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6 Nasty Things Lurking in Your Cosmetics

GOOD | Siobahn O'Connor

August 19, 2010


Yes, the stuff they use to embalm corpses also sneaks into beauty products, sometimes as an active ingredient—as with nail polish, antiperspirant, and the ill-fated Brazilian blowout that inspired our book—but more often than not it is a contaminant “donated” by other ingredients such as DMDM hydantoin or quaternium-15, making it harder to avoid. (It’s also a known carcinogen, an irritant, and an allergen.)

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