Ingredients to Avoid

Consider what you put on your skin!

Various studies have found several unsafe and unhealthy ingredients in everyday consumer products such as cosmetics, skincare and beauty products, pharmaceuticals, household and cleaning products, and even food products. These hazardous ingredients enter the body via inhalation, ingestion and absorption through the skin.

According to statistics, there are thousands of hazardous industrial chemicals used as ingredients in the cosmetic, perfuming, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries, many of which are known carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers and surfactants. It is suggest that despite low levels found in products, the accumulative effects of these ingredients on the body and environment over the course of a lifetime may be responsible for problems such as inflammation, premature aging, skin ailments, illnesses and various types of cancers and disease.

Research also states that the average woman applies over 20 products to her body daily, accumulating up to 5 pounds of toxins per year from beauty products and perfumes alone. This statistic does not even include exposure to toxins from other products like household cleaners, deodorizers, laundry products, or lunch from the office cafeteria.

Did you know? When a fat soluble substance is put on the skin or scalp, the body absorbs it 10 times faster than when it is eaten. To some degree, eating protects you from harm as the digestive system provides detoxification pathways that will reduce the chemical load, while trans-dermal absorption (through the skin) bypasses these detoxification routes. People often consider what they eat, but do not consider what they put on their skin.

KIN Organics intentionally keeps synthetic and chemical ingredients out of our products, opting for the use of safe and natural ingredients.

Below is a list of some harmful ingredients found in everyday products. This is meant to be a summary of common synthetic and toxic ingredients to avoid. We hope you find this information useful in your choice for cleaner and healthier skincare products!


(methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl, or any other product with paraben in its name)

Used as:

  • a preservative in the cosmetic and pharmceutical industry
  • a fragrance in products
  • a food additive  More info

Found in:

  • deodorants
  • skincare products
  • perfumes
  • beauty products


  • irritates the skin - known to cause skin rashes, dermatitis and rosacea
  • shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen and may drive the growth of breast tumors - has been found in breast tissue of cancer patients  More info
  • may contribute to sterility in males and hormone imbalances in females and early puberty  More info
  • studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB, leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage  More info


(petroleum, paraffin/mineral oil, vaseline)

Used as:

  • a barrier in skincare products to lock moisture in the skin
  • an additive in hair products to make your hair shine

Found in:

  • petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
  • Sorbolene
  • lip balms
  • baby care products


  • petroleum-based products coat the skin and clog the pores, creating a build-up of toxins which can slow and distort cellular development and create premature signs of aging
  • have been implicated as a major cause of eczema and similar skin conditions
  • carcinogenic - suspected cause of some cancers  More info



Used as:

  • a surfactant
  • detergent
  • emulsifier
  • degreaser
  • an additive to make products bubble and foam

Found in:

  • shower gels
  • hand soaps
  • shampoos
  • facial cleansers
  • dish soaps
  • industrial cleaners at car washes
  • garage floor cleaners
  • engine degreasers
  • 90% of personal care products that foam


  • damages the skin's outer layer
  • suspected carcinogen  More info


More info coming soon!