Clean Beauty Banned Skincare Ingredients List Pacific Aura Botanicals
glow without compromise

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 read more details on these ingredients here.

You can download a free wallet-sized-guide of this list to help you shop for Clean Beauty with confidence. (Download at the bottom of this page).

Benzalkonium chloride: 

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

BHA and BHT: 

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): 

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

Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): 

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

Like in our GELLY GELLY Gentle Gel Cleanser!

Formaldehyde: 

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

Hydroquinone: 

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):

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

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): 

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): 

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

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

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

Synthetic flavor or fragrance: 

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

Triclosan and Triclocarban: 

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.