Today’s cosmetics include a wide range of products for numerous purposes. But, being one of the most popular brands doesn’t necessarily mean the product is one of the most effective or safe to use. In this article, we talk about the safety of male grooming products from one worldwide popular brand.
The Axe Brand products owned by Univeler include a wide range of products for men whose ingredients (at least a large number of them) have never been tested for safety. This is according to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review.
Chemicals Which Disrupt Endocrine
It turns out that the Axe grooming products are full of these chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are synthetic, exogenous chemicals which have a hormone-like effect on both animals and humans.
They tend to interfere with the endocrine system in which they either block or mimic our natural hormones and disrupt their normal body functions. The Endocrine Society’s member scientists had issued a report.
In it, they claim that the endocrine disruptors have an effect on both female and male reproduction, the development of breast and prostate cancer, obesity, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and cardiovascular endocrinology.
Further, recent studies have discovered that these hazardous chemicals may be the cause for physical feminization in men.
The International Journal of Andrology had published a study in which they stated the feminization of boys can be clearly observed through their playing habits.
Many medical experts are now pondering the question whether years of this chemical exposure has led to older men having a lack of testosterone and having erectile dysfunction problems.
The irony of the matter is that they then resort to taking ‘the little blue pill’, which only exposes them further to harmful chemicals and this cycle seems to go on forever.
Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly
This is the active ingredient found in the Axe products. A few studies conducted on animals show an effect on one’s kidney’s and renal system in small doses. Also, the mammalian cells have shown affirmative mutation results.
There is also some moderate reproduction effect on the animal subjects.
Aluminum has been considered a human neurotoxin ever since 1886. Mind you, this was before anyone ever used it as an antiperspirant aka deodorant.
Needless to say, a neurotoxin is never any good news: it causes nerve and nerve tissue damage.
This is a very toxic ingredient indeed as it links to cancer from certain animal testing. But the biggest danger of using products of any kind which contain this ingredient is the possible contamination with nitrosamines.
They are created through the combination of nitrosating agents and amines. Hence the name. Many consider them to be some of the most powerful and dangerous carcinogens.
A title well deserved, when one sees that they have contributed to cancer in more than forty different species of animals, including us humans.
PPG-14 Butyl Ether
Popypropylene glycol is what the PPG stands for. This is made from methyl oxirane, an entirely artificial petroleum product. It has another name, propylene oxide, which many experts also consider a potential carcinogen for humans.
It is also highly flammable and they categorize it as an irritant. Butyl ethers belong to the paraben family. They are also toxic petrochemical compounds, in other words, toluene derivatives.
And toluene has already made a bad name for itself by being having known harmful effects on the human reproductive system. Parabens are no joke either, as they too connect to cancer.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review committee had issued a report in the International Journal of Toxicology. In it they list the many impurities which they found in PEG compounds.
There are also heavy metals, some of which iron, lead, nickel, cobalt, cadmium and even arsenic. And no surprise in the fact that a large number of these impurities have connections to cancer.
Several studies have shown that BHT accumulates in the body over time, having a toxic effect on one’s liver, lungs and kidneys. Not to mention some other negative impacts.
Gann’s 1984 study has shown that BHT had the ability to promote chemically-induced cancer in male lab rats, particularly bladder cancer.
Another study, this time by Thompson in 1988, researched both BHA and BHT. The result was that they both had tumor promoting properties, as well as being toxic, with BHT being more cytotoxic than BHA.