WHAT IS IT? Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are a group of potent atmospheric pollutants that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. One of the more common PAHs is naphthalene. PAHS can be found in conditioner, moisturizers, lip balms, SPF products, facial moisturizers, anti-aging products, styling gels, body washes, facial cleansers, diaper cream, bar soap, and baby lotions.
HEALTH RISK: PAHS’ have been banned for use in cosmetics in Canada. Known for their carcinogenic, metagenic, teratogenic and human hematological (blood) toxicant properties, PAHS’ are of particular concern when used in beauty products. As well as possessing a number of health concerns, PAHS’ also pose a threat to the environment by possessing a resistance to normal chemical breakdown, being a wildlife and environmental toxin, and one of the most widespread organic pollutants from coal burning.
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE: We love Morrocco Method’s Diamond Crystal Mist for hair, a toxin-free leave-in conditioner fortified with crystals from the Himalayas in an essential oil base. A spritz of this raw and antibacterial mist restores deep moisture and pH balance, and soothes the scalp. Oils like frankincense and sandalwood replace other harmful chemicals and get the job done!