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The Toxic-Free Campaign

Safe, Nontoxic Chemicals

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 Nontoxic 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 & to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals from Australian cosmetics.
Products carrying the Australian Certified Toxic-Free® seal are formulated 100% Toxic-Free. Products are 100% free from chemicals published under key Issues. 
Products carrying the MADE SAFE Nontoxic Certified™ seal are formulated 85% Toxic-Free.
Products are 85% free from chemicals published under key Issues.
Chemicals listed on this page are permitted for use in products that are certified by Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA], The Toxic Free Campaign. Established 2011, Safe Cosmetics Australia was established to raise chemical awareness, to assist consumers in selecting toxic-free products that are made with safe and natural ingredients. See Our Seals defined for more information.

A-Z Safe, Nontoxic Chemicals

The chemicals listed below are commonly found in natural and organic products. Widely considered safe and nontoxic, the following chemicals are used by natural and organic brands to formulate products that deliver a healthier choice for consumers by comparison to mainstream products that use toxicants that are known to cause harm to human health, animals and the environment.

It is important to note, that the over use of any given chemical has the potential to cause harm to human health. For example, drinking too much water can cause a deadly condition called Hyponatremia, commonly known as water intoxication. Over 40,000 chemicals are permitted for use in Australian cosmetics and everyday household products. The vast majority of these chemicals have NOT been tested for health and safety; they are registered for use and thus permitted in Australian products without mandatory requirements to test each and every chemical for harmful and sometimes deadly consequences.

Your health is not protected, this is why Safe Cosmetics Australia exists. Our aim is to raise chemical awareness, advocate for a pre-market regulator scheme and campaign for a healthier future by promoting brands that exclude toxic chemicals from their product formulations. The Toxic-Free Campaign addresses two key areas of hazardous chemical use found in cosmetics and home cleaning products. We help protect your health by campaigning for a healthier future and certifying brands that minimise your exposure to harmful chemicals.

A

Alcohol (Denatured Ethanol, Distilled Spirit, Cetearyl, Cetyl, Ethyl, Myristyl, Isopropyl, Benzyl, Propylene Glycol)

Acacia Senegal Gum Health Information

Acai Fruit Oil Health Information

Acetric Acid Health Information

Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 Health Information

Aloe Vera Health Information
Alpha Olefin

Alkyl Glucoside Health Information
Allantoin (Salt of Vit C)

Aluminium Health Information

Amiox preservative (selective Rosemary CO2 in coconut oil fractions)
Ammonium Chloride (food grade salt)

Amylase (enzymes used in cleaning aids)

Annatto (Bixa orellana - Bixaceae) Seed & Pods
Aniba Rosaeodora (Magnoliid Tree) Extract

Apple Extract

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Kernel Oil

Aqua, water

Arachidyl Glucoside Health Information

Arctic Cranberry CO2 Extract
Argan (Argania spinosa) Oil
Argilitz (Pink, white, green) Clay
Armoise (Artemesia vulgaris) Oil

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
Atlass Cedar (cedrus atlantica) Oil
Aqua (purified water) Spring water (solvent/carrier)
Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil
Azuki Bean

B

Bamboo

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uvaursi) Extract

Benzel Acetate
Boric Acid/Biocide  

Beta-Glucan

Basil (Ocimum bascilicum) Oil
Beeswax (Cera alba)
Behentrimonium Methosulphate BTMS (from rapseed oil, it is Not a sulfate)
Bentonite (Silicate)

Benzalkonium Chloride (organic salt permitted for use in cleaning aids only)

Benzyl Benzoate (component of natural essential oils, not the synthetic variety)
Benzyl Salicylate
Bergamot (Bergamia) Essential Oil (Citrus aurantium v.bergamia)
Bicab Soda

Bisabolol

Bis (Acyloethyl) Hydroxyethyl Methylammonium Methosulphate Esterquat (plant derived fabric softener) Laundry Use Only
Bitter Orange (citrus aurantium) Oil
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) Root Extract
Black Pepper Oil
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) Shell
Blue Mallee Oil 

Boron Nitrate
Boswellia Carterii Oil
Buchu Oil
Butylene Glycol

C

Camellia Tea Oil
Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax
Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate
Calcium Carbonate (chalk)

