Greenwashers/not recommended


All comments are solely my opinion as an educated label-reader. I will be forever grateful to a very special lady who volunteered her time to visit each & every entry on this list & see if any posts needed updating, which several did. So as of 1/15/16, this list has been completely updated & you’ll see an UPDATE under my original posts 2 years ago. A few companies moved up to the So-So List, and Ava Anderson is the most recent addition to the Greenwashers List.

To read about how I decide what goes where on my lists, please read this info:


Aloette- Fragrance/parfum, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, methylparaben, dimethicone, mineral oil, benzoic acid on & on… I didn’t see a product I would recommend.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Still concerning ingredients: also Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Buthylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG

Amway/Artistry– NUMEROUS ingredients of concern in every label I looked at. Here’s a shampoo label, which contains Retinyl Palmitate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Polyquaternium-7, Glycol Stearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-150 Distearate, to name just a few red flags. Body wash: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Oat Protein, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. I don’t know that they make any “green”/natural claims, but I was asked about them so I’m sure others have heard of them too, and may be curious.


Answers from nature– Line itself not in EWG. Ingredients of concern: numerous products contain Retinyl Palmitate which ranks a very high 8 on EWG,  Methylsulfonylmethane (not in EWG). Testimonial from the person asking about the line on my page: “ I actually bought some of their face cream in august and used it for less than a week and my whole entire face broke out and my face is still recovering from it (in December).

UPDATE 1/15/16: Retinyl Palmitate is now a 9 on EWG. It still exists in first few products I checked. Many products contain Grapefruit Seed Extract. Some of their facial washes are pretty clean with the only concerning ingredient is Grapefruit Seed Extract. Normally I’d put a line on the so-so list if Grapefruit Seed Extract was the ONLY concern, but retinyl palmitate is such a serious concern I’m going to leave them here.

Arbonne– Updated 03/2019. Someone sent me some new labels. This was my response: I like to start with baby products as they should be the most gentle of all formulas: sodium lauroyl sarcosinate for the 3nd ingredientcocamidopropyl betaine as the 4th ingredient, yikes…. Polyquaternium, polysorbate, so many acetates & palmitates. I truly cannot believe how terrible this line is, in my opinion.

If I had to point to the worst of the worst of the worst, this company would be it.  Of course they do not list ingredients on their website, you must get them from a consultant which is incredibly frustrating to say the least! A mama on the page got me the ingredient lists for the baby shampoo & baby lotion. THE WORST ingredients I’ve ever seen in any product. I’ve NEVER seen a baby line include Retyinyl Palmitate (rated 8 in EWG, as a known human reproductive toxicant, One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at low doses, Use is restricted in Canadian cosmetics, One or more animal studies show tumor formation at very low doses!!!!!). Here are just a few of their BABY lotion ingredients- marketed for babies with extremely sensitive skin: cetyl lactate, glyceryl stearate, isopropyl palmitate, sorbitan stearate, glycine soja (soybean) oil polysorbate 61, dimethicone, stearic acid, retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, hydrogenated lechitin, citric acid, oleic acid, stearoxytrimethylsilane, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, carbomer, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, butylene glycol, hexylene glycol, disodium EDTA, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid. That’s about 1/2 of the ingredients, to view the entire list see following link: Baby wash ingredients of concern, again marketed for babies with extremely sensitive skin:  cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Butylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, hydrogenated lechitin, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid, limone, to view entire list, here’s the link: I absolutely loathe this company, and it’s marketing of their products as pure, safe and beneficial… To see what their ingredient labels look like:

UPDATE 1/15/16: Ingredients now listed on website. Baby Care Hair and Body Wash (not in EWG): Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cellulose Gum, Lauryl Glucoside, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyquaternium-10, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Gluconate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Pca, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Anisaldehyde, Linalyl Acetate, Decanal, Vanillin, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil.

Baby Sunscreen: (Now rated a 1 in EWG (old product was a 7), but harmful Phenoxyethanol, (EWG 4) and Tocopheryl Acetate (EWG 3): Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Chlorphenesin, Coco-Caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glycerin, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Tapioca Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water.

Daily Nourishing Shampoo (still horrible ingredients, not in EWG): Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olein Sulfonate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Lippia Citriodora Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Acrylates/Aminoacrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Peg-20 Itaconate Copolymer, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Quaternium-80, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Biotin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Illex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbanilua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Hexyl Acetate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ethyl Acetate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, 3-Hexenol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Geranyl Acetate, Allyl Caproate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Beta-Ionone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Gamma-Undecalactone, Benzyl Acetate, Cis-3-Hexenyl Acetate, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Alpha-Amyl Cinnamic Aldehyde

CONCLUSION: Arbonne has improved over the last 2 years, I’m very thankful  ingredients are now posted online but still the line is full of very concerning ingredients & I  would never use nor recommend a product I’ve seen of theirs.

Aveda– ingredients not listed on their website. I asked for photos of products & received several which told me what I needed to know. Very long labels with numerous ingredients of concern:

UPDATE 1/15/16: Website only lists one or two ingredients per product on the “ingredients” tab. For a lotion, they list Jojoba and Lavender…no other ingredients. They throw greenwasher terms around like “new aroma with organic bergamot, lavender, and ginger lily” and “naturally-derived ingredients”. They even have an “ingredients glossary” with pictures of all the beautiful plant based ingredients. They also now have a 100% naturally derived ingredient perfume line called Chakra…only one ingredient listed. This is their description, “ An authentic fusion of pure essential oils blended to balance the throat chakra according to Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Essences of organic grapefruit, rosemary and ylang ylang leave one feeling well-balanced.” I did not write the company for an ingredient list.

PEG-80 SORBITAN LAURATE, SODIUM LAUROAMPHOACETATE, PEG-150 DISTEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID. Enough said. The rest of the line is more of the same. I would never, ever use or recommend any of these products!


Babyganics–  Best of their products rate a 1, and that’s 3/32 in EWG, rest 2 , with several 3 & 4. Ingredients of concern from baby shampoo & bubble bath: Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosine, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. Several products contain fragrance (which alone ranks 8 in EWG).

UPDATE 1/15/16: 8 products are now rated as 1 in EWG with a total of 34 under the brand, many at 3 and 4. Soothing Protective Ointment marketed to use while diapering contains retinyl palmitate (9 EWG), overall product is rated as 4. Regular diaper cream is rated as a 3. They don’t appear to have a baby shampoo/bubble bath combo anymore. This is an updated ingredient list for the Conditioning Shampoo/Body wash. Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Propanediol, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate

Beautycounter- moved from So-So List on 1/30/2017. INGREDIENT LABELS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, and Beautycounter is a GREENWASHER, in my opinion. I have a whole separate note on them here:

Beauty Without Cruelty—116 products in EWG, only 3 rate at 1, the rest 2 or above. They use  ingredients such as Retinyl Palmitate which rates 8, and oxybenzone & propylparaben which rate a 7—I don’t trust any company that would use such ingredients in even 1 product.

UPDATE 1/15/16:119 in EWG. 4 at zero (all eyeliners), 12 rate at 1 and the rest are 2 or above. Still have Retinyl Palmitate which rates a 9 now.   I did not see oxybenzone & propylparaben listed any more, but there are numerous ingredients listed as a 5 in EWG. They are advertising on website as being paraben free. ***EWG may be out of date however. I checked the Daily Moisturizer on their website and the listed ingredients do not have retinyl palmitate listed even though it is listed in EWG. They still contain other concerning ingredients such as phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, benzyl alcohol. The Maximum moisture cream still does contain retinyl palmitate.

Branch Basics–

CA baby– 0-4 EWG/120 products. While most products rate at 1, they will forever be in the Hall of shame for the reformulation scandal, which I witnessed happen. If you don’t have a problem with the ethics of this company, the products are OK (except Everyday sunscreen rates 4/ As one mama pointed out, after the scandal, and the way they handled it, she wouldn’t use their products no matter what they contain now. Ethics are very important to me as well!

UPDATE 1/15/16: Only 71 products listed in EWG…all rated 0-2. Everyday sunscreen now rates as a 2. They will always remain on my Greenwashers List after the scandal.

Charlie’s Soap– 5 products in EWG cleaning guide, 1 rates D, the other 4 F. Main concern= undisclosed surfactants:

UPDATE 1/15/16: Still 5 products in EWG. 2 rate as D and 3 as F. Uses vegetable and mineral sourced surfactants (C12-15 Pareth 2, rated C in EWG),which come with possibility of by product contamination with carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

Dapple—Several ingredients rate 3 or higher in EWG (removed my link as it is no longer listed in EWG for  some reason.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Main preservative used: benzisothiazolinone is rated a 6 or 7 in EWG depending on use. Laundry Detergent Ingredients:Water, citric acid, tetrasodium iminodisuccinate (natural complexing agent), sodium citrate (natural water softener derived from citric acid), glycerin (natural emollient), coconut fatty acid (natural cleaner derived from coconut), sodium lauroamphoacetate (natural cleaner derived from tree oils and glucose), lauryl glucoside (natural cleaner derived from glucose), protease & amylase (natural enzymes to enhance cleaning power), cellulose (natural derived thickening agent), benzisothiazolinone (preservative).

Dish Soap: Purified water, alkyl polyglucoside (cleaner made from tree oils and glucose), sodium lauroamphoacetate (cleaner derived from tree oils and amino acid), sodium citrate (water softener derived from citric acid), baking soda, tetrasodium iminodisuccinate (natural complexing agent), lavender essential oil and benzisothiazolinone (preservative).


