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Industrial Chemicals belong in your car, not on your skin

Industrial Chemicals belong in your car, not on your skin
Your skin is your largest organ so when it comes to clean living, using non-toxic products is a key component of maintaining your health. 

Have you looked at the ingredients in the skincare products you use lately? If you haven’t, chances are they contain some surprising things. Many conventional companies (and even some companies who seem "green") pack their products with synthetic fillers or chemicals of concern that are more likely to be found in machine oil.

At Tata Harper Skincare we’re working to disprove that every day. Our products are made with safe, non-toxic ingredients, by people for people- not machines. To help you clean up your routine, we’ve created a list of some of our least favorite and ultra-toxic ingredients and our clean alternatives.
Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Quaternium-15
  • Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
  • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane

What it does:

These formaldehyde releasers are added into cosmetics as a means of preservation. Because formaldehyde is released and not added as a standalone ingredient, it isn’t listed in the ingredients and consumers don’t realize that there is formaldehyde in the product.

Why It's bad:

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. Formaldehyde in cosmetics can be absorbed through the skin.


Component of particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard, glues and adhesives, a preservative used by funeral homes.

Found in:

Nail polish, hair products, eyelash glue, baby products.

Clean Alternatives:

Bacteria Ferments and Radish Root.

  1. Elixir Vitae
    Elixir Vitae

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  1. Purifying Cleanser
    Purifying Cleanser

    Your Anti-Pollution, Pore-Purifying Cleanser


What it does:

Hydroquinone is used to reduce hyperpigmentation, lighten the skin and treat melasma.

Why It's bad:

Prolonged usage of hydroquinone has been associated with ochronosis, a blue-black pigmentation with caviar-like papules on the skin. It can also cause premature aging, it damages fibroblasts in the dermis, resulting in a loss of elasticity and poor wound healing in the skin. FDA rescinded GRASE status (generally recognized as safe and effective) in 2006 due to links to cancer and ochronosis.


Photographic film developer.

Found in:

Scar creams, melasma creams, skin lightening creams.

Clean Alternatives:

Norwegian Sea Kelp, Brown Algae.

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    Concentrated Brightening Essence

    Your Brightening Booster

  1. Concentrated Brightening Serum
    Concentrated Brightening Serum

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Coal Tar Dyes

What it does:

 P-phenylenediamine is a particular coal tar dye used in many hair dyes. Coal tar dyes are also used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and itchy, scaly skin.

Why It's bad:

In addition to hair dyes, this chemical is used in the manufacturing of rubber and certain polymers, such as Kevlar and also acts as developing agent in photography. Coal tar is a mixture of many chemicals, derived from petroleum, and is recognized as a human carcinogen. It may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals which can be neurotoxic.


Industrial boilers, pavement sealant.

Found in:

Hair dye, soaps, lotions.

Clean Alternatives:

Rosehip seed oil, Jojoba oil.

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    Revitalizing Body Oil

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    Redefining Body Balm

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