#WhatIsItWednesday - Coal Tar Dyes

Posted on 03 February 2016

Also seen in ingredient lists as naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate, benzin B70, or petroleum benzene - Coal Tar Dyes are used in a wide range of personal care products as artificial coloring.  
Coal Tar Dyes have been linked to a multitude of maladies including Cancer, ADD/ADHD, Asthma and Skin Allergies.  Generally identified by a five-digit Colour Index number (usually CI 75000 and CI 77000 series). The U.S. color name may also be listed ("FD&C" or "D&C" followed by a colour name and number).  These are labels of sort which show what it has been approved for: D= Drugs, F=Food, C=Cosmetics eg. D&C Blue #1 means it was approved for Drugs and Cosmetics, but not Food (yet can still be used for lipsticks which are ingested?)  If you can't eat it - why do you want it on your lips?  And knowing that it is linked to such a host of awful diseases and side effects - why go near it at all?

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