INGREDIENTS WE SAY “NO” TO

As consumers are becoming more ingredient-conscious, we strive to be transparent about what’s included in and excluded from our product formulas. The list below is ever-growing as we continue reformulating existing products to comply with our clean mission, and launching new products with the safest ingredients possible. 

 

ACETONE 

 

ACETONITRILE

 

ACRYLAMIDES 

  • *Acrylamide 
  • Polyacrylamide

 

ACRYLATES 

  • Butyl methacrylate
  • Ethyl acrylate
  • Ethyl methacrylate
  • Hydroxypropyl methacrylate
  • Methyl methacrylate
  • Retinal acrylates
  • Tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate
  • Trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate

 

ALLERGENS + IRRITANTS 

    • Benzoisothiazolinone
      • Some Sigma products contain gluten 
    • Hydroquinone 
    • Latex
    • Methylene chloride, DCM or dichloromethane
    • Mineral oil, petroleum jelly, paraffin,  paraffin oil, paraffin wax, vaseline, white petrolatum, or petrolatum 
  • USP grade petrolatum or paraffin is considered safe and clean
  • Resorcinol 
  • Retinyl palmitate or retinol (vitamin A)
  • Synthetic flavors
  • Synthetic fragrances or parfum
  • *Talc 
    • Only allowed if certified free of asbestos fibers

 

ANIMAL OILS/MUSKS/FATS

 

*BEESWAX 

 

BENZENE

 

BENZYL ALCOHOL

 

BETA HYDROXY ACID (BHA) 

NOTE: BHA is the structural name for salicylic acid. It is unrelated to butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) which is a preservative.

 

BISPHENOL (BPA)

 

BUTOXYETHANOL

 

CASEIN

 

CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS

  • Avobenzone 
  • Benzophenone + derivatives 
  • Octinoxate 
  • Oxybenzone

 

COLORANTS 

  • Cadmium
  • Carbon Black 
  • *Carmine 
  • Coal Tar

 

CYCLIC SILICONES 

  • Cyclotetrasiloxane or octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
  • *Cyclopentasiloxane or decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) 
  • Cyclohexasiloxane (D6)
  • Cyclomethicone

 

ETHANOLAMINE (ETA) COMPOUNDS

  • DEA-cetyl phosphate
  • DEA oleth-3 phosphate 
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Cocamide
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Cocamide MEA
  • Lauramide DEA
  • Linoleamide MEA
  • Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • Myristamide DEA
  • Oleamide DEA
  • Stearamide Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • *Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • TEA-lauryl sulfate

 

*ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID (EDTA)

 

FRAGRANCE + FLAVORS 

  • Acetaldehyde
  • Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate

 

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMO)

 

*GLYCERYL STEARATE 

 

*ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE 

 

LANOLIN

 

LEAD + LEAD ACETATE

 

LECITHIN

 

MERCURY + MERCURY COMPOUNDS (THIMEROSAL)

 

METHYLCELLOSOLVE + METHYLOXYETHANOL

 

NANOMATERIALS OR NANOPARTICLES

  • Fullerenes 
  • Micronized zinc oxide 
  • Nano zinc oxide (Nano ZnO) 
  • Nano titanium oxide (Nano TiO2) 
  • Micronized titanium oxide 
  • Micronized quartz silica 

*PALMITIC ACID

 

*PANTHENOL

 

PERFLUOROOCTANIC ACID (PFOA)

  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
  • Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether
  • DEA-C8-18 Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate
  • Teflon

 

PHTHALATES

 

*POLYETHYLENE

 

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) + PEG COMPOUNDS

  • *All PEGS
  • 1,4 Dioxane

 

POLYPROPYLENE GLYCOL (PPG)

 

PRESERVATIVES 

    • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
    • *Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
    • Formaldehyde, formaldehyde donors, or formaldehyde-releasing agents
    • Methylchloroisothiazolinone or methylisothiazolinone 
    • Parabens: Isobutylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben
    • *Phenoxyethanol 
  • If formulas contain less than 1% of Phenoxyethanol, they are considered safe and clean. 
  • Quaternium-15, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride
  • Triclosan (TSC), triclocarban (TCC)

*PROPYLENE GLYCOL + DERIVATIVES

 

SQUALANE 

 

SQUALENE 

 

*STEARIC ACID 

 

STYRENES 

  • Bromostyrene 
  • *DEA-Styrene/Acrylates/Divinylbenzene Copolymer
  • Sodium styrene/divinylbenzene copolymer
  • Styrene 
  • Styrene Oxide

 

SULFATES + SULFATE-BASED DETERGENTS 

  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate 
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

 

TOLUENE



*Currently being phased out

Acetaldehyde

Acetone

Acetonitrile

Aluminum Salts

Animal Oils/Musks/Fats

Avobenzone

Benzalkonium chloride

Benzoisothiazolinone

Benzophenone

Beta hydroxy acid (BHA)

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bromostyrene

Butoxyethanol

Butyl methacrylate

Butylated hydroxytoluene

**If products contain less than 0.1% BHT, they are considered safe and clean

Carbon Black

Casein

Coal Tar

Cyclohexasiloxane

Cyclomethicone

Cyclotetrasiloxane

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Ethanolamine (ETA)

Ethyl acrylate

Ethyl methacrylate

Formaldehyde Donors

Formaldehyde-releasing agents

Formaldehydes

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

Glycerin Stearate

Hydroquinone

Hydroxypropyl methacrylate

Lanolin

Latex

Lead

Lead Acetate

Lecithin

Mercury

Mercury Compounds (Thimerisol)

Metallic/Metalica Aluminum

Methoxyethanol

Methyl Cellosolve

Methyl methacrylate

Methylene chloride

Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone

Mineral Oil

Nano TiO2

Nano ZnO2

Nanoparticles *As defined by the EU

Octamethyl cyclotetrasiloxane

Octinoxate

Oxybenzone

Parabens

Paraffin / Paraffin Wax

*USP-grade Paraffin is considered safe and clean

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA; part of PTFE)

Petroaltum

*USP-grade Petroaltum is considered safe and clean

Phenoxyethanol

*If products contain less than 1% Phenoxyethanol, they are considered safe and clean

Phthalates

Plastic microbeads

Polyacrylamide

Polypropylene

Polyetrafluoroethylene (PTFE; Teflon)

Resorcinol

Selenium sulfide

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium styrene/divinylbenzene copolymer

Squalene

Stearamide Monoethanolamine (MEA)

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate

Styrene

Styrene oxide

Sulfates: SLS & SLES

Synthetic flavors

*If products contain less than 1% synthetic flavors, they are considered safe and clean

Synthetic fragrances

*If products contain less than 1% synthetic fragrances, they are considered safe and clean

Talc

*If products contain Talc that is certified asbestos-free, they are considered safe and clean

Tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate

Toluene

Triclocarban

Triclosan

Trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate

1,4 Dioxane