In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products which launched the Skin Deep Report. Since then, over 1100 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products. Learn more about the foundational beliefs that define OSEA's approach to skincare.


What’s Not In Our Products


OSEA products are and have always been free of:

• Animal By-Products

• Genetically Modified Ingredients

• Gluten

• Nanomaterials

• Parabens

• PEG Compounds

• Petrochemicals

• Petroleum

• Phthalates

• Sulfates

• Synthetic Color

• Synthetic Fragrance


More of What You Won’t Get in Our Products...and Why!


OSEA products are and always will be free of these and other harmful ingredients often found in skincare and cosmetics products.


Benzoyl Peroxide: Has been linked with the promotion of tumor growth and is a known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. It can also cause irritation, stinging, burning and peeling of skin.

Typically Found in: cleansers, serums, moisturizers


Diethanolamine (DEA): Extensively used for its emulsifying and foaming properties. Associated with allergic reactions and eye irritation. The combination of DEA and DEA-related ingredients is associated with cancer in lab animals. The FDA is currently investigating this link.

Typically Found in: bath powders, lotions, shaving creams, shampoos, and soaps


Diazolidinyl Urea: Used as an antiseptic in cosmetics. It may release formaldehyde, known to be highly toxic.

Typically Found in: cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks, lotions


Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: Examples are DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine and Quarternium-15. They slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.

Typically Found in: cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks, lotions


Fragrance: Glycol Ethers and Phthalates are used widely in fragrances and are just a few of the hidden toxic ingredients. These volatile chemicals are then inhaled directly into the system.

Typically Found in: cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks, lotions


Hydroquinone: Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity. It has been found to be mutagenic in laboratory studies and can cause contact dermatitis as well as degeneration of collagen and elastin fibers. Studies have shown liver effects at low doses.

Typically Found in: moisturizers, lotions, cleansers


Imidazolidinyl Urea: The second most commonly used preservative in personal care products (parabens are first). The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes it as a cause of contact dermatitis. Formaldehyde release is a hazard of this chemical.

Typically Found in: lotions, serums, moisturizers, masks, baby and other shampoos, body oils, fragrances, makeup


Nanomaterials: These can be extremely toxic. Due to their size and structure, they can be inhaled, ingested and absorbed into the body, enter the bloodstream, penetrate cells and even interfere with critical DNA processes. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, nanoparticles have caused inflammation, pre-cancerous lesions and have damaged brain cells in animal studies.

Typically Found in: moisturizers, lotions, serums, masks, sun care products


Parabens: Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, and Propyl: After water, parabens are the second most common ingredient in skin care products. They are the most widely used preservatives in the United States, first and foremost in food. Topically, they may cause skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Studies show they possess mild estrogen-like qualities. Preliminary research found parabens in human breast cancer tumors. Parabens are in an estimated 75% of personal care products.

Typically Found in: cleansers, eye-products, lotions, moisturizers, make-up, deodorants, shampoos, hair products, sun care products


Petrolatum: The processing releases toxins and potentially dangerous impurities, it is also known as petroleum jelly. Purified petroleum is common to moisturizers and other cosmetic products. It forms an oily layer on the skin that prevents moisture evaporation. It causes allergic reactions in some people.

Typically Found in: creams, moisturizers, serums, masks, makeup, baby creams, conditioners, nail products


Propylene Glycol: The most common moisture-carrying ingredient, besides water in personal care products. Known to elicit allergic reactions, including hives, and is associated with eczema.

Typically Found in: cleansers, lotions, deodorants, baby lotions, moisturizers, hair strengtheners, shaving products, sunscreens, stick perfumes


PVP/VA Copolymer: Considered toxic. Some individuals develop thesaurosis, foreign bodies in the lung, due to inhalation of PVP in hairspray. Rats ingested intravenously with PVP developed tumors. This ingredient is being used more and more for the texture it gives a product.

Typically Found in: lotions, serums, cosmetics, styling products


Silicone-Derived Emollients: Frequently used to make a product feel silky on the skin, but they also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumor growth and skin irritation.

Typically Found in: moisturizers, shampoo, lotions


Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Acts as a water softener and a foaming and wetting agent. Often in products designed for mildness, such as baby shampoos. Yet it leads to eye and skin irritation in some. The CIR Panel is reexamining its position on this chemical also.

Typically Found in: cleansers, eye makeup remover, shampoo - including baby shampoos


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A detergent, emulsifier, and wetting agent. It is drying and often irritating to skin. Associated with eczema. The Journal of the American College of Toxicology states this chemical has a "degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties" and that "high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration.” The CIR Expert Panel is currently reassessing it for safety.

Typically Found in: cleansers, bubble baths, emollient creams, cream depilatories, hand lotions, shampoos, soaps


Toluene: This solvent is found in nail products can cause liver damage and is irritating to the skin and respiratory tract. It also breaks down the skin’s natural protective layer resulting in rashes and red, dry, itchy skin.

Typically Found in: nail polishes, cosmetics, synthetic fragrance and other skin care products


Triethanolamine (TEA): Used as a detergent and dispersing agent. There is high sensitivity to its use and prolonged contact is particularly irritating. It is toxic to lab animals. The CIR Expert Panel recommends use only in small, concentrations, not to exceed over 5%. They also recommend limiting it to rinse off products, such as shampoo.

Typically Found in: bath powders, lotions, shaving creams, shampoos, soaps