Know Our Ingredients

 

Did you KNOW that up to 60% of what is put onto skin is absorbed into the body?

 

 

 

No Cruelty

 

Very few people realise that some of the biggest names in beauty are still guilty of using animal derived ingredients including fats and oils in their products. Lipsticks and anti-aging creams are particular culprits. Unless a company makes it clear that they do not use animal derived ingredients it’s likely that some of their ingredients will be. Glycerin is the most common ingredient that you would encounter, followed by Stearic Acid- some brands go as far as using ingredients like animal placenta extract. Carmine is another key example as it is found in red lipsticks and the colour is actually created by using crushed cochineal beetles. We never use animal extracts and use natural, plant derived alternatives for these ingredients.

 

 

 

No Phthalates

 

Phthalates are known to cause a broad range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive problems in laboratory animals exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy and after birth. Phthalates are also known to be hormone-mimicking chemicals, many of which disrupt normal hormonal processes, raising concern about their implications for increased breast cancer risk. - Because phthalates are often not disclosed on the product label, it is difficult to tell just by reading the label whether phthalates are present.

 

 

 

 

No Parabens

 

Parabens are a type of preservative used in many main-stream skincare and cosmetics. In recent years they have come under scrutiny as they’re believed to be ‘carcinogenic’ (an ingredient linked with causing cancer). For this reason none of our products contain parabens or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives such as dialyzed urea.

 

 

 

No Sulphates

 

Sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS is a highly effective surfactant used to break down surface tension in water. It is generally used to remove oily residues and strains. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a popular ingredient of mouthwash, cleansers, detergents, shampoos, and toothpastes, where it is used in lower concentrations. It is found in higher concentration in products like floor cleaners, car wash soap and engine degreasers. Sodium lauryl sulfate has the ability to create thick lather, therefore, it is an important component in bubble bath formulations.

 

The use of sodium lauryl sulfate in the skin care products and anti-aging wrinkle creams has been a subject of controversy. It is considered by many as one of the most dangerous ingredients in skin care products today. The thought of using the same ingredient on your face that cleans your floor and engine is not a good idea. Since SLS is a charged particle, it attracts oil and dirt and removes it from the surface and pores of the skin, causing skin irritation. This is another reason to avoid this ingredient from many skin care products and anti-aging wrinkle creams. Some of the harmful side-effects of sodium lauryl sulfate are as follows:

 

- SLS is a known skin irritant that gets easily absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the liver, brain and heart for a long period of time.

 

- SLS can penetrate a child's eye and may prevent it from developing properly. SLS changes the amounts of some proteins in cells in eye tissue and may cause damage to the eyes.

 

- SLS strips oils and moisture from the skin and may cause harm to hair and skin including severe inflammation and cracking of the dermal and epidermal tissues. The protein denaturing properties of SLS may cause the skin layers to separate and inflame. It makes the skin dry and weakens the body's natural moisture regulation mechanisms.

 

- SLS produces nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are considered to be a potential carcinogen that may cause the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels. SLS in shampoos and cleansers can form carcinogenic nitrates that enter the blood stream in large numbers. The nitrates can cause skin rashes, hair loss, eye irritations and allergic reactions.

 

 

 

 

No Silicone

 

First introduced to beauty products in the 1950s, silicones are derived from a natural product called silica (basic sand), but undergo extensive chemical processing before being added to our beauty products.

 

Silicones go by different names (dimethicone is one of the best-known) and are modified into numerous different formulas in order to perform the specific role expected of them—waterproofing, retaining moisture, adhering colour pigments, protecting our hair and imparting smoothness, and making the application of skincare products feel silky—no tugging on the skin as it is spread on, and no oily, sticky feeling. They give our deodorants that velvety feel, allowing them to dry quickly, and they keep water-resistant sunscreens on our skin, even when we sweat or get wet.

 

These are all good things. Why, then, are we seeing more and more products labelled “silicone-free” or “no silicone”?

 

Though studies show that silicone is safe for use on the skin, recent concerns arose regarding the possibility of silicones building up in the environment over time—that they are “bioaccumulative.” Environmental activists now call for consumers to avoid them. David Suzuki lists siloxanes (forms of silicone) on his Dirty Dozen list of ingredients to avoid when purchasing personal care products. An Environment Canada review in 2008 concluded that certain siloxanes (D4 and D5) may pose a risk to the environment and have the potential to accumulate in aquatic organisms.