At Amana we pride ourselves in the very careful choice of ingredients. We shy away from potentially harmful, carcinogenic, impure, animal-or petroleum- based products.
We never use parabens, petroleum products, synthetic/artificial colouring, phtalates, triclosan, formaldehyde, propylene glycol.
Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. The have estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.
They can be found as petrolatum, paraffinum liquidum, petroleum jelly, silicones, dimethicone.
They clog the skin not allowing it to breathe or expel toxins. This in turn may lead to blemished, break-outs and clogged pores. Petroleum products act as a skin barrier, which sometimes may be helpful, such as post-surgery where the skin area should not be exposed to water. Otherwise, they should not be used on healthy skin.
They might initially seem innocent and moisturising. However, all a petroleum product does, is creating a cling film-like layer on the skin. It has no skin nourishing properties apart from providing mechanical protection. The skin will appear moist, as it will likely sweat under the petroleum layer. Also in the long run, certain areas of the skin get used to the mechanical protection, and when exposed (like after washing) they absorb other environmental and product based toxins more easily.
Do not allow your skin to get so vulnerable and make sure you read the product labels, where only skin nourishing plant-based oils and butters are listed!
Synthetic/ artificial colouring.
If you take a look at your product label and notice letters D&C, they represent artificial colours. These letters precede a colour and number (e.g., D&C Red 27). These are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colours are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labelling considers those substances a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.
A group of chemicals used in products to increase the softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in creams / lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product, as a loophole in the cosmetic legislation.
Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, anti-bacterial creams and soaps.
Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, skin lotions, hair products, eye shadows.
Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans, even at concentrations as low as 2%. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo.
If in doubt, check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.
Instead, at Amana we only use as natural and pure as possible, researched and tested ingredients.
Our emulsifiers and preservatives have been approved as allowed ingredients in baby food in Scandinavia. They are safe and gentle, and are known to not be causing irritations and allergies.