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I am concerned about the potential harmful effects of chemical ingredients in some mass-produced products. What should I do?

We are all concerned about our health and wellbeing, so it is important to choose products that are good for us ...
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Why should I buy natural instead of mainstream and mass-produced skincare?

Maybe you do not realise, but mass-produced skincare contains so many chemicals may cause or worsen today’s skincare complaints, such as acne, eczema ...
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Why so many manufacturers use chemicals and non-natural products?

It is mainly a question of money, as cheap ingredients are easy to manufacture and market. Also ...
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How about the environment?

Products made from conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact ...
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Value for money

Antique Apothecary BioSkincare and BioPharmacy products are very good value for money; not only do you get a premium product, you also get a product that will go a long way...
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What makes Antique Apothecary products so special?

Antique Apothecary natural and organic products create a truly natural, truly luxurious experience, so that you not only look good, but feel good as well...
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am concerned about the potential harmful effects of chemical ingredients in some mass-produced products. What should I do?

A: We are all concerned about our health and wellbeing, so it is important to choose products that are good for us. Choosing skin care products and make-up, mostly made with natural and organic ingredients, together with paying attention to what we eat, manage our stress and exercising regularly are essential and not difficult to do. Regarding choosing the right natural organic skincare, it is enough to check the ingredients on the back label and avoid products that contain chemicals. Also, you must check the percentage (%) of herbal ingredients and avoid the products that contain herbal ingredients in low concentration. For example, if the natural ingredient is listed towards the end of the ingredients’ list, it means that the concentration of that natural ingredient is very low. Alphabetic listing also needs to comply with this order.

Q: Why should I buy natural instead of mainstream and mass-produced skincare?

A: Maybe you do not realise, but mass-produced skincare contains so many chemicals may cause or worsen today’s skincare complaints, such as acne, eczema, sensitivity. It has been suggested in a report from the institute of Child Health at University College London that using body scrubs and strong soaps on the skin could be behind a recent rise in eczema, asthma, hay fever and rhinitis, because the chemicals strip natural oils from the skin. There are also increasing studies showing the connection between illnesses, such as chronic headaches, cancers, breathing disabilities, hormone disruption and chemicals.

Q: So, why so many manufacturers use chemicals and non-natural products?

A: It is mainly a question of money, as cheap ingredients are easy to manufacture and market. Also, many commercial skincare products will give you instant gratification with skincare results. Most of these products are designed to do a simple job to help you with one aesthetic purpose. But, this may lead to the asphyxiation of the skin, accelerated dehydration or photosensitivity.

Q: How about the environment?

A: Products made from conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact. The manufacturing of health and beauty skincare products full of chemicals puts those chemicals into the air and water.

Q: Well, maybe the chemicals are indeed necessary to add beneficial substances to the skin.

A: When buying a moisturiser or other face product and look at the back label and list of the ingredients that list is so long and full of unpronounceable names with ingredients that are there to extend the life of the product or to make it look or smell nice, without benefit for the skin at all.

Q: But, natural, organic skincare products and especially Antique Apothecary natural, organic, skincare products are rather expensive.

A: Some natural, organic skincare products and indeed Antique Apothecary natural skincare products can be seen as expensive, they’re actually very good value for money; not only do you get a premium product, you also get a product that will go a long way. For example, a very small amount of a beauty balm or few drops of a serum are enough for the whole face and the product will go a long way. Also, the body will generally recognise the structure of anything that comes from nature and utilise its components without issue. But, the introduction of unnatural synthetic and chemical substances into our bodies (that our bodies do not recognise) can cause distress, triggering serious damaging reactions.

Q: But, there are a lot of so-called “natural products”; are all the same?

A: No. There are indeed a lot of skincare products that call themselves “natural”. However, it is sufficient to look at the list of ingredients to understand that they are not. We, at Antique Apothecary use only the best organic natural ingredients and essential oils at the best possible formulations and blends. So, when other “natural, organic, skincare products” only moisturise the first layers of the skin and you need lots of it to get a good effect, our products, formulated with a variety of essential oils, carrier oils and our own elixirs, penetrate deep into the skin reaching all the layers and a little product goes a long way. Now, keep in mind as you try these natural, organic, skincare remedies that many of them may not contain enough of the ingredient to make a difference. A drop of an extract, in a normal size product, is most likely not enough. Unfortunately, products containing only such “trace amounts” of active ingredients for marketing purposes are still the majority on the market and can legally call themselves as “natural”.

