What we don't use
Sumbody’s Approach to Fillers
While some fillers are natural, we opt for a different path. Our products are carefully formulated to deliver impactful results. We focus on infusing them with potent active ingredients, maintaining their concentration. Fillers, even natural ones, can dilute the effectiveness of skincare.
Sumbody’s Case Against Chemicals
Chemical-based skincare often exacerbates the very issues it claims to solve. At Sumbody, we prioritize natural solutions, steering clear of harmful chemicals. We're committed to staying close to nature, showing your skin the love it deserves by eliminating the potentially harmful ingredients.
Sumbody’s Ingredient Wisdom
Over 15 years ago, Deborah compiled a "Top 10 List of Ingredients to Avoid" in her book, "Look Great, Live Green." Surprisingly, these ingredients are still relevant today. This list serves as a starting point for those on a journey to healthier cosmetics, helping you identify the ingredients you want to avoid for your skincare.
We don’t use:
- Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (like DMDM hydantoin and quaternium-15) are used to prevent bacterial growth in skincare products. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause skin irritation.
- Triclosan: Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent used in many antibacterial skincare products. It has been associated with antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption.
- Oxybenzone: Found in many chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor and can harm coral reefs when washed into the ocean.
- Toluene: Toluene is often found in nail polishes and hair dyes. Prolonged exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, and, in severe cases, nervous system damage.
- Coal Tar: Coal tar is used in some shampoos and skincare products to treat skin conditions. It is a known carcinogen and should be avoided.
- Parabens: These are synthetic preservatives that have been linked to hormone disruption.
- Phthalates: Often found in fragrances, phthalates are known endocrine disruptors.
- Sulfates: Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are common irritants and can strip the skin of natural oils.
- Synthetic Fragrances: Artificial fragrances can contain various undisclosed chemicals that may cause allergies and skin sensitivities.
- Formaldehyde-releasing Preservatives: These are used in some skincare products and can release formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.
- Mineral Oil: Derived from petroleum, mineral oil can clog pores and may cause skin issues.
- Artificial Colors: Synthetic colors can contain harmful chemicals and may cause skin reactions.
- Petroleum-Based Ingredients: Ingredients like petrolatum and petroleum jelly are derived from oil and may not be well-tolerated by all skin types.
- Talc: Talc can contain asbestos fibers, which are a known carcinogen when inhaled.
- Chemical Sunscreens: Some chemical sunscreen ingredients, like oxybenzone and octinoxate, have been associated with health and environmental concerns.