The US has banned 30 ingredients from beauty products. The EU? Over 1,500. Women in the US apply an average of 168 chemicals to their skin every day, and because there’s almost no regulation these chemicals can include carcinogens, hormone disruptors and neurotoxins banned in many other countries.
We’ve taken the EU’s unsafe ingredient list as our standard and gone a step further. We’ve excluded over 2,000 unsafe or potentially harmful ingredients. If the jury’s still out on an ingredient, we leave it out. You can trust the safety of Six Gldn products.
WE DON'T USE
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
A common preservative linked to cancer, skin allergies and hormone disruption.
Used as a chelating agent and stabilizer EDTAs don’t biodegrade and wash into the water system where they're harmful to aquatic life.
May be contaminated with carcinogens. Avoid DEA, TEA, MEA, and ETA.
Processed using the carcinogens ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which can cause contamination. Avoid PEGs (polyethylene glycol), PPGs (polypropylene glycol), polysorbate, and chemicals with ‘eth’ in the name, such as laureth, oleth, ceteareth and deceth.
Carcinogen positively linked to leukaemia. Look for ingredients that release formaldehyde, such as DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15
Banned in the EU, hydroquinone is still commonly used as a skin lightener in the US. Suspected of being carcinogenic, side-effects include skin sensitization and discoloration. Toxic to aquatic life.
Banned in the EU in leave-on products, this preservative is harmful to the environment, linked to skin sensitization, irritation, and allergies, and may be toxic to the central nervous system.
Used as an emollient, mineral oils can’t be absorbed and sit on skin leaving a film that can clog pores. Produced using unsustainable, environmentally harmful methods.
Links to hormone disruption. Easily absorbed they accumulate in body tissues and have even been found in breast milk.
A by-product of processed petroleum – in other words the crude oil industry – they may be contaminated with carcinogens.
Significant health concerns, including hormone disruption, breast cancer and birth defects.
Make products glide on and skin feel smooth. Although probably safe for skin, they don’t biodegrade and negatively impact the environment.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Harsh detergent that strips away the skin’s natural barrier and can cause irritation, dermatitis and eczema.
Anti-bacterial ingredient linked to hormone disruption and immune system harm. Persistant in waterways where converts to highly toxic dioxin. So prevalent has been found in drinking water.