All of Karité Organics’ products are formulated using traditional methods and plant-based ingredients that have been gently extracted. We use unaltered wild and certified organic essential oils at recommended safe levels in combination with rich botanical oils, butters, extracts and antioxidants in order to create our line of safe and simple products that offer a very pure and unparalleled ability to make a positive change to the skin. Devoted to our customers, while setting a better-business example, we strongly believe that chemicals DO NOT belong in beauty and food products and we are always very careful not to use ingredients that are questionable or pose any health or environmental concerns. Before we order each of our ingredients we request from the suppliers their material safety data sheets, certificates of analysis and samples. These documents show test results for samples that are evaluated for odor, appearance and potency before approval. Once completed, our finished products are then tested by a third party lab for bacteria and coliforms.
Below is a partial list of common personal care ingredients and their suspected impact on your health that you will never find in any of our products. We recommend that you avoid these ingredients if you care about your heath and the health of your family:
SURFACTANTS (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate, diethanolamine(DEA), momoethanolamine (MEA), triethanolamine (TEA)) – hormone disrupting chemicals that are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. They are also known irritants to the eyes, skin, respiratory tract and have been known to create immune system toxicity.
PARABENS (meythlparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben or propylparaben) – chemical preservatives that have been shown to mimic estrogen function, disrupt normal hormone balance and have been known to cause breast cancer.
HARSH PRESERVATIVES (benzethonium chloride, BHA, BHT, diazolidinyl urea (which gives off formaldehyde), imidazolidinyl urea, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexlglycerin) – all of these are unnecessary and toxic preservatives that oftentimes dehydrate the skin, cause irritation and ultimately premature aging.
ARTIFICIAL COLORS (DHA, D&C color, FD&C color, such as FD&C Yellow # 6 and so on) – most of these are made from coal tar and contain arsenic and lead, which are known to cause cancer.
PARFUM AND FRAGRANCE – they are a major cause of skin irritation, hyperpigmentation, allergies and may cause dizziness.
PTHALATES (petrolatum (petroleum jelly, vasseline), mineral oil, propylene glycol (PEG, PEO, or POE), silicon, Formaldehyde donors) – act as lubricators. Impurities from the manufacturing process of these petrochemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are established estrogen disrupters that cause reproductive problems, breast cancer, birth defects, early puberty and obesity.
ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS – Silk, milk, egg lecithin, lanolin, whey, proteins, carmine, bee products, hyaluronic acid, ambergris, musk, etc.
ANTIBACTERIALS (triclosan, triclocarban) – Overuse of antibacterials can prevent them from effectively fighting disease-causing germs like E. coli and Salmonella enteric and Triclosen specifically can interferes with testosterone activity in cells. Numerous studies have found that washing with regular soap and warm water is just as effective at killing germs.
WATER – While a safe ingredient on its own, it calls for preservatives to be added to the cosmetic formula to inhibit bacteria growth. It acts as a cheap filler (most lotions and creams containing 80% water).
Simplicity is the key to our products. Because we keep each ingredient as close to its natural state as possible, our products deliver visible and highly effective results. The traditional remedies we include in our formulas have been standing the test of time and have been used for centuries around the world. Before releasing our new creations to the world, we give them to family, friends and co-workers to try them out and provide us with valuable feedback. When they are completely delighted and amazed, we know we’re on the right path! Then we put the product through testing to make sure it meets our high safety and efficacy standards. When the product is just right in aroma, texture, and effectiveness, we share it with the world.