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The Green Goddess Shop was created out of a passion for a clean and healthy life. Our skin absorbs 60% of what is applied to it. Our hope is to rid our beauty rituals and routines of chemicals and synthetic ingredients that are bad for our bodies and the Earth. We believe that what we put on our skin should be pure, natural and effective.  Below is a list of ingredients to avoid, why they should be avoided and how they are labeled on products.

The brands that we carry are all committed to bringing you powerhouse products that are good to you and the Earth. We only stock products that are made with all-natural or organic ingredients and many of our products are cruelty free and vegan. Every item we stock is one that we use and love.

We know you are busy and your time is valuable. We created the Ecoluxe Beauty Box as an easy way to get large multi-use samples of our favorites and new products into your hands. Any item in the box can be purchased for 20% off the month it is featured.

Giving back is important to us.  Your purchase is a step towards something bigger. $1 from each purchase will be donated to the Global Fund for Women, you may also make an additional donation.  Doing something good for yourself and the planet. Brains and beauty…You’re the total package!

Be green. Be gorgeous.

Click here to learn more about the Global Fund for Women

Ingredients to Avoid

1,4 DIOXANE

Purpose/Usage: Used to make petro-ingredients less irritating to skin

Avoid because: Carcinogenic, suspected cardiovascular, blood, gastrointestinal, immune system, kidney, nervous system, respiratory and skin toxicant.

Labeled As: 1,4 Dioxane is a contaminant produced during the manufacturing process so the FDA does not require it to be listed on a product ingredient listing. Look for common ingredients with the prefix or designations of 'PEG,' '–eth–,' 'Polyethylene,' 'Polyethylene glycol' 'Polyoxyethylene,' or '–oxynol–' (FDA 2007)

DEA, TEA

Purpose/Usage: Foaming agent
Avoid because: Can form carcinogenic compounds when mixed with certain cosmetic ingredients

Labeled As: DEA, Diethanolimine, TEA, Triethanolamine, Cocamide DEA, Cocamide Diethanolimine, Lauramide DEA, Lauramide Diethanolimine, DEA Laurel Sulphate, Diethanolimine Sulfate, Linoleaide DEA, Linoleaide Diethanolimine, Oleamide DEA or Oleamide Diethanolimine.

FORMALDEHYDE

Purpose/Usage: An impurity released by some chemical preservatives
Avoid because: Carcinogenic, skin and lung irritant, gastrointestinal, liver toxicant and neurotoxin.  It's used to embalm corpses, it should be avoided.

Labeled As: Formaldehyde, Formalin, Urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Quaternium-15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, and Sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate

HEAVY METALS (METALLOESTROGENS)

Purpose/Usage: Sweat blocker, colorant, whitener, lightener

Avoid because: Possible carcinogen, developmental, reproductive and organ system, immune system toxicant, bioaccumulation.

Labeled As: Aluminum, Aluminium flake, Aluminum, LB Pigment 5; Pigment metal 1; A 00; A 95; A 995; A 999; AA 1099; AA1199, Lead acetate, Lead flake, Chromium, Thimerosal, Hydrogenated cotton seed oil, Sodium hexametaphosphate

METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE (MIT)

Purpose/Usage: Preservative

Avoid because: Possible neurotoxin, possible health risks to unborn babies, allergic reactions

Labeled As: > 3 (2h) -Isothiazolone, 2-Methyl-; Methylchloroisothiazolinone225methylisothiazolinone Solution; 2-Methyl-3 (2h) -Isothiazolone; 2-Methyl-4-Isothiazolin-3-One; 2-Methyl- 3 (2h) -Isothiazolone; 2-Methyl-2h-Isothiazol-3-One; 3 (2h) Isothiazolone, 2methyl; 2-Methyl-3 (2h) -Isothiazolone; 2-Methyl-4-Isothiazolin-3-One

PARABENS

Purpose/Usage: Preservative
Avoid because: Mimics estrogen in the body, could lead to impaired fertility or fetal development

Labeled As: Alkyl parahydroxybenzoate, butylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparabens

PETROLATUM

Purpose/Usage: Emollient or lubricant

Avoid because: Contains impurities linked to cancer

Labeled As: petrolatum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil

PHTHALATES

Purpose/Usage: Carrier for synthetic fragrance

Avoid because: Negative affect fertility and fetal development, probable carcinogen

Labeled As: Benzylbutyl phthalate (BzBP), Di-n-butyl phthalate or Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Diethyl phthalate (DEP), and sometimes Fragrance

PROPYLENE GLYCOL

Purpose/Usage:Helps a product to retain moisture

Avoid because: Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to more easily enter the system

Labeled As: Propylene Glycol, Proptylene Glycol, 1,2-Propanediol. Related synthetics: PEG (polyethylene glycol) and PPG (polypropylene glycol)

SODIUM LAURYL/LAURETH SULFATE

Purpose/Usage: Foaming agent

Avoid because: Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to more easily enter the system

Labeled As: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Anhydrous Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irium

SYNTHETIC COLORANTS (FD&C COLORS)

Purpose/Usage: Used to artificially color a cosmetic product

Avoid because: Skin irritation and allergic reactions.

Labeled As: FD&C or D&C followed by a name and number (FD&C RED NO. 40)

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES

Purpose/Usage: Artificially scent a cosmetic product

Avoid because: Allergic reactions, headache, dizziness, and rash (children tend to be particularly sensitive)

Labeled As: Fragrance, Parfum (It is important to note that the terms “fragrance” or “parfum” sometimes occur on an ingredient listing which contains natural fragrance ingredients and no chemical ingredients. This is most often due to manufacturer trade secret and should be disclosed on the label.)

SYNTHETIC SUNSCREENS

Purpose/Usage: Sun protection

Avoid because: Mimics estrogen in the body potentially causing hormonal disruption, skin irritant

Labeled As: 4-Methyl-Benzylidencamphor (4-MBC), Oxybenzone Benzophenone- 3, Octyl-methoyl-cinnamates (OMC), Octyl-Dimethyl-Para-Amino-Benzoic Acid (OD-PABA), Homosalate(HMS)

TRICLOSAN

Purpose/Usage: strong antibacterial and preservative used in hospitals.

Avoid because: Can be contaminated with chloroform and dioxins, linked to hormonal disruption, organ toxicity, allergic reaction, skin, eye, and lung irritation, and bioaccumulation

Labeled As: Triclosan and Triclocarban, especially in products labeled "germ killing" or "antibacterial".

Thanks Liz Thompson from Organicbeautysource.com for sharing this info.