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Safe, Nontoxic Chemicals

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Chemicals listed on this page are permitted for use in products that are certified by Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA], The Toxic Free Campaign. Established 2010, 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.

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A-Z Chemicals


Alcohol (Ethanol, propanol, isopropyl alcohol)

Acacia Senegal Gum

Acai Fruit Oil

Acetric Acid

Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5

Aloe Vera
Alpha Olefin

Alkyl Glucoside
Allantoin (Salt of Vit C)

Almond Oil

Aluminium  Related Article

Amiox preservative (selective Rosemary CO2 in coconut oil fractions)

Amino Acids

Ammonium Chloride (food grade salt)

Amylase (enzymes used in cleaning aids)

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

Apple Extract

Apple Cider

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Kernel Oil

Aqua, water

Arachidyl Glucoside 

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



Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uvaursi) Extract

Benzel Acetate

Benzoin Extract

Boric Acid/Biocide  


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


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


Caffeine, coffee extract

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

Calcium Stearate

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract 

Calcium Pantothenate (vitamin B)

Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil

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



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
Cetearyl Olivate

Cetrimonium Chloride (antiseptic, ammonium salt)

Cetrimonium Chloride preservative derived from vegetable oil.

Chamomile (Chamomillia recutita matricaria) Flower Extract

Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Oil

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
Citric Acid (natural preservative)

Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil

Clary Sage Oil
Clay, Natural Mud
Clove Bud Oil

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

Cocoa Glucoside 

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

Coconut Oil 

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) OilCocyl Proline
CoEnzyme Q10 (ubquinone)

Coffee Been


Components of pure essential oils

Coriander Oil
Corn Flour, Starch
Corn Oil

Crambe Seed Oil 

Cucumber Extract
Cumin Oil
Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Essential Oil 

Cupuacu Butter


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


Davidson Plum, sour plum

Dehydroacetic Acid

D-Alpha Tocopheral Acetate - Vitamin E

Decaprylyl Ether
Decyl Olivate
Decyl Glucoside 
Deionised Water
Decapryl Carbonate



Dicaprylyl Ether (plant derived, coconut)


Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate - Vit A

Disodium cocoamphodiacetate (derived from coconut oil)

Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate (ammonium salt)

Distilled Water
D-Limonene (solvent from cirtus fruit)

Dong quai



EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid), calcium disodium EDTA, diammonium EDTA, dipotassium EDTA, disodium EDTA, TEA-EDTA, tetrasodium EDTA, tripotassium EDTA, trisodium EDTA, HEDTA, and trisodium HEDTA.



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 

Epilobium Angustifolium, fireweed, willow-herb

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



Flavor Oil (Natural)
Floral water

Flower Extracts

Flurocarbons PFCs

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

Fruit Extracts


Galbanum Oil


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

Geranium  Flower Oil (Pelagoronium Graveolens)


Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Extract

Ginko Bilgoba


Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Extract
Goji Berry Lycium Barbarum) Extract

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

Glycol Distearate

Glycerol Monostearate
Glyceryl Oleate

Glyceryl Stearate



GlucoTain Flex, mild sugar-based surfactant

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


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

Hydrolysed Rice Bran

Hydroxystearyl Alcohol

Hydrolyzed Quinoa

Hydroxy Cellulose (plant fibres) hydroxyethylcellulose

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


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

Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate


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


Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract

Kaolin (Clay)

Kelp Extract


Lactic Acid

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Herb 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 Glucoside


Lemongrass (Cymbopogon schoenanthus) Oil
Lemon Extracts & Oils

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)


Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil

Macrocystis pyrifera extract (Giant Kelp)

Magnesium Carbonate

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

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Melaleuca ericifolia (Swamp Paperbark)

Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) oil

Mentha Piperita (cross between watermint & spearmint) Essential Oil

Mentha x Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil

Methyl Hydroxybenzoate
Mica (CI 77019)

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

Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Oil

Myristyl Myristate

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) 
Myrtle Oil - Recommend Article
Mugwart Oil


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


Oak (Quercus robur) Bark & Root Extract
Octyl Palmitate (derivative of palm oil)
Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) Extract
Olive Oil
Olivem 1000, emulsifying wax
Orange Peel Essential Oil
Orange Terpenes Oil
Oregano Oil, Origanum Vulgare Oil


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


Peach Kernel Oil

Paw Paw

PEG-75 Lanolin

PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate

Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydr- ocinnamate

Peppermint Essential Oil
Pepperwood Oil

Phytic Acid

Pigment Violet (CI 778161)

Propanediol (corn derived)

Polyglyceryl Caprate

Polyglyceryl Oleate

Polyhexamethylene biguanide (natural antiseptic)










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

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
pvm/ma Decadiene Crosspolymer


Quartz infused water


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 


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

Salicylic Acid

Saponified Coconut Oil

Sea Salt

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

Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate

OnlySodium Oleate (soap, anti-foaming agent)

Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate

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


Star Anise

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)


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


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)


Ubiquinone, co enzyme Q10


Vegetable Dye
Vegetable Glycerin
Vetiver Oil
Vitamins, Natural Soucre
Vitamin E (Natural)
Vitamin C


Water (solvent/carrier)

Watermelon Extract

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

Willow Bark Extract

Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract


Xanthan Gum


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


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