At Váhy, you will never find these chemicals used as ingredients in our perfumes:





Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)


Shampoos, bath products, hair colour, makeup, deodorants, perfumes and shaving preparations

Carcinogens, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption

Animal by-products

Certain fragrance notes


Cruelty to our furry friends

Benzalkonium Chloride

Disinfectant and preservative

Sunscreens and moisturisers

Skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies

Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-2

Preventing UV light from damaging scents and colours

Perfumes, soaps, lip balm, shampoo, moisturisers 

Hormone disruption, irritation and carcinogens

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) Preservative Perfume, lipsticks, deodorants, makeup Hormone disruption, irritation and carcinogens
Butoxyethanol Surfactant Perfume, hair products, nail products Irritation, organ toxicity, carcinogen and hormone disruption
Coal Tar Colourant  Hair dye, shampoo, lotions Carcinogens
Denatured Alcohol (Alcohol Denat) Alcohol with one or more toxic chemicals added to it to make it unfit for consumption The main ingredient in most perfumes Irritation, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) Binding agent for product stability Hair colour, moisturisers. Enhances penetration into the skin so other chemicals may enter your system 
Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA) Surfactants and pH adjuster Perfumes, hair dyes, makeup, sunscreens, paint, pharmaceuticals Irritation, organ toxicity, carcinogen and hormone disruption 
Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea Preservative antimicrobial Makeup, aftershave, hair and skin products Releasing formaldehyde, carcinogens, asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity
Formaldehyde Preservative antimicrobial Shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, hair gel Carcinogens, asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity
Hydroquinone Skin-lightening chemical Skin cleansers, moisturisers, hair conditioners Carcinogens, organ toxicity, and respiratory tract irritation
Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone Preservative  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion Allergies, inhalation toxicity and possible neurotoxicity
Methyl Cellosolve, 2-Methoxyethanol Solvent or for fragrance Fragrances, creams, moisturisers, serums Skin irritation, neurotoxicity, developmental toxicity
Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Petrolatum Barrier to skin Moisturisers, cosmetics, hair products Carcinogens, organ toxicity, irritation, allergen
Nitro Musks and Polycyclic Musk Synthetic substitute for macrocylic musks Perfume Skin allergies, hormone disruption, developmental toxicity
Oxybenzone Ultraviolet light absorber and stabiliser Sunscreen, moisturiser Irritation, allergies, hormone disruption
Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others) Preservative antimicrobial Beauty, hair and body care Hormone disruption
Parfum or fragrance (undefined chemicals labelled as this) Scent and represent an undisclosed mixture of various chemicals (can be up to 3,059 different compounds) Most perfumes, cosmetics, body and hair care products Allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, hormone disruption, carcinogens, neurotoxicity
Paraffins (petroleum based wax) Binding agent and emulsifier Moisturisers and cosmetics Allergies, dermatitis, carcinogens
Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others) Plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin Most synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, plastic materials. Hormone disrupters, developmental and reproductive toxicity, carcinogens
Polypropyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol Rubbing or base alcohol  Fragrances  Neurotoxicity, respiratory distress 
Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds) Thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers Creams, sunscreen, shampoo. Carcinogens, developmental and reproductive toxicity
Quaternium-15 Preservative Skin lotions, makeup, shampoos Allergies, asthma, neurotoxicity
Resorcinol Fragrance, colourant Hair dye, skin care products  Hormone disrupters, irritation, organ toxicity, carcinogens
Retinol Anti-aging chemical  Cosmetics, moisturisers, sunscreen Dermatitis, developmental and reproductive toxicity
Silicones Barriers to the skin which can cause dehydration Cosmetics, moisturisers, hair products Skin irritation
Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate Preservative antimicrobial Cosmetics, skin care products Skin irritation, organ toxicity
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) Surfactants Perfume, shampoo, body wash, bath products, deodorant Skin irritation, allergies. Some products containing SLES contain traces of 1,4-dioxane which is a possible carcinogen 
Synthetic colours  Change the colour but do not have any enhancing properties Perfume, body wash, skin care Allergies
Synthetic fragrance Synthetic perfumes can contain any combination of 3,059 stock chemical ingredients Perfumes Hormone disrupters, allergies 
Toluene (petrochemical) Solvent   Nail polish Developmental and reproductive toxicity
Triclosan and Triclocarban Antimicrobial pesticides  Liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste. deodorant Hormone disrupters
Thimerosal (heavy metal) Preservative Makeup, moisturiser, toothpaste Hormone disrupters, allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity



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