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OUR NO NASTIES POLICY

Baesix strives to be efficacious, inclusive and kind in our formulation process.
Skincare is not just what's not in your products,.
It's also about what's in them, how they are produced and used.
Fearmongering is not cool !

WE CATEGORIZE NASTIES INTO 3 CATEGORIES

#ExcludeToInclude

We exclude ingredients that are potentially sensitizing or triggering for some skin conditions, type or life stages of our baes.

#JustNo

Some ingredients we excluded are banned or restricted for use in several countries.

#BeKind

Vegan = No ingredients from animal origins.
In addition, we exclude ingredients that are made from petrochemicals.

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animal cruelty

We love animals, so this is kind of a no brainer. Our products are only tested on happy and willing humans.

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CARBOMERS

Carbomers are synthetic polymers processed from petroleum that are added to improve the texture and sensory feel of formulations. We passed on it due to its bio-accumulative environmental impact and because it adds no significant benefit to the product.

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Denatured Alcohols

Denatured alcohol (like SD alcohol 40 and isopropyl) are evaporative solvent alcohols. They have a dehydrating effect as they could strip away natural oils from the skin, and cause overcompensation of lost sebum. This results in in greasy looking skin and a potentially weakened skin barrier, especially for sensitive skin. Next!

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Essential Oils

They smell great and are often touted as age old beauty remedies. Must be great, yes? Not really. Some oils have great antioxidant / antibacterial qualities, but they are often very complex compounds, which can trigger sensitivities and irritate the skin.
We want to make our products friendlier for fragrance-sensitive skin (and noses).

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Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde has been categorized as a potential carcinogen linked to asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity. It is usually present as a byproduct of preservatives in personal care products (like quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl/diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate).
We do not use any of those btw!

Fragrance

Fragrance (aka perfume/aroma) is a blend of aromatic extracts from natural and synthetic ingredients. Research has proven that fragrance is the most common sensitizing ingredient for all skin types. What makes your nose temporarily happy could make your skin unhappy especially in the long term, so we bit the bullet and passed on fragrance.

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Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a chemical compound used since 1800s ranging from skincare to photo developing. It has a skin bleaching effect and is effective for hyperpigmentation issues.
However, it can potentially enhance the skin's photo sensitivity, and thus is banned in non OTC products in several countries.
It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding ladies. We opted for alpha arbutin, derived from bearberry in our formulas instead.

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Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless petrolatum derivative that is refined and purified for use in skincare/cosmetics. It is an excellent occlusive which makes it a handy ingredient for people with very dry skin, but such is it excellence at withholding moisture that it could be a cause of concern of “clogged pores” for some.

Miracle Claims

“Slay freckles overnight!” “Look 30 years younger!” *cringe*
We do not make lofty promises nor miracle claims as we believe good skin is a combination of genetics, good lifestyle choices, time and discipline,.
Time will tell who has been kind to themselves; and your skincare product
(and ingredient) choices reflects it too.

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Nitrosamines

Nitrosamines are formed during the manufacturing process when an amine combines with nitrosating (aldehyde releasing) agents. They are carcinogenic and/or endrocrine disruptors. Good news: we do not formulate with any nitrosating agents.

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Parabens

Probably the most debated ‘dirty villain’ of the decade; they are preservatives that inhibit the development of organisms and bacteria in products. Their safety has been questioned because they mimic estrogen and traces of parabens have been found in cancerous tissues. There is an ongoing debate about their pros and cons, but we prefer to err of the side of safety and exclude them.

Petrolatum

Discovered in the 1850s as a byproduct of petroleum refining and use for relieving burns and wounds. Like all its petrochemical cuzzies, petrolatum is an excellent occlusive. However we excluded it due to its petrochemical origins.

Phthalates

Manufacturers most commonly use the acronyms DEP, DBP, DEHP or put them under generic names like ‘perfumes/fragrances’. Scientific studies have found phthalates to have endocrine-disrupting effects with adverse effects on development, immunity, reproductive and respiratory health.

PEGs

PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are synthetic petrochemicals that are used as thickeners and softeners and absorption enhancers. Irritation and system toxicity can build up on sensitive or damaged skin. Moreover, they can reduce the skin’s natural moisture levels. We prefer to leave them out due to their petrochemical origins and bio accumulative nature.

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol has strong antibacterial properties, which can help extend a product's lifespan after opening. Research says it can affect your brain and central nervous system and irritate your skin and eyes if ingested, inhaled or absorbed (especially for nursing mothers or infants). Since we use several personal care products everyday (some of your must-use products might contain it), we decided not to contribute to your cumulative load of this ingredient.

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Quarternium-15

Banned in the EU since 2017 for potential carcinogenic effects, Quaternium-15 is a formaldehyde releasing preservative used in personal care and cosmetic products to inhibit the growth and reproduction or microorganisms, as well as an antistatic agent. Easy NO to this!

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Silicone

Silicone is a synthetic polymer derived from petrochemicals that has a slippery and smooth texture. Silicone is not easy to remove and its highly hydrophobic (water repelling) and occlusive properties could potentially create a cocktail of bacteria, oil and dirt in the pores if not cleansed off properly. It is bio-accumulative and could contribute to water pollution over time. We excluded it due to its origins.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) &
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Both are synthetic sulfate-based surfactants (creates bubbles) made by reacting sulfuric acid with other chemicals. Are they absolute nasties? Debatable. Oily skin baes might enjoy them more than sensitive/dry skin baes, for example.
Since they can be ‘overly effective’; robbing skin of natural oils and potentially triggering skin irritations, we decided to exclude them.

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Talc

Talc (actually not a baddy) and asbestos are both naturally occurring silicate minerals and underground deposits can cross contaminate. Asbestos (100% nasty) is a dangerous carcinogen at even minuscule levels of exposure and are known to cause lung cancer and other lung diseases. Better safe than sorry? Yeah we think so too.

Triclosan

Triclosan is a chemical ingredient used as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It has been banned by the US FDA in 2016. It was commonly used in personal care products for decades, and thus had bio-accumulated in waterways and water bodies. It has been identified as a potential endocrine disruptor and can hinder our body's natural bacterial resistance, thereby potentially causes increased susceptibility to allergies.

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Urea

Synthetic versions of this component from urine are typically used in cosmetics.
Urea actually has great occlusive and mild exfoliating properties in addition to being an effective PH adjuster. However, it can trigger skin and eye irritation and prolonged exposure can potentially lead to detrimental effects on reproduction. Pass !

SKINCARE ISN'T JUST ABOUT WHAT'S IN THEM.
iT'S ALSO ABOUT WHAT'S NOT IN THEM, HOW THEY ARE FORMULATED, PRODUCED. AND USED !
FEARMONGERING IS NOT COOL.
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