There are probably bugs in that, not to mention dry cleaning fluid. January 24 2012

There is weird sh*t not only only in your cosmetics, and by cosmetics I don't just mean lipstick and stuff, I mean lotions, shampoos, and deodorants too. Parabens are chemical preservatives found in everyday items and their safety is one of the most debated topics in the beauty and wellness industry. Parabens are often found in small percentages in products but, they are products we use EVERYDAY. On average we use around 12 products containing parabens each and everyday. My interest and concern began after reading an article about Johnson and Johnson's "No More Tears" baby shampoo. Here's an exerpt:

"The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics must be congratulated for securing a 11/15/11 agreement with Johnson & Johnson "for reducing or gradually phasing out trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing chemicals" from Baby Shampoo, "one of its signature products." However, this agreement is limited and restricted to the U.S. market.There are three carcinogenic ingredients in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo, dioxane, formaldehyde and nitrosamine. Dioxane is a well-recognized carcinogenic contaminant in alcohol ethoxylates, a group of four ingrediens -- laureths, oleths, polyethylene glycol and polysorbates. The second ingredient, quaternium, is a precursor of two carcinogens, formaldehyde and nitrosamine. Johnson & Johnson has committed to "reducing or gradual phasing out" dioxane and formaldehyde in their U.S., but not in their international, products. A third carcinogen, not recognized by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is nitrosamine, also of quaterniums, besides other precursors." -Samuel S. Epstein, Cancer prevention expert, Prof. emeritus at U. of IL School of Public Health, Chicago IL


As warned by Senator Edward Kennedy at the 1997 Senate Hearings on the FDA Reform Bill, "The cosmetics industry has borrowed a page from the playbook of the tobacco industry by putting profits ahead of public health." This warning remains current.