Ingredient Glossary

Keep in mind that this is a constantly updated list. Check back over time and you can keep track of new ingredients and new information as studies are released.

Avoid Entirely:
  • Formaldahyde. Synonyms: formalin; formic aldehyde, merthaldehyde, methanal, methyl aldehyde, oxomethane, oxymethylene, BFV.
  • Fragrance
  • Hydroquinone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Parabens. Synonyms: methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, benzylparaben, isobutylparaben, and  propylparaben.
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Phthalates
  • Quats: Hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, behentrimonium chloride, stearylkonium chloride, polyquaternium-10, soyamidopropalkonium chloride, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl laurelglucosides chloride.
  • Triclosan
  • Urea. Synonyms: diazolidinyl, imidazolidinyl urea.

Try to Avoid:
  • Aluminum
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • BHT
  • Bismuth oxychloride
  • Ceteareth-20
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Disodium EDT
  • DMAE / Dimethylaminoethanol
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Geraniol: It's fine if listed as a component of essential oils
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Limonene: It's fine if listed as a component of essential oils
  • Linalool: It's fine if listed as a component of essential oils
  • Nanoparticles
  • Potassium alum
  • Potassium aluminum sulfate
  • Propylene glycol
  • PVC
  • Retinyl palmitate 
  • Sodium benzoate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate and family: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium cocoyl sulfate, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate,
  • Tetrasodium EDTA