Prohibited Ingredients 🚫

At Banbu we are very aware of the use of the correct ingredients for you. In several posts we have told you about the dangers of artificial cosmetics and the components of their products. We have also told you several times about the ingredients we use for our products, achieving quality cosmetics that are respectful of your body and the planet. But we want to add one more thing.

This is a list of ingredients you WILL NEVER FIND in Banbu:

  • Phthalates: Phthalates are chemicals used primarily to soften plastics. As they are not components of these plastics, they can be released throughout the entire life cycle of the product. They are part of the list of endocrine disruptors, which is why they are related to infertility problems or even toxicity to the kidneys and liver.

  • Parabens : Parabens are chemicals added to cosmetic products as preservatives. Its function is to prevent these products from degenerating over time due to the effect of fungi or bacteria. These are also on the list of endocrine disruptors so they are dangerous at the hormonal level, they have also been linked on several occasions to breast cancer.

  • Petroleum derivatives : They are hydrocarbons, they are frequently used for moisturizing creams or lip balms, for example. What they do is draw all the moisture from the skin to the outer layer giving a false feeling of hydration. Once the effects wear off, the skin is even drier than before. By doing this, they clog the pores of the skin, blocking the elimination of toxins and skin respiration.

  • Silicones : They are a mixture of silicon and oxygen that is widely used in cosmetics for its properties. It is a light component, which greatly improves the appearance of hair and skin. The problem is that, to begin with, that layer of silicone prevents the scalp from regenerating correctly. In the case of applying silicones to the face, when it is frequent, it clogs the pores of the skin and prevents it from absorbing the necessary nutrients.

  • Halogenated compounds : These are liquids that contain bromine, iodine, fluorine or chlorine, among others. They are related to the appearance of resistance to microbes and a greater incidence of allergies.

  • Formaldehyde derivatives : Formaldehyde, also called methanal, is chemically the simplest aldehyde that exists. Among its characteristics, it stands out for being colorless, with a very strong odor and highly flammable. It has been shown, after several studies, that these chemicals are related to skin irritation and the appearance of eczema and ulcers. It also irritates the respiratory tract and can go so far as to cause cancer in the consumer.

  • Diethanolamine (DEA): As an ingredient in a cleanser, it is known to be foaming. In cosmetic products it is used to give a creamy texture, that is, it provides a pleasant consistency in the product. In addition, it is used to regulate pH and since it is fat-soluble, it is effective in penetrating deeply into the skin. You can find it in various products, although it is mainly common in shampoos. After being absorbed, it accumulates in organs, especially in the brain, and has a carcinogenic effect.

  • Phenoxyethanol : It is a preservative with a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, effective against bacteria as well as yeasts. New studies show possible adverse effects, including liver toxicity, central nervous system damage in children, and reproductive problems.

  • PEG : They are also hydrocarbons derived from petroleum, but we are going to grant them a special category, differentiated from the rest. As part of their process they could be contaminated with impurities that are harmful to health. Furthermore, being very chemically stable, they take many years to degrade in the environment. The data report that exposure, through different routes, to this compound is probably carcinogenic and, in the long term, can cause damage to the kidneys and liver.

  • Sulfates : These are salts derived from sulfuric acid and fatty acids. They are widely used for their detergent, surfactant and emulsifying properties. The detergent properties of sulfates make them irritating to the skin and attack the natural protective barrier. They are related to the appearance of atopic dermatitis on the skin.

  • Aluminum salts : Aluminum salts are the most commonly used ingredient in antiperspirant products. They temporarily block the ends of the excretory ducts of the sweat glands. In recent years, aluminum in cosmetics has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's.

  • EDTA : Both Disodium and Trisodium Edta are substances that have the objective of enhancing the effectiveness of other preservatives, but which have been shown to greatly weaken the membrane that protects cells and are truly harmful to the environment.

  • BHT : Butylated hydroxytoluene or BHT is an antioxidant widely used to prevent spoilage or rancidity of foods. Among the negative effects attributed to it are damage to the liver, kidneys and lungs. On the other hand, different organizations have pointed out this compound as a polluting agent for marine environments.