Calcium Stearate

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract 

Calcium Pantothenate (vitamin B)

Caprae Lac, Goats Milk
Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride (fractionated coconut)
Caprylic Acid (octanoic acid) derived from milk
Caprylic/Capryl Glucoside Health Information
Caprylyl Glycol (Hydroxy Acids)

Caramel

Carbomer

Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax
Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus) Extract
Castile Soap  
Carboxymethyl Cellulose or Cellulose gum
Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) Oil
Cardomom Oil
Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Heptyl Undecylenate (natural castor oil emollient)
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) Bark Oil
Cellulose Gum

Ceteareth 2, 20, 27

Cetearyl Alcohol

Cetearyl Glucoside Health Information
Cetearyl Olivate

Cetrimonium Chloride (antiseptic, ammonium salt)

Cetrimonium Chloride preservative derived from vegetable oil.

Chamomile (Chamomillia recutita matricaria) Flower Extract

Chromium Hydroxide Green (colour/pigment synthesized from mineral sources)

Citrus glauca (desert lime) fruit extract

Cistus Oil (Labdanim)

Citracidal preservative (grapefruit seed extract, vegetable glycerin)
Citral limone
Citronellol
Citric Acid (natural preservative)
Clary Sage Oil
Clay
Clove Bud Oil

Cocamidopropyl Betaine, derived from coconut - rinse off hair & body products only
Cocoa (Theobromoa Cacao) Butter
Coco-Caprylate/Caprate

Cocoa Glucoside Health Information

Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) from coconut oil (Not pertochemical variety)

Coconut Oil  
Cocyl Proline
CoEnzyme Q10 (ubquinone)

Collagen

Components of pure essential oils

Coriander Oil
Corn Flour, Starch
Corn Oil

Crambe Seed Oil 

Cucumber Extract Health Information
Cumin Oil
Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Essential Oil 

Cupuacu Butter

Cyclomethicone

Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Cochin grass or Malabar grass)
Cymbopogon Martini Essential Oil

D

Davidson Plum, sour plum

Dehydroacetic Acid

D-Alpha Tocopheral Acetate - Vitamin E
Decaprylyl Ether
Decyl Olivate
Decyl Glucoside Health Information
Deionised Water
Decapryl Carbonate

Dimethicone

Dimethiconol 

Dicaprylyl Ether (plant derived, coconut)

Dehydroxyacetone

Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate - Vit A

Disodium cocoamphodiacetate (derived from coconut oil)

Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate (ammonium salt)

Distilled Water
D-Limonene (solvent from cirtus fruit)

E

Elastin

Elemi, Canarium luzonicum
Emulsifying Wax NF (vegetable derived)
Essential Oils  
Ethanol & Propanol from cane sugar

Ethoxylated nonyl phenols NPEs - Not permitted in personal care.

Ethylenediamine (tetrasodium EDTA)
Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative)

Ethyl Glucoside Health Information

Epilobium Angustifolium, fireweed, willow-herb

Eucalyptus Oil
Evening Primrose (Asiatica Oenothera biennis) Oil
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Extract
Eugenol

F

Farnesol

Flavor Oil (Natural)
Floral water

Flower Extracts

Flurocarbons PFCs

Fig Extract
Fragonia Essential Oil
Fragrance (natural)
Frankincense (Boswella carteri)

Fruit Extracts

G

Galbanum Oil
Geranium Oil (Maculatum, Pelargonium Roseum, Graveolens)
German Chamomile (Maticara chamomilia) Scented mayweed
Geraniol

Geranium  Flower Oil (Pelagoronium Graveolens)

Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Extract
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Extract
Goji Berry Lycium Barbarum) Extract

Glyceryl Caprylate, a monoester of glycerin and caprylic acid
Glycerin (Vegetable)

Glycerol Monostearate
Glyceryl Oleate

Glyceryl Stearate

Gluconolactone

Glucoside Health Information

Golden Seal Root Extract

Grapefruit (GSE) Citrus Grandis Seed Extract (citrus x paradisi)
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract
Guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) Gum
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Goji Berry Fruit Extract (Lycium Barbarum)
Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyacetic acid, fruit acids or AHA's Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Glycol Stearate

