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Salicylate free cosmetics and toiletries

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As far as I can make out the chemicals in toiletries and cosmetics that salicylate intolerant people need to avoid are:

  • Salicylates and salicylic acids (forming any part of the word e.g. acetylsalicylic acid, sodium salicylate, phenylsalicylate)
  • Benzenes, benzoates and benzoic acids (forming any part of the word e.g. sodium benzoate, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid)
  • Parabens (the full name being parahydroxybenzoic acid)
  • The antioxidants: tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), Butylated hydoxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • All mint and menthol products (mint is almost pure salicylate)
  • All products with any kind of perfume in them
  • All products with any kind of plant extracts and essential oils

That seems like pretty much all cosmetics!

I also have some concern about coal tar products for scalp conditions. Tartrazine and other additives are made from coal tar.

The drugs one needs to avoid are:

  • Aspirin (pure salicylic acid)
  • Ibuprofen and all other NSAIDS and COX II inhibitors including muscle rubs – here is a full list of NSAIDS
  • All mint and menthol products like Vick’s vaporub, olbas oil and others
  • Anything with food colourings or flavourings

These are the E-numbers you need to avoid on the failsafe program. Personally, I don’t eat anything with any E-number in it if I can avoid doing so.

The toiletries I am currently using are:

  • Simple brand soap
  • Ice Guard natural alum rock crystal deodorant (many other brands are available in health shops, including Holland & Barrett
  • For moisturiser I am currently using Vaseline ‘Pure Petroleum Jelly’ ingredients: petrolatum
  • For bathing, 1/2 a cup of pure sodium bicarbonate, which is available from Boots, and available online from various home cosmetic-making supply companies
  • For toothpaste, more sodium bicarbonate
  • I’m stuck for a shampoo at the moment. I haven’t tried washing my hair in pure bicarb of soda yet. I’ve ordered some pure sodium lauryl sulphate from the home cosmetics company.

Bathing in bicarb of soda is a good way to detox salicylate quickly. Not sure whether Vaseline is perfectly failsafe due to its rather horrible petrochemical smell, but have read other failsafer’s suggestions to use it. Linda Sy do a number of salicylate-free cosmetics but I’m not sure if they’re actually safe. Andrea Rose is a salicylate-free specialist, but the first product I clicked on was full of parabens and BHT! How wrong is that?


Written by alienrobotgirl

3 March, 2006 at 5:33 pm

Posted in Failsafe Foods

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  1. Are you stil using Pure Petroleum Jelly? What do you recommend I use for my lips?
    My lips peel off in layers daily-ever heard of this? I use to use vaseline but was worried about the pahp’s-so I’ve been using natural lip balm with lots of salicylate ingredients. I’ve just began transitioning to chemical free products. What happened when you stopped using chemical products? What do you think of Canus Goat milk soap fragrance free product-it contains DMDM Hydantoin and some other ingredients I’m not sure about.
    Sodium Tallowate, Aqua, Sodium Cocoate et/ou Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Caprae Lac, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Titanium Dioxide.



    24 November, 2008 at 2:17 am

  2. Hi Chris, that soap sounds okay. I use pure lanolin on my lips. Yes, I have heard of lip skin peeling off in layers! When I was a teenager I was addicted to lip moisturising products and I used to experience the same problem. My favourite product was a MINT chapstick product (i.e. methyl salicylate). Needless to say, the problem resolved completely when I eventually weaned myself off it. Lip moisturisers are very dependency forming, as the lips stop producing their own oils when they are treated with moisturisers.


    9 February, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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