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Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol – Petroleum Based Ingredient in your Personal Care Products

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The products pictured above are examples of products containing toxic ingredients like butylene glycol and propylene glycol.

Note: manufacturers that you thought you could trust:

  • DoTerra
    • Uses chemicals that easily penetrate and weaken the protein and cellular structure of the skin.

doterra hydrating cream ingredientsButylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Methicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Sodium Phytate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Laurate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester etc.

doTerra’s Hydrating Cream has toxic ingredients!

  • Shaklee Youth
  • Olay
  • Neutrogena
  • Biore
  • Eucerin


Arbonne Makeup Primer has toxic ingredients


Arbonne Makeup Primer #7825

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  • Coppertone
  • Australian Dream
  • Nivea
  • DerMend
  • Advanced Clinicals

The focus of this post is on Butylene Glycol and what I learned from various sources.

Hot selling 1,3 butylene Glycol, 1,3-Butane diol is not natural. 

  • About BUTYLENE GLYCOL: Butylene glycol (1.3-Butanediol) is a small organic alcohol used as solvent and conditioning agent.
  • HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Naturally Savvy Petroleum in Cosmetics and Health Care Products

  • “You can expect to find petroleum and petroleum byproducts in everything from shampoos and conditioners to anti-aging creams, body lotions, mascaras, perfumes, lipsticks, lip balms, foundations, hair relaxers, conditioners, eye shadows, and nail polishes. Often petroleum is listed on the label under cleverly disguised names, such as mineral oil or words ending in “eth,” which indicates it required a petrochemical to produce it.”

Ann Marie Gianni

  • Petroleum based (while BG MAY be derived from plants, this is not what typically happens)
  • “In addition, since this ingredient is in so many of the products we apply on our skin every day, the concern is that over time, our exposure may be adding up to something that could be potentially harmful to the health of the skin and body. So far, however, scientific studies have shown no harmful effects from the ingredient at current levels and exposures.”


  • Propylene glycol and butylene glycol easily penetrate skin and weaken protein and cellular structure. Surely this is not a result anyone would desire. The goal of skincare should be to nourish, repair, rebuild and refresh cells, especially the vital protein chains that power them.”

The Derm Review

  • “Several studies suggest that this ingredient can cause a rash around the eyes and other forms of irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. Further, it may even cause irritation of the respiratory passages if it is accidentally inhaled from products like hair spray or skin mist sprayers.”

Screenshot 2016-06-01 10.13.00Why do companies use Butylene Glycol?

  • It is cheap. May be coming in from China by the metric ton.
  • It is one of the more mild glycols.
  • It may not harm in small doses (but that doesn’t make it good for the skin in the same way Doritos can be eaten but they are not good for you).
  • It forms a barrier so that cosmetics don’t dry out.
  • It helps stabilize volatile compounds such as artificial fragrances in cosmetic formulations and to retards the loss of aroma.

We do not have to buy the lies and marketing spin that lead us to believe that Butylene Glycol is somehow desired and beneficial.

It is a cheap chemical that only benefits the manufacturer, not you.

Better options exist.

Explore the skin care and personal care line from Young Living.

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Erin Chamerlik

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