Skincare

Ingredients We Never Use

Many of my customers have heard me say that when making my products, I leave out everything that shouldn't be there in the first place -- a long list. Here, we've complied a partial listing to introduce you to the biggest "no no's". If you see any of these ingredients on a product label, it might be a good idea to switch to another product. Some of the ingredients listed below are even known cancer-causing compounds and remain unregulated by the FDA for a number of reasons.

We don't use anything synthetic or harmful. You will never find any synthetic waxes or bee's wax in my products. No shea butter. No GMO. No animal products. No synthetic preservatives. 

What I find curious is that many "Natural" "Organic" skincare products often have some of the ingredients listed below. Read your labels carefully before you put anything on your delicate skin.

Catagories Of Undesirable Ingredients: (A Specific List Follows)

1. SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES often contain phthalates (pronounced THAY-lates), synthetic chemicals commonly used to stabilize fragrances and make plastic more pliable. These endocrine disrupters mimic hormones and may alter genital development. Avoid products that list fragrance as an ingredient unless the label states that it’s derived from essentials oils, or look for a phthalate-free label on the packaging.

2. PARABENS, ubiquitous in skincare, preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life–but these antimicrobial chemicals also have hormone-disrupting effects.

3. UREAS, formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.

4. 1,4-DIOXANE, a chemical carcinogen, is created when ingredients are processed with petroleum-derived ethylene oxide. Common ethoxylated compounds include sodium laureth sulfate and polyethylene glycol (often listed as PEG). To avoid it, skip any product with the following ingredients: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth (or any other -eth), PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol.

5. PETROCHEMICALS are derived from crude oil. Petroleum-based ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin (derived from nonrenewable sources) form a barrier when applied to the skin that does not allow it to breathe and can clog pores.

6. MEA/DEA/TEA are “amines” (ammonia compounds) and can form harmful nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilizers, and to adjust the pH of cosmetics, they can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin.

7. SULFATES, such as sodium lauryl and sodium laureth, are harsh detergents that give cleansers, soaps, and shampoos their latherability. Often derived from petroleum, sulfates can also come from coconut and other vegetable oils that can be contaminated with pesticides. Sulfates can cause eye irritation and skin rashes.

8. CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS, such as oxybenzone and octylmethoxycinnamate, have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safer alternatives.

9. QUATS, such as benzalkonium chloride, steardimonium chloride, cetrimonium bromide, and cetrimonium chloride, give a positive charge to conditioners in order to prevent static. They are necessary for conditioners, but we have allowed only the mildest quats in our Beauty With a Conscience standard: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, hydroxypropyltrimonium oligosaccharide, and SugaQuats.

10. ANTIBACTERIAL COMPOUNDS, such as triclosan and chlorphenesin, do not break down in the environment and may contribute to bacterial resistance.

11. SYNTHETIC POLYMERS, such as sodium polyacrylate and carbomer, come from petroleum and give viscosity to skincare products. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.

12. SYNTHETIC COLORS are made from coal tar. They contain heavy metal salts that may deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number.

13. CHELATORS, such as disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, are used in personal care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They do not readily biodegrade in the environment.

14. NANOS are a new technology with inconclusive but potentially hazardous study results. Research suggests that when tiny nano particles penetrate the skin, they may cause cell damage.

15. ANIMAL TESTING: A grim history of cruelty to animals lies behind many cosmetic ingredients. But scientists are developing new technologies to test cosmetics before a European Union ban on animal testing begins in March 2009.

 

