Ingredients to Avoid While Buying Organic Skin Care Products at Rosemira

Skincare companies are under no obligation to disclose all ingredients in their products, and many do not. We believe you have the right to know exactly what ingredients are used in the skincare products you are using. 

Below is a list of ingredients to avoid. We will soon provide a downloadable version you can refer to when searching for healthy skincare solutions. Often when one ingredient from this list is found in a product, it's accompanied by several more. When reading skincare product labels you will find that some questionable ingredients are listed, however some may not be. Suffice it to say if you see only one of these ingredients in your products it is probably best to avoid it. There is a better solution.

Having said that, there are products we can be more lenient with. If a cleanser has one foaming agent, or a preservative which is sometimes difficult for a manufacturer to avoid (for example Phenoxyethanol), it's not as serious as when your toner, moisturizing cream or serum contain the same ingredient. A cleanser stays on your skin for a moment and is then washed off, while a moisturizing product is absorbed through your skin and into your blood stream, where the damage can become significant over time. If there's a product you like, yet it has one of these these ingredients, make sure it's only a cleanser.

A few facts:

  • More than 500 products sold in the US contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada and the European Union.
  • A wide range of nano-sized ingredients with questionable safety are common in skincare products.
  • 60% of sunscreens contain the potential hormone disruptor Oxybenzone that readily penetrates the skin and is found in 97% of Americans.
  • Most skincare products contain penetration enhancers, added to drive ingredients deeper into the skin. Penetration enhancers are known hormone disruptors . A good moisturizing product with the right ingredients shouldn't need a penetration enhancer. It will get absorbed on its own accord. The body recognizes what is good for it.  You wouldn't want penetration enhancers in your salad or juice would you? Then why would we put it in our skin juice. ?
  • When products say 'natural' it doesn't mean anything about the quality or purity of the product or the ingredients used.  Make sure the company is transparent, and that you're able to see all the ingredients, not only key ingredients listed on their website and labels.

Rosemira provides results driven by the quality of the ingredients we use. When you support us you support local economy, you support a small company dedicated to taking care of your skincare needs, you support the farmers who grow the ingredients we use, you support our planet by saying no to chemicals, and you're exercising your discretion to make good choices that keep you on the path to better health and radiant skin.  And when the products are pleasant and inspiring, the decision is easy to make.

Your skin challenges inspire us to keep formulating and providing you with the quality products you expect from us.  We thank you for sharing with us and for being our inspiration.



  • Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine (DEA & TEA) – They function as foaming agents and emulsifiers, while irritating to the skin. They have also been revealed as possible carcinogens. The major concern with DEA/TEA is they combine with nitrites in beauty products to form carcinogenic compounds. Companies don’t have to label nitrites, so you have no way of knowing if your mascara or body wash contains them. Again this is the reason to use products from companies you can trust to have your well being in mind.
  • Fragrance/Parfum Fragrance or parfum does not denote plant extracts and essential oils, rather it's a term that can refer to any one of hundreds of chemicals. Some are safe, but most are carcinogens, allergens, or endocrine disruptors. Most beauty products contain this "ingredient".  In 2007 the family of ingredients constituting the word fragrance was named "Allergen of the year" by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.  A new way companies have found around the fragrance concern is to label their products fragrance-free. Don't be fooled - all that means is that fragrance chemicals have been added to the products to mask the natural aromas of the base ingredients. 
  • Propylene Glycol - This is one of the most common moisture carrying ingredient other than water used in cosmetics because it moisturizes better than glycerin. Used as a fragrance ingredient, wetting agent, surfactant and penetration enhancer, it's supposed to enhance absorption and promote spreading of the product on the skin.  Propylene Glycol is an emollient similar to that used in anti-freeze. It's classified as a skin irritant and associated with causing dermatitis and hives. Extensive animal studies have shown reproductive effects at moderate doses and endocrine disruption at high doses, with mutation results on mammalian cells. 
  • Disodium EDTA - A chelating agent, penetration enhancer and viscosity controlling agent. Animal studies show broad systemic effects, brain and nervous system effects at low doses, and endocrine disruption and reproductive effects at high doses. Mammalian cell studies show mutation results. Because it's a penetration enhancer, it can increase absorption of other harmful chemicals.
  • Dimethicone - A cancer suspect, it has caused tumors and mutations in lab animal studies.
  • Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben & Heptylparaben) - A family of preservatives commonly used in mainstream skincare products to prevent growth of bacteria, molds and yeast. They mimic and interfere with estrogen production and, as estrogen exposure is a primary influence on development of breast cancer, they are considered carcinogenic. Since they inhibit bacterial growth in cosmetic products, they also kill the natural flora on our skin and in our gut, allowing bad bacteria to flourish with a vengeance. 
  • Phthalates (DEP, DMP, DBP) - This group of chemicals is used in hundreds of products to increase flexibility and softness of plastics. They're mostly used as solubilizers in cosmetics and personal care products. They're toxic, classified as "probable" carcinogens, and linked to many allergic reactions. They're also known to be endocrine disruptors and are associated with reproductive birth defects in males and females, as well as increased risk of breast cancer. Banned in the European Union and Asia, they're still commonly used by the larger cosmetic companies in the US.  Since they're often added as a fragrance ingredient, they're not listed on labels. This is one of the loopholes allowing companies to avoid the disclosure of toxic ingredients in their products.  One more reason to purchase products only from companies you know and trust.
  • Colorants (FD&C & other coal tar dyes) - Topical skin irritants, they may contain aluminums. Even low-level exposure has been linked to Acne, Allergic reactions, nausea, fatigue and formation of carcinogenic tumors in laboratory rats.
  • Denatured Alcohol A petrochemical by-product, it can cause systemic eczematous contact dermatitis and chemical sensitivities. Added to most skincare products as a preservative, alcohols are drying to the skin, and when added to moisturizing products, negate desired results.
  • Phenethyl Alcohol - A preservative and fragrance ingredient. It's never been assessed for safety, but bodycare specific animal studies show skin irritation at very low doses, and brain, nervous system and reproductive effects at moderate doses. Further testing also revealed this ingredient responsible for mutation on mammalian cells.
  • Diazolidinyl and Imidazolidinyl Urea - A preservative which is a strong skin irritant.  In aqueous solutions it can release formaldehyde.  It also contains ammoniums salts and may be contaminated with large amounts of toxins in the manufacturing process. A skin irritant it is also Acne producing, mutagenic and carcinogenic. By slowing down moisture loss it extends product shelf life which is one of the reasons it is heavily used by the larger cosmetic companies. It also assists absorption of other ingredients deeper into the skin- unfortunately both good and bad ingredients, so you really don't want it present in a product that contains other questionable ingredients. 
  • Methylisothiazolinone -An Antimicrobial agent, it inhibits the development of particular neuron structures that are essential for transmitting signals between cells, thus damaging particularly to a developing nervous system in fetuses.
  • Petroleum (mineral oils, vaseline)  - Acne producing it causes long term dry skin. It is also a respiratory toxin and may be carcinogenic.
  • Mineral Oil - A colorless and odorless oil that's made from petroleum- as a by product of the petroleum distillation when producing gasoline. It's long been used as a common ingredient in skincare products, specifically creams, lotions and lip balms in cosmetics and hair products. Coating the skin it disrupts it's natural immune barrier, affecting it's ability to breath and absorb moisture, leading to premature aging of the skin.
  • PEG ingredients - Promote Acne and contact dermatitis, they have also been linked to cancer.
  • Polyacrylamide – A stabilizer and foaming agent. It is often contaminated with acrylamide which is known to be neurotoxic and a possible carcinogen. It is highly toxic and irritating to the skin.     
  • CyclopentasiloxaneAn anti-frizz, used to make hair and skin "shiny". Cosmetic specific animal studies show sense organ effects at moderate doses. It is found to irritate eyes and and skin and was also found to change liver weight in lab rats.  It is bioaccumulative and is said to linger in the body for at least 5 years.
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) - Fragrance ingredient.  It is a known human immune system and skin toxicant. Animal studies revealed skin irritation, brain and nervous system effects and endocrine disruption at low doses. Other lab animal testing revealed positive mutations and reproductive effects at high doses.
  • Isoparaffin/Laureth 7 - There are concerns of contamination with Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane.
  • Ethylhexylglycerin – A skin conditioning and deodorant agent. It has been classified by the European Union as an irritant with limited evidence of eye toxicity.
  • Cyclomethicone- Antistatic, hair conditioning emollient. In animal studies it has been associated with skin irritation at moderate doses and has also caused changes in liver weight. It is bioaccumulative.
  • Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) - This ingredient has been marketed as "face lift in a bottle". It paralyzes the small muscles of the face, which makes wrinkles appear less visible. This is a temporary benefit not worth the danger of the ingredient.
  • Glycerin  - Look for Vegetable Glycerin. Glycerin without the vegetable qualifier usually means it is petrochemical by-product.