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How do you make sure that the products that you buy regularly are not exposing you to increased cancer risks? If you are like many of us, you are confused by the alphabet-soup of chemical ingredients that goes into the products you buy, but don’t really know what those chemicals do.

In this preliminary list guide, we have provided an overview that talks about the known problematic chemicals that go into that general category, and then provided details of what chemicals to avoid, as well as a list of a few products that seem safer than others. Please browse and take the necessary actions to eliminate as many suspected or known carcinogens from your household as you can.

Please note that this is indeed only the start, and we look forward to expanding this product guide with your support.

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Aftershaves are used by men, not only to soothe skin irritated by the act of shaving, but also to disinfect in case of minor cuts. The primary ingredient in them is water and denatured alcohol, but fragrances are added to create signature smells of the products. A large number of individual ingredients in fragrances are irritants, and some have been associated with neurotoxicity and cancer. Unfortunately, ingredients in fragrances are not required to be disclosed, and they are listed on labels only as "fragrance", "perfume" or "aroma". Conventional aftershaves also often contain potentially toxic FD&C colors such as FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Green 3 and D&C Violet 2.
Aftershaves contain a number of problematic ingredients. Some of the products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Benzophenone (1)
Cocamide DEA (1)
Triclosan (6)
Some of the best aftershaves ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional aftershave products that are free of most toxins.

1. American Crew After Shave Moisturizer
2. Aubrey Organics Men’s Stock Aftershave/Aftershave Balm
3. Coastal Classic Creations After Shave Oil/Cream
4. Cedar Spring Herb Farm After Shave Gel
5. Honeybee Gardens for Men Herbal Aftershave
6. Korres Marigold Aftershave Balm
7. The Art of Shaving After Shave Balms/Unscented After Shave Balm
8. TheraNeem Neem Leaf & Aloe Gel Cooling Therapy
9. Vitamoor After Shave
10. Weleda After Shave Balm/After Calm Replenishing Spray/After Shave Toning Spray"
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Most conventional body cleaning products contain alcohol and petroleum products that are used to dislodge dirt and clean the skin. An unwanted side-effect of these ingredients is that they also wash away natural oils, causing the skin to dry, a problem that is dealt with by manufacturers by adding mineral oil (a petroleum product). Other ingredients are designed to create foam, allowing cleaners to spread more evenly. The chemicals used to create foam include sodium laurel sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and myreth sulfate, all known to be skin irritants, and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Another chemical used for foam is cocamide DEA - an ingredient authoritatively recognized to cause cancer, according to the State of California (Proposition 65). Additionally, it may be contaminated with carcinogenic nitrosamines.
To help body cleaners retain water, polyethylene glycol (PEG) compounds, such as PEG-7 and PEG-200, are added to them. PEG compounds may be contaminated with the known carcinogen, ethylene dioxide, and 1-4 dioxane, a probable carcinogen. These products may also contain triclosan, an antibacterial agent which is suspected to cause cancer.
Conventional body cleaning products contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional body-cleaning products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Cocamide DEA and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below

Benzophenone (15)
Cocamide DEA (287)
Triclosan (53)
Some of the best body-washes ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional body-cleansing products that are free of most toxins.

1. Bare Organics All in One Cleansers/Organic Cleansing Grains Unscented
2. Be Green Bath & Body Facial Cleanser/Foaming Hand & Body Soap
3. Body Organic Body Washes
4. Bubble & Bee Shower Gels
5. Favor Care Organics Shower Gels
6. Nature Clean Au Naturelle Liquid Soap
7. Organic Indulgence Foaming Facial Cleanser
8. Raindance Cream Face Wash/Balancing Face Wash
9. Skin Care for Athletes Tri-Body Wash
10. Urban Naturals Organic Body Wash
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Conventional body powders use talc or amorphous silica as the base - both known as carcinogens. These products also contain chemical fragrances, made up of a large number of individual ingredients that are irritants, and some have been associated with neurotoxicity and cancer. Unfortunately, ingredients in fragrances are not required to be disclosed, hence the exact risk due to their use is cloaked.
Conventional body powders contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional body powders that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Talc. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.
Some of the best body powder ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional body-powders that are free of most toxins.