DoTERRA personal care (I don’t evaluate essential oils) You have to get ingredient labels from a consultant, which is incredibly aggravating. Numerous ingredients of concern in the shampoo & lotion labels shared with me- many have NO data in EWG: Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Laurylamidopropyl, Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11- 15, Pareth -7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Glycerin, Trideceth-12, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol (listed twice in the lotion), polysorbate-20 (these were ingredients of concern from 3 labels shared with me: shampoo, lotion, foaming hand soaop). Like many other companies, the bar soaps look just fine, no ingredients of concern.

UPDATE 1/15/16: I was able to google the entire current consultant product information tool guide (2012) only a few pages list the entire product ingredients, most just offer a “key ingredients” list even to their consultants. Here is the Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo:Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Avena sativa (Oat) Peptide, Citrus sinensis (Wild Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Silicone Quaternium-3, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Trideceth-12, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides


Earth’s Best— No ingredients included on website- so going by what EWG says: 16 products rate 1-5. 3 products rate at 1 (sunscreen, and 2 baby wipes). 9 products rate 3-5 (moderate hazard) for the following ingredients of concern: fragrance, retinyl palmitate (non-petroleum jelly) (both rate an 8), octinoxate (6). The following all rate at 4: unspecified flavor, calcium lactate, homosalate, benzyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine, phenoxyethanol, linalool, limonene, and the following at 3: disteareth-75 IPDI (1,4-Dioxane!), polysorbate-60, potassium sorbate, tocopheryl acetate, ethanol. No results in EWG for cleaning products, and since no ingredients are included on their website, which is VERY frustrating, I cannot comment on that aspect. If anyone concerned with/using this line can send me some ingredient labels, I’d love to take a look. Based on what EWG has to say, this is definitely not a line I recommend! Update: I did some digging and found an ingredient label from a 3rd part site, here’s the baby shampoo, which confirms the ingredients of concern listed in EWG: Aqua (Purified Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Gel*, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Di-Steareth-75 IPDI, Coco-Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Oil, Beta-Glucan, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit.E), Anthemus Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Panthenol (Vit.B5), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

UPDATE 1/15/16: The website now has an organic seal through NSF (Oregon Tilth and Quality Assurance International). From Website: “We are proud to announce that in 2012 a majority of these products have been certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients.” Their food products are USDA Organic, while the personal care are “Made with Organic” only. They appear to be owned by Hain Celestial Group. They still do not list ingredients on their website and the consumer is told to check the label on the product for the most up to date ingredient list. EWG update (last updated March 2013): Now lists 19 products. Rated from 1-5. Only 1 at a 1 (vapor rub), 8 at 2, 8 at 3, 1 at 4, and 1 at a 5. Diaper Cream is a 5 (70% organic certified). Non Petroleum Jelly is a 4 (no organic labeling on product). Both contain retinyl palmitate (EWG 9). Sunscreen now a 2 in EWG (product updated April 2015). (no organic labeling). Sensitive Skin Shampoo & Body Wash Fragrance Free (EWG 2) (70% certified organic labeling) . Ingredients at a 3 in EWG…Potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. The rest are 2 or below.


Earth Friendly Products/Ecos: I used to use/recommend this line, but it really depends on the product. I’ve been using their dish soap for years, but am currently in the market for something else. Their ratings are all over the place on EWG. I’m looking for better alternatives for me/you!

UPDATE 4/5/16: Still NUMEROUS ingredients of concern! Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate (possibly containing SLS), Enzymatic Blend (soil remover) (in laundry products), Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazoline, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide


Earth Science- 29 products in EWG rating 2-7. Deodorant contains propylene glycol. All products list fragrance (parfum) without reference to essential oils. Lotions & handcreams contain both potassium sorbate & phenoxyethanol, Japanese honeysuckle. Other ingredients of concern: Retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, ceteareth-5, Vitamin D2, octinoxate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate.

UPDATE 1/15/16: (Last EWG update April 2015) 45 products now listed in EWG with ratings from 1-7. Specific ingredients: retinyl acetate (EWG 9) in lotion. Fragrance (EWG 8) in 27 products. Oxybenzone (EWG 8) in 3 lotion products. Octinoxate (EWG 6) in 4 products, and Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (EWG 6)(formaldehyde releaser) in 17 products. Website does list ingredients: Here is the Daily Defense lotion with spf 15: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5%, Benzophenone-3 4.5%; Inactive Ingredients (INCI): Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Canola Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Squalene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Panax Ginseng Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycolic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Steareth-2, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (parfum).

Ecos/Earth Friendly  Products- Out of 30 products in EWG, 2 rate B (all-purpose cleaner, window & mirror cleaner), the rest C-F. Laundry detergent uses methylisothiazolinone, which includes moderate environmental concern due to acute aquatic toxicity. Many ingredients which score F’s…

UPDATE 1/15/16: Some products to look better, more have A-B now but still mostly C’s, here’s a laundry detergent label to give you an idea, many  products still contains methylisothiazolinone. Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut-based surfactant), Sodium Coco-Sulfate (coconut-based surfactant), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (coconut-based surfactant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Methylisothiazolinone (preservative), Equisetum Hiemale (Horsetail Plant) Extract.

Eos– Small line, not in EWG. Lotion ingredients of concern: Cocoglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, , Retinyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Hydroxide. Shave lotion ingredients of conern: Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Petrolatum, Laureth-23, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Gluconolactone,  Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance/Parfum, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional. NUMEROUS ingredients of concern!!!!


The majority (not all) of their lip balms which are popular with teen girls are actually USDA certified organic (Oregon Tilth) and product packaging carries the USDA organic seal (95%), BUT this is  recent news that is worth taking into consideration:


Essante Organics- They have been reported to the National Organic Program for violating labeling of their products. There are things that don’t add up. I do not recommend them. Many products contain sodium benzoate and/or potassium sorbate which would normally land them on the so-so list.

UPDATE 1/15/16: SAME, very shady things going on with this company. The have their own seal of approval & claim their certifications are proprietary information and only available in the back office.


Ever–added 5/1/16: full of concerning ingredients. $88 for 1 oz of eye serum that contains retinol (EWG gives this a very concerning 9), this is a sample of a face moisturizer to give you an idea of what they’re using: face lotion: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 1%. Zinc Oxide 10%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Ergothioneine, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Ectoin, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Sodium PCA, Lecithin, Jojoba Esters, Phytic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citric Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polyacrylamide, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Ceteareth-20, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Maltodextrin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Laureth 7, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides, Mica, Tin Oxide.  Tinted moisturizer, YIKES 😦 Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 4.5%. Zinc Oxide 6% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Ectoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Teprenone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ergothioneine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Maltodextrin, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance, Mica, Silica, May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


Grab Green Home- All-purpose cleaner contains both methylisothiazolinone & Methylchloroisothiazolinone . Hand soap contains sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate. Body & Dish soap have numerous ingredients of concern as well.


Hempz- EWG rates 25 products 4-8 which says a lot, nothing rates lower than 4! Tons & tons of icky ingredients. Artificial colors, parfum, just take my word for it, stay away from this line!

UPDATE 1/15/16: Still 25 products in EWG, but rating is now 5-8, nothing ratings lower than a 5. Hempz website does not list ingredients.


Honest Company– this explains it all:


It Works– Not in EWG. NUMEROUS ingredients of concern in various products I looked at: denatured alcohol, phenoxyethanol, methylsilanol mannuronate, polysorbate 20, aminomethyl propanol, RETINYL PALMITATE, dimethicone copoyol, PEG 7 Glyceril Cocoate, Triethanolamine, Ceteareth 12, and the list goes on…



Isagenix– Added 1/31/17. I do not evaluate supplements, but they have a small offering of personal care which someone asked me about. In my opinion, the ingredients are awful. Here’s the suncream to give you an idea (non-active ingredients). Advertised as:Infused with antioxidants, natural botanicals and specially-formulated vitamins, you’ll experience optimal sun protection, as well as younger, vibrant looking skin.Water (Aqua/Eau), ethylhexyl palmitate, cyclomethicone,dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate,polysorbate 80, caprylyl methicone, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, isohexadecane, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, polyglyceryl-6 isostearate, diethylhexyl carbonate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, panthenol, allantoin, disodium EDTA,lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, triethoxysilylethyl polydimethylsiloxyethyl hexyl dimethicone, glycerin, butylene glycol, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, algae extract, alumina, polyhydroxystearic acid, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, chlorophenesin. YUCK!!! All products I looked at were similarly terrible, Also very overpriced.


Jordan Essentials– not in EWG. I read ingredient labels for numerous products & didn’t see one that I would recommend. All contain fragrance, and nowhere does it state it comes from essential oils (fragrance is rated 8 in EWG), in addition there are NUMEROUS ingredients of concern in just about everything I looked at (several products such as deodorant do not have ingredients listed)- shampoo: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Hydrogenated Cocamidoproply Betaine, Aminomodified Siliconepolyether Copolymer, Lauramide MEA, Polyquaternium 7, Sodium Chloride, DL-Panthenol, Fragrance, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprlyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Tetrasodium EDTA, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Oil), Silk Protein, Caprylhydroxamine Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin. Lotion= Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Soybean Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzophenone 4, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Still awful:Deo Label: Propylene Glycol (Corn Derived), De-Ionized Water, Sodium Stearate, Vegetable Protein, PEG-200/Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Isosteareth-2, Salicylic Acid, Steareeth-100 Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomille), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, EDTA Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Hand Lotion: Aqua (Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Soybean Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea Benzophenone 4, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Just Hatched—Line not in EWG. Baby wash ingredients of concern: Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (EWG 4),  potassium sorbate (EWG 3), Glyceryl Undecylenate & Glyceryl Caprylate (both EWG 2),  among others I can’t pronounce & am unsure of.  Most products contain Potassium Sorbate & Sodium Benzoate. Their slogan “No Yucky Stuff Inside!” is just not true!

