January 29, 2020 3 min read 1 Comment

Our belief here at i.anka-eo is that if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.  We realise not everyone might have evolved their yet, never having wondered why there is a protocol on your lotion for what to do if you accidentally ingest it.  So here goes….

We know a lot more now than we did back in the 60’s and 70’s, which is the last time most of the chemicals in skincare have been tested for side effects.  There is no long-term study, because we’ve been testing it out for them.  We believe that if most people knew how many chemicals they were putting into their bodies, they would stop.  We know… you’re thinking that you eat pretty clean, you buy organic when you can…  probably even read some of your food labels to make sure there isn’t too much you can’t pronounce. 

Here’s a list of common lotion ingredients:

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) - "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen," National Toxicology Program

DMDM Hydantoin – Formaldehyde Releasing preservative, would you eat formaldehyde? 

Fragrance + Parfum – These are chemicals that they don’t want to list, and they don’t have to, but how do you think the cherry blossom lotion you picked up smelled so delicious.  Lots of manmade chemicals…

Parabens – aka butylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, or ethylparaben.  These don’t do anything for your skin… but they stop bacteria from growing in your lotion and face creams.  After all, from manufacturing to your local store takes a long time.

Retinyl Palmitate – aka a form of Vitamin A it’s mostly in lotions and sunscreens.  However, the National Toxicology Program published a study they did with it on mice.  “alarming amount of tumors” was in the conclusion.

Triethanolamine – This balance’s the ph of your lotion but can also be found in mascara and eye shadow.  According to the Dermatology Review,it's a skin and respiratory irritant and toxicant to the immune system”.  Not to mention what it does to environment if your wastewater happens to enter a stream.

Versus organic products…

Certified organic products are ones that use ingredients that are grown, not made in a laboratory.  Furthermore, they are grown without pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizer or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).  This means that your skin gets to absorb actual nutrients without chemicals.  If you have sensitive skin, using a 100% organic product means that there will be less of a chance that you have an allergic reaction.

The most important reason for us is that traditional skincare is diluted with water, so the active ingredients are so few.  Since most of them are water based you also have to take into account that they evaporate and sometimes they take your skin’s natural oil with them. 

Your skin is your largest organ, it also protects all of your other organs… so as we like to say... If you can’t eat it why are you putting it on your skin?



We believe that its everyone’s responsibility to live a more sustainable life. All of us should reduce the amount of chemicals in our daily lives, then not only will we feel better… we’ll look it too!  All of our products are blended by hand when you order, and we are passionate about getting water out of skincare because it isn’t necessary.  Take a look at our products but most importantly take a look at our ingredients.  If you’ve never used oils before check out our FAQ’s to see what some of our other users have asked about.


While you’re here take a look at some of our other blog posts:

What causes bad skin?

Water is in everything!  Is it good for your skin?

5 Ways your skincare is Messing with the Planet

1 Response

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones

January 29, 2020

This was very informative on how people should pay attention to what they are putting on their skin. Just as we might try to eat healthy, the products we use on our bodies can play a large role in our overall health. Thank you for your article.

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