Let's talk about the safety of our ingredients

September 29, 2016

We believe ingredients matter.

If you are conscientious about the ingredients you and your family use in skin care and cosmetics, you are likely aware of the Skin Deep Database of the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

You will also know that our body care products are listed in Skin Deep and score very well. Ingredients -- safe, high quality ingredients -- are very important to us here at Seed. They always have been. Back in 2011, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics named us a Brand Champion (find us under Graine de Vie/SEED in their listings), which means that we met the following criteria:

  • Complied with the European Union’s Cosmetics Directive, widely considered the global gold standard of cosmetics safety regulation.
  • Disclosed all ingredients, including chemicals in “fragrance,” a complex mix of ingredients found in 40 percent of all personal care products; in the U.S., the components of “fragrance” can be shielded as a trade secret, even when the chemical cocktail contains hormone disruptors, carcinogens and other harmful substances.
  • Published and regularly updated product information in Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database so that consumers had ready, online access to listings of all product ingredients.
  • Complied with any additional ingredient prohibitions and restrictions under the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and substituted ingredients of concern with safer alternatives.
  • Participated in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

(source: The EWG)

 

Seed is a Skin Deep safe skincare brand

Let's look at the safety of our ingredients

You can find our body care products and their safety ratings in the Skin Deep Database. Click here for Seed Body Care in the Skin Deep Database. We are very proud of our safety scores. Our products are in the "green zone", all earning between a 1-2. The lower the score, the better and you really can feel confident when your products are in the green color zone. 

We have been asked recently why some of our products are not yet listed in the Skin Deep Database. To be 100% candid, right now some of them cannot be listed. You see, to be considered, a company must list all ingredients right on the bottle and we do not. YES, we disclose all ingredients to you and very openly! Every single ingredient is listed on the website. With our facial care, we include ingredient cards in each package.

"This allows us to minimize packaging (in the case of lip) and to use the same packaging for multiple items.  (instead of 4 labels for the back of facial cleanser, we have 1, for example.  On Lip Gloss, we have two labels per package, one with white printing, one with black, and it allows us to launch new lip colors easily without having to reprint new labels all the time, " says Rebecca Gournay, our co-founder.

 

This makes the products available at an affordable price point without sacrificing the quality of ingredients, raising prices, or wasting the earth's valuable resources.

We want to take the guesswork out of the EWG score, though. What we're going to do is use their scoring system and post detailed info right here on the blog. Today, we are going to do this with the Advanced Botanicals Facial Cleansers and Moisturizer so you can see how they score. We have never shied away from transparency and would like to be up front with you, as always.

Seed Advanced Botanicals Facial Cleansers

Seed Advanced Botanicals Facial Cleansers

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Coco-Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol

With Lemon & Grapefruit: *Above and Citrus Limonum and Citrus Paradisi

With Rosemary & Lemongrass: *Above and Rosemary Officinalis and Cymbopogon Flexuosus

With Palmarosa: *Above and Cymbopogon Martini

Breakdown per the Skin Deep Database:

Water - 1

Coco-Glucoside - 1

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - 1

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate - 1

Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate - 1

Cetearyl Alcohol - 1

Glycerin (Vegetable) - 2

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil - 1

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) - 1

Sodium Benzoate - 3

Gluconolactone - 1

Xanthan Gum- 1

Tocopherol - 1

*Citrus Limonum (Dull Skin formula) - 1

*Citrus Paradisi (Dull Skin formula) - 1

*Rosemary Officinalis (Oily/Combination formula) - 1

*Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Oily/Combination formula) - 1

*Cymbopogon Martini (Dry Skin formula) - 1

The Verdict?

Overall Score (Fragrance Free) - Skin Deep Rating of 1

Overall Score (For Dull Skin) - Skin Deep Rating of 1

Overall Score (For Combination Skin) - Skin Deep Rating of 1

Overall Score (For Dry Skin)- Skin Deep Rating of 1

Seed Advanced Botanicals Facial Moisturizers

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), E Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Glycol Stearate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Ester, Tocopherol

With Lemon & Grapefruit: *Above and Citrus Limonum and Citrus Paradisi

With Rosemary & Lemongrass: *Above and Rosemary Officinalis and Cymbopogon Flexuosus

With Palmarosa: *Above and Cymbopogon Martini

Water - 1

E Wax - 4

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil - 1

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - 1

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract - 1

Glycerin (Vegetable) - 2

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil - 1

Niacinamide- 1

Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate - 1

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil - 1

Sodium Benzoate - 3

Gluconolactone - 1

Glycol Stearate - 1

Alpha Lipoic Acid - 1

Allantoin - 1

Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Ester - 1

Tocopherol - 1

*Citrus Limonum (Dull Skin formula) - 1

*Citrus Paradisi (Dull Skin formula) - 1

*Rosemary Officinalis (Oily/Combination formula) - 1

*Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Oily/Combination formula) - 1

*Cymbopogon Martini (Dry Skin formula) - 1

 

The Verdict?

Overall Score (Fragrance Free) - Skin Deep Rating of 1

Overall Score (For Dull Skin) - Skin Deep Rating of 1

Overall Score (For Combination Skin) - Skin Deep Rating of 1

Overall Score (For Dry Skin)- Skin Deep Rating of 1

As you can see, our finished products earn the average score of 1 per Skin Deep Database guidelines. Shop with confidence!





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