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It is the law in many advanced countries, such as France, America and Australia, to protect the consumer to declare the full list of ingredients on the package in the order of the quantity used. So, the most used, such as water, usually appear at the start. The least used, such as preservatives and fragrances, are listed at the end.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

It is used in cosmetics as an emollient or perfuming agents. It can be a plant or animal derived. It is known as a highly cosmogenic or clogging pores which means it can cause a break outs or it may aggrevate acne conditions


Formaldehyde is cancer causing: It is a known carcinogen. Besides it is irritating the skin, it can cause headaches and fatigue. Many cosmetics may contain ingredients that has formaldehyde in them such as Urea, a synthetic preservative.


Mineral Oil

Mineral Oil is a petroleum by product. It is used in cosmetics and skincare because it is very inexpensive. It acts like plastic on top of the skin to hold moisture in. What it does is clogging pores, which can cause acne. Mineral Oil does not allow the body to eliminate toxins.


Parabens are most widely used chemical preservatives in skincare, cosmetics and shampoos. It is known as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, ethyl paraben. . It is considered as toxic and it may cause breast cancer and interfere with hormone function

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)

It is widely used in skincare products, including anti-aging creams, moisturizers, sunscreens and concealers. Unfortunately, the EWG warned against retinyl palmitate as one of the three main ingredients it considers harmful. Multiple studies have shown a possible link between retinyl palmitate and skin cancer. There have been studies that too much pre-formed vitamin A, including retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinyl linoleate, can cause a variety of health problems, including liver damage, brittle nails, hair loss, osteoporosis and hip fractures in older adults. Excessive vitamin A can cause serious skeletal birth defects in a developing fetus (ref Norwegian SCFS 2012a)

Titanium Dioxide

It is widely used in skincare products, including creams, moisturizers, sunscreens and concealers.

Under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known as OEHHA Prop 65, it is required to place a warning to any product contains Titanium Dioxide since the OEHHA believes that titanium dioxide is cancerogenic if it occurs airborne, as unbound particles of respirable size. For more information, go to