H

Heptyl Undecylenate (natural castor oil emollient)
Hamamelis Virginiana (species of witch-hazel)
Hazel Seed (Corylus Americana) Oil
Hempseed (Cannibis sativa) Oil

Hibbertia Scandens (Snake Vine)

Hibiscus sabdariffa (wild rosella) flower extract

Honey
Honey Suckle (Lonicera caprifolium) Flower Exract
Hyaluronic Acid  
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil

Hydrolysed Rice Bran

Hydroxystearyl Alcohol
Hydroxy Cellulose (plant fibres) hydroxyethylcellulose

Hydroxystearyl Glucoside
Hypericum
Hydrolyzed Ingredients - soy protein, silk, jojoba oil

I

Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate


J

Jasmine (Jasminium Grandiflorum) Oil
Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil
Juniper (juniperus communis) Essential Oil

K

Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract

Kaolin (Clay)

Kelp Extract

L

Lactic Acid
Lanolin
Lavander (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil

Lauramine Oxide - Laundry use only

Lauryl Glucoside (from coconut or palm & corn glucose)
Lauryl/Myristyl Alcohol (Ethoxylated & Propoxylated, surfactant, origin Elaeis Guineensis Fruit)

Lauramine Oxide - Laundry use only

Lauryl/Myristyl GlucosideHealth Information

Lecithin

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon schoenanthus) Oil
Lemon Extracts & Oils Health Information

Lemon Aspen

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) Oil
Lemon Scented Tea Tree (leptospermum petersonii) Essential Oil

Leucidal Leuconostoc, natural plant preservative
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Extract
Limonene (component of natural essential oils)
Linalool (component of natural essential oils)

Linoleic Acid

Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil

Locust Bean Gum (carob gum, carob bean gum, carobin, E410)

Luffa cylindrica

Lycium Fruit Oil

Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (most likely safe; insufficient data available)


M

Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil

Macrocystis pyrifera extract (Giant Kelp)

Magnesium Oxide
Mango (Mangifera indica) Butter
Manuka Honey
Mandarin (citrus riticulata) Oil
Marshmellow (Althaea officinalis)
Meadow Foam Seed Oil
Melaleuca ericifolia (Swamp Paperbark)

Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) oil

Mentha Piperita (cross between watermint & spearmint) Essential Oil

Methyl Hydroxybenzoate
Mica (CI 77019)

Microcrystalline Exfoliant (Polypropylene) - permitted in rinse off products only
Mono & Diglycerides (commonly derived from vegetable oils)

Myristyl Myristate

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)  
Mugwart Oil

N

Natural Colour (non-synthetic source)
Narcissus Bulb Extract
Naticide (natural vegetable derived preservative)
Neroli (Citrus aurantium) Oil

O

Oak (Quercus robur) Bark & Root Extract
Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) Extract
Olive OilOlivem 1000, emulsifying wax
Orange Peel Essential Oil
Orange Terpenes Oil
Oregano Oil, Origanum Vulgare Oil
Oleth-10

P

Parfum/Fragrance (natural)

P-Anisic Acid, found naturally in anise

Palmitic Acid

Palm Kernel Wax

Palm Oil
Palmarosa (Cymbopgon Maertini) Oil

Parfum - Vegetable Preservative

Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) Essential Oil
p-Anisic acid is found naturally in anise, essential oils
Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
Papaya (Carica) Extract

Papain

Peach Kernel Oil

PEG-75 Lanolin

PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate

Peppermint Essential Oil
Pepperwood Oil
Pigment Violet (CI 778161)

Propanediol (corn derived)
Polyglyceryl Oleate

Polyhexamethylene biguanide (natural antiseptic)

Polysorbate-20

Polysorbate-21

Polysorbate-40

Polysorbate-60

Polysorbate-61

Polysorabte-65

Polysorbate-80

Polysorbate-81

Polysorbate-85

Propanol - Not permitted in personal care, restricted in household products

Potassium Cetyl Phosphate

Potassium Sorbate (sorbic acid, salt)

Provitamin A
Provitamin B5 

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Health Information

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pure Plant Oils
P-anisic acid (found naturally in anise)
Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
Phosphoric acid, orthophosphoric acid
Polysorbate-20 (Tween-20) - limited evidence of toxicity, considered safe
Potassium Hydroxide
Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Potassium Sorbate
Polyvinyl Alcohol Copolymer, PVA considered non-toxic and safe to use

