Compare our organic ingredients vs. the potentially harmful chemicals in the leading products
Function: Even Tone
Concerns: Possible Allergen
Function: PH Adjuster
About: A naturally occurring and synthetically produced beta hydroxy acid
Function: Skin Conditioning
Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Fact: Salicylic Acid is also known to increase the skin’s
. Additionally, Salicylic acid does not cure acne, it
must be used continuously
, because its effects stop when you stop using it -- pores clog up again and the
. Why bother!
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: PETROLEUM DERIVED. A mixture of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) with a denaturing agent
Fact: Ethanol is considered broadly
and linked to birth defects following excessive oral ingestion
About: PETROLEUM BY-PRODUCT. An alcohol used as solvent and conditioning agent
Concerns: Irritation (Eye, skin or lungs)
Fact: Butylene glycol is an extremely powerful chemical, if can dissolve and clean
, imagine what it can do to your skin.
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED.
that works by attracting both water and oil at the same time
Concerns: Contamination, Ecotoxic
finds it to be a moderate hazard ingredient because of contamination concerns, including: Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast
and of leukemia and brain cancer, according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program; and 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen (
International Journal of Toxicology
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. A synthetic compound derived from lactic acid and C12-15 alcohols
Fact: Provides a non-oily lubrication that
reduces the greasiness
and tackiness of other ingredients, such as petroleum.
About: A salt of citric acid
Fact: It gives
both its sour and salty flavors.
About: PETROCHEMICAL. Phospholipid complex derived from pure coconut oil
Fact: Speculation that it is a
, or may enhance the cleansing power of a formula or provide a moisturizing effect
About: PETROCHEMICAL. Petrochemical Emollient.
Concerns: Contamination, Organ toxicity
Fact: May promote
and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes.
About: PETROLEUM BY PRODUCT. Petrochemical Emollient.
Function: Surfactant - Emulsifying Agent
Concerns: Contamination concerns, Organ toxicity
to chemical, physical, biological and microbiological
within the realm of preparation, storage, and use in cosmetics and personal care products
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. A fatty alcohol that's either produced from the end products of
, or derived from plants (palm oil-palmityl alcohol) in the form of a white, waxy solid
Fact: Has the ability to altercate the lipid bilayer of the epidermis (protective barrier) and cause
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. A chemical used as a disinfectant, detergent, and antiseptic
Concerns: Toxin and Allergen
Cosmetic Safety Database
states that there is a moderate to strong evidence that benzalkonium chloride is an immune, skin, and respiratory toxicant, with laboratory tests indicating
About: PETROLEUM DERIVED. Used to improve stability of formulations which are exposed to UV-A/UV-B light
Function: Ultraviolet Light Absorber
Fact: Evidence of
About: PETROCHEMICAL. Used as a metal chelator, it counteracts the adverse effects of hard water by binding with heavy metal ions contained in tap water, which in turn prevents the metals from being deposited onto the skin, hair and scalp.
Function: Viscosity Controlling
Concerns: Enhanced absorption
Fact: Some studies suggest that disodium EDTA is weakly
(probably due to the fact that it binds with metals required for healthy cell division.)
About: A highly caustic and reactive inorganic base, also known as lye
Concerns: Irritant (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
xpected to be toxic or harmful
" and one or more animal studies show brain and nervous system, metabolic, and sense organ effects at very low doses.
About: An alpha hydroxy acid; derived from sugar cane
Concerns: Irritation (Eyes, skin, and lungs)
About: COAL TAR AND PETROCHEMICAL. A synthetic coal tar manufactured from the hydrocarbons of petroleum
Concerns: Organ System Toxicity
Fact: A CSPI report says Yellow dye # 6 contains known carcinogens and contaminants that unnecessarily increase the risks of
, hyperactivity in children and allergic reactions.
Fact: Red 40 contains p-Cresidine, which the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services
says is “reasonably anticipated” to be a
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