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Based on the precautionary principle, we exclude from our formulas many ingredients that may pose a risk to human health or the environment, including:
Nanomaterials: very small (1-100 nm), they may penetrate deeply into the body and cause unknown effects. Regulations require that the statement [NANO] must precede these ingredients measuring less than 100 nm.
Silicones: Frequently used for their sensory contribution, silicones do not present any risk to human health. However, they are not very biodegradable and pollute the environment by flowing into waste water.
Parabens: used as preservatives, parabens are potential endocrine disruptors (= which disturb the hormonal balance). Since 2014, some parabens have been banned for use in cosmetics. As a precaution, we exclude this whole family of molecules from our formulas.
Ingredients of animal origin: our commitment to vegan beauty pushes us to seek alternatives to all the raw materials of animal origin that are commonly used in cosmetics (including animal collagen, sheep lanolin, beewax etc…). In accordance with European regulations, our products aren’t tested on animals.
Phenoxyethanol: a preservative that is easily absorbed through the skin and has the potential to be irritating. Some studies suspect neurotoxic effects.
Chlorphenesin: preservative derived from chlorine. Its manufacturing process is very polluting.
Phthalates: Fixing agents and plasticizers, allowing fragrances to last longer or preventing varnishes from flaking, but which can also be found in the plastic packaging of cosmetics. They are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.
Sulphates: foaming agents that are irritating to the skin.
Formaldehyde releasers: preservatives that gradually release small amounts of formaldehyde, an irritating and suspected carcinogenic component.
PEGs: petroleum derivatives, PEGs are used as thickeners, emulsifiers, surfactants or humectants. Although commonly used in cosmetic products or shampoos, PEGs are suspected of being carcinogenic and are also very poorly biodegradable. In addition, their manufacturing process results in the formation of an extremely polluting waste product: dioxane.
Ethanolamines: components at risk of forming a potentially carcinogenic molecule in the presence of nitrite. This mechanism is known and controlled, however, the environmental toxicity of these ingredients leads us to exclude them from our formulations.
EDTA: stabilizes cosmetic formulas over time but pollutes the environment and in particular aquatic environments.
Propylene Glycol: derived from petrochemicals, its use in too many cosmetics presents a risk for the environment.
Triclosan/Triclocarban: preservatives that are harmful to the environment, particularly to aquatic organisms.
Methylisothiazolinone: a preservative used to replace parabens, but which is irritating and can cause contact eczema. Its use is highly regulated in Europe.