Here at Babington Soap, we are in a passionate and committed relationship with safe, clean beauty, ingredients. We steer clear from including any ingredients within our formulations that present a risk to you or the environment. Some might call this embarking on upholding a ‘clean’ beauty standard and sadly before you raise your eyebrows, we’re fully aware that many brands claim to do what we do. Greenwashing is so rife within the industry that we wanted to scream loud and proud from the rooftops that we aim to subscribe to The Credo Clean Standard (the strongest standard in retail currently available) AND are certified under CertClean. Meaning you can shop safe in the knowledge that we are genuinely protecting you from any potential harm without any of those classic marketing buzzwords.
If you’re passionate about your ethics, environmentalism, and safety of ingredients you use within your routine then no look no further. We’ve got the lowdown on everything that we choose to avoid in our formulations for clean beauty products. Consider it as your skincare naughty list cheat sheet to refer to next time you’re examining a product’s ingredients. We recommend preparing in advance, you’ll want to take notes…
THE SKINCARE’S NAUGHTY LIST – CONCERN: CANCER
That’s right, it’s the big one. The Big C. It seems unbelievable that in the 21st century there are brands who are still using products, substances or chemical ingredients that can damage your health. This is pretty terrifying when you remember than our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. Below are the red flags to look out for and ingredients that have been linked to causing cancer in humans:
BHA (ButylatedHydroxyanisole) Ethanolamines
Ethoxylated Ingredients Formaldehyde
CONCERN: HORMONE DISRUPTION
Another big are of concern is the fair recent discovery of how some skincare ingredients can interfere with the body’s natural hormone function. Hormones are responsible for nearly every process within the human body and long-term exposure to these ingredients has been associated with liver, thyroid and kidney problems along with lung and blood clot issues. Not what anyone wants…
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) Chemical Sun cream
Parabens Phthalates Resorcinol
Triclosan and Triclocarban
CONCERN: ALLERGIES / SENSITIZATION
The rise of sensitive skin has exploded in recent years. Whilst it’s fantastic to see so many of us taking an active interest on what does and doesn’t work for our skin, some skincare ingredients can be found to cause universal irritation or sensitisation. What does this mean in reality: redness, inflammation, potential allergic reactions, and unwanted skin texture.
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) BHT (Butylated Hydroxytolune) Hydroquinone
Methyl Cellosolve or 2-Methoxyethanol Methylchloroisothiazolinone Resorcinol
CONCERN: TOXIC FOR MOTHER NATURE
The beauty industry has A LOT to answer to when it comes to the impact it has on our environment. Manufacturing and packaging processes aside simply curbing what ingredients are present within formulations can make a huge difference to our environment. The amount of trace chemicals that are washed down our bathroom plug holes and make their way into our water systems each day is nothing short of shocking…
Cyclic Silicones EDTA
*Chemical sun cream would also appear here.
CONCERN: TOXIC FOR HUMANS
Now, you’re probably thinking: ‘there’s no way my favourite brand would be able to sell me products containing ingredients that are actually toxic, is there?!’ Sadly, it’s not quite as simple as that. Products are tested to make sure that they don’t cause any short-term problems, such as skin irritation but as it stands at the moment, they’re not tested for long-term safety. With this in mind we’ve chosen to eliminate any ‘grey areas’ from our formulas…
Methyl Cellosolve or 2-Methoxyethanol Methylchloroisothiazolinone
THE BOTTOM LINE?
Despite all of this perspective is absolutely key. All chemicals aren’t harmful – after all, water is technically a chemical! That being said, we are incredibly proud to be aligning ourselves with the standards set by both Credo and CertClean and getting accreditation goes much further than just abiding by a ‘free from’ list. We are required to provide ingredient source codes and other evidence about our ingredient composition, purity, and sourcing, as well as providing evidence of rigorous testing...
We’d love to know if any of these ingredients has shocked you. Continue the conversation below in the comments or head over to our Instagram. Let us know your thoughts on clean beauty!