Bizzare Cosmetic IngredientsAlthough I have touched on this topic previously, new readers may find the contents interesting.


Assuming that one is fairly aware of components in toiletries, some discussed below may appear to be “creepy”  and yet they are in fact quite commonplace.


However anti-cruelty consumers may well like to question and avoid certain products.


Polystyrene micro-beads 


Classified as plastic, these were previously included in toothpaste to allow for that polishing effect. However it was discovered that the beads could lodge in a users gums, setting up inflammation and even infection.  These inclusions have generally been banned.


Embalming fluid 


Formaldehyde is a most effective preservative and is after all used to embalm and preserve bodies !

It is to be found in a wide array of cosmetics like nail enamel, body washes. Shampoo & certain soaps.

Known as a carcinogen ` small quantities do not actually pose a threat.


Crushed bugs


Female South American insects feed on cactus berries, the outcome being carmine ` a red dye.

This rosy colour enhances lip and cheek cosmetics but skin reactions are rare.


Electronic cigarette liquid


Anyone puffing on an electronic cigarette should be aware of propylene glycol providing the liquid base for the vapour.

This chemical is much used in fragrances and moisturizers as a stabilizer but can trigger allergic reactions.


Snail slime


This is the latest innovation in anti-aging products and an extensive process is involved. One environmentally aware company initiates a sanitation process, showering with water and ozone, a natural method which stimulates slime secretion is harmless and maintains the health of the molluscs.




To obtain this ` the skin, tendons, ligaments and bones of animals are boiled to obtain the end product.

Gelatine can be spotted hiding in creamy cosmetics.

However, readers can scan labels as Kosher and Hallal gelatine does exist.




A fibrous protein sourced mainly from animal tissue but non animal sources that promote collagen formation are nuts, egg white, cheese and all vitamin C and A foodstuffs.

Collagen is found not only in toiletries such as anti-wrinkle creams but in health drinks too, but apparently has no proven effect on one’s natural collagen production.




This often appears in hormone based creams and lotions and can be listed as Estradiol.

Much oestrogen is sourced from the urine of pregnant mares, with much controversy arising from this method.


Hyaluronic acid


This is highly important in maintaining and supporting body structures like collagen and elastin which diminishes as one ages.

Hyaluronic acid most mimics one’s natural moisture.

Including foods to maintain levels are leafy green and root vegetables and soy products found in many Asian food sources.