Toxic chemicals don’t belong in menstrual products. Period.
This list includes chemicals of concern that are discussed in our Chem Fatale report.
Download & print this list and leave it in your purse or bag to refer to when you’re shopping for feminine care products.
|Chemical Name||Function||Potential Health Effects||Found in|
|Benzethonium Chloride||Preservative, spermicide||Not for use on mucous membranes, maternal and embryotoxicity||Deodorant powders and suppositories, feminine wash|
|Benzocaine||Mild anesthetic||Allergic rash, dermatitis||Anti-itch creams|
|Butylparaben||Preservative||Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash||Wipes|
|D&C Red 33||Colorant (dye)||Not for use on mucous membranes||Feminine wash|
|Diazolidinyl urea||Preservative||Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer||Feminine wash, douche|
|Dioxins and Furans||Contaminant from bleaching process||Cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity||Tampons (not disclosed on label)|
|DMDM Hydantoin||Preservative||Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer||Wipes, feminine wash|
|Ethylparaben||Preservative||Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash||Wipes|
|Ext. Violet 2||Colorant (dye)||Not for use on mucous membranes||Feminine Wash|
|FD&C Yellow No. 5||Colorant (dye)||Allergic reactions including bronchial asthma||Feminine Wash|
|“Fragrance”||Fragrance||Contains undisclosed chemicals of unknown toxicity, likely to contain allergens, allergic rash, endocrine disruption, cancer||Wipes, feminine wash, tampons, pads, douche, deodorant, anti-itch creams|
|Methylchloroisothiazolinone||Preservative||Allergic rash||Feminine wash|
|Methylisothiazolinone||Preservative||Allergic rash||Wipes, feminine wash, anti-itch cream|
|Methylparaben||Preservative||Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash||Wipes, deodorant, anti-itch creams|
|Octoxynol 9||Spermicide||Genital irritation, increased vaginal discharge, potential reproductive toxicity||Douche, wipes|
|Pesticide residues||Contaminant of traditionally grown cotton||Cancer, endocrine disruption, acute toxicity||Tampons (not disclosed on label)|
|Polyoxymethylene Urea||Preservative||Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer||Deodorant powder|
|Propylparaben||Preservative||Endocrine disruption, increased risk of breast cancer, allergic rash||Wipes, anti-itch creams|
|Quaternium-15||Preservative||Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer||Wipes, feminine wash|
|2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol||Preservative||Releases formaldehyde, allergic rash, cancer||Wipes|
This list provides several examples of worst-of-the-worst products which contain chemicals of concern discussed in our Chem Fatale report.