Clean Beauty Banned Skincare Ingredients List Pacific Aura Botanicals
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We are devoted to providing you with safe, non-toxic, cruelty-free skincare because babes shouldn't have to settle for less!

We formulate with an extremely high ingredient standard to preserve and protect your skin, our planet, and all animals. 💗

“Clean Beauty should be the new industry standard.” -Grace, Founder   

Our PureGlow™ Promise is your assurance that only the purest, safest, most effective, and sustainably sourced ingredients are present in each and every one of our products. 

Our promise goes beyond the legal requirements in the US and bans more than 1000 harmful and questionable chemicals typically found in commercially produced skincare products. 

What Does Clean Beauty Mean To Us?

To us, Clean Beauty means products that are formulated with meticulously chosen, vigorously tested, natural, naturally derived and safe synthetic ingredients that have never been tested on animals and have not been proven or suspected of causing harm to our skin or our environment. 

Our company is Leaping Bunny Certified which is your assurance of our promise to never ever use animals for testing our ingredients or our final products. It also assures you that each and every ingredient supplier and manufacturer we partner with also bans testing on animals.

Our products are always 100% paraben-free, sls/sles-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free.

PureGlow No Way List™

The following list reviews some of the most common ingredients in conventional beauty products that are banned in our PureGlow™ Promise. We also share what we use as safe alternatives. You can download a free wallet-sized-guide of this list to help you shop for Clean Beauty with confidence.
Benzalkonium chloride: 

Benzalkonium chloride is a chemical used as a preservative and surfactant that is associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found often in: sunscreens, moisturizers.

What we use instead: Gentle, yet effective and eco-friendly preservation systems, and the gentlest, yet effective surfactants.

BHA and BHT: 

BHA and BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoulene) are synthetic antioxidants that are used to keep products from spoiling for longer periods. They are suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may damage your liver. Often found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, and diaper creams.

What we use instead: Natural and naturally derived antioxidant systems not known or suspected of causing harm to your skin.

Like the naturally derived Vitamin E in our CLOUDBERRY Glow Drops!

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): 

EDTA is a chelating agent that aids in a product's stability. May cause organ toxicity. Often found in: moisturizers.

What we use instead: Eco-friendly, biodegradable natural chelating agents.

Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): 

Ethanolamines are surfactants and pH adjusters that have been linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Often found in: Mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens.

What we use instead: Gentle, yet effective, eco-friendly surfactants and natural pH adjusters.

Like in our GELLY GELLY Gentle Gel Cleanser!


Formaldehyde is used to preserve cosmetics. It is a known carcinogen that has also been linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. If you see the words "quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol)" then formaldehyde is in the product. Often found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

What we use instead: Gentle, yet effective and eco-friendly preservation systems.


Hydroquinone is a chemical that lightens skin and is linked to cancer, is toxic to organs, and causes skin irritation. Often found in: skin-lightening creams.

What we use instead: We only use natural or naturally derived clarifying powders, exfoliation enzymes, and acids that aid in brightening skin safely.

Like the Bamboo Powder in our MERBABE Cleansing Micropolish!

Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others):

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors, altering certain important hormonal pathways in our bodies. Often found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.

What we use instead: Gentle, yet effective and eco-friendly preservation systems.

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): 

Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals that are used for texture in cosmetics or to get fragrances to cling to your skin. Phthalates are hormone disruptors and suspected to cause birth defects. Often found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish.

What we use instead: Naturally derived skin softening and feeling agents.

Like the Vitamin B5 in our MALDIVE GLOW Beauty Essence!

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): 

PEGs are used to thicken cosmetics and used as solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are sometimes contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Often found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.

What we use instead: Environmentally sustainable, natural softeners, solvents, and moisturizers.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): 

SLS and SLES are surfactants that can irritate skin and cause allergy symptoms. SLES is sometimes contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. Often found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

What we use instead: We only use the gentlest, yet effective surfactants.

Synthetic flavor or fragrance: 

An engineered scent or flavoring agent that often contains numerous chemicals that are hormone disruptors and allergens. Often found in: all types of skincare products.

What we use instead: Natural and naturally derived fragrance and flavor ingredients.

Triclosan and Triclocarban: 

Triclosan and Triclocarban are antimicrobial pesticides that are toxic to marine life; also suspected of harming human reproductive systems. Often found in: liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste.

What we use instead: Gentle, yet effective and eco-friendly preservation systems.

free wallet-sized guide

We've created a free wallet-sized guide of this list for you. It’s a shortened version that you can carry with you so that you can shop for clean skincare with confidence.

Download your Clean Beauty Shopping Guide.