Specific Listing Of Nasty Things That Shouldn't Be In Your Skincare:
1,2 hexanediol
2-carboxy-1methylpyridinium chloride
2-propanone
AA2G-Ascorbyl Glucoside
acetamide MEA
acetone
acrylates copolymer
acrylic acid/vp crosspolymer
aerosol sprays
AHAs
alcloxa
aldioxa
alkyl benzoate
alkyldimethylamine oxide
alpha arbutin
alpha hydroxy acids
Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate
aluminum chlorohydrate
aluminum glycinate
aluminum hydroxide
aluminum oxide
aluminum powder
amino-guanadine amino-guanadine is not INCI compliant
aminomethyl propanol
Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate
ammonia
ammonium alum
ammonium laureth sulfate
ammonium lauryl sulfate
ammonium polacrylate
ammonium xylene sulfonate
AMP AMP is not INCI compliant
Arbutin
artificial colors
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
atelocollagen
avobenzone
babassuamidopropalkonium chloride
babassuamidopropyl betaine
behenalkonium chloride
behenamidopropyl hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride
behenoxy dimethicone
behentrimonium methosulfate
benzalkonium chloride
benzethonium chloride
benzocaine
benzophenone
benzyl PCA benzyl PCA is not INCI compliant
betaine
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2
Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl
Dimer Dilinoleate
bismuth oxychloride
Blue WS 1430
borax
boron nitride
Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine
bronopol
bumetrizole
butoxyethanol
Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
butylene glycol
butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer
butylparaben
Butylphenyl methylpropianol
C 11-15 Pareth 12
C 12-14 Olefin Sulfonate
C 12-15 Alkyl benzoate
C 12-15 Alkyl octanoate
C 13-14 Isoparaffin
C12-15 alkyl lactate
C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester
C18-38 alkyl hydroxystearol stearate
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate Silica
capryl isostearate
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Diacetyl Boldine
carbomer
Carbowax (see polyethylene glycol)
carmine
castor oil/IPDI copolymer
Castoryl maleate
CDE (see cocomide DEA)
ceramide 2, 3
ceresin
ceteareth 2 - 100
ceteareth 5 - 20
Cetearyl Ethylhexanote
cetearyl isononanoate
cetearyl methicone
Ceteth -20 Phosphate
cetrimonium bromide
cetrimonium chloride
cetyl betaine 
Cetylpyridinium Chloride
chlorphenesin
Cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride
Cocamide DEA
Cocamide MEA
cocamide MIPA
cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride
cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate
Cocamidopropylamine Oxide
cocamine oxide
cochineal 
coco betaine acceptable if there is documentation to show the source is
natural
coco phosphatidyl pg-dimonium chloride
Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate cocoamphocarboxyglycinate is not INCI compliant
Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice
Protein
colloidal anhydrous silica
colloidal minerals
colloidal silver
Copolymer
to show the source is natural
Copper disodium EDTA
corn glycol corn glycol is not INCI compliant
Cyclomethicone
Cyclopentasiloxane
cyclotetrasiloxane
diazolidinyl urea
dicaprylyl carbonate 
dicaprylyl ether
dicetyldimonium chloride
diethanolamine (DEA)
dihydroxyacetone
diisopropyl dimerate
Diisostearyl Malate
dimethicone copolyol
dimethicone crosspolymer-3
Dimethicone glycereth-2 cocoate
dimethyl adipate
dimethyl capramide
dimethyl glutarate
Dimethyl oxobenzo dioasilane
Dimethyl Phenyl 2-Butanol
dimethyl succinate
dimethylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate
dimethylpolysiloxane
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline
Dipentaerythrityl
dipetaerythrityl
hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate
dipolyhydroxystearate
dipropylene glycol
disodium EDTA
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate disodium laureth sulfosuccinate is not INCI compliant
disodium oleamido succinate
Distarch Phospate Acetate
distearate 75
Disteardimonium Hectoride
DMDM hydantoin
EDTA
EGMS
emu oil
Equine oil
ethoxydiglycol
ethoxydiglycol oleate
Ethyhexyl Methoxycrylene
ethyl acetate
ethyl diglycol (see polyethylene glycol) ethyl diglycol is not INCI compliant
ethyl methoxycinnamate
ethyl vanillin 
ethylene glycol
Ethylhexyl isononanoate
Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene
Ethylyhexyl Salicylate
FD & C colors
formaldehyde
fragrance, synthetic (botanical fragrance, parfum,
etc.)
Fullerenes
gelatin
germaben
germall germall is not INCI compliant
Glycereth-2 cocoate
Glycereth-26
glycereth-7 cocoate
Glyceryl
(tetradecanoate/hexadecanoate/octadecanoate/ricin
oleate/eicosadioate)
glyceryl isostearate
glyceryl polyacrylate
Glyceryl rosinate
glycolic acid
Guaiazulene
Hexadecanol
Hexadecyl Isononanoate
Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/Hexarosinate
hexyl laurate
hexylene glycol
hexylresorcinol
homosalate
human placental protein
Hydrogenated Polydecene
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol
hydroquinone
hydrotalcite
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl
Taurate Copolymer
Hydroxyethyl Soyamide
Hydroxyethyl urea
Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey
imidazolidinyl urea
iodopropynyl butylcarbamate
IPDI
Isobutane
Isoceteth-20
isocetyl isostearate
Isocetyl Stearate
Isododecane
Isohexadecane
Isononyl Isononanoate
Isopentane
isopentyldiol
isopropyl methylphenol
isopropyl myristate
Isopropyl phenyl dimethicone
Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
Isostearyl Isostearate
kojic acid
lactamidopropyl trimonium chloride
lactic acid acceptable for use as a pH adjuster
Lauramide MEA
Lauramidopropylamine Oxide
Laureth-7
laurethsulfosuccinate
Lauryl Amidopropyl Betaine lauryl amidopropyl betaine is not INCI compliant
