Naturely’s Promise: Ethical Products, Environmental Responsibility
The skincare industry is one of today’s largest and fastest growing industries, devoting itself to helping men and women look and feel their best. Unfortunately, behind the clean, beauty-conscious exterior, there are an abundance of ethical and environmental issues that are the cause for genuine concern. From cruel and unnecessary animal testing to contributing to climate change through a variety of factors, conventional skincare leaves a lot to be desired.
Keep reading to learn about some of the cosmetics industry’s biggest dirty secrets and how Naturely Skin Care is reaching for a higher standard.
Unnecessary Animal Testing
While animal testing for most cosmetics is not required by law (with exceptions being a handful of items like hair dyes and antibacterial soaps), cosmetics companies are required to ensure that their products are safe for their consumers. Companies began testing their cosmetics and ingredients on animals in the 1940s after numerous people were seriously injured by unsafe beauty products. At this time, products were tested on animals to ensure that they were safe and gentle or to establish whether they were harmful if they should get into eyes or be ingested.
Today, most companies have no need to actually test their products on animals, as their formulas contain ingredients that are generally recognized to be safe. In spite of this, however, many companies continue to test on animals. This isn’t out of necessity, and it doesn’t actually ensure the safety or efficacy of their products; it’s solely to ensure that if someone was in some way harmed by their product, they would have legal protection against a lawsuit.
Naturely Skin Care is committed to ensuring that their practices are as friendly to animals as they are to you. Our products are absolutely cruelty-free and are never tested on animals, ensuring that you can go through your daily beauty routine with a clear conscience.
A Cocktail of Harmful Ingredients
Almost all cosmetics can cause reactions in certain individuals, but there are a handful of common ingredients that are present in almost all conventional cosmetics that are especially likely to be responsible for side effects. On top of that, once these chemicals go down your drain, they make their way to our oceans and contribute to pollution while posing a danger to plant and animal life.
These ingredients, which are nicknamed the “dirty dozen,” include:
- BHA and BHT: These are used mainly as preservatives and are suspected endocrine disrupters.
- Coal tar dyes: This common ingredient may contain heavy metals that are toxic to the brain.
- DEA-, MEA-, and TEA-related ingredients: These are commonly used in products that foam or lather and are known to be dangerous to fish and other wildlife.
- Dibutyl phthalate: This is another suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant.
- Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quarternium-15
- Parabens: This is a suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant.
- Parfum: Parfum, or frangrance, can be found in nearly every conventional beauty product, even those that claim to be unscented. It can cause asthma and allergic reactions, and some have even been linked to certain types of cancers and neurotoxicity.
- PEG compounds: These compounds, which are often found in creams and lotions, are believed to contribute to some cancers.
- Petroleum: This common filler can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which some research suggests may cause cancer.
- Siloxanes: This is another suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. It is also toxic to fish and wildlife.
- Sodium laureth sulfate: This ingredient, which enable products to be worked into a lather, can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
- Triclosan: This is also dangerous for fish and wildlife and may cause antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
In addition to all this, the cultivation of palm oil, another common ingredient in conventional skincare products, is recognized as being among the most unsustainable farming practices in the world. Deforestation for palm oil plantations has resulted in numerous mammal species, like orangutans, becoming critically endangered, and it has played a huge role in climate change. Ingredients like palm oil, while they are technically safe to use, are associated with serious environmental and ethical considerations.
At Naturely Skin Care, we try our absolute hardest to be responsible to the environment and to nature. This means that we not only ensure that we use ingredients that are safe, effective, and natural, but also that sustainable, environmentally responsible cultivation and harvesting practices are used. Our products are pure and free from these common fillers, so you can trust that they are as friendly to your skin as they are to the world we live in.
Picture the health and beauty aisle at your favorite grocery store – the shelves filled with the bottles, boxes, and tubes, all of which were made from increasingly scarce resources. Even in spite of our best efforts, most of those are destined for the landfill. Multiply that by the tens of thousands of grocery stores, drugstores, and department stores across the country, and it’s easy to see why the cosmetics industry carries much of the blame for our overcrowded landfills.
At Naturely Skin Care, it’s not just our products themselves that are safe for the environment; the packaging that we use is safe as well. All of our products are shipped in glass bottles that you can easily recycle or even reuse. Our boxes and labels are all biodegradable, ensuring that they don’t spend years sitting in a landfill.
At Naturely, we are committed to delivering a safe and effective product while operating with high ethical standards. We strive to act in a way that is socially and environmentally responsible, providing outstanding products while doing our part for the world we inhabit.