Harmful Ingredients


What’s Lurking In Your Skincare?

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. At Kudarat, we’re committed to a standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. 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 and 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 associated with 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 and 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 that can lead to many problems. It also negatively impacts skin function resulting in premature aging. 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 connected 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/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 absorption 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, lungs and cause paralysis, immune function suppression, brain hemorrhages and heart problems.


Common Gluten Ingredients in Skin Care Products



The following list is not exhaustive, but it will help you learn what to look for when checking out the ingredients on labels.

*A word of note, these items are commonly derived from corn, but not always… However, if you can’t determine the source, it is better to err on the side of caution.

  • Acetic acid*
  • Alpha tocopheral*
  • Anything with the words “wheat” or “tritium vulgare”
  • Anything with the words “oat” or “avena satvia”
  • Anything with the words “barley” or “hordeum distichim”
  • Anything with the words “ rye” or “secale cereale”
  • Anything with the words “rice” or “oryza satvia”
  • Beta glucan calcium stearate*
  • Calcium stearoyl lactylate*
  • Caprylyl capryl glucoside*
  • Caprylic capric triglycerides*
  • Cetearyl glucoside*
  • Citric acid*
  • Coco glucoside*
  • Coco glycerides*
  • Decyl glucoside*
  • Decyl polyglucose*
  • Gluconate*
  • Glucono delta-lactone*
  • Gluconolactone*
  • Glycerin* (Kudarat’s glycerin is NOT derived from gluten)
  • Hyaluronic acid (commonly corn or soy)*
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose*
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)*
  • Lactic acid*
  • Malt
  • MEA-Sulfosuccinate
  • PEG-2 sulfosuccinate
  • PEG-20 acetate copolymer
  • PEG-7 acetate
  • PEG-7 phospate copolymer
  • Polysorbates (e.g. Polysorbate 80)*
  • Potassium citrate*
  • Potassium gluconate*
  • Propanediol*
  • Propylene glycol*
  • Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (and) Lauryl Glucoside*
  • Stearic acid*
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*
  • Tocopherol acetate*
  • Wheat Germ
  • Xanathan Gum*
  • Yeast extract
  • Zea mays (Modified Corn Starch)*



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Watch out for these ingredients in your skincare & make-up brands!

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