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Ingredients

we are only as good as what's inside

A product is only as good as it's ingredients. To reap health benefits and get clear, glowing skin, you deserve the highest quality ingredients out there. That is why I work hard to develop relationships with each of my suppliers. It is my goal to flexibly continue to accept new suppliers as I discover people & farms producing great things. To learn more about my quality standards, check out my philosophy.

THE GOOD

Here is a list of all ingredients I use in my studio to develop Salinity goods. This list is always evolving & growing as I find new suppliers. Finding the best ingredients is one of my favorite things to do. I hope you appreciate the difference good ingredients make!

Argan oil (argania spinosa): Argan oil moisturizes, smoothes & acts as an anti-aging cicatrisant, healing scars and age spots.

Bentonite clay: This clay is one of the most effective healing minerals. It is composed of aged volcanic ash and has a very soft, velvety texture. What makes bentonite clay so unique is that it is naturally charged. Upon contact with water, it's electric charge wakes up and it has the ability to absorb environmental toxins, impurities, heavy metals & chemicals. It also naturally oxygenates because it bonds with hydrogen atoms, which the skin can replace with fresh oxygen.

Calendula flowers (calendula officinalis): Calendula is well-know for it amazing healing powers. It relieves skin discomfort while healing. Naturally anti-bacterial, this flower keeps the skin clean of impurities. Calendula soothes inflammation & restores youthful vitality to the skin. Carrot seed oil (daucus carota): The powerful antioxidants in this oil fight free radical damage and protect your skin from wrinkles. It is a disinfectant capable of curing topical skin acne infections.  It tones & firms the skin while deeply hydrating.

