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. 


Chemical: Parabens

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


Chemical: Pthalates 

Present in: Fragrance, hair spray, hair gels, lotions


Chemical: Petrolatum

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


Chemical: Toluene

Present in: Nail polish and hair dyes


Chemical: Triethanolamine

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.


835 Central Ave

Dover, NH 03820

phone: 603-740-8400

fax: 603-740-8465

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Store Hours -Dover Store

Monday - Friday: 9-6

Saturday: 9-4

Sunday: 10-3


Store Hours -Portsmouth Store

Monday - Friday: 9:30-6

Saturday: 9:30-4

Sunday: 10-3 


1262 Woodbury Ave

Portsmouth, NH 03801

phone: 603-766-6006

fax: 603-766-6008

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