More Scary Chemicals Found in Personal Care Products

imagesPotentially cancer-causing chemicals appear in 98 shampoos and other personal care products sold by national retailers, according to a recent lawsuit accusing four companies of violating California’s consumer protection law.

Independent lab tests showed relatively high concentrations of the ingredient – known as cocamide DEA – in children’s bubble bath, shampoo and conditioner, according to the Center for Environmental Health, a national organization based in Oakland, Ca.

The lawsuit names Walgreens, Lake Consumer Products, Vogue International and Ultimark Products as companies that sell or make personal care products without warning consumers that they contain high levels of a potential carcinogen. The Center for Environmental Health has put another 100 personal care companies on notice that it intends to sue them as well.

Caroline Cox, the center’s research director, says the products named in the lawsuit contain  cocamide DEA at levels “way above” the state’s general standard for carcinogens.

Cocamide DEA is a chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent in many products. It’s produced by the reaction of refined coconut oil with diethanolamine.

Last year, California listed cocamide DEA as a chemical that may cause cancer based on assessments by The International Agency for Research on Cancer. The international agency says the ingredient is possibly carcinogenic to humans. While Cocamide DEA has been found to cause cancer in animals, its cancer causing potential has not been tested on humans.

Under California’s Proposition 65, businesses must notify Californians of harmful amounts of chemicals in products.

The ingredient also receives a “high hazard” rating from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. That’s in part because cocamide DEA is known as a skin and scalp irritant and an allergen that may cause contact dermatitis in people with sensitive skin.

For the full list of products that the Center for Environmental Health says contains cocamide DEA, a carcinogen:

Second Nature Skin care products don’t contain cocamide DEA. We do extensive research before selecting plant-based ingredients that are safe, beneficial, non-toxic and non-irritating. Our ingredients are carefully chosen to soothe, calm and nourish the skin.

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