1. Be Green Bath & Body Talc Free Powder
2. Giselle Cosmetics Stack Collection
3. Healing Scents Body Powders (available unscented)
4. Kettle Care Bath & Body Powder
5. Lafe's Natural BodyCare Roll On Deodorant Powder
6. LeMari Deodorising Body Powder
7. Maia's Mineral Galaxy Serenity Body Shimmer
8. Miessence Luxurious Body Powder
9. Starflower Essentials Herbal Body Powder
10. Zosimos Botanicals Shimmer Dust
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Most conventional conditioners contain a number of quaternary compounds, including cetrimonium bromide and quaternium 18, to produce thicker, tangle-free silky hair. These chemicals - and other preservatives found in conditioners - such as DMDM hydantoin, imidiazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea, release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. They also contain carcinogenic coal tar colors (FD&C). Finally most conventional conditioners contain fragrance, a broad category of ingredients with serious health risks.
Conventional conditioners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional conditioners that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Cocamide DEA. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links.

Benzophenone (15)
Cocamide DEA (13)
Formaldehyde (6)
Some of the best body powder ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional conditioners that are free of most toxins.

1. Aubrey Organics 100% Pure & Certified Organic Botanical Therapeutic Moisturizing Conditioner
2. Botanical Therapeutic Moisturizing Conditioner
3. Coastal Classic Creations Conditioner
4. EarthSafe Rich Earth/Purifying Fire/Fresh Water/Clean Air(unscented) Conditioners
5. Earth Spirit Organics Botanical Conditioner/Naturally Unscented Conditioner
6. Healing Scents Conditioner (available unscented)
7. Nature’s Blends Daily Light Conditioner/Deep Conditioner
8. Nurture My Body Conditioner (available Fragrance Free)
9. Pure and Natural Conditioners
10. Zosimos Conditioner
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Aluminum compounds, the use of which in personal care products is controversial, are one of the active ingredient in most conventional antiperspirants. A 2003 study of breast cancer survivors published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention found that women who began to shave their underarms and use underarm products before the age of 16 had been diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age than those who began these habits later. Other ingredients of concern include triclosan, the antibacterial agent that is restricted of use in cosmetics in Japan and Canada, and part of EU's REACH program, synthetic fragrances and ceteareth that may be contaminated with toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Isobutane, a gas which can be contaminated with carcinogenic butadiene, is often used as a propellant in aerosol sprays.
Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Talc AND Butylated Hydroxytoluene together in the same product. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links.

Cocamide DEA (10)
Triclosan (100)
Some of the best deodorants and antiperspirants, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional deodorants and antiperspirants that are free of most toxins.

1. Alba Botanica Deodorant Sticks (available in Aloe Unscented)
2. Bubble and Bee organic Deodorants
3. Crystal Body Deodorants Roll-On/Body Spray
4. Earthwise/Eco-Wise Naturals Baking Soda Plus Deodorant
5. Green Beaver Deodorants (available unscented)
6. Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant (Unscented)
7. Honeybee Gardens Deodorant Powder
8. Innocent Oils Pure Himalayan Crystal Body Spray
9. L'Occitane Aromachrology Deodorant Pierre de Crystal for Men
10. Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Body Bar Lemongrass
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Conventional lip glosses and balms may contain oils like mineral oil - which may be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Color in conventional lip balms and lip glosses come from a variety of coal tar dyes, which have different carcinogenic properties. Artificial flavors and fragrances are popular additives - and yet manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients that go into these generic terms.
Conventional lip balms and lip glosses contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Cocamide DEA. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links.

Triclosan (13)
D&C Red No. 8 (3)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (BHA) 476
Click here to see a listing of the safest lip glosses and balms.

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional lip glosses and balms. that are free of most toxins.

1. Alaffia Lip Balms
2. Ava Anderson Lip Balms/Lip Glosses
3. Badger Organic Lip Balm/Cocoa Butter Lip Balms/Unscented Lip Balm
4. Bare Organics Organic Lip Balm
5. Bubble & Bee Organic Lip Balms (available unscented)
6. Dropwise Essentials Aromatherapy Lip Balm
7. Himalaya Lip Balm (contains natural UV filter)
8. Loving Naturals 100% Organic Lip Balms
9. Perfect Organics Shea Butter Lip Balm
10. Suki Lip Repair Butter
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Conventional nail polish contain a number of ingredients of concern, including toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate -- dubbed the ""toxic trio"" by the US Environmental Working Group. Formaldehyde, is a known human carcinogen. Coal tar dyes are also used in many well-known brands of nail polish to create certain colors.
Conventional lip balms and lip glosses contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Cocamide DEA. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Dibutyl-Phthalate (1288)
Formaldehyde (53)
Cocamide DEA (4)
Benzophenone (249)
Some of the best nail-polishes, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional nail polishes that are free of most toxins (water-based with no toluene, formaldehyde, or DBP).

