We’ve talked recently about what makes our natural beauty products unique and stand out from the competition, but today we are going to give you even more insight by informing you about the ingredients we do not use in any of our natural beauty products.

We have found this to be one of the most frequently asked questions and to us it’s one of the most important.

Ingredients within cosmetics are a hot topic at the moment as a group in the US called EWG or the Environmental Working Group, are collecting thousands of signatures demanding Congress to pass a cosmetic reform to make sure that cosmetics are safe before they are released to the market, or included in products.

If you feel strongly enough about the types of ingredients used in cosmetics, please help the EWG succeed by clicking on the following link.

This blog post is more like a brief chemistry lesson and we hope you find it informative, particularly if you suffer from sensitive skin. If your skin does become irritable after using a product such as a shampoo or a lotion, check the ingredients to see if the beauty product you are using contains any of the following ingredients.

First up is Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol starts out as phenol benzene (a known carcinogen) which is then treated with ethylene oxide (also a known carcinogen) and an alkali.

Phenoxyethanol is commonly used and is listed as a "fragrance" which is also used as a preservative. Whenever you see the word "fragrance" listed, Phenoxyethanol could be present in that product along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals.

Lots of people have heard of Parabens and the effects that this chemical can have on the body. However, comparatively few people have heard of Phenoxyethanol which is actually structurally similar to parabens at a chemical level.

Many “natural beauty” companies still use synthetic fragrances and some state that their products are "phthalate-free", “parabens free” etc but they still contain Phenoxyethanol. So, just because something's "phlalate-free" or "paraben-free" or “natural” doesn't mean it will be safe to use on sensitive skin.

Ethylhexyl glycerine

This ingredient is an alternative to parabens claimed to be from natural sources. It is in fact a chemically processed vegetable oil and not natural at all.

Benzyl alcohol

An aromatic alcohol used as a preservative it is most often created by combining benzyl chloride (a suspected carcinogen that has been used as a chemical weapons in wars) with sodium hydroxide (lye). Sometimes it is created by reacting Phenylmagnesium Bromide (C6H5MgBr) with Formaldehyde. It can act as a skin sensitiser and is a known neurotoxin and irritant.

Salicylic Acid

A phenolic aromatic hydrocarbon, synthetically produced, which falls into the same class of chemicals as BPA and other estrogen mimicking compounds.

Benzyl Benzoate

  This one is a particularly nasty one. Benzyl Benzoate is a synthetic chemical used as a fragrance ingredient, artificial flavour, preservative and a solvent. It is an ester of benzyl alcohol and benzoic acid. It has weak oestrogenic properties and in studies has been shown to stimulate breast cancer cells.

If you are using a product that contains Benzyl Benzoate I would recommend you stop using it as it could be doing more harm than good.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine 

This is a synthetic surfactant which has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

Propylene Glycol

This is a penetration enhancer which in simpler terms means it can carry other chemicals into your skin and bloodstream. It is a suspected immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxin, and skin toxin. What is also important to note about this product is the fact that this chemical is also used in anti freeze.

Titanium Dioxide

Extracted from the mineral ‘Illmenite’ this chemical is actually banned in Germany. It gives you some idea of how unpleasant a chemical is when a whole country bans it.

Aluminium Hydroxide

This chemical is a heavy metal toxin and bodily accumulation, especially in the brain. This chemical has also been linked to Alzheimer’s.

We hope this has given you a little more of an insight into our products and our brand, and how strongly we feel about not using the above ingredients. There are no irritant or toxic ingredients in any of our natural beauty products and we pride our selves on the fact that none of our products contains synthetic fragrances or perfumes.

Fragrances or Perfumes are notoriously toxic and can cause extreme irritation to people who have sensitive skin. The aroma of all our delicious smelling products is created from the natural oils in the ingredients, which make our products smell good enough to eat!

Alison Claire