Cinnamon (cinnamomum loureiroi): Cinnamon has been been know to dry up acne issues. Applied topically, cinnamon increases blood & oxygen circulation to the uppermost layers of the skin which allows our body to flush out toxins internally & provides the nutrients to build healthy, new skin cells. Cinnamon is beneficial to people who struggle from eczema. Clary sage essential oil (salvia sclarea): Clary sage is extracted by steam distillation from the buds and leaves. It's a historic cleanser, gentle enough is has been used for cleansing the eyes. There is an ester in this essential oil called linalyl acetate, which reduces skin inflammation and heals rashes. It is a centering oil and it helps to restore the natural balance of our skin's oil production for all skin types. It gives youth back to tired skin. Clary sage hydrosol (salvia sclarea): Cloves (syzygium aromaticum): These aromatic flowers are rich in anti-oxidants & minerals, such as potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron & vitamins A & C. Cloves are naturally anti-microbial & help to prevent harmful skin bacteria. Raw cocoa (theobroma cacao): The natural flavonoids found in cacao help protect collagen in the skin, slowing down the aging process. These falvanoids also improve the skins appearance & texture by increasing blood flow, delivering healthy beneficial nutrients faster while decreasing the skins sensitivity to light, helping to protect skin from harmful UV rays. CoEnzyme Q10: This is a plant-based antioxidant vitamin for your skin. It is naturally present in our skins, peaking in our 20s and 30s. It is located in the uppermost layers of our skin and serves as a guard to the deeper, still forming layers of our skin. It supports the production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping our skin youthful & slowing wrinkles. It protects us from premature aging due to sun damage. (So do hats! Wear them.) CoEnzyme Q10 stimulates the production of new skin cells and prevents oxidative damage.  Evening primrose oil (oenothera): This oil balances hormones, preventing related hormonal breakouts. It is also a powerful healer and helps clear up skin discoloration and scarring. It also adds elasticity to the skin and calms the faces connection to our nervous system. This oil is an effecitve treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. This oil is great at easing the transitions of aging and is known to reduce skin redness and tiredness. Ginger (zingiber officinale): Ginger is toning & rich in antioxidants, allowing it to reduce the appearance of hypopigmented scars. The antioxidants in ginger also help reduce the affects of aging by improving skin tone & elasticity. Grapefruit essential oil (citrus paradis): This oil is a powerful diuretic, a substance that helps reduce water retention and puffiness. It's also a lymphatic stimulant and detoxifier. It fresh, soothing scent boosts our mood. Helichrysum hydrosol (helichrysum italicum):  Jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis): What we know as jojoba oil is not actually an oil. It's a wax from the plant that grows wild in the western US and Mexico. It just happens to be a wax that is liquid at common room temperature, so it is commonly referred to as an oil. It closely resembles our natural sebum and can unclog hair follicles. Jojoba oil brings all skin types towards balanced hydration. Lemon essential oil (citrus limon): This extract is cleansing & purifying while increasing the luster of dull skin. It is naturally astringent and helps control breakouts from developing further. Marshmallow root (althaea): Marshmallow root relieves inflammation & irritation, softening the skin by. It is salty, sweet, cool & moist, so it helps to relieve skin conditions that are hot and dry. This root speeds up the healing of any smalls nicks or abrasions. It soothes out fine lines and wrinkles by gently plumping the skin. This herb helps reestablish lost balance, bring our skin into a healthy, glowing state. Nutmeg (myristica fragrans): Nutmeg improves circulation to all layers of the skin, enabling natural rejventation of skin cells. It's anti-infalammatory properties reduce the appearance of breakouts. It's stimulating properties will wake up your cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It's known to regulate oil control & it's naturally astringent properties help prevent further breakouts. Oats (avena sativa): Oats are an excellent natural exfoliator that also calm & nourish the skin with antioxidants. Due to the gentle grit of oatmeal I use in my formulas, it sloughs off dry skins cells smootly & evenly without being too abrasive. Olive oil (olea europaea): I use only cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil in my studio. It penetrates deeply into our skin, providing hydration to all layers of the skin. It's rich in Vitamins A & E, which help heal & protect from sun damage, smoke & other environmental toxins. Pacific sea salt: Sea salt is an excellent natural exfoliator. It gently exfoliates without scratching the skin. Since the water of our body contains salt, it is relaxing to our skin to clean with slightly salty water. This is beneficial because it's when we are relaxed that our body can do it's best healing. Sea salt also absorbs harmful toxins from our skin. Being naturally antiseptic, sea salt prevents the growth of harmful bacteria & while also increasing circulation & decreasing water retention & puffy skin. Sea salt also softens the texture of skin. Since our sea salt is pure & not overly processed, it imparts all the minerals of the sea to skin. Palmarosa essential oil (cymbopogon martinii): This hydrating essential oil has been used to treat skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. It's a powerful antiseptic that fights bacteria infection-causing bacteria.  Patchouli essential oil (pogostemon cablin): This luxurious oil is an antiseptic capable of protecting skin breakout wounds from further infection. It's sensual scent is attractive to both men & women. It speeds up the production of new skin cells and stimulates the flow of red blood cells through the skin. It prevents fungal growth & aids in healing dermatitis. Rhassoul clay: This red clay is formed by volcanic & geothermal activities in the Atlas mountains in Morocco. This silky, healing clay can even out skin tone and reduce blemishes. It has been shown to increase skin elasticity, even skin tone, reduce blemishes and blackheads and reduce skin dryness or flakiness. It gently cleanses without stripping away beneficial oils. It is high in minerals, especially silica and magnesium, so it nourishes while it cleanses. Rhassoul clay is negative charged so it quickly attracts toxins (negatively charged), removing them from your skin when you rinse the clay off. Rose essential oil (rosa damascena): It destroys the bacteria that are responsible for creating acne. This extract has the unique ability to increase the skins permeability, increasing how effectively it absorbs other healing agents.  Rose geranium hydrosol (pelargonium graveolens): This oil balances hormonal fluctuations and lessens hormonal related breakouts. It is gently astringent & encourages new cell growth. Rosehip oil (rosa damascena): Rosehip oil soaks in to the deepest layers of our skin, providing deep, nourishing hydration, improving the wellness of all layers of the skin. It is a cicatrirant capable of reducing the apperance of scars. Rosehip oil has the ability to even the apperance of skin tone. Rosehip powder (rosa damascena): Rosehips are loaded with natural vitamin c which reduces sun damage encourages natural collagen production that firms the skin. Used in daily care, it reduces inflammation & irritation before it starts which prevents a whole host of issues. Rosehip powder speeds the healing of breakouts & quickly fades related marks. It also helps protect against UV damage and can improve the effectivity of sunscreen. Rosemary essential oil (rosmarinus officinalis): Sea buckthorn oil (hippophae): This oil is incredibly vitamin rich. It nourishes & rejuvenates skin, moisturizing and improving dry & aging skin. Tamanu oil (calophyllum inophyllum): Tamanu oil is a potent skin regenerator. It is derived from a nut grown in the South Pacific that has been used for centuries to clear many skin conditions. Turmeric (curcuma longa): Turmeric helps to clear acne scars & inflammation while also reducing oil secretion of the sebaceous glands, preventing breakouts. Vanilla (vanilla planifolia): Exotic scented vanilla is harvested from a specific type of orchid & is renowned for it's antioxidant properties that protect skin from environmental damages. Vanilla is a rich source of natural vitamin b including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. Historically, vanilla has been used for soothing wounds and irritaitons. Vegetable glycerine: I use organic, plant-derived glycerine. Glycerine is a powerful humectant, meaning it can pull moisture to the surface level of our skin, really increasing the absorption of other healing skin agents and providing all day plump, glowing skin. White hallyosite clay: This clay is the finest, gentlest and purest clays. It's fine particle structure enables it to bond with impurities and toxins in your skin and remove them. It effectively removes excessive oils from our skin, preventing breakouts and refining the appearance of pores. Witch hazel hydrosol (hamamelis virginiana):  Ylang ylang essential oil (cananga odorata): Ylang ylang is a well-known aphrodisiac and anti-depressant with a potent, balanced floral aroma. It has been very effective in treating skin affected with eczema. Ylang ylang balances our feminine & masculine energy, as well as our oil production.