Q: So, what makes Antique Apothecary organic, natural, skincare products so special?

A: Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products create a truly natural, truly luxurious experience, so that you not only look good, but feel good as well.

1. Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products are packed with the best natural ingredients in the best possible combinations. For example, our Royal Orchid and Helichrysum italicum Total Renewal and Anti-Ageing Herbal cream is made of 30 powerful organic herbal remedies.

2. Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products do not contain any chemicals, any parabens or EDTA; do not contain any preservatives or detergents.

3. The subtle aroma that you experience as you open the Miron Violettglas jar is 100% due to the active natural ingredients used.

4. In Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products you will only find Therapeutic grade essential oils.

5. Having the benefit of our own resident herbalist, we create special elixirs, using carefully selected herbs, for each formulation to augment the benefits of the essential oils, oils, vitamins and other natural ingredients.

6. We do not use any readymade basis, but prepare all formulations and manufacture all our natural and organic skincare products from scratch.

7. We adopt a holistic approach. In our range, you will find a number of ways to attach the same problem. For example, if anti-ageing is your worry, we have create a range of herbal teas, face, oils, serums, creams, balms and cleansing oils that help you achieve your aim.

8. Our herbalist answers all our customers’ queries personally.

9. We take care and pay attention to all stages of production. From sourcing the best ingredients from the best place of origin, to formulating the products, to ensuring the packaging is in line with our ethos and the ethos of our customers.

10. We can customise our natural organic skincare products for a truly natural, a truly luxurious experience.

Q: So, Antique Apothecary natural, organic, skincare products really go the extra mile to make me feel special?

A: Yes! Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products do not contain even so-called natural preservatives, because may cause skin allergies and sensitivities; these are:

linalool (a naturally occurring terpene alcohol) chemical found in many flowers and spice plants with many commercial applications.

geraniol (a monoterpenoid and an alcohol)

limonene (a colourless liquid hydrocarbon classified as a cyclic terpene)

lanolin (which comes from wool, is a relatively common allergen and is often misunderstood as a wool allergy). However, allergy to a lanolin-containing product is difficult to pinpoint.

These ingredients are there to extend the life of the product or to make it a pretty colour or to make it smell nice, but these don’t benefit the skin in any way.

Now, you understand why Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products can be used by all, even those with the most sensitive skin.

Q: I can see a lot of widely available natural and organic products use preservatives. How do you preserve yours?

A: Antique Apothecary natural and organic skincare products are formulated by our resident herbalist, following years of research and a lot of testing. To preserve our products we bottle them in MIRON Violet-Glass, which is the perfect packaging for superior products that preserve the bio-energy through protection from light. Comparable packaging materials limit long lasting preservation, as they are not sufficiently able to protect sensitive products from the quality lessening influences of light. MIRON Violettglas offers a unique possibility to maintain the value of the products at the same high level over a long-time period, without the use of harmful chemicals.

Also, our herbalist takes great care in selecting the best ingredients from the place of origin that give to the ingredient the best qualities and combines them in the most powerful way to secure the best possible result, in formulations that please all the senses and that help preserve the product naturally. So, our products not only do good, but also smell nice and give a deep sense of pleasure, satisfaction relaxation, while applying them.

Q: So, what if I am allergic to certain essential oils? Is it better to use mass-produced skincare?

A: Some natural essential oils, such as rosemary, bergamot and peppermint can irritate or inflame sensitive skin; Coconut oil, a popular natural ingredient, can cause acne. If you are allergic to certain essential oils, you just need to let us know. Here at Antique Apothecary we create natural and lovingly handmade products and we can customise the products to your own specifications. We also produce our products in small batches, so that customers get them at their freshest and best.

Q: So, how do you ensure that your products keep all their beneficial qualities?

A: We manufacture our natural and organic skincare products ourselves (we do not and will never outsource their production) because we operate a very strict quality control process. Also, the formulation of ingredients, their preparation and packaging all have preservative action.

Q: Your packaging appears very bland. How is this good for the product?

A: At Antique Apothecary, do not waste money in expensive packaging, which very often can be more expensive than the product itself. But, invest our resources in sourcing the nest ingredients from reputable UK based suppliers. Our attention to detail does not stop to the making of the product attractive, but extends to its packaging. We only use Miron Violetglass jars and bottles that help preserve the product for longer without the need of harsh chemicals and preservatives.

