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    THE BLACKLIST

    Ingredients can be harmful for different reasons. Some may dry out the skin while others have been linked to cancer. Often, these ingredients are put into products to make them more pleasing — whether to smell a certain way, create a richer lather or give them a longer shelf life. But our bodies don’t know how to process them. At ANIA, we ensure every ingredient in our products plays a positive role in your health. No downsides or compromises allowed.

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    NO SINGLE SOURCE IS PERFECT

    In order to create the strictest restricted ingredients list, we have studied the ingredients banned by the top research institutes, NGOs and associations altogether. This process allowed us to create the strictest ‘blacklist’ in the business. Some of the sources we have consulted or worked with below:

    You will never find the following ingredients in any ANIA products:

    0-9

    What is it
    A by-product generated by a process called ethoxylation, in which ethylene oxide, is added to other chemicals to make them less harsh. It is a contaminant (unlisted in ingredient labels) – a substance that renders a product impure and unsuitable for use.

    Concerns
    Human respiratory toxicant by the US Environmental Agency.
    Possible human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

    Found in
    Products that sud.

    A

    What is it
    Alkanolamine pH Adjuster and ingredient stabiliser.

    Concerns
    Classified as an irritant by the Consumer Products Safety & Quality Bureau.
    Wildlife and environmental toxicity by the Consumer Products Safety & Quality Bureau.

    Found in
    All types of hair products.

    What is it
    This is fat procured from the meat, fat bone or genital glands of slaughtered or live animals.
    Animals could include sheep, beef, horses, pigs, shark, emu, mink, deer, otter, beavers and more. It is usually used as a skin conditioning or perfuming agent.

    Concerns
    Animal welfare and sustainability.

    Found in
    All types of face, body, and cosmetic products.

    B

    What is it
    A mixture of quaternary ammonium salts used as a preservative and surfactant.

    Concerns
    Classified as severe skin, eye and respiratory irritant. 
    Found in
    Anti-bacterial soaps. Some moisturisers.

    What is it
    A preservative and stabiliser generally used to keep fats from becoming rancid.

    Concerns
    Classified as a possible human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.
    Classified as a possible human carcinogen by the California EPA Proposition.

    Found in
    Concealers, Moisturisers with SPF.

    What is it
    It is used as a solvent used in spray lacquers, varnishes and some beauty products.

    Concerns
    Classified as an irritant by the Consumer Products Safety & Quality Unit.
    Classified as toxic by the Consumer Products Safety & Quality Unit.

    C

    What is it
    Chemicals like aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and trolamine salicylate that filter harmful UVA/UVB rays.

    Concerns
    Classified as unsafe by the FDA.
    Potential interactions with human sex or thyroid hormones according to the Danish EPA.

    Found in
    Suncare products.

    Look for

    Oxybenzone (or Benzophenone-3)

    Octinoxate (or octyl methoxycinnamate)

    Octocrylene

    Octisalate

    Homosalate

    What is it
    It’s a byproduct of coal processing used as a colourant and anti-dandruff agent.

    Concerns
    Classified as a human carcinogen by the US. Environmental Protection Agency and by the World Health Organization.

    Found in
    Hair products.

    E

    What is it
    Ethanolamines are a family of chemicals that work as surfactants and emulsifying ingredients in personal care products and cleaning products.

    Concerns
    Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.

    Found in
    Household cleaners and personal care products.

    What is it
    EDTA is a molecule called a chelating agent. A chelating agent is a claw-like substance that can grab and stick to other molecules.

    Concerns
    Classified as toxic and irritant.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    F

    What is it
    Formaldehyde is best known for its preservative and anti-bacterial properties.

    Concerns
    Classified as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    H

    What is it
    Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent. It bleaches the skin.

    Concerns
    Known human respiratory toxicant and classified to be toxic on the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    M

    What is it
    Mercury is usually added to skin-lightening products due to its whitening effect.

    Concerns
    Known human respiratory toxicant.

    Found in
    Whitening skincare products.

    What is it
    Widely used preservatives.

    Concerns
    Human skin toxicant and allergen.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    What is it
    Mineral oil is an occlusive emollient, meaning that it helps to keep your skin hydrated by locking in moisture by forming a barrier on your skin's surface.

    Concerns
    Human immune and respiratory toxicant and allergen.

    Found in
    Moisturisers, lip balms and other personal care products.

    P

    What is it
    Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as artificial preservatives in cosmetic and body care products.

    Concerns
    Disrupts the normal function of hormone systems affecting male and female reproductive system functioning, reproductive development, fertility and birth outcomes.

    Found in
    Leave-on and rinse-off products, especially those with high water content, such as shampoos and conditioners.

    What is it
    Widely used preservative.

    Concerns
    Classified as an irritant and linked to allergic contact urticaria and dermatitis.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    What is it
    A common industrial chemical used in PVC plastics, solvents, and synthetic fragrances.

    Concerns
    Endocrine disruptors linked to problems of the reproductive system, including decreased sperm motility and concentration in men and genital abnormalities in baby boys.

    Found in
    Nail polish, plastics in the kitchen and fragrance.

    What is it
    The extracts are believed to be rich in a wide range of proteins, minerals, amino acids, and steroid hormones.

    Concerns
    Contamination concerns and risk of infectious disease.

    Found in
    Some facials and personal care products.

    What is it
    PEG is often mixed with an array of hydrating emollients, beneficial fatty acids, and cleansing agents.

    Concerns
    Contamination concerns with 1,4-Dioxane and Ethylene Oxide.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    R

    What is it
    Synthetic antioxidant often seen in skin-brightening products.

    Concerns
    Classified as an endocrine receptor disruptor and irritant.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    S

    What is it
    Used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent.

    Concerns
    Contamination concerns with 1,4-Dioxane and Ethylene Oxide and irritation. 

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    What is it
    Synthetic or plant-derived surfactant (cleansing agent) that also works as an emulsifier.

    Concerns
    Contamination concerns with Nitrosamines and suspected to be an environmental toxin.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    What is it
    Anionic surface active agent commonly used in cosmetics.

    Concerns
    Well-known for causing skin discomfort, which can lead to the altered skin barrier function and water-loss.

    Found in
    Cosmetics and personal care products.

    What is it
    Blend of aromatic extracts from natural and synthetic ingredients.

    Concerns
    Known immune system toxicant and allergen.

    Found in
    Personal care products.

    T

    What is it
    Used as a solvent to dissolve other substances, such as resins and plasticizers.

    Concerns
    Contamination concerns with Benzene and classified as an irritant.

    Found in
    Nail products and other personal care products.

    What is it
    Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is commonly found in personal care products.

    Concerns
    Contamination concerns with Chloroform and Dioxins. Also classified as an irritant.

    Found in
    Toothpaste and facial cleansers.