The Bad Stuff

Here's a list of the things we would NEVER put in ANY of our products.  They cause a wide variety of health problems, some of which are quite serious and irreversible.  The best way around this is to read the labels of your products at home or in the supermarket or pharmacy and if you do find any of these culprits on the list, just put the product down and walk away.  Unfortunately you don't have to look very hard to find a product with these chemicals.  There are all kinds of cheap products out there with manufacturers who don't care about the nasty side effects.  Now you know better!  Keep checking in to find out if we've added more chemicals to the list so you know what to look out for.  We also have a list of The Good Stuff so you know about the perfectly effective natural alternatives.

What's so bad about ALS/ALES?
Their full names are ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS) and ammonium laurel sulphate (ALES). They can irritate your skin and eyes. Make sure you read your product labels. These chemicals are normally near the top of the list!
What's so bad about SLS/SLES?
Their full names are sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). SLS and SLES are responsible for all the lather and foam we all love so much. The foamier the product the better and cleaner, right? Wrong! Really wrong! It just means you have a higher concentration of SLS in the product you're using (very common in shampoos, toothpaste, and body wash). If you're ‘lucky', the worst of it for you will be brittle, falling hair. Otherwise, the SLS goes through your skin and into your body and when this happens, the body thinks it's estrogen. It causes a reduction in male fertility and an increase in breast cancer, among other things.  We use an alternative that's derived from coconuts, like cocoglucoside.  We might also use sodium cocoyl isethionate or glyceryl oleate.  It costs 5 times more than regular SLS but we think it's worth it.  We'll just find other ways to keep our prices down to earth!
What's so bad about mineral oil, dimethicone, petrolatum, and paraffin?
These chemicals fool you into thinking your skin is nice and smooth but in fact all they have done is coat your skin and clog your skin's pores. When your pores are clogged, the body has no way of letting toxins out and no way of absorbing anything good that you put on it. That slows down skin function and its development at a cellular level.  We all want silky smooth skin but if you're not prepared to pay the price with your health, look out for products here at Down to Earth that are made with organic avocado oil, virgin coconut oil, or sunflower oil instead?
What's so bad about parabens?
They have been known to cause tumours (both the non-cancerous and cancerous kinds), and they weaken the immune system. Parabens are considered to be ‘environmental estrogens' and harm the reproductive system. On a lesser scale, they cause allergies and irritations and cause premature aging (who needs that?!).  Look out for the most common types:  methylparaben and butylparaben.  Our products use anisic acid instead, even if it does cost almost 30 times more.... but we find ways to make sure you can still afford our products!
What's so bad about parfum and phthalates?
It's not so important that you can't pronounce it. What's more important is that 60% of what you apply on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream; and that includes chemicals! These in particular cause damage to the liver and harm your reproductive organs.  We found great alternatives in essential oils of rosemary, lavender and ylang ylang.  Sometimes these essential oils cost 20 times more but we're committed to bringing you quality goods that help, not harm, your health.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at the prices despite this!
What's so bad about propylene glycol?
This chemical can damage your liver and kidneys!
What's so bad about triclosan?
This chemical gets under your skin (no, you don't have to eat it for it to get in your system) and causes endocrinal and reproductive issues. Your endocrinal system involves your thyroid, and you might remember from being at school that your thyroid controls hormone production, which pretty much controls everything that happens in your body. Triclosan is used as a cheap way to kill bacteria in products such as hand sanitizers and soaps, but the cost to you and your body is much higher than the money you pay for your product. Don't worry, there are great alternatives!  Check out chitosan and sugarcane alcohol.
What's so bad about lake dyes, coloring and carmine?
These are all colorants and are known neurotoxins (they poison your brain!). Carmine is slightly different because it is in fact natural. It's used as a colorant in a lot of lipsticks and is made from....crushed insects. Probably not the ‘natural' ingredient you were aiming to put so close to your lips.