These ingredients are in a select few of our products - we will provide you with the information and give you the option to use avoid these ingredients or use them. These moderate ingredients and products will always be labeled in our shop.

 

1. PHENOXYETHANOL

Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in cosmetic products to limit bacterial growth. Many companies turned to Phenoxyethanol as a preservative after they stopped using parabens. Since there have been developing studies about the safety of the ingredient. The European Union approved phenoxyethanol in concentrations up to one percent.

Reformulation of this ingredient is in the works for many cosmetic companies. 

2. BENZYL ALCOHOL

Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy on the skin. Benzyl Alcohol is used as a preservative and to achieve a lighter, fluid-like texture in lotions and serums.

If you prefer a light texture, your product may contain benzyl alcohol. 

3. SILICONES & DIMETHICONE

Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer”. Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin. Although Silicones and Dimethicone are not unsafe, like petroleum products, silicone oils can actually make dry skin drier over time. Instead of sinking into your skin and nourishing it from the inside out, like healthy ingredients do, it forms a sort of plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin. Silicones trap everything under the skin, including bacteria, sebum, and impurities which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads. Dimethicone is a non-biodegradable chemical.

If you love the smooth silky texture in foundation, primers, and lotions, your product may include silicone. 

4. LAKE PIGMENT

The most common synthetic colors used in cosmetics and hair dyes are called FD&C colors and they are derived from coal tar, which in turn is a by-product of petroleum. Because some coal tar dyes have been known to cause cancer, they are regulated by the FDA as to the amount of lead or arsenic they contain, limiting these elements to 10 parts per million. The term lake dyes refer to water-insoluble colors. Lake colors can also be derived from coal tar and can trigger allergic reactions. Studies have shown brilliant lake red R to be one of the worst offenders. It should be noted that coal tar is also used as a dandruff therapy in shampoos.

Some lipsticks and eyeshadows have brilliantly bright colors. You may only be able to find certain colors made from Lake Pigments. 

5. GLYCOLIC ACID

 A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that, like other ingredients in the category, can act as a water-binding agent and, when properly formulated, as an exfoliant. In its capacity as an exfoliant, it can help shed dead skin to renew skin’s surface, visibly softening the signs of aging, particularly from sun damage. Glycolic acid is one of the most effective and well-researched forms of AHA.

Some find Glycolic Acid to be irritating for their skin.

6. SALICYLIC ACID 

Also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this multifunctional ingredient addresses many of the systemic causes of acne. Its primary benefit is as an exfoliant, helping shed dead skin in a way similar to how skin acts when we are younger. Because it has the ability to penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, it is especially effective for reducing breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads.

Some find Salicylic Acid to be irritating for their skin.