Some of the terminology used can be confusing. Below is a bit of information about some of the terms. It is not intended to be comprehensive, particularly when opinions on use of some of these ingredients / chemicals – and the impact of them – can be divided.
Parabens Parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and have been used for over eighty years as a preservative in products like shampoos, deodorants, moisturisers and mascaras (and many more) to give a longer shelf life. Parabens have been under the spotlight for many years and people continue to question – and challenge – whether or not they post a risk to our health. Our view is if it is not needed then don’t put it in – and then we don’t have to worry about it.
Phthalates Huge class of chemicals used in household cleaners, food packaging, cosmetics and personal –care products and make plastic soft and flexible. Studies have linked phthalates to asthma, obesity and altered reproductive development amongst other health issues.
RSPO Palm Oil Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO certification is an assurance to the customer that the standard of palm oil production is sustainable. See this website for more details.
SLS / SLES Sodium lauryl sulphate / sodium laureth sulfate – found in many cosmetic products, such as soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpaste (it’s quite hard to find a toothpaste without SLS). SLS and is a substance, like a detergent, which enables a liquid to foam. Concerns have been expressed about its toxicity when combined with other ingredients found in personal care products. There has been some evidence that it has also been found to cause irritation to the skin, eyes and scalp. Our view is if it is not needed then don’t put it in – and then we don’t have to worry about it.