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Ingredient Policy

Although the list of harmful ingredients that we do not support is ever-changing and very long, you can be sure that none of the products we offer contain these more commonly found contentious ingredients:

  • Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl)

98% of cosmetic products contain parabens. Parabens are endocrine disruptors, meaning they may disturb the hormone balance in your body and cause allergic reactions. British researchers found traces of it in twenty women who had breast cancer. Parabens are believed to act like the female hormone oestrogen, and high levels of oestrogen can cause some women to develop breast cancer.

  • Propylene Glycol (PEG)
This is one of the most common ingredients in cosmetics and is highly controversial. Many say it is a harmful irritant known to cause damage to the kidneys, whilst a few believe it is safe. But consider this: the Material Safety Data Sheet for propylene glycol warns workers handling this chemical to avoid skin contact.

  • Sodium Lauryl/ Laureth Sulfate
A known skin irritant which enhances allergic responses to other toxins and allergens. This chemical can react with other ingredients to form cancer-causing nitrosamines. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used as a lathering agent. It is present in 90% of commercial shampoos, as well as skin creams and some brands of toothpaste. It was found to be safe by the CIR expert panel in the 1980’s, but new information is being considered as to the safety of the ingredient.

  • Synthetic Colours
Used to make cosmetics “pretty” synthetic colors (along with synthetic hair dyes) should be avoided at all costs, as many synthetic colors can be carcinogenic. They are listed as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6, or D&C Green No. 6.

  • Synthetic Fragrances
Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are since on the label it will simply read “fragrance.” Some problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation - the list goes on. They can also trigger asthma.

  • Pthalates

Pthalates are used to keep fragrance chemicals in solution. They are found in almost all fragrances and manufacturers are allowed to list them under the name fragrance or parfum. Phthalates are used to enhance fragrances, as solvents, and to denature alcohol.

These chemicals have been shown to enter the bloodstream and concentrate in fat cells. They are extremely potent oestrogen mimics and some are 10 000 times more potent than oestrogen itself. Excessively high levels of oestrogen have been known to cause cancer.

DEP is the phthalate found in the highest levels in humans, and a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives (December 2002) found that DEP is damaging to the DNA of sperm in adult men at current levels of exposure. DNA damage to sperm can lead to infertility and may also be linked to miscarriages, birth defects, infertility and cancer in offspring. Recent product tests found the chemical in every fragrance tested in the United States.

Manufacturers are not required to list phthalates on product labels, so they are difficult to avoid, but phthalates have been banned by all the major organic certifiers in the world.

  • Talc
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral. Some reports show it to be carcinogenic when inhaled. In addition, women who regularly use talc in the genital area are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Many pediatricians now tell parents to avoid using talc on babies as it can cause respiratory distress, sometimes resulting in death. Talc in liquid formulations poses minimal risk.

  • Petrolatum
Also known as mineral oil jelly, liquid Vaseline, Paraffinum Liquidum and baby oil. It is extremely cheap hence it’s widespread use. It can cause photosensitivity and strips natural oils from the skin, causing chapping, dryness and premature ageing. It also prevents the elimination of toxins from the body and can therefore cause acne.