Lauryl betaine 
lidocaine
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Magnesium Myristate
MEA-containing ingredients
Melanin
methoxycinnamate methoxycinnamate is not INCI compliant
Methyl Gluceth-10
methyl glyceth-20
methyl glycol
methyl nicotinate
Methyl Propanediol
methyl rapeseed extract
Methyl soyate
methylchloroisothiazolinone
methylisothiazolinone
methylparaben
methylsilanol mannuronate
microcrystalline wax
mineral oil
myristic acid 
myristyl alcohol
myristyl ether sulfate
Myristyl Lactate
myristyl myristate
nanotechnology ingredients <100 nm
nitrocellulose
nonoxynol 10
Nylon-12
Octadecanol octadecanol is not INCI compliant.
octinoxate
octisalate
octocrylene
Octyl dimethyl PABA
Octyl Dodecyl Neopentanoate
octyl methoxycinnamate
Octyldecanol
Octyldodecanol 
Oleamidopropyl dimethylamine
Olefin Sulfonate
oleth (2-50)
oleth-20
oleth-3-phosphate
oleyl betaine 
Oleyl Oleate
oxybenzone
P-phenylenediamine
PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
Palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyloyl
hydroxythreonine
Palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutylrate
panthenyl ethyl ether
panthenyl triacetate
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (see PABA)
parabens
paraphenylenediamine
parfum
parsol
PCA-ethyl cocoyl arginate
pearl powder
PEG (see polyethylene glycol)
PEG 35 (stearate) castor oil
PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides
PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate
PEG-150 distearate
PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate
PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate
PEG-20, 100 stearate
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil
Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate
PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric glycerides
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone
pentaerythrityl distearate
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl
Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl
Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate
pentaerythrityl tetrastearate
Pentasodium Pentetate
pentylene glycol
Perflouroisohexane
perfluorodecalin
petrolatum
phenyl-butyl-nitrate phenyl-butyl-nitrate is not INCI compliant
phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid
Phenylpropanol
phenyltrimethicone
phthalate
placental protein
polaxamer 335
polyacrylamide
Polyacrylate-13
Polyamide-8
Polybutene
Polydecene
Polyethylene
polyethylene glycol (PEG)
polyethylene terephthalate
Polyglyceryl -10 Behenate/Eicosadioate
polyglyceryl -2 dipolyhydroxystearate
Polyglyceryl Methacrylate
polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate
Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate
polyglyceryl-3 stearate
Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate
polyimide 1
polyisobutene
polypropylene glycol
Polyquaternium 7, 10, 11
Polyquaternium-51
polysilicone-11, -15
Polyurethane-14
polyvinylpyrrolidone
potassium alum
Potassium C12-13 Alkyl Phosphate
potassium iodide
Potassium Myristate
PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer
PPG-15 stearyl ether
PPG-30
propanediol
propyl gallate
propylene carbonate
propylene glycol
propylene glycol alginate
Propylheptyl Caprylate
propylparaben
Providone (see polyvinylpyrrolidone)
PTFE (teflon)
pvp/eicosene copolymer
pvp/va copolymer
Quaternium 87
Quaternium 95 (and) 1,3 Propanediol
quaternium-15
quaternium-18
Ricinoleylpropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate
salicylic acid 
Silanetriol
Silica Dimethyl Silylate
silica silylate
silver citrate
silver dihydrogen citrate
simethicone
soapstone (see talc)
sodium acrylate
sodium bisulfite
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
sodium cetearyl sulfate
Sodium coco-sulfate
sodium cocoyl sulfate
Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate
sodium erythorbate
Sodium fluoride
sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
sodium isostearoyl lactylate
sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Glucosideoxyacetate
sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
sodium metabisulfite
Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate
sodium myreth sulfate
Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate
sodium polyacrylate
Sodium sulfate
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
sorbitan isostearate
soyamide DEA
soyamidopropalkonium chloride
squalane only shark-derived squalene unacceptable
Squalene only shark derived squalene is unacceptable
stearamidopropyl dimethyl amine
Steardimonium
Steardimonium Chloride stearamidopropyl chloride is not INCI compliant
steareth-2, 20, 21, 100 etc
Stearoxytrimethylsilane
styrene-pvp copolymer
Styrene/acrylates copolymer
Sulfated Castor Oil
Synthetic Beeswax
synthetic fluorphlogopite
synthetic fragrance
Synthetic Wax
talc
tallow
TEA-Carbomer
TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine
tetrasodium EDTA
Tetrasodium N,N-bis(carboxymethyl) L-Glutamate
Thiotic Acid thiotic acid is not INCI compliant
tin oxide
Tolnaftate
Tri Alkyl Citrate
tribehenin 
triclosan
Trideceth-12
Tridecyl Neopentanoate
tridecyl salicylate
triethanolamine (TEA)
triethoxycaprylysilane triethoxycarprylysilane is not INCI compliant
Triethylhexanoin
Trihydroxystearin
trimethylsiloxysilicate
trisodium EDTA (see tetrasodium EDTA)
Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate
tromethamine stearate
tropolone
Ultramarines
urea
vanillin
vanillyl butyl ether
Water Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl
Methacrylate Copolymer
Wheat germamidopropyl betaine
Wheatgermamidopropyl Dimethylamine
willow bark extract
Zinc pyrithione



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