What’s hiding in your bathroom cabinet?

In response to Independent article



Is it me or are there more and more studies, articles and blogs about the potentially harmful ingredients used in everyday toiletries and household goods?


I’m certainly aware of an increase in the publication of such articles and heightening awareness of this can only be a good thing. Consciousness of how we should be living is gaining momentum, from sleeping to keeping fit to what we eat. Now, hopefully there is also increasing interest in what we keep in our bathroom cabinets.


It is often said that our body has an amazing array of organs to deal with what we consume as part of our diet. However, what we wash with, what we use for make-up, or even just deodorant – how does the body deal with that? Well how do we think nicotine patches work? It goes straight into the blood stream.


So ingredients found in many products are simply not worth the risk. Parabens possess estrogen mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are known to be skin lung and eye irritants, but a more major concern is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. Phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive birth defects in boys and girls. In the case of phthalates, they are not disclosed on every product, because they could be added to fragrances – another minefield!


At No Secrets we certainly avoid these ingredients and we try to avoid anything which is might harm the body. Not only that but we list all of our ingredients on the website and give a handy translation of what the scientific name is trying to tell you! We are not the only brand aspiring to be cleaner, and the more the merrier, at least until we get the volume up to eleven.