We only use ingredients that directly contribute to the skin's health or support the stability and performance of our formulas. In our products, you won't find any questionable ingredients, making them, according to our judgment, suitable for all skin types.
We believe that the following suspicious ingredients trigger almost every skin reactions we see. And while these continue to be examined regarding potential harmful effects by research scientists and international institutions, we take a safer step: when your health is involved and we are in doubt, that ingredient is out.
Formulating without some of them is difficult, but the result is a cleaner product in which each ingredient only benefit the health of the skin or the safety of the formulation.
Phenoxyethanol can be found in lots of natural skincare and beauty products. This preservative is currently under investigation because it can cause skin and, in particular, eye irritation.
In general, it is preferable to avoid it in products that go near the eyes and leave-on body products
2-Phenoxyethanol, Euxyl K® 400 (mixture of Phenoxyethanol and 1,2-dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutane), PhE
This ingredient can dry our skin, irritate it and even disrupt its barrier function. Alcohol strips away the skin’s natural acid mantle, dehydrating cells and leaving the skin more vulnerable to attack from allergens, irritants and bacteria.
Ethanol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol
We should not confuse the previous irritant Alcohols with the following Wax or Fatty Alcohols: Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol. These are used as emulsifiers, thickeners or emollient and are derived from natural oil or fats, often from coconut oil. They’re rich in skin-healthy fatty acids.
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a toluene based antioxidant and it is linked with skin and eye irritations and system toxicity. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) has been linked with cancer and hormone disruption.
BOA, Tert-Butyl-4-Hydroxyanisole, (1,1-Dimethylethyl)-4-Methoxyphenol, Tert-Butyl-4-Methoxyphenol, Antioxyne B
In order to obtain our ICEA Organic Certification, we are not allowed to use fragrances made with unsafe toxic chemicals. All the fragrances must have been approved and certified by the Technical Standard "ICEA Eco Bio Cosmetics". In our Brightening and Regenerating line, we have used fragrances without any allergens or any harmful chemicals, like Acetaldehyde, Benzophenone, Diethyl Phthalate (DEP), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and many more.
It has been linked with allergic skin reactions and several types of cancer.
quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal
These preservatives have been linked to inhalation toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.
methylisothiazolinone, 2-methyl-4-isothiazoline-3-one, Neolone 950 preservative, MI, OriStar MIT and Microcare MT,methylchloroisothiazolinone, 5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one.
There are a lot of health concerns associated with parabens: skin allergies, endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental toxicity and cancer.
Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, other ingredients ending in –paraben
Petrolatum is the result of petroleum refining. When properly refined, this ingredient has no known health concerns. However, when not fully refined, it could be contaminated with the toxic chemical Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Petroleum Jelly, Paraffin Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum, Mineral Oil and White Petrolatum
This carcinogen chemical is an impurity (by-product) produced when ingredients are ethoxylated. The presence of this ingredient, even as a trace, is concerning since it can be absorbed by the skin in toxic levels.
Ingredients containing the prefix or designations of PEG, Polyethylene, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Polysorbate.
These chemicals are linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption. Some forms of them (DBP and DEHP) are banned in the EU.
Bensybutyl Phthalate (BzBP), Bi-n-butyl Phthalate, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Diethyl Phtalate (DEP), DEHP
They are harmful to wildlife and fish and we think there is a wide option of more effective and plant-based alternatives
All ingredients ending in -thicone and -siloxane (examples: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Siloxane, Polysiloxanes)
These surfactants can cause skin irritations as they strip away the skin's natural protective barrier and raise pH levels.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)