Ingredients we try to avoid
Acctylated Lanolin Alcohol - an ester resembling steroid generally found on the skin. Highly comedogenic. Has mild irritation potential.
Aluminum Acetate Solution - also known as Burrow’s solution - It’s metal content has produced skin rash and severe sloughing of the skin.
Amydimethyl PABA - causes skin irritability. It is no longer available in the U.S.
Anhydrous Lanolin - An emollient that depending on it’s processing can be comedogenic.
Anise Extract - used as a fragrance. It may cause allergic reactions, and produce hives, scaling and blisters if applied directly on the skin.
Balm Mint Oil - often combined with citronella oil - may cause skin irritation.
Behenyl Erucate - a skin conditioning agent. Considered comedogenic.
Benzethonium Chloride - a preservative, continuous use can cause allergic reactions.
Bergamot Oil - used as an antiseptic, high concentrations to the skin may cause hyper pigmentation and skin irritation or rash.
Butyl Stearate - used as an emulsifier, it has been known to cause allergic reactions.
Calcium Hydroxide - employed as a topical astringent. It can burn the skin and eyes.
Caprylic Acid - used as a surfactant, a naturally occurring fatty acid found in sweat, fusel oil, and other plant and animal sources. Mildly comedogenic and may be highly irritating to skin.
Carmine - a crimson coloring agent in some cosmetics. It may cause allergic reactions.
Ceresin - a waxy agent used in protective creams. May cause allergic reactions.
Cetearyl Alcohol - a form of alcohol that is comedogenic and sometimes irritating to the skin.
Cetyl Acetate - from the ester of Cetyl Alcohol Andacetic Acid, it is highly comedogenic.
Cinnamic Acid - found in cinnamon leaves and cocoa leaves. In high concentrations, cinnamon oil can cause skin irritations. It may cause allergic skin rashes.
Citronella Java Oil - antiseptic uses, herbal distillation may cause a skin rash when used in cosmetics.
Cocoa Butter - a skin softener and lubricator. It is con?sidered comedogenic and may cause allergic reactions.
Coconut Butter / Oil - used as a cream base. It may be irritating, cause skin rashes and considered comedo?genic to the skin.
Coriander Oil - used in deodorants and as a cosmetic preservative. Can cause allergic reactions.
Corn Oil - used as a carrier or delivery system. It has a high comedogenic content.
Cotton Seed Oil - used as a carrier or delivery system. It has a mild comedogenic content.
Egg Protein - used as a moisture-retention agent. It may cause skin rashes and allergic reactions for those pre-disposed to allergies to eggs.
Ethel Alcohol - from grain distillation, used as a topical antiseptic, anti-bacterial and astringent. It is commonly known as rubbing alcohol, it is too strong and too drying for the skin.
Eucalyptus Oil - has antiseptic, disinfectant and blood circulation activating properties. It may cause allergic reac?tions.
Glutaral - a preservative that can cause skin irritation.
Isocreme - used as an emollient. It is a mixture of mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum and lanolin alcohol - comedogenic to the skin.
Lanolin - a sheep’s wool derivative, it is highly comedogenic.
- Did you know that almost 50% of babies have allergic reactions to BABY OIL?
- Lanolin is the active ingredient in many oils and emollients.
- If you have any sort of eczema, dermatitis, itchy dryness, STAY CLEAR OF ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING LANOLIN!
Laureth - 4 - a surfactant that is highly comedogenic and irritating to the skin.
Lauric Acid - used as a base in most commercial soaps and detergents. It is mild irritant and comedogenic.
Mysistic Acid - a surfactant and cleansing agent used in product penetration, it has a high comedogenicity potential.
Mysistic Alcohol - an emollient used in product penetration, it has a high comedogenicity potential.
Mysistic Lactate - an emollient used in product penetration, it has a high comedogenicity potential.
Oleyl Alcohol - used as an emollient, it may be come?dogenic and mildly irritating.
Petroleum products (Petroleum Jelly)
- Yes, you find this product in almost every dry skin and lip chap product
- But did you know that this product is addictive to the skin? It actually tricks the body into thinking that the surface of the skin is moisturized.
- In turn the body stops its mechanisms of creating natural oils and hence after the product is worn off (or ingested in the case of lip chap) the skin is more dry and irritated than before. Your skin will now depend on being moisturized as opposed to taking care of itself
- petroleum is cheap and plentiful and that is why manufacturers use it
Polyphenol - a coloring agent, it is irritating and sensi?tizing to the skin.
PPG Myristyl - an emollient that is comedogenic and irritating.
PPG5 Ceteth 10 Phosphate - an emollient. Highly comedogenic and irritating.
- this chemical derivative is usually used in products with "healing" properties
- but it actually has the opposite effect by interfering with the bodies own mechanisms of healing itself, therefore slowing the healing process entirely.
Quince Seed - used as an emollient and emulsifier. It may cause allergic reactions.
Sodium Bisulfate - An inorganic salt used as an antiseptic and pH adjuster, concentrated solutions can produce strong irritation.
Sodium Dehyroacetate - a preservative against bacteria. May cause skin irritation.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Wonder what makes your shampoo or favorite shower gel foam up so nicely? even if is says "SOAP FREE". Do you also wonder why you may experience unexplained eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, dry flaky scalp, itchy tighy skin, and other allergic reactions? Your daily shower favorites may be harboring this harsh detergent
- often explained as "derived from coconut"
Steareth 10 - an emulsifier for cosmetics. It has a high comedogenic and irritancy potential.
Synthetic Colors and Fragrance
- Does the pretty pink co lour of your cleanser mean anything to you when it washes down the drain? Do you care that the green coloring placed in the moisturizer to make it look "fresh and clean" also absorbs into your skin and into your bloodstream? Colors have long been believed to be cancer-causing
- usually indicated by letters followed by a colour and numbers (ie. FD&C Red No. 5)
- Fragrances sometimes contain hundreds of ingredients and therefore you cannot pinpoint what your reaction was triggered by. Manufacturers add "FRAGRANCE" and in turn you get sneezing, congestion, rash, hyperpigmentation, vomiting, coughing. AVOID IT!
- usually used as a base for any cleansers. It's chemical reaction with fatty acids is also used to adjust PH levels
- TEA causes allergic reactions, eye problems, dry skin and hair, and its absorption is toxic over prolonged use
Wheat Germ Glycerides - Used in moisturizers as a skin softener. It is considered to be comedogenic and have irritancy potential.
Zinc Sulfate - a cosmetic astringent produced through the reaction of sulfuric acid with zinc. It is irritating and may cause allergic reaction in skin. An emollient used in some indoor tanning preparations. It has rancidity problems.