Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3)

It’s now getting ready to enter summer, we have wonderful weather, we are having days out and making the most of the sun. It’s been something of a heatwave here in England and so everyone wants to make the most of the sunshine. As we know at any time, it could feel...


In today’s article on controversial chemicals in cosmetics, we turn our eyes to triclosan. Triclosan is found in a very wide range of products from cosmetics, soaps, detergents, toothpastes, shaving gels, deodorants, plastic utensils and food. It is used as an...

Mineral Oil

We have previously looked in to some very controversial ingredients which are found in many cosmetics. Some of these such, as parabens are avoided by many manufacturers and smaller cosmetic producers, who genuinely try to only include natural ingredients. Of course,...


Our voyage into toxicity continues today with a peek into another controversial chemical in cosmetics, bimatoprost. This no doubt is far less frequent than other chemicals we have brought to your attention, fortunately. When it comes to controversy, it is very much at...

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

As controversy goes, Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT or its additive number E321) is a front runner. BHT has been the cause of much controversy for many years. The chemical was banned in Japan as far back as 1958, as well as its chemical cousin Butylated Hydroxyanisole...

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol (also known as PG) is a chemical which can be found in an extensive amount ingredient lists ranging from cosmetics, to food, to cleaning products and even car maintenance formulas. It is used in one particular ‘natural’ eyelash growth serum which is...

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