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Copy of The Chemistry of Cosmetics

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Hailey Noble

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The Chemistry of Cosmetics

What defines a cosmetic?
Do you know what's in your cosmetics?
Ethylene Oxide
(C2H4O) cyclic ether
Located in
: antifreeze, polyester, detergents, shampoo and pesticides.
released from
burning petroleum, natural gas, and tobacco.
commonly used for sterilization
known to cause
Leukemia, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, miscarriage and birth defects in males.
FDA does not require it to be listed on ingredient labels
Found in
plastics - all kinds. Its used to make the plastic softer and more flexible.
Found in
fragrance and nail polish
Makeup: The Basics
Colorants (coal tar, chromium oxide, iron oxide, aluminum powder, etc.)
Bases (not alkaline)
Bulking agents (magnesium silicate aka talc)
a product applied externally to improve appearance
Coloring agents: Coal Tar
produced from burning a type of coal, Produces aromatic hydrocarbons - a carcinogen.

Bulking agents: Talc (magnesium silicate)

Bases: An oil, like mineral oil
Some commmon chemicals are:
Ethylene Oxide
Coal Tar
C2H4O, colorless flammable gas

Known to cause
endocrine disruption. Known carcinogen (breast cancer). Increase risk of miscarriage or stillbirth , High risk of hormone related birth defects (hypospadias)
Coal Tar
aromatic hydrocarbon - is recognized as a human carcinogen.
used in prescriptions to treat psoriasis.
patients have increased outcomes of skin cancer.
I. "phthalates." The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. SafeCosmetics.org. <http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=290>.

II. "Chemicals in Cosmetics." Breast Cancer Fund. BreastCancerFund.org. <http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/environmental-breast-cancer-links/cosmetics/>.

III. ""the chemistry of cosmetics"." How Stuff Works. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/the-chemistry-of-cosmetics-info6.htm>.

IV. "Putting on a good face - the chemistry of cosmetics." Australian Academy of Science. NOVA -Science in the news, n.d. <http://www.science.org.au/nova/083/083key.html>.

V. "Ethylene Oxide." Tox Town - Environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play. National Library of Medicine, n.d. <http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=71>.

Works Cited
By: Hailey Noble
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