMIDE DEA
  • POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (PAHs), a large class of organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings. Examples include anthracene, phenanthrene, tetracene, chrysene, triphenylene, pyrene, pentacene.
  • PARABENS (METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, ISOPROPYLPARABEN)
  • PETROLATUM (PETROLIUM JELLY)
  • PHENACETIN
  • PHENOLPHTHALEIN
  • PHENONIP, a mix of preservatives Phenoxyethanol (see PHENOXYETHANOL), Methylparaben (see PARABENS), Ethylparaben (see PARABENS), Butylparaben (see PARABENS), Propylparaben (see PARABENS), and Isobutylparaben (see PARABENS).
  • PHENOXYETHANOL
  • PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD, P-diaminobenzene)
  • PLACENTA ENZYMES
  • POLYSORBATE-20
  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL
  • QUATERNIUM-15
  • RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
  • SELENIUM SULFIDE
  • SODIUM BENZOATE
  • SODIUM HYDROXYLMETHYLGLYCINATE
  • SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLSE
  • SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE
  • SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)
  • SODIUM PCA
  • TALC
  • THICKENING & GELLING POLYMERS, examples include polyethylene glycols (PEGs) and carbomers.
  • TOLUENE
  • TRICLOSAN