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It’s our mission to educate people about some of the worst offenders lurking in products we use every day. Click on the links below to learn more about these toxic chemicals and how to avoid them. 

Also see the Made Safe HAZARD LIST™ of Chemicals, Materials & Ingredients


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1,4-Dioxane

Found in baby wash, body wash, laundry detergent and other products that suds.

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BHT and BHA

Found in many personal care products including lip and hair products, makeup, sunscreen, nail polish, deodorants, fragrance, and creams.

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BPA

Bisphenol A can be found in many plastic items with the recycling code #7 or #3.

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Chlorpyrifos

Belongs to a class of pesticides known as organophosphates, developed as nerve gas by Nazi Germany.

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DEET

Used in bug sprays, wipes, in clothing repellents, and in repellents for pets.

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Dioxins and Furans

Found in conventional feminine care products like pads and tampons.

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Flame Retardants

Several scientific studies have linked flame retardants to many health impacts.

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Flavor

“Flavor” seems simple on the surface, but it can actually be a complex mixture of ingredients.

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Formaldehyde

Common ingredient in baby and personal care products, nail polish and other salon products, particle board and furniture.

Fragrance

Found in most conventional products including shampoo, body wash, perfume, scented candles, air fresheners, feminine care, clothing and packaging.

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Mineral Oil and Petroleum Jelly

By-products of the refining process used to create gasoline, these chemical cousins are used in personal care and baby care products.

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Oxybenzone

Found in sunscreens, perfumes, and products with undisclosed fragrance ingredients. 

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Parabens

Found in hair products, lotions, facial cleansers, shower gels, scrubs, cosmetics, feminine care and more.

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PFOA

Found in household goods with waterproof coatings like Gore-Tex and nonstick cookware, or in stain-resistant carpet and furniture.

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Phthalates

Used as a fragrance ingredient, and in plastic products like toys, vinyl flooring, shower curtains, and packaging.

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Polyethylene Glycol Compounds (PEGs)

Can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, both associated with cancer.

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Siloxanes and Silanes

Used in many different products, aiding in slip, which helps products spread more easily.

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Synthetic Biology

Found in personal care and food products without labeling or long-term safety testing and research.

Tetrachloroethylene

Primary chemical used in commercial dry cleaning, commonly referred to by its nickname “perc.”

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Titanium Dioxide

A naturally-occurring mineral found in the earth’s crust that can be both safe and unsafe, depending on its use.

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Triclosan

A registered pesticide found in personal care products, clothing, kitchenware, toys, and mattresses.

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Vitamin A and Retinol Derivatives

In some forms found in personal care products, vitamin A compounds and derivatives have the potential to cause cancer when exposed to sunlight.