In addition to being compliant with Prop 65 and the EU standard (1,300+ banned ingredients), we’ve compiled additional ingredients that we choose to formulate without. This isn't an exhaustive list of ingredients we formulate without, but these are the ones we get asked about the most.

We believe in learning and evolving with scientific research, so it will change as our knowledge of suspect ingredients change.

Ethoxylation

Pesticides and theoretically any non-organic plant product such as certain detergents, foaming agents, emulsifiers and solvents.

A residual chemical (by-product) left behind when products are ethoxylated (all PEGs, PPGs, and some surfactants). Findings indicate this is a potential human carcinogen.

Other Names

Ingredients with the prefix , word or syllables "PEG" Polyethylene, Polyethylene Glycol, Polysorbate or Polyxyethylene and words with containing "eth" or "oxynol" in them

Preservative

Found in many cosmetic and pharmaceutical products including shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and deodorant

Used as a preservative. Certain parabens have been linked to hormone disruption, skin irritation, contact dermatitis and rosacea in individuals with paraben allergies.

Other Names

Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Benzylparaben

Sweat Control

Usually found in personal care products especially deodorants

Can be extremely irritating on abraded skin.

Other Names

Aluminum Chloride, Aluminum cChlorohydrate, Aluminum Hydroxybromide

Skin barrier and skin softener

Shampoo, body wash, lotions and creams.

Derived from processed petroleum. There is concern regarding unsustainable sourcing and possible contamination from Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are linked to cancer.

Other Names

Liquid Paraffin, Mineral Oil Jelly and Petroleum Jelly

Preservative

Found in lipsticks, moisturizers and other personal care products. Often found in fragrance ingredients.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoleune (BHT). Synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives. BHA is linked to cancer, skin irritation and hormone disruption. Toluene-based preservative, BHT, is linked with skin irritation.

Other Names

BOA, Tert-Butyl-4-Hydroxyanisole, (1,1-Dimethylethyl)-4-Methoxyphenol, Tert-Butyl-4-Methoxyphenol, Antioxyne B,

Product strengthener

Many cosmetics and personal care products including nail polish

Chemicals used to increase flexibility and strength of plastics. Usually found within fragrances. Some phtalates have been linked to hormone disruption.

Other Names

Bensybutyl Phthalate (BzBP), Bi-n-butyl Phthalate or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) DEP DEHP and fragrance

Coloring Agents

Found in hair dyes, cosmetics and hair treatments, especially those for anti-dandruff

These are a mixture of many chemicals, often derived from petroleum and manufactured synthetically. They may often be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some are combined with aluminum substrates.

Other Names

P-phenylenediamine.  Common in colorants and hair dyes, it may appear with a five digit color Index (CI) # from 75000-77000 or may be listed as FD&C or D&C followed by a color.

Softener and to promote product dry down

Found in moisturizers and facial treatments

Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in siloxane, speeds product dry down and with improvd glide. Suspected endocrine discrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and wildlife.

Other Names

Polysiloxanes

chelating agents and neutralizing agents

Soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners and dyes, lotions, shaving creams, paraffin and waxes, household cleaning products, pharmaceutical ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances, sunscreens

DEA (and derivatives) are on Prop 65 list. TEA and MEA are not but they can contain DEA by-products. May be contaminated with chemicals like Nitrosamines which are linked to cancer. The European Commission prohibits DEAs in cosmetics.

Other Names

2-Aminoethanol, Triethanolamine, Diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, Cocamide DEA, Cocamide MEA, DEA-Cetyl Phosphate, DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide MEA, Myristamide DEA, Oleamide DEA, Stearamide MEA, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate

Detergents/Foaming Agent

Commonly used in shampoo and personal care products

Salt, acid derivatives. Detergent that makes products foam, lather and bubble. May cause irritation of the skin and mucous membranes.

Other Names

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Preservative

Nail polish, deodorants, soap, shampoos and shaving cream

Has been linked to immune system toxicity and respiratory irritation.

Other Names

Not typically listed as an ingredient however these Formaldehyde "releasers" or "donors" are often listed on ingredient labels:  DMDM Hydantoin, Diaxzolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methanamine, Quaternium-15 and Sodium hHydroxymethylglycincate. May also appear as Cormalin, Formicaldehyde, Methanol, Methyl aldehyde

Perfume to mask odors or make product smell pleasant

Many cosmetics, personal and hair care products

Can contain between 10 and 300 different chemicals, many of which have never been tested for safety. May be associated with allergies, dermatitis and respiratory conditions.

Other Names

Parfum, perfume

Preservative

Shampoos, body wash and cleansers

Can cause skin allergies and irritation. Studies suggest it may be toxic to the nervous system. 

Other Names

2-METHYL- 3 (2H) -ISOTHIAZOLONE; 2-METHYL-2H-ISOTHIAZOL-3-ONE; 2-METHYL-3 (2H) -ISOTHIAZOLONE; 2-METHYL-4-ISOTHIAZOLIN-3-ONE; 3 (2H) -ISOTHIAZOLONE, 2-METHYL-; 3 (2H) ISOTHIAZOLONE, 2METHYL; METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE225METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE SOLUTION; 2-METHYL-3 (2H) -ISOTHIAZOLONE; 2-METHYL-4-ISOTHIAZOLIN-3-ONE

Moisture Absorption

Baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants, acne treatments and face masks

Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products.

Other Names

Talcum powder, cosmetic talc, Magnesium Silicate

Moisturizer

Skin lotions, creams, ointments, cosmetics and hair care products

A colorless and odorless oil that is made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. Lightweight and inexpensive, it helps reduce water loss from the skin.

Other Names

Liquid Petroleum, Paraffin Oil and White Mineral Oil

Solvent

Nail polish and hair dye

This is often used as a solvent to improve adhesion and gloss. It has been linked to allergies and irritation. Toxic to the immune system, this solvent may cause birth defects.

Product transparency

Cosmetics and sunscreen

May be toxic if inhaled. Ultra-fine and may cross over permeable membranes and into our bodies.

Anti-fungal/ Anti-bacterial

Found in soap, mouthwash, shaving cream, deodorants, detergent and toothpaste

May make bacteria resistant to antibiotics due to its overuse in cosmetics and cleaning products.   2016 FDA ruling states it can no longer be included in soaps and antiseptic washes. May be associated with hormone disruption.