3 Harmful Substances Found in Everyday Products

This week we have a featured writer. She hails from the sunshine state and is an advocate for healthy living. She is a wife, mother, and eco product advocate. So please welcome, Sarah Bowen.

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Sarah Bowen and her family.


Hello! My name is Sara Bowen. I am a wife, mommy and wellness advocate! My exploration of natural health solutions began when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis approximately 10 years ago. Since then, I have learned a lot about how to improve health naturally. One of the most surprising elements of overall health involves the products that we apply to our bodies on a daily basis. I had never considered how much these products being applied on the surface of my skin was actually affecting me internally. 

 In recent years I became pregnant and gave birth to a sweet little boy. This experience furthered my desire to make sure that the products in our home were safe for all of us. I did a lot more research and have discovered several things that I think are important for every parent to know.   

 3 Harmful Chemicals Found in Everyday Products

Did you know that in the United States, there’s a major lack of FDA regulations involved in our cosmetic products? In fact, the law requires absolutely no testing to ensure the safety of these products and it is entirely up to the manufacturer to use ingredients that they consider “safe”.   

Did you know that once you apply something to your skin, it absorbs so quickly that 26 seconds later it is in your bloodstream? Cosmetics include but are not limited to lotions, perfumes, makeup, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, nail polish, body wash, hairspray, shaving creams, etc.  

Here’s a closer look at 3 of the toxic ingredients that could be floating around in your bloodstream –  


This toxic ingredient might be the most common offender when it comes to daily use cosmetics. Paraben is used to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus in products. However, it is dangerous. Paraben disrupts hormones by mimicking estrogen. A measurable amount of parabens can be found in 90 percent of your typical grocery items. In a British study done in 2004, parabens were found in 19 out of 20 breast cancer tumors. Parabens have also been linked to issues with reproduction, immune system strength, and skin irritation. In 2012, the European Union banned this toxic ingredient from their products. 

The name relatively easy to find on a label, as they end with “paraben” (i.e.- butylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben) 


Phthalates are an emulsifying agent, chemicals that help plastics be more flexible and “stick together.” This ingredient is what keeps your nail polish from chipping, helps your hair spray stick your hair in place, and helps scents stick where you want them (air fresheners, perfume, laundry). Sounds like something you want in your life, right? Wrong. Phthalates are particularly dangerous to children and can even cause birth defects. This toxic ingredient disrupts hormones, particularly testosterone. Phthalates have been linked to cancer, insulin resistance and asthma. 

Phthalates can be hidden on a label under the word “fragrance” as companies are not required to disclose the “secret recipe” that creates their unique scent. Phthalates can also be found under the names dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), and diethyl phthalate (DEP).  


This toxic ingredient probably stands out to you because you recognize it from high school science lab. Yep, it’s the same formaldehyde that they use to preserve dead animals for dissection! A cheap solution to extend the shelf life of many products, formaldehyde can be found in a very wide range of products from baby soaps to essential oils to Brazilian blowouts and keratin hair treatments.  The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) has deemed formaldehyde as a human carcinogen. It has been linked to nasal issues, asthma, allergic skin reactions and neurological damage.  

Formaldehyde is the hardest ingredient to find on a label as it can be hidden under many names- Formalin, Formic aldehyde, Methanediol, Methanal, Methylaldehyde, Methylene glycol, Methylene oxide, Oxymethylene, Urea, and Oxomethane formalin. There are also formaldehyde releasing ingredients: Benzylhemiformal, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, Diazolidinyl urea, 1,3-dimethylol-5,5-dimethylhydantoin (or DMDM hydantoin), Imidazolidinyl urea, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and Quaternium-15.  

What Now? 

I know that was a lot of information and probably overwhelming if it was your first time hearing it. As parents we try our hardest to protect our children from danger but unfortunately sometimes there are things we don’t even know we should be protecting them from.  

Thankfully, protecting ourselves from this form of danger doesn’t have to be difficult.

Email your name and the code “littletike2018” to simplesafesolutions@yahoo.com to join one of my free online workshops.  


 I’m so excited to share some simple ways that you can live a safer life for yourself, your family and the environment!    

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Disclaimer:  Information expressed in the content published by Littletikemomma is solely the opinion of the writer. The writer or Littletikemomma is not held liable for any damage, financial loss, or health concerns resulting from information or endorsement from this article. If in doubt, always contact a health professional before using a new product on yourself or others or testing out a new food product or recipe especially if you have any known allergies.




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