UPDATE 1/15/16: Still awful– Baby lotion: Water, Glycerin, Disteryldimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate.

Baby Wash: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidropropyl Betaine, Cocamide Mipa, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Fragrance, Glycerin, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Hydrolyzed Oats, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryle Undecylante.

Kirks Castile– EWG lists 7 products with a rating of 0-3. Bar soaps are fine, your classic castile bar soap. I would avoid all other products, liquid soap, shampoo, all contain numerous ingredients of concern: Shampoo: Ammonium Lauryl, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20. Body washes & shampoo rate at 3… Ingredients of concern via EWG: DMDM Hydantoin (EWG rating of 5), Phenoxyethanol (4) ammonium laureth sulfate (3), Lauramide DEA & Aminomethyl propanol both at a rating of 2.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Lists 10 current products with a 0-4 rating. Two bar soaps are 0 and one is a 2 due to fragrance.   Shampoo, liquid soap etc have ingredients of concern and rate as a 4. . DMDM hydantoin is now a 7 in EWF and still in all products except bar soaps. EWG ingredients and website do not match up (I don’t see DMDM hydantoin listed as an ingredient any longer. EWG is most likely outdated. This is the ingredient list from the website, still bad: Shampoo: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide DIPA, Cocamide AEE, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Fragrance

Body Wash: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide AEE, Polysorbate 20, Decyl Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance, Citric Acid

L’bri- Like many others, they boast what their products are free from, but one look at this shampoo label was all I needed to know this is a line I would not use nor recommend. Ingredients of concern in the shampoo: cocamidopropyl betaine, Polyquaternium-10, phenoxyethanol & others. Conditioner has dimethicone. Body butter has retinyl palmitate. Ingredients of concern in every product I looked at. Shampoo: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Stabilized Gel), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Hydroxpropyltrimonium Honey, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polyquaternium-10, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Asian Greens Essence. Link to ingredients:

Click to access Ingredients.pdf

UPDATE 1/15/16: Everything is still accurate. Not listed in EWG either.

Limelight by Alcone- Numerous ingredients of concern. Eye shadow: Talc, Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben among others. Foundation: IPM, Castor Oil. Carnauba, Candililla, Ozokerite, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Propyl Paraben, BHT. Also May Contain: D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, Cos. Green, Cos. Blue. They claim the skin care is paraben-free, but many products contain both forms of Japanese Honeysuckle: Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, which are an exact mimic to parabens within our body, you can read more about that here: Lipgloss: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Diisostearyl Malate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, BHT

Lush Cosmetics– only 1 old formulation in EWG. Ingredients of concern- bar soap: Blue no. 1 & 3, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrance, tetrasodium editronate. Nearly every product I looked at had artificial colors.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Shampoo and body washes contain; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance , Propylene Glycol , Carrageenan Extract, Benzyl Alcohol , Methylparaben , Propylparaben.   Cosmetics contain color dyes (Red 7 lake, Red 30, D&C Red No. 28) etc.)

Madison Reed– NUMEROUS ingredients of concern, it would be easier to comment on the safe ingredients: water, aloe, ginseng, argan oil, a few others but not many. The rest of the label is full of ingredients I do not recommend putting on you in shampoo, then conditioner.  Cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium benzoate AND phenoxyethanol as well as PEG, Polyquaternium AND fragrance, ick!!  Shampoo:  Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Glucono Delta Lactone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Silicone Quaternium-3, Panthenol, Trideceth-12, Calcium Gluconate, Polyquaternium-10, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.  Conditioner:  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Jojoba Esters, Glycolic Acid, Glucono Delta Lactone , Calcium Gluconate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Oat Beta Glucan, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Centrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Bromide, Sodium Benzoate , Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.


Mary Kay-  (added 8/20/16): No they do not make any “green” claims, but this is also my Not Recommended List for lines that have been inquired about & I’ve been asked about this one several times. I can tell you it’s one of the last lines on the planet I’d recommend, which makes me sad to type as I know millions of women are using it right now. EWG only lists 19 products, of course they have a whole lot more than those! But they start with a 2 rating & go up to 6 which is quite high. Their tinted moisturizer for example, gets a 5 from EWG (10 being the highest). They are using ingredients that have very serious concerns: oxybenzone, propylparaben, DMDM hydantoin (formaldehyde releaser), octinoxate, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, the list goes on & on & on. YUCK! Then I went to their website & they do not list full ingredient lists 😦 1st product I went to (face cream) lists 1 “key ingredient” & it’s  Petrolatum. The fact that they would highlight this as a key ingredient says a lot. It gets a 4 in EWG, as it sounds it’s derived from petroleum & carries concerns for organ system toxicity among other things. I really wish they listed all ingredients but I can guarantee I’d be absolutely appalled by them.

Md Moms: Only 8 products in EWG, but none score less than 2-5. Baby wash ingredients of concern: Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Marine Silk complex (Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin), Sodium PCACaprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tropolone. Diaper rash cream ingredients of concern: C12-15 alkyl benzoate, stearoxytrimethylsilane, butylene glycol, glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate citrate, stearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), tocopheryl acetate, panthenol, xanthan gum, hydrolyzed silk, hydrolyzed collagen, hydrolyzed elastin, 1,2 hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, fragrance, tetrasodium EDTA, bisabolol. YIKES!!!

UPDATE 1/15/16: EWG lists 9 current products and some old formulations. Range is still 2-5, with most products at a 4. Ingredients have been changed since your last posting and do not exactly line up with EWG in some case. Current Baby wash/shampoo ingredients from website: “Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (certified organic), Cocamidopropyl Hydrosultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Sodium PCA, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tropolone”

Sunscreen “Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, lsononyllsononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Vitamin 85), Dimethicone/PEG-1 0/15 Crosspolymer, DimethiconeNinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Glycerin, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Phenoxyethanol” All this only equals a 2 in EWG!

Melaleuca— One of the worst of all greenwashers! Next to Arbonne, the worst ingredients I’ve seen in a baby line marketed as safe. I truly despise the misleading that this company is doing! Line not in EWG.  The following ingredients from their Koala Pals baby shampoo/wash is nothing short of horrendous, and makes me very angry. Rest of the labels I’ve viewed are more of the same: “Aqua (water/Eau), Sodium trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, d-a-Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Hexl Cinnamal, Linallol.  Is it possible they make one or 2 safer products– of course. BUT, any company that would make this toxic of a baby wash, what should be their mildest formula, is not a company I would trust to make anything safe. Cleaning product labels are extremely vague, which many cleaning labels are. Things such as non-ionic surfactants, buffering agents, non-disclosed preservatives, doesn’t disclose what IS actually in there, which is very important to know.. Can tell nothing about what they actually do contain by their labels… A post on Melaleuca equaling the very definition of Greenwashing:


Method– Mostly D & F in EWG cleaning. A few C’s… Ingredients of concern: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, fragrance, undisclosed preservatives, among a host of other chemicals. Personal Care line- EWG lists 50 products, none scoring less than 3-6. Stay away! It’s possible a few specific products look OK, it’s a huge line, and I obviously didn’t look very far once I started reading a few labels & saw them loaded with ingredients of concern.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Personal care – EWG lists 21 current products. Ratings are from 3-6. Fragrance (rated 8), Cocamide DEA (rated 7), Methylisothiazolinone (rated 7), DMDM HYDANTOIN (rated 8) and Retinyl Acetate (rated 9), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (rated 4). Use of color dyes.

Cleaning – 35 current products listed. Ratings from B to F. The more favorable ratings of B and C are accompanied by a note that there are more than one version of the product and they ranges from a B to F. This is a result of reformulations that occurred while old versions may still remain on store shelfs. Most of the updates appeared in 2012. Majority (>90%) of newer versions still remain with a C-F ratings, with only 3 earning a B.

Dish Soaps use METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, and Fragrance (all rated D), as well as SLS (rated c). Updates were last done in EWG in 2012. There is a sticker in EWG stating updates are coming soon. The Method websites printed ingredients were updated in 2014. The most current list on the Method website still contain the previously mentioned ingredients of concern.

Michael Todd True Organics– Not in EWG. Most products contain sodium benzoate, and many contain trademarked ingredients that we have no way of knowing what they actually are. Eye serum- Eyeliss® (3%), Haloxyl® (3%), Copper peptide GHK-Cu (Copper tripeptide-1)?? Body scrub: Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA. Deep pore cleanser: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phospholipids, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium Edta, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide. Eye serum: Phenoxyethanol, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl, Tetrapeptide-7,GHK-Cu Tripeptide (Copper Peptide), Betaglucan, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Epidermal Growth Factor, Glycolic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid. It is true that these products contain some organic ingredients, but also many other ingredients that I would never recommend putting on your skin!

UPDATE 1/15/16: I’m very happy about this development, they are now just called Michael Todd and have appeared to drop the “True Organics” from their name. in EWG. They now seem to be listing their trademarks out in the ingredient list (see blue below). Still using synthetic preservatives.

