At Jeanie Botanicals, we believe Mother Nature is the greatest medicine cabinet with a treasure trove of chemical-free botanical alternatives. And we utilise the best of modern science and technology to research and refine these raw materials and valuable compounds. All-natural chemical-free processing transforms and incorporates these into safe and biologically active formulations.
We also pledge to have zero compromise in our ingredient list and maintain the performance and efficacy of our wholly natural formuations without harmful synthetic chemicals and toxins. In fact, our products are never launched until they meet our stringent quality standards on ingredient sourcing, safety, efficacy and quality control.
The Jeanie Botanicals Promise
(includes ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and compounts ending with -paraben)
Purpose: Cheap preservatives that prolong shelf life and prevent bacterial growth. Parabens are also used as fillers - 'inactive' ingredients that create bulk, texture or lubrication.
Risk: Linked to oestrogen imbalance, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity
Alarming fact: Parabens are used in most retail and premium skin, body and hair care brands. Eg: Japanese Honeysuckle flower is included as it's still a paraben in a natural form!
NO ALS, SLS or SLES
(includes Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
Purpose: Surfactants (foaming agents)
Risk: SLS and SLES have small molecule sizes that easily penetrates into skin. Prolonged use is known to cause skin dryness and irritation to the eyes.
Alarming fact: The amount of SLS can range from small amounts to almost 50% of the product content/formulation that is found in the market!
(includes mineral oil, paraffin wax, toluene, propylene glucol, benzene, ethanolamine, diethanolamine, any ingredient with PEG, DEA, MEA, EDTA, as well as words with 'butyl', 'ethyl', 'methyl' and 'propyl' and words ending with 'eth')
Purpose: Emollients, thickeners, solvents, penetration enhancers, colorants and fragrances
Risk: Some clog pores, block moisture and oxygen circulation while others readily penetrate skin and distrupt normal skin functions. Strongly suspected to be carcinogens, neurotoxins, respiratory toxins and hormone disruptors when used over long periods.
Alarming fact: Petroleum products and by-products are the most pervasive toxic components in most skin care, hair care and nail products, as well as fragrance and cosmetics
Certain chemicals like artificial fillers and plasticizers are used to add bulk and enhance the look and feel of the product. So we are actually paying for chemicals that may be harmful to our skin. A lot of skincare products contain multiple synthesized chemicals like EDTA, formaldehyde, dioxane that can lead to skin irritation, hormone disruptions and cancer.
GMO or genetically modified organisms are very common in produce like corn, soy and canola. These plants have their DNA altered to be resistant to certain pesticides and pests. A lot of cosmetic ingredients are made from plant sources and may contain GMOs which will be absorbed into the body. Various studies have linked GMOs with allergies, immune problems, asthma, infertility and a host of other problems.
Many chemicals used to make artificial fragrances are carcinogenic and can cause organ system toxicity and trigger the central nervous system. Phthalates are linked to birth defects and banned in cosmetics sold in the EU. Synthetic fragrance oils are normally used as they are much cheaper alternatives to essential oils which can cost hundred times more (e.g. rose, sandalwood, neroli and chamomile essential oils).
Commonly used in cosmetics and to enhance product colour. Some are made of coal tar which can cause skin reactions and carcinogenic.
DEAs, MEAs, TEAs
Used as emulsifier, pH adjuster, stabilizer and thickeners but are toxic and hormone-disrupting chemicals. There’re concerns over accumulation that leads to organ system toxicity.