Some proscribed ingredients

Aluminium chlorohydrate: used in deodorants to block perspiration, it acts on the sudoriferous glands. This action makes it suspected of being carcinogenic.

Cocamide DEA: surfactant, it generates Nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.

DMDM hydantoin: formaldehyde releaser preservative. When highly rated it is suspected of being carcinogenic.

Parabens: used as preservatives, those esters can be found as butyl, isobutyl, methyl, ethyl, propyl, or benzyl-paraben in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. They show bacteriocidal properties. An English study (led by Dr. Dabre and its research team ) has put their innocuousness in question. Their presence in the breast tissues made them suspected of being a cause of some breast cancers. Dr Dabre's study, mainly concentrated on the oestrogenic activity of benzylparaben, is still much debated because of the low number of cases found, but as a precaution, it's wiser not to use them.

Paraffin oil, Petrolatum (soft paraffin): chemical compounds derived from the distillation of petroleum, they are inert and highly occlusive products. Stable and easy to use, they are highly prized in common cosmetics.

PEG (polyethylene glycol): chemical compound derived from toxic gas, it is used as emulsifier or solubiliser.

Phenoxyethanol: glycol ether, used as a preservative. It works together with parabens and is much debated.

Phthalate (diethyl or DEP): solvent and alcohol denaturant. It has been imposed by the State in order to prevent any fraud on drinking alcohol. Melvita uses non-denaturated alcohol or organic alcohol.

Propylene Glycol: moisturizer and synthetic solvent, it is used as a preservative. On a high rate it can be allergenic and sensitizing. It is widely used as a solvent in common cosmetics. All glycol derivatives (PEG, PPG...) are suspected of damaging health when their combined application shows a high total rate.

Silicone (Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone…): water-repellent often derived from petrochemical products, it is not biodegradable and partly occlusive. Its soft and silky touch has made it one of the most important ingredient of common cosmetics.

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