About Charis Naturals
Ingredients are what make a good recipe, or a recipe for disaster
Ever read the label on your beauty products, and say, "WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS INGREDIENT?" Most of it sounds like an enormous science project just trying to figure it all out!
At Charis, our promise to you is that our products will be entirely free of harsh ingredients. We know it's not always possible to understand each and every chemical on product labels, so we're also here to provide some simple guidance (so you can check labels of everything else in your medicine cabinets).
For starters, here's a basic list of some of the most common "worst offenders":
- Sulfates: These drying surfactants (detergents), including Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS), are commonly found in shampoos, cleansers, and toothpaste. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. It is reported that SLS stays in the body for up to five days, easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain. It is also a severe irritant to the eye membrane.
- Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibacterial agent and preservative commonly used in personal care and home-cleaning products; persistent in the environment, this is a possible skin irritant, and may also be associated with organ toxicity and endocrine (hormonal) toxicity.
- Parabens: Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products,including methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.
- Fragrance / Parfum: The word "fragrance" or "parfum" on the product label is something we personally cringe at the sight of. It represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, headaches and dizziness, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
- Phthalates: Found in fragrances, air fresheners, nail polishes, and many plastics (including PVCs), phthalates are plasticisers that have been found to disrupt the endocrine system. Several phthalate compounds have caused reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy and structural abnormalities in the reproductive systems of male test animals, and some studies also link phthalates to liver cancer.
- Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%. Research has shown that propylene glycol is harmful to the cellular and protein structure of skin.
*** For the convenience of vegan consumers, we will also disclose if the product is vegan friendly.
*** We love animals and will NEVER sell products which are animal tested.