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Exposed: 6 chemicals that are hiding in the products you use daily but are banned in other countries

Are the products that you use daily potentially harmful for your health? If you live in the United States, the answer is most likely! Keep reading to learn about 6 common chemicals that are banned in other countries but still legal in the US (and are in many, many products!)

Chemicals are everywhere, and they can be found in the products we use daily, including personal care products. Unfortunately, some of these chemicals can be harmful to our health, and they have been banned in other countries.


1. Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics. They are also used as solvents in fragranced personal care products, such as nail polish, hairspray, and perfumes. Phthalates have been linked to a variety of health problems, including hormonal imbalances, reproductive and developmental issues, and cancer. They have been banned in the European Union since 2005.

2. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with a strong, pungent odor. It is used in personal care products, such as nail polish, hair straighteners, and eyelash glue, to preserve the product and prevent bacteria growth. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and has been linked to respiratory problems and skin irritation. It has been banned in Japan and Sweden.

3. Parabens

Parabens are a group of preservatives used in personal care products, such as shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, and toothpaste, to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens have been linked to hormonal imbalances, reproductive and developmental issues, and cancer. They have been banned in the European Union since 2014.

4. Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent used in personal care products, such as toothpaste, deodorant, and soap, to kill bacteria and prevent odors. Triclosan has been linked to hormonal imbalances, bacterial resistance, and environmental damage. It has been banned in the European Union since 2010.

5. Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent used in personal care products, such as skin creams and lotions, to treat hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone has been linked to skin irritation, discoloration, and cancer. It has been banned in Japan, Australia, and the European Union.

6. Petroleum

Petroleum, also known as petrolatum or mineral oil, is a byproduct of oil drilling and refining. It is used in personal care products, such as moisturizers, lip balms, and hair care products, as a moisturizing agent. Petroleum has been linked to skin irritation, cancer, and environmental damage. It has been banned in the European Union since 2004.

As consumers, it is important to read product labels and be aware of the ingredients in the products we use daily. It is also important to support companies that use safer, more natural ingredients in their products. By doing so, we can protect our health and the environment. To avoid using these chemicals and use products that are safe & low-tox, you can download my FREE Low-Tox Swaps Guide here!


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