Unnecessary List

The value and validation of a product do not merely depend on how "great" the main ingredient has been proclaimed. Instead, Greenvines believes in the entire ensemble of ingredients. Only when the rest of the ingredients prove to not cause any potential burden to the skin and/ or the environment will pass the Greenvines’ standard.

By employing the precautionary principle* at our core, Greenvines has staunchly forbidden the use of the 1,638 items on the EU cosmetics regulation, as well as the 573 banned ingredients in Canada.

Here at Greenvines, we go beyond the rules, and even the manufacturing process for the ingredients has been taken into consideration, meaning if there is any possibility an ingredient could induce any risks or concerns to the skin or environment, it will never be considered at Greenvines, regardless whether the ingredient is naturally sourced.

As a result, we have built up our Unnecessary List which is constantly updated, comprising of over 2,400 ingredients, which include but not limited to the seven common types of ingredients prevalent in the market.

*Precautionary principle aims to prevent harm before a hazard has come into existence. (COSMOS-standard Version 3.0, published 1 January 2019)
*European Commission Cosmetics Regulation: Cosmetic ingredient database (CosIng), 2020/06/01, retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/cosing/index.cfm
  • Found in
    A wide variety of cleansing, personal care, and makeup products.
  • Function
    Emulsifying
    Viscosity Controlling
    Solvents
    Emollient
  • Potential Harm
    Possible contamination with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide which could cause a further environmental burden.
  • Examples
    PEG - 20, - 40, - 60, - 80 / Polysorbate - 20, -40, -60, -80 / PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil / PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil / PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides / PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate / PEG-12 Dimethicone / PEG-150 Distearate / Steareth-21 / Trideceth-16
  • Found in
    A wide variety of hair products, personal care, and makeup products.
  • Function
    Anti-foaming
    Skin Conditioning
    Hair Conditioning
  • Potential Harm
    Although good quality silicone is generally safe when used, it is less likely to be decomposed in the environment. It is our belief that there are many more environmentally friendly alternatives that provide a similar application.
  • Examples
    Dimethicone /Trisiloxane / Methyl-trimethicone / Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) / Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) / Cyclohexasiloxane (D6) / Amodimethicone
  • Found in
    Products that lather (shampoo, facial cleanser, body wash, etc)
  • Function
    Cleansing
  • Potential Harm
    SLES has possible contamination with 1,4 –dioxane.
    Skin and Eye Irritation
    Skin Allergies
  • Found in
    Sunscreens for face and body, lipsticks, nail polish, hair dye, personal care products.
  • Function
    UV Filter
  • Potential Harm
    Irritation
    Sensitization & Skin Allergies
  • Examples
    Drometrizole trisiloxane (Ecamsule) / Avobenzone / Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate) / Drometrizole Trisiloxane / Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid / Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate / Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine / Octocrylene / 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor / Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone)
  • Found in
    A wide variety of products including cleansing, personal care, cosmetics, and perfume.
  • Function
    Giving a pleasant scent
  • Potential Harm
    Hormonal Disruption
    Skin Allergies
  • Examples
    Fragrance, Parfum
  • Found in
    A wide variety of products including personal care products and makeup products.
  • Function
    Cosmetic Colorant
  • Potential Harm
    Skin Allergies
  • Examples
    Blue 1 / Green 3 / FD&C Yellow 6 / CI 19140 / CI 14700 / CI 42090
  • Found in
    A wide variety of personal care products and makeup products, particularly in lipstick and eye shadows.
  • Function
    Antioxidant
  • Potential Harm
    BHA has possible concerns with hormonal disruption.