Side effects of Cheap Beauty Products

We are all feeling the pinch. COVID-19 is hurting us in many, many ways. Just about every person on earth is having to find new ways of living in everyday life, and, saving money on non-essentials is a reality for all of us.

It’s tempting for us to downgrade our beauty budget, and yes, of course, if it’s a choice between looking like an old witch and putting shoes on the kids’ feet, it’s no choice. Bring on the witch look!


But most of us have been able to reserve a little space in our budget for self-care. And self-care means beauty care, and beauty care means choosing wisely – choosing products which are well made with natural organic ingredients, which do what they say they will do, which are economical to use because they are not padded out with unwanted cheap ingredients, and above all, which aren’t harmful.

Why We Shouldn’t Be Cheap With Ourselves

We’ve all done it. We’re shopping at a bargain store for basics, and we get lured to the beauty section. Everything looks so cheap, and we are tempted; oh yes, us too, we've been there! But when you get home and take a look at the ingredients, well, it makes you want to sign up for that chemistry degree you never took! Talk about gobbledygook. And they want us to put this on our hair, our skin?

So let’s take a closer look at some of these so-called “beauty” ingredients. Warning – may be shocking for the sensitive!

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

This is the stuff that makes products foamy. Both of these closely linked
chemicals are known to make skin and eyes irritated, especially if you already have dry skin. SLES may produce a byproduct that is carcinogenic (causes cancer). It’s also toxic in the environment, especially to fish and other aquatic creatures.


Yes, petroleum – the stuff you put in your car. Found in cosmetics in the form of mineral oil jelly, it’s used to produce a sheen, for example, in lipstick. It can be contaminated with a substance that is a known carcinogen, and it’s especially likely to be found in cheap cosmetics made by companies that do not source ingredients carefully.


Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that prevents cosmetics and beauty products from deteriorating. It can be an irritant, and in some countries, its use is prohibited in cosmetics. It is reported to have harmful effects on the central nervous system. It has been linked to dermatitis and other skin issues. It’s not a good idea to use products containing this ingredient around the mouth and lips, as it should not be ingested. Not one of the worst on the naughty list, but, it’s good to avoid it, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Mineral Oil

Possibly not one of the worst offenders in the cosmetic ingredients world, but many people prefer to avoid it. If you have acne or other skin conditions, then it’s best to give mineral oil a miss.


Eeek! You don’t want these anywhere near your precious body! Used as a preservative, parabens are known to disrupt hormones and affect fertility. Because they are so commonly used, the effects of using several parabens containing products mean that there can be a build-up of this harmful chemical in your tissues.


Phthalates modify the action of other chemicals and are often used to preserve fragrances in beauty products. Sounds innocent enough, except that Phthalates have been associated with numerous bad health effects, including hormone disruption in baby boys and men. These toxic chemicals have been banned by Congress in certain products, but they are sadly common in all kinds of products that we use in everyday life. Best avoided for sure. 


Yes, that’s right, the stuff that’s used embalming fluid and in biology labs for preserving those dead frogs. Not enough to put you off yet? Well, consider that it is a known agent in causing cancer and that it’s banned by most cosmetics manufacturers. But not all…especially those cheap brands made in China….


Not as well known as some, this toxic substance turns up in lipstick from time to time, and is banned by many countries around the world, such as Canada. Many, but not all.


Now don’t get us wrong, we are big fans of alcohol. A glass of organic wine while we mull over a recipe, a shot or two of tequila at one of our famous celebration parties – we are all for it. But in beauty products – not so much. Alcohol in its own right is OK, for example, in hand sanitizer, it is highly useful. But in combination with other chemicals, it can produce toxic byproducts – and is best avoided. 

Synthetic Fragrances

Now we are in a chemical wonderland. It sounds so innocent, synthetic fragrances. But that innocent phrase on a label may just be concealing something quite nasty. Why choose synthetics, when the natural thing is just so much nicer?


Aluminum turns up in all sorts of beauty products, yet it is highly suspected as being a contributory factor in several serious conditions including Alzheimer’s Disease and changes in brain structure. Most commonly found in antiperspirants, it is one to avoid.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) & Butylene glycol

These known carcinogens are found in many products, including shampoo, skin creams, conditioners, sun lotion, even toothpaste – at least 8,000 products. Consumer groups are fighting to have them banned, in the meantime, we’d advise giving them a wide berth.


Triclosan is an antibacterial that can be found in some soaps still, even though it is considered to be toxic and harmful to both humans and the environment. Look out for it in dish soaps too.

The Effects of Cheap Hair Products

You’ve probably experienced many of these effects for yourself, but we are going to underline them for you – because we love your hair almost as much as you do. 

The cheap shampoo is likely to:

  • Strip your hair of natural oils
  • Leave dulling residues on the strands of your hair
  • Irritate your scalp
  • Make your hair more greasy, more quickly
  • May contain damaging or even dangerous ingredients

Cheap conditioners are not a great idea either:

  • They don’t nourish your hair, they just coat it with plastic
  • Leave your hair looking limp and lank
  • They make it hard to style your hair

And as for cheap hair oils….

  • They may simply contain mineral oils which can damage your hair
  • They have no nourishing properties for the hair and scalp
  • They load your hair down with weighty grease, making it dull and heavy instead of bouncy and gleaming

Above all, cheap hair products can contain dangerous stuff. They are more likely to contain harmful ingredients than expensive conventional products because they often come from countries that don’t have good regulation of chemicals.

The Effects Of Cheap Skin Products

Please don’t get us started. Well, yes, get us started because we want to explain that many moisturizers and cleansing creams contain substances that are dangerous for your skin, even for your overall health. You’ve read through that scary list of ingredients, and we hope that you now have the information that you need to make great choices for your skin and hair.

If you find that your skin isn’t improving despite using all kinds of products, you may well be using the wrong products – products that harm your skin instead of helping it. Products that contain dangerous, unhelpful substances which might damage your overall health, as well as your skin.

The Effects Of Cheap Cosmetics

It’s well known that throughout history, women have used powders and paints which contain poisonous ingredients like lead (for whitening). Thought those days are over?

Well, not so fast. Even today, colorants, preservatives, minerals, and more used in lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara, foundation, and blusher can contain very harmful substances that are not regulated in their country of origin, and sometimes not even in the US.

Why Choose Kadima?

If you want beautiful skin and hair, then it makes sense to choose products made from beautiful ingredients. Products that your great grandmother would understand if she read the list of ingredients. Products that wouldn’t hurt you even if you ate them (not really recommended!). Products that are gentle enough to be used on babies over three years old.

Our natural ingredients are sourced from organic, ethical sources, and are the best available
They all have a long history of being used by women from time immemorial.
Everything we produce is tested on human volunteers, and we use our products ourselves and on our kids.

We focus not just on safe ingredients, but beautifully effective formulas.
No more struggling with doing it yourself – from our Beauty Kitchen to your home, elegantly and conveniently packaged and full of natural goodness.
Kadima products are kind to you and kind to the environment.

Want To Get On The Health And Beauty Train?

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