At Kudarat, we’re committed to a standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. Only 12 ingredients are banned from use in personal care products in the United States! However, over 1400 chemicals are banned or restricted by the European Union as well as many other countries around the world. We do not use any of these banned or restricted chemicals. Caring for your skin absolutely does not have to come at the expense of your health and well-being.
All of our ingredients are carefully chosen from reputable sources in the United States. All of our ingredients are derived from plants. None of our ingredients or finished products have been tested on animals.
Here are just a few of the ingredients found in many conventional products that we do not use in our formulations:
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA/BHT): preservatives that are endocrine disrupters.
Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjusters linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. They have also been linked to major increases in kidney and liver cancer.
Formaldehyde: used as a preservative. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Commonly present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol are listed.
Microbeads (plastics): used as exfoliants. They are filling up oceans and lakes. Fish consume them and are then passed on to humans.
Mineral oil/petrolatum: used in many products in the USA. It is a cheap filler. Mineral oil masks itself as estrogen, causing estrogen dominance and that can lead many problems. It also negatively impacts skin function, causing it to age prematurely. Known carcinogen.
Parabens: (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. The American Chemical Society estimates that parabens are in about 85% of all personal care products. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors and have been linked to cancer and infertility.
Phthalates: (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to change the texture and quality of products. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system, may cause birth defects and have been connected with rising obesity rates and liver cancer.
Propylene Glycol and PEG’s: chemical skin softeners and emulsifiers. Linked to cancer, reproduction and fertility issues, birth and developmental defects, and are toxic to organs. They also reduce skin’s moisture levels and accelerate aging.
SD-40 Alcohols: made from a petroleum derivative and can act as a carrier, accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin. It can promote brown spots and prematurely age your skin.
Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl /Sodium Laureth (SLS SLES)) and Ammonium Laureth): surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies.
Synthetic fragrances and dyes: engineered scent or coloring agents that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. There are wonderful botanical ingredients to derive scent and color.
Triclosan: synthetic antibacterial ingredient that is chemically similar to Agent Orange. It can cause cancer and is a hormone disrupter. Can damage the liver, kidneys, and lungs and cause paralysis, immune function suppression, brain hemorrhages and heart problems.