Friday, August 17, 2012

Today's Toxic Profile... 1,4-dioxane

Hello Darling, time for a new word to add to your vocabulary... 1,4-dioxane

1,4-dioxane is the name of one of the many harmful chemicals that is in the formula of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo and their other baby products.  I can make this statement accurately, because just the other day, after 3 years... 3 years of letter writing by The Campaign of Safe Cosmetics asking J&J to remove the harmful chemicals, J&J has stated that they will now reformulate their products over a period of another 3 years because finally... people are finding out and they are mad!  Okay, maybe that's not exactly accurate verbiage... but I'm finding out and I am mad!

Johnson & Johnson has many names... Aveeno, RoC, Neutrogena, Lubriderm, and Clean & Clear.  Uh huh... so if J&J doesn't care about our children, I'm sure you can imagine how they feel about their adult products.  Just for the record, I'm using J&J as the example as there are many other companies who still have these toxic chemicals in their products as well.

Okay, enough about J&J, this is a profile on 1,4-dioxane in plain speak.  1,4-dioxane is a petroleum derived chemical that is used as a solvent for... oh my... I'm going to paste it here instead of retyping...

1,4-dioxane, a petroleum derived chemical,  is primarily used as a solvent, for cellulose acetate, ethyl cellulose, benzyl cellulose, resins, oils, waxes, some dyes, and other organic and inorganic compounds . It may also be found in some paint/varnish strippers, automotive coolants, and in pesticides as an inert ingredient. Children may be exposed to 1,4-dioxane when products containing these ingredients are used indoors, especially without adequate ventilation.
1,4-dioxane may also contaminate cosmetics and personal care products containing ethoxylated detergents (see Detection below), including some shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes that children may use, as an accidental byproduct.

Really??  This is what we put on our children's precious heads?  Are you angry yet?  You should be because I am!  But at least we can be aware of this toxin and not purchase products that have this chemical in it.  Here's the health effects of this chemical...

Immediate Health Effects
  • If SWALLOWED, 1,4-dioxane is Moderately Toxic
  • If ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN, 1,4-dioxane is Moderately Toxic
  • If INHALED (SNIFFED OR BREATHED IN), 1,4-dioxane is Not Available
Longterm or Delayed Health Effects
     This chemical is likely to cause cancer.  It is considered a Probable Carcinogen by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or another agency.
  • Long term exposure effects mainly the kidneys and liver.
     In laboratory animals, 1,4-dioxane causes cancer. It is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  • May irritate skin.
  • Short term exposure can result in eye and nose irriation. High doses can result in severe liver and kidney damage.

Sooo alrighty... I think I'll be going now, a new lipstick would be good at this particular moment as I'm feeling a bit frazzled by this news... I need to go and read all the labels that are in the shower, the medicine cabinet, the lotion bottles... Until next time my Dear Friend... Stay Safe!   CC

*Definition of 1,4-dioxane was cut and paste from the Healthy Child Healthy World Chemical Profile Page

1 comment:

  1. Hi Caffe, if you want more info on this, I think it'd be worth to check out the, they have a whole article on dioxane, just put it in the search. Cup's up darling x


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