No More Dirty Looks


I have recently re-read the book No More Dirty Looks – The Truth About Your Beauty Products by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt.

Have you read it?

This book will open your eyes to the nasty chemicals and additives that are lurking in your favourite beauty products. It is all very well to be fuelling my body with organic wholefoods but then to discover that what was in my beauty products was toxic was a complete blow.

Your skin the largest organ in your body and 60% of what you put on to your skin is absorbed into your blood stream.

So without feeling totally overwhelmed. Here is my breakdown of the top 12 nasties to avoid:


  • Is found in: antiperspirants, eyeshadows and deodorants.
  • Avoid because: it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: Aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminium hydroxybromide, aluminum zirconium.

Coal Tar

  • Is found in: shampoos, cosmetics and hair dyes.
  • Avoid because: It is carcinogenic, toxic, can cause hives, allergies, rashes, etc.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: may be listed as coal tar in shampoos, for makeup it may be an ingredient found in FD, FDC, FD&C color.


  • Is found in: hair relaxers, dyes, shampoo, sunless tanners, body lotions, face creams, anti-aging products.
  • Avoid because: linked with cancer, reproductive damage, birth defects.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, ingredients that end in “eth” or “oxynol” as well as found in sodium laureate sulcate, SLES, SLS.

Ethanolamine, Diethanolamine, Triethanolamine, Monoethanolamine

  • Is found in: cleansers, shampoos, body wash, hair colour and more.
  • Avoid because: toxic, causes skin growths.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: DEA, TEA, MEA, ETA, DEA with variations before/ after this word.


  • Is found in: nail polish, bubble bath, shampoo, hair dyes, baby lotion, etc.
  • Avoid because: It is a carcinogen, may increase the risk of cancer, immune system toxicity.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: cormalin, formic aldehyde, methanal, methyl aldehyde, oxymethane.


  • Is found in: eyeshadow
  • Avoid because: it is a toxic, heavy metal that causes damage to brain cells and the nervous system on contact with the body.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: if listed, thimerosal.


  • Is found in: most beauty product
  • Avoid because: highly toxic to the body, are a false estrogens which alter cellular function.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: butyl, ethyl, methyl and propyl parabens


  • Is found in: lip balms, mascara and baby products.
  • Avoid because: causes photosensitivity, caused unhealthy and dehydrated skin, may be linked to breast cancer.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: petroleum distillate, stoddard solvent, light liquid paraffin.

Phthalates (thay-lates)

  • Is found in: perfume, hairspray, hair growth products, shampoo, condition, deodorants, plastic packaging.
  • Avoid because: suspected of causing birth defects, contaminate food and water.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: dibutyl-phthalates (DBP), DEHP, DMP, DEP, benzenedicarboxylate.

Synthetic Colours

  • Is found in: many beauty products such as lipstick, eyeshadows.
  • Avoid because: suspected to be cancer-causing. Many have already been banned in USA.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: FD&C or D&C followed by a number.

Synthetic Fragrances

  • Is found in: perfume, many beauty products to give a pleasant smell, often to mask non-pleasant smells from toxic additives.
  • Avoid because: many “fragrances” are chemicals such phthalates, which are toxic.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: fragrance, perfume, parfum –  there is no requirement to list individual fragrances.


  • Is found in: baby powder, liquid powder, eye shadow, face powders, sunscreen.
  • Avoid because: linked to lung conditions, increased wrist of cancer.
  • Listed on ingredients list as: talc, talcum powder.

Next steps

All beauty products have shelf life, which is shown on each product with a picture of an open jar and a number next to it. It is very important that you throw products out once they reach there shelf life date, otherwise you are simply spreading germs around your face your body. Not good. I like to write the date I opened the product on the jar, that way I know when it is out of date.

I am not suggesting the you throw out what is currently in your bathroom cabinet. But as you use up each product, I would recommend making healthier and safer choices.

Read the ingredients list. If the first new ingredients listed are on the toxic list above – avoid it. The smaller the ingredients list the better.

Check out what it is rated on the skin deep cosmetic database.  Check out their website and their mobile app – you can scan the barcode of products and get a safety rating on the spot.

Read the book No More Dirty Looks – The Truth About Your Beauty Products by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt. These ladies recommend products they have tried and tested. It is a great place to start.

As I test and try new beauty products, I will be happy to share with you my personal choices for safer beauty products that work. Stay tuned for updates going forward.

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