For today’s Self Care Sunday, I wanted to take a closer look at toxic chapstick ingredients. I use chapstick all the time, and for years now, I have been making my own organic chapstick. After toothpaste, this was the next personal care product where I came up with a homemade version that was healthier than the synthetic chemical version I had been using previously. Today, I wanted to use chapstick or lip balm as a good example for ways that you can lessen your toxic load by making a healthier choice.
Toxic Chapstick Ingredients
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) gives this ingredient a Moderate toxicity rating. It is a product that is at a high risk of containing the impurity PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). PAHs is labeled as a “Possible Human Carcinogen” by the EPA, the European Union and several other agencies.
2. BHA/BHT (Butylated hydroxyanisole/ hydroxytoluene)
This is a presevative or stabilizer sometimes used in lip balm. When used on the lips, this ingredient has shown limited evidence of carcinogenicity. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has found strong evidence of this ingredient as a human endocrine disruptor, meaning it disrupts human hormones.
Also used as preservatives. Have been linked to increase risk of breast cancer (Source).
4. Fragrance or Flavor
Any time you read a label, whether on cosmetics or food, and you see a generalized ingredient such as “fragrance” or “flavor”, it is usually a synthetic chemical. Often these can include phthalates, which are also endocrine disruptors. I used to use Burt’s Bees (and still have one for color), and while it is healthier than a lot of other chapsticks on the market, it too has its shortcomings including its use of “flavor”. Take a look at the EWG’s Skin Deep database information on Burt’s Bees chapstick here.
5. Sunscreen (Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate)
Again, we are talking about endocrine disruptors.
How to Look Up Toxic Information in Products
Anytime you want to look up a product on your own, it is simple to do. Just go to the EWG’s Skin Deep Database here, and search for your product, company or ingredient.
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