1. Acquarella
2. Go Natural
3. Honeybee Gardens WaterColors Nail Enamel
4. Hopscotch Kids Nail Polish
5. No-Miss (nitrocellulose, not water-based)
6. Polished Mama
7. Pure Anada
8. Scotch Naturals
9. Sula Paint & Peel
10. Suncoat
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Hair straighteners along with hair dyes are the cause of more complaints to the US Food and Drug Administration's Cosmetic Office than any other product. Chemical hair straighteners have also been found to contain other hazardous ingredients, including formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that has been found at high levels in a hair straightener called Brazilian Blowout. Hair straighteners may also contain parabens, polypropylene and glycols, as well as sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate.
Conventional hair straighteners and hair relaxers contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Cocamide DEA. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links.

Phenolphthalein (13)
Formaldehyde (62)
Cocamide DEA (513)
Benzophenone (71)
Click here to see a listing of the safest hair relaxers, and here to see a listing of the safest hair straighteners.
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Isobutane, which can be contaminated with the carcinogen, butadiene, or propane are the gases typically used as propellants in hair styling products. Other hazardous ingredients in hair styling products include TEA, potentially toxic FD&C colors, and fragrance, which is a mixture of many unknown toxins.
Conventional hair styling products contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Formaldehyde. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Phenolphthalein (13)
Formaldehyde (62)
Cocamide DEA (513)
Benzophenone (71)
Click here to see a listing of the safest hair styling lotions and gels.

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.

1. Aloe Vera Gel (any pure product)
2. Burt's Bees Outdoor Miracle Salve
3. Coastal Classic Creations Coastal Gardens Toner
4. Favor Care Organics Styling Spray
5. Hugo Naturals Mist
6. Real Purity Natural Styling Gel
7. Salon Naturals Instant Shine Hair Serum/Styling Gels (Natural Hold and Ultra Hold)
8. Smooth & Moisturizer Hair Balm
9. Shear Miracles by Robyn Organic Body Care
10. Suncoat Natural Styling Mousse/Gel/Spray
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Many conventional mascaras may contain a list of toxic ingredients including triethanolamine (TEA), which may react with other ingredients to form cancer-causing nitrosamines, petroleum distillates, which can be contaminated with the carcinogen butadiene, and BHA, an antioxidant known to be a probable human carcinogen.
Conventional mascara products contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. Some of the traditional products that include potentially toxic ingredients can be seen here. Please note that the list only contains those products that include Carbon Black. Feel free to refine this search with other potentially toxic chemicals noted.

Additionally, you can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Carbon Black (123)
Triclosan (53)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (37)
Ethyl Acrylate (2)
Click here to see a listing of the safest mascara products and brands.

Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.

