So-So Companies have some products that I wouldn’t use because of ingredients like sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, loose minerals and grapefruit seed extract, but then they also have some that I’m okay with using. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you’d like to stay away from these companies that choose to use some questionable ingredients.
All Clean Natural
White Mineral Oil, Sodium Metasilicate and Polysorbate 80 were the only ones of concern that I saw and they weren’t in very many products. Just be sure to read each products ingredients before purchasing.
Products look great except they do use sodium benzoate in their lotions, creams and balms.
Apple Island Naturals
They use optiphen as their broad spectrum preservative which contains phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid and caprylyl glycol. There’s also borax in some of their products, others are fine, just be sure to read each label.
They use potassium sorbate and cocamidopropyl betaine but some of their products look alright, just read, read, read!
Over all not that bad of a company but they do use some ingredients that I stay away from like potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and sodium silicate. I also don’t like the use of “parfum/fragrance” even though they say from “derived from natural ingredients”, why wouldn’t they just elaborate right aways and say what their natural fragrance is? With this said I would use a few of their products just be sure to read each list of ingredients!
Awaken My Senses
Almost every product contains sodium benzoate which I stay away from so I wouldn’t recommend them. There’s a few that don’t so just be sure to read the ingredients.
I saw sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate in their sunscreen, GSE in their lip gloss and some other ingredients that have no data. I’d just be sure to read all their ingredients as some products are questionable while others are good.
Bare Skin Bar
Their bars look pretty cool! Unfortunately some of them use polysorbate 80 and parfum.
They use optiphen which is basically in every product and therefore I wouldn’t use any or recommend them.
They use optiphen and potassium sorbate in about 4 out of 9 of their products so I would only “ok” the other 5 but their prices are quite steep for me.
Very vague in their ingredients like “fragrance”, “preservative”, etc. Even if that wasn’t sketchy enough to make you second guess about the company they were already in my so-so list because they use propylene glycol, sodium benzoate and polyoxyethylene rapeseedamide. One last thing that I found funny was that their “unscented” products had “fragrance” listed as one of their ingredients, hummmm.
Saw honeysuckle extract, sodium metabisulfite, sodium benzoate, and the fact that most of their products “may contain” 13ish ingredients include lake colours which if you didn’t know is a term used for pigments or dyes that are precipitated with metal salts such as aluminum, calcium, barium, or others. Some of the lake dyes may be derived from naturally occurring plant or animal ingredients but the vast majority of lakes is synthetically produced from coal tar or petroleum (taken from EWG’s website).
Clean Conscience Canada
Polysorbate 80 and borax are used in some of their cleaning products.
Besides their sunscreen having potassium sorbate, sorbic acid and benzyl alcohol I wouldn’t recommend their other products based on the use of stearic acid. I know that it rates a 1 on EWG but it’s primarily sourced from animal fat which have been euthanized AND it’s suspected to be toxic to the environmental.
They use potassium sorbate in their sunscreen. They also use cocamidopropyl betaine which is a surfactant that has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis and Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate which is lacking a lot of data and after I read this I don’t think I’d want this in my products when I know there’s better ones out there.
da lish Cosmetics
I feel like they should actually be put in my greenwasher list but their deodorant is what kept them here. Sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, benzyl alcohol, benzoic acid or sorbic acid are in every other product that they have, ew!
Some of their items contain “Natural Antioxidant Preservative” as well as grapefruit seed extract and other ingredients that have no data. Some products I would use so just be sure to read the ingredients list of each item you’re wanting.
Cocamidopropyl betaine-it’s a conditioning agent which is suspected to be an environmental toxin which is not good since it gets washed down your drain every time you shower. The other concern with this chemical is that it might be contaminated with Nitrosamines which are possible carcinogen as well as toxic to the reproductive and developmental systems. They (Druide) also uses ingredients that have no data on them which only tells you it’s never been tested for reaction or allergies so you don’t know for sure how safe or how toxic that ingredient may be, I try to say away from those ingredients. Other ingredients of concern are potassium sorbate, PEG-40, sodium benzoate; Chlorophyllin-copper complex and Sorbic acid which all have concerns of being toxic to your organs among other concerns. All these concerning ingredients are literally from one product, the Balance Shampoo. I have seen a few products that are safe but just be sure to read the ingredients on each product before you buy!
They look pretty good beside the fact that they use borax in their laundry detergent and kaolin clay in their body powder. Kaolin clay is more dangerous if inhaled in powder form, I wouldn’t risk endangering me or my children inhaling that stuff if it accidentally fell and engulfed the room.
Earth Lab Cosmetics
Their products look pretty good except they use phenoxyethanol in their mascara and one of their loose powders contains titanium dioxide which is dangerous in powdered form if you inhale it.
Benzyl Salicylate which is has been associated with allergies and contact dermatitis as well as suspected to be an environmental toxin, but I will go on to mention they use Amyl Cinnamal, a synthetic fragrance ingredient which has been associated with allergies and is toxic to the immune system. Benzyl Salicylate has been associated with endocrine disruption as well as contact dermatitis. It’s also suspected to be a toxic to the environment. Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate and Phenoxyethanol all are concerning ingredients as well.
