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Our Red List Ingredients

Our Red List Ingredients

Our Red List contains ingredients that, in our view, are proven to have negative impacts on human and/or environmental health. All our Good Ingredients Approved products are free from these ingredients. That means…

  • No BHA or BHT
  • No harmful chemical UV absorbers
  • No DEA, MEA, TEA
  • No DEET
  • No formaldehyde or formaldehyde
    releasing preservatives
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • No plastic microbeads
  • No parabens
  • No triclosan
  • No propylene glycol
  • No SLS or Coco Lauryl Sulfate

Below is our list of potentially harmful ingredients that we’ve done our utmost to ensure aren’t associated with any HealthPost products (other than hair dyes and nail polish/removers, which are considered an occasional use product, and highlighted in the list).

We use the latest research to maintain this list – anything on this list doesn’t meet our strict standards for human and environmental health. To the best of our knowledge, we don’t stock products that contain the following ingredients:

INGREDIENT FUNCTIONAL PROPERTIES & WHERE IT'S FOUND WHY IT'S HARMFUL

1,2,3-Benzotriazole

Anti-corrosive. Household cleaners

Health hazard. Skin irritant.

2-amino-4-hydroxyethylaminoanisole
sulphate

Hair colourant. Hair dyes.

Considered safe in low concentrations. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

3-benzylidene-camphor

UV Filter. Sunscreen.

Hormone disruptor.

4-Amino-2-Hydroxytoluene

Hair dyes.

Toxin but poorly absorbed. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

4-Chlororesorcinol

Hair colourant. Hair dyes.

Toxin and allergen. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate/Oxyquinoline Sulfate

Emulsion Stabiliser, biocide. Hair lightener.

Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations.
This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Alkylphenol/propylphenol/nonylphenol

Detergents. Household cleaners.

Carcinogenic and hormone disrupting

Alpha isomethyl ionone

Fragrance component found in personal care

Synthetic fragrance, association with ecotoxicity

Aluminium

Body products.

Anti-perspirant that functions by blocking pores.

Ammonia

Ingredient in fragrance.

Damaging to aquatic life. Damaging if inhaled. Bioaccumulates.

Artificial Sweeteners - First generation (saccharin, aspartame, cyclamate)

Sweetener in foods & capsules

Ingredient source is concerning. Negative metabolic health effects.

Benzalkonium chloride

Preservative. Broad skin care use

Frequent use can lead to resistant bacteria. Extreme irritant of skin and lungs.

Benzophenone-1

Benzene based UV absorber. Nail polish. Sunscreens.

Hormone disruptor. Persistent effect in the environment.

Benzophenone-4/Sulisobenzone

Sunscreens and personal care.

Can cause skin and eye irritation. Some association with hormone disruption.\

Bronopol/2-brono-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol /1,3-propanediol

Perservative. Broad skin care use.

Found to form formaldehyde in cosmetic products.

Butyl Alcohol

Fragrance ingredient.

Can be irritating to the skin and other organs. This is an occasional use ingredient.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Antioxidant/ fragrance/ antibacterial,
Broad skin care use.

Hormone disruptor. Possible carcinogen.

Ceteareth-6 Olivate

Stabilizer, Skin conditioner.

May be contaminated with Ethylene oxide which is highly toxic.

Ceteareth-60 / Myristyl Glycol

Emulsifier. Broad skin care use.

May be contaminated with Ethylene oxide which is highly toxic.

Cocamide DEA/MEA

Stabiliser. Broad skin care use.

Irritant and allergen. Subject to concentration restrictions in skincare. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Cyclopentasiloxane

Type of silicone for lubricating. Hair care and body lotions.

Associated with hormone disruption and bioaccumulation, in the environment as well
as the body.

Cyclotetrasiloxane

Type of silicone for lubricating. Hair care and body lotions.

Associated with hormone disruption and bioaccumulation, in the environment as well
as the body. Unhealthy for the reproductive system.

Deet N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide

Repellent in insect repellents.

Irritating to skin, eyes, and lungs. Toxic to wildlife.

Diazolidinyl urea

Anti-microbial Preservative. Hair care and skin care. May be derived from animals.

Found to form formaldehyde in cosmetic products.

Dibutyl phthalate, Dibutyl Ester 1, 2

Fragrance. Solvent, nail polish.

Hormone disruptor, bioaccumulates, toxic to the eco system.

DMDM Hydantoin

Preservative, Broad skin care use.

Found to form formaldehyde in cosmetic products. This is an occasional use ingredient.

Ethanolamine

pH adjuster. Broad skin care use.

Unsafe if left on skin. Allergen. Immune and respiratory toxin. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Ethyl-hexyl p-methoxycinnamic acid/Octyl methoxycinnamate/Octinoxate

Chemical sunscreen (UV absorber).

Hormone disruptor. Persistent effect in the environment.

Ethylene Oxide

Used to make other chemicals.

Known human carcinogen. Used to make other chemicals like PEGs and SLS.

Fluoride (except tissue salts)

Oral care. Toothpaste

Antagonises iodine. Can build up and impact negatively on bones and teeth.

Formaldehyde (formalin)

Preservative. Nail polish, hair dyes, hair straighteners.