1. Afterglow Cosmetics Pure Soul Mascara
2. Coastal Classic Creations Mascara
3. Cleure Mineral Mascara
4. Earth Lab Mascara
5. Lavera Volume Mascara
6. Maia's Mineral Galaxy Mascara
7. Miessence Mascara
8. Rejuva Minerals Mascara
9. Suncoat Products Natural Mascara
10. Zuzu Luxe Mascara
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Traditional makeup removers may contain a mix of hazardous ingredients, including polyethylene glycol and ceteareth, both of which can be contaminated with ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen, and 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Makeup removers may also contain DMDM hydantoin, which may release carcinogenic formaldehyde and toxic coal tar colors. Fragrances are also frequently added to makeup removers.
Conventional make-up removers contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (1)
Triclosan (1)
Click here to see a listing of the safest make-up removers.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Aubrey Organics 100% Pure Jojoba Oil Make-up Remover
2. Green Beaver Eye Make-Up Remover
3. Herbal Choice Mari Makeup Remover
4. Healing Scents Eye Makeup Remover
5. Mindful Beauty Organic Sweet Almond Oil
6. Nurture My Body Cleansing Milk Fragrance Free
7. Organic Essence Certified Organic Shea Cream
8. Real Purity Eye Makeup Remover
9. Rocky Mountain Soap Company Transformative Cleansing Oil
10. Zosimos Botanicals Makeup Remover and Cleanser
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Lipsticks are made with synthetic oils (mostly petroleum-derived and carcinogenic) and include artificial colors, which come from coal tar dyes, some of which are carcinogenic. Lead - a known potent carcinogen - is often found as an impurity in the colors used in lipstick. BHA, a probable carcinogen is common used in lipsticks to preserve the color of the product. Synthetic fragrances are also common in name brand lipsticks; as noted before fragrances is a catch-all phrase that may hide many unknown toxins and carcinogens.
Conventional lipsticks contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Triclosan (13)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (37)
Benzophenone (11)
Click here to see a listing of the safest lipsticks.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Aubrey Organics Natural Lips
2. Badger Lip Tints and Shimmers
3. Hemp Organics Lipsticks/Lip Liners
4. Herbal Choice Mari Lip Color
5. Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick/JobaColors Lip Liner
6. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Liner Pencil
7. LoriannZ Lipsticks
8. Miessence Lip Creme/Shimmer Creme
9. Real Purity Lipstick/Lip Gloss
10. Suki Luscious Lips Berry Cream Trio
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The main ingredient in most blushes is talc, a known carcinogen. Additionally, it may be contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos fibers. Color in blushes is usually provided by hazardous coal tar dyes, many of which are carcinogenic.
Conventional blushes contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Triclosan (112)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (784)
Permanent Orange (5)
Chromium Oxide (88)
Click here to see a listing of the safest blushes.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Ada Cosmetics Mineral Blushes/Bronzers
2. Coastal Classic Creations Blushes
3. Johnny Concert Mineral Blush
4. Maia's Mineral Galaxy
5. Miessence Mineral Blush Powders/Shimmer Cream
6. Rejuva Minerals Organic Botanicals Blush
7. Tea Maria Blushes
8. Terra Firma Cosmetics Glam Glow
9. Zosimos Botanicals
10. Zuii Organic Flora Blush
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Numerous skin irritating chemicals are used to produce concealers, including propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, and TEA. Polyethylene glycol can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a suspected carcinogen, and ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen. TEA, used as an emulsifier, can be contaminated with nitrosamines, considered possible carcinogens. Fragrance ingredients are also widely used in concealers.
Conventional concealers contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Triclosan (33)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (78)
Cocamide DEA (16)
Click here to see a listing of the safest concealers.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Coastal Classic Creations Concealer
2. Earth's Beauty Face Concealer
3. Everyday Minerals Concealers
4. Healing Scents Blemish Stick
5. Larenim Concealers
6. Miessence Concealers
7. Real Purity Disguise System
8. Rejuva Minerals Concealer
9. Revlon Concealer and Highlighter
10. Zosimos Botanicals Primer Preps
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Conventional mouthwash is generally alcohol-based, with an alcohol content ranging from 18 to 26%. Regular, long-term use of products with alcohol can contribute to cancers of the mouth, tongue and throat; in 2009, a review in the Dental Journal of Australia confirmed that alcohol-based mouthwashes are a factor contributing to increased oral cancer risk. Fluoride (listed as sodium fluoride) may be added to protect against cavities. In some animal studies, sodium fluoride has been shown to be neurotoxic and possibly carcinogenic. Mouthwashes are usually sweetened with artificial sugars such as saccharin (listed as sodium saccharin), a suspect carcinogen, or sucralose, which may trigger migraines and other problems in sensitive people. As well, mouthwashes can contain synthetic flavors and colors, such as FD&C Blue 1 and FD&C Green 3.
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Click here to see a listing of the safest mouthwashes.