THE BAD

Sadly, many skincare & cosmetic companies are using products that are toxic & bioaccumulate in our bodies, wrecking havoc on our natural bodies. The cosmetic industry is barely regulated in America so companies can pretty much put anything they want in their products. Read the ingredient labels. Make sure you can pronounce & understand every single ingredient in your bottles. If not, toss it! The potential harm to your health isn't worth it because you deserve only things that support you! A good resource to determine if products are potentially toxic is the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep info. They even have an app you can download & scan products as you shop. The people behind EWG are chemists (of no affiliation to me) & they have helpful, scientific info so use it!I developed a rule for myself years ago when I learned that whatever we put on our skin, it absorbs, that if an ingredient was harmful to ingest, I wouldn't use it on my skin.Below is a list of ingredients I would never use in my studio or on my body.Alcohol: Used to blend oil & water as well as to preserve products & prevent foaming, alcohol quickly dries out and ages the skin; organic grain alcohol is okay, but the majority of cosmetics use synthetic, non-organic alcoholAluminum: This heavy metal is a toxic carcinogen and mutagen. It is commonly used as an antiperspirant in deodorants.Barium: The EU has banned this ingredient but America does not have any regulations on barium. It is a bioaccumulating heavy metal found commonly in lipsticks.Benzene: This chemical produces dangerous gaseous fumes that poison bone marrow. It has been linked to leukemia and is commonly used in hairsprays and nail polish removers. It is derived from toulene and gasoline.Coal Tar: Disguised on ingredients as FD, FDC, & FD&C color, this ingredient is carcinogenic and toxic. Companies use it in shampoos for dry skin & dandruff.Dioxins: This ingredient is never listed on labels, but it is a pollutant in cotton-based products such as tampons, cotton balls, facial tissues, toilet paper, makeup remover pads & sanitary pads. You can avoid this by being sure your products are Totally Chlorine Free (TCF).Formaldehyde: This toxin is commonly found in nail products and has been linked to an increase in nose and lung cancer. It damages our delicate mucous membranes. Even when it's not a direct ingredients, other ingredients such as 2-bromo2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium 15 and Bronopol in combination with DEA, MEA or TEA can break down in a product and release formaldehyde.Imidazolidinyl Urea (Germall II) and Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall 115): After parabens, these are the 2nd most common preservative. For the past 50 years or so, the personal products industry has been racing to extend product shelf life. In the process, products shifted to less natural ingredients and lost more of their healing potency. These preservatives are know to release gaseous formaldehyde.Mercury: This heavy metal bioaccumulates in our bodies and cumulates as a poison. It has been banned to dispose of in America due to it's toxicity but is still found in many eye shadows as a preservative. Mercury damages our brain cells and nervous system.Parabens: This is the most common preservative used in personal care products. They are used to stop microbial growth and extend shelf life. Parabens are know as xenoestrogens which wreck havoc on our reproductive systems.Parafins: Like gasoline, these are derived from petroleum. Parafins activate estrogen and can stimulate breast cancer cell proliferation. They are popular because they are super cheap.Petrolatum: This chemical is made from mineral oil and often found in lip and baby products. It can cause increased sensitivy to the sun and ultimately will dry out the skin. It's also known to interrupt the estrogen system but is used en masse because it is very cheap.Pthalates: These are suspected to cause birth defects and are found widely in the beauty industry. They have been shown to damage the liver, lungs, reproductive system and kidneys. They can also cause a hypersensitive immune system.Propylene Glycol: This is a petro-chemical mixture formulated by labs to help products enter deeper into the skin. It's the same stuff that is used to make anti-freeze & it facilitates other chemicals entering our blood stream.

