We like our clients to make educated decisions when choosing their skin care that is why you will find a complete ingredient list with thorough explanations of the ingredients we use, what we avoid and why. We do not subscribe to false marketing claims, distorted perceptions on ageing or promises of youth.

UNKiND ingredients – what we don’t use
Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulphate
A cheap, harsh detergent used in shampoos, bubble baths, hand and body wash products for its cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase “comes from coconuts.” It may cause eye irritation, dry scalp, dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions.

Synthetic Fragrances
The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply read “fragrance.” Some problems caused by these chemicals may include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing and skin irritation—the list goes on. Terminolgy can often be misleading; the label may say “fragrance of Lavender Oil” for example. ‘Fragrance of’ = Synthetic and is NOT the pure essential oil.

Synthetic Colours
Synthetic colours, along with synthetic hair dyes, should be avoided. They will be labelled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a colour and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 3 / D&C Green No. Synthetic colours can be carcinogenic.

Petrolatum or Mineral Oil
Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for its emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap. Most Petrochemicals are carcinogens and are to be avoided.

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and/or Ethyl Paraben
Used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of skin and personal care products. Parabens have been reported to cause many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Studies have shown that they are weakly estrogenic and can be absorbed by the body through the skin.

Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde, used as a preservative, is a known carcinogen. Causes allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. The vapour is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes).

Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)
DEA and TEA are often used in cosmetics and shampoos as emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are “amines” (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. They may be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

Methylisothiazoline (MIT)
Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) is a biocide widely used in industrial and cosmetic products and has been shown to pose a potential risk to unborn babies. It is widely used in shampoos and there very well could be neuro-developmental consequences from Mit. It is of particularly concerned to women with occupational exposure to MIT during pregnancy as there is a possibility of risk to the foetus.