Banned Ingredients

Diligently researching what's in LOVE GOODLY's products is vitally important because many today contain chemicals that have been linked to health problems. We did the homework on everything here - so you don't have to.

Using resources provided by the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics database, the Pesticide Action Network and Non GMO Project, among others, we created an extensive BANNED LIST ingredients that preclude a product from being on LOVE GOODLY.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)  – Can induce allergic reactions in the skin. BHA is a possible human carcinogen.

Coal tar dyes –  P-phenylenediamine and colours identified by “C.I.” followed by a five digit number (especially in the 75000 and 77000 series). Has the potential to cause cancer.

Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA) – Diethanolamine (DEA) is used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy, acts a pH adjuster, and mainly found in moisturizers and sunscreens. Cocamide and Lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos. Causes mild to moderate skin and eye irritation. Related ingredients are Monoethanolamide (MEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA).

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others) – Dibutyl pthalate (DBP) is mainly found in nail polish, and phthalates are also used as fragrance ingredients in many other products. But, both may not be listed in ingredients list as fragrances may be considered a trade secret, or DBP can be used in polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC). An endocrine disruptor and can cause genetic mutation, developmental defects, changes in the testes and prostate, and reduce sperm count.

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives – Used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known human carcinogen that slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Can irritate skin and eyes and trigger allergies.

Parabens – Mainly used as a preservative in cosmetics. Easily penetrates the skin that interfere with hormone function. They have been detected in human breast cancer tissue, and may also interfere with male reproductive functions. Methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben are some of the most common parabens in cosmetics. Other chemicals in this class generally have “paraben” in their names.

Synthetic Fragrance / Perfumes – aka Fragrance or "Parfum." Found in perfumes, colognes, deodorants, laundry detergents, and cleaning products. Irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. A lot of fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so they are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in their ingredients.

PEG compounds – Polyethylene glycols (PEGs). Commonly used in creams. May be contaminated with ethylene oxide (a known human carcinogen and can also harm the nervous system) and 1,4-dioxane (possible human carcinogen). Can cause irritation and systemic toxicity. A related chemical is Propylene glycol.

Petrolatum – Used in a variety of moisturizers and also in hair care products. Can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which is associated with cancer if exposed (including skin contact) over time. Can also cause skin irritation and allergies. In the European Union (EU), petrolatum can only be used in cosmetics if the refining history is known and can be shown that it is not a carcinogen. Mineral oil and petroleum distillates are related petroleum by-products used in cosmetics (may be contaminated with PAHs). 

Siloxanes – Silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisten. Can be found in hair products, deodorant creams, moisturizers, and facial treatments. Cyclotetrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane are toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms. Can interfere with human hormone function and possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility. Related ingredient include Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).

Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS and SLES) - Used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. Commonly found in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers as well as household cleaning products. May be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane (usually have chemical names including the letters “eth”). Can irritate the skin and eyes. SLS is a related detergent and is a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant and toxic to aquatic organisms. 

Triclosan – Used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Can pass through skin and can interfere with hormone function. Irritating to the skin and eyes, and as very toxic to aquatic organisms.