The Fearsome Fourteen
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of a product and gone cross-eyed? It can be overwhelming to try to decipher the mile-long words for chemicals that appear in skincare and cleaning products. Staring at words that look like someone just jumbled a bunch of letters together can make anyone want to throw their hands in the air and give up. But don't fret! We've put together a list of the worst offenders that appear in skincare and cleaning products to help you more easily make the best decisions when you shop.
You can rest assured that none of these nasties appear in any of healthynest’s products. We're committed to offering the best-performing items for your family while protecting you and the environment from harmful chemicals.
Group 1: These ingredients are the worst of the worst. If you see any of these on a label, definitely steer clear.
known endocrine (hormone) disruptors.
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)
petroleum-based compounds that can be contaminated with known human carcinogens.
- Isobutyl and isopropyl parabens
endocrine disruptors and harmful to reproductive system
can harm lungs, skin, and affect brain function.
potential endocrine disruptor and may also cause skin cancer.
- Quaternium 15
Group 2: These ingredients are less egregious than the ones above, but there is evidence that they may be harmful. Though some brands that bill themselves as "natural" or "environmentally-friendly" still use these ingredients, healthynest has taken the extra step to ensure they do not appear in our products.
skin irritant that may also affect brain function and central nervous system.
skin and eye irritant
may harm lungs and brain.
skin and eye irritant that can also effect the lungs, brain, and gastrointestinal system.
can cause asthma or other respiratory problems, headaches, dermatitis; can include formaldehyde, phthalates, and synthetic musks – all endocrine disruptors.
skin irritant and bad for environment.
- Long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAs)