Improve Health by Avoiding 10 Ingredients

Do you ever look at your beauty items and see all the ingredients and wonder “What is all that stuff?” Or have you heard or read people talking about the harmful ingredients that are in most of the products we love and use everyday? Well this article lists 10 of the most used and damaging ingredients and what they can cause. This list will help you to have more knowledge about what these ingredients are so you can avoid them or at least understand what they are and why they are used.

I LOVE making DIY products for my family. My hubs is EXTREMELY particular with what products he uses, so I have done lots of research to find products that are simple and effective. I also love to use essential oils in my DIY stuff to gain benefits without using harsh chemicals.

I have made Diaper Rash Cream and we also now make our own Almond Milk. I have also recently started to make our deodorant. I am also going to start making lotion for myself and baby A (recipes and instructions coming SOON). It has become very important to us to try to make as many products as we can or buy responsibly. With the internet I think that sometimes we can be OVER informed with things, but I also think that it is good to know what we are putting in or on our bodies!

*This post contains products that I was given to honestly review. As always I do not promote products I do not love and I love DoTerra!!*

Below is the list of 10 ingredients everyone should learn about and avoid if possible:

    1. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens: Companies add this to products to make sure the products on the shelf last for a while without them going moldy or gross. Unfortunately, it can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. Preliminary research found parabens in human breast cancer tumors and can also cause reproductive issues.
    2. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA): These are used as foaming agents to make your soaps and shampoos nice and bubbly!  But along with those bubbles they can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin. DEA and TEA are toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time, and are associated with cancer in lab animals.
    3. Talc: Talc is used to absorb moisture, smooth and soften products, to make products anti-stick, and to prevent caking. Talc has been shown to cause respiratory irritation, cancer, and organ system toxicity.
    4. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: This is a cheap, harsh detergent used in many shampoos, soaps, and many many other products for its ability to cleanse and foam. Often derived from petroleum, it causes eye irritation, dry scalp, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Be on the lookout for pseudo-natural products that list this ingredient with the phrase “comes from coconuts” – it’s still bad for you – and sometimes companies try to disguise it.
    5. Petroleum: This is used as a moisturizing agent. Petroleum by products are found in shampoos, creams, lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations, and of course, baby oil.  Petrolatum can clog your pores and can disrupt your body’s natural ability to moisturize its own skin, leading to dryness and chapping. It breaks down the skin’s natural immune barrier and skin loses its ability to breathe. This releases toxins, which  can then promote acne and other skin disorders, including diaper rash. This process also slows down skin function and normal cell development, causing the skin to prematurely age.
    6. Propylene Glycol: Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural, but it’s usually made from synthetic chemicals. It has been known to cause hives and eczema. Related chemicals are labeled PEG and PPG. Not really something you want – to make your skin more rashy!
    7. PVP/VA Copolymer: A petroleum-derived chemical that’s used in hair styling products and some cosmetics. This product is used to retain moisture. This can cause skin damage, dermatitis, brain damage, and weakening your cellular structure.
    8. Stearalkonium Chloride: This toxic chemical was designed by the fabric industry for use as a fabric softener. It is also used as an anti-static agent and preservative. Companies use it in hair conditioners and lotions because it’s much cheaper than natural conditioning ingredients such as proteins. It can cause skin and eye irritations.
    9. Synthetic Colors: Labeled as FD&C or D&C these are used to make products look pretty. These have been known to be cancer causing and make your skin dehydrated and dry.
    10. Synthetic Fragrances: Labeled simply as “fragrance,” there’s no way to tell what chemicals are actually in the product. People can get headaches, dizziness, rashes, and respiratory problems from them. People may also experience hyper-pigmentation, which means this chemical may cause brown spots to form on your skin.

I still use some products that have these ingredients but I avoid them as much as possible. I only continue to use products that I absolutely LOVE or that I can not find a good replacement for that contain these ingredients. I am trying to be more knowledgeable about what I am putting in and on my body. I also love to make things when I can. While making your products or switching to products that do not contain these might be impractical for some, having the knowledge is the biggest part of the battle! Even if you choose to use items that contain this at least you can have an idea of what is in them and determine if you are okay with the risks.

As I said earlier, I love to use Essential Oils in general and I am going to share why I love doTERRA oils specifically.

Essential oils have great properties depending on the oil/blend you use and can give you those effects when used by themselves or in homemade items. Some of my favorites are Orange, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Lemon. These can be used to give your products a great scent, but more importantly they can assist in your health! These oils can also be used to create cleaning products so that you do not have to use harsh chemicals in your house.

When I started my blog, my friend Ashley asked if I would be willing to try some oils and review them. Since I was already a fan of  dōTERRA I was really excited by this opportunity. Ashley asked me some general questions about what I would be interested in health or wellness wise and she recommended the oils below. dōTERRA prides themselves on being therapeutic grade essential oils, and are tested using strict CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) quality protocol. They are top quality and I loved that Ashley was able to recommend things that she knew would be helpful to myself and baby A.

Ashley sent me some Wild orange and a blend called Serenity.

Benefits of the Wild Orange include:

  • Can be used as a cleanser/purifier
  • Immune enhancing benefits
  • Energizing and revitalizing

You can use this product in water, or you can add it to DIY lotions, soaps, or other homemade products. I love to add this to my water to pep it up. I told her that I love citrus and wanted something that I could use for cleaning, and energy. This was the perfect choice!

Benefits of Serenity (this blend includes Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils and vanilla bean) include:

  • calming
  • helps with restful sleep
  • aromatic benefits when used in a diffuser

This blend is good included in homemade items, in a diffuser, and a couple of drops on your wrists or bottom of your feet. I love to put a little of this on my wrists and take a bath. You can also add a couple drops to your bath. It is so relaxing and really helps with a hectic day! I told her that being a working momma I wanted something to help me to de-stress when I got home. Again Ashley nailed it!

I plan on using these to make some homemade DIY items over the summer which of course I will share with you!! If you are wanting to check out some oils you can contact Ashley at and She can help you with any questions or oils that you would like to try!

Just know that some products that are used in mainstream products can and do affect our health. As long as we know what the risks of ingredients are and have the choice to use something without them then we are able to make the decisions that are best for us. I hope you enjoyed learning, please let me know what you think! Thanks for reading as always, xoxo.

Resources:, Breast Cancer Fund, Environmental Working Group, Scientific American, & Safe Cosmetics.

8 thoughts on “Improve Health by Avoiding 10 Ingredients

    1. LOL! Knowing is half the battle. It is not knowledge that is out there in front of your face, but you can find it if you look. But, like I said I still use some products that have them! I just think the info is good to know!

  1. Lots of good info here! A little frightening too, now I must take the list and go check all our products!!! Thanks for sharing!

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