Carcinogenic. Strong skin allergen.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sweetener in foods.

This ingredient has become a hidden sugar in processed foods. High fructose can lead to fatty liver.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Antimicrobial. Hair dyes.

Irritant and oxidant. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Hydroquinone

Skin lightening agent.

Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics by the EU authority. Strong toxin.

Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde / Lyral

Frangrance component in personal care

Synthetic fragrance, association with allergies.

Imidazolidinyl urea

Preservative. Cosmetics, hair care. May be derived from animals.

Found to form formaldehyde in cosmetic products.

Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

Preservative in cosmetics

Preservative found in cosmetics.

Isothiazolinones

Synthetic Preservative. Broad skin care use.

Frequently associated with allergic reactions.

Liquid paraffin

Fragrance/conditioner. Broad skin care use.

Human allergen. Hydrocarbons derived from petroleum.

m-Aminophenol

Synthetic dye in Hair dyes.

Approved but restricted to low concentration. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Mercury/Thimerosal

Preservative. Cosmetics.

Toxic heavy metal, shown to bioaccumulate in the ecosystem.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Preservative. Broad skin care use.

Human allergen. Associated with ecotoxicity

Methylisothiazolinone

Preservative. Broad skin care use.

Human allergen. Neurotoxic. Ecotoxicity.

Microbeads (polyethylene (PE), polymethyl
methacrylate (PMMA), nylon,polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP))

Exfoliant. Face and body scrubs.

Tiny pieces of plastic that aren't filtered from the waste water system. Contribute to eco-toxicity

MSG 621

Flavour enhancer. Foods.

Irritating to the nervous system in sensitive individuals.

N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate

Hair dyes.

This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes. Should only be used in low concentrations.

Oxybenzone / Benzophenone-3

UV Filter in sunscreens.

Homrone disruption. Human allergen.

P-phenylenediamine

Hair dyes.

Associated with allergic reactions. Our supplier uses the lowest possible amount of colour pigment - across the range their colour contains an average of 0.2% oxidative pigment. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

PABA (4-aminobenzoic acid) (in skin care only)

UV absorber in sunscreen.

External use can cause allergic dermatitis and photosensitivity.

Parabens - isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl,
ethyl, methyl, propy

Preservative. Hair & body products.

Associated with hormone disruption.

Petroleum jelly

Barrier

Derivative of oil refining, an unsustainable resource.

Phthalate

Plasticiser

Man made chemical compounds used in the manufacture of plastics, solvents, and personal care products. Phthalates are hormone disruptors.

Phthalate containing Fragrances, ibutyl
phthalate, Dibutyl Ester 1,2-

Fragrance. Broad skin care use.

Man made chemical compounds used in the manufacture of plastics, solvents, and personal care products. Phthalates are hormone disruptors.

Polyacrylamide

Anti-static. Creams.

Made of acrylamide which is an irritant as well as toxic to the eco system.

PEGs (Polyethylethlene Glycol group)

Emulsifier, cleansing agent, penetration enhancer, humectant, conditioner. Broad skin care use.

PEGs are not the most stable of ingredients and can start to break down within 12 months of manufacture. Pegs are products of condensed ethylene oxide (highly toxic) and water that have various derivatives. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Potassium persulfate

Oxidising agent. Hair dyes

Irritant and allergen. This is an occasional use ingredient in hair dyes.

Propylene glycol

Conditioning agent. Mineral oil.
Conditioners, moisturisers, cosmetics.

Mild irritant to skin. Derived from petroleum. This is an occasional use ingredient.

Quaternium-15

Preservative. Shampoos, cleansers, antiaging skincare.

Found to form formaldehyde in cosmetic products.

Retinyl palmitate, (Vitamin A Palmitate) (in skin care only)

Skin conditioner. Anti-aging skincare.

In external use, this ingredient can increase skin lesions, especially in the presence of sunlight.

Shark fins

Shark fins.

Disruptive to eco systems and involves deep sea fishing.

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Antimicrobial. Broad skin care use

Found to form formaldehyde in cosmetic products.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/ Sodium
laureth sulfate / Coco lauryl sulfate

Cleansing agent. Broad skin care use.

Irritating to the skin. Hormone disrupting. May be contaminated with dioxane.

Squalene

Shark liver oil.

Disruptive to eco systems and involves deep sea fishing.

Stearalkonium chloride - petroleum
sourced

Preservative. Conditioners.

Strong irritant and allergen.

Toluene

Solvent. Nail polish.

Very irritating. Persists and accumulates in the body and eco-system. May cause developmental problems in the unborn child.

Triclocarban

Deodorant agent. Antimicrobial. Hard
soap. Banned by FDA 2016.

Found to be harmful to the environment. Associated with hormone disruption.

Triclosan

Antibacterial agent. Liquid soap and
toothpaste.

Found to be irritating to eyes, skin, and lungs. Studies show hormone disruption.

Triethanolamine (TEA)

Emulsifier. Cosmetics & hair care.

Irritant and allergen. Subject to concentration restrictions in skincare.

Trisodium NTA

Chelating agent. Cleansers.

Found to be irritating to eyes, skin, and lungs.