Quaternary ammonium salts: These are caustic chemicals that are used to repel water, emulsify oil & water and prevent fungal growth, especially in shampoos and conditioners because they make the hair feel temporarily soft. In the long run, they create allergies and make the hair more brittle.

A product is only as good as it's ingredients. To reap health benefits and get clear, glowing skin, you deserve the highest quality ingredients out there. That is why I work hard to develop relationships with each of my suppliers. It is my goal to flexibly continue to accept new suppliers as I discover people & farms producing great things. To learn more about my quality standards, check out my philosophy.

THE GOOD

Here is a list of all ingredients I use in my studio to develop Salinity goods. This list is always evolving & growing as I find new suppliers. Finding the best ingredients is one of my favorite things to do. I hope you appreciate the difference good ingredients make!

Argan oil (argania spinosa): Argan oil moisturizes, smoothes & acts as an anti-aging cicatrisant, healing scars and age spots.

Bentonite clay: This clay is one of the most effective healing minerals. It is composed of aged volcanic ash and has a very soft, velvety texture. What makes bentonite clay so unique is that it is naturally charged. Upon contact with water, it's electric charge wakes up and it has the ability to absorb environmental toxins, impurities, heavy metals & chemicals. It also naturally oxygenates because it bonds with hydrogen atoms, which the skin can replace with fresh oxygen.

Calendula flowers (calendula officinalis): Calendula is well-know for it amazing healing powers. It relieves skin discomfort while healing. Naturally anti-bacterial, this flower keeps the skin clean of impurities. Calendula soothes inflammation & restores youthful vitality to the skin. Carrot seed oil (daucus carota): The powerful antioxidants in this oil fight free radical damage and protect your skin from wrinkles. It is a disinfectant capable of curing topical skin acne infections.  It tones & firms the skin while deeply hydrating.

