To ensure that our valued customers get the best quality products and ingredients for the beauty and health of their skin, all the products on Green Beauty Box are thoroughly reviewed. They must also adhere to rigorous prerequisites. The basic idea is that we only partner with ethical, humane, ecologically-friendly and passionate brands producing effective and efficient products made with a transparent and full list of natural or organic ingredients, no filler and contained in zero-waste yet beautiful packaging to provide a safe, exhilarating and fulfilling experience to the skincare of our customers.
We provide a list of usual suspects in terms of the products and ingredients that cannot be contained in your product. The list is by no means exhaustive but gives vendors some guidance. We require that your product line, including each product within the line, is free from all ingredients in the list below, no exception:
- Free from Synthetic chemicals and toxins: The health of our customer is primordial to us. We therefore cannot accept any product that contain synthetic chemicals as they are linked to skin health issues (allergies, sensitivities), health issues (such as allergies, birth defects, issues with the reproductive system, depression of central nervous system, respiration disorders and even cancer) as well as even environment issues. These include:
- Artificial Colours: (labelled as Lake, FD&C or D&C), commonly used to give the product a more appealing appearance.
- Artificial Preservatives: These include parabens (e.g. Methyl paraben, Ethyl paraben, Isobutyl Paraben/Isoparaben, Disodium Butyl paraben...), DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Tetra sodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Urea (Diazolidinyl or Imidazolidinyl Urea), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Formaldehyde (more often listed as the product that releases it, such as Bronopol aka 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Diazolidonyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate), Mercury, Triclosan and synthetic antioxidants Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT). Artificial preservatives extend the shelf life of products by preventing the growth of microorganisms that cause decay. The danger of their toxicity comes from the fact that they are absorbed straight into the blood stream.
- Synthetic Fragrances: (sometimes labelled "fragrance" or "perfume" for proprietary reasons resulting to non-transparency) are commonly used to mask, create or enhance smells but are often a combination of unknown chemicals whose safety cannot be easily determined. Many synthetic fragrances contain phthalates (Dibutyl Phthalates or DPB) which are toxic to the reproductive system and have been linked to health problems.
- Synthetic Surfactants including Diethanolamine (DEA or DEOA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and Sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs) are used as emulsifier, to break down grease to either clean a surface, regulate the pH in water or create the foam and lather effect in skincare products. Their harmful effects and the increasing recognised risk of their use means that they are a complete no-no in the products we sell.
- Synthetic solvents in particular Toluene: Toluene is a neurotoxicant that acts as an irritant, impairs breathing, and causes nausea. Exposure to toluene vapours may cause developmental damage in the foetus during pregnancy, and are associated with toxicity to the immune system and linked to blood cancer such as malignant lymphoma.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) - BPA is most widely known for its presence in the harder plastics, such as water bottles. However, BPA-based polymers are also used in lipsticks, colour cosmetics, nail polishes and various other personal care products. Based on research conducted and reported by Chemical Sensitivities Manitoba (CSM), "Bisphenol a (BPA), a high volume production substance worldwide. This diversity of its usage makes its presence pervasive." BPA has been linked to various types of cancer, reproductive toxicity, impaired infance development, heart disease and even diabetes.
- Bisphenol S (BPS) is found in some thermal paper cash register receipts, and appears to have similar health risks as BPA.
- Coal Tar is typically used to treat skin issues (from dandruff to psoriasis) but its harmful side effects have flagged it with the FDA and with us.
- Hydroquinone is an ingredient often present in products aimed at the Asian and African cosmetic markets because of its skin-lightening properties. In the U.S., hydroquinone-products are also marketed for reducing age spots and blemishes. The reason cited for the proposed ban is that studies in rodents show "some evidence" that hydroquinone may act as a cancirogen or cancer-causing chemical, although its cancer-causing properties have yet to be proved in humans. Hydroquinone has also been linked with ochronosis, a medical condition in which the skin becomes dark and thick. Dome-shaped yellowish spots and greyish-brown spots also are observed in ochronosis among Black women and men in South Africa, Britain and the U.S. Some studies also report abnormal function of the adrenal glands and high levels of mercury in people who have used hydroquinone-containing cosmetics. For these reasons, hydroquinone has already been banned in Japan, the European Union and Australia.
- Nano Particles: The long-term health risks of nanoparticles remain poorly understood. The likely exposure in ‘real life’ conditions is also unknown. But early studies have suggested that if exposure is high enough, nanoparticles now used by the cosmetics industry could cause lung damage, cell toxicity, damage DNA, and possibly even harm unborn children.
- Para-Petroleum and Petroleum (includes mineral oil): Used for their emollient qualities, they give the skin issues ranging from photosensitivity to preventing the skin from "breathing."
- Propylene Glycol (petroleum derived): This colourless chemical used as a solvent and wetting agent is found in many consumer products such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste and hair products. This chemical causes irritation, is toxic, and potentially carcinogenic.
- Placenta Extract is derived from human or animal placentas and is used in hair conditioners, shampoos and other grooming aids, particularly those marketed to women of colour. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has identified progesterone, the major hormonal contaminant in placental extracts, as a reasonably anticipated carcinogen.
- Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, aka Teflon) is found in some nail polishes and treatments as well as in various other cosmetics. It is extremely persistent in the environment, and is linked to dangerous skin and health issues.
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is widely considered one of the most toxic plastics. The main ingredient in PVC is vinyl chloride, which is a known carcinogen. Dioxins, whose exposure has negative side-effects on the skin and body health, are also a by-products of its manufacturing.
- Talc, in products that are not certified by reputable agency
Basically all products must be fully natural or organic.
- Cruelty-free: We believe that beauty should not come at the expense of animals' health. We refuse to consider any product that involves any type of testing on animals or involves any harm to them.
- Sustainably and ethically-sourced: We only deal and partner with cosmetic companies that exert a consistent moral responsibility on their actions. From sourcing your ingredients responsibly, to treating the locals and their knowledge of the natural ingredients respectfully, we expect that a great care is put in ensuring the sustainability of the environment when acquiring the ingredients for cosmetic products. This is because the long-term support of ecological balance is beneficial for the locals as well as for the cosmetic industry. We also love a charitable brand, ecologically-friendly, safe and ethical experience and striving for the highest safety, efficacy and effectiveness of the products they create. They should therefore go beyond simply adding a few green ingredients or products to their offering, to providing a full-blown humane, ecologically-friendly, safe and ethical experience for your beauty routine.
- Non-toxic, zero-waste packaging: It is a prerequisite that the packaging used for the product line is ZERO-WASTE. Of course, it should be pretty, anticipating beauty from the outset.
Do you have any questions? Do you want to submit a product for consideration? We would love to chat. Please send all enquiries, products, love notes, and anything else you would like to share to our email address at hello(at)greenbeautybox.com
Thank you for your time. If you recognise yourself in the requirements on this page, we most certainly are looking forward to working with you.