Toxic Ingredients

At Reveal, by Nature we have a commitment to safety, health and the environment.  Our collection of products have been researched and selected by us to ensure they don't have these toxic ingredients so you can shop with peace of mind and ease.

Toxic 10

  1. Fragrance – Synthetic or Artificial (Also perfume, parfum) – Fragrance is an ingredient term used by companies to conceal their trade secret ingredients of their products scent. Hundreds of chemicals can be masked under this label without us knowing exactly what ingredients it contains. *According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics The International Fragrance Association lists 3,059 ingredients that have been reported to be used in fragrance. Health concerns that have been linked to these chemicals include possible hormone disruptors, allergy and immunology reactions and possible carcinogens.   At Reveal, by Nature, we only use products that have a commitment to using no synthetic or artificial ingredients in their fragrance.
  2. Parabens (Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Butyl) – Used as a preservative in lotions, creams, face cleansers, cosmetics. They are hormone disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer.
  3. Ethanolamines - Nitrosamines: Cocamide DEA • Lauramide DEA • Cocamide MEA • Diethanolamine (DEA) -TRIETHANOLAMINE – TEA – Used as a surfactant and pH adjuster in lotions, body wash, cleansers, hair dyes, cosmetics, shampoos. They have been linked to organ system toxicity, hormone disruption, inhibited fetal brain development, allergies and may be carcinogenic.
  4. TRICLOSAN – Used as an antibacterial agent and preservative in soaps, hand cleansers, toothpastes, It is a hormone disruptor, possible carcinogen and it can accumulate in fat cells causing toxicity to vital organs. It’s widespread use in antibacterial cleaners may contribute to bacterial resistance
  5. Phthalates – A Plasticizer used to make products more pliable, to stabilize fragrance or to help the product stick to the skin. They are used in synthetic fragrance, hairspray and nail polish. Exposure to phthalates has been linked to early puberty in girls, an increased risk for breast cancer, they are hormone disruptors and may cause birth defects.
  6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) - Surfactants used in shampoo, body wash and bubble bath.  They can cause skin irritations and allergies and are often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a chemical carcinogen.  SLS’s can stay in the body for up to 5 days where they can enter into the heart, liver, lungs and brain and maintain residual levels.
  7. 1,4-DIOXANE – A contaminate produced during the manufacturing process called ethoxylation which is done to reduce the risk of skin irritation from petroleum-based ingredients. It can be found in products that create suds such as shampoo, liquid soap, bubble bath. It will not be listed on the label since it is produced during manufacturing. 1,4-DIOXANE has been linked to cancer and organ system toxicity.
  8. FORMALDEHYDE & formaldehyde-releasing preservatives - DMD, HYDANTOIN, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, DMDH, DMDM – UREAS – Preservatives that can release small amounts of formaldehyde into the skin. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that has also been linked to asthma, joint pain, skin reactions, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Used in shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, some cosmetics and hair products.
  9. Mineral Oils: Liquid paraffin • Paraffin oil • Paraffin wax • Petrolatum (Petrochemicals) – Used to seal in moisture into the skin, it actually forms a barrier on the skin and doesn’t allow the pores to breath. It promotes acne and slows down the skin’s cell development which can result in premature aging. Used in moisturizer, lip gloss, lipstick, styling gel.
  10. BHA & BHT – Preservatives that can be found in moisturizers, diaper creams, cosmetics, lipsticks, sunscreen and antiperspirant/deodorant. They have been linked to Endocrine disruption, are suspected carcinogenic, may cause liver damage and are harmful to fish and other wildlife.


Other Nasty No-No’s

  • Coal Tar and Synthetic Colors (FD&C or D&C followed by a color and a number)- Synthetic colors are often made from coal tar which is a byproduct of coal processing. Coal tar often contains heavy metals which can cause skin irritation and be toxic for the brain as well as being carcinogenic. They are used as colorants in hair dye and can also be found in shampoo.
  • Retinyl Palmitate  - a combination of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). It’s an antioxidant that is used to stimulate skin repair and has anti-aging effects on the skin. It is used in anti-aging lotions, creams, moisturizers and foundations. The concern with Retinyl Palmitate comes into effect when it is applied to the skin and exposed to sunlight.  It has enhanced photocarcinogenicity and increased skin lesions, possibly speeding the development of skin tumors.
  • HYDROQUINONE - a skin lightening chemical that reduces the production of melanin in your skin. It is often marketed towards women of color and also for fading dark spots and skin discolorations. It has carcinogenic effects, organ system toxicity, can cause skin irritation and increased sensitivity to sunlight and exposure to UV Radiation. You can find Hydroquinone in skin lighteners, facial moisturizers, facial cleansers and hair conditioners.
  • Phenoxyethanol - Ethylene Glycol Monophenyl Ethel – Used as a preservative and a fragrance additive, phenoxyethanol can be found in numerous kinds of personal care products including hair products, cosmetics, moisturizer, fragrance, antiperspirant/deodorant, baby lotions and hair removal waxes. There are numerous natural skin care products that use Phenoxyethanol as a preservative.  The adverse effects can include organ system toxicity and skin, lung and eye irritation.  The FDA placed a warning to nursing mothers using a nipple cream that contains phenoxyethanol that it may cause vomiting, diarrhea and even central nervous system issues on infants that are exposed.
  • Toluene - a petrochemical solvent used in nail polish to suspend the color and form a smooth finish and can also be found in hair dyes. Concerns with Toluene include skin, eyes and lung irritation, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity and possible birth defects