Cinnamon (cinnamomum loureiroi): Cinnamon has been been know to dry up acne issues. Applied topically, cinnamon increases blood & oxygen circulation to the uppermost layers of the skin which allows our body to flush out toxins internally & provides the nutrients to build healthy, new skin cells. Cinnamon is beneficial to people who struggle from eczema. Clary sage essential oil (salvia sclarea): Clary sage is extracted by steam distillation from the buds and leaves. It's a historic cleanser, gentle enough is has been used for cleansing the eyes. There is an ester in this essential oil called linalyl acetate, which reduces skin inflammation and heals rashes. It is a centering oil and it helps to restore the natural balance of our skin's oil production for all skin types. It gives youth back to tired skin. Clary sage hydrosol (salvia sclarea): Cloves (syzygium aromaticum): These aromatic flowers are rich in anti-oxidants & minerals, such as potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron & vitamins A & C. Cloves are naturally anti-microbial & help to prevent harmful skin bacteria. Raw cocoa (theobroma cacao): The natural flavonoids found in cacao help protect collagen in the skin, slowing down the aging process. These falvanoids also improve the skins appearance & texture by increasing blood flow, delivering healthy beneficial nutrients faster while decreasing the skins sensitivity to light, helping to protect skin from harmful UV rays. CoEnzyme Q10: This is a plant-based antioxidant vitamin for your skin. It is naturally present in our skins, peaking in our 20s and 30s. It is located in the uppermost layers of our skin and serves as a guard to the deeper, still forming layers of our skin. It supports the production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping our skin youthful & slowing wrinkles. It protects us from premature aging due to sun damage. (So do hats! Wear them.) CoEnzyme Q10 stimulates the production of new skin cells and prevents oxidative damage.  Evening primrose oil (oenothera): This oil balances hormones, preventing related hormonal breakouts. It is also a powerful healer and helps clear up skin discoloration and scarring. It also adds elasticity to the skin and calms the faces connection to our nervous system. This oil is an effecitve treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. This oil is great at easing the transitions of aging and is known to reduce skin redness and tiredness. Ginger (zingiber officinale): Ginger is toning & rich in antioxidants, allowing it to reduce the appearance of hypopigmented scars. The antioxidants in ginger also help reduce the affects of aging by improving skin tone & elasticity. Grapefruit essential oil (citrus paradis): This oil is a powerful diuretic, a substance that helps reduce water retention and puffiness. It's also a lymphatic stimulant and detoxifier. It fresh, soothing scent boosts our mood. Helichrysum hydrosol (helichrysum italicum):  Jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis): What we know as jojoba oil is not actually an oil. It's a wax from the plant that grows wild in the western US and Mexico. It just happens to be a wax that is liquid at common room temperature, so it is commonly referred to as an oil. It closely resembles our natural sebum and can unclog hair follicles. Jojoba oil brings all skin types towards balanced hydration. Lemon essential oil (citrus limon): This extract is cleansing & purifying while increasing the luster of dull skin. It is naturally astringent and helps control breakouts from developing further. Marshmallow root (althaea): Marshmallow root relieves inflammation & irritation, softening the skin by. It is salty, sweet, cool & moist, so it helps to relieve skin conditions that are hot and dry. This root speeds up the healing of any smalls nicks or abrasions. It soothes out fine lines and wrinkles by gently plumping the skin. This herb helps reestablish lost balance, bring our skin into a healthy, glowing state. Nutmeg (myristica fragrans): Nutmeg improves circulation to all layers of the skin, enabling natural rejventation of skin cells. It's anti-infalammatory properties reduce the appearance of breakouts. It's stimulating properties will wake up your cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It's known to regulate oil control & it's naturally astringent properties help prevent further breakouts. Oats (avena sativa): Oats are an excellent natural exfoliator that also calm & nourish the skin with antioxidants. Due to the gentle grit of oatmeal I use in my formulas, it sloughs off dry skins cells smootly & evenly without being too abrasive. Olive oil (olea europaea): I use only cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil in my studio. It penetrates deeply into our skin, providing hydration to all layers of the skin. It's rich in Vitamins A & E, which