Reviewing a skin care product based on the effectiveness of its intended purpose is no longer acceptable with all the information we have access to. We believe its important to not only review if a product does what it says it does, but also on the long term unwanted effects that may come from using ingredients generally shown to be harmful.

All of our reviews will carry a grade from A to F. This grade will be a quick measure on how we rate the product on a scale of how safe and responsible the product is. This will not indicate the effectiveness of the product, but instead provide you, the reader, with a quick measure on how responsible the manufacturer of the product is, and who they really “care” about when formulating and releasing their products.

We hope this information will help guide you to make informed decisions and continue to further the movement towards safe cosmetics.

On each skin care review page, we list out the ingredients used in the product. The cancerous ingredients will be highlighted in red for quick identification.

List of Common Carcinogens used in Skin Care Products

Ingredients that are directly linked to causing cancer

  • Benzil Acetate
  • Butyl Benzyphthalate
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • “Coal Tar Dyes” (and lakes) D & C Red 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 17, 19 & 33, Green 5, Orange 17, FD & C Blue 1, 2 & 4, Green 3, Red 4 & 40, Yellow 5 & 6
  • Crystalline Silica
  • Diaminophenol
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Doictyl Adipate
  • Disperse Blue 1 (clourants)
  • Disperse Yellow 3 (clourants)
  • Fluoride
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glutaral
  • Hydroquinone
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Nitrophenylenediamine
  • p-Phenylenediamine (following oxidation)
  • Phenyl-p-phenylenediamine
  • Saccharin
  • Talc (only in loose form, particularly around genitalia)

Hidden cancerous ingredients that contaminate other chemicals

  • 1,4-Dioxane. In Ethoxylated Alcohols, including PEGs, Oleths, Polysorbates, Nonoxynol
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Polyvinyl Acetate
  • PEGs (polyethylene glycols).DDT and related Pesticides
  • Quarterniums
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Ethylene Oxide. In Ethoxylated Alcohols, including PEGs, Oleths, Polysorbates, Nonoxynol
  • Formaldehyde. In Polyoxymethylene Urea

Ingredients classified as Nitrosamine Precursors

These cancerous ingredients interact with other ingredients to form nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are a chemical compounds that are mostly cancerous.

  • Bromonitrodioxane
  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • DEA-Cocamide, Lauramide and Oleamide condensates
  • DEA-MEA/Acetate
  • DEA-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Metheneamine
  • Morpholine
  • Padimate-O
  • Pyroglumatic Acid
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • TEA-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Ingredients classified as Formaldehyde Precursors

These cancerous ingredients react with other chemicals and release formaldehyde. Besides being used to preserve dead bodies, formaldehyde is very toxic, neurotoxic, genotoxic and carcinogenic. Definitely not something that you want to put on the biggest organ of the body.

  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,2-Diol
  • Diazolidonyl Urea
  • DMDM-Hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Metheneamine
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

The following ingredients have been shown to get absorbed into the blood stream and begin to disrupt the hormonal system. These have been associated with breast cancer.

  • Benzophenone
  • Butyl Benzyl Phthalate
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (B-MDM)
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Diethyl Phthalate
  • Homosalate (HMS)
  • Methyl-benzylidene Camphor (4-MDC)
  • Octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA)
  • Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Resorcinol

Shocking Revelations

We are very surprised to find so many cancerous ingredients that are present and have been present in skin care products for so many years. Even products that claim to be organic are at fault. Without everyone receiving the needed education to know which products are truly safe, there is no way for us to force a change in the health and beauty industries. We hope this website continues to serve as a guide on choosing the right skin care products for your needs.