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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 preservative

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

Also known as

2-Phenoxyethanol, Euxyl K® 400 (mixture of Phenoxyethanol and 1,2-dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutane), PhE

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Alcohol Denat solvent, astringent, preservative

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.

Also known as

Ethanol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol

Note

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.

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BHA / BHT preservative

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.

Also known as

BOA, Tert-Butyl-4-Hydroxyanisole, (1,1-Dimethylethyl)-4-Methoxyphenol, Tert-Butyl-4-Methoxyphenol, Antioxyne B

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Fragrances with allergens or harmful chemicals

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.

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Formaldehyde preservative

It has been linked with allergic skin reactions and several types of cancer.

Also known as

quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal

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MI/MCI preservative

These preservatives have been linked to inhalation toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.

Also known as

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.

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Parabens preservative

There are a lot of health concerns associated with parabens: skin allergies, endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental toxicity and cancer.

Also known as

Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, other ingredients ending in –paraben

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Petroleum / Petrolatum skin softeners

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).

Also known as

Petroleum Jelly, Paraffin Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum, Mineral Oil and White Petrolatum

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1,4 Dioxane ethoxylation

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.

Also known as

Ingredients containing the prefix or designations of PEG, Polyethylene, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Polysorbate.

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Phthalate product strengthener

These chemicals are linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption. Some forms of them (DBP and DEHP) are banned in the EU.

Also known as

Bensybutyl Phthalate (BzBP), Bi-n-butyl Phthalate, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Diethyl Phtalate (DEP), DEHP

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Silicones softeners

They are harmful to wildlife and fish and we think there is a wide option of more effective and plant-based alternatives

Also known as

All ingredients ending in -thicone and -siloxane (examples: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Siloxane, Polysiloxanes)

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SLS/SLES detergents / foaming agents

These surfactants can cause skin irritations as they strip away the skin's natural protective barrier and raise pH levels.

Also known as

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

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