CBD Update: Starting a Clean Beauty Journey

A quick search of “clean beauty” on the internet still makes clear that an exact definition doesn’t exist.  At Madrigal Creatives, CBD clean beauty products aren’t only those that do not contain certain toxic ingredients, but products that should be celebrated for the nourishing, nutrient-rich ingredients they do contain.  We call these our Superstars.  In our products, Superstar ingredients are available at the utmost levels of quality and at ideal potencies.  After all, it’s these healthful ingredients that your skin is eagerly waiting to soak up. 

When starting or continuing your clean beauty journey, eliminating the toxic ingredients typically found in skin care products is step number one. Here’s what you need to know:  

  1. Fragrances

Makeup, body lotion, body wash, shampoo, cleaning products, home fragrances, and candles often contain fragrances derived from chemicals or chemical processing.  It’s important to distinguish between fragrances that come from high quality essential oils and those that come from synthetic fragrances made in a lab by mixing many chemicals together or derived from chemical processing.

When you read the word “fragrance” or “perfume” on an ingredient list, it can represent dozens—or even hundreds—of different chemicals.  United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, under certain conditions, allow the use of “proprietary protection” on labels having the effect of hiding certain chemical ingredients and components.  It’s best to pay close attention to ingredient lists and be suspicious of companies that don’t disclose their specific fragrance formulas (or any other ingredients for that matter).

Among the main concerns with synthetic fragrance is that it can contain hormone-mimicking chemicals, commonly referred to as endocrine disruptors. Research has linked fetal exposure to endocrine disruptors to a number of health issues, including undescended testicles, infertility, testicular cancer, and other hormone-related problems in the developing baby.

Tips for Avoiding Toxic Fragrance Chemicals

  • Choose fragrance-free products or products that use organic natural essential oils for fragrance (but, please note, some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy).
  • Read labels and where the label does not disclose the fragrance or the product itself has an artificial order, know that it likely contains fragrance chemicals.  
  1. Phthalates

Certain phthalates (like Dibutyl Phthalate, aka DBP, or DEHP, and DEP) appear on product labels, but most typically remain unlisted, hiding under the term “fragrance.” Since some phthalates have been linked to hormone disruption, Madrigal Creatives does not use them as ingredients altogether. 

Tips for Avoiding Phthalates:

  • Avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys (some phthalates are already banned in kid’s products), and plastic wrap made from PVC, which has the recycling label #3.
  • Read the labels on personal care products and avoid products that simply list added “fragrance,” since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates
  1. Formaldehyde

According to research published in 2010, the FDA found that nearly one in five cosmetic products contains a substance that generates formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Other common sources of formaldehyde are pressed wood products (kitchen cabinets, furniture, and even some toys), carpets, wallpaper, wrinkle-resistant textiles, and cleaners. While it may be impossible to avoid all sources of formaldehyde, you can definitely reduce your exposure to it.  Formaldehyde is rarely in listed on a beauty product as formaldehyde but the following ingredients likely have formaldehyde tagging along and are not used in any Madrigal Creatives product:

  • Dmdm Hydantoin
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol
  • Polyoxymethylene Urea
  • 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane
  • Glyoxal
  • Methenamine
  • Benzylhemiformal

Tips for Avoiding Formaldehyde:

  • Avoid using products with any ingredients listed above.
  • Formaldehyde can build up in the air in your home, especially if you have new furniture or carpets, or are remodeling. Opening your windows daily—even for a couple of minutes—can help reduce the levels of formaldehyde you’re exposed to.
  1. Parabens

Many companies use synthetic preservatives called parabens to extend products shelf life. These help prevent the growth of bacteria, microbes, yeast, and mold. However, parabens are endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen, and they’ve been linked to reproductive toxicity, early puberty, and breast cancer. A study conducted in England discovered that 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled contained paraben esters.

Parabens may also appear as Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben.

Tips for Avoiding Parabens:

  • Read labels. More and more companies are making paraben-free products and they often promote this prominently on their packaging. You should also review ingredient lists; while labels on cosmetics and personal care products can be intimidating, it’s quite easy to spot a paraben, as the ingredient will end with “-paraben.
  • Seek out beauty and personal care products that are made using ingredients you recognize; safer preservatives include antioxidants, honey, and tocopherol. When buying paraben-free products, pay close attention to sell by and expiration dates; ignoring these might expose you to bacteria. If you’re concerned, choose products made in small batches to ensure freshness.