Why chemical treatments are bad for me
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Found in the majority of products that foam, from cleaning agents to industrial strength detergents, SLS will disrupt your skin’s natural oil balance and can cause itching and dryness.
Yes, this may be the secret ingredient to killing the bacteria causing acne, but in turn, it can bring on dryness, burning, redness and even bleach your hair, clothing, and bedding.
This is used to help hold the pH balance in products. Concentrated Sodium Hydroxide is a strong irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal system if ingested.
This will unblock your pores but is known to cause skin irritations from burning to redness.
PEGS or Petroleum (yes, petrol)
For anyone suffering from acne, applying petroleum or mineral oil-based products to your skin is like covering yourself in clingfilm. It stops the skin from breathing and seals off the skin from the air, water or anything else from getting in (and out).
This is a by-product of petroleum.
A derivative of petroleum used to soften and smoothen the skin. It’s comedogenic (known to clog pores) and can also be harmful if swallowed. Look out for names such as propylene/ polyethylene glycol, or polyoxyethylene or if it ends with ‘eth’ or ‘oxynol,’ xylene and toluene.
Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and work as an active foaming agent. Parabens are carcinogenic and known to disrupt your hormones.
Sulfates function as surfactants: water- and oil-soluble compounds that, when combined with water, foam and emulsify greasy substances. While they remove dead skin cells, sulfates can aggravate the skin, causing redness, dryness, and itching.
Stearic Acid Derivatives
Stearic acid is used in products to condition and provide a pearly feel and cooling effect in skin care products. It's used as an emulsifier in lotions and makeup. It can cause skin irritations with symptoms of severe itching, redness, and swelling.
Used in the skincare and cosmetics industry as an effective emollient, softening and soothing the skin. It can block the pores causing breakouts.
This is used as a synthetic preservative and has antibacterial properties. It’s known to disrupt hormones and is a hazard to the natural environment (and toxic to aquatic organisms) as it takes ages to break down.
It’s common for fragrance to wreak havoc on the skin (and disrupt your hormones) by causing dermatitis, inflammation, redness, or other allergic reactions like a headache or asthma attack.
What We Use Instead
|Chemical Ingredient||Used For||Natural Ingredient Used|
|Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS &SLES) Most common Sulfates||Foaming & Cleaning||Witch Hazel, Lemon Tea Tree,|
|Sulfates (there are hundreds of)||Foaming & Cleaning||Witch Hazel, Nettle, Lemon Tea Tree|
|Benzyl Peroxide||Kills acne causing bacteria & spots||Oregan Grape, Calendula, Yarrow, Ribwort|
|Sodium Hydroxide||Holds pH balance in products||Nettle, Lemongrass|
|Salicylic acid||Removes dead skin cells||Ribwort, Lemongrass, Nettle, Marshmallow|
|PEGS or Petroleum (yes, petrol)||Soften & Emulisfy||Marshmallow, Red Clover, Lemongrass, Roman Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Lavender, Macadamia, Babassu, Hazelnut|
|Mineral Oil||Smooth||Marshmallow, Lemongrass, Macadamia, Babassu, Hazelnut|
|Paraffin||Soften & Smooth, Soothe||Red Clover, Lemongrass, Roman Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Lavender, Macadamia, Babassu, Hazelnut|
|Parabens||Preservative, Foaming||Sodium Cocoyl Glutomate (coconut)|
|Lanolin||Smooth & Soften||Aloe Vera, Marshmallow, Ribwort|
|Stearic Acid Derivatives||Emulsify & Soften||Marshmallow, Aloe Vera, Lavender, Babassu|
|Fragrance||Scent||All the ingredients have a slight scent but you smell more the Lemon Tea Tree|
|Additional Benefits||Additional Natural Ingredients|
|Hydrating||Babassu, Macadamia, Hazelnut|
|Reduce Inflammation & Redness||Lemongrass, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Agrimony, Yarrow, Nettle, Red Clover, Roman Chamomile, Hazelnut, Babassu, Macadamia|
|Anti Bacterial||Agrimony, Nettle, Witch Hazel, Calendula, Oregan Grape, Yarrow, Ribwort, Babassu|
|Prevention of spots||Agrimony, Oregan Grape, Witch Hazel|
|High in Antioxidants||Nettle, Hazelnut, Babassu, Macadamia|