Eye Serum: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Glycerin, Squalane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) , Glycosaminoglycans, Arbutin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Glycerin (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Water (and) Carbomer (and) Polysorbate 20 (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl™ 3000), Water (and) Glycerin (and) Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone (and) Steareth-20 (and) Dipeptide-2 (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Eyeliss™), Retinol, Pullulan, Whey Protein, Organic Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Organic Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide (and) Glycerin (and) Steareth-20 (and) Chrysin (and) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Haloxyl™) Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa Extract, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Lactobacillus/Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom), Extract, Lentinus Edodes (Shitake Mushroom) Extract Ferment Filtrate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Leaf Extract, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Hippophae Rhamnoids (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Tocopherol, Lysolecithin, Allantoin, Sorbitol, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthum Gum, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Phytate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

Modere: added 2/23/17: The 1st thing I go for, when it exists in a line I’m looking into, is shampoo. Here’s their label, no thanks! Water, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoyl isethionate, starch hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, caprylyl pyrrolidone, hydroxyacetophenone, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, disodium EDTA, butylene glycol, hydrolyzed rice protein, arnica montana flower extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, nasturtium officinale extract, fragrance, phenoxyethanol.

Laundry powder…. CONTAINS: 5%-15%: Oxygen-based Bleaching Agent, 5%-15%: Anionic surfactant. <5%: Non-ionic Surfactant. Disodium carbonate, compound with hydrogen peroxide (2:3), Sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate.

BACKORDERED fabric softener (I’ll keep my dryer balls): Water, Dihydrogenated Palmoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate*, Alcohol, Modified Polyethylene Glycol Ether, Lactic Acid, Fragrance, Calcium Chloride, Sorbitan Stearate, Denatonium Benzoate.


Monat- There are many synthetics in Monat.  I’ll list the main ones of concern (scoring 4-8). No notation of whether their fragrance is from Essential Oils or not (synthetic fragrance gets an 8 from EWG). Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, Benzyl alcohol: This shampoo label=awful: Water (Aqua), Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Decylglucosides Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Dextran, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Lauramide MIPA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propoxytetramethyl Piperdinyl Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-6, C11-15 Pareth-7, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Undecyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, fragrance.

Also, several products with suuuuper long names get a 0 score in EWG but with ZERO data, that’s a huge red flag. If they had proper data & studies, I have a feeling ingredients like Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, and Propoxytetramethyl Piperdinyl Dimethicone (which aren’t even in EWG) would rate higher. SUPER expensive, people actually pay $90 for a bottle of serum?!?!


Mrs. Meyers: 63 results in EWG cleaning database, a couple B’s, but mainly C-F, check individual products of interest:

UPDATE 4/12/16: 78 products now on EWG cleaning database for this company now owned by corporate giant S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Most products rate C-F and include ingredients of concern Sodium Borate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Methylisothiazolinone, Polysorbate-20, Benzisothiazolinone, and Fragrance.

Nature’s Gate–  Just a couple days ago I was staffing at my food co-op & picked up each & every sunscreen on the shelf. Nature’s Gate was one of them & it was terrible! Every product I picked up of theirs (& other brands) left me shaking my head in disgust! Both the mineral & non-mineral sunscreens are awful. Kids SPF 50: Active ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, Zinc oxide 6.9%. Inactive ingredients: aloe barbadensis leaf juice, calendula officinalis flower extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, cetyl dimethicone, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, magnesium sulfate, neopentyl glycol diethylhexanoate, neopentyl glycol diisostearate, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, water. Their sunscreen contains

Mineral sunscreen, kids spf20: ingredients: Titanium dioxide 8.3%, Zinc oxide 2%. Inactive ingredients: allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, althaea officinalis root extract, bisabolol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, calendula officinalis flower extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, dehydroxanthan gum, diisopropyl adipate, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, glyceryl undecylenate, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 80, propylheptyl caprylate, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, viola tricolor extract, water.

Lotion is pretty easy to offer with a safe ingredient list, but there’s again, several ingredients of concern: Water (Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Gluconolactone, Stearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower/carthame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower/tournesol) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai/açaï) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea/karité) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond/amande douce) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot/abricot) Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai/açaï) Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut/noix du Brésil) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu/cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Allantoin, Polysorbate 60, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum)*.

As with all lines, there may be a few products I might recommend, but as EWG shows, they use MANY ingredients of concern:

Nerium– Here’s their day cream Ingredients: Water (Aqua), NAE-8® (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Nerium Oleander), Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Jojoba Esters, Squalane, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopherol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Allantoin, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Ubiquinone, Magnesium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Aminomethyl Propanol, Citric Acid. Warnings:  Designed for adult use, this product is a dermatological cream for topical and external use only. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyelid and soft tissue around the eyes. If swallowed, consult your health care provide

UPDATE 1/15/16: Not in EWG. Ingredient list is still accurate.

Norwex- Not in either EWG database. The use of  micro-silver is controversial in terms of it’s safety for both humans & the environment, there are many who will not touch them….  Here’s a lotion label to give you a feel of their personal care lineAloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Parfum, Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tricaprylin, Cetearyl Olivate Sorbitan Olivate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii*, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Crambe Maritima Extract, Simmondsia Chinesis Seed Oil*, Plukentia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beeswax*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycerin Caprylate Acid, Benzoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/leaf Extract* May contain: Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool. Face serums/creams contain numerous ingredients of concern. Even the best of labels contain potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol. I definitely don’t recommend any personal care products I looked at, which were many. Here’s a link to their pdf with ingredient labels:,0.pdf. As to be expected, cleaning product labels are extremely vague, many say what is not in them, but not at all what is in them, or labels such as: Laundry Pre-Wash contains enzymes, ascorbic acid, citric acid and water. Which enzymes are being used is very important…

UPDATE 1/15/16: Personal Care: Still incredibly frustrating to get an ingredient list. Not printed online or in catalogs. Consultants only have access to partial ingredient lists from the MSDS sheets that can’t be distributed. Revamped their personal care line. Lotion, Shower Gel, and Hand Cream is certified by BDIH and NATrue. The Naturally Timeless Skin Care line carries no certifications. The only truly certified organic (by European Ecocert) is the Mediterranean Mediation Olive Oil Salt Scrub and The Timeless Organic Shea Butter. Ingredients for lotion is found on a consultant’s website: Water, Alcohol Denatured, Glycerin, Glycine Soja / Soybean Oil, Cocos Nucifera /Coconut Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Isoamyl Laurate, Vitis Vinifera / Grape Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis /Sweet Almond Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii /Shea Butter, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Brassica Campestris Sterols, Ananas Sativus / Pineapple Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum / Lemon Peel Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annus / Sunflower Seed Oil, PCA Ethyl Cocoyl Arginate, Parfum / Fragrance, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool

Cleaning Products do not disclose ingredients, but rather a list of what they don’t have in them.  Customers are encouraged to contact home office if they want to check on individual ingredients due to allergies, but they will not provide a comprehensive ingredient list and hide behind “proprietary ingredients” statements.

One popular product, the cleaning paste boasts just 3 ingredients; marble flour, natural soap and coconut oil. A call to home office will confirm that it also contains sodium laurel sulfate and methylisothiazolinone.

UPDATE 7/23/2019:

I found a 93-page product manual here There is no date, it just says Version 2.0, so no way to know if this is current. Personal care products do list ingredients for each one. Only about half of the products had the Ecocert certification on them for certified organic ingredients. This product line is not on EWG so each ingredient would need to be looked up separately. I didn’t have to look far to see the following: The Marine Organics Bath Shower Gel (which shows a child using it in the picture) contains the preservative sodium benzoate. Linalool (5 on EWG), Limonene (6), and Citronellol (5) are listed as ‘may contain’ ingredients. Parfum (fragrance) also listed as an ingredient, as well as benzyl alcohol (5).  The cleaning products were hit or miss. Some listed ingredients but some did not.

Origins– List key ingredient only, which is highly aggravating! They must have recently reformulated, because EWG only has 3 products in their database that list new formulation but those 3 products rate 4-7. The rest of the line has a few 1’s, but the vast majority are 2+, with several 5-9! If you have a recent formulation label you can share with me, I’d love to see it. It’s very frustrating they don’t disclose ALL ingredients on their website, which leads me to believe they don’t want us to know. Based on the data I did see, and the lack of disclosure, I’m not comfortable recommending this line.

UPDATE 1/15/16: Origins is made by Estee Lauder. 16 products listed in EWG, ranging from a 2-7. Has a product using Dr, Andrew Weil’s name. Eye Cream contains Retinyl Acetate (rated a 9), also contains Dimethicone, PEG, Phenoxythanol. Their skin corrector foundation contains Oxybenzone (rated an 8). Their lower rated products (2-3) still contain Phenoxyehtanol and PEGs. Most products now have ingredients listed on the website. Newer products don’t have ingredients listed. Face Wash ingredients: water\aqua\eau; lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower water; myristic acid; glycerin; behenic acid; sodium methyl cocoyl taurate; palmitic acid; potassium hydroxide; lauric acid; stearic acid; anthemis nobilis flower oil *, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil*, pelargonium graveolens flower oil*, lavandula hybrida oil*, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil*, styrax benzoin gum, linalool; peg-3 distearate; tourmaline; laminaria saccharina extract; hydrolyzed wheat protein; cetearyl alcohol; polyquaternium-7; butylene glycol; disodium edta; methylchloroisothiazolinone; methylisothiazolinone

UPDATE 7/23/19: There are now 42 products on EWG with ratings of 1-5. Clicking on individual products shows ingredients with much higher ratings. Blooming Bold Lipstick, for example, contains geraniol and citron, both rating 7 on EWG. A look at this product on the website shows these ingredients are still being used. Not to mention the ingredient list goes on and on and on and ends with a long list of artificial colors. They are still using retinol, phenoxyethanol and dimethicone, as found in the Retinol Night Moisturizer. The Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF 45 contains geraniol and eugenol, both having a score of 7 on EWG. All new products had their ingredients listed.