They sell two things, witch hazel and deodorant. Their deodorant has on average 6-7 ingredients and I have issues with three. Propylene glycol, grapefruit seed extract and fragrance.
I’m just going to list a few things that I saw that would put them on this list… potassium sorbate, Propylene Glycol and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. There’s a few other things that are vague like what is “non toxic soil repellant”?
Elate Clean Cosmetics
They use yellow 5, phenoxyethanol and some of their loose powders contain silica so be careful not to inhale those.
Some products contain phenoxyethenol, sorbic acid (potassium sorbate) and cocamidopropyl betaine which may be an irritant or allergen based on the ingredient itself or impurities like nitrosamines. Other products look good so just be sure to read each product before purchasing.
Almost everything of theirs looks great! I only have issues with two products, NaturOil for me which has potassium sorbate and their All Purpose Spray Cleanser which only contains water and essential oils. I know I’m no expert but from just researching and basic science I understand that oil and water don’t mix, so there’s something missing there.
I saw some products are alright others contain dimethicone, potassium sorbate, as well as other ingredients that have no data on them, so I’d just be cautious with their products and make sure you read the ingredients!
They use ingredients like polysorbate 80, sodium metasilicate which is a skin irritant and other ingredients which are vague. I saw some products that were alright but would have to look into each product to insure product safety.
Was getting excited about this one till I came across their body wash and found that they use cocamidopropyl betaine. They also use a few ingredients that rate well in EWG but have no data. I like to stay away from those as a precaution as well as natural fragrance. I don’t know about you but after I changed to natural products even “natural” fragrances such as melon still don’t sit well with me and give me headaches.
Helena Lane Organic Skincare
Their products look great, except they use Radish root ferment filtrate in some of their products and I know it sounds natural but I found this article and since reading that I wouldn’t use or recommend a products that contains it. This company may move to my approved list since I’ve contacted a few people about radish root ferment filtrate but I just want to be sure before I move it over.
They use grapefruit seed extract in their deodorant.
Just the goods
I saw Potassium Sorbate and sodium benzoate in some of their products. Others look just fine. Again just be sure to read the ingredients on every product.
I didn’t look too hard at this one since it’s a sister business to Kalaya Naturals which I looked through first, but I saw polysorbate 20, propylene glycol, polysorbate 80, phenoxyethanol and cocamidopropyl betaine just to name a few concerning ingredients.
Sodium benzoate, grapefruit seed extract, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol and parfum are just some of the ingredients that are concerning, there’s maybe two or three products that are ok.
Potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, “cosmetic grade preservative” usually means one of those two as well, cocamidopropyl betaine and methylisothiazolinone (ahhhh). I didn’t see one product I would use but you can see for yourself.
Leaves of Trees
They use grapefruit seed extract in a lot of their products.
I didn’t look too deep into this one, I just saw the use of phenoxyethanol, grapefruit seed extract and loose powders that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which I stay very far away from as well, since those are carcinogenic in their powdered form (breathing in the particles) but are fine once they’re in liquid form.
So the concept is cool however, I would never apply essential oils to my lady bits nor would I suggest anyone do that as well. Also the fact that it’s in powdered form would make me very concerned about inhaling the zinc oxide and kaolin clay as you’re trying to put it on. Inhaling those two in powdered form is quite dangerous and should be done with a mask on. Prolong inhalation of kaolin clay can lead to pulmonary fibrosis and exposure to Zinc Oxide can cause “metal fume fever.” This is a flu-like illness with symptoms of metallic taste in the mouth, headache, fever and chills, aches, chest tightness and cough. The symptoms may be delayed for several hours after exposure and usually last for a day or two. Zinc Oxide may damage the developing fetus.
Midnight Paloma Skincare
Their products look pretty neat since they use a lot of charcoal, the only issue I have is the potassium sorbate in their lotion. Everything else looks great.
It seems their preservatives are not in the green, they use phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol (which rates a 5 in EWG) and potassium sorbate. All of those I would stay away from as well as the emulsifier NF which is used in their creams.
Nature Clean comes off as their products being “eco-friendly” but then they use ingredients like sodium hydroxymethylglycinate which is a formaldehyde releaser; methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone which are not only toxic to us but toxic to the environment as well. They also use very questionable ingredients like propylene glycol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol and parfum. I personally I wouldn’t use products from this company even though they do have a few that are okay like their hand soap.
Neal Yard Remedies
I saw potassium sorbate in a lot of their products. I also saw the rare sodium benzoate. There are a few products that I’d use but you just have to make sure you read the ingredients!
They use the usual preservatives “green” companies use like Sodium Benzoate, potassium sorbate, Grapefruit seed extract and Japanese honeysuckle is also used which has researched and found to be similar to parabens which are endocrine disruptors. They also use retinol which is a potent form of SYNTHETIC Vitamin A and may increase the speed and development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin. So be sure to not walk out of your house once you put on some of their products!! Oh and I saw the use of Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate in at least one of their products which is a preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products and is classified as an allergen or toxic to humans.
