According to data from the federal Food and Drug Administration, 𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝟏 𝐢𝐧 𝟓 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐞, a known human carcinogen.
Carcinogen = a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
Cosmetics companies generally don’t dump pure formaldehyde into their formulas. Instead, they take a roundabout route by using what they call “preservative systems” that employ any one of several chemicals, called “formaldehyde releasers.” 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐦𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐬.
If you don’t want a product that contains a formaldehyde-releasing chemical, you have to play detective and scrutinize the product label… or ask me for help!
Chemicals in this category include:
🚫 DMDM hydantoin
❌ Imidazolidinyl urea
🚫 Diazolidinyl urea
🚫 Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol )
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐃𝐀 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔.𝐒., 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞. These ingredients are not exclusive to cheap drugstore brands, and can often be found in high end lines as well.
If you need assistance finding products that are SAFE for you, your family, and your planet… I’ve got you covered! There are farrrrr to many safe and certified organic preservative options nowadays to settle for a carcinogen.