Did you know anti-freeze is your your makeup?

Maybe you’re like me and are wondering why something that is in anti-freeze and toilet bowl cleaner is also in your lotion? Your foundation? Your toothpaste? Your personal lubricants? Your laxatives? Your salad dressing? Your soda? Your boxed cake mix? Your margarine? Your dog’s food? Even your freaking whiskey and your e-cigs?

(No joke- Finland, Norway and Sweden all recalled Fireball whiskey from their shelves for having more propylene glycol than their maximum allowance. The same level is approved for consumption in the US. Article here)

Paula’s Choice somehow STILL gives this ingredient a GOOD rating on their site to be in cosmetics and personal care products, which is one of the many reasons I don’t love that site. What they don’t say is that more and more people are becoming allergic to it everyday, and that some people can go into anaphylatic shock just from ingesting a small dose.

PG (propylene glycol) is also toxic to pets, so you should never leave any of these products in a place where your animal could get to them. PG has a sweet taste, and can cause seizures. What’s even crazier, is that PG is commonly found IN PET FOOD.

So what is PG? And why is it so commonly used?  Propylene Glycol is widely used in emollient creams, lotions, other personal hygiene products and medicated creams. It is also used as a preservative and solvent for food flavoring agents in food processing. It is an excellent vehicle and solvent for dermatologic and non dermatologic formulations. Propylene Glycol is a viscous, colorless, virtually odorless alcohol. (Source is from the sheet my allergist gave me, which you can find here.)

So, basically, it is a really good carrier, binder, solvent, cooling agent, anti-caking agent, preservative, humectant…. It is used everywhere.

And the bastards in the industry have made it so it can be called any of these names, plus more:

1,2-Propanediol; α-Propylene glycol; Methylethyl glycol; Methylethylene glycol; Monopropylene glycol; PG 12; Sirlene; 1,2-Dihydroxypropane; 1,2-Propylene glycol; 2-Hydroxypropanol; 2,3-Propanediol; Propane-1,2-diol; Dowfrost; Propylene glycol USP; 1,2-Propylenglykol; Solar winter ban; Sentry Propylene Glycol; Isopropylene glycol; Ucar 35; Solargard P; Ilexan P; Prolugen; Trimethyl glycol; 1,2-Propandiol; Propylenglycol; (RS)-1,2-Propanediol; (.+/-.)-1,2-Propanediol; DL-1,2-Propanediol; NSC 69860; DL-Propylene glycol; propylene glycol (1,2-propanediol); propanediol; 1,2-propanediol (propylene glycol)

(You try remembering all of those names when you are standing in a CVS looking at the ingredients in a lotion.)

Today, I’d like to make a list of all the products in MY home that contain propylene glycol, not including the products I’ve already thrown in the garbage or given away. To make this easier on you, I’m going to split them up into categories. Some of these contain PG’s sister ingredient, PEG (polyethylene glycol) which is  arguably even worse than PG. Just fyi.


  • Kraft Ranch Dressing
  • Kraft Greek Vinaigrette
  • Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix & Frosting
  • McCormick Food Dyes

Personal Care

Propylene Glycol In Personal Care

  • Amlactin
  • Astroglide
  • Secret Clinical Strength Deoderant
  • Target Brand Coconut Ginger Hand Soap
  • Suave Men Styling Gel
  • Colgate Total Advanced Whitening Toothpaste
  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer
  • Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
  • Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse
  • Dr. Carvers Magnanimous Post Shave
  • Opti-Free Replenish Contact Lens Solution
  • Vanicream Lite Lotion
  • Freeman Chocolate Strawberry Face Mask
  • Freeman Mint Lemon Face Mask
  • Freeman Pineapple Enzyme Face Mask
  • Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Face Mask
  • Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
  • The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter
  • Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer


Propylene Glycol In Cosmetics

  • elf Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes
  • elf Makeup Mist & Set
  • elf HD Lifting Concealer (all shades)
  • elf Maximum Coverage Concealer
  • NYC Liquid Eyeliner
  • Smashbox Photofinish Primer
  • L’Oreal True Match Foundation
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte BB Cream
  • Rimmel London Lash Accelerator
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
  • CoverGirl 3-in-1 Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation
  • NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Eyeliner

Cleaning Products

  • Windex
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Tide

OTC Medications

Propylene Glycol In OTC Medications

  • Up & Up (Target Brand) Vitamin C pills
  • Aleeve
  • CVS Tussin CF Cough Syrup
  • CVS Brand Day Time Cold & Cough (DayQuil)
  • TopCare Mucus Relief (Mucinex)
  • Lamisil Foot Spray
  • Walgreens Laxitive Pills ( ex lax)
  • TopCare Anti-Diarrheal Tablets (Imodium A-D)


  • Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream (Topical Steroids)
  • Clindamycin Phosphate Gel (Antibacterial)
  • Clobetasol Propionate Ointment
  • Ketoconazole Cream
  • Hydroxzine HCL

Insane, right? What do you think?

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