Q

Quartz infused water

R

Red Grapeseed Oil

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Rice (Oryza sativa) Bran
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Powder
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Rose Hip Fruit Oil

Rose Water
Rosa (Rose) Damascene Oil
Rose (Rosa Centifolia) Flower Extract
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Capitatum) Oil
Rosehip (Rosa Eglanteria) Seed Oil / Powder
Rosemarinus CO2 Extract
Rosemary (Rosemarinus) Officinalis Leaf Oil
Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) Oil 

S

Safflower (Carthamus Tinctuorius) Seed Oil
Sage (salvia officinalis) Essential Oil
Sandalwood (Santalum album / spicatum) Oil
Saponified Coconut Oil
Sesame Seed Oil

Seed Oils & Extracts

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum) Fruit

Silicon oxide (dioxide)
Speamint (mentha spicata) Essential Oil
Soap Nut Powder

Soapwort Extract

Sodium Aluminosilicate (zeolite/anti-caking agent) Laundry Use Only.

Sodium Anisate

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)

Sodium Benzoate (food grade preservative; restricted in Japan)

Sodium Carbonate (washing soda, builder) Salt of carbonic acid
Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose or Cellulose gum
Sodium Citrate (Builder, salt derived from citric acid)
Sodium Chloride (Edible grade salt)
Sodium Cocoate (acid salt of coconut oil)

Sodium Cocoamphoacetate
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
Sodium Coco Sulfate (surfactant, alternative to laureth sulfate that does not lead to carcinogenic properties as SLS can)

Sodium Etidronate  

Sodium Gluconate

Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium Hydroxide, caustic soda

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Sodium Lactate
Sodium Lauroamphoacetate

Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate

Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate

Sodium Lauryl Methyl Isethionate

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Not to be confused with Sodium lauryl sulfate)

Sodium Levulinate

Sodium Magnesium Silicate

Sodium Metasilicate - Laundry Use OnlySodium Oleate (soap, anti-foaming agent)

Sodium Olefin Sulfonate

Sodium Oxide
Sodium Palmate
Sodium PCA (pyrrolidonecarboxylic acid) salt
Sodium Percarbonate (oxygen bleach, dry granulauted) Laundry Use Only

Sodium Phytate (sodium salt of Phytic Acid)

Sodium Polyaspartate (anti-corrosion, anti-scalling agent) Laundry Use Only

Sodium Polyacrylate - not permitted in loose powder products.

Sodium Stearyl Glutamate

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate 

Solanum Lycopersicum Seed Oil

Sodium Sulfonate (sodium salt of sulfuric acid) Sorbitan Olivate
Sorbitol (glucitol, polyol) sugar alcohol
Soy Amino Acids
Soy Lecithin Phospholipid
Soy Bean Protein

Soy Wax Health Information

Stearic Acid (Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Oleic Acid & Palmitic Acid - fatty acids)
Stearyl Citrate
Stearyl Palmitate
Stevia Herb Sweetener

Styraz Benzoin Gum

St John's Wort (hypericum perforatum) Extract
Sunflower (Helianthis annus) Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis)

Squalane

Sodium Benzoate ( a preservative commonly used in foods) determined safe for use in cosmetics, but restricted in Japan's Standards for Cosmetics

T

Tasmannia Lanceolata (Mountain Pepper) Leaf Extract
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alintegrifolis) Oil
Tetraacetyl Ethalinediamine TAED (bleach activator) - Laundry Use Only
Thyme Extract
Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)
Tomato Seed Oil
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Tin Oxide
Tragantium Gum
True Myrtle (myrtus communis)
Tricaprylin

U

Ubiquinone, co enzyme Q10
Ultramarines

V

Vegetable Dye
Vetiver Oil
Vinegar
Vitamin E (Natural)

W

Water (solvent/carrier)

Watermelon Extract

Wheat Germ (Triticum vulgare) Oil
Wheat Straw (Extract) Glycosides

Willow Bark Extract

Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract

X

Xanthan Gum

Y

Yeast Extract
Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Essential OilYucca Root Extract

Z

Zea Mays (Corn flour)
Zeolite (Active mineral clay)
Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)
 
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