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Avoidable Exposures: Consumers

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Carcinogenic and Other Toxic Ingredients

in the Majority of Cosmetics

& Personal Care Products*

Table 1:  Frank Carcinogens

Table 2:  "Hidden" Carcinogens

Table 3:  Hormone Disrupters

Table 4:  Penetration Enhancers

Table 5:  Common Allergens

Table 6:  Allergens in Perfumes and Fragrances

*From the 2009 Toxic Beauty book (BenBella Books) by

Dr. Samuel S. Epstein with Randall Fitzgerald.



Dr. Rosalie Bertell, International Association for Humanitarian Medicine; International Science Oversight Committee for the Organic Consumers Association.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of, the most visited natural health site in the world.

Horst M. Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda; CEO of Intelligent Nutrients.

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.
National Chair
National Congress of Black Women, Inc.

Dr. Quentin D. Young, past president of the American Public Health Association; Chairman of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group; National Coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program.

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