Additionally, we have listed a few non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins (contain no alcohol, fluoride, artificial colors or sweeteners)
1. Anarres Natural Candy Cane Mouthwash
2. Auromere Ayurvedic Mouthwash
3. Beauty with a Cause Mouthwash
4. Jason Natural Cosmetics Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
5. Dr. Katz TheraBreath Oral Rinses
6. Hakeem Herbal Mouthwash (based on neem)
7. Miessence Freshening Mouthwash
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Shampoos contain a toxic mix of harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and carcinogenic compounds. Of specific concern are formaldehyde-releasing preservatives such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidiazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea, which are used to kill bacteria and reduce the risk of skin infections. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. Additional ingredients of concern are sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate, which are included as foaming agents, and can be contaminated with ethylene dioxide, a known carcinogen, and 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Other harmful ingredients used include TEA, which can release carcinogenic nitrosamines. Carcinogenic coal tar may be added as a biocide to some anti-dandruff shampoos. Finally, most shampoos also contained synthetic fragrances, which could include a broad range of unknown toxic compounds and chemicals.
Conventional shampoos contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Cocamide DEA (313)
Formaldehyde (62)
Diethanolamine (16)
Selenium Sulfide (21)
Click here to see a listing of the safest shampoos.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Alaffia Shampoos
2. Burt's Bees Outdoor Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar
3. Chagrin Valley Soap and Shampoo Bar
4. Curelle Energe Shampoo/Hydra Shampoo
5. Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castille Classic Soaps
6. EarthSafe Rich Earth Shampoo (unscented shampoo available)
7. Herbal Choice Mari Shampoos
8. Nana Essence Shampoo
9. Skin Care for Ahtletes Tri-Body Wash Muscle Unscented Blend
10. Zosimos Botanicals Shampoo
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Conventional shaving creams are usually based on water and a combination of synthetic chemicals. These include chemicals that can be contaminated with traces of carcinogenic residues like the surfactant TEA, which can be contaminated with nitrosamines, and PEG 90-M, a binding agent that can be contaminated with ethylene dioxide, a known carcinogen, and 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Propylene glycol, which acts as a moisture carrying ingredient in many skin products, is used in shaving creams. It is a known skin irritant, as are the two most popular gases, isobutane and isopentane, used as propellants in aerosol shaving creams. Isobutane, the more widely used of the two, can be contaminated with the carcinogen, butadiene. Shaving creams are often preserved with hormone-disrupting parabens, or BHA, classified by the US National Toxicology Program as "reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen". Potentially toxic fragrance and FD&C colours are also common additives in shaving creams.
Conventional shaving creams contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Cocamide DEA (22)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (24)
Dimethyl Sulfate (2)
Click here to see a listing of the safest mouthwashes.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Avalon Organics Moist Cream Shave/Unscented
2. Alba Botanica Moisturizing Shave Cream Unscented
3. John Masters Organics Birch & Cedarwood Cleansing & Shaving Bar
4. Just the Goods Shaving Solid/Unscented
5. Raindance Juniper Shaving Lotion
6. Real Purity Shaving Creme
7. Swissco Shave Soap
8. The Art of shaving Cream Unscented/Shaving Soap Unscented/Pre-Shave Oil
9. Vitamoor Shave
10. Williams Mug Shaving Soap
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Most soaps contain Triclosan, a chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbon with widespread safety concerns; the American Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association have both asked their respective governments to ban triclosan in consumer products because it may cause bacterial resistance. Mixing triclosan in tap water may also lead to the production of chloroform, a carcinogen, while triclosan can also be transformed into cancer-causing dioxins in the presence of heat and sunlight. Finally, many soaps also contain fragrances - a broad generic term for a large range of potentially hazardous ingredients.
Conventional soaps contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Triclosan (262)
Cocamide DEA (507)
Click here to see a listing of the safest soaps.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Aubrey Organics Bath Bars
2. Bare Organics Organic Massage Bar (unscented)
3. Burt’s Bees Peppermint & Rosemary Body Bar/Outdoor Poison Ivy Soap
4. Earth Safe Liquid Hand & Body Wash
5. Hugo Naturals Bar Soaps (available unscented)
6. Pure and Natural AromaBeauty So Pure Baby Bar
7. Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Body Bar
8. Trader Joe's Oatmeal & Honey Soap
9. Val's Veggie Bars/Foaming Soaps
10. Tom's of Maine Sensitive Beauty Bar Unscented
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The most common ingredients in chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone, cinnamates and retinyl palmitate. According to a US Food and Drug Administration study, retinyl palmitate is suspected of increasing skin cancer risk when skin is exposed to sunlight. Other hazardous ingredients to avoid in all sunscreens are synthetic fragrances, which include phthalates and other hazardous chemicals, dyes, and parabens.
