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The European Union has banned over 1,300 ingredients and raw materials commonly used in beauty products, while the United States has banned only 11. Those numbers again…
1300 v's' 11 (?!)
There hasn’t been a new FDA cosmetic regulation since 1938... that's 80 years! Think about all the ways the world has advanced in the last 80 years - the internet was born, iPhones have had 10 different versions, and robots are answering our questions online, and yet no regulations have been made on our cosmetics. Nuts!
Because there are no regulations, beauty brands are self regulating and are able to disguise their use of toxic ingredients by using murky language on their packaging and beyond.
There is no clarity on what the difference between natural, organic, green and clean is, nor is there any education around ingredient regulations and what we should be looking out for.
Unfortunately, this makes it really difficult for anyone to find out what’s actually toxic and what’s not! But we got you. We’re here to unpack what this actually means for you and the environment.
We stand on clean being the only way forward.
We believe we can always be better with our ingredients, our packaging, our products and our process. Sustainability is a moving target which means that we need to be flexible and agile in our approach. It starts with us stepping up.
For us, clean starts with education. We believe that knowledge is empowering and gives people the confidence to make good decisions. We care about the big picture and strive to share what goes on behind the scenes in the beauty industry. We want everyone to know what goes into their makeup— what the good stuff is and why we use it, and what the bad stuff is and why we’ll never use it.
Are our beauty products really that bad for us? Why should we care? Is clean beauty a scam? What are endocrine disruptors? What’s the deal with carcinogens?
We're asking all of the questions.
As a brand we want to lead the charge on innovation in the beauty world, in order to do that we need to be forever curious. We question our labs, our suppliers, our ingredient specialists, our packing warehouses, our recycling partners, even ourselves. Saie believes curiosity is rewarded.
Get familiar with
the no list
We care about the big picture — here is a breakdown on what harm these ingredients actually do and why it's important to learn about them.
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Petroleum, Paraffin, Mineral Oil, Formadehyde (Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3 Diol, Glyoxal, and Oxaldehyde), Hydroquinone, Mercury (Thimerosal and Merthiolate), Isobutylparaben, Butyl Paraben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP), Synthetic Fragrance / Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Triclosan, Benzene, Toluene, Benzalkonium Chloride, Bisphenol A (BPA), Butoxyethanol, BHA, BHT, Bismuth Oxychloride, Coal Tar (Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolinidyl Urea, Diethanolamine, Cocamide, Triethanolamine, EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid), Methyl Cellosolve, Methoxyethanol, Oxybenzone, Phenoxyethanol, PVP/VA Copolymer, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Talc, Parafin Wax, Polyethylene Glycol, Butyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol (petroleum derived is not ok, naturally derived is), Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Ethylene Copolymer, Propylene Copolymer, Polybutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Animal Fat, Animal Musk, Nanoparticles, Placenta Extract, Triclosan