Safe Cosmetics Australia

The Toxic-Free Campaign

Nasty Chemicals To Avoid

Companies published on the Toxic-Free List have been independently reviewed by Safe Cosmetics Australia, and awarded our Australian Certified Toxic-Free or Made Safe Non-Toxic Certified seals. See "Key Issues" to learn more about known toxic chemicals such as petrochemicals & irritating synthetic ingredients. Our mission is to raise chemical awareness & ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals from Australian cosmetics.

The chemical ingredients published on this page may be permitted for use by SCA. The following list of chemicals are published on this list for educational purpose only and permitted for use due to the lack of scientific data available to campaign for their removal from Australian products. If and when evidence becomes available confirming the nature of the chemical being toxic to human health, SCA will then take the necessary actions to add this to our criteria for certification as published under Key Issues.

There are over 40,000 chemicals available for use in everyday household items including cleaning products, laundry detergents, cosmetics and toiletries. With scant regulation in Australia, consumers need to be aware that current legislation does not protect their health. In fact, there are no pre-market regulations that stipulate mandatory testing of chemicals prior to sale in Australia. Chemicals listed below have been known to cause harm to human health, animals and/or the environment. In a perfect world, the Australian government should stipulate by law that all chemicals be tested for health and safety prior to allowing chemicals for use in cosmetics and other household products; further banning and/or restricting the use of hazardous chemicals. The young, the elderly, pregnant, sick or injured, should avoid the following chemicals altogether -- due to the fact that there is no known safe use, chemicals are not required to be tested prior to manufacture & sale of products in Australia.   

  • Certain ingredients with health, ecotoxicity and/or contamination concerns.
  • Chemicals that are not allowed in Australian products by NICNAS to be used in Australian cosmetics
  • Chemicals that are not allowed in Australian products, TGA's List of prohibited Substances
  • Cosmetic ingredients banned by Health Canada, published on the Cosmetics Ingredient Hot List
  • Ingredients designated as banned in the European Commission's database of cosmetic substances COSING
  • Chemicals listed on the State of California's Proposition 65 List of known carcinogens and reproductive toxins
  • Chemicals classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possible, probable and known carcinogens (categories 2B, 2A and 1)
  • Substances listed in the National Toxicology Program's Report on carcinogens (reasonably anticipated and known human carcinogens)
  • Fragrance chemicals prohibited for use by the International Fragrance Association
  • The European Union’s Category 1 designated endocrine disruptors, chemicals banned in hair and hair dye products
  • Substances that fall under the EU’s Globally Harmonized System hazard codes H340-362
  • Sensitizing asthmagens listed by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (concerning powders and spray products only)
 

A

Acetone
Aminophenol
Amyl Acetate
Acetylated Lanolin
Acrylates Copolymer
Aluminium Powder
Ammonia
Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Artificial Colours
Artificial Dyes
Artificial Fragrance

B

1,2,3 Benzotrizole
2-Butoxyethanol
Benzene
Benzyl Benzoate
BHA Butylated Hydroxyanisole
Biocide
Bleach
Bronopol
Butoxethanol
Butyl Cellosolve

C

4-Chloro-a-phenyl o-cresol
Carbon Black
Caustic Soda/Lye
Cocamide DEA
Cocoamide Diethanolamine
Chlorhexidine
Chlorpacetamide
Chlorine
Chlorophene
Crystalline Silica

D

1,4-Dioxane

Diaminobenzene

Diazolidinyl

Diazolidinyl Urea

Dibutyl Phthlate DMP

Dichlorobenzene

Diethanolamines

Diethanolamine DEA

Diethyl Phthalate

Diethylene Dioxide

Diethylene Ether

Diethylene Oxide

Dioxin

Disperese Blue 1, Yellow 1

Dyes, Synthetic

E

Ethanolamine
Ethyl Cellosolve
Ethyl Chloride
Ethylene Alcohol
Ethylene Dehydrate
Ethylene Glycol
Ethylene Glycol Monobutylether
Ethyl Methacrylate EMA

F

Fatty Acid Diethanolamines

Fatty Acid Diethanol-amides

Formaldehyde

Fragrance, Synthetic

G

Glutuaral
Glycol Ethers
GMO Genetically Modified Organism

H

Hypochlorite

Hydrogen Chloride

Hydrochloric Acid

I

Isoparaffin
Isothiazolinones
Lead

K

Kerosine

M

Metaphosphoric Acid

Methanol Alcohol

Methanol

Mercury

Micronization

Mineral Acids

Mineral Oil

Mineral Spirits

Monoethanolamine

Morpholine

Muratic Acid

N

Naphthas
Naphalene
Naphthol
Nanotechnology
NTA Nitrilotriacetic Acid
Nonyl-phenol
Nonyl Penoxy Ethoxylate

O

O-benzyl-p-chlorophenol
Optical Brighteners
Orthophosphoric Acid

P

Paradichlorobenze
p-Dichlorobenzene
Parabens
Paradichlorobenze
Perchloroethylene
Petroleum Derivatives
Petroleum Distillate
Petroleum Derived Colours
Petroleum Waxes or Distillates
Phenacetin
Phenolphthalen
Phosphoric Acid
Phosphates
Plasticisers
Placenta
Progesterone
Propylene Glycol
Polyacrylamide
Polyaminopropyl Biguanide
Polyisobutene PIB, Polymer
Polyethylene Glycol PEG
Polycarbonates
Polycarboxylates
Polyquaternium-10
Potassium Troclosene

R

Resorcinol

S

Saccharin
Silica, Crystalline
Sodium Acrylates Copolymer
Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate
Sodium Fluoride
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Hydroxide
Sodium Hypochlorite
Sodium Metasilicate
Stoddard Solvent
Sulfuric Acid
Fragrance, Synthetic
Synthetic Germicides
Synthetic Glycerin

T

Talc
Tetrachloroethlene
Tetrapotassium/Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate
Toluene
Triethanolamine
Triclocarbon
Triclosan
Trichloroethane

Q

Quaternium-19
Quaternium-15

X

Xylene Sulfonate