Parabens have and continue to be widely used in cosmetics, primarily as an effective preservative. However, parabens have come under scrutiny in recent years because of their potential links to cancer. While no direct links between parabens and cancer have been established in humans, studies in rats have shown parabens to be endocrine-disrupting chemicals. This means they could potentially lead to breast cancer, but only in amounts far higher than consumers are exposed to.
Still, it is possible that there is a cumulative effect with parabens, so limiting exposure may be a wise choice. Parabens can still be found in between 75% to 95% of cosmetic products. At TEA.L, we’ve decided to avoid them completely. We instead use a ECOCERT certified and completely safe broad-spectrum preservative called Benzylalcohol-DHA.
Federal law doesn’t require companies to list the individual ingredients in fragrances. Because of this, fragrances can provide a wildcard in cosmetic products, sometimes containing as many as 100 different chemicals. These chemicals can be classified as phthalates, neurotoxins, allergens, and more.
Because of the mystery ingredients in fragrances, some consumers may experience adverse allergic reactions or irritations. So at TEA.L, we don’t use any artificial ingredients labeled as fragrance. The only scent our skin care products carry come from the natural teas, carrier oils, and essential oils used. All ingredients are clearly marked on every TEA.L product.
Phthalates are particularly concerning, because there have been relatively few studies examining their impact on humans. Phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors and androgen blockers, meaning they have can have negative impacts on sexual development and reproductive health. It is understandable there is a growing effort to avoid these chemicals.
In cosmetic products, you’re unlikely to see “phthalates” directly on the ingredient list. However, phthalates are commonly included in fragrances. Under current law, a company can use the term “fragrance” in the ingredient list even though it can contain up to 20% phthalates. Phthalates can also be found in plastic containers, specifically PVC.
TEA.L products use no fragrances and no phthalates. In addition, our packaging is phthalate free.
There’s no indication that silicones are actually dangerous. The types typically used in skin care, dimethicone and cyclopentasiloxane for example, are categorized as low hazard. They are used primarily to impart a “slip and glide” feel to lotions, improving the spreadability of the product and staying on the skin as a barrier to keep moisture in.
But silicones aren’t great for your overall skin health. Because they form a heavy barrier on the skin, they can block pores. This can lead to acne as well as dull and ultimately dehydrated skin. Silicones may also interfere with natural skin regeneration, as well as block other vitamins and antioxidants from absorbing into the skin.
At TEA.L, we decided we didn’t need to add unnecessary ingredients to our products. By using an outstanding combination of organic tea, skin-loving oils, and powerful natural extracts, our products perform great without the help of silicone additives.
Petroleum-based ingredients and byproducts are incredibly common in skin care products. Mineral oil, fragrances, propylene glycol, paraffin wax; all of these ingredients are typically petrochemicals.
This family of petrochemicals may be carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and irritants. While the levels present in skin care products are usually considered safe, why take the risk when these ingredients aren’t necessary?
TEA.L products contain no petroleum-based or petroleum-derived ingredients.