help heal & protect from sun damage, smoke & other environmental toxins. Pacific sea salt: Sea salt is an excellent natural exfoliator. It gently exfoliates without scratching the skin. Since the water of our body contains salt, it is relaxing to our skin to clean with slightly salty water. This is beneficial because it's when we are relaxed that our body can do it's best healing. Sea salt also absorbs harmful toxins from our skin. Being naturally antiseptic, sea salt prevents the growth of harmful bacteria & while also increasing circulation & decreasing water retention & puffy skin. Sea salt also softens the texture of skin. Since our sea salt is pure & not overly processed, it imparts all the minerals of the sea to skin. Palmarosa essential oil (cymbopogon martinii): This hydrating essential oil has been used to treat skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. It's a powerful antiseptic that fights bacteria infection-causing bacteria.  Patchouli essential oil (pogostemon cablin): This luxurious oil is an antiseptic capable of protecting skin breakout wounds from further infection. It's sensual scent is attractive to both men & women. It speeds up the production of new skin cells and stimulates the flow of red blood cells through the skin. It prevents fungal growth & aids in healing dermatitis. Rhassoul clay: This red clay is formed by volcanic & geothermal activities in the Atlas mountains in Morocco. This silky, healing clay can even out skin tone and reduce blemishes. It has been shown to increase skin elasticity, even skin tone, reduce blemishes and blackheads and reduce skin dryness or flakiness. It gently cleanses without stripping away beneficial oils. It is high in minerals, especially silica and magnesium, so it nourishes while it cleanses. Rhassoul clay is negative charged so it quickly attracts toxins (negatively charged), removing them from your skin when you rinse the clay off. Rose essential oil (rosa damascena): It destroys the bacteria that are responsible for creating acne. This extract has the unique ability to increase the skins permeability, increasing how effectively it absorbs other healing agents.  Rose geranium hydrosol (pelargonium graveolens): This oil balances hormonal fluctuations and lessens hormonal related breakouts. It is gently astringent & encourages new cell growth. Rosehip oil (rosa damascena): Rosehip oil soaks in to the deepest layers of our skin, providing deep, nourishing hydration, improving the wellness of all layers of the skin. It is a cicatrirant capable of reducing the apperance of scars. Rosehip oil has the ability to even the apperance of skin tone. Rosehip powder (rosa damascena): Rosehips are loaded with natural vitamin c which reduces sun damage encourages natural collagen production that firms the skin. Used in daily care, it reduces inflammation & irritation before it starts which prevents a whole host of issues. Rosehip powder speeds the healing of breakouts & quickly fades related marks. It also helps protect against UV damage and can improve the effectivity of sunscreen. Rosemary essential oil (rosmarinus officinalis): Sea buckthorn oil (hippophae): This oil is incredibly vitamin rich. It nourishes & rejuvenates skin, moisturizing and improving dry & aging skin. Tamanu oil (calophyllum inophyllum): Tamanu oil is a potent skin regenerator. It is derived from a nut grown in the South Pacific that has been used for centuries to clear many skin conditions. Turmeric (curcuma longa): Turmeric helps to clear acne scars & inflammation while also reducing oil secretion of the sebaceous glands, preventing breakouts. Vanilla (vanilla planifolia): Exotic scented vanilla is harvested from a specific type of orchid & is renowned for it's antioxidant properties that protect skin from environmental damages. Vanilla is a rich source of natural vitamin b including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. Historically, vanilla has been used for soothing wounds and irritaitons. Vegetable glycerine: I use organic, plant-derived glycerine. Glycerine is a powerful humectant, meaning it can pull moisture to the surface level of our skin, really increasing the absorption of other healing skin agents and providing all day plump, glowing skin. White hallyosite clay: This clay is the finest, gentlest and purest clays. It's fine particle structure enables it to bond with impurities and toxins in your skin and remove them. It effectively removes excessive oils from our skin, preventing breakouts and refining the appearance of pores. Witch hazel hydrosol (hamamelis virginiana):  Ylang ylang essential oil (cananga odorata): Ylang ylang is a well-known aphrodisiac and anti-depressant with a potent, balanced floral aroma. It has been very effective in treating skin affected with eczema. Ylang ylang balances our feminine & masculine energy, as well as our oil production.

