What are the EWG and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute?
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers manufacturers of consumer products to become a positive force for society and the environment, helping to bring about a new industrial revolution. In close collaboration with both organizations, we whittled down 3,000 ingredients to only 300 that passed their rigorous standards, and reviewed the entire manufacturing process of our ingredients. We are proud to say that all of our fragrances are EWG Verified™ and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold.
What are your fragrances made from?
Our fragrances are made of a combination of safe synthetics and natural ingredients. We're 100% transparent with our ingredients and you can view them on each product page. Our fragrances do not contain any of the following: parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, or known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. They also contain no ingredients of concern listed by the EWG.
Your fragrances don't contain ingredients on EWG's Unacceptable List. What's on this list?
The ingredients on EWG's Unacceptable List for Personal Care products:
Parabens (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, Isobutyl-) / concern: endocrine disruption
Phthalates / concern: endocrine disruption/developmental/repro toxicity
Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-like chemicals / concern: cancer, sensitization
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives / concern: contact dermatitis
Isothiazolinones / concern: contact dermatitis
Retinyl Palmitate/Retinoids / concern: phototoxicity
Lead acetate / concern: cancer, reproductive/developmental toxicity
Triclosan & Triclocarban / concern: endocrine disruption, ecotoxicity
Siloxanes/cyclomethicone / concern: Bioaccumulation. Some siloxanes are linked to endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity.
Perfluorinated compounds / concern: persistence and bioaccumulation, various health endpoints
Quaternary ammonium compounds / concern: asthma, sensitization
Nitro- and polycyclic musks / concern: endocrine disruption
Ethanolamines / concern: asthma, nitrosamine contamination
Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) & Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) / concern: endocrine disruption
Hydroquinone / concern: suspected carcinogen, kidney damage in animals
Styrene / concern: cancer
Toluene / concern: reproductive and developmental toxicity, respiratory irritation
Triphenyl phosphate / concern: endocrine disruption
Cocamide DEA / concern: cancer (prop 65 listed, concern likely due to DEA contamination)
BHA & BHT / concern: cancer and developmental effects in animals
2-butoxyethanol / concern: respiratory and hematopoietic toxicity
Propyl gallate / concern: incomplete data on reproductive toxicity, some evidence of endocrine disruption
Carbon black / concern: cancer, contamination with petrochemicals such as PAHs
Mercury compounds / concern: neurotoxicity
Methylene chloride / concern: cancer
Vinyl chloride / concern: cancer
Zirconium-containing complexes / concern: respiratory and dermal toxicity
Methacrylates / concern: sensitization, respiratory irritation
Microbeads/Microplastic / concern: ecotoxicity
Silver and its salts / concern: ecotoxicity
Alkylphenol ethoxylates / concern: ecotoxicity
Chlorofluorocarbon propellants / concern: ecotoxicity
Talc / concern: potential asbestos contamination (and related cancer concerns)
Ethoxylated compounds / concern: potential 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide contamination (and related cancer concerns)
Thimerosal / concern: developmental neurotoxicity
I am allergic to traditional fragrances. Can I wear yours?
We designed our fragrances to be hypoallergenic. We conducted Human Repeat Insult Patch Testing (HRIPT) on 200 subjects for each of our fragrances to determine their potential for irritation, sensitization, and allergic contact. The testing observed no skin reactivity, no skin irritation, or allergic contact dermatitis. But the only way to be absolutely certain if you will have an allergic reaction is to test any fragrance on a small patch of your skin before using it, which we recommend.
Are your products cruelty free?
Yes, they are. Our formulations are never tested on animals. In addition, our materials are never sourced from threatened or endangered plant species or ecosystems.
What is your packaging made from?
Our bottles are made from 90% recycled glass and are 100% recyclable. Our caps are made from sustainably sourced and commercially compostable soy. Our boxes are designed from renewable corrugated paper and are also 100% recyclable. We urge you to recycle or compost our packaging when and where you can.
How do you give back?
We’ve partnered with Heifer International to give back a portion of all proceeds to the farming families harvesting our vetiver in Haiti. Vetiver grows well in this tough climate but only produces a crop once every 12 to 18 months, leaving the community in need of additional income sources. By supporting Heifer International, we’re helping farmers build and expand their own businesses through a revolving loans program. As part of this effort to strengthen local economies, farmers are also learning to read and write through literacy classes organized with the Haitian government.