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Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

By Lori Stryker

Many cosmetics we use every day are made from ingredients that may have adverse effects on our health. These may be derived from animals, microbes or are by-products of petroleum production. They may cause allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, or you may simply have ethical reasons prohibiting their use. When deciding on a cosmetic purchase, consider if your desired purchase has an all-natural alternative. The Organic Make-up Company has excellent, high quality alternatives to skin care and make-up cosmetics, which are free from all the ingredients listed below. Please visit our glossary for more information on our products' ingredients and this topic.

Chemical Ingredient

Animal or Microbial Ingredient

  • Aluminum

  • Albumin

  • Ammonium glycolate

  • Artificial colours

  • Benzoates: sodium benzoate, benzoic acid

  • BHT, BHA

  • Ceresin

  • Cl 77267 (bone charcoal)Cl 77268 (black bone charcoal)

  • Collagen


  • Diamines: phenylenediamines

  • Dibutyl phthalate

  • Dimethicone

  • Ectoin: hydroxyectoin

  • Elastin

  • Fish

  • FD & C, D & C colours

  • Formaldehydes: imidazolidinyl urea,DMDM hydantoin, quaternium 15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3 diol

  • Gelatin

  • Hyaluronic acid

  • Hydroquinone

  • Isopropanolamine

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Keratin

  • Keratolytic chemicals: hydroxyl acids,glycolic acids, retinoic acids

  • Lanolin

  • Methylisothiazolinone

  • Mink Oil

  • Musk

  • Ovum

  • Parabens

  • Parrafin

  • Phenoxyyethanol

  • Phosphatidylcholine

  • Placenta

  • Propylene glycol (petroleum derived)

  • Pthalates

  • Oleates: decyloleate

  • Roe

  • Salmo

  • Serum albumin

  • Sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate

  • Sorbitans

  • Squalenes

  • Tallow

  • Toluene

  • Unipertan

By Lori Stryker, B.Sc., B.H.Ec., B.Ed.

About The Author
Lori Stryker has been researching and developing all natural skin care and make-up for the purpose of offering men and women safe, natural cosmetics for everyday use. She brings to her research a specialist in human biology from the University of Toronto, coupled with a professional home economics degree and an education degree from the University of British Columbia, fusing chemical and biological knowledge with food, family and textile sciences.

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