THE BAD

Sadly, many skincare & cosmetic companies are using products that are toxic & bioaccumulate in our bodies, wrecking havoc on our natural bodies. The cosmetic industry is barely regulated in America so companies can pretty much put anything they want in their products. Read the ingredient labels. Make sure you can pronounce & understand every single ingredient in your bottles. If not, toss it! The potential harm to your health isn't worth it because you deserve only things that support you! A good resource to determine if products are potentially toxic is the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep info. They even have an app you can download & scan products as you shop. The people behind EWG are chemists (of no affiliation to me) & they have helpful, scientific info so use it!I developed a rule for myself years ago when I learned that whatever we put on our skin, it absorbs, that if an ingredient was harmful to ingest, I wouldn't use it on my skin.Below is a list of ingredients I would never use in my studio or on my body.Alcohol: Used to blend oil & water as well as to preserve products & prevent foaming, alcohol quickly dries out and ages the skin; organic grain alcohol is okay, but the majority of cosmetics use synthetic, non-organic alcoholAluminum: This heavy metal is a toxic carcinogen and mutagen. It is commonly used as an antiperspirant in deodorants.Barium: The EU has banned this ingredient but America does not have any regulations on barium. It is a bioaccumulating heavy metal found commonly in lipsticks.Benzene: This chemical produces dangerous gaseous fumes that poison bone marrow. It has been linked to leukemia and is commonly used in hairsprays and nail polish removers. It is derived from toulene and gasoline.Coal Tar: Disguised on ingredients as FD, FDC, & FD&C color, this ingredient is carcinogenic and toxic. Companies use it in shampoos for dry skin & dandruff.Dioxins: This ingredient is never listed on labels, but it is a pollutant in cotton-based products such as tampons, cotton balls, facial tissues, toilet paper, makeup remover pads & sanitary pads. You can avoid this by being sure your products are Totally Chlorine Free (TCF).Formaldehyde: This toxin is commonly found in nail products and has been linked to an increase in nose and lung cancer. It damages our delicate mucous membranes. Even when it's not a direct ingredients, other ingredients such as 2-bromo2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium 15 and Bronopol in combination with DEA, MEA or TEA can break down in a product and release formaldehyde.Imidazolidinyl Urea (Germall II) and Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall 115): After parabens, these are the 2nd most common preservative. For the past 50 years or so, the personal products industry has been racing to extend product shelf life. In the process, products shifted to less natural ingredients and lost more of their healing potency. These preservatives are know to release gaseous formaldehyde.Mercury: This heavy metal bioaccumulates in our bodies and cumulates as a poison. It has been banned to dispose of in America due to it's toxicity but is still found in many eye shadows as a preservative. Mercury damages our brain cells and nervous system.Parabens: This is the most common preservative used in personal care products. They are used to stop microbial growth and extend shelf life. Parabens are know as xenoestrogens which wreck havoc on our reproductive systems.Parafins: Like gasoline, these are derived from petroleum. Parafins activate estrogen and can stimulate breast cancer cell proliferation. They are popular because they are super cheap.Petrolatum: This chemical is made from mineral oil and often found in lip and baby products. It can cause increased sensitivy to the sun and ultimately will dry out the skin. It's also known to interrupt the estrogen system but is used en masse because it is very cheap.Pthalates: These are suspected to cause birth defects and are found widely in the beauty industry. They have been shown to damage the liver, lungs, reproductive system and kidneys. They can also cause a hypersensitive immune system.Propylene Glycol: This is a petro-chemical mixture formulated by labs to help products enter deeper into the skin. It's the same stuff that is used to make anti-freeze & it facilitates other chemicals entering our blood stream.

Quaternary ammonium salts: These are caustic chemicals that are used to repel water, emulsify oil & water and prevent fungal growth, especially in shampoos and conditioners because they make the hair feel temporarily soft. In the long run, they create allergies and make the hair more brittle.