What’s NOT in our Products: Why we want you to know!

What’s NOT in our Products: Why we want you to know!

Keeping the GOOD, BETTER & BEST in your skincare products!

We hope you read our early December 2020 newsletter and blog, about What IS in our products and why. If not, you can find it on our website here.

With many of Sally B’s products verified by the Environmental Working Group, we take pride in knowing we’re making the best effort possible to provide you with organic skincare and makeup products that are as healthy as they can be for your body’s largest organ – your skin!

First, a tip: read the labels of any skincare, personal care or cleaning product before you buy it. Second, if you are unfamiliar with the word “carcinogen” it means any substance that can cause cancer. Third, learn more about the endocrine system and how it can be impacted by toxic chemicals you eat, put on your skin or use to clean your home and clothes. Think thyroid issues, asthma/allergies and autoimmune disorders.

Interesting Fact

Of the approximately 12,000 ingredients available to a cosmetic formulator, the European Union (EU) has banned over 1,300. Their regulatory bodies have been hard at work protecting their population for years. The United States has banned 11. That is not a typo where zeroes are left out. Yes, only 11. This is even more reason to buy skincare and makeup from a reputable source that does deep research before putting products on the market, like we do.

So, here’s a short list of absolute No-No’s that will NEVER be in Sally B’s products.

Parabens (methylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben)

May play a role in breast cancer development

Preservatives in use since the 1920s to prevent growth of bacteria and mold in facial cleansers, body washes, lotions, antiperspirant and foundation. Parabens have been linked to endocrine disruption and they compete with estrogen for sites to attach throughout the body, thereby potentially affecting hormonal balance. Still, you will see them in many products.


This preservative is one you’re likely to see more and more of – even on a product touted as safe. Phenoxyethanol became widely used after parabens were discovered to be toxic. Even the manufacture of this preservative warns that it is toxic to kidneys, liver and nervous system. Even though there is debate that this ingredient can be safe in low percentages required to preserve a formulation, we take no chances and don’t use it. Read this blog on our website to learn about the safe and effective preservative we are adding to our products, JakabixNP.

Artificial Fragrance/parfum

Unregulated ingredient that often includes harmful chemicals and carcinogens

Fragrance or parfum is an umbrella term for sometimes hundreds of ingredients that make up a particular fragrance, none of which is required by law to be listed. MADE SAFE, a nonprofit organization that tests and certifies nontoxic products, notes that “companies are legally allowed to keep individual fragrance ingredients secret because they’re deemed ‘confidential business information,’ or what’s also known as a ‘trade secret.’” Many of the ingredients used to maintain the scent and color of perfume, lip balm, and nail polish include phthalates, which have been banned in the EU and in children’s toys in California. Phthalates are linked to reproductive disorders in males and females, and to endocrine disruption, allergies, and breast cancer. A study conducted by Columbia University’s School of Public Health showed that children subject to high levels of phthalates in utero were 70 percent more likely to develop asthma between the ages of 5 and 12.

Note – be skeptical of the words Natural Fragrance as the natural doesn’t really mean anything either in terms of whether the ingredients are regulated.

Mineral oil


A by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline, mineral oil is used in Vaseline, baby oil, moisturizers, and styling gels. The World Health Organization considers mineral oil a carcinogen. The EWG reports that it can be contaminated with cancer-causing hydrocarbons during the refining process, and other studies link the oil with tumors in mice. Although mineral oil never spoils and does a good job of trapping moisture, it creates a film that clogs pores, thus hindering the skin’s ability to slough away debris and excrete toxins.


Allergen, respiratory toxin, potential carcinogen

Used to lighten and even skin tone, hydroquinone is banned in Europe, Japan, and Australia, and has been shown to enhance carcinogenic risk by damaging DNA. Studies have shown it to be a skin allergen and respiratory toxin. In addition, it can decrease skin elasticity and cause thinning of the skin.

Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES)

Irritant, capable of producing carcinogens when mixed with other chemicals

Often used as industrial cleansers, SLS and SLES are added to liquids to enhance a product’s spreading and wetting properties. As a result, they make soap foamy and shampoo lather. SLS is known to penetrate skin and act as an irritant, while SLES is less of an irritant but cannot be metabolized by the liver, and therefore lasts longer in the body. In addition, according to the EPA, it is a likely carcinogen in humans. To be safe, avoid any product containing the letters “eth.”

Animal products (Fats, Oil and Musk)

Cruelty-free products are important to us, and that includes avoiding any animal products that require killing or harming an animal. We have found vegan alternatives for all animal products used by far too many skin and beauty product companies.

The one ingredient that we use that is produced by a living thing is Beeswax. Having personal experience with beekeeping, we’re aware that the organic, sustainably-sourced Beeswax that we use does NOT harm bees during its extraction.


Can create carcinogenic chloroform, alters hormone regulation

This broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent is found in cosmetics, toothpaste, and deodorants. According to the Mayo Clinic, triclosan alters hormone regulation in research animals (and likely in humans as well) and may be harmful to the immune system. The American Medical Association advises against the use of triclosan, citing studies that show its widespread use in cleansers and hand sanitizers has contributed to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs. It can also combine with the chlorine in tap water to create carcinogenic chloroform. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reported that the chemical poses a threat to water supplies and is having an adverse impact on fish and other wildlife.

The chemicals below will also never be in our products but, we know you’re a busy person and urge you to click the links on our website for more information or search on your own online.

Artificial Colors
Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde producing ingredients
Retinyl Palmitate
Polyethylene Glycol
Coal Tar

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