Restricted Ingredients

Make it Matter!

It’s not just about beauty, it’s about health!

Listed below are ingredients you will never find in my products. Some of them may be familiar to you and others may be somewhat foreign. 

Wherever you are on your path, please know that there is tremendous research behind the effects of these ingredients on humans, plants, animals, and the environment. 


Synthetic Ingredients

Synthetic fragrance and color are associated with numerous health and planetary problems. Synthetic colors are dyes that have been FDA approved for food, drug, and cosmetic use. However, studies have suggested synthetic colors such as Blue 1, Green 3, and FD&C Yellow 6, indicate toxicity. Fragrance is an “ingredient” that can be listed as a single ingredient without listing all the components. Common components include Acetaldehyde or Benzophenone, which have known links to cancer, reproductive toxicity, and allergies (think headaches and dermatitis).

Considering a switch? You might be surprised to find that common hair products and moisturizers have numerous synthetic color and fragrance culprits.

Make it Matter! Remember that 60% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream.


Parabens are most often used to preserve products containing water. The most commonly used preservatives in the United States include parabens, methyl-, propyl- and parahydroxybenzoate. According the the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, approximately 75% of cosmetics use parabens (shampoos, makeup, lotions, deodorants). They are used to prevent the growth of microbes. Parabens are not water soluble and can be absorbed through the skin, remaining in the body. Notably, two small studies found traces of five parabens in breast cancer tumors.

Make it Matter! Parabens have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption and developmental toxicity.

Considering a switch? They say, "The devil's in the details". Time to grab your favorite household / skincare products and perhaps a magnifying glass! Take a closer look at how a product is marketed versus the actual ingredients. The most common culprits include for Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in –paraben.


Phthalates are everywhere - plastic, rubber, resin, apparel, toys, medical materials, and yes, cosmetics. In cosmetics, phthalates are used as solubilizers (when something is soluble it means it is able to be dissolved in water). The most frequent flyers in the personal care industry are dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP). DBP is used in nail polish to make it flexible and resistant to chipping. DEP is listed by the EU as an endocrine-disrupting compound of high concern. It is widely used in scented products to help the scent linger. Despite its cause for concern, it is seldom found on labels. In the U.S. phthalates are unregulated while hiding as a constituent of the ingredient “fragrance” or “parfum”.

Make it Matter! DEP and DBP have been linked with endocrine disruption, cancer, and reproductive toxicity.

Considering a switch? Instead of watching a favorite (Schitt’s Creek, old X-Files, a Tom Hanks movie from the 90s), consider a documentary about the dangers of scent and fragrance named Stink!


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sulfates are most often used as an emulsifier or foaming agent.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)  can be found in cleansers, emollient creams, lotions, shampoos, detergents, and toothpaste. We exclude sulfates from our products because they cause skin irritation, dryness, and are associated with eczema.

Considering a switch? Reconsider your choice of laundry detergent and toothpaste. There are two arenas that are often overlooked when it comes to skincare. Your choice of toothpaste may actually create problems for your skin, especially if you experience perioral dermatitis. Imagine making your own detergent -email me for my recipe!

Make it Matter!  My earliest memory of having skin difficulty began with laundry detergent. Not only was the product I was using causing harm to my skin, but it also left a negative print on the environment. Everything that goes down the drain makes a difference!

Sources: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database