Q: A lot of companies use Minerals, Detergents and other chemicals; maybe they are necessary.

A: No, as we said, they are only used to make the products look good, smell nice and last for years. It is suggested that, typically, women use around twelve beauty products and toiletries in a day (cleanser, toner, moisturiser, soap/shower gel/exfoliating scrub, body lotion, foundation, mascara, eye shadow, lip stick, blusher). Because our skin is our largest organ and plays a vital part in our immune system, whatever is put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies and, soon enough, makes its way into our lymphatic channels. This means that we can expose our skin and ourselves to up to 175 different chemicals, absorbing around 2kg of chemicals each year! Most of these compounds are absorbed easily by the skin, yet the body has no way of ridding itself of them. The toxins remain in our intestine and eventually get spread through the body and can damage organs throughout our body.

Q: I have a new born baby and my best friend is pregnant; should I worry for the products we use?

A: Absolutely! Babies, just like grown-ups, are exposed to many toxic chemicals and they are ten times more vulnerable to the chemicals in these products than adults. Avoid mineral oil in baby oil. Try coconut oil or olive oil instead! Avoid baby products with added fragrance. We at Antique Apothecary carefully formulate our baby oils and balms to nourish and protect their delicate skin. We also have a range dedicated to pregnant women and new mums.

Q: I am a man and I too worry about the effects of chemicals on my body. Do you manufacture your 100% pure and natural products for men too?

A: Of course, Antique Apothecary caters for the health and beauty of all the family and that includes the men and teenage boys of the house.

Q: So, is there anything I can do?

A: Of course, watching what you put on your skin is as important as watching what you eat or drink. Wellbeing is a holistic approach. The first step is not to trust what companies call their products. There are a lot of so-called natural or pure products in the market, but they have very little of natural. So, read well the labels of the products. If you do not understand what is in it, you should not use it. At Antique Apothecary, we only use the best natural NON GMO ingredients.

GMO are plants and other living organisms whose genes were scientifically modified. Most companies use them in their cosmetic and skincare ingredients mainly to reduce cost. Here are some ingredients that are most likely to contain GMOs unless they are labelled “non-GMO”:

Canola is not the name of a natural plant, but a made-up word from the words “Canada” and “oil”. Canola is a GMO developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Canola is very cheap and this is why many companies use canola oil to make skin care products.

Soy: Soybeans are used in skin care products due to their natural anti-oxidant and conditioning properties. The soy proteins help to condition and protect skin making soy based skin care products common in anti ageing creams, such as eye cream.

Corn oil: The cosmetic industry uses corn oil as a primary base for many products that claim to reduce wrinkles. Considered as rich emollient, many creams and moisturizing products use corn oil to soothe dry skin.

Proteins from yeast: They are common ingredients in hair products, including shampoos and conditioners, for their ability to reduce static. In skin care products, yeast proteins help moisturize skin, making it smoother and better hydrated.

Hawaiian papaya: Masks and cleansers made with Hawaiian papaya are popular. Papain enzyme in papaya helps to cleanse and rejuvenate dull, tired-looking skin.

Here is a summary of the ingredients to avoid and why:

Mineral oils:

Petrolatum or petroleum jelly, derived from petroleum, is often used in personal care products as a moisturizing agent. When properly refined, petrolatum has no known health concerns. However, petrolatum is often not fully refined, which means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). FOUND INL: Face and Body Lotions, Baby oils, Lipsticks, Cosmetics. These tend to form a layer on top of the skin that doesn’t allow the skin breathes. They are skin irritants, allergens and potential carcinogens. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Petrolatum, Petroleum Jelly, Paraffin Oil, Mineral Oil and White Petrolatum (refined and safe for use).

Fragrance: What is fragrance? Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent. Fragrance ingredients may be derived from petroleum or natural raw materials. Fragrances found in most fragranced products (referred to as perfume) is a mixture of dozens of synthetic chemicals that are linked to asthma, skin irritation, nausea, mood changes, depression, lethargy, irritability and memory lapses. Artificial fragrances are designed to cover up the smell of other chemicals used in traditional health and beauty products. The effect is that you have a chemical to cover up another chemical and all those chemical smells can cause headaches in many people. Many skin care products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance”. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems, such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. FOUND IN: Most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Fragrance, perfume, perfume, essential oil blend, aroma.

Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in cosmetic products and as a stabilizer in perfumes and soaps. Exposure to phenoxyethanol has been linked to reactions ranging from eczema to severe, life-threatening allergic reactions. Infant oral exposure to phenoxyethanol can acutely affect nervous system function. FOUND IN: Moisturizer, eye shadow, foundation, sunscreen, conditioner, mascara, eye liner, shampoo, lip gloss, body wash, hand cream, blush, hair colour, hair spray, lip balm, lotion, nail polish, baby wipes, baby lotions and soaps, soap (liquid and bar), shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, fragrance, hair removal waxes, hand sanitizer and ultrasound gel. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Phenoxyethanol, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Euxyl K® 400 (mixture of Phenoxyethanol and 1,2-dibromo-2,4-dicyanobutane), PhE.

Parabens are preservatives used in a wide variety of personal care products and foods to prevent the growth of microbes. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system. It has been suggested that parabens, mimic the oestrogen hormone and have been detected in breast cancer tissue and in a 2004 UK study, they were found in 18 out of 20 breast tumours. FOUND IN: Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial and shower cleansers and scrubs. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, other ingredients ending in –paraben.

Bacteriocides: Triclosan and triclocarban are commonly used antimicrobial agents found in many soaps and detergents. They may cause skin irritation, endocrine disruption, bioaccumulation and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibodies and antibacterial products. If inhaled in large quantities they can cause depression, liver problems and even cancer. FOUND IN: Antibacterial soaps and detergents, toothpaste and tooth whitening products, antiperspirants/deodorants, shaving products, creams, colour cosmetics. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Triclosan (TSC) and triclocarban (TCC), benzalkonium chloride, chlorohexidrine.

Polyacrylamide is used as a stabilizer and binder in lotions and other products. Though it is not a concern in itself, it is made up of repeating molecules of acrylamide, which is a strongly suspected carcinogen and has been linked to mammary tumours. The European Union (EU) sets limits for the amount of acrylamide allowed in products containing polyacrylamide. FOUND IN: Facial moisturizers, anti-aging products, colour cosmetics, lotions, hair products, sunscreens and more. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Polyacrylamide; acrylamide; polyacrylate, polyquaternium, acrylate.

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, AKA TEFLON®) This non-stick ingredient and other fluorinated compounds have been associated with delayed menstruation, later breast development and cancer. FOUND IN: Foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, shave gel, lip balm, anti-ageing lotion. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, DEA-C8-18 Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate, Teflon.

Phthalates: Pronounced THAL-ates, these chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity and cancer, have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union. FOUND IN: Colour cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment. They are hormone-disrupting plasticisers that ‘fix’ a product to the skin and can cause damage to the liver, lungs and kidneys. They may affect fertility and foetal development, as well. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance.

1,4-dioxane is a contaminant linked to cancer found in products that create bubbles, such as shampoo and liquid soap. It is a carcinogen linked to organ toxicity, may be found in as many as 22 percent of the more than 25,000 cosmetics products in the Skin Deep database, but you won’t find it on ingredient labels. That’s because 1,4-dioxane is a toxin created when common ingredients react to form the compound when mixed together. FOUND IN: Products that create foam (such as shampoo, liquid soap, bubble bath), hair relaxers, etc. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth.

Benzophenone Related Compounds: a chemical linked to cancer, benzophenone is used in cosmetics, such as lip balm and nail polish, to protect the products from UV light. Benzophenone is used in personal care products, such as lip balm and nail polish to protect the products from UV light. Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-2 (BP2) and oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 or BP3) are common ingredients in sunscreen. Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT). These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity. FOUND IN: Lip balm, nail polish, foundations, baby sunscreens, fragrance, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, moisturizers, and foundation. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Benzophenone, ingredients containing the word benzophenone (for example benzophenone-2), BP# (for example BP2), oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium.

Butylated Compounds: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are used as preservatives in a variety of personal care products. Both chemicals are also used as preservatives in foods. These chemicals are linked to several health concerns, including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity. FOUND IN: Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: BHA, BHT. Concerns about organ-system toxicity and endocrine disruption led the European Union to prohibit the preservative butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) from cosmetics.

