We maintain a complete list of ingredients in our products.
We conduct ongoing assessments of potential health hazards of our product ingredients using published lists of hazardous substances, such as Skin Deep.
We comply worldwide with the EU Cosmetics Directive.
The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health & Beauty Products asks for the development of an aggressive substitution plan and timeline: to move to safer materials, prioritizing for substitution those compounds internationally recognized as most toxic; to provide for an ongoing review of safer materials and chemicals as effective, cost-competitive alternatives are available, and; to work with upstream suppliers to provide toxicity data on chemicals in products. Full implementation of the Compact should include a Substitution Plan. We implement a Substitution Plan.
Our Substitution Plan includes:
- A mechanism for ongoing review of your product ingredients to assess potentially hazardous ingredients.
We regularly monitor the FDA, Industry Newsletters, EWG reports and new studies regarding ingredient hazards.
- A mechanism or criteria for assessing safer alternatives to a potentially hazardous ingredient.
Our Formulator continuously researches ways to reformulate our recipes to lower the hazard score on Skin Deep. We also confer with colleagues and raw materials providers in the field for alternative ingredient advice.
- A mechanism or criteria to prioritize the most toxic ingredients for substitution.
The highest ranked toxins are substituted first. If a product score is deemed over 2, it is immediately reformulated. We refuse to sell anything ranked over a 2 on Skin Deep.
- A mechanism by which to replace ingredients with potential health hazards with less toxic alternatives. The Formulator will remove the product from sale until a substitute ingredient is found if an ingredient causes a product to be ranked over 2 in the hazard score. This was done in 2008 with our products containing airborne Titanium Dioxide.
- A mechanism to track new regulations and/or research on potential health hazards of ingredients.
We subscribe to industry newsletters and activist groups which discuss new legislation, including the Indie Beauty Network, Environmental Working Group and Green America. Our mechanism for staying abreast of information on health hazards of ingredients also includes Skin Deep, Trade Associations and our own research.
We conduct open and transparent communication with consumers.