Ingredients to avoid in skincare and make-up products

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If you’re new to Sansaar products and wonder what we mean by “SLS Free” or “Paraben Free” we’ve produced this blog to explain why it’s important that our products don’t contain these ingredients. In it we give a summary of some of the ingredients that we avoid in skincare and make-up products and the reasons why we avoid them.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant that traps oil-based dirt which can then rinse off and is also the ingredient that produces foam in soaps, shampoos and other cleaning products. An experiment, carried out by Dr Chris van Tulleken, showed that SLS irritates the skin by disrupting the natural oils that maintain the skins balance. Additional sources also found that SLS can irritate the skin. Hence you won’t find it in any of our skincare products.

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Alternatives

  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS)
  • Lauryl Sodium Sulphate
  • Lauryl Sulphate Sodium Salt
  • Sodium n-dodecyl Sulphate
  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Cleaning Products

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a surfactant and foaming agent that’s made by putting SLS through a process called ethoxylation. It’s during this process that SLES can become contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a possible carcinogen (cancer causing) compound. In addition to this, SLES can also be a skin irritant, which is why we choose not to sell skincare products containing them.

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Alternatives

  • Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate
  • The list is extremely long!
  • Here’s a more extensive list of alternative names for SLES.
  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Cleaning Products

Parabens

Parabens is the general term given for a family of chemicals widely used to preserve products. They absorb easily through the skin and it’s believed that they can disrupt the endocrine (hormone system) as well as cause skin allergies. For these reasons you won’t find parabens in any of our products. We prefer to be safe than sorry, especially when our products perform perfectly without them!

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  • Ethylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isoparaben
  • Methyl
  • Ethyl
  • Propyl
  • Benzyl
  • Butyl
  • Isobutyl
  • A wide range of skincare and make-up products.

The list includes but is not limited to:

  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Moisturisers
  • Deodorants
  • Make-up

Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals are cheap ingredients used to increase the ability to spread a product on your skin, or to extend the shelf life of a product. There are concerns that they cause cancer and nerve damage. Furthermore, they’re made from petroleum which supports fossil fuels and, in our view, are not environmentally friendly. Therefore, we avoid them in our products.

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Alternatives

  • Paraffin Wax
  • Mineral Oil
  • Toluene
  • Benzene
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • DEA
  • MEA
  • Butanol
  • words beginning with “Butyl” (Butyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol)
  • EDTA
  • Ethanol
  • words beginning with “Ethyl” (Ethylene Dichloride, Ethylhexylglycerin)
  • words with “Propyl” (Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine)
  • Methanol
  • words with “Methyl” (Methylparaben, Methylcellulose)
  • A wide range of skincare and make-up products.

The list includes but is not limited to:

  • Moisturisers
  • Make-up
  • Lip Balms

Cocamide DEA

Cocamide DEA is used as a foaming agent in bath products such as shampoos and soaps. It is a possible human carcinogen (causes cancer in humans) so we prefer to use products that don’t contain this ingredient.

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  • Cocamide DEA
  • Shampoo
  • Soap

The list of ingredients to avoid in skincare and make-up products provided is short and aimed to help get you started with understanding cleaner beauty products. There are other potentially harmful ingredients that we avoid too, but don’t worry! We’ve done the hard work of researching all of our products to ensure they don’t contain harmful ingredients, so that you don’t have to.

Sansaar checks all product ingredients with the EWG Skin Deep database so you can be confident that our products are safe for you and the environment.

If you want to learn more about ingredients in cosmetics a really good website is Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Another good resource is the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) who have a handy printable sheet you can use when shopping, it’s called “Toxic Tour: What’s in my cosmetics?”.

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