INGREDIENTS WE STAY AWAY FROM
Our company uses a variety of sources when it comes to choosing what ingredients we allow to be used in the products we sell. From very conservatively funded organizations to alternative medicine practitioners, we like to look at what the overall opinion is on ingredients we are unsure of. If we choose to stock a product with an ingredient that has these organizations divided, we will make this clear to our customers.
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs)
A surfactant that is an estrogen mimicker. We do not use these as we do not believe they should be in our waterways.
Although chlorine is a naturally occurring substance, once it has been manipulated, it can have a devastating effect on the environment.
A possible carcinogen which is found in cosmetics and hair products. This ingredient is highly hazardous with an EWG toxicity rating of 10.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA)
A very toxic chemical used to prevent rancidity, discolouration, and the separation of oils and fats in everyday products.
Often hidden under different names, this ingredient is highly toxic and is often used as a preservative.
Palm Oil (Unsustainably Sourced)
We will only accept palm kernel oil if the supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and they have confirmed that they source only from suppliers who are also members of RSPO.
We avoid all other sources of palm oil because it is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. Find out alternative names for palm oil here.
Parabens are estrogen mimickers and have been found in breast cancer tumours. Although many have said they are okay in small amounts for human health, we have decided to stay clear of them to leave them out of our waterways.
A by-product of petroleum, it has a long list of side effects including that its been found in breast cancer tumours.
A group of chemicals used in a wide range of consumer products. They have been found to cause a wide range of diseases.
A chemical used in hair dye, cosmetics and textiles. It has been linked to cancer.
High levels of phosphate can kill life in rivers, streams and oceans by causing algae to become denser, which in turn causes marine life to suffocate.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphates / Sodium Laureth Sulphates
This ingredient has the scientific world divided but we have taken the decision to stay clear of them as it has been proven to be a skin irritant, which could also have long-term effects. Also, palm oil is often masked using these names.
If smells are not clearly identified on a product, it is usually because the product maker is hiding bad chemicals behind this seemingly non-threatening word.
Often found in body powder, talc has been found to be a carcinogen.
Found in paint thinners, glue, printing ink and nail polish, it is known for causing immediate side effects in humans when it comes in contact with the chemical.
Anti-fungal agent, it has been under ongoing review by the FDA while Health Canada has said they think it not to be harmful to humans but bad for the environment.