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Ingredients We Avoid

Benzalkonium Chloride
Typically found in household disinfectants and cleaning supplies. Regular use of products containing benzalkonium chloride and other antimicrobials could encourage resistant bacteria growth. Also a known irritant for skin and eyes, especially for skin conditions like eczema. Has been shown to irritate the respiratory system as well.

BHA
Controversial chemical compound used in cosmetics to preserve fats and oils.

Coal Tar / Coal ingredients
Includes Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene and Phenylenediamene. Found in hair products designed to treat dandruff, seborrhea and psoriasis and in some hair dyes. Coal Tar is a by-product of coal processing and is a known human carcinogen.

Diethanolamine (DEA)
An aliphatic amine sometimes found in cosmetics and shampoo. Strong evidence shows it to be an irritant to human skin, immune system and respiratory system.

DMDM Hydantoin and Bronopol
Preservatives found in some cosmetics that decompose and release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Can also cause skin irrations.

Formaldehyde
A powerful preservative recognized by the International Agency on Research on Cancer as a known carcinogen. It is thought that approximately one out of five personal care products in the United States contains formaldehyde.

Hydronquinone
A chemical found in some skin bleaching products. The National Toxicology Program is investigating Hydronquinone for possible links to reproductive toxicity and dermal carcinogenicity.

Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea
Typically used to create synthetic "fragrances." Both are antimicrobial preservatives that act as formaldehyde releasers. These ingredients are known skin and immune system irritants and have been linked to cancer and other health concerns.

Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazoline
A preservative found in many common personal care products among the most common reasons for irritants, sensitizers and contact allergies. Lab studies are exploring the correlation between these preservatives and neurotoxicity.

Mineral Oil
A petroleum by-product, or mixture of hydrocarbons, that can clog pores and promote acne.

Monoethanolamine ( MEA)
Restricted right now to cosmetics due to the strong evidence of causing human skin and immune system and a respiratory irritant.

Oxybenzone
A sunscreen agent and UV absorber found in cosmetics and sun care products. Studies suggest that it might disrupt the hormone system.

Parabens
Includes Propyl, Isopropyl, Butyl and Isobutylparabens. All of these ingredients are in the paraben family of preservatives. These preservatives mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone system disrupters.

PEG / Ceteareth / Poiyethylene
Propylene Glycol can alter and reduce the skin's moisture factor, potentially increasing the appearance of aging and leaving the skin more vulnerable to bacteria. These synthetic chemical are quickly absorbed into the skin and considered by The United States Government as a potential human carcinogen.

Petroleum distillates
Commonly found in cosmetic products like mascara. They are associated with contact dermatitis and have been linked to cancer-causing impurities. They are produced in the same oil refineries as automobile fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstocks.

Phthalates
Found in some nail polishes and synthetic fragrances. Studies have linked this chemical to male reproductive system disorders.

Propylene Glycol (PG)
Propylene Glycol has been identified as a skin irritant. This organic ingredient can cause allergic issues even in concentrations as low as 2%.

Resorcinol
Common ingredient in hair dyes, bleaching products and acne treatments. Strong evidence shows it to be an irritant to human skin and immune system and can disrupt thyroid function.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Used in beauty products as a detergent and foaming agent. Sodium Laureth Sulfate may be contaminated through potentially toxic manufacturing impurities. An safe alternative to SLES is Ammonium Cocoyl Isethionate.

Synthetic Colors and Fragrances
Synthetic colors and fragrances can indicate the presence of up to 4000 different ingredients, so it's best to avoid them. Can cause allergic reactions.

Triethanolamine (TEA)
A strong alkaline substance that is used as a surfactant and pH adjusting chemical. Triethanolamine shows strong evidence of being a human skin and immune system toxicant.

Triclosan and Triclocarban
Antimicrobial pesticides found in liquid soap (Triclosan) and soap bars (Triclocarban). Very toxic to aquatic environments and has been linked to the disruption of thyroid function and reproductive hormones in humans. Overuse may promote the development of bacterial resistance.
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