Chemicals in Skincare, Skincare, Uncategorized

Hand Sanitizer Horror!


Dettol Healthy Touch

Kills 99.99% of germs WITHOUT WATER!  I suspect it kills 99.99% of anything if you have/apply/use enough of it.  In the fine print, ‘If swallowed contact Poisons Information Centre’ with phone numbers attached.  This Dettol hand sanitizer has anything but a ‘healthy touch’.

Let’s see what’s inside:

Alcohol Denatured:  Ethanol which has been rendered undrinkable using toxic chemicals. Functions as a solvent.  Potential effects include birth defects, considered to be broadly toxic, neurotoxicity, skin irritation.

Water:  Hurrah!

PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer: PEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.  Used as a humectant and solvent.  Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin.  Suspected kidney, skin and sense organ toxicity.

Propylene Glycol: Petroleum derived. Used as a humectant, skin conditioning, solvent and viscosity controlling. Potential effects include eczema, itching, hives, skin irritation, suspected respiratory, immuno and neurotoxicity.

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylat Crosspolymer:  Used as a thickener. Provides a long viscous flow and sparkling clarity in gel systems. It is used in clear gels, hydro-alcoholic gels.  Skin irritant.  Say it ten times quickly.

Tetrahydroxylpropyl Ethylenediamene:  According to the GoodGuide it  is not on any of it’s lists of toxic chemicals which cause suspected or recognized health effects.  It has not been detected in human tissue or urine.  It is not a high production volume chemical that lacks safety data.  That’s comforting.

Aloe Barbadensis gel:  Extract from the leaves of the aloe plant.  Can contain harmful impurities. Can cause allergic reactions.

Fragrance: Individual ‘fragrance’ ingredients are not identified, which is why you should worry about ‘fragrance’ (or ‘parfum’ for that matter).  Can cause allergic reactions, asthma, suspected for immuno and neurotoxicity.  May contain Phthalates (which are a whole other world of hurt that you don’t want in your system).

Limonene:  Masking agent.  May cause skin, eye and lung irritation.  Wildlife and environment toxicity.

CI 19149:  Colourant. CI numbers range from ‘generally safe’ to ‘potentially hazardous’.  Interestingly there isn’t much info available at a glance but it’s in a lot of lipsticks.

CI 42090:  Colourant (red).  May cause skin irritation. Suspected carcinogen, teratogen (a substance that can cause birth defects), and mutagen (a substance or preparation capable of inducing mutation). Suspected reproductive toxicity.

I don’t know about you but I’m not going to buy this anymore.  There are lots of alternatives out there that aren’t harmful and still do the same job.  If you’re a dedicated clean-hands nut (like me!) and you want to know about some alternatives check out my next post about alternative Safe Hand Sanitizers.

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