Compare our organic ingredients vs. the potentially harmful chemicals in the leading products
Concerns: Usage and exposure concerns
Concerns: Possible Allergen
About: Good old H2O
Fact: If the first ingredient in your product is water, it is probably making up between 30%-100% of the formula. How do you feel about paying lots of money to be applying water to your face?
About: A fatty acid, can be natural or animal derived
Fact: When animal-derived, fat from cows, pigs, and sheep and from dogs and cats
in animal shelters.
About: Oil from the dried ripe flax seed
Function: Skin conditioning
Fact: Linseed oil is a common carrier used
About: Obtained from Glycine Soja plant
Fact: Over 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is
and the crops are sprayed with the herbicide
, which may be associated with adverse effects on health.
About: Alcohol compound, can be of animal or vegetable origin
Concerns: Restrictions in concentration on cosmetics
Fact: If derived from animals, frequently obtained from a
known as tallow or animal fat.
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. Manufactured from propylene oxide, a petroleum-based raw material
Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Fact: Industrial grade PG is used as an active ingredient in engine coolants and
; airplane de-icers; polyurethane cushions; paints, enamels and varnishes; and in many products as a solvent or surfactant.
About: A translucent, colorless, flavorless food derived from
obtained from various animal by-products.
Function: Film forming
Concerns: Limited use in food
Fact: Protein obtained by
(cows and pigs), tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water
About: Petrochemical - 95% of chemicals used in fragrance are from
Concerns: Immune system toxicant or allergen
Fact: Fragrance is an undisclosed mixture of up to
3,100 stock chemical
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. To create it, the known skin carcinogen, ethylene oxide is combined with a phenol (a chemical compound which is also considered a carcinogen).
Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Fact: It has indicated
potential. Additionally, the product's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) says that it is harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin and that it can cause
About: PETROLEUM PRODUCT. A solution of ammonia in water
Concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Fact: Ammonia is the main component of
. It is one of the most highly produced basic chemicals. More than 80% of ammonia production is used in fertilizers.
About: PARABEN AND PETROCHEMICAL. In the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries
Concerns: Human endocrine disruptor
Fact: New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of
About: A waxy, scented substance, derived from the wood of the camphor tree
Concerns: Use Restrictions
Fact: The poisons in the oil of camphor can transmit through the skin, making it a dangerous solution for pregnant women. Camphor can transfer through the placenta to the fetus, causing
and stillborn births.
About: Scent ingredient naturally found in peppermint oil
Fact: When applied topically to the skin, ingested, or inhaled, menthol produces a cooling sensation by
blocking the calcium current
along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature.
About: FORMALDEHYDE. An antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser
Concerns: Formaldehyde release concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Fact: DMDM hydantoin is is an antimicrobial agent and preservative, used to increase the shelf-life of cosmetics by
to kill the bacteria.
Concerns: Endocrine disruption
Fact: Propylparaben has the ability to
in the human body, leading to a significant number of problems and pain from internal inflammation. When this happens, you may start gaining weight, retaining more fluids, and can even lead to
About: It is a colorless crystal or white powder and is obtained when calcium oxide (called lime or quicklime) is mixed with water.
Concerns: Irritation of skin, eyes, lungs
Fact: It can cause
severe skin irritation
, chemical burns, blindness, or lung damage.
About: Eugenol is a naturally occurring scent chemical found in clove oil; also manufactured synthetically
Concerns: Organ System Toxicity
Fact: Eugenol oil is
toxic to human cells
. If ingested in sufficient quantity or injected it has been shown to cause
, including Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Liver Failure, and Central Nervous System Depression.
About: A volatile oil obtained from the fresh leaves of Eucalyptus tree
Concerns: Use Restrictions - Restricted in Canada in
Fact: Eucalyptus oil also has a respectable
and can be used as a fuel in its own right. However, production costs are currently too high for the oil to be economically
viable as a fuel
About: PETROLEUM PRODUCT. Chelating agent to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials
Function: Chelating Agent
Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption
Fact: Petroleum by-products interfere with the skin’s natural functions, clog the pores, exacerbate acne, and are highly likely to be contaminated with
that are linked to breast cancer.
About: Naturally occurring and synthetic scent ingredient
Concerns: Possible human immune system toxicant or allergen
Fact: Imparts a jasmine
into your products.
About: Synthetic oil, derived from lavender, mint and coriander
Concerns: Immune system toxicant and allergen
Fact: Can be
, which means that topical application of as little a concentration as 0.25% causes cell death.
About: Synthetic oil derived from rose and citronella
Fact: Geraniol is classified as D2B (
causing causing other effects) using the
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
About: PETROLEUM BY PRODUCT. Produced industrially by the reaction of
Concerns: Ecotoxic, Endocrine Disruptor
Fact: Used to
and scabies infestations. Benzyl benzoate is believed to be absorbed by the lice and mites and to destroy them by acting on their nervous system.
About: A scent ingredient naturally occurring in the rind of citrus fruit
Concerns: Irritation (eyes, skin, and lungs)
Fact: Can cause
and is best avoided
About: An inorganic salt
Function: Skin Protectant
Fact: Commonly called baking soda
Function: Viscosity Controlling
Fact: In its solid form, calcium chloride may cause mild
. When skin is moist, or when calcium chloride is in solution form, this irritation is more severe and may even cause burns.
About: An inorganic salt found in sea water and in mineral deposits
Fact: Also known as Epson Salt
Fact: Potassium Chloride is most famous for its use in fertilizer and