Why do we make our products without them? Here is a few “fun facts”: 

Coal Tar derivatives: Coal Tar is known as a human carcinogen and is a mix of chemicals that often contains heavy metals such as aluminum and lead. Coal Tar derivatives are often found in many lipsticks and lip glosses meaning that these heavy metals are easily ingested and absorbed into our bodies. (http://www.keepingitclean.info/5-toxic- cosmetic-ingredients/) 

Parabens: Parabens are used as a preservative in many hair care lines and products, moisturizers, creams and lotions. They are a hormone-disrupting chemical known to “copy-cat” estrogen making it dangerous to children and teens. Highly toxic. (http:// www.keepingitclean.info/5-toxic-cosmetic-ingredients/) 

Mineral Oil: Mineral Oil is a petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. It interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders and slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH's (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap. (http:// www.alkalizeforhealth.net/Ltoxiccosmetics.htm#27) 

Lanolin: Lanolin itself is perfectly safe. But cosmetic-grade lanolin can be contaminated with carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, dieldrin, and lindane, in addition to other neurotoxic pesticides. (http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/ cosmetics_personal_care.htm) 

Talc: Cosmetic talc is carcinogenic. Inhaling talc and using it in the genital area, where its use is associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer, are the primary ways this substance poses a carcinogenic hazard. (http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/ cosmetics/cosmetics_personal_care.htm) 

Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a related chemical that, like PEGs, functions as a penetration enhancer and can allow harmful ingredients to be absorbed more readily through the skin. It can also cause allergic reactions. Health Canada categorized propylene glycol as a "moderate human health priority" and flagged it future assessment under the government's Chemicals Management Plan. (http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/ health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics---peg-compounds-and-their- contaminants/)

FD&C coloring agents: Don’t be fooled by the seemingly harmless acronym for “Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act,” which mandated the certification of select color additives. Almost all FD&C pigments are carcinogenic. The coal tar deposits the toxins from heavy metal salts directly onto skin, causing irritation and sensitivity. And that is the least extreme of reactions: Certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic. (http:// www.kasiaorganicsalon.com/2013/07/informed-beauty-top-toxic-ingredient-to-avoid- fdc-color-pigments/) 

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