●DIOXANE – C4H8O2 – FOUND IN DEODORANTS SHAMPOOS TOOTHPASTES MOUTH WASHES?

09May08

Does it damage our central nervous system, liver and kidneys? Are women’s cosmetics contaminated with it? I would like more research to be done in analysing the products we put into and onto our bodies and all chemicals clearly displayed on all products we use and eat in large fonts so we can read it! I started looking for information on Wikipedia – It mentions that the ethoxylation process ‘might’ be contaminating …deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouth washes….the chemical is also used as a foaming agent and appears as an accidental by-product of the ethoxylation process in cosmetics manufacturing. It may contaminate cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes…..It is suspected of causing damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys…
Wikipedia
[+ image]  – The offending molecule 1,4-Dioxane 1,4-Dioxacyclohexane– isn’t it graphic! They have such wonderfully seductive sounding names these toxic chemicals!

I’m always suspicious when the words, “may” and “possibly” are used – no one wants to take on the multinational multi billion dollar pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry! Its up to us to check out the information – if one can get hold of it! And this is why we need to insist that all the chemical contents are clearly marked on all products – being mindful of packaging of course!

Just in case you don’t go to the comments page…..
An expert on the subject, Stachy Malkan the author of, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” has left a comment which is really shocking. Here is an extract….

“…Recent product tests found 1,4 dioxane in nearly half of 100 personal care products labeled “natural” or “organic.” According to these tests, nearly all products that use the ethoxylation process (in which highly toxic ethylene oxide is added to chemicals such as sodium laurel sulfate or PEG compounds to supposedly make them more gentle) are contaminated with 1,4 dioxane….”
[to get to the comment click on the title]

ANYA blog has various posts on ethyleneoxide
eg. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Sues Estee Lauder and Others Over “Organic Cheater” Labeling[many thanks anya, for contacting me with your blogs link]

@373 Milliday Time
18:43 Cape Town, South Africa Time – late autumn getting chilly 14c to night



3 Responses to “●DIOXANE – C4H8O2 – FOUND IN DEODORANTS SHAMPOOS TOOTHPASTES MOUTH WASHES?”

  1. 1 smalkan

    Hi Bizlinks,
    You are correct that many children’s and adult personal care products “may” contain 1,4 dioxane — and unfortunately, most of them do! Product tests in 2007 found 1,4 dioxane in every one of two dozen bubble bath and shampoo products, including Sesame Street character brands and even the iconic “pure and gentle” top selling baby shampoos. Recent product tests found 1,4 dioxane in nearly half of 100 personal care products labeled “natural” or “organic.” According to these tests, nearly all products that use the ethoxylation process (in which highly toxic ethylene oxide is added to chemicals such as sodium laurel sulfate or PEG compounds to supposedly make them more gentle) are contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. The solution is to stop using nasty petrochemical processes such as ethoxylation — and, as you said, to require companies to fully label products so we know if they contain carcinogens.
    — Stacy Malkan, author, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry”

  2. 2 hoh

    wow stacy
    it’s really shocking what you have found out
    thanx so much for doing all the research for us
    who do we need to get hold of to make them legislate about labels chemical content.
    it will be a big problem for the micro companies to be able to afford to have their product analysed – or will that not be necessary
    as long as they list what they have thrown into the mixture?

    hope you don’t mind – i put a bit of your comment in the post as it’s hard to see that there is a comment amongst all the tags and categories!
    and what you have said is vital for browsers to read

  3. Good thing, that there are healthy alternatives available such as the organic “Brolacta” toothpaste (http://helseudsalg.dk/product.asp?product=879), which is made only from food ingredients and is edible.


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