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The "Ugly" ingredient list

We Never Put the "UGLY" in the bottle.

Mill Station No. 1 believes that the only thing that matters is a good "clean" product that works.

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 your 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, or 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 and hormone disruptor, and may 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. Potential to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.

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 irritants, sensitizes and common causes of contact 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 be hormone disruptor, which alter important hormonal mechanisms in our bodies. Parabens mimic estrogen; they can lock on to our cell’s own estrogen receptors and interfere with important natural signals. They may also be associated with triggering breast cancer; although this has not been proven. Look out for ingredients with “paraben” in their name (methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben.

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 moisturizer, 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, making it extra important to only use them at night and to avoid any sunscreens containing retinol-derived ingredients.

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.

At the end of the day, there are many who argue that this is overly reactive and there isn’t sufficient evidence to support these claims.
We don't claim that every item on this list is going to harm or kill you, but we prefer to use clean alternatives.

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