The standard toxic ingredients chart that periodically makes the rounds needed a bit of an update, especially the preservative section. There are good reasons to avoid parabens, but the substitutes for parabens used by many companies claiming the organic, natural and toxin free title are also problematic. In particular preservatives like phenoxyethanol and/or sodium benzoate may be contaminated with carcinogenic compounds, or react in the presence of other molecules to produce carcinogens. The chart also list alternatives, so you're not left high and dry.
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