Our No Nasties Promise is a list of ingredients that we will never use in our products. This includes synthetic fragrance, denatured alcohol and the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted for use in personal care products in the European Union plus additional chemicals screened by Vahy and found to be of concern.

Below is our No Nasties list along with an indication of what these ingredients have been associated with:





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)


Perfume, lipsticks, deodorants, makeup

Hormone disruption, irritation and carcinogens



Perfume, hair products, nail products

Irritation, organ toxicity, carcinogen and hormone disruption

Coal Tar


Hair dye, shampoo, lotions


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


Preservative antimicrobial

Shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, hair gel

Carcinogens, asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity


Skin-lightening chemical

Skin cleansers, moisturisers, hair conditioners

Carcinogens, organ toxicity, and respiratory tract irritation

Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone


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


Skin allergies, hormone disruption, developmental toxicity


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 


Neurotoxicity, respiratory distress 

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds)

Thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers

Creams, sunscreen, shampoo.

Carcinogens, developmental and reproductive toxicity



Skin lotions, makeup, shampoos

Allergies, asthma, neurotoxicity


Fragrance, colourant

Hair dye, skin care products 

Hormone disrupters, irritation, organ toxicity, carcinogens


Anti-aging chemical 

Cosmetics, moisturisers, sunscreen

Dermatitis, developmental and reproductive toxicity


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)


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


Synthetic fragrance

Synthetic perfumes can contain any combination of 3,059 stock chemical ingredients


Hormone disrupters, allergies 

Toluene (petrochemical)


Nail polish

Developmental and reproductive toxicity

Triclosan and Triclocarban

Antimicrobial pesticides 

Liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste. deodorant

Hormone disrupters

Thimerosal (heavy metal)


Makeup, moisturiser, toothpaste

Hormone disrupters, allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity



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