Conventional sunscreens contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (12)
Formaldehyde (1)
Diethanolamine (
Benzophenone (3)
Triclosan (13)
Click here to see a listing of the safest sunscreens.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Anarres - Safe Sun Protection Cream
2. Ava Anderson - Sunscreen SPF 30+
3. Ford’s - Sunscreen Chemical-Free Fragrance-Free SPF 15 (Vitamin C, Green Tea, Zinc)
4. Green Beaver Organic SPF 30 Adult Body Lotion/Kids Non-Whitening Sunscreen Lotion
5. Kabana Skin Care - Green Screen Organic Sunscreen Fragrance Free SPF 20;
6. Green Screen Organic Sunscreen SPF 22 Skin Tone Tinted (www.kabanaskincare.com)
7. Marie Veronique - Organics Kid Safe Screen SPF 25 (www.myorganics.com)
8. Soleo Organics - All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+;
9. Soleo Organics-Atlantis Resort All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+;
10. Soleo Organics-Wyland Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ (www.soleoorganics.com)
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Conventional toothpastes use sodium laurel sulfate (which may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen) to make foam. They may also contain triclosan - an ingredient with widespread concerns - for its antibacterial properties, and may be colored with dyes such as Blue #1 and Yellow #5.
Conventional toothpastes contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Triclosan (30)
Click here to see a listing of the safest toothpastes.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Anarres Natural Health Own Tooth Powder/Toothpaste
2. Alternative Oral Care Tooth Powder
3. Arganat All Natural Clay Toothpaste
4. Druide Toothpaste (contains sorbitol from natural sources)
5. Green Beaver Organic Toothpaste
6. Hakeem Herbal Toothpaste (contains only herbs and neem)
7. Healing Scents Toothpaste
8. Ipsab Tooth Powder
9. Miessence Toothpaste
10. Nature's Gate Creme de Anise Toothpaste
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Eyeliners may contain toxic coal tar colors such as FD&C Yellow 5, while other eyeliner products may contain aluminum and bronze powders, which can cause cancer. A common preservative in eyeliners is BHA, a probable carcinogen that can be absorbed through the skin.
Conventional eyeliners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (197)
Formaldehyde (10)
Carbon Black (123)
Benzophenone (1)
Chromium Oxide (60)
Click here to see a listing of the safest eyeliners.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeliner
2. Coastal Classic Creations Eye Liner
3. Colorescience Genie Sparkle Colore
4. Earth's Beauty Eye Liner Pencil/Loose Eye Liner
5. Honeybee Gardens Jojoba Eye Liner Pencils
6. Jane Iredale Liquid Eye Liner
7. Johnny Concert LLC Organic Eyeliner
8. Larenim Eye Liner
9. Suncoat Natural Liquid Eyeliner
10. Zosimos Botanicals Eye Pencils
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Conventional face powder products contain talc or silica. Powders are generally colored with potentially toxic coal tar dyes. Other ingredients of concern include quaternium-15 and imidazolidinyl urea, two preservatives that can release carcinogenic formaldehyde, as well as synthetic fragrances. Finally, a few products contain the antibacterial agent triclosan, for which widespread concerns exist. .
Conventional face powders contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (15)
Triclosan(5)
Chromium Oxide (60)
Click here to see a listing of the safest facial powders.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Setting Powder
2. Alima Pure Color Balancing Powder
3. Alison Raffaele Loose Powder
4. bareMinerals Mineral Veil
5. Coastal Classic Creations Loose Powders
6. Ecco Bella FlowerPower Face Color
7. Everyday Minerals Finishing Dust
8. Pure Anada Cosmetics Face Powders
9. Outside/In Cosmetics Mineral Bronzer
10. Zosimo's Botanicals Shimmer Dust
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Eye shadows frequently are made of carcinogenic coal tar dyes. The main ingredient in many powdered eye shadows are Talc or powdered silica, both of which can be carcinogenic when inhaled, while the main ingredient in cream eye shadows are carcinogenic mineral oils, or petrolatum, which can be contaminated with carcinogenic PAHS. Finely ground particles of aluminum or bronze, both of which have been linked with cancer, are added to eye shadows and eyeliners to create glitter. Finally, a number of eyeshadows use BHA, a probable carcinogen, as the primary preservative.
Conventional eye shadows contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (118)
Triclosan(53)
Chromium Oxide (58)
Carbon Black (61)
Click here to see a listing of the safest eye shadows.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Bare Escentuals Sun Proof Fun
2. Coastal Classic Creations Eye Shadow
3. Colorescience White Haute Ice Collection/Genie Spark Colore
4. Erth Minerals Eyeshadow
5. Healing Scents Mineral Eye Powder and Liner
6. Jane Iredale One for All Neutral Compact/Eye Shadow Kit/Eye Gloss
7. Johnny Concert LLC Mineral Eye Pigment
8. Rejuva Minerals Eye Shadow
9. RJ Mineral Cosmetics Eye Primer Gel
10. Zosimos Botanicals Mineral Eye Shadow
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The primary ingredients in many foundations are talc, silica both of which are carcinogenic when inhaled as powders. Other ingredients include triethanolamine (TEA), which can also be contaminated with cancer-causing nitrosamines. Another ingredient, quaternium-15, releases carcinogenic formaldehyde. Foundations also use synthetic fragrances for perfume and contain potentially toxic coal tar dyes for color.
Conventional foundations contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (57)
