Okay, so ingredients are important. The quality, the type, and the benefit. We all need to focus on what we are putting in and on our bodies and we rely on the brands we buy to ensure they are not putting ingredients in the products we love that are toxic.
With the choice of “natural” and “organic” products, it can be difficult to sort through which ingredients are acceptable and which are downright bad for you. We care as much as you do about ingredients and we carefully review and rate every single product we sell on our shelves and those who do not past muster, well they are banned from our shelves that you shop from.
We are just going to share just a few today you’ll want to avoid when shopping outside of Soap Hope.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a preservative linked to cancer, skin irritation, and hormone disruption.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene s a Toluene-based preservative linked to skin irritation.
You won’t typically see Formaldehyde listed as an ingredient, but “releasers” or “donors” often are listed on ingredient labels. These ingredients likely have Formaldehyde tagging along, not specifically indicated because they don’t have to. We ban this ingredient. Other names that Formaldehyde will be listed as is
- Dmdm Hydantoin
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
- Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
- Polyoxymethylene Urea
- 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane
This ingredient is typically used to lighten skin and it inhibits melanin synthesis, causes skin irritation, and may cause discoloration of the skin. It is a metabolite of the carcinogen benzene.
While still used in the United States, this ingredient is banned in the European Union. It is a solvent that is used as an additive in perfumes. It can cause skin irritation and may cause effects on the central nervous system, blood, bone marrow, kidneys, and liver.
Again another ingredient banned by our EU friends in leave-on cosmetics and they are restricted to a small amount in rinse off products. They can cause skin allergies and irritation and may be toxic to the nervous system.
We recently wrote a blog just on Nanoparticles. These small ingredients are ultrafine and may cross over permeable membranes in our bodies (including our brains and other organs). Since there is not enough research and are unnecessary ingredients, we won’t sell products that carry these in them. Nanoparticles ingredients include Nano-sized Zinc or Titanium Dioxide, Fullerenes, Nanotubes, Liposomes, and Quantum Dots.
Parabens have been linked to hormone disruption. We ban Parabens and their cohorts Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben.
Petrolatum and Paraffin
Petrolatum is a semisolid mixture derived from processed petroleum. Mineral Oil, Paraffin Wax, Liquid Paraffin, and several other ingredients are also petroleum distillation byproducts. The concerns with these ingredients are unsustainable sourcing and possible PAHs contamination. PAHs (which stands for Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons) are linked to cancer.
Certain phthalates (like Dibutyl Phthalate, aka DBP, or DEHP, and DEP) appear on product labels, but most typically remain unlisted, hiding under the term “fragrance.” Since some phthalates have been linked to hormone disruption, we ask that our brand partners to avoid using them as ingredients altogether.
Usually used in hair dyes, it’s linked to a host of issues including allergies, irritation, and hormone disruption.\
We won’t sell Chemical SPFs at Soap Hope. Why you ask? Some have been linked to hormone disruption. Others, like Avobenzone, appear safer, but remain understudied. Chemical sunscreens include Benzophenone; Diphenylmethanone; Diphenyl Ketone; 119-61-9; Benzoylbenzene; Phenyl Ketone; Oxybenzone; 2-Hydroxy-4 Methoxybenzophenone; 131-57-7; Benzophenone-3; (2-Hydroxy-4-Methoxyphenyl). We stock (non-nano) Mineral Sunscreens that contain natural ingredients like Zinc and Titanium Dioxide, which physically block the sun’s rays and leave your body toxin free.
A solvent that is toxic to the immune system, may cause birth defects, and usually found in nail polishes. We ask our brand partners to find safer alternatives.
Triclosan and Triclocarban
These are antibacterials and preservatives used in personal care and home-cleaning products. They’re persistent in the environment and may be associated with hormone disruption.