We are so passionate about our products not being harmful to you or the environment that we promise to never use the following ingredients.
Parabens are a type of preservative added to many health and beauty products, such as lotions, shampoos, deodorants, toothpastes and makeup, in order to prolong the shelf life. Many parabens have the prefixes methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and isobutyl. These compounds are believed to mimic the body’s naturally occurring oestrogen, causing endocrine disruption and interfering with the hormone system’s normal function. The harmful effects of parabens are also believed to extend to the environment. Traces of parabens that have been found in the bodies of marine mammals are believed to be a result of the products people use being washed into the sewage system.
Petrochemicals are so common in health and beauty products as many ingredients are derived from them. These ingredients include; Paraffin wax, mineral oil, toluene, benzene, ethylene, butanol, EDTA, DEA and MEA. One of the health concerns is that these petrochemicals can generate 1,4-dioxane, a substance known to potentially contribute to some cancers.
Phthalates are used in health and beauty products such as perfume, nail polish, soap, shampoo and lotions. These compounds are commonly known as dialkyl or alkyl aryl esters of 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid. Similar to parabens, they are suspected endocrine disruptors, and in high doses have the potential to negatively affect human reproduction and development.
Silicones can be found in many health and beauty products and have many different names. Common names include dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, and phenyl trimethicone. Silicones are added to products for the purpose of waterproofing and retaining moisture. While these compounds coat skin or hair making it look smooth or shiny, the resulting barrier can build up, trapping dirt, sweat, bacteria, dead skin cells, sebum, and other debris. Silicones may also be a potential risk to the environment as they can accumulate in marine mammals similar to parabens.
Sulphates are used in health and beauty products such as face cleansers, body wash, toothpastes and to create lather in shampoos and soaps. They are essentially detergents or surfactants that remove dirt or oil from skin or hair. Sulphates can cause skin irritation and strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle.