‘Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s labelling is the clearest we have ever seen on any range of cosmetics’
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare prides itself on only using the best ingredients that benefit your skin. We also believe in letting you know exactly what ingredients we use in our products and the reasons why we avoid certain commonly used ingredients. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our range is free from a number of harmful and unethical ingredients which include: synthetic fragrances, colorants, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO, PEGs, TEA, DEA, MI, formaldehyde, urea, mercury, lead and bee venom.
We never use parabens. We use very small amounts of selected safe preservatives that are non-persistent in the environment.
The use of parabens in beauty and pharmaceutical products is becoming increasingly controversial. Parabens have displayed the ability to slightly mimic oestrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer) and have been found in very small amounts in some breast cancer tumours. However there is still a lack of evidence on both sides to conclude this debate meaning we have decided to use alternative preservatives.
Some of the major parabens used in cosmetics are: benzylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
NO mineral oil
Mineral oil, also known as liquid paraffin, is derived from petroleum and cannot be synthesised by the skin. These ingredients are cheap and they block pores and diminish the skin's ability to breath and function. We never use petroleum-based ingredients, choosing instead plant-based oils which are similar to the skin's own sebum. They also benefit from being rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, simply absorbing and assisting the skin's natural functions and helping improve its condition. On product labels you will be able to identify this ingredient by the following words: mineral oil, liquid petroleum, paraffin
Silicones are never used in our products. Silicones are often used in the beauty industry to achieve a silk-like feeling when applied to the skin but they do this by creating a plastic-like film on the skin. This alters the skin's ability to process toxins and can mean irritants are trapped on the skin's surface and pores are more easily blocked. They are also non-biodegradable. On product labels you will be able to identify them by the following words: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone and dimethicone copolyol.
NO synthetic fragrances or colours
Our fragrances are 100% naturally developed from blending pure plant and flower essential oils. The most immediate form of sensory reception is through smell. Visual stimuli are processed by the cerebral cortex, whereas aroma passes straight to the olfactory bulb upon which it is immediately 'felt'. Our blends have been created to uniquely reflect this and help invigorate, uplift or relax.
'Parfum' is often listed on other brands' product labels and can hide synthetic chemicals. These can cause allergic responses.
Sulphates are essentially an inexpensive foaming agent. In clinical studies sulphates are often used to generate skin irritation before products designed to sooth are applied. They should be avoided in all skincare. On product labels you will be able to identify them by the following words: sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate (SLS).
NO propylene glycol
Propylene glycol is one of the more common petrochemicals used in skincare products for its moisturising properties. However, is also a skin irritant and can trigger eczema. On product labels you will be able to identify it by the following words: Propylene Glycol.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in personal cosmetics, such as nail polish, hairsprays, soaps, cleansers and shampoos. Phthalates are a frequent component of synthetic fragrances ('parfum') as they hold scent very well. However, regulations do not require the listing of the individual fragrance ingredients. As a consumer you are not easily able to determine from the ingredient declaration if phthalates are present in a fragrance. Two decades of research suggest that phthalates disrupt hormonal systems and can impact on fertility levels. Phthalates are often listed as dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP).
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are living species that have had their DNA engineered (or designed) artificially in order to make them stronger, bigger, longer-lasting or hardier than in their natural form. The last 30 years has seen a boom in the practices of GMO to boost yields. It is nearly impossible to tell if ingredients contain GMOs, to avoid them choose natural or organic ranges like Aurelia that state they are free from GMOs.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is used in some brands as cleansing agents, emulsifiers or surfactants. Worryingly, widespread testing has found many impurities present in various PEG compounds including heavy metals such as lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium and arsenic. Many of these impurities are linked to serious illnesses.
The substance class of PEGs and PEG relatives includes a large variety of individual substances and the following are some you may find within cosmetic products: APG (often used in shampoos), Carbowax (mainly used in ointments), Macrogols (INN) (Macrogol 400 is identical with PEG-9 and is a typical base for ointment formulations in the pharmacy), PEG, PEG beeswax, PEG lanolin (in cleansing products like shampoos and shower creams), PEG esters (thickening agent in shampoos) PEG glycerides, PEG (Hydrogenated) Castor Oil (used in wash off emulsions), Polyglycerins, Polysorbates, PPGs (By nature, PPGs are more hydrophobic than PEGs and this is the reason why they are partly used as replacement for mineral and vegetable oils), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (mainly used in shampoos and cleansing products), Sodium Laureth Phosphate (applied in cleansing products and as emulsifier in creams.)
Triethanolamine (TEA) is a clear and viscous liquid that has an ammonia-like smell. It helps water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients to blend together and is also used to balance pH in cosmetics and personal care products. It is a skin and eye irritant. Look on packaging for Triethanolamine (TEA).
DEA is diethanolamine, a chemical that is used as a wetting agent in some brands' creams. DEA is used widely because it keeps a favourable consistency in lotions and creams. DEA can react with other ingredients when placed in formulations and has formed a potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA). Look on packaging for diethanolamine, DE, NDEA.
MI is Methylisothiazolinole - otherwise known as the more pronounceable MI – is a chemical used as a preservative in beauty and cleaning products that has been blamed for an "epidemic" of skin allergies. Dermatologists have linked it to a steep rise in cases of eczema and contact dermatitis and have said that it is second only to nickel in causing contact allergies. Look on packaging for Methylisothiazolinole - MI, Methylchloroisothiazolinone - MCI
NO Colourants or Coal Tar
Synthetic colours from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in the skin causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Banned in EU cosmetics this ingredient can be listed as: topical coal tar solution, solubilized coal tar extract, neutar solubilized coal tar extract.
No Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
It is chemically related to imidazolidinyl urea and is a formaldehyde releaser used as a preservative. Formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is banned in Europe after studies concluded that effects can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction. The label on your skin care product may not list "formaldehyde". The following ingredients break down and release formaldehyde: diazolidinyl urea (or 3-diol diazolidinyl urea) 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (or bronopol) DMDM hydantoin.
NO Lead or Mercury
Used for their supposed skin lightening properties these toxic ingredients can cause kidney and nerve damage and interfere with the brain development of unborn children. The FDA states that if a product contains any of the following ingredients to stop using it straight away: mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric, mercurio, or mercury
NO Bee Venom
It is claimed that bee venom can encourage naturally occurring cell regeneration, boost collagen formation, prevent sun damage and accelerate the recovery of damaged skin cells. Bee venom can be collected in a number of different ways but more commonly a glass screen in placed in the hive with a slight current running through which encourages the bee to sting, the venom is then collected from the glass. Companies claim that few bees die in this process as the bee only dies with its barb tail goes into muscle and is pulled away from the bee. As a partner of cruelty free international Aurelia Probiotic Skincare does everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment, animals and wildlife. Because of this we have taken the decision that we will not include bee venom in any of our products.