The Top Ten
Toxic Ingredients to Avoid

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Claims such as ‘natural’ beauty products, ‘clean’, ‘toxic-free’, ‘no nasties’ and ‘chemical-free’ lack legal definitions or regulations. A glance at the back of a shampoo bottle reveals the abundance of synthetic chemicals present in everyday cosmetics.

We prioritize avoiding synthetic ingredients, particularly for those with sensitive skin, to prevent skin irritation. Opting for natural and organic skincare products helps steer clear of toxic ingredients, though awareness of potential loopholes is crucial.

Notably, EU Cosmetic regulations are the strictest globally, banning over 1300 ingredients compared to just 30 in the US. However, despite this, caution is advised as certain ingredients deemed ‘safe’ may still be skin irritants and potentially linked to health issues.

To assist your informed choices, we’ve identified the top 10 toxic ingredients to avoid in personal care products. If further research is desired, the EWG Skin Deep Database provides a comprehensive resource.

The Toxic Ten

Aluminium
Found in antiperspirants, linked to potential health issues.

Opt for natural deodorants eliminating odor-causing bacteria.

SLS/SLES
Surfactants cause mass irritation, especially for sensitive skin.

Opt for SLS/SLES-free products with natural foaming agents.

Parabens
Preservatives with potential disruptions to the body.

Opt for paraben-free or water-based products.

Synthetic Color
Derived from petroleum, which is gasoline, suspected carcinogens are linked to skin irritations.

Opt for organic makeup.

Synthetic Fragrance
Associated with allergies and respiratory distress.

Opt for organic and vegan perfume or essential oils.

Sunscreen
Certain chemicals are harmful to health and oceans.

Opt for non-nano particle zinc-based SPF products.

Phthalates
Endocrine disruptors are found in various cosmetics.

Opt for products without hidden phthalates, especially in fragrance.

Propylene Glycol
Penetrates the skin deeply, causing organ system toxicity.

Opt for products without propylene glycol.

Triclosan
Antimicrobial chemicals with concerns about antibiotic resistance.

Opt for natural hand sanitizers or simple soap.

Formaldehyde
Banned in the EU for personal care, linked to cancer.

Opt for 10-free nail mineral polish.

All the products that we suggest exclude these ingredients. For those seeking organic beauty, certification labels like COSMOS or EcoCert provide assurance. It’s crucial to understand that even with organic products, achieving 100% organic formulas is challenging.

Some natural products can still be allergens due to preservatives and fragrances. Individuals with sensitive skin should opt for lower percentage essential oil blends or entirely fragrance-free options.

While cosmetic regulations in the EU are stringent, the US has fewer restrictions, and global variations exist. At zen vida, we prioritize quality, sustainability, and ethical sourcing, offering a range of vegan, natural, and cruelty-free products from US independent makers.