Men’s Grooming Products May Contain Potentially Toxic Chemicals

A new report by an environmental organization claims that men’s grooming products contain chemicals that may be carcinogenic, sperm-damaging, and lead to other health problems.

The Star reports that "The Manscape: The Dirt on Toxic Ingredients in Men’s Body Care Products" was released by Environmental Defence to raise awareness of the presence of toxins in personal care products such as deodorant, aftershave, and shaving cream. For the report, the group interviewed five volunteers about the grooming products they used. Subsequently, it sent the 17 products identified for environmental testing to the Analytical Sciences Laboratories in California.

The lab tested the products for common toxic ingredients that were not mentioned on the labels such as phthalates, 1, 4-dioxane, and artificial musks. Four products were found to contain probable cancer-causing substances, five had chemicals that can harm the male reproductive system, and 10 had artificial musks, which can disrupt animal hormones.

The Star reports that the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association insist that the products are safe. Health Canada also says that the trace levels of the chemicals identified in the report are not risky.

However, Environmental Defence continues to have concerns because the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified 1, 4-dioxane as potentially carcinogenic. Environment Defence has also launched a petition that calls for the industry and government to ban the use of 10 chemicals that may be potentially toxic, such as parabens and phthalates.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe personal care product, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.

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