Arbonne Ingredient Policy
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Arbonne Products Are Formulated WITHOUT…
Arbonne has been one of the leaders in the pure products movement since 1980. Our internal list of prohibited ingredients has evolved over time, based on our safety evaluation of ingredients using sound scientific principles. Arbonne was scrutinizing ingredients and establishing stricter guidelines before others in the industry. Arbonne’s commitment to safe, clean products is stronger than ever and we applaud all brands that support this movement and join our mission.
Arbonne goes way beyond the nearly 1,400 ingredients restricted for use by the European Union and the several hundred by the US FDA. Adhering to the strict Arbonne Ingredient Policy, we maintain a list of over 2,000 ingredients that are NOT ALLOWED in Arbonne products. Our NOT ALLOWED List™ is defined by 4 clear attributes:
Ingredients that conflict with our pure standards of gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners are NOT ALLOWED. Arbonne will never test on animals.
Ingredients that have high levels of irritation or toxicity, a high allergen content, those that are known hormone disrupters, cancer causing, or have negative consumer press are NOT ALLOWED.
Ingredients that are being considered by our existing countries as possibly banned in the future are NOT ALLOWED.
Ingredients that are harmful to the environment and have a negative impact on communities are NOT ALLOWED.
Our NOT ALLOWED List™ includes more than 2,000 ingredients — nearly 1,400 from the European Union, plus several hundred more — that we won’t use in any of our formulas across our categories including skincare, personal care, hair care, nutrition, and makeup.
Healthy living inside and out includes what we choose to include in a formula — and what we don't. This list directly reflects Arbonne’s rigorous screening of ingredients, our research, and enhanced safety requirements that ultimately result in safer ingredient choices and effective products in line with our pure, safe, beneficial™ philosophy and further defines what it means to be Certified Arbonne Clean™. We go above and beyond because we care.
See the list of nearly 1,400 ingredients banned by the EU: LIST OF SUBSTANCES PROHIBITED IN COSMETIC PRODUCTS – Annex II (total: 1,395).
- Animal products or by-products
Since our products are certified vegan, we do not formulate with animal products or by-products, including, but not limited to, dairy, honey, beeswax, and silk. This also contributes to the dairy-free status on our nutrition products.
- Artificial flavours and sweeteners
We do not formulate with artificial flavours or sweeteners in our products, choosing instead naturally derived flavour and sweetener components.
- Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that is also linked to asthma and developmental toxicity, therefore we do not use formaldehyde-donating preservatives. This includes, but is not limited to, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and methylisothiazolinone.
Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that causes skin irritation and may be linked to certain cancers.
Some parabens have been linked to endocrine disruption, which may increase the risk of certain cancers. Therefore, we do not use any parabens, including ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a skin protectant that is a by-product of petroleum. It typically contains the impurity polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to cancer.
[i.e., dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), diethylphthalate (DEP)] are plasticizing ingredients commonly used in fragrances as a solvent and skin fixative. Phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption and may cause birth defects.
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are harsh surfactants that can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Moreover, SLES often contains the impurity 1,4-dioxane, a by-product from its manufacturing process, which is a potential carcinogen.
- Synthetic fragrances and dyes
Since many synthetic fragrances and dyes are petroleum-derived, they may contain components which are potential hormone disruptors, allergens, and environmental toxins.
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent which causes skin irritation and has been linked to endocrine disruption. It is also bioaccumulative and potentially toxic to aquatic organisms.
- Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA)
Frequently used in cosmetics as emulsifiers, foaming agents or pH adjusters. Based on studies, they are linked to organ system toxicity, cancer, and environmental concerns of bioaccumulation.
- Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)/Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Petroleum-derived antioxidants used to extend shell life of product, BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in skin. They are also likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCT)
Together commonly called as Kathon CG. Chemical preservative widely used in cosmetics that are the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Also linked to lung toxicity and possible neurotoxicity.
Ingredients such as wheat, rye, and barley contain gluten protein may cause issues to those with gluten intolerance, sensitivity or allergy. Oat may contain gluten if exposed to cross-contamination from gluten-containing crops, so all oats used in Arbonne products are certified gluten-free.
- Peanuts and tree nuts
Ingredients derived from peanuts and tree nuts can cause potential allergic reactions to those with sensitivity or allergy, and we opt to avoid such ingredients in our nutrition products. A number of our skincare products are formulated with extracts from coconut or shea seeds.
Soy and soy derivatives may contain protein which may cause potential allergic reactions in many people.
- High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup has been utilized often in sodas and other beverages, and researchers are now questioning whether it can contribute to obesity and other health concerns. Until there is clear evidence of its safety, we choose to avoid its use in Arbonne Nutrition products.
- Canola Oil
Canola oil is derived from the rapeseed plant, and while there is still no clear indication of health risks associated with this material, there is a strong potential that sources of canola oil are GMO-derived.
- Trans Fats
Trans fats are well researched for their detrimental effects on cholesterol levels — namely, increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol and reducing HDL (good) cholesterol — and increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Carrageenan is a thickener derived from seaweed that is used in food and nutrition products. Research has indicated that carrageenan can contribute to inflammation. We choose to avoid this ingredient in all nutrition products.