"THE DIRTY DOZEN" CHEMICALS
Preservatives: Preservatives, whether chemical or natural, are meant to protect the other ingredients of the product from going bad. They are typically needed for products that are water-based.
Surfactants: Surfactants are used to clean, degrease, and emulisfy. Chemical based surfactants can be too harsh on the skin, and actually ridoff essential fatty acids.
Fragrance: A catch-all term for any chemical which adds an aroma to a product. These are often synthetic or highly processed chemicals. However, natural fragrances derived from essential oils can actually provide aromatherapy benefits.
Chemical: Sodium/ Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Present in: Shampoos, conditioners, whiteners, laundry detergents and carpet cleaner.
Present in: Shampoos, conditioners, whiteners, lotions, insect repellents- most skin care products
Chemical: Propylene Glycol
Present in: Shampoos, conditioners, whiteners, lotions, insect repellents and most liquid skin/ hair care products
Present in: Fragrance, hair spray, hair gels, lotions
Present in: Creams, lotions, ointments.
Chemical: Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA
Present: Shampoo, Body Wash, Cleansers, Bath Oils, Liquid Soap, Bar Soap, Moisturizer
Chemical: Diazolidinyl Urea
Present in: Fragrance, shampoo, conditioner, pain relief rubs and ointments
Chemical: Butyl Acetate
Present in: Nail polish and nail treatments
Chemical: Butylated Hydroxytoluene
Present in: Fragrances, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, lotions
Chemical: Ethyl Acetate
Present in: Perfume, fragrance and whiteners
Present in: Nail polish and hair dyes
Present in: Shampoos, lotions, creams, soaps
Dirty Dozen Plus: Added to the above is a list developed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) of chemicals of concern and their use.
Skin & Hair Lightners Hydroquinone, sodium nitrate
Anti- Aging Lactic Acid, Glycolic acid, AHA, BHA
Sunscreen Padimate- O, PABA
Antimicrobial liquid soaps Trisclosan
Body Care Product Standards
protect your skin, protect your body
Do you know what is really in your toothpaste or deodorant? A lot of them are filled with cheap toxic ingredients that not not only harm your skin and your hair, but your health too.
No need to worry! We are proud to partner with companies that are not only committed to making the best quality products, but who also give back to their communities through Fair Trade projects, dedication to sustainability, rejection of animal testing, and community empowerment.
The Herbal Path staff assures that each product carried on our shelves has been evaluated. Our products are derived from the Earth, the formulations are simple, and we do our best to carry products that are made from natural ingredients and gentle preservatives.