By In the Buff – August 10, 2015

There’s a lot of talk about the overload of toxic chemicals in products today. Even when we think we’ve found something great, nothing says gross like finding out your fave, new beauty product is actually a dangerous chemical cocktail! So, what’s the toxic hubbub all about? Why is going 100% natural with our skin care treatments such a big deal?

To break down some of the synthetic causes of concern, and inspire you to switch to all natural formulas, here’s the scoop on five icky ingredients you may want to keep at a distance. Besides, who wants to scrub on chemicals when BodyBlendz gives us coffee and coconuts!


Even though the one word sounds simple enough, unless the “parfum” is clearly labeled as pure essential oils, the scent is most likely concocted from a mix of hundreds of chemicals associated with hormone-disrupters (called phthalates), dermatitis and more.


This functions as a preservative in nail polishes and hair-straightening treatments. Even with low amounts, it puts you at high risk for irritation, toxicity in organs, and cancer.


Meet the Paraben family: Methyl-, Ethyl-, Propyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutylparaben. These guys act as preservatives, but have actually been shown to mimic estrogen, disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system, and as studies indicate, are possibly carcinogenic.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole/Butylated Hydroxytoluene 

BHA/BHT are synthetic chemicals that take on the role of product preservatives and stabilizers. As well as being possible carcinogens, they have also been linked to allergic reactions, organ toxicity, and endocrine disruption.

Coal tar dyes

Coal tar dyes are synthetic components in hair dye products. They are harmful carcinogens, derived from petroleum, and contaminated with heavy metals.  In addition to cancer, they have been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.