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Organic: Not Always A Safe Bet

If you think that by selecting beauty products that are labeled "organic," you're avoiding all potentially toxic, even carcinogenic additives, you might want to check the labels a little more closely next time. A study commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association, found the surprising presence of the compound 1,4-Dioxane in some of the most well-known "organic" and "natural" beauty brands.

So why is this something to be concerned about? The petroleum byproduct is added to some beauty products to provide mildness to harsh ingredients. It has been declared a known carcinogen by the state of California, and it is suspected as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, among others. Yikes!

Popular brands such as JASON Pure Natural & Organic, Kiss My Face, and Nature's Gate Organics did not fare so well in the OCA testing, whereas Dr. Bronner's, Sensibility Soaps, Terressentials, Aubrey Organics, and Dr. Hauschka came up clean. The full results of the study can be found here. To find out how you can avoid this toxic additive,


  • Avoid products with ingredients containing "myreth," "oleth," "laureth," "ceteareth," any other "eth," "PEG," "polyethylene," "polyethylene glycol," "polyoxyethylene," or "oxynol."
  • Unless a product has been USDA Certified Organic, its ingredients and claims are completely unregulated.
  • When in doubt, if you can pronounce all the ingredients on the label, it's most likely free from any harmful additives or ingredients.


Join The Conversation
chunkymunkee chunkymunkee 9 years
ohmo! I bought my nature's gate organic shampoo 2 weeks ago! guess I'll have to get back to using avalon after I finish the NG one.
TFS TFS 9 years
i cant understand why people would want to use "organic" makeup. whats the point really. :/
LadyKC LadyKC 9 years
Stephly, absolutely on the cosmetic database website.( I don't buy anything without running it through their ingredients database. It is an amzing resource for people who don't want to get cancer, go blind, experience organ failure or ruin your chances to bear children all for the sake of beauty. Everyone should check it out and donate to it.
audreyxoxo audreyxoxo 9 years
yeah, im not convinced with the whole "organic" craze. but its good to know what goes on your face, thanks bella
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Just because something is organic it doesn't mean it's safe. It's good to do a little extra homework on any product that claims to be natural.
bealotus bealotus 9 years
Hmmm, they don't mention stella mccartney's organic line,I need to check on the ingredients. My skin seems to like it,let's see..
tokki83 tokki83 9 years
i just bought a nature's gate toner..uh oh....
stephley stephley 9 years
When I need to buy something new now, I check out my options at Skin Deep, on the Environmental Working Group's website. They rate all kinds of cosmetics and skin care products based on cancer-causing and allergy potential.
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
lets go organic then?
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Definitely good to know! I'd been looking at some of the Jason stuff, since they were paraben free. Guess I'll keep looking!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Yay my Avalon Organics are in the clear!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I am assuming Juice Beauty is ok!?!?!
emalove emalove 9 years
Good to know! I'm trying to buy more organic beauty products. This is very helpful.
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