Toxic Ingredients & Cruelty-Free
Cosmetics Ingredients to Avoid
The same way you check your food labels, you should do the same for your skin and hair care products. There are numerous chemicals in your cosmetic products, which are being absorbed into your body are dangerous for your health.
Below are the toxic ingredients we do not use in our products.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Animal Fats, Oils, and Musks
Rendered beef, tallow, or mutton fat, oils or musk from animals such as mink, emu and sharks. They can be found in shampoo, lotions, face powders, beauty masks.
These ingredients are procured after an animal has been killed.
Benzalkonium chloride is a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant. This ingredient is found in sunscreens, moisturizers.
This ingredient is immune system toxicant. It may cause asthma. Animal studies suggest endocrine disruption and brain, nervous system, respiratory and blood effects; possible carcinogen.
Benzophenone and Derivatives
This is used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light. This ingredient is found in perfumes, sunscreens, lip balms, and soaps.
It is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT). It is linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
This is used in plastics and resins. Bisphenol A is found in the hard plastic bottles a lot of people use every day.
This ingredient could possibly increase incidences of endometriosis. Even though a product is claimed to be phthalates-free or BPA-free, those chemicals can find their way into the product from its packaging.
A solvent used to control viscosity, or a “fragrance” additive. This ingredient is found in hair dyes, other hair products, liquid soaps.
It irritates skin and can likely cause cancer and reproductive toxicity. In animal studies, this ingredient leads to red blood cell damage and hemolytic anemia in through inhalation, skin exposure and ingestion.
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
These are synthetic antioxidants used to lengthen shelf life. These chemicals are found in: Lip treatments, color cosmetics, and fragrances.
These chemicals are probable carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and are likely to cause liver damage. Using them can lead to endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, and irritation.
Found in sunscreens, powders and foundations with spf. These chemicals are likely to cause skin discoloration due to a higher internal skin temperature. Also, it transforms UV rays into heat which can worsen flushing in rosacea-prone skin types.
Toxic reactions include allergic reactions, inflammation, dermatological effects, and photogenotoxic (DNA altering) effects. Chemical sunscreens also have ingredients that promote cancer.
Coal Tar Hair Dyes and Other Coal Tar Ingredients (Including Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine)
Coal tar is a carcinogen derived from burning coal. It is a combination of hundreds of compounds, many of which are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) These chemical is found in: Shampoos, hair dyes, hair treatments and cosmetics.
Experimental studies found that using and exposure to coal tar leads to skin tumors and neurological damage.
Found in many products ranging from cosmetics, personal care products and household cleaning products. You can find them in moisturizers, shaving creams, color cosmetics, and fragrances.
Surfactants and pH adjusters have been linked to skin toxicity, allergies, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development.
Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxyethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. These chemical can be found in soaps, body wash, and color cosmetics.
These chemicals, which help stop microbes from growing in water-based cosmetics, can be absorbed through the skin and can cause cancer and allergic skin reactions.
Cosmetic ingredients derived from Genetically Modified Organisms include ingredients such as corn oil, corn flour , soybean oil, lecithin and proteins produced by yeast. These chemical is found in moisturizers, creams, and soaps.
These chemicals may lead to infertility, accelerated aging, immune problems, insulin regulation, and changes in the liver, spleen, kidney, and digestive system. Also, studies have linked GM foods with asthma, inflammation, allergies, and intestinal damage.
This is a skin lightening chemical that stops the production of melanin and is a possible cause of cancer, organ toxicity and skin irritation. This chemical is found in skin fading or lighteners, anti-aging creams, sunscreens.
Immune system and respiratory toxicant; likely neurotoxin; possible carcinogen; irritant; animal studies show endocrine disruption.
Can be found in anti-aging creams, moisturizers, and serums.
According to the EWG, methyl cellosolve is a neurotoxin that leads to DNA mutation. It’s a vague ingredient that is sometimes not explicitly found on labels.
Methylisothiazolinone (MI/MCI) and Methylchloroisothaizolinone
These are used as preservatives, antimicrobial agent. These chemical can be found in shampoos and hand creams.
These chemicals have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.
Mercury and Mercury Compounds (Also Listed As Thimerosal)
These are metallic elements that are used as a preservative and antiseptic known to damage brain function. These chemicals can be found in skin lightening soaps and creams, and mascara.
Over time, mercury poisoning can lead to neurological, skin, and kidney damage.
This is a sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber It can be found in sunscreens, lotions, and makeup containing SPF.
These chemical is linked to irritation, sensitization, and allergies, and likely hormone disruption.
These are chemicals used as Preservatives; Anti-bacterial agent; Fragrance ingredient. These chemicals can be found in lotions, creams, and hair products.
These chemicals alter hormone levels, possibly increasing the risk for certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, or alteration of the development of a fetus or young child; studies have found parabens in breast tumors. Animal studies also show brain and nervous system effects.
Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others)
They belong to a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to produce fragrances stick to skin. These chemicals are found in cosmetics and personal care.
These chemicals are likely to disrupt carcinogen and endocrine. They are also toxic to the immune system.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG Compounds)
These are commonly used in cosmetics as thickeners, softeners, solvents, and moisture-carriers. These chemicals can be found in hair care, personal care and cosmetics.
Depending on the manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with quantifiable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1, 4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.
This chemical is a colorant and fragrance ingredient. This chemical can be found in hair dyes and acne medications.
Resorcinol is a skin irritant that is toxic to the immune system and organs, and alleged to cause hormone disruption.
Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A)
These are usually used ingredients in skin care products. Both are types of vitamin A. They can be found lip products, sunscreen, acne medications, and skin lotions.
Excess pre-formed vitamin A such as retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinyl linoleate, can cause different of health problems, such as liver damage, brittle nails, hair loss, and osteoporosis and hip fractures in older adults.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)
Used to improve foaming action and enhance penetration.. These chemicals can be found in lotions and hair care products
These chemicals are skin irritants. They are rapidly absorbed into the heart, liver, brain and eyes and can cause long term effects. They are linked to cataracts in adults and inhibiting appropriate development of children’s eyes. The chemicals allow let chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin, so the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream is increased.
Synthetic Flavor or Fragrance
This is scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000+ stock chemical ingredients, It can be found in skin and hair care products.
They are not often listed on the label because fragrance ingredients are usually not disclosed. Synthetic musks bioaccumulate in the environment and have been found in human breast milk, body fat, blood, and umbilical cords. Studies show that these compounds can disturb cell functioning and hormone systems.
A toxic chemical used in nail products and hair dyes. This chemical can be found in nail polish and hair dye.
Toxic to the liver, nervous system, and respiratory system. It is also a possible cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and sense organ toxin and likely a carcinogen and reproductive toxin.
Triclosan and Triclocarban
Widely used antimicrobial agents that are found in a lot of soaps and detergents.
These chemicals can lead to endocrine disruption.