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Our Standard: Beyond Clean Beauty

100+ banned ingredients and counting. When it comes to better beauty and body care, we go above and beyond.

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We believe what goes on your body is as important as what goes in it. That’s why our beauty and body care standards go beyond typical “clean beauty” claims.

Standards That Go Beyond Clean

  1. We ban 100+ ingredients commonly used in beauty and body care and counting. No need to look for a seal, label or aisle to find our best-in-class products.
  2. Our high standards apply to all beauty and body care products in our stores.
  3. Organic means something here. Organic claims on our body care products are required to be backed up by third-party certification.

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100+ Banned Ingredients and Counting

Our experts review the latest research on beauty and body care ingredients for many factors including possible impacts on the environment and human health. We’ve banned more than 100 typically used ingredients, including parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde donors, oxybenzone and EDTA.

Banned Ingredients

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

Imidazolidinyl Urea

Phthalates

Acetone

Iodine complex with ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate

Picaridin

Alcloxa

Iodine complex with phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol

Poloxamer—iodine complex

Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Polyethylene Terephthalate

Aluminum Chlorohydrate

Isododecane

Polyimide-1

Ammonia

Isoeicosane

Polymethyl Methacrylate

Ammonium C6-16 perfluoroalkyl ethyl phosphate

Lead acetate

Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate

Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate

Lidocaine

Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy PEG-2 phosphate

Benzalkonium Chloride

Melanin

Polypropylene

Benzethonium Chloride

Methyl Nicotinate

Povidone-iodine

Benzocaine

Methyl perfluorobutyl ether

PTFE

Benzophenone-3

Methyl perfluoroisobutyl ether

Quaternium 15

BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)

Methylbenzethonium chloride

Secondary amyltricresols

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) Butoxyethanol

Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Sh-oligopeptide-1

C9-15 fluoroalcohol phosphate

Methylene bis-benzotriazoyl tetramethylbutylphenol

Silver Citrate

Chlorotrifluoropropene

Methylene glycol

Sodium Bisulfite

Chlorphenesin

Methylisothiazolinone

Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate

Cloflucarban

Microbeads

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Cocamide DEA

Myristamide DEA

Sodium magnesium fluorosilicate

Coal tar

Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine

Sodium Oxychlorosene

Copper Disodium EDTA

Octafluoropentyl methacrylate

Sodium xylene sulfonate

Diazolidinyl Urea

Octinoxate

Soyamide DEA

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Oleamide DEA

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

Dimethyl phenylbutanol

Oxybenzone

TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)

Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate

Pentafluoropropane

Tetrasodium EDTA

Disodium EDTA

Perfluorodecalin

Tetrasodium Etidronate

DMDM Hydantoin

Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane

Toluene

EDTA

Perfluorohexane

Tribromsalan

Emu Oil

Perfluorononyl dimethicone

Triclocarban

Equine Oil

Perfluorononylethyl carboxydecyl PEG-10 dimethicone

Triclosan

Fluorosalan

Perfluorooctyl triethoxysilane

Triple dye

Formaldehyde

Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene

Trisodium EDTA

Hexachlorophene

Phenol

Undecoylium chloride iodine complex

Hexylresorcinol

Phenylethyl resorcinol

Vanillyl Butyl Ether

Hydroquinone

We Care About Organics

In our Beauty and Body Care department, organic really means organic. There are no mandatory government standards for organic label claims on beauty and body care products, so we’ve created our own:

  • Personal care products making an organic claim on the front label must be third-party certified to either the USDA National Organic Standards or the NSF/ANSI 305 Organic Personal Care Products standard.
  • If the product does not have certification to one of the above standards, the product cannot have an organic claim on the front label of the packaging.

Our Favorite Beauty Suppliers with Purpose

We engage with many of our beauty and body care suppliers and participate in the journey with them. We help make alliances with our foundations, advise on our ingredient standards to improve formulations, onboard smaller regional and local suppliers to help them grow their brands and help showcase innovative ingredients and formulations. Learn more about some of our suppliers who are doing more below.

Alaffia

Profits from Alaffia body care products help raise funds for community projects in Togo, such as maternal health programs, building schools and planting trees.

Pacha Soap Co.

Pacha Soap is sold in bulk in our stores, eliminating the need for packaging. Every bar that we sell benefits clean water initiatives and economic ventures in developing countries. We've visited Africa to see the impact of these initiatives first-hand in Burundi — and we’ve also traveled to Peru to participate in the sustainable and regenerative practice used to harvest the plants that produce essential oils.

Good Soap

Available exclusively at Whole Foods Market, Good Soap is available in bulk and can be purchased without packaging. Proceeds from Good Soap help build kindergarten schools in Togo, Africa, where the ingredients for this soap are sourced. We've traveled to these communities to celebrate their openings, allowing us to see the direct impact of this work.

Cocokind Skincare

Cocokind founder Priscilla Tsai empowers women through the Cocokind Impact Foundation, her nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance and mentorship to women entrepreneurs.

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