How much are you willing to suffer for beauty?

As cosmetic companies develop increasingly complex chemical formulations in the name of “beauty”, we are also increasingly exposing our precious bodies to toxic ingredients that take suffering to a whole new level.

Below is a list of SIX of the nastiest toxins found in everyday beauty products.

As Valerie Grandury, the founder of non-toxin cosmetics Odacitè admits, “it can be a bit overwhelming to switch, given the sad fact that there are over 10,000 chemical ingredients used in personal care products! Some of which are known to be carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system and hormone disruptors.”

Here at High Heel Jungle, we believe knowledge is power. So here is the information you need to make the empowered decisions for your body so you can live a healthy beautiful life.

Sadly fragrance is everywhere and because fragrance is considered a “trade secret”, companies do not have to disclose the ingredients which is mainly composed of are synthetic molecules that can trigger severe allergies and chemicals that are potent hormone disruptors. Search for “fragrance free” cosmetics to avoid loading your system with these secret harmful toxins.

Parabens are the most widely used preservative in skincare and now numerous studies have directly linked parabens to breast tumors. Only buy products that are labeled as “paraben free.”


We’ve had the data linking this metal to breast cancer, yet most women still apply it to the sensitive underarm area ( lymph nodes and breast tissue) in the form of conventional deodorant. Ladies, it’s simply NOT WORTH IT. Search for “Aluminum free” deodorant. If you’re concerned these organic options don’t protect you from body odor, simply bring a few Honest Company baby wipes in your handbag and give your arm pits a gentle clean during the day. It’s a minor inconvenience that might just save your life. 


Never heard of Phenoxyethanol? You’re not alone! The alarming thing about this toxin is that it’s used as a preservative in many “natural” products, some studies show that it may have many adverse effect on your health. It is also restricted for use in Japan. Always check labeling on products (even “natural” products) to make sure it’s free of this nasty.


Petrochemicals will commonly be found on your ingredients list as propylene, ethylene, butadiene, benzene or xylene or simply under mineral oil. This by-product of the petrol and coal industry is highly comodogenic (pore clogging) and associated with many health issues.

Lead in lipstick? Up until 2007 many assumed lead in lipstick was an urban legend until the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released the “A Poison Kiss” report showing it to be a common ingredient in most lipsticks. Since then an expanded FDA study in 2010 found lead in 400 lipsticks at levels up to 7.19 ppm- dangerously high levels. Since there is no “safe level”, research has also shown exposure to lead has been linked to a host of health concerns:

Neurotoxicity: It has been linked to learning, language and behavioral problems.

Reduced fertility in both men and women
Hormonal changes and menstrual irregularities
Delayed onset of puberty in girls and development of testes in boys.

Not surprisingly, the FDA has failed to take action to protect consumers.



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