Our Ingredient Blacklist
As a precaution, we exclude many ingredients from our formulas that are likely to pose a risk to human health or to the environment, including: Nanomaterials :
: very small particles (1-100 nm) that are capable of
penetrating deep into the skin and cause unknown effects in the
body. Regulations require adding the word NANO to ingredients
measuring less than 100 nm.
: frequently used for their sensory contribution,
silicones pose no risk to human health. However, they’re
difficult to biodegrade and they pollute the environment by
flowing into wastewater.
: used as preservatives, parabens are potential endocrine
disruptors (which upset the body’s hormonal balance). Since
2014, a few parabens have been banned in cosmetics. As a
precaution, we exclude this whole family of ingredients from our
: our commitment to vegan beauty pushes us to seek
alternatives to all the raw materials of animal origin that are
commonly used in cosmetics (including animal fat in soaps,
animal collagen, sheep lanolin, musk in perfumes, etc…) We’re
also committed to animal abuse: our suppliers don’t use monkeys
in harvesting their coconut crops. In accordance with European
regulations, our products aren’t tested on animals.
: a preservative that’s easily absorbed through the skin.
It’s known as a potential irritant. Some studies also suspect
: a preservative derived from chlorine whose manufacturing
process is highly polluting.
: fixing and plasticizing agents that allow fragrances to
last longer and prevent varnishes from flaking. They’re also
commonly found in plastic packaging for cosmetics. They are
believed to be dangerous endocrine disruptors.
: foaming agents that are irritating to the skin.
Formaldehyde liberators : preservatives that gradually release small amounts of
formalin, a skin irritant and suspected carcinogen.
PEG : Derived from petroleum, PEGs are used as a thickener,
emulsifier, surfactant or humectant. Although they’re a common
ingredient in cosmetics or shampoos, PEGs are suspected of being
carcinogenic and are difficult to biodegrade. What’s more, their
manufacturing process leads to the formation of an extremely
polluting waste: dioxane.
Ethanolamines : components at risk of forming a potentially
carcinogenic molecule when they’re in the presence of nitrite.
This mechanism is known and controlled, however, the
environmental toxicity of these ingredients pushed us to exclude
them from our formulations.
EDTA : stabilizes cosmetic formulas but pollutes the
environment, particularly aquatic environments.
Propylene glycol : derived from petrochemicals, its high-scale production
and use in cosmetics presents a risk for the environment.
Triclosan/Triclocarban : preservatives that are harmful to the environment,
especially to aquatic organisms.
Méthylisothiazolinone : a preservative used to replace parabens which is highly
irritating and proven to cause contact eczema. Its use is highly
regulated in Europe.