North American Hemp Co
Ingredients of concern are cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate and flavoring?? Who needs flavoring in hair products?! Some of their other ingredients still rate a 1 in the EWG database but if you understand EWG if the ingredient doesn’t have any data it’s rated a 1 by default so even if something is a 1 doesn’t mean it’s safe for you!
Unfortunately citrus grandis (Grapefruit seed extract) is used in every product.
Penny Lane Organics
Most products look great, it’s their preservative that they use, Geograd Ultra which is a mixture of gluconolacctone and sodium benzoate. Even though it’s an ecocert certified preservative that doesn’t carry much weight with me, these days way to many questionable ingredients get approved that I would not put on my skin!
They use phenoxythenol in their mascara. They also use titanium dioxide and ultramarines in their powder, which I stay far away from. There are other ingredients of concern such as cocamidopropyl betaine.
Pure and Simple
Sodium Benzoate, potassium sorbate, benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid and sorbic acid don’t all seem so pure and simple to me. I wouldn’t use or recommend their products at all.
Pure Joy Naturals
They use PEG-7 olivate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cyclopentasiloxane, phenoxyethanol, optiphen, salicylic acid and borax to name a few ingredients I wouldn’t touch. There’s a few products that look alright, be sure to read!
They use parfum in some of their soaps so just read the ingredients.
They use potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, grapefruit seed extract, and their loose powder has silica which is dangerous in powdered for if inhaled. Their eyeliner also contains ethylhexyl palmitate which is an eye irritant as well as rosemary essential oil which to me would be a big no-no for application right around the eye, even in such a small amount I don’t think essential oils should ever be applied by the eye.
Some products contain grapefruit seed extract, honeysuckle extract, fragrances and aromas. Be sure to read ingredients on every product!
Most of their products contain Japanese honeysuckle.
Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Most of their products look great I’d just be sure to read the ingredient list prior to buying as some of their products use ingredients that rate a 1 on EWG but have no data, meaning they haven’t been tested enough to get results, I also saw potassium sorbate in one of their products.
Some products are great but others have grapefruit seed extract in them and I’d stay away from those.
Cocamidopropyl betaine, fragrance, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate (it’s rated a 1 on EWG but it’s derived from petroleum) and polyaminopropyl biguanide (it’s a preservative that is restricted in cosmetics so I wouldn’t feel comfortable using it) are the only ingredients of concern. Just be sure to read!
They use a lot of ingredients that have no data and some of which are synthetic which would make me second guess how natural they are.
I was really excited about this one until I got to their lotions and conditioners. They use emulsifying wax NF, cyclopentasiloxane and phenoxyethanol, distearyldimonium chloride, ceteareth-6 and sodium lactate. Their powders, salves, and oils seem to be pure and I’d probably buy those from there but nothing else.
Looks not too bad! My only issue is the use of sodium benzoate… I don’t trust that stuff and will not use anything that contains it. If you don’t know already sodium benzoate mixed with vitamin C (which I take on a daily basis) form benzene, a cancer-causing chemical associated with leukemia and other blood cancers!! So no thank you I will pass!!!
The Soap Works
Only ingredients of concern are the borax in the laundry detergent and the laureth sulphate in the stain remover bar.
Potassium sorbate and/or grapefruit seed extract are in almost every product.
All their soaps look great! The only concern would be the borax in their laundry cream.
Tiber River Naturals
Unfortunately they are not as natural as they say, well in my books anyways, since they use potassium sorbate (a “natural” preservative which has been know to be a skin irritant), cocoamicopropyl betaine which you’d think is okay since it’s made from coconut oil but there’s contamination concerns as well as concerns with contact dermatitis. They also use Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium 7, PEG-6, which are all not “natural” in my opinion but you’re welcome to do your own research! Some ingredients that would also raise some red flags for me is the use of FRAGRANCE as “parfum” and colorants which are not needed in products like Red #33, Blue #1 and Red 28 which may be an environmental concern. Even their bar soaps use potassium sorbate, why? I also saw salicylic acid in a product which is used to remove warts and calluses and is said to not be used on your face or moles. There’s also a lot of ingredients used that have little to no data meaning they haven’t tested them on people and the affects that it has on the environment. I didn’t look through each product but if you’re looking to buy something from them be sure to read the ingredient list since I don’t think there’s a product I would use!
A lot of their products are missing the list of ingredients so I can only go based on the few that I saw and that they use polysorbate 20 in their sprays.
United & Free
I wouldn’t use any of their products since all of them contain benzyl alcohol, I also saw polysorbate 60 in a few of them and some other questionable ingredients.
They use grapefruit seed extract.
I’m not a fan of loose powders like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, etc. as they’re dangerous when inhaled so I prefer to stay away from those products, pressed powders are a bit of a safer option. Everything else looks great.
They use the usual “green” preservatives as well like phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, benzyl alcohol and japanese honeysuckle. None of which are actually good for you or your skin so I stay away from them! Their loose makeup contains titanium dioxide which I’m very careful about since it’s harmful when inhaled, even in the smallest amounts. That’s why companies that work with it wear masks when they deal with it.