We are always on the lookout for hidden nasties and we keep an up to date list of banned ingredients that you will never find in our stores. No parabens, no synthetic fragrance, no PEGS, no Glycols, no formaldehydes, only pure goodness. We have narrowed it down to 8 major effects on our bodies and the environment.

Carcinogen
Definition:

Any substance that has the potential to cause cancer in living tissues. Carcinogen exposure can occur from the inhalation, ingestion, or absorption of many different types of substances.

Reproductive Harm
Definition:

Interferes with the reproductive organs and alters sexual behavior, decreases fertility, menstrual changes, offsets puberty, increases risk of miscarriages, premature births and increases risk of reproductive cancers.

Neurotoxicity
Definition:

Exposure to neurotoxins that alters the normal activity of the nervous system causing damage to the brain and may disrupt and kill nerve

Environmental Harm
Definition:

Potential contamination of water and soil together with other micro pollutants that contribute ecosystem damage

Organ Toxicity/Irritation
Definition:

Occurs in major organs fed by the circulatory system (heart, kidneys, brain, eyes) which can sustain damage due to uncontrolled hypertension, hypotension, or hypovolemia.

DNA/Cell Damage
Definition:

Alteration in the chemical structure of our DNA. May be naturally repaired but will not result to 100% efficiency. Un-repaired DNA may damage and accumulate in non-replicating cells such as in the brain and muscles.

Allergen
Definition:

Causes hypersensitivity of the immune system.

Endocrine Disruption
Definition:

Chemicals that may interfere with the body's endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.

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Aluminum
Use
  • Blocks sweat ducts
Potential Health Concern
  • NT
  • C
  • ED
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Antiperspirant
Animal Oils, Fats & Musk
Use
  • Emollient
  • Perfuming Agent
  • Product thickener
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • EH
Where you can find it
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Chloride
Use
  • Preservative
  • Anti-microbial agent
  • Surfactant
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • AT
Where you can find it
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Moisturizer
BHA and BHT
Use
  • Preservative in both cosmetics and food
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • ED
  • O
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Butoxyethanol
Use
  • Viscosity Control
  • Solvent
  • Fragrance additive
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • RH
  • O
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Chemical UV Blocks
Use
  • Protects from UVA/UVB rays
  • Ingredient stabilizer
Potential Health Concern
  • D
  • ED
Where you can find it
  • Face Sunscreen
  • Body Sunscreen
  • Cosmetics
Coal Tar
Use
  • Anti-dandruff
  • Colorant
Potential Health Concern
  • C
Where you can find it
  • Hair Products
  • Cosmetics
1,4-dioxane
Use
  • Contaminant (unmentioned in ingredients list)
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • O
  • RH
Where you can find it
  • Products that sud
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic (EDTA)
Use
  • Binding agent
  • Penetration enhancer
Potential Health Concern
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Moisturizers
  • Cleansers
  • Hair Color
  • Soap and Body Wash
  • Foundation
  • Eye Makeup
Ethanolamines
Use
  • Surfactant
  • pH Adjuster
Potential Health Concern
  • AT
  • O
  • ED
  • C
  • RH
Where you can find it
  • Moisturizers
  • Cleansers
  • Hair Color
  • Soap and Body Wash
  • Foundation
  • Eye Makeup
Formaldehyde
Use
  • Preservative
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • NT
  • RH
  • AT
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Bath products like shampoo, body wash, cleansers
  • Nail Polish
  • Synthetic Eyelash Glues
Hydroquinone
Use
  • Bleaches the skin
  • Halts production of melanin pigments
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Skin whitening products (cleansers, moisturizers)
Lead
Use
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • NT
  • RH
  • ED
Where you can find it
  • Most Cosmetics
Mercury and mercury compounds
Use
  • Preservative
  • Anti-microbial agent
Potential Health Concern
  • NT
  • RH
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Eye makeup
Methyl cellosolve
Use
  • Fragrance
  • Solvents
  • Viscosity control
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • D
  • NT
  • RH
Where you can find it
  • Anti aging skincare products
Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone
Use
  • Preservatives
  • Fragrance enhancers
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • AT
  • NT
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Mineral Oil
Use
  • Moisturizer
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • O
  • AT
Where you can find it
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Nanoparticles
Use
  • *not labeled in ingredients
  • UV protection
  • Penetration and texture enhancer
  • Ingredient stabilizer
  • Preservative
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • D
  • RH
Where you can find it
  • Anti-aging products and treatments
  • Sunscreens
Parabens
Use
  • Plasticizers
  • Solubilizer
  • Denaturant
Potential Health Concern
  • ED
  • RH
  • AT
  • O
  • C
  • Possible contamination with 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Phthalates
Use
  • Plasticizers
  • Solubilizer
  • Denaturant
Potential Health Concern
  • ED
  • RH
  • Possible contamination with 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide
Where you can find it
  • Synthetic fragrance, hairspray
Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds)
Use
  • Thickeners
  • Solvents
  • Softeners
  • Moisture-carriers
  • Penetration Enhancers
Potential Health Concern
  • ED
  • RH
  • Possible contamination with 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products, moisturizers, foundation
Polysorbates
Use
  • Surfactant
  • Emulsifying agent
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • Possible contamination with 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
Propanol
Use
  • pH Adjuster
  • Ingredient Stabilizer
Potential Health Concern
  • C
  • RH
  • O
Where you can find it
  • All types of hair products
  • All types of face products
  • All types of body products
  • All types of cosmetic products
Resorcinol
Use
  • Colorant
  • Fragrance ingredient
  • Acne therapy
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • ED
Where you can find it
  • Hair care and styling products
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Use
  • Surfactant
  • Fragrance ingredient
  • Acne therapy
Potential Health Concern
  • O
  • AT
  • Contamination with 1,40-dioxane
Where you can find it
  • Shampoo
  • Cleanser
  • Soap
  • Exfoliators
  • Body Wash
  • Bubble Bath
Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate (SLS)
Use
  • Skin conditioning
  • Absorption enhancer
  • Antistatic
Potential Health Concern
  • C
Where you can find it
  • Shampoo
  • Cleanser
  • Soap
  • Exfoliators
  • Body Wash
  • Bubble Bath
Toluene
Use
  • Solvent
Potential Health Concern
  • NT
  • C
  • RH
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Hair Dye
  • Nail polish
Triclosan
Use
  • Antimicrobial agent (look for "Microban")
Potential Health Concern
  • ED
  • EH
  • O
Where you can find it
  • Antibacterial hand and body soap/cleanser
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antiperspirant
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