Terrible Toxins to Avoid in Your Skincare

Do you really know what's in your skincare formulas?

Studies show that we have hundreds of synthetic chemicals in our bloodstream.

Don’t believe what you put on your body is absorbed into your bloodstream?

Think again. Delivering medicine through the skin is a common practice used by doctors to deliver medication through the skin and into the bloodstream. This proves that what you put on your skin can be absorbed through the skin. 

Why put toxic ingredients found in most cosmetics onto your skin when you can find nature’s equivalent that is backed by science?  

Savor Beauty's promise to you is to develop and offer products that are:


And the Savor Beauty mission is to offer products that are:


*We will always choose certified organic ingredients when it is available and possible. For example, honey cannot be organic because beekeepers have no control over what their bees are bringing home. Another example is that a gallon of organic Raspberry Oil is over $600 (a gallon of organic milk is approximately $5.99), which would not make it accessible to the public. In these cases, we always weigh out the pros and cons of including the natural ingredient.

Below is our list of toxic ingredients to avoid. It's organized by the name of the ingredient along with WHAT is is, WHERE it's found, WHY it made our list, and HOW it's listed on your labels. 


What: Preservatives
Where: Cosmetic products that have water and oil to prevent microbial growth and extend shelf life
Why: Endocrine disruptors, possibly carcinogenic, found in blood, can cause skin irritations
How: Methyl/ethyl/butyl/isobutyl/propyl paraben.

MEA (Monoethanolamine), DEA (Diethanolamine), or TEA (Triethanolamine)

What: Surfactants (increases foam), emulsifiers (bind ingredients)
Where: Face and body washes, shampoos, hair colors
Why: Possibly carcinogenic, eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and irritations
How: MEA, DEA, or TEA


What: Plasticizers, fragrance solvents
Where: Many perfumes and scented products
Why: Endocrine disrupters, respiratory toxicants, can cause birth defects and infertility in males, may lead to pregnancy loss in females, may alter childhood brain development
How: Commonly hidden under “fragrance” or “parfum” (unless identified as 100% essential oils); Anything with “phthalate” in its name, or DBP, DEHP, DMP, DEP

PEG Compounds

What: Surfactants (increases foam), emulsifiers (binds ingredients), humectants (retains moisture)
Where: Soaps, shampoos, creams, makeup
Why: May be contaminated with carcinogens like 1,4-dioxane, may cause birth defects and infertility
How: “PEG”


What: Surfactants (increases foam), emulsifiers (binds ingredients)
Where: Face wash, body wash, shampoos, soaps, toothpaste
Why: Redness, dryness, itchiness, may be contaminated with carcinogens like 1,4 dioxane
How: Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt sulphuric acid, monododecyl ester.

Synthetic Colors + Dyes

What: Synthetic colorants
Where: Tinted/colored skincare, bodycare, soaps
Why: Dyes are often derived from coal tar or other petroleum byproducts, can be carcinogenic
How: FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6

Artificial Fragrance

What: Scent
Where: Synthetically-scented cosmetics and perfumes
Why: The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 hidden chemicals. May cause headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation.If a product is all-natural, "fragrance" or "parfum" should be followed by a clarifier (i.e, "100% essential oils.")
How: “Fragrance” or “Parfum” (without a clarifier)