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Toxic Body Products: Guys, Your Body Products are Making You Less Manly

How do you feel about sperm that can’t swim or fertilize an egg?

How about less testosterone?

I bet you didn’t know that these are side effects of dangerously toxic body products (that are probably in your bathroom right now).

I’m an advocate for all things natural and safer, and for good reason, because the man-made chemicals in most body products can ruin your health.

If you are guy (or have a special fella in your life) then this article is for you. Today I’m giving you a round-up of the dangerous chemicals in toxic body products made for men.

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Whether you are a mother of boys, a wife hoping to get pregnant soon, or a dude just trying to protect his manhood then you must read this and start taking action today. Because YOU deserve better than broke-down sperm and man-boobs.


Toxic Body Product #1: Butylated Compounds

Also known as:  Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Where it’s hiding: BHA and BHT are used in a variety of products including products marketed to men, like body wash, shampoo, shave cream, cologne, and more [1].

Even more concerning BHA and BHT are found in many foods, where it is used as a preservative [2]. Thus your exposure is probably much higher than you realize.

Why it’s harmful: The EU lists BPA as an endocrine disruptor and some studies indicate that these compounds mimic estrogen and can cause a decrease in the testosterone as well as the quality of sperm [3].

In addition the International Agency for Research on Cancer lists BHA as a possible human carcinogen [4]. BHA is also listed as a known carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 [5].  So if the fear of less testosterone and sickly sperm isn’t enough to deter you how do you feel about an increased risk of cancer?

Avoid these ingredients by sticking to natural formulas made without harmful chemicals.


Toxic Body Product #2:  Ethanolamines

Also known as: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfate [6]

Where it’s hiding: Body wash, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, shaving creams, cologne, sunscreens, and more [6].

Why it’s harmful: One study from 2013 published in the Asian Journal of Reproduction found DEA to be harmful to the male reproductive system, specifically finding abnormalities in the sperm affecting their ability to swim and fertilize an egg [7].

In addition to damaging your swimmers, TEA and DEA have also been found to be carcinogenic, specifically linked to liver cancer [8]. It should also be noted that DEA is banned by the European Commission for the use in cosmetics.

So why risk broke down sperm and cancer just to smell nice? Sounds compelling when you put it that way right?


Toxic Body Product #3:  Octinoxate

Also known as: Octinoxate, o methoxycinnamate (OMC), parsol, parsol MCX, parsol MOX, escalol, 2-ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate [9]

Where it’s hiding: Sunscreen hair color products, shampoos, skin creams, and more.

Why it’s harmful: Octinoxate is commonly listed in sunscreens but can also be in other UV filtering body products as well. OMC was found to lower the sperm count and testosterone in a study done with rats at all dosage levels [10].

In addition to reducing sperm and testosterone it also affects thyroid levels which can lead to a cascade of other dysfunction [10]. The thryroid is a major player in many of the body’s essential functions so anything that affects it should be avoided.

Avoid this harmful chemical by sticking to natural sunscreens and always read your labels.

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Toxic Body Product #4:  Parabens

Also known as: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, other ingredients ending in –paraben [11]

Where it’s hiding: Body washes, body scrubs, shave cream, hair products, body lotions, and more.

Why it’s harmful: Parabens are found in many personal care products, from lotions to shave creams to body washes and they can be very disruptive to the human body.

As far as manhood is concerned parabens have been linked to lower sperm counts and lower testosterone [12]. With higher doses resulting in even lower sperm counts and greater impairments. Because this chemical is so common it’s likely you are being exposed regularly.

If that isn’t bad enough, parabens have also been linked to cancer [11]. So if you want to keep your sperm healthy and strong and prefer to avoid cancer causing chemicals then avoid parabens in all their forms.


So what is safe?

By now you know I’m all about natural safe alternatives to toxic harmful products.

Many products can be replaced with natural options like using olive or avocado oil as a moisturizer (just make sure they are expeller pressed and additive free).

You can also buy safer alternatives like pure castile soap for your body wash.

I’ve also created the Filtered Living Shop, where I’ve listed all my safe product recommendations. There are dozens of beauty and body options and all have been highly rated by the EWG and checked for safety. So if you don’t have time to research every single product don’t worry, I’ve already done all the hard work for you.

If you want to know more about chemicals in your body products check out the first post in the Dangerous Beauty series, Toxic Beauty: 5 Dangerous Chemicals in Your Body Products.

I hope this information has helped you find your way to safer products. Because you deserve way better than cancer, thyroid problems, and sad sperm.

And if you are pregnant or a mom of boys this is even more critical since many of these chemicals can cross the placenta and alter the development of the fetus as well as affect small children more significantly.

Has this post helped you? Do you have any tips for transitioning away from harmful products? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, I always love hearing from you guys.

Until next time!

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[1] Campaign for Safe Cosmetics- Butylated Compounds

[2] EWG’s Guide to Food Additives

[3] POP A, KISS B, LOGHIN F. Endocrine disrupting effects of butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA – E320). Clujul Medical. 2013;86(1):16-20.

[4] IARC Monographs

[5] OEHHA The Proposition 65 List

[6] Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – Ethanolamine Compounds

[7] Panchal, Sneha R., Verma Ramtej J. Spermatotoxic effect of diethanolamine: An in vitro study. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction. Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2013,:196-200



[9] Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – Octinoxate

[10]Axelstad M1  et al. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. Effects of pre- and postnatal exposure to the UV-filter octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) on the reproductive, auditory and neurological development of rat offspring. 2011 Feb 1;250(3):278-90. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2010.10.031. Epub 2010 Nov 6.

[11] Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  – Parabens

[12] Oishi, Shinshi  Toxicology and Industrial Health Vol 17, Issue 1, pp. 31 – 39 First published date: June-30-2016

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