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Natural Products For Body & Home

Dirty Words

There are handful of ingredients we simply avoid when it comes to handmaking our products. They're not just dirty, they're downright disgusting. We don't and will never use the following ingredients:

Animal Tallow

Animal Tallow or Sodium Tallowate, comes from rendered animal fat. Many rendering companies get their animal lard from road kill.
 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a surfactant, giving detergents their manufactured cleansing and lathering properties. It is a known irritant to skin, eyes and lungs. Plus, it has been shown it can be carcinogenic.
 

Sulfates/Sodium lauryl sulfate

Sulfates/Sodium lauryl sulfate and its extended family are used in products as an inexpensive foaming agent. It's an eye and skin irritant, and products containing laureth chemicals have been found to contain levels of 1,4 dioxan, which the EPA has classified as a carcinogen.
 

Petroleum by-products / Mineral oil

Petroleum by-products / Mineral oil are by-products of the distillation of gasoline from oil. It coats skin like plastic, clogging pores and interfering with the skin's ability to eliminate toxins. It slows cell development and skin function. You'll find this inexpensive ingredient in a lot of baby products and lotions.
 

Phthalates

Phthalates are used in perfumes and beauty products to make fragrance last longer. It interferes with the endocrine system, which regulates your body's growth, metabolism and sexual development and function.
 

Triclosan

Triclosan is an antibacterial, antifungal chemical used in many consumer products. Studies by the FDA show it may contribute to bacteria resistance to antibiotics and alters hormone regulations. It is registered as a pesticide with the EPA.
 

Parabens

Parabens are chemical preservatives found in many body care products and cosmetics. They are linked to breast cancer as they have been found in breast cancer tumors and they mimic estrogen, a hormone known to aid in the development of breast cancer.
 

Artificial colors

Artificial colors labeled as FD&C and believed to be cancer causing agents.
 

Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol, a chemical derived from natural gas that acts as a penetration enhancer. It can alter the structure of skin by allowing chemicals to penetrate your skin and increase likelihood chemicals will enter the bloodstream.
 

Chemical sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens absorb in the skin, thus also absorbing the harmful UV light and can cause skin damage, irritation and increase risk of cancer.
 

DEA/TEA

DEA/TEA a chemical wetting agent and emulsifier for shampoos, lotions and creams. They can react with ingredients in cosmetic formulas to form NDEA, a potent carcinogen. NDEA is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancers.
 

PEGs or PPGs

PEGs or PPGs are synthetic ingredients processed with ethylene oxide which is associated with reproductive effects, central nervous system depression and is an EPA classified carcinogen.
 

Tetrasodium EDTA

Tetrasodium EDTA, a preservative made with carcinogens, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It's a penetration enhancer so it breaks down the skin's protective barrier absorbing in the blood stream.

Diazolidinyl Urea

Diazolidinyl Urea, a preservative that acts as a formaldehyde releaser in body care products. Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen by the EPA.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide, an antibacterial used in topical medications designed to treat skin conditions, however it is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant. It has also been linked to cancer and tumor growth. 

Resorcinol

Resorcinol, a hazardous chemical commonly found in hair dye and varous skin treatments. It is restricted in federal government buildings and has been shown to cause thyroid dysfunction, effects on the central nervous system, and alterations in the adrenal glands of animals. 

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a skin lightener used in many whitening creams to reduce dark spots. However, it permanently alters skin's pigment while also weakening the elastin and collagen wherever it is used. It is considered cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and mutagenic. 

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)

MIT is an antibacterial preservative that has been shown to contain neurotoxic properties. Studies have concluded that MIT can cause brain cell damage, increased risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. 

Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is an active ingredient in many sunscreen products. It has been linked to hormone disruption and in hormone-related cancers in men and women.