Triclosan(28)
Chromium Oxide (14)
Benzophenone (16)
Cocamide DEA (13)
Click here to see a listing of the safest foundation products.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Alima Pure Balancing Primer Powder
2. Coastal Classic Creations Refreshing Mist Foundation Base Primer
3. Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation
4. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Silk Veil/Finishing Powder
5. Outside/In Cosmetics Foundations
6. Pure Anada Natural Mineral Foundation
7. Real Purity Creme Foundation
8. Signature Minerals Concealer
9. SunCat Natural Mineral Makeup
10. Suncoat Natural Liquid Foundation
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In their simplest form, lotions are just a mixture of water and oils, with an emulsifier to keep the product from separating. Mineral oil and petrolatum, are widely used as oils in lotions, and both can be contaminated with potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Polysorbate 60 and 80 are also used in lotions, and they may also be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane - a carcinogen. Preservatives like DMDM hydantoin and quaternium-15 can release carcinogenic formaldehyde. Many facial creams contain retinyl palmitate, which can increase the risk of skin cancer when skin is exposed to UV light. Most products also contain fragrance, which contain are a mixture of possible carcinogens.
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Click here to see a listing of the safest lotions.
Additionally, we have listed ten non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Anarres Natural Health Lotions
2. Auromere Hand & Body Lotion
3. Organic Organic Massage Bars
4. Burt’s Bees Outdoor Miracle Salve/Outdoor ResQ Ointment
5. Desert Essence Hand & Body Lotions
6. Earth Safe Hand & Body Lotion (Clean Air Lotion is unscented)
7. Green Beaver Facial Moisturizer
8. L'Occitane 100% Pure Shea Butter
9. Nurture My Body Hand & Body Lotions
10. Real Purity Facial Extraordinaire
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Many mainstream body and massage oils may contain mineral oil, a petrochemical product and a carcinogen. They also use synthetic fragrances, which may contain numerous toxic ingredients, to create more heavily scented products.
Conventional massage and body oils contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (2)
Benzophenone (4)
Cocamide DEA (1)
Click here to see a listing of the safest massage oils and lotions.
Additionally, we have listed some non-traditional products in this category that are advertised to be free of most toxins.
1. Anarres Natural Health Massage and Bath Oils
2. Atlantic Healing Hemp Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil
3. Aubrey Organics Natural Spa Invigorating Massage Lotion
4. Bare Organics Organic Bath and Body Oil
5. Burt's Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil
6. Hugo Naturals Massage & Body Oils
7. L'Occitane Aromachology Bath & Massage Oil
8. Smallbones Studio of Home Arts & Sustainable Living Rosehip Seed Oil
9. Suki Delicate Hydrating Oil
10. The Body Shop Lavender Essential Oil
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Bath products are of concern because of possible addition of carcinogenic contaminants during the manufacturing process. In 2009, the Environmental Working Group found that more than 60% of children's bath products contained formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Formaldehyde is released into bath products from common preservatives such as DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea and imidiazolidinyl urea. 1,4-dioxane is produced during the manufacture of bath products when ingredients, such as PEG-100 stearate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene and ceteareth 20, are processed with ethylene oxide. 1,4-dioxane then becomes a contaminant of product ingredients but because it is a contaminant and not an ingredient, it does not appear on the list of ingredients. Conventional bath products also contain synthetic fragrance and FD&C colors from coal tar. Bubble baths are also full of dyes, scents and preservatives, as well as sodium lauryl sulfate used to create foam.
Conventional bath products contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (3)
Cocamide DEA (30)
Click here to see a listing of the safest bath products.
Additionally, we have listed some non-traditional products in this category that are free of most toxins.
1. Ahava Bath Salts/Dead Sea Salts
2. Aubrey Organics Natural Spa Sea Wonders Bath Salts
3. Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment (100% oatmeal)
4. Be Green Bath & Body Bath Tea
5. Best Bath Store Bath Salts/Bath Bombs
6. Big Tub Botanicals Bath & Body Oils/Tub Teas/Tub Truffles/Bath Soaks
7. Bubble & Bee Organic Bath Salts
8. Burt’s Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Body and Bath Oil/Therapeutic Bath Crystals
9. EO Bath Salts
10. l'Occitane Aromachology Bath & Massage Oil with Vegetable Oils
11. Olivier Soapery Unscented Bubble Bath
12. Solay Himalayan Bath Salts
13. Soapwalla Kitchen Indulgent Bath Soaking Salts
14. Tara Bath Therapy Bath Salts
15. The Body Shop Aloe Comforting Bath Oil
16. Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk
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Air fresheners include a number of chemicals including formaldehyde, a carcinogen, naphthalene, a suspected carcinogen and strong fragrances. Solid deodorizers can include paradichlorobenzene, a carcinogen.
Conventional air fresheners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Para-Dichlorobenzene (17)
Butylated-Hydroxyanisole (1)
Formaldehyde (10)
Benzophenone (7)
