Many natural ingredient enthusiasts use EWG.org/skindeep as their go-to for rating the safety of ingredients. A rating of 1-2 is considered safe, 3-6 proceed with caution, and 7-10 avoid. The vast majority of ingredients in our products are rated 1 on this website. Our healthy, nutrient-packed ingredients like plant oils and butters, natural clays, various botanical extracts and powders, essential oils, and vitamins/minerals all rate 1. Added ingredients that are necessary for formulation (e.g. microguard, xanthan gum, citric acid) also rate 1.
Polysorbate-20, which we use as the emulsifier in our water-based products that contain essential oils, is rated as 1-3, depending on percent usage. Since our usage is minimal (1:1 with the essential oils), it rates 1 as well.
The emulsifying wax NF that we use in our oil-in-water-emulsions is made up of 75% cetearyl alcohol, rated 1, and 25% polysorbate 60, rated 2.
The ethanol that we use in our deodorant, hand sanitizer, body mists and herbal tinctures is derived from sugar cane, and rates 2.
The non-nano zinc oxide in our sunscreen is rated 2 and is the safest and most marine-friendly sunscreen ingredient available; plus it is the only ingredient that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
Our ingredients are sustainably-sourced from the Caribbean whenever possible, mostly wild-crafted, and always fair-trade. Thus our carbon footprint is minimized, and our business supports local and regional farmers. Our exciting, nutrient-rich Caribbean ingredients include coconut, cocoa, seaweed, aloe vera, hibiscus, and volcanic mud. Enjoy!