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The "Ugly" Ingredient List

We Never Put the "UGLY" in the bottle.

These are ingredients we will not use due to health problems they may contribute to, or sustainability issues with their production. Feel free to contact us at anytime with questions about ingredients and production.

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Aluminum Salts: (Aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum hydroxybromide, and aluminum zirconium): Found in antiperspirants, used to help to kill bacteria that causes odor and seal the sweat glands. Is known as a neurotoxin that accumulates in fat cells.

Benzalkonium chloride: A disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies.

Benzophenone and derivatives: A possible human carcinogen and hormone disruptor used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light.

Bisphenol A (BPA): A hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA, used in plastics and resins.

Butoxyethanol: A solvent used to control viscosity. Sometimes used as a “fragrance” additive. It irritates skin and may cause cancer and reproductive toxicity.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): Synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens, may disrupt hormones, and cause liver damage.

Coal tar: hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients (including Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine) : A byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. Can be contaminated with heavy metals that are toxic to brain function.

Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): Surfactants and pH adjusters linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Can react to form cancer-causing nitrosamines. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Formaldehyde: A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol) and several other preservatives are listed.

Hydroquinone: A skin lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melaninand is a linked to cancer, organ toxicity and skin irritation.

Methyl cellosolve: A fragrance ingredient and solvent that is an irritant and a possible neurotoxin, developmental toxin, and cause of DNA mutations that could lead to cancer.

Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone: Chemical preservatives that are skin irritants. Common causes of skin allergies.

Mercury and mercury compounds (also listed as Thimerosal): Metallic element used as a preservative and antiseptic known to damage brain function.

Oxybenzone: Sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorption linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. 

Parabens: A class of preservatives believed to disrupt hormone function, especially in estrogen production. In men and women, they can lock on to our cell’s own estrogen receptors and interfere with important natural signals. 

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Toxic to reproduction and harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.

Resorcinol: A colorant and fragrance ingredient that is a skin irritant, toxic to the immune system and organs, and suspected to cause hormone disruption.

Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol: Used in moisturizers, lip products, sunscreen and anti-aging products. Retinol products (often found in anti-aging products) have the opposite intended effect and become carcinogenic in sunlight.

Silicone-derived emollients: Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumor growth and skin irritation.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation and trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh.

Synthetic fragrance: An engineered scent agent that may contain any combination of 3,000+ stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens.

Toluene: A volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects.

Triclosan and Triclocarban: Antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems.


We don't claim that every item on this list is going to harm or kill you, but we prefer to use clean alternatives.