Perfectly Posh– not in EWG. Several products contain artificial coloring, which is something I’d never recommend (Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 33), and numerous other ingredients of concern Here’s a body crème label to give you an idea, NUMEROUS ingredients of concern: Water/Aqua, Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate-20, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance/Parfum, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-150 Distearate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Glycerin, Yellow 5 [CI19140], Blue 1 [CI 42090], Citric Acid. Bath bombs contain: PEG-180, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate-20. The few baby products offered look much better, but contain both Potassium sorbate & sodium benzoate. Every product I looked at has numerous ingredients of concern!

UPDATE 1/15/16: They do not appear to carry any baby products now. They have cleaned up their ingredient lists somewhat but products still contain fragrance, Dimethicone, PEGs, Phenoxyethanol. Body Wash Label: Water/Aqua, Alpha Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate-20, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance/Parfum, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-150 Distearate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Citric Acid

UPDATE 7/23/19: Still not in EWG. Nothing has changed here. Fragrance, dimethicone, PEGs, and phenoxyethanol found in the Social Butterfly Hand Crème. They actually have a good search feature where you can put an ingredient in and do a search. I searched for phenoxyethanol and it seems to be in almost every product, as well as fragrance.

Planet- What is extremely frustrating about cleaning products is EWG can rate them an A, but when you click for further info you see they contain individual ingredients that rate poorly. Planet laundry detergent rates an A, but contains Laureth-7 and PPG-5 Laureth-5, which rate a C due to concerns over chronic aquatic toxicity, cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision. The entire line is the same, A ratings, with ingredients of concern I definitely advise against using–VERY frustrating, always click for more info on specific ingredients in EWG.

UPDATE 1/15/16: All products still rated as A, except 2 are Cs. Interesting 1 product was reformulated an updated in the EWG and actually went to a C due to the addition Methylisothiazolinone and Benzisothiazolinone. Liquid detergent observations are still correct.

UPDATE 7/23/19: The powdered detergent which received an F on EWG for sodium borate doesn’t seem to contain it anymore. Ingredients are: Sodium Chloride, Sodium Carbonate, Laureth-7, Sodium Laureth, Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Silicate, cellulose gum, and water.

The dishwasher pacs: Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Polyaspartate, Sodium Silicate, C12-14 Pareth-11, Citric Acid, Protease, Amylase, Polyvinyl Alcohol (dissolvable pac casing).

The same holds true as previously for this company. Individual ingredients rate worse than the overall rating. They are still using sodium laureth sulfate in their dishwashing liquid.

Pure Haven Essentials = Ava Anderson re-branded. Still not certified organic except for essential oils, which they are just re-bottling. None of their other products are certified organic (as of most recent update, 06/2019).  I’m beyond appalled at what the company known as Ava Anderson got away with. They were not held responsible for the million dollars they made while committing fraud. They closed their doors, sold to a team of investors, opened with a new name (Pure Haven) and went about their business. Search my blog by Ava Anderson in case you missed that scandal. No amount of “rebranding” will ever clear them of the reason for the need to do so. They will never, ever have my support. Ethics are very important to me.


Rodan & Fields– they don’t make “green” claims, and indeed they are a completely terrible, conventional line, but for some reason many are led to believe they’re a safe option. ABSOLUTELY, positively horrible ingredients:  $60 for 1/2 oz of THIS nastiness (eye cream): Water, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric/Myr istic/Stearic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Glycerin, Macadamia lntegrifolia Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Steareth-20, Polyuretha ne-40, Lecithin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Honey Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Tetrapeptide-21, Tetrapeptide-16, Tranexamic Acid, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. May Contain(+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Hand cream: Water, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sericin, Arginine, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Phospholipids, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Distearate, Polysorbate 60, Fragrance, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Caprylyl Methicone, Sucrose Stearate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

The fact that ANYONE would pay $78 for this paste blows my mind: C11-13 Isoparaffin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sucrose, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Trihydroxystearin, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Yellow 6
UPDATE 7/23/19: At least they make it easy to find ingredients of their products but nothing has changed. Still using the worst of the worst ingredients.

Seventh Generation– I DON’T like what I see. I’ve mentioned I don’t use anything on my family that rates above a 1 with EWG, and I like to keep it at 0 honestly. Baby wash/shampoo-the overall product rates a 2 (you may be fine with that…), but components of it rate at 4, a couple come in at 3, several at 2. When ingredients rate that poorly, I don’t go for it, no matter how much is in the final product, etc. I don’t use, nor recommend anything with either sodium benzoate, or potassium sorbate, this product has BOTH in it, not to mention tetrasodium iminodisuccinate, all 3 synthetic preservatives. I did also look at the bubble bath, and the baby lotion, wayyyyy too long of ingredient lists, with numerous questionable ingredients. Sunscreen: hydrogenated methyl abietate (skin conditioner), magnesium sulfate, polyaminopropyl biguanide (synthetic preservative), polyglycerol-10 laurate, sorbitan stearate.. Are there worse products on the market? Sure. Are there safer products on the market? YES– thankfully! If you want my opinion on an individual product, please ask & I’ll take a look! As far as cleaning products, EWG rates a couple at A, but many at D or F, please take a look:

UPDATE 1/15/16: MANY products contain the very nasty preservatives benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, which many people have developed sensitivities to! Cleaning Products: 32 products in EWG with over 40% of them being a D or F. Personal Care: only 12 products listed in EWG. Most rate a 2 in EWG. Containing Potassium Sorbate (rated 3) and Sodium Benzoate (rated 3). Ingredients are still correct as verified by a website search; however I was unable to find sunscreen, bubble bath or baby lotion on their website (perhaps they aren’t carrying it any longer)?

UPDATE 7/23/19: They have a pretty extensive baby line (diapers, diaper cream, detergent, baby wipes, shampoo, body wash, and lotion) but the only two products listed in EWG are the old formula –  very out of date and no help if looking at the baby line. Baby lotion ingredients: Water, cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside acetal (plant-derived emulsifier), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter (plant-derived skin conditioner), cetyl alcohol (plant-derived emulsifier), caprylic/capric triglyceride (plant-derived skin conditioner), organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil (plant-derived skin conditioner), sodium carboxymethyl starch (plant-based thickener), glycerin (plant-derived humectant), organic theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter (plant-derived skin conditioner), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil (plant-derived skin conditioner), xanthan gum (plant-derived thickener), citric acid (plant-derived pH adjuster), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract (plant-derived antioxidant), d-dodecalactone, delta-decalactone, dimethyl heptenal, gamma octalactone, hexyl acetate, jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower extract, maltol, sweet orange peel oil, vanillin, glyceryl caprylate (plant-derived preservative), caprylhydroxamic acid (synthetic preservative booster). d-limonene is a component of these fragrance ingredients.

They are still using the nasty preservatives benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone.

If you are interested in this line, each product on their website has an attached ‘safety data sheet’ (pdf) with very detailed info and an HMIS rating (hazardous materials identification system) which can be very helpful.

Shaklee– The ingredient labels speak for themselves. Here is one label from their personal care line to give you an example of why I placed them where I did on my list- just about every, single ingredient from this label from the Hydrating Moisture is of concern. I would never, ever use, nor recommend this product, and the other labels I’ve viewed are very similar. If these are the types of products you consider the best & safest on the market, then let’s just agree right now that we will never agree on what makes a safe product. I’m really in disbelief that anyone would try to argue with me that these are the “greenest & safest” products on the market. As ALWAYS, I encourage you to do your own research, and come to your own conclusions!!: WATER/EAU, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CETYL LACTATE, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, DIMETHICONE, POLYSORBATE 60, STEARIC ACID, PANTHENOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, SORBITAN STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCERIN, BETA-GLUCAN, PPG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE ETHER, SODIUM COCO PG-DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, CARBOMER, CERA ALBA/BEESWAX/CIRE D’ ABEILLE, DISODIUM EDTA, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PEG-7M, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, BISABOLOL, RETINYL PALMITATE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT, SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE, MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BENZOIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE. No ingredients to cleaning products listed on their online labels as they are for the personal care line, a consultant shared a pdf with me. Basic H Cleaning Concentrate: naturally derived cleaning agents (corn- and coconut-based surfactant), natural thickener, biodegradable preservative, and water. Not one of their cleaning labels actually discloses a single ingredient, just more of the same vagueness…

UPDATE 1/15/16: Still no disclosure on cleaning products. Moisturizer label is still accurate.

UPDATE 7/23/19: Still using nasty ingredients like PEG’s (petroleum based compounds), preservatives and retinyl palmitate which rates 9 on EWG. Here’s an example – sunscreen: Water/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Microcrystalline Wax, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Beta-Glucan, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

You can view the product label in their cleaning line for each product, but still no ingredients disclosed. That should be enough to cause anyone to steer clear.

