As we gear up for the yay-let’s-get-dressed-up fanfare of Halloween at the Katavi headquarters, we have been pondering the things that scare us the most. Naturally, snakes, spiders and filling out our tax returns ranked quite heavily, but so did (insert scary-movie violin music) cosmetics with unpronounceable ingredients (mu-ha-ha-ha).

Here are a few of the baddies that have us quaking in our boots:

BHA & BHT
A good rule of thumb: when they call it by its abbreviation, it’s never good. BHA and BHT are synthetic antioxidants (contradictory much?) known to extend the shelf life of moisturizers and diaper creams, but it could also cause liver damage, oh, and sometimes they add it to dog food.

Parabens
Parabens are commonly used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and yeast in cosmetic products. Good vibe, right? Actually, not so much. Parabens possess oestrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumours. It is widely used in commercial face cleansers and body washes.

Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulphate (SLES)
This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). These compounds are are also known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a known carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.

See, scary stuff, right? As the creators of small-batch, natural cosmetics and skincare products, we work tirelessly to bring you real, honest-to-goodness products that will give you the glow you’re looking for. In fact, at Katavi we’re so passionate about it that we have an entire production philosophy (which you can read here). Suffice it so say, we dig the natural stuff and we go above and beyond to ensure that your skin enjoys the best natural care available.

A good rule of thumb: when they call it by its abbreviation, it’s never good.