The best thing we consumers can do is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful.  The truth is, many of the ingredients in personal products aren’t so pretty. 

U.S. researchers have found that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products are hazardous industrial chemicals. This means that 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), and degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts).  PISONS!!! And these go on our skin and into the environment…


Reading and understanding product labels can help you learn what the best choices are for your family. Choosing USDA certified organic products is the best way to ensure total product quality and safety.


Below is a short list of Chemical Poisons that are often found in personal care products.  You will NOT find these poisons in Ameri-Canna formulations!


Parabens - 

Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers and shampoos. Common parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens allow skin care products to survive for months or even years in your medicine cabinet; however, they also enter your body through your skin when you use these products.  

Parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system


Polyethylene glycol/PEGs -

Propylene glycol, an alcohol-based formula is found in many industrial and commercial products, including antifreeze, liquid laundry detergent solvents and paint. It is an additive in human and pet foods, pharmaceuticals and tobacco processing.


Retinol, Retinol Compounds, Retinyl Palmitate -

Vitamin A palmitate is a more stable, synthetic version of the essential nutrient vitamin A joined to palmitic acid. Vitamin A palmitate is the form used to fortify foods and skin moisturizers.

Petroleum distillates /Petrolatum -

Petrolatum, or petroleum jelly, is a semisolid mixture derived from refining crude oil.  According to the EWG, these petroleum-extracted ingredients may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. They are produced in oil refineries at the same time as automobile fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstocks. 

Petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs — including skin contact over extended periods of time — is associated with cancer


Synthetic Fragrance -

According to The Breast Cancer Fund, synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 100 ingredients --including hormone-disrupting phthalates, synthetic musks, and ethylene oxide. ”Fragrance” is usually a chemical cocktail, often containing individual chemicals associated with allergic reactions and hormone disruption. Some fragrance chemicals have not been assessed for safety. Until all fragrance ingredients are disclosed on the label, consumers cannot know what is in a particular fragrance.  Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients.


Synthetic Colors -

Synthetic fragrances are often used in personal care products like cocoa butter to create a better scent or to accentuate the natural scent in the product. Synthetic fragrances are chemicals that are easily absorbed into the skin and may build up in the fat cells of the body and become harmful to health. According to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, fragranced products and cosmetics can pose a higher risk for breast cancer and other illness


Oxybenzone -

Often found in Sunscreens, moisturizers, and lip gloss.  Oxybenzone or benzophenone-3 is an ingredient used in skin care products as a sunscreen agent, ultraviolet light absorber or ultraviolet filter. The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database states that oxybenzone may cause cancer and developmental toxicity.


Methylparaben -

Methylparaben is used as a fragrance and as a preservative ingredient in skin care products, according to the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. It is toxic to non-reproductive organs in the human body and may cause cancer, skin irritation, neurotoxicity and may disrupt endocrine function


Dimethicone -

Dimethicone is a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products.  Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable.  Like petroleum products, silicone oils can actually make dry skin worse over time. Instead of sinking into your skin and nourishing it from the inside out, like healthy ingredients do, it forms a sort of plastic-like barrier on the outside of skin.  Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone.  On top of all this, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical-bad for the environment.


iodopropynyl butylcarbamate -

is a preservative that helps prevent mold, bacteria, and other germs from spreading in creams, lotions, and other products.  It is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin, and is thought to present risks to human reproduction and development, having been linked to the potential for reduced fertility and increased risk of pregnancy problems. It's a suspected teratogen, which means that it may increase the risk of birth defects.  The other main problem with IPBC is that it can increase your risk for contact dermatitis—skin allergies.





These silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisten. Widely used in moisturizer, makeup, hair products, etc. It can interfere with hormone function and damage the liver. Environmentally Harmful to fish and other wildlife.


Sodium laureth sulfate -

It is used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. SLS has been linked to eye damage, depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea and severe skin irritation. SLS has been suspected to also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which time it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain. SLS is also toxic to aquatic organisms.


Triclosan -

Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics, triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds.  The extensive use of triclosan in consumer products may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.