How to reduce Titanium dioxide in your life
- Check your loose powder and other cosmetic ingredients. Choose pressed powder instead. and share use the submission form on this page to share the product. Together we can empower other wonderful women to make informed decisions.
- Check your herbal supplement ingredients! Switch to an alternative product and share with us so we can add it to our database.
- Check your toothpaste. Switch to an alternative product and share with us so we can add it to our database.
Titanium Dioxide – a hormone disruptor and carcinogenic
What is Titanium Dioxide?
Titanium dioxide (titanium(IV) oxide, titania) is one of several natural xenoestrogens found in the earth. It is used for making products whiter and amazingly is considered safe. Most research believes that Titanium dioxide is not a hormone disruptor, but other research does paints a different picture.
Keeping a healthy mind when reading this research can be difficult because you don’t know who to believe. The links below contain some evidence for and against it being a hormone disruptor. I’ve decided not to take any chances and have banished all cosmetics and products contains titanium dioxide (except sunscreen) to my Womb Danger Box.
Planet earth is getting her own back on us!
- Titanium dioxide is used for cosmetics – it is considered carcinogenic when inhaled, so loose powder could be dangerous if you breathe it in. However, I found titanium dioxide loose in many cosmetic brands including Bare Minerals and Jane Iredale.
- Titanium dioxide is used for making herbal supplements white. Only in very small quantities. Some consider it safe.
- Titanium dioxide is found in many sunscreens and toothpaste!
- Titanium dioxide is found in paint
Titanium Dioxide in Cosmetics
I have found very few brands which are free from Titanium Dioxide. The one company I have found is MG Naturals, an Australian cosmetic retailer. Excellent products which I have tested. I am on a mission to find a UK company.
- Jane Iredale – Amazing Base® Loose Mineral Powder SPF20 Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288)]
- Jane Iredale – New Powder-Me SPF® 30 Dr Sunscreen Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Montmorillonite, Boron Nitride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)]
- Bare Minerals – ORIGINAL Foundation SPF 15: Titanium Dioxide: 12.6%, Zinc Oxide 21.8%, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides.
- Mineral Veil® Finishing Powder: Titanium Dixoide, Zea Mays (Corn Starch), Corn Starch Modified, Zinc, Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
From my web based research since June 2020, I guess that 90% of cosmetic brands have Titanium Dioxide in their loose powder. I simply don’t have time to list every loose powder, in time I plan to add as many to the database as possible. I would rather highlight the brands that are protecting our wombs. If MG Naturals in Australia can make organic products without carcinogenic ingredients, why can’t anyone in the UK?
My gripe is that Bare Minerals and Jane Iredale promote themselves as clean and pure.
- Bare Minerals strapline on it’s homepage says: “Creators of Clean Beauty” – Free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, chemical sunscreens, triclocarbon, propylene glycol, mineral oil, coal tar, microbeads which is fab, BUT … it has titanium dioxide in it’s loose powder, which you put right near your nose and can be easily breathed in.
Titanium Dioxide in Sunscreen
A difficult choice has to be made with sunscreens. With skin cancer on the rise, we need to protect our skin – do we want endometrial/breast cancer or skin cancer? These difficult choices are enough to drive one crazy! The chemical sunscreen ingredients are just as bad as titanium dioxide. I guess the answer is to avoid the sun, but then we would end up with Vitamin D deficiency. I still have more research to do on sunscreens, so watch this space. If you have researched this, please share your research.