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What’s in your Christmas Present? You better check!

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Now that the presents are unwrapped, it’s time to examine those ingredients lists!

Our children received some gifts from some well meaning people. However, they have no idea what was hiding inside those pretty little packages.

Here are some of the ingredients we found in a play makeup set that stated:

“SAFETY TESTED: Our products are designed to be safe and harmless. Our cosmetics are formulated for children. However, necessary precaution and supervision is recommended. In case of adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately.”

I looked up some of the ingredients in the Skin Deep Database and here is what I found:

Propylparaben – is in the paraben family which are known to mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.
Hazard score = 5 Moderate Hazard
Data score = Fair
Health concerns: Developmental & reproductive toxicity and Allergies & immunotoxicity

Methylparaben – is in the paraben family which are known to mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.
Hazard score = 5 Moderate Hazard
Data score = Fair
Health concerns: Allergies & immunotoxicity

BHA – (butylated hydroxyanisole) is a preservative and stabilizer that has been classified as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” based on evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.
Hazard score = 10 High Hazard
Data score = Robust
Health concerns: Cancer, Allergies & immunotoxicity and it’s Use restrictions.

Imidazolidinyl Urea - is an antimicrobial preservative that acts as a formaldehyde releaser in cosmetics and personal care products.
Hazard score = 5 Moderate Hazard
Data score = Limited
Health concerns: Allergies & immunotoxicity

These were just some of the ingredients with listed concerns on the Skin Deep Database. I didn’t even touch all the dyes and the infamous “fragrance”! Needless to say my children will not be playing with these products!

Visit the Skin Deep Database to find out more information about their ratings.

What’s in your Christmas present? Visit the Skin Deep Database to see if there are toxins lurking your your pretty packages!

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2 Responses to “What’s in your Christmas Present? You better check!”

  1. Kelly says:

    Great information. People need to know how harmful these chemicals are. It’s something I focus on in my blog. Just gave you the Sunshine Blog Award because I find your information helpful! You can read about it here: http://www.savvysuburban.com/1/post/2012/02/spreading-a-little-sunshine.html
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Kelly

  2. Leksaker says:

    Many people have no clue, so great that you write about this in such a clear way. We’ve thrown away some christmas gifts during the years I admit…

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