What is there to be afraid of if a Friday falls on the 13th day of the month? Many people put scary connotations on Friday the 13th. But why? The basis of this superstition is murky. If you are not clear on why something is to be feared, should you be afraid of it? When it comes to toxic ingredients found in skin care, the answer is yes.
The one thing you never should be unsure about is what is in your skin care. That long list of ingredients on the side of your moisturizer is known as the “INCI” List: International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. Established in the 1970s, it is a regulated list of what is in the formula you are about to put on your skin. Cosmetic and skin care companies must list each ingredient in order of the percentage found in the formula on its packaging. The higher on the list an ingredient appears, there is more of it in the formula.
The INCI list is one of the few things that are regulated in the US skin care and cosmetic industry. After that, it doesn’t matter if the ingredients can cause cancer, harm the environment, or disrupt your hormones as long as it is listed correctly. Now THAT is something to be afraid of…
Welcome to the Goat Rodeo of Unregulated Cosmetic Ingredients
If you are using products with any of these in them, stop. If you use Bétèrre, have no fear. You will never find anything toxic in our products.
Ten Toxic Ingredients Found in Skin Care Sold in the United States
Name(s): Butylated Compound or (BHT)
Organ System Toxicity
Banned in EU – Allowed in US
Name(s): Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, et al) Diethanolamine (DEA)
Banned in the EU- Allowed in the US
Name(s): Formaldehyde, “Diazolidinyl urea” or “Quaternium-15”
Banned in Canada- Allowed in US
Names(s): Petrolatum or Petroleum Jelly, Mineral Oil
Banned in Canada- Allowed in the US
Alters hormones, harms fertility
Banned in EU- Allowed in the US
Uses: Vinyl flooring, Shower Curtains, Baby Pacifiers and Skin Care
Banned in EU- Allowed in US
Cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone and phenyl trimethicone
Use: Improves texture of formula
Hormone Disruptor, Environmental Hazard
Restricted in Canada- Allowed in US
Name(s): Fragrance, Parfum
Includes but does not have to list ingredients Styrene and/or Pthalates (Banned in EU)
Use: Brightens skin
Banned in Europe and Japan- allowed in US
Banned in EU- Allowed in US
Banned By Bétèrre Skin+Care
Benzalkonium Chloride, Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Coal Tar, Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA, TEA, MES DMDM Hydantoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, FD&C Colors, Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Heavy Metals, Oxybenzone, Hydroquinone, Parabens, P Phenylenediamine, Pthalates, Polysilicone, Polyethylene Glycol, (PEG), Propylene Glycol, Selenium Sulfide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Talc, Triclosan, among many others.
You can feel safe using our luxurious, effective, botanically-based skin care products. We hide nothing and we are fighting to protect everyone from exposure to dangerous toxins. Protect yourself and your family. Read labels. There is an effective alternative now. We named it Bétèrre, which means, better from the earth, better for you and your family.