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Dishwashing liquids contain detergents, coal tar based colors, and synthetic fragrance. They may contain Quarternium 15 which can release carcinogenic formaldehyde. Many of the dyes used are coal tar based and are known to be carcinogenic.
Dishwashing liquids contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Cocamide DEA (18)
Triclosan (42)
Formaldehyde (69)
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Many dishwasher detergents may also contain quarternium 15 which can release carcinogenic formaldehyde. Dyes and artificial fragrances are common ingredients.
Dishwashing detergents contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Cocamide DEA (3)
Formaldehyde (5)
Click here to see a listing of the safest dishwashing detergents.
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Conventional metal cleaners may contain TEA, which can combine with preserving agents to form carcinogenic nitrosomines, and synthetic fragrances.
Metal Cleaners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (5)
Thiourea (3)
Trichloroethylene (1)
Benzene (1)
Some of the best metal cleaners, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here
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Conventional laundry stain removers contain benzene, toluene and xylene, all toxins, as well as formaldehyde, a carcinogen.
Conventional stain removers contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (1)
Formaldehyde (12)
Some of the best stain removers, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here
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Toilet bowl cleaners can contain 1,4-dichlorobenzine, a carcinogen and sodium dichloroisocyanurate dihydrate which can form carcinogenic chlorine gas.
Toilet bowl cleaners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (12)
Para-Dichlorobenzene (3)
Airedale Blue D (1)
Some of the best toilet bowl cleaners, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here
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Most glass cleaners contain coal tar dyes.
Glass cleaners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (14)
Trichloroethylene (1)
Ethyl Benzene (1)
Cocamide DEA (1)
Some of the best glass cleaners, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here
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Traditional floor and furniture polishes can contain nitrobenzene, a carcinogen, which can be absorbed through the skin, phenol, a carcinogen and synthetic fragrance. Some products may also contain carcinogenic formaldehyde and nitrosamines.
Floor and furniture polishes contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (5)
Some of the best furniture polishes, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.
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Conventional carpet cleaners can contain perchloroethylene, a known human carcinogen, isopropyl alcohol which is carcinogenic at high concentrations, the carcinogen1,4-dioxane, ethanol, and fragrances. Large amounts of chemicals can be released from carpet cleaners and deodorizers in larger carpeted areas.
Carpet Cleaners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (3)
Propylene Oxide (1)
Some of the best carpet cleaners, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.
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The main ingredient in chlorine bleach is sodium hypochlorite (chlorine added to lye.) Chlorine is toxic as a skin irritant, and by inhalation. Sodium hypochlorite can create poisonous chlorine gas if mixed with ammonia (which may be an unlabeled ingredient in some cleaning products) or with vinegar. Workplace safety data sheets warn that sodium hypochlorite may be a neurotoxin and cause liver damage. People with chemical sensitivities report adverse reactions to minute quantities of chlorine. Sodium hypochlorite readily combines with organic matter to form organochlorines which are highly toxic to aquatic life.
Bleaches contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (3)
Some of the best bleach products, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.
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Fabric softeners may contain quarternary ammonium compounds and imidazolidinyl, both of which are known formaldehyde releasers. Fabric softeners may also contain carcinogenic coal-tar dyes, ammonia and fragrances. Fabric softeners leave a residue on the fabric which never completely washes out, so their toxicity stays for much longer than just washing.
Fabric softeners contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (3)
Some of the safest fabric softeners, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.
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Conventional floor cleaners and polishes often contain petroleum solvents which may contain traces of carcinogenic benzene.
Conventional floor cleaners and polishes contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (23)
Trichloroethylene (4)
Ethyl Benzene (4)
Some of the safest floor cleaner, waxes and polishes, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.
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Most detergents contain bleaches, synthetic whiteners, and synthetic fragrances. Many liquid brands contain ethoxylated alcohols which can be contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.
Detergents contain a number of problematic ingredients identified in the overview. You can see the complete list of products that contain the following known or suspected carcinogenic chemicals by clicking the links below.

Formaldehyde (46)
Cocamide DEA (8)
trichloroethylene (3)
Ethyl Benzene (3)
Some of the best detergents, ranked and reviewed for their ingredient safety can be seen here.
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