This post is indirectly related to retirement.


But because we need to take care of our health at any age, especially as we age, I have included it. There are 8 chemical additives you need to be aware of as you purchase and use lotions and potions.

What you put on your skin is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. As you will see they should be avoided as much as possible or none at all.

1. Fragrance.

This particular category is pretty scary, because what does “fragrance” mean anyway? p bottlesThis term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” But as the consumer, you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin DeepDatabase, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and

potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, and moisturizers.

2. Phthalates.

A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics; in cosmetics and personal care products, nail polish, perfumes and lotions and hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.

Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances(remember the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law.


Tricolson is widely used as an antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and skin irritants, and can be found in tubes of toothpaste, antibacterial soaps, and deodorants. No proof in antibacterial soaps that work.

(Side note: Hand sanitizers, unfortunately, cause more problems than being useful. Read the label.)

4.Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) pre

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products).

SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara, and acne treatment.


5.Formaldehyde (FRP’s)

Yes, you read that right. FRPs are preservatives that are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to some cancers: nasal and esophagus. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, and nail polish treatments.


A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments, and hair color/bleaching products.


7. Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.

8. Sunscreen chemicals.

These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate, and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.

(Mothers and Grandmothers: do not put OTC sunscreens on your children or grandchildren. Look for certified organic products for children under 10. They cost

a little more so spare the toy or candy and buy the right lotion.

It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the number of toxins your body is exposed. Look for certified organic products.

Educate yourself and do your research before you buy.

Think of something you absolutely love, and the time and energy you apply to it. Use the same, when it comes to your health. You have one life to live and one body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may pay for it later in sickness.

I have created an infographic that you can print and carry in your purse. The next time you are considering purchasing lotions and potions you may want to check the ingredients for the hidden “poisons in your potions”.

DL Poisons

Published by Jan Elliott

I provides tips and tools for retiring women 55+ who are seeking real support to plan for their golden years. Retirement for women today is totally different than it was for our mothers. Women today want more -to not only have their finances on order but their relationships, finding their passion or finally letting go of baggage. I use my own experiences and much research to provide women with the best tips and tools possible.

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