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Petrochemicals: A known kidney toxin, neurotoxin, and a respiratory toxin, not to mention a leading groundwater contaminant, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified petrochemicals as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”
  • Parafin wax
  • Mineral oil
  • Toluene
  • 1,4 DIOXANE
  • Benzene
  • Anything with PEG (polyethylene glycol)
  • Anything with DEA (diethanolamine) or MEA (ethanolamine)
  • Butanol and any word with butyl: butyl alcohol, butylparaben, butylene glycol
  • EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)
  • Any word with propyl—isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, propyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Parfum or fragrance—95 percent of chemicals used in fragrance are from petroleum. This one word can contain many, many chemicals that don’t need to be listed and are likely endocrine disrupters. IN SKINCARE ONLY

Parabens: Parabens are preservatives that keep products germ-free and allow a skincare or beauty product to live for months, if not years on bathroom shelves. They also enter our bodies through our skin and can remain in our tissue.

  • Butylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Ethylparaben

Sulfates: Sulfates are cleansing agents that remove dirt and oil and are responsible for creating lather in soaps and shampoos. Some are synthetic and others are naturally sourced using coconut or palm oil. They can also be derived from sulfur or petroleum-based products. When sulfates are used in a large amount, they can cause some sensitivities to the eyes and skin.

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium laureth sulfate

Silicone: Known for its silky-smooth texture, silicones are “quick fix” for offsetting dry or flaking skin. With its ability to form a seal over the skin, silicones tend to be a key ingredient in some “water-resistant” formulas like sweat resistant sunscreens and most setting sprays. Silicone is a manmade filler with a low-cost that companies will at times use to replace expensive and active raw materials that they would rather not pay for.

  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Dimethicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone

Synthetic Fragrances: At this moment we must ask ourselves what should be a very simple question: Why do companies add fragrance to skincare? The answer: Consumers want their skincare to smell great. Unfortunately, when it comes to both naturally derived and synthetic ones, both can be common irritants for all skin types. Much like exposer to the sun, sensitivities to fragrance isn’t always something you see instantly, but tends to be quiet and accumulate over time. It’s important to know that there are both plant oils and extracts that have significant benefits for skin and none of the irritating effects.

  • Fragrance
  • Parfum/Perfume/Aroma
  • Linalool
  • Citronellol
  • Cinnamal
  • Limonene
  • Eugenol
  • Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Rose flower extract (Rosa damascena)
  • Bergamot oil (Citrus bergamia)
  • Ylang-ylang oil (Canaga odorata)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Lime (Citrus aurantifolia or Citrus medica)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Tangerine (Citrus tangerine)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)



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