Thomas, Pat
January 2007
Ecologist;Jan2007, Vol. 37, p64
The article provides information on chemicals found in commercial toiletries to bind its ingredients together. Many toiletries, creams, lotions, liquid soaps, toothpastes, and various other cosmetics, contain emulsifiers. Although they are generally minor ingredients, they confer no real benefit to the skin. Many types of body care products, for instance, make use of polyethylene glycol (PEGs) compounds. PEGs, which are derived from the petrochemical gases ethylene and propylene, belong to a large family of chemicals that can be, among their many other uses, effective emulsifiers. They can also irritate sensitive or damaged skin and have been associated with kidney damage in animals.


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