Tom’s of Maine-  Owned by Colgate, as I stated with Burt’s Bees, I believe if the packaging was correctly labeled with who is making this product, many wouldn’t buy it… EWG lists 109 products, rating 0-4.  Ingredients of concern: fragrance, unspecified extracts, unspecified flavor &  unspecified oils, zinc, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, among others…. As with every other line, it greatly depends on the individual product, so it’s up to you to read the specific ingredient and determine if you’re OK with their use. This is not a line I use, nor recommend….

UPDATE 1/15/16: 88 products listed in EWG. Range from 1-4. Children’s toothpaste rated a 2 contain Flavor (4), SLS (1) and Carrageenan (1). Deodorant (rated as 3), contains Propylene Glycol (rated 3) as the main ingredient, it also contains fragrance (8). Website and EWG are consistent on ingredients listed.

Trader Joe’s- EWG has 3 products listing new formulation, rating 4-7. 6 more products listing old formulation rating 3-5 (one at 0)…Had to do some diggin’ because I didn’t see the products linked to from their website. Trader Joe’s Nourish shampoo & conditioner have several ingredients of concern: C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Methylparaben, propylparaben. If anyone can point me to more of their products & labels, I’d gladly take a look, but don’t need to look any further than the 2 I looked at to know this is a line to stay away from!

UPDATE 1/15/16: EWG only list 2 products (both sunscreens). 1 is a 4 and 1 is a 7. Both containing oxybenzone (ewg 8) and Homosalate (endocrine disruptor, rated a 4). Could not find the shampoo on website to confirm the ingredients. However I found this article for August 2015 that confirms they still use parabens.

UPDATE 7/23/19: All products in EWG are old formulas. The tea tree tingle shampoo however does contain Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate which rates 6 on EWG. The moisturizing cream has many nasty ingredients like PEG’s, polysorbate 60, dimethicone, and parabens, just to name a few, as found on Amazon

WEN Haircare– no ingredient labels on their website that I could find, but 3rd party searches brought back several threads which shared labels. Ingredients of concern from shampoo, conditioner & hair crème: Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. Whole line is more of the same!

UPDATE 1/15/16: This Doosie of a company gets a front page article on EWG. I don’t have to look to much further to know they should stay right where they are on this list:

UPDATE 7/23/19: No info on EWG. Some digging around the website revealed these ingredients in the cleansing conditioner: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, HydrolyzedWheat Protein, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde. MANY ingredients of concern!

Whole Foods- 365 line:  No ingredients listed on Whole Foods site, or EWG, but found some info in Good Guide, which is similar to EWG but with a different rating system. Ingredients of concern in shampoo: sodium myristoyl sarcosinate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glucono lactone, sodium benzoate, phehethyl alcohol, glyceryl caprylate, polysorbate-20. Lotion ingredients of concern: Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, phenethyl alcohol, polysorbate 20 & 60. I don’t have a Whole Foods within 2 hours of me, but many people who have shopped there & picked up bottles from the 365 line chimed in and said they contained way too many questionable ingredients. If you have a specific product you’d like me to take a look at, and an ingredient label, I’d be happy to!

UPDATE 1/15/16: All information still accurate (EWG, Good Guide) etc. I did manage to find an ingredient list directly from whole foods.

UPDATE 7/23/19: Still using ingredients of concern.

Willa– Small line, but I didn’t see a product I’d even put on my so-so list. This tinted SPF= ICKKKKKKKKK: cyclopentasiloxane, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, cyclomethicone, polyhydroxystearic acid, dimethicone crosspolymer, tribehenin, stearoxymethicone/dimethicone copolymer, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, camellia sinensis leaf extract, palmitoyl hexapeptide-4, ethoxydiglycol, peg-10 dimethicone, dimethicone, polysilicone-11, aluminum stearate, alumina, isostearic acid, triethoxycaprylylsilane, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499). Benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol in the face cream. Cosmetics have artificial coloring as well as other ingredients of concern. Concealer pen: Water, Isoamyl Cocoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum,Triethoxycaprylysilane, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) *Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride, (CI 77163). *Contains Titanium Dioxide, which is listed on prop 65.

UPDATE 7/23/19: above still accurate.

Yes to Carrots- 54 products in EWG rating 1-6. Only 2 products rate 1, they go up from there. Some  major ingredients of concern: retinyl acetate, and retinyl palmitate– both rated an 8 by EWG. Most products contain Potassium Sorbate & Sodium Benzoate.

UPDATE 1/15/16: 25 products list in EWG. Rating from a 1-6. Eye cream is the worst with a 6 rating, contains retinyl acetate (9), fragrance (8), potassium sorbate (4), and phenoxyethanol (4). 4 Yes to Baby Carrots listed (rating from 3-4)   Contain retinyl palmitate (9), potassium sorbate (3) and sodium benzoate (3). Company’s website ingredients align with EWG.

UPDATE 7/23/19: Nothing has changed. First product I looked at (vitamin-enriched kale facial wipes) has many ingredients of concern: Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Amyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool. There were no baby products listed on their webpage so maybe they have done away with the Yes to Baby Carrots line.

Younique-  absolutely, positively not recommended! No better or different than any other conventional make-up on the market. The 3D fiber mascara has Propylene Glycol in it, definitely don’t recommend putting that on your eye. Here’s a random choice of an ingredient list, all are more of the same- cream foundation: WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, OZOKERITE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MALTODEXTRIN, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER. And a lipgloss, not 1, but 2 petroleum-derived ingredients, among others of concern, ick: Squalane, Polyisobutene, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydroxy Stearic Acid, Beeswax.  A few of the products look a little better: the eye shadow isn’t terrible, IF they’re using the best micas available, concerns with ingredients in that product come from impurities if they’re not using the best of the best. Again, if you’re looking for something along the lines of Revlon, Mary Kay, Avon, this is fine. If you’re looking for an alternative to mainstream, preservative & synthetic-filled make-up, this is not an option!

UPDATE 1/15/16: Not in EWG. The new 3D mascara does not have propylene glycol in it, but still have a host of other concerning ingredients.

Transplanting Gel: Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Acrylate Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Polyvinylalcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tromethamine, Beeswax, Bentonite, Microcrystalline Wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Allantoin, Silica, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ppg-2-Deceth-30, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Dehydroacetate

The Fibers: Rayon, Carbon Black CI77266, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Iris Pallida Leaf Cell Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate

Lip Gloss is slightly different than you have posted: Ingredients: Squalane, Polyisobutene, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Beeswax, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica

Foundation: Ingredients:Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane,Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone, Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isohexadecane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium, Hectorite, Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Propylene Carbonate, Methicone, Parfum, Alaria Escaulenta Extract, Hydrogen Dimethicone

UPDATE 7/23/19: Nothing new to report. Here’s a few examples of products with their worst ingredients and EWG rating. Face primer: Dimethicone (3), Retinyl Palmitate (9), Tocopheryl Acetate (3). 4-D One-Step Fiber Mascara: Acacia Senegal Gum (3), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax (3), Aminomethyl Propanol (3), Phenoxyethanol (4), Polysorbate 60 (3), Iron Oxides (2). A quick look at a lip gloss shows it still contains petroleum based ingredients, preservatives, and mineral oil.

132 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristalee Caylen
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 07:41:59

    Wow this is a great site. We need one in Australia as well. Yes I agree that Green Washing is a big thing. I was wondering if it is compulsory for companies to supply an MSDS (material data safety sheet) if one is requested. In Australia they have to supply one however do not always comply of course. Once again I have enjoyed reading your site.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jun 09, 2013 @ 13:20:26

      I have many Aussie mamas on the page who wish the same thing! I have not had a problem getting MSDS when I’ve requested them- but I’m not positive whether it’s mandatory for them to do so or not. Glad you enjoy the site!!


  2. sue
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 01:45:38

    Good site. Also-good sites-‘’, ‘’-under chemical-commodites, it lists perfume developer; fdc link-‘’;; and of course, Might want to change your name tho-too many ‘ecofriendy’ products are filled with either chemicals, ‘organic ingredients’ that act like chemicals, etc. It’d be nice to have a consumer lobby-with more power over cosmetics, etc industries. Also, a tv & radio show, and advertisements on tv telling consumers exactly what’s in makeup, skincare, cleaning products, carpet shampoo, paint, etc. Thanks for all your research-just hope it gets out to alot more people.


  3. momwith3
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 00:26:29

    So what is your solution? This article is only all negative towards every product but no solution is given. Hard to switch if you don’t know what to switch to.


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  6. Valerie Cookson-Botto
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 15:51:54

    This is why I turned to the internet years ago when trying to find safe personal care products for my family. I was so happy to find Miessence certified organic products that are made in Australia. Full disclosure – I became an indep. representative because I knew at the time that they were so unique to be food grade certified organic. Still not many companies meet the USDA certified organic standard for their entire product, not just ingredients. You can watch a presentation on Greenwashing by the Miessence developer, Narelle Chenery here: or take a look at their ingredient list at:


  7. Corinne
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 16:21:30

    Ava Anderson Nontoxic is a wonderful solution. Check them out!


  8. Leah
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 03:22:25

    unless you have suffered with many problems in your family and home and tried everything it is unfair for you to write such negative things! Products and companies listed above have saved my life much like modern medicine. God made people smart enough to use scientific ingredients to save people from suffering. Not everything can be 100% natural or organic and still work – science has its purpose. water is one molecule from being hydrogen peroxide would you drink 8 ozs of that 8 times daily????? These companies do disclose that they aren’t 100% anything but that they strive to always use better safer ingredients when they can and still work!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Apr 01, 2014 @ 13:01:14

      Fine for you to disagree. I, and those on my page, are looking for the safest products on the market. If you’re happy with the products you’re using, that’s fine. But if you’re using products from the Greenwashers list, I can tell you there are many, many safer products on the market that work fabulously. My page is geared towards natural & organic products. I won’t accept anything less than the very best of the best, the Greenwashers are FAR, FAR from that!!


  9. Shellie Givens
    May 29, 2014 @ 04:46:56

    How do you feel about Ava Anderson products?


  10. Susan Cann
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 00:34:08

    great site! I’d love to see your review of Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR Organic in the U.S.)


  11. Alley
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 02:55:05

    Just wondering if you have heard of or looked into Essante Organics? We mostly use them for their natural supplements personally. Also there is a company called Radiantly You know anything about them? I do like your list and feel for the most part it is pretty accurate given my own research and findings on many of the companies you have listed. Although I have not looked into and or heard of every company on your list. Thanks for the time you spent on it.


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  13. Laura
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 21:54:12

    I love your site!! I’ve passed it on to others who are like minded. I really appreciate all of your hard work and research. You also handle negative posts on here very eloquently. 🙂


  14. Frustrated
    Sep 13, 2014 @ 00:31:19

    Just to clarify, you do not have to be an arbonne consultant to to on the website, click the “science” tab located toward the top left, then ingredient guide.


  15. Rebekah Baharestan
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 17:33:45

    Can you find any safe shampoos and safe handsoaps for my family? I have been diagnosed with severe contact allergy to methylisothiazolinone and ,methylchloroisothiazolinone and to decyl glucoside and to cera alba propolis( beeswax) .

    Decyl glucoside may be only glucoside allergy but i may also be allergic to all the glucosides ( laurel cocoa etc) but the current patch testing at dermatologists in US doesn’t test for the other cross companion glucosides.

    I can not find even one shampoo that doesn’t have preservatives which rate poorly while avoiding the two main allergens MI and decyl glucoside. Help!
    I was sensitized by using baby wipes on my baby while bathing here in Burt’s bees baby wash and Babyganics while using Kirkland brand dishwashing soap


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jan 13, 2015 @ 18:18:52

      Have you ever used a shampoo bar? I use Poofy’s & LOVE so many things about it, and think it would be the best option for you. They’re only $6, come in a small cardboard box instead of plastic jug & may be one of the only options you’ll find without the ingredients you have to avoid. Here’s the description & ingredients from Poofy’s site, it comes in 2 scents & can be found under hair tab here: (I became an affiliate after 2 years of daily use). Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Shampoo bars are here! These special ingredients produce a rich, thick, creamy, and buttery lather. Can be used for washing and even shaving. The secret is a significant amount of castor oil in the mix which conditions the hair and skin and gives the bubbles a rich, buttery texture. The two types of clay help the lather & absorb excess oil from hair and scalp. You can use it head to toe!

      Ingredients: saponified organic oils of palm, coconut, sunflower, castor & olive, rhassoul clay, bentonite clay, organic essential oils of orange & lavender


  16. Cindy Renninger
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 16:34:38

    I LOVE THAT I FOUND THIS TODAY!!!! I have been trying to create a similar “Master List” – after developing an allergy/sensitivity to Potassium Sorbate. I have an educational page on Facebook and would love to talk to you about including this information, or linking to you, etc. I also would love for you to add both Beautycounter & NYR Organics to this list for personal care items!! I know this is only cleaning products but I have to watch personal care items, food, and even WINES! Is it possible to speak with you? Please contact me if you are able, I am very passionate about trying to set the record straight on what is NOT Organic, Natural, Safe, etc.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 19:30:25

      Hi Cindy! My list is for personal care and cleaning, and I’m not sure if you saw I also have a so-so list as well as approved list? NYR & Beautycounter are both on the so-so list. I’m tempted to just do 2 lists, recommended & not recommended, but for now it is in 3 lists. NOTHING on my approved list contains potassium sorbate! I see I have a message from you in my inbox as well, so I’ll respond there also. Glad you found me too!


  17. Cindy Renninger
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 16:36:33

    BTW, I am a Radiantly You IWG, and I also sell Wildtree, Norwex (but only the chemical free cleaning tools – I do not promote the other products), 100% Pure Essential Oils (but only a company that sells only oils – no other chemical products).


  18. Terri
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 21:34:59

    Have you got proof about Essante being reported and the follow up from this?? The products I have from Essante have the USDA certification right on the bottle. Should someone notify the USDA that these companies are wrongfully using their logo?


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 21:37:40

      I will follow up, thanks for the reminder! The person who did the reporting just had a death in the family, so I need to give her a couple days before asking. Please, if you don’t hear from me in a week tops, remind me. I want to look into this more. And yes, from memory, they are using ingredients that are not possible in the USDA certified organic allowances…


  19. Cindy Renninger
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 07:00:17

    In a separate occurrence, I had a troublesome encounter with Michael Wenninger, CEO, about Potassium Sorbate in a hair product. I don’t remember what specifically was “on the label” but I remember it not being in compliance with what I already knew about Potassium Sorbate – and I am not an expert (by any means) so the “infraction” was fairly blatent. More disturbingly was how Michael treated me in our phone call to discuss my concerns. Not knowing he was talking to me, while he thought he was only talking about me, he began the conversation with “This woman is nuts. She doesn’t know what she is talking about!” With all due respect, having lived this nightmare first-hand for more than 7 years now, I beg to differ Mr. Wenninger.


  20. Christi Sanders
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 23:50:49

    Wondering if you looked into Young Living. I am not very well educated on ingredients for products but I believe they are all natural and fantstic products.
    Thanks for posting this!


  21. Kiki
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 14:48:22

    Great information! Thank you! Have you looked into Honest Company products. Would love your insight on them. Thanks!


  22. Candice
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 19:47:50

    Do you know anything about Ava Anderson products?


  23. Aixa Acevedo-Wilson
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 08:13:53

    Hi Jess, I just came across your website and I am amazed! What absolutely great information! I am an Independent Wellness Guide with Radiantly You and am happy that hopefully they will wind up on the good list. Interesting about the borax in their laundry soap. I’ve always been torn about the made in the USA thing, I had joined a British company with excellent ratings, champion status with safe cosmetics, awards etc., my daughter wouldn’t purchase or hardly use their products because they were not made in the USA. I agree with just about everything you say. I started getting interested a few years ago as I’m trying to encourage another daughter to become more aware of the toxins/ingredients in cosmetics and other products and also my 11-15 yr old grandkids (her kids)I have soooo much to learn, your mission is admirable and I applaud the effort and hard work you put into giving us such timely and wonderful information. I’ve been invited to give a small talk next month to a group of women where I live on the benefits of using organics and safe products. A bit nervous, never done this before. I would also like to share this with Latina women, I feel there’s a need there. Being Latina myself I notice that many not all don’t pay enough attention to this subject. Thank you and I would love to speak with you if that’s possible, or email you direct. Wishing you blessings and continued success. Sorry I f there are typos, doing this from my cell.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 16, 2015 @ 23:53:51

      Yes, the more awareness you can spread the better! I will take another look at RY, but I do think they’ll qualify for my ‘approved’ list, minus the laundry detergent. Thanks so much for your thoughts, and kind words!


  24. Keith Musselman
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 22:32:47

    What would be the solution to finding a soap of any brand that would be without all these toxic chemicals, etc? Just saying organic is a joke, they are loaded with “stuff” also, citrus, etc. HELP.


  25. Susan Cann
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 02:25:49

    Dr. Bronner’s is an ethical and wonder-full company, and their hand soaps are comparatively inexpensive and marvelous.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 18, 2015 @ 13:18:35

      Yes, they are on my ‘approved’ list, except Sal’s Suds which contains SLS. I LOVE that they support industrial hemp legalization & GMO labeling. I have heard from many however, who do not appreciate the religious rants on the bottles…


  26. Rachael
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 04:49:41

    this sucks. I’ve used a LOT of those products. I will say that making you’re own products with EOs is easy and safe.


  27. celinegabrielle
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 02:26:31

    Can I use this list on my blog? I was wondering if you could put Attitude on it has well. I just bought it and I wrote to them.


  28. celinegabrielle
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 21:42:14

    Thank you. I’ll do it. Also maybe look at Revolution. They used to be okay but not perfect. I bought a natural detergent from Wal-mart but it’s not perfect. I try my best. I looked into EOs and they also have chemicals in it. I love Dr. Bronner. Is Shea Moisture okay. I use it but unfortunately it is not 100 percent organic. I wish they could shift to 100 organic.


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  30. Justine
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:31:41

    Great info!! Thanks for researching. Do you have any product lists of things you do use? Other then straight vinigar and baking soda every “natural” product I use has been deemed 😦


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:41:11

      I’m pretty minimalistic in my product usage, and do use vinegar to clean with for the most part. These days, I use mostly Poofy Organics, since they have it all, I use their shampoo bar (which I love, but their liquid shampoo is very popular too), face products (cleanser & moisturizer), lotion, laundry & dish soaps, LOVE the candle melts which were new to me this winter. I’ve started diffusing essential oils & use Josiah’s Oils for those, I buy their germ fighting blend in bulk (the gentler blend for younger kids). I really keep it to just the basics. But Poofy really does have it all, and ~8 months ago I became an affiliate, so if you do decide to try anything from them I’d love it if you use my link, you automatically get entered into 1 or more monthly giveaways I host: Also, I started a quarterly buying club, the next order is in May, but that brings together a lot of the vendors on my approved list, so you can try samples (from those that offer them, Josiah’s is 1 that does), and get this & that & only pay 1 shipping fee from me instead of from each vendor separately. Any more questions, let me know please!


  31. Rebekah Baharestan
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 04:56:46

    How / why did you become an affiliate to poofy? Curious and interested. The rest of my life will require that I use only the safest ingredient products so I’m stuck . I may think about joining a company or creating my own to be able to use anything down to even medical tape, band aides, ultrasound gels at this point. It’s feeling overwhelming and terrifying that medical hospital industry is using chemicals that I’m severely allergic to….


  32. Jennifer
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 02:18:37

    It appears that all but one Biokleen product now has an A or B rating at EWG. I’m not sure if this is because the products have changed or if they were working from incomplete information before. Any thoughts?


  33. Patricia Rogers
    May 04, 2015 @ 00:33:40

    Missing is “Young Living” Ols but other things like toothpaste, shampoo/Kidscents etc – if you have time as these are available in about 20 countries besides USA


  34. Margo
    May 24, 2015 @ 03:32:07

    Hi Ecomama! Soooo blessed to have found you! Just warned a friend about Melaleuca! Question: have you heard of ADVOCARE? Major supplement/energy drink company…they have skin care products etc., please check some of their products out…their SPARK drink is very poplar…total crap though! Warn others!!! 😁😀😵😝 Looking forward to your review! Thanks & God bless u for all your research!
    Margo from IOWA 😎


  35. Isabel Natrins
    Jun 11, 2015 @ 08:00:56

    Hi there – I am a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and I use the CPTG oils, but not other products. I was really surprised (and very disappointed) to see three doTERRA products on your list! Would you consider the ingredients listed to be ‘harmful’ or ‘questionable’?


  36. ms69gtojudge
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 18:49:43

    Hi, could you please review and comment on then “Hugo” product line from Hugo Naturals.

    Thanks so much!


  37. Cindy Renninger
    Jun 24, 2015 @ 03:52:34

    I want to share my issues with Potassium Sorbate – it has made me VERY SICK. Because it is in so many products (at this point), no one can say with confidence that it is GRAS – because I do not agree it is a small amount we are exposed to. Even the FDA agrees it causes asthma and skin/DNA damage, etc – but they say we don’t get exposed to enough to matter. They are wrong. I also did not have these asthma, skin & hive reaction issues until my 30’s. They have progressed over time. I learned the hard way and hope you can benefit from my experience.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jun 24, 2015 @ 13:37:48

      Thank YOU so much for sharing your experience Cindy! It’s true, it’s in so many things. And when it’s in your body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc etc you’re applying a LOT of it daily. You will not find it in any of the lines on my ‘approved’ list!!


  38. Cindy Renninger
    Jun 24, 2015 @ 19:54:08

    …and that is just the tip of the iceberg, before you consider all the foods & drinks it is in. Some labeled but some are not – and may surprise you – Potassium Sorbate can be in the wax they use to coat fresh produce, and it can be in many alcoholic drinks – particular sweet wines, margaritas, etc. It is insane how much we use something that is only “kinda safe, short-term, and in moderation”


  39. Jasmine
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 06:15:32

    Hello! I just joined Healthy Home Company, and I didn’t see them listed here. I would love your take on them!


  40. alisonwestermann
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 17:55:51

    Have you done a review of the Honest products?


  41. Krista Ramsay
    Jul 06, 2015 @ 14:05:04

    I don’t know when this post was originally published, but Arbonne is currently very transparent regarding their ingredients. If you go to their website, each product has a full list of ingredients on its respective page (not just active or featured ingredients, ALL of them). They might not be entirely up to your standards of purity, but they are vegan and gluten free, plus I’ve had wonderful results with Arbonne’s Pure line for sensitive skin.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Jul 06, 2015 @ 14:38:19

      Yes, I recently saw that they’ve reformulated many products & they do look much better than they did, but I still consider them awful. I’ll be updating this post as soon as I can with the new info, and yes, I was super pleased to see the ingredients posted on the page! Still way too many ingredients of concern, but they did remove retinyl palmitate from their baby products which makes me happy! Thanks for the note!


  42. Katie
    Aug 02, 2015 @ 13:21:10

    I see that Nature’s Gate is on your not recommended list, but not why. When you have a chance could you elaborate as to why? Considering all the research you’ve done, I trust there is a good reason! Thanks!


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Aug 02, 2015 @ 15:43:50

      Thank you for asking! I don’t know what happened with my post for them, it’s MIA! Just a couple days ago I was staffing at my food co-op & picked up each & every sunscreen on the shelf. Nature’s Gate was one of them & it was terrible! Every product I picked up of theirs (& other brands) left me shaking my head in disgust! Both the mineral & non-mineral sunscreens are awful. Kids SPF 50: Active ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, Zinc oxide 6.9%. Inactive ingredients: aloe barbadensis leaf juice, calendula officinalis flower extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, cetyl dimethicone, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, magnesium sulfate, neopentyl glycol diethylhexanoate, neopentyl glycol diisostearate, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, water. Their sunscreen contains

      Mineral sunscreen, kids spf20: ingredients: Titanium dioxide 8.3%, Zinc oxide 2%. Inactive ingredients: allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, althaea officinalis root extract, bisabolol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, calendula officinalis flower extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, dehydroxanthan gum, diisopropyl adipate, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, glyceryl undecylenate, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 80, propylheptyl caprylate, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, viola tricolor extract, water.

      Lotion is pretty easy to offer with a safe ingredient list, but there’s again, several ingredients of concern: Water (Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Gluconolactone, Stearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower/carthame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower/tournesol) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai/açaï) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea/karité) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond/amande douce) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot/abricot) Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai/açaï) Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut/noix du Brésil) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu/cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Allantoin, Polysorbate 60, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum)*.

      As with all lines, there may be a few products I might recommend, but as EWG shows, they use MANY ingredients of concern:


  43. islandgirl4health
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 13:45:00

    Hello mama! You are teaching me just how low an EWG rating should be! I thought ‘kinda low’ on the scale was ok… 👌
    I have been using/distributing True Science skin care and I looked up each of the skin cream ingredients and I judged it to be pretty good! This was a couple of years ago now and I didn’t keep the information. Would you be able to look into it? I can send you a pic of the side of the box if you need it! Thank you!


  44. sunlitlove
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 22:57:36

    I’m sorry if you already posted something about it (although i did skim the comments) if you have looked into Miessence? Curious what you think. I love the products but they are a bit pricey… even with the discount.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Sep 19, 2015 @ 00:20:54

      I believe I did look & they looked pretty good, but are made in Australia, correct? Or am I thinking of someone else? Obviously, no matter how good they look they’ll not be on my “approved” list if they are not made in the US as that is a huge part of my mission here.


  45. Mrs. Robinson's Mascara
    Sep 29, 2015 @ 01:13:04

    Do you have any info on Ava Anderson? I’ve heard amazing things about her line and everything appears/claims to be organic ingredients.
    Great info! Thanks for sharing!


  46. The Choosy Chick (@thechoosychick)
    Dec 09, 2015 @ 05:00:48

    Great post! So tough to navigate through all those ingredients!


  47. Lenny
    Jan 22, 2016 @ 13:20:33

    Curious, why do you have Nerium Day Cream on here?


  48. PJsmom
    Feb 01, 2016 @ 21:33:05

    Just FYI all Norwex ingredients are available at their norway site. Just click on the picture of the item (on the site, not in the flip book) and you will see all the ingredients. SOme of the items are crazy. From a company that says chemical free!


  49. Cindy Renninger
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 00:51:22

    I agree – I sell Norwex but only for the towels and tools that allow you to clean using only water. A lot of their other products have a lot of chemicals that are toxic. Because I try to only promote truly non-toxic items, I spend a lot of time distinguishing this everytime I mention Norwex. The towels and cloths and some of their other cleaning tools are truly amazing though.


  50. Jill fowler
    Feb 08, 2016 @ 22:29:51

    Yes what is your solution? This is negative towards every company! I am an Arbonne Consultant and I stand by their products. My son who was covered with eczema from head to toe (literally) was cleared in 21 days after using the Arbonne baby products. They follow the European standards and Swiss formulated..which bans 1200 chemicals. If you don’t want anything on your skin then you need to not shower ever!
    Compared to the Junk
    That is out there these products are not bad…Arbonne and all the other ones
    you listed.


    • ecofriendlymamausa
      Feb 09, 2016 @ 03:10:23

      I totally disagree, please see my ‘approved’ & ‘so-so’ lists for many, many companies that have wayyyyyyy less junk in them than any company on this list:

      Plenty of safer options, Arbonne is among the worst choices you could make, in my opinion, which is what I’m sharing here on my page.


    • Cindy Renninger
      Feb 09, 2016 @ 19:52:05

      This is an uneducated statement. There are quality companies out there to choose from and Arbonne and other companies are confusing customers who are looking for the products without true toxins. And what is worse, is their marketing focus, aimed at convincing consumers their products are safer than they truly are, with an expensive price point that gives the impression to match. True, some of these products can help improve symptoms and seem to be performing better than other junk options available. But a truly non-toxic product will not only give you all the benefits of a better performing product, but it will do so without silently contributing to toxins in your system that are damaging things you’re not aware of. If you want to support Arbonne based solely on the product performance, that’s your right – our goals do not include taking issue with the individual choices of priorities. But if you are looking for products that are also the safest available, ( which is the main focus of our goals), then Arbonne is absolutely not the product line for you.


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