A – Z of Toxicity in our home – Formaldehyde / Formaldehyde releasers

  • Some cosmetics chemicals are designed to react with water in the bottle to generate a little formaldehyde, a preservative, to keep the product from growing mould and bacteria.
  • But formaldehyde is a potent allergen which the World Health Organization consider carcinogenic.
  • Formaldehyde releasers include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15.
  • A 2010 study found that nearly one fifth of cosmetic products contained a formaldehyde releaser. Johnson & Johnson, a personal care products giant, is phasing out formaldehyde releasers under pressure from health advocates
  • Where do you find them?
    • Shampoos, conditioners, bubble bath and other personal care products.
    • Even those intended for children.

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