Don’t Get PEGged: Why You Want to Avoid PEGs in Hair and Skin Products


PEG is the abbreviation for polyethylene glycol, a mixture of compounds bonded together. Polyethylene is the most common form of plastic, and when combined with glycol, it becomes a thick and sticky liquid.

Found in many hair and skin products, PEGs are petroleum-based compounds that function as emollients to help soften and lubricate skin, and as emulsifiers to help water-based and oil-based ingredients mix properly. However, impurities such as ethylene oxide, a known human carcinogen that also may interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen known to affect liver and kidneys, have been found in various PEG compounds.

Although 1,4-dioxane can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process, there is no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing PEGs have been through this process. In a study of personal care products marketed as “natural” or “organic” (none certified under the USDA National Organic Program), U.S. researchers found 1,4-dioxane as a contaminant in 46 of 100 products analyzed.

The contaminant 1,4-dioxane is also a leading groundwater contaminant. It doesn’t easily degrade, so it can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.

PUREhaven ESSENTIALS customers have nothing to fear!

Each PUREhaven ESSENTIALS product is developed in our USDA Organic Certified manufacturing facility in Rhode Island, crafted with the safest ingredients and the finest formulations. All of the ingredients we use are tested for safety, toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, potential skin and organ irritation, and environmental impact. PUREhaven ESSENTIALS never uses harmful ingredients like PEGs.

Instead, our toxic-free products feature all-natural ingredients like:

  • Organic aloe vera juice, a natural moisturizer that helps reduce wrinkles, promote a healthy, young-looking appearance, and restore skin’s natural beauty. It acts as a natural barrier, shielding skin from dangerous toxins.
  • Organic rose flower distillate, known for its anti-aging, oil control, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps skin stay youthful and healthy.
  • Organic avocado oil, rich in vitamins, especially vitamins D and E. It absorbs easily, delivering its softening, protecting and cell-regenerating properties to the skin.
  • Organic coconut oil, which works wonders on dry and damaged skin. It forms a protective barrier to help skin retain moisture while penetrating deeper layers to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

Make the switch to toxic-free products today. Do it for yourself, your loved ones and the environment.

To learn more about our safe, effective, trustworthy ingredients, talk to your local PUREhaven Consultant or check out all our products, including ingredient lists, at

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