Coal Tar: is a known carcinogen derived from burning coal. It is a complex mixture of hundreds of compounds, many of which are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It is used in food, textiles, cosmetics and personal care products. Experimental studies have found that application of and exposure to coal tar produce skin tumours and neurological damage. FOUND IN: Shampoos and scalp treatments, soaps, hair dyes and lotions. WHAT IS COAL TAR? Coal tar is a brown-black material and thick liquid generated during the incomplete combustion (burning) of coal. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Coal tar solution, tar, coal, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, coal tar solution USP, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, KC 261, lavatar, picis carbonis, naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate, benzin B70, petroleum benzin.

Detergents: Ethanolamine Compounds (DEA, MEA, TEA): Diethanolamine (DEA) is a type of ethanolamines, chemicals widely used in cosmetics. The European Union prohibits DEA in cosmetics due to concerns about formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines. FOUND IN: soaps, shampoos, body wash, shower gel, bubble bath, liquid soaps hair conditioners and dyes, lotions, shaving creams, paraffin and waxes, household cleaning products, pharmaceutical ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances, sunscreens. They can promote the formation of cancer-causing substances known as ‘nitrosamines’ in products during storage, also they may deprive the top layers of the skin from its precious moisture. In addition, sodium lauryl sulphate when gets into rivers and ponds, it can affect ducks and other water birds by “cleaning” the natural oils from their feathers. This causes the feathers to lose their waterproofing, which can cause the birds to sink and drown. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA-lauryl sulfateNitrosamines, DEA, Cyclomethicone, Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40), Polyethylene Glycol, Polyethylene.

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: Cancer-causing formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are often found in shampoos and liquid baby soaps. These chemicals, which help prevent microbes from growing in water-based products, can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to cancer and allergic skin reactions. FOUND IN: Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, colour cosmetics. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.

Homosalate is a widely used chemical in sunscreens and skin care products with SPF. Homosalate is a potential endocrine disruptor and studies in cells suggest it may impact hormones. In addition to direct health concerns following homosalate exposure, the chemical may also enhance the absorption of pesticides in the body. FOUND IN: Sunscreen, Skin Care Products with Sun Protection. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Homosalate, Homomenthyl salicylate, HMS, HS; 3,3,5-trimethyl-cyclohexyl-salicylate.

Hydroquinone: One of the most toxic ingredients used in personal care products, hydroquinone is primarily associated with use in skin lighteners. It is linked to cancer and organ-system toxicity. FOUND IN: Skin lighteners, facial and skin cleansers, facial moisturizers, hair conditioners, finger nail coating products. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Hydroquinone or tocopheryl acetate.

PABA and PABA derivatives are commonly used in sunscreens as ultraviolet B (UVB) filters. PABA use has declined over the years, but its derivatives are still around today. PABA may alter thyroid activity and PABA derivatives may have additional endocrine disrupting properties. FOUND IN: Sunscreens. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: PABA, OD-PABA, padimate O, 4-aminobenzoic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid, Et-PABA, 2-ethylhexyl ester, p-carboxyaniline.

Resorcinol is commonly used in hair dyes and acne medication. In higher doses it is toxic and can disrupt the function of the central nervous system and lead to respiratory problems. It has also been shown to disrupt the endocrine system, specifically thyroid function. FOUND IN: Most common in hair dyes, also in shampoos/hair lotions, peels and in products used to treat acne, eczema and other dermatological issues. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Resorcinol, 1,3-benzenediol, resorcin, 1,3-dihydroxybenzene(m-hydroxybenze, m-dihydroxyphenol).

Titanium dioxide is used in a variety of personal care products, including sunscreens, pressed and loose powders. It is a very effective UV filter and of low risk in creams. However, when titanium dioxide is inhalable, as it is in loose powders, it is considered a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Nanoised titanium dioxide does not appear to confer any unique health hazards, so it is also a concern when inhaled, but not when it is applied in lotions or sunscreens. FOUND IN: Sunscreen, pressed and loose powders. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Titanium dioxide, TiO2.

Talc: Some talc may contain the known carcinogen asbestos, therefore it should be avoided in powders and other personal care products, unless it is known to be asbestos-free. Even asbestos-free talc should be avoided in the pelvic areas. FOUND IN: Baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, foundation, lipstick, deodorants and face masks. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Talcum powder, cosmetic talc.

Aluminium found in deodorants and make-up products (aluminium chlorohydrate, aluminium zirconium) -is a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It may also contribute to heart and lung disease and fertility problems.

List of Fragrances Allergens

Allergenic fragrance substances listed below by INCI names are established contact allergens in humans and are thus of most concern.


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