Our Clean Perspective: Erno Laszlo Unapproved
Our Clean Perspective: Erno Laszlo Unapproved
We’ve developed a strict set of clean standards and have been working over the last few years to eliminate 51 potentially harmful ingredients — the United States currently only bans 11 ingredients — from all of our new and existing formulas. All of our products will meet our new standards and be completely clean by the end of 2020. Your skin deserves the best.
1. 1,4 Dioxane [Trace Contaminant]
A by-product of an ingredient processing method called ethoxylation that is a probable human carcinogen, a known animal carcinogen, toxic to organs and the respiratory system, and a skin irritant.
2. 2-Methoxyethanol [Solvent]
A fragrance ingredient and industrial solvent that is an endocrine disruptor and linked to organ system toxicity.
3. Acrylamide [Binder]
Used as a stabilizer and binder in lotions and other products, it is a known carcinogen, skin irritant, neurotoxin.
4. Certain Types of Acrylates [Stabilizer]
Acrylates (ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, and methyl methacrylate) are ingredients found in artificial nail products. They are linked to cancer, reproductive and organ system toxicity, cellular and neurological damage, and irritation.
- Ethyl acrylate
- Ethyl methacrylate
- Methyl methacrylate
- Butyl methacrylate
- Hydroxypropyl methacrylate
- Tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate
- Trimethylpropane trimethacrylate
5. Animal Fats, Oils, and Musks [Emollient]
Used as natural emollients, but extremely harmful to the animals from which they are derived.
6. Aluminum Salts [Antiperspirant Agent]
An antiperspirant agent that can possibly be linked to cancer or organ toxicity. Aluminum Chlorohydrate.
7. Benzophenone and Derivatives [UV Agent]
This ingredient is used in products to protect from UV light. These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity.
8. Butoxyethanol [Viscosity Uncreasing Agent]
A fragrance ingredient and viscosity agent that is a skin irritant, and possible carcinogen and reproductive toxin.
9. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) [Preservative]
A preservative linked to cancer, skin irritation, and hormone disruption.
10. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) [Preservative]
A toluene-based preservative linked to skin irritation.
11. Ethanolamines (DEA/MEA/TEA) [Surfactants/pH Adjusters]
These ingredients may be contaminated with chemicals like nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer. They are also linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development.
- Monoethanolamines (MEA)
- Diethanolamines (DEA)
- Cocoamide DEA
- Lauramide DEA
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
12. Formaldehyde [Preservatives]
A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity.
13. Formaldehyde-Releasing Agents [Preservatives]
Although typically not listed as an ingredient, formaldehyde “releasing agents” often are listed on ingredient labels. This class of ingredients slowly releases formaldehyde. The list includes, but is not limited to:
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
- Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
- Polyoxymethylene Urea
- 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane
14. Hydroquinone [Skin Lightener]
Hydroquinone is a metabolite of the carcinogen benzene that is typically used for skin lightening reasons. It inhibits melanin synthesis, causes skin irritation, and may cause discoloration of the skin..
15. Mercury & Mercury Compounds (Thimerosal) [Preservative/Antiseptic]
A metallic element known to damage brain function.
16. Methyl Cellosolve [Emulsion Stabilizer]
An emulsion stabilizer and neurotoxin that is found in many anti-aging skin care products including creams, moisturizers, and serums that can lead to DNA mutations.
17. Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) [Preservative]
This is a preservative with antimicrobial and antifungal effects. It is a probable human carcinogen and a known skin and membrane irritant.
18. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) [Preservative]
This preservative is banned from use in leave-on cosmetic products in the EU and restricted to very small amounts in rinse-off products. It can cause skin allergies and irritation, and may be toxic to the nervous system.
19. Methylisothiazolinone (2682-20-4) /Methylchloroisothiazolinone (26172-55-4), in Combination [Preservative]
This combination of chemical preservatives are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies.
20. Microbeads (polyethylene-plastic)[Abrasive/Exfoliating product]
These exfoliating beads were banned in the U.S. in 2015. They are not biodegradable and pollute lakes, rivers, and oceans when they are washed down the drain. They absorb toxins, are eaten by marine life, and are not only detrimental to marine health but to human health.
21. Nanoparticles/nanomaterials (Except Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) [Delivery Agents]
These nano-sized ingredients may cross permeable membranes in our bodies (including our brains or other organs). Since they are understudied and unnecessary ingredients, we choose not to use them in our products.
22. Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate) [Sun Protection]
This sunscreen agent is an endocrine disrupter that mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function.
23. Oxybenzone [Sun Protection]
A sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, skin sensitivity and allergies, and possible hormone disruption..
24. PABA (4-Aminobenzoic Acid) [Sun Protection]
A sun-protectant agent that is a high hazard ingredient and causes neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, cancer, allergic reactions, reproductive toxicity, cellular changes, and immunotoxicity.
25. Paraffinum/Mineral Oil/Petrolatum [Moisturizer]
Liquid byproducts of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil that have been proven to cause cancer.
26. Parabens [Preservatives]
Certain parabens have been linked to hormone disruption. We prohibit the use of all parabens, including but not limited to:
27. Phenoxyethanol [Preservative]
A preservative that is a known skin and eye irritant, possible carcinogen, organ toxin, and neurotoxin that has been restricted to 1% in the EU.
28. PEGs [Humectant]
A thickening agent that can sometimes be derived from petroleum and be potentially toxic and harmful to organs.
29. Phthalates [Plasticizer]
A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Certain phthalates (like Dibutyl Phthalate, aka DBP, or DEHP, and DEP) appear on product labels, but most typically remain unlisted, hiding under the term “fragrance.” We prohibit the use of all phthalates, including but not limited to:
- Butyl Benzyl Phthalate
- Dibutyl Phthalate
- Diethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP)
30. Resorcinol [Antiseptic]
An anti-acne agent that is a known endocrine disruptor and skin irritant and has been limited in the EU and banned in Japan.
31. Retinyl palmitate [Conditioner/Antioxidant]
A nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically.
32. Silicones [Delivery Agents]
This class of silicones are harmful to the human reproductive system and known to accumulate in the environment with unpredicted long-term effects. Some are currently in danger of being outlawed in the EU. We prohibit the use of the following silicones:
- Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
- Cyclopentasiloxane (D5)
- Cyclohexasiloxane (D6)
- Cycloheptasiloxane (D7)
33. Styrene [Emulsion Stabilizer]
A synthetic polymer that is a known endocrine disruptor and possible human carcinogen.
34. Sulfates [Surfactants]
Sulfates strip skin and hair of natural oils and cause varying levels of skin and eye irritation. We prohibit the use of:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLES).
SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh.
35. Talc/Talc Containing Asbestiform [Viscosity Increasing Agent]
A mineral substance often added to makeup to absorb moisture and soften products. It may contain asbestos, a known carcinogen.
36. Toluene [Solvent]
An solvent that is a possible human developmental toxicant and a known respiratory toxicant, and skin irritant.
37. Triclosan [Preservative]
This is an antibacterial and preservative ingredient used in personal care and home-cleaning products. It may be associated with hormone disruption.
39. Zinc Oxide [Colorant/Sun Protection]
A colorant and sunscreen agent that is a possible human respiratory toxicant.
40. >1% Synthetic Fragrance [Parfum]
An engineered scent may contain any combination of 3,000+ stock chemical ingredients including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets, and therefore can remain undisclosed.
The following fragrances are prohibited:
May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption.
A known carcinogen.
A known skin irritant.
A trigger for allergic reactions.
A known skin irritant.
46. Musk Xylene
A suspected carcinogen that is harmful to aquatic life.
Some colorants are potentially detrimental to human health. We prohibit the use of the following:
47. Lead Acetate
This color additive is used as a progressive in hair dye products. It has been linked to skin irritation and can cause damage to organs through bioaccumulation.
49. Solvent Red 23
This colorant is a dye that is structurally related to avobenzene. The safety of this dye for use in cosmetics has been debated in the EU, due to concerns that it can be carcinogenic.
50. Carbon Black
A colorant derived from coal tar that has been linked to organ system toxicity and cancer.
51. Coal Tar
A byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen and is known to cause cancer in animals. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent.