Our Body Care Quality Standards

We carry the finest, high-quality beauty, hair and body care products available because we believe the quality of the items and ingredients you put on your body is as important as the foods and nutritional supplements you put in your body. We evaluate the quality of personal care products in terms of ingredients, experience and efficacy, and we only sell personal care products that have not been tested on animals.

Our stores carry hundreds of brands of products (in addition to our own private label brands) and the selection from store to store may vary. If you have a question about a particular product, please ask for assistance at the store where you shop.

Body Care Ingredients We Don't Sell

Currently, there are 100+ ingredients common in conventional body care products that are not allowed in any body care products we sell. That includes phthalates, microbeads, triclosan, BHT, BHA, aluminum chlorohydrate and many more. However, creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it. Our buyers are passionate about seeking out the finest personal care products available.


  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1(and) 3-Diol


  • Acetone
  • Alcloxa
  • Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate
  • Aluminum Chlorohydrate
  • Ammonia
  • Ammonium C6-16 perfluoroalkyl ethyl phosphate
  • Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate


  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Benzethonium Chloride
  • Benzocaine
  • Benzophenone-3
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) Butoxyethanol


  • C9-15 fluoroalcohol phosphate
  • Chlorotrifluoropropene
  • Chlorphenesin
  • Cloflucarban
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Coal tar
  • Copper Disodium EDTA


  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Dimethyl phenylbutanol
  • Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate
  • Disodium EDTA
  • DMDM Hydantoin


  • EDTA
  • Emu Oil
  • Equine Oil


  • Fluorosalan
  • Formaldehyde


  • Hexachlorophene
  • Hexylresorcinol
  • Hydroquinone


  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Iodine complex with ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate
  • Iodine complex with phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
  • Isododecane
  • Isoeicosane


  • Lead acetate
  • Lidocaine


  • Melanin
  • Methyl Nicotinate
  • Methyl perfluorobutyl ether
  • Methyl perfluoroisobutyl ether
  • Methylbenzethonium chloride
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylene bis-benzotriazoyl tetramethylbutylphenol
  • Methylene glycol
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Microbeads
  • Myristamide DEA


  • Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine


  • Octafluoropentyl methacrylate
  • Octinoxate
  • Oleamide DEA
  • Oxybenzone


  • Pentafluoropropane
  • Perfluorodecalin
  • Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane
  • Perfluorohexane
  • Perfluorononyl dimethicone
  • Perfluorononylethyl carboxydecyl PEG-10 dimethicone
  • Perfluorooctyl triethoxysilane
  • Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene
  • Phenol
  • Phenylethyl resorcinol
  • Phthalates
  • Picaridin
  • Poloxamer—iodine complex
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • Polyimide-1
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate
  • Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy PEG-2 phosphate
  • Polypropylene
  • Povidone-iodine
  • PTFE


  • Quaternium 15


  • Secondary amyltricresols
  • Sh-oligopeptide-1
  • Silver Citrate
  • Sodium Bisulfite
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Sodium magnesium fluorosilicate
  • Sodium Oxychlorosene
  • Sodium xylene sulfonate
  • Soyamide DEA
  • Synthetic Fluorphlogopite


  • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
  • Tetrasodium EDTA
  • Tetrasodium Etidronate
  • Toluene
  • Tribromsalan
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan
  • Triple dye
  • Trisodium EDTA


  • Undecoylium chloride iodine complex


  • Vanillyl Butyl Ether

Organic Body Care Standards

There are no mandatory government standards for "organic" label claims on body care products, so we had to create our own! At Whole Foods Market, we set high standards to make sure that “organic” really means organic in every aisle of our store.

Premium Body Care™ Standards

Our experts review the latest research on body care ingredients with possible impacts on the environment or human health, such as phthalates and parabens. They've identified 400+ ingredients that are unacceptable in our Premium Body Care™ products. Look for the seal to help find the best body care for you and your family.