Common micro plastics in grooming products

I test and try a lot of new products, mainly for the blog, and mainly for grooming and beard care. While many of them promise advantages, like getting your beard soft or shapeable, the majority of these products contain chemical substances, made of oil, called micro plastics. 

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Some of these micro plastics are not dangerous for humans, and some are in the debate of being unhealthy. But all have in common, that they increasingly cause problems for nature and sooner or later they get into the food circle and also in your food. 

The cosmetic industry untertakes a lot to let us forget or fail to see those substances in their products. For instance, names are greenwashed to hide their real origin (“PEG 40 hydrogenated castor oil“). And the list of ingredients is often printed so small that we don’t want to deal with while in a hurry, or we just can’t read them. 

Why this list of micro plastics?

To help you getting a better understanding of what you use and buy, I created this list of questionable ingredients that you should crosscheck with the product before you buy it. It’s based on a list Greenpeace Germany published on their website.

I will constantly add previously and upcoming reviewed products, in case they contain one or more of these substances. Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be informed when this page gets updated!

List of micro plastics 

  • Acrylate Crosspolymer (ACS)
  • Dimethiconol
  • Methicone
  • Polyamide (PA, Nylon)
  • Polyacrylate (PA)
    Tabula Rasa Aftershave Gel (Carbomer), Just for Men Brush In Color Gel (Carbomer)
  • Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
  • Polyquaternium (PQ)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG)*
    Beardilizer Beard Wipes / Tabula Rasa Aftershave Gel (PEG-7) / Uppercut Deluxe Beard Balm (PEG-40) / Just For Men Brush In Color (Peg-100 Stearate), Billy Jealousy Beard Control (PEG/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone)
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polypropylene glycol (PPG, especially with values above 50, like PPG-120)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polyurethane (PUR)
  • Siloxane
  • Silsesquioxane