OUR STANDARDS

At Heartwood, you will find a selection of products that we can all feel good about using.

We basically stock products that we’re proud to sell because:

  • They work
  • They use natural ingredients
  • They are cruelty free
  • They do their best for the environment and the community

Here are a list of toxic ingredients and chemicals identified by the experts over at EWG, as harmful, despite their continued use in personal care products. Needless to say, AVOID these!

You can learn more about toxic and harmful ingredients at Safe Cosmetics Australia, reading the labels of your skincare products and researching ingredients that you can’t pronounce.

WHAT WE DON'T ALLOW

Use:
Stabilise cosmetic formulations

Harm:
Disrupt hormones

Harm the male reproductive system

Found in:
Some nappy creams, bath, hair and skin products

Use:
Preservative

Harm:
Carcinogen

In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage; causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas; and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels

Found in:
Some food, food packaging and personal care products

Use:
Colorant and anti-dandruff

Harm:
Carcinogen

Found in:
Some specialty products such as dandruff and psoriasis shampoos

Use:
Preservative

Harm:
Carcinogen

Asthmagen

Neurotoxicant, meaning it can cause adverse effects to the nervous system

Found in:
Some hair straighteners that can release toxic fumes during their use; bath products like body wash, nail polish and synthetic eyelash glues

Use:
Preservatives that slowly form formaldehyde

Harm:
Allergens

Found in:
Some shampoos and liquid baby soaps

Use:
Skin brightening and lightening, reducing hyperpigmentation

Harm:
A skin-bleaching chemical that can cause a skin disease called ochronosis, which is characterised by blue-black lesions, and make cause tumours

Found in:
Some skin lightening and brightening products such as brightening serums, cleansers and moisturisers

Use:
Colourant

Harm:
Neurotoxicant, meaning it can cause adverse effects to the nervous system

Found in:
some black hair dyes, lipsticks and other coloured cosmetics

Use:
Preservatives and fragrance enhancers

Harm:
Allergen and neruotoxicants

Found in:
Some hair, face, body and cosmetic products

Use:
Nanoparticles are used to penetrate the skin and enhance product texture. They are not labelled on products as ingredients.

Harm:
Avoid sprays and powders containing these nanoparticles, which could be inhaled and enter the lungs and bloodstream.

Found in:
Anti-ageing products and treatments, sun creams

Use:
Sun cream agent and ultraviolet light absorber

Harm:
May disrupt hormone production

Irritant

Allergen

Found in:
Some sun creams

Use:
Preservatives and solubilisers

Harm:
May disrupt endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders

Found in:
Some hair, face, body and cosmetics products; and sun creams

Use:
Thickener, solvent, moisture carrier and penetration enhancer

Harm:
Frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, probable carcinogens

Found in:
Some hair, skincare and cosmetics products such as moisturisers and foundations

Use:
Stabliser

Harm:
Petroleum-extracted cosmetics ingredients which may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities

Found in:
Some makeup, hair care and nail products

Use:
Solubiliser. a type of emulsifier; and plasticiser, promoting plasticity and flexibility

Harm:
Damage the male reproductive system

Pregnant women should avoid nail polish containing dibutyl phthalate

Everyone should avoid products with “fragrance,” which indicates a chemical mixture that may contain phthalates

Found in:
Some perfumes, hair sprays, soaps, shampoos, nail polish

Use:
Colourant, fragrance ingredient

Harm:
Irritant, allergen

May cause immune system dysfunction

May cause thyroid dysfunction

Found in:
Some hair colour and bleaching products, and hair styling products

Use:
Solvent – able to dissolve other substances

Harm:
Volatile petrochemical solvent, paint thinner and potent neurotoxicant

May impair breathing and causes nausea

A pregnant woman’s exposure to toluene vapours during pregnancy may impair foetal development

Found in:
Some nail polish and hair dye

Use:
Antibacterial and antimicrobial

Harm:
Linked to endocrine disruption; thyroid function and proper functioning of reproductive hormones.

Found in:
Some soaps, deodorant, moisturisers, dental care products

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