Goodhabit’s ‘never will we ever’ list

Never will we ever use ingredients that compromise the health of your skin. Having a clean formula isn’t just about the ingredients we include — the ingredients we leave out of the mix are just as important. The definition of what clean actually means has yet to be established across the beauty industry, which is why we’re taking on the task of being extra vigilant about researching every ingredient more thoroughly than your blind date’s social accounts, and go the extra mile to cut anything we deem suspicious. After all, a red flag is a red flag. 

While the EU currently has 1,300 ingredients banned from use in cosmetics, the US has only banned 11. We’ve aligned with both of them to exclude all 1,311 of those ingredients from our formulas, as well as many more we deemed suspect. Below is a list of even more suspicious elements we refuse to put into our formulas — keep reading to learn more about each one, and exactly why they’re problematic.

ACETALDEHYDE

ACETONE

ACETONITRILE

ACRYLAMIDE

ACRYLATES

ALCOHOL

ANIMAL DERIVATIVES

ANIMAL OILS/FATS/MUSKS

ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS (EXCLUDING COLORING AGENTS)

ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE/OXIDE

ALUMINUM POWDERS

BHA/ BHT

BISPHENOL A (BPA)

BUTOXYETHANOL

CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS

CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE

COAL TAR

CYCLICAL SILICONES

DIETHYLHEXYL ADIPATE

ETHANOLAMINES

ETHOXYLATED INGREDIENTS

ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID (EDTA)

FORMALDEHYDE/ FORMALDEHYDE DONORS/RELEASERS

GLUTARAL

HYDROQUINONE

LEAD

MERCURY/ MERCURY COMPOUNDS

METHYL CELLOSOLVE

METHYLENE CHLORIDE

MICROBEADS

MINERAL OIL

NANOPARTICLES

NITRO MUSK

PARABENS

PERFLUORINATED COMPOUNDS (PFCs)

PETROCHEMICALS

PETROLATUM/ PARAFFIN

PETROLEUM DERIVED SOLVENTS, DILUENTS, AND STABILIZERS

PHTHALATES

PLACENTA EXTRACT

POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE (PHMB)

POLYCYCLIC MUSK

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL

PROPANOL

QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS

RESORCINOL

RETINYL PALMITATE

STYRENE

SULFATES

SYNTHETIC COLORS & DYES

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE

SYNTHETIC SOLVENTS, DILUENTS, STABILIZERS

TALC

TOLUENE

TRICLOSAN AND TRICLOCARBAN