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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 1,000 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

no animal by-products
no artificial fragrance
gluten free
no parabens
no nano materials
no petrochemicals
no petroleum
no phthalates
sulfate free
synthetic filler free

OSEA products contain only natural, plant-derived vegan ingredients. We are free of synthetic ingredients often found in skincare and personal care products including the following:

Benzoyl Peroxide:

a known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. May cause redness, irritation, burning and peeling of skin.

Often Found In : masks, cleansers and moisturizers.
Ethanolamines:

Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) and Monoethanolamine (MEA). The European Union has prohibited DEA in cosmetics due to carcinogenic concerns.

Often Found In : sunscreens, bath powders, moisturizers, hair products and soaps.
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:

DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Polyoxymethylene Urea, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Bromopol, Glyoxal and Quaternium-15. These release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. FRPs have been linked to skin irritation and cancer.

Often Found In : cleansers, sunscreen, moisturizers, masks, nail polish and hair products.
Hydroquinone:

Used in skin lighteners, hydroquinone is linked to cancer, respiratory issues and organ toxicity. Prohibited in the EU. Restricted use in Canada.

Often Found In : moisturizers, cleansers, lightening and brightening treatments.
Nanoparticles:

in skincare, these are tiny particles of ingredients that can penetrate skin, organs and even damage DNA. Nanoparticles aren’t listed on labels, but may be present in products that contain zinc oxide, iron oxide, cerium oxide, and silicon dioxide.

Often Found In : sunscreen, moisturizers and masks.
Parabens:

Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, Propyl, Isopropyl and Isobutyl parabens are used as preservatives. After water, parabens are the second most common ingredient in skin care products. Parabens have been linked to cancer (breast and skin), reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption and developmental toxicity.

Often Found In : cleansers, moisturizers, hair products and sunscreen.
PEG Compounds (Polyethylene glycol):

are synthetic compounds often contaminated with toxic Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane–both known human carcinogens. The FDA does not require either Ethylene Oxide or 1,4 Dioxane to be listed as an ingredient on product labels so steer clear of PEG compounds!

Often Found In : moisturizers, cleansers, serums and hair products.
Petrolatum:

Petroleum, Mineral Oil or Paraffin Oil are byproducts of the oil refinery process. Petrolatum may be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, a probable human carcinogen. The EU prohibits petroleum that has not been proven to be free of PAHs. In the U.S., the use of contaminated petroleum is unregulated. Avoid!

Often Found In : moisturizers, masks, makeup, baby products.
Phthlates:

DEP, DBP, DEHP have been linked to endocrine disruption, cancer and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Phthlates are banned in cosmetics and personal care products in the EU. In the U.S., phthalates are unregulated and may be concealed under ingredients listed as “fragrance” or “parfum.”

Often Found In : nail products, hair products, moisturizers, soaps and perfumes.
Propylene Glycol:

1,2-Dihydroxypropane, 1,2-Propanediol, 2-Hydroxypropanol, Methylethyl Glycol, Propane-1,2-Diol, 1,2-Dihydroxypropane. A byproduct of the oil refinery process. Used in skincare to bind moisture to the skin. May cause redness, dermatitis and other allergies.

Often Found In : cleansers, moisturizers, hair products, shaving products and sunscreens.
Silicone-Based Polymers:

Dimethicone Copolyol, Dimethyl Silicone, Highly Polymerized Methyl Polysiloxane, Methyl Polysiloxane. Prevents skin from performing its normal activities such as sweating and overturning skin cells. Linked to organ system toxicity and skin irritation.

Often Found In : moisturizers, hair products and especially make-up primers.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate:

Used as an emulsifier and foaming agent. SLS is an eye, skin and lung irritant. As with PEG compounds, SLS may also be contaminated with Ethylene Oxide or 1,4 Dioxane–both known human carcinogens.

Often Found In : cleansers and hair products - including baby shampoos.
Synthetic Color:

Studies have linked synthetic colors in food to cancer. To be safe, avoid products containing synthetic colors including Blue 1, Green 3, FD&C Yellow 6.

Often Found In : cleansers, moisturizers and hair products.
Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum:

most often contains BHT, BHA, Acetaldehyde or Benzophenone which have known links to cancer, reproductive toxicity and allergies.

Often Found In : cleansers, serums, moisturizers, masks, lotions.

Sources: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database