Toiletries: Killing us softly?

4 12 2008


It’s about time that we check on what’s lurking in our toiletries.  By the way, toiletry (pl. toiletries) refers to an article or preparation (as toothpaste, shaving cream, or cologne) used in cleaning or grooming oneself – usually used in plural.   Wikipedia defines toiletries or personal care as the industry which manufactures consumer products used for beautification (includes cosmetics) and in personal hygiene. 

Everyday, we really can’t go away with toiletries and/or beauty products.  They have become parts and parcels of our existence.  Anybody who can leave his house without brushing his teeth and taking a bath (especially in a tropical country like the Philippines)?  Even the newborns use toiletries such as baby soaps and shampoos, cotton swabs, powder, among others. 

In this era when women and men alike want to feel good and look their best,  any product (specifically from reputable companies) that comes out promising to nourish the hair, moisturize and whiten the skin, provide long-lasting fresher breath, etc. will surely find its own niche.  But who bothered to ask what’s in a particular product?  Oh, well, there are some who can still manage to read the labels, but who cares about propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate or petrolatum? 


Based on researches, most of our toiletries, even those claiming to be “natural”, contain toxic and potentially harmful chemicals and substances which pose as hazards in the long-term health of the general public.  The ONLY SAFE products are the CERTIFIED ORGANIC products produced by responsible manufacturers who give a 100% guarantee that their products are free of ALL synthetic chemicals and meet the Certified Organic Food Grade standards.

Now it really pays to know some of these harmful ingredients which include:

Propylene glycol

Polyethelene glycol

Sodium lauryl sulphate



Diazolidinyl urea

Imidazolidinyl urea


DMDM hydantoin

Triethanolamine (TEA)

Parabens (ethyl-, methyl-, butyl- and propylparaben)

PEG-n (4-200)

How about this excerpt from the web?  AstraZeneca toxicologist Dr John Ashby, who is very engaged in the science and policy debates on endocrine disruption, said at a conference in March that he had decided not to use parabens-containing products on his young daughter (ENDS, 1999b).  

Please note that this post does not intend to influence readers.   This is a free world.  Everyone